Trump to call for unity at State of the Union while Dems push disunity; Dems’ dilemma in Northam scandal

TRUMP TO CALL FOR UNITY – DURING A STATE OF DISUNITY: During his State of the Union address tonight, President Trump is expected to take on a role his fiercest critics say he is most unfamiliar with: Uniter-in-Chief. And Trump is expected to call for unity and stress optimism when he addresses Congress and the nation during his second State of the Union address … But given the bitter partisan battle with Democrats, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, over the border wall and another looming government shutdown, the question is whether Democrats will be receptive — or at least give the appearance of decorum. Will they applaud or will they sit on their hands. What will Pelosi’s expression be, as …

What effect has Brexit had on the UK economy?

“GDP would be 3.6% smaller, average real wages would be lower, inflation higher, sterling weaker, house prices would be hit and public borrowing would rise compared with a vote to remain.” He was assuming Article 50, the process by which the UK leaves, would be triggered immediately after the vote; in the event, it was nine months later. But the warning stands. Project Fear? Well, the economy hasn’t contracted, and the level of unemployment is actually the lowest on record. But that’s not to say that the economy’s path hasn’t deviated from what had earlier been expected. Of course, there are other issues that will have influenced our economy’s path – but the anticipation of the UK leaving the EU …

Do money apps make us better or worse with our finances?

But although her childhood experiences gave her a constant, gnawing fear of slipping back into poverty, Kerry found managing her finances difficult. She says she was “perpetually running out” of money before payday, “because I wasn’t keeping track, which is obviously OK when there is a payday but you can’t do that when you’re freelance.” So she sought help in the form of a money app from Revolut, the financial technology start-up currently under fire for an insensitive marketing campaign. Image copyright MENIGA Image caption Meniga’s Georg Ludviksson says people who use money apps spend less than they did before But are these apps changing how we spend and save? Comprehensive evidence is hard to come by, but Reykjavik-based Georg …

Cost of printing May’s EU deal revealed

PM to defend Brexit strategy on NI visit Brexit: All you need to know Since the vote the government has indicated that it will seek changes to the text of the withdrawal agreement to address rebel MPs’ concerns about the Northern Ireland backstop. In response to a question in the Commons last week, Theresa May told MPs that the assurances she is seeking from the EU on the backstop would not be “a further exchange of letters but a significant and legally binding change to the withdrawal agreement”. Any such changes would require the document to be republished, although the European Union has categorically refused to reopen negotiations on the text of the agreement. A large number of the copies …

In case of a no-deal Brexit, roaming charges could be reintroduced for UK customers

In case of a no-deal Brexit, you better check your phone bill when travellingImage: Getty Images In case of a no-deal Brexit, Brits who like using their phones when out of the country might have to start factoring in roaming charges before they start browsing in an EU member country. Roaming charges — the fee you pay to use another phone network — were scrapped entirely in the EU in 2017. But, if the UK ends up leaving the European Union without a deal, roaming charges may come back on March 29, HuffPost first reported.  SEE ALSO: How Benedict Cumberbatch transformed himself into the mastermind behind Brexit Per HuffPost, a set of regulations — entitled the Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) …

Europe kills Siemens’ plan to create the Airbus of trains

London (CNN Business)The European Union has blocked a merger by Siemens and Alstom that would have created the train equivalent of aviation powerhouse Airbus. Siemens (SIEGY) and Alstom (ALSMY) had argued that joining forces was necessary to achieve the scale needed to compete with companies from China. A similar structure helps Airbus (EADSF) compete with US rival Boeing (BA). Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said the decision showed that Europe “urgently needs structural reform in the way it shapes its industrial future.” “Protecting customer interests locally must not mean that Europe cannot be on a level playing field with leading nations like China, the United States and others,” he said. Alstom said in a statement that it regretted the decision. The …

New Species Might Have Been Locked In A Dark Cave Since The Ice Age

Caves are home to some of the weirdest creatures that roam the planet. Isolated from the rest of the world in dark, dank, and “otherworldly” conditions, evolution is left to “do its thing” and just run wild. The results of this unique setting, as this newly discovered creature shows, are often quite remarkable. Scientists and local cavers have recently described a new species of primitive arthropod that was previously unknown to science. Its name, Haplocampa wagnelli, pays homage to one of the study’s co-authors, Craig Wagnell, who has spent years exploring and documenting Vancouver Island caves. As reported in the journal Subterranean Biology, the insect-like diplurans are just 3 to 6 millimeters in length, armed with five chemical-sniffing receptors, and …

Woman Left With Horrific Injuries After Taking “Cannibal” Drug

A woman in the UK has been left with horrific injuries after taking the “cannibal” drug desomorphine. Desomorphine has already spread across eastern Europe, being used by addicts as a cheap substitute for heroin. At least 20,000 people injected the drug in Russia in 2011 alone.  The drug quickly became known as “krokodil” or “croc” amongst users due to the harm associated with its use, including “ulcerations, amputations and discolored scale-like skin”. It has also been nicknamed the “cannibal” or “zombie” drug due to the way it eats at your flesh. If you really have to see images, and we highly advise that you don’t, you can do so here. These were the least grim images we could find. If you …

12 Crucial Archaeology Findings Of 2018 That Have Left Historians Puzzled

2018 has passed and we are already settling in 2019, but even as we move forward it’s never a bad time to remind people about the incredible things that happened this past year that have gone unnoticed. Even though there were many groundbreaking events that most of us have already heard about, there were some incredible discoveries made that might have flown under your radar. With this list we have decided to shed some light on the most incredible archeological discoveries made in 2018, that might change our understanding of history forever. More than a mile under the surface of the Black Sea a Greek merchant ship was discovered. It is believed that the ship is around 2,400 years old, …

AR displays in self-driving cars could actually be cool

Opera's VPN is back as part of the company's mobile browser for Android.Image: Opera Opera’s bringing back its VPN (virtual private network) service, albeit in a slightly different format.  In 2016, the company launched a free VPN app for Android (followed by an iOS launch) but the app was discontinued last year. Soon, however, Opera will offer the free VPN service again, as part of its Opera browser for Android.  SEE ALSO: Facebook paid teens to install an app to spy on their internet and phone use The feature is currently undergoing testing and is slowly rolling out to Opera beta users, the company said in a blog post Thursday.  Once you turn the option on, you can choose your …

Jaguar Land Rover posts 3.4bn loss

Excluding the write-down, which affects its balance sheet but has no effect on cash, the company posted a loss of £273m. Much of the firm’s model range is currently diesel-powered, while diesel sales in Europe have been falling. Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, has embarked on a major restructuring programme to prepare for the future and boost profitability. It has already announced plans to cut thousands of jobs. It has now accepted that the value of its existing investments – such as factories, equipment and model designs – is substantially lower than previously thought, said BBC business correspondent Theo Leggett. Related Topics China economy Car industry Jaguar Land Rover Companies Original Article : HERE ; …

MPs meeting over backstop alternatives

Brexit: A really simple guide Katya Adler: EU digs heels in over Brexit deal How ready is UK for a no-deal Brexit? Brexit: All you need to know But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU would listen to proposals to solve the Irish border “riddle”, although they needed to hear how the UK wanted to do it. The backstop is an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border “under all circumstances” between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. What is the working group? Number 10 said the working group of Conservative MPs was set up following “significant support” for the so-called “Malthouse Compromise” – named after housing minister Kit Malthouse who encouraged talks between different groups …

Germany Orders Crackdown On Facebook’s Data Collection Practices

Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling on Thursday by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of a three-year probe, saying the watchdog underestimated the competition it faced and undermined Europe-wide privacy rules that took effect last year. The findings follow fierce scrutiny of Facebook over a series of privacy lapses, including the leak of data on tens of millions of Facebook users, as well as the extensive use of targeted ads by foreign powers seeking to influence elections in the United States. That includes tracking visitors to websites with an embedded Facebook ‘like’ or share button – and pages where it observes people even though there is no obvious sign the social network is present. Wolfgang Rattay / …

Rent control: Does it work?

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for a range of measures to help renters in the capital, including rent control. He conceded that as mayor he does not have powers to regulate the rental sector, but said that he would lobby the government to implement rent control. Rent control refers to a variety of ways in which the amount that landlords are allowed to charge may be limited. Image copyright Getty Images San Francisco Research conducted at Stanford University looked at the impact of the expansion of rent controls in San Francisco in 1994. The city had originally introduced controls in 1979, which covered buildings with five or more apartments but excluded new-build properties. In 1994, this was expanded …

You Can Now Look At The Faces Of Some Of Britain’s Earliest Inhabitants

Thanks to an exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in the UK (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm), you can now take a look at some of Britain’s oldest residents. The museum opened the doors to their shiny new Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery last weekend, where they are displaying facial reconstructions of those who lived in southern England (and places slightly further afield) thousands of years ago. The collection includes a young Neolithic woman, a Cro-Magnon man sporting a hipster-like beard, and a Neanderthal. Together, these individuals span 40,000 years of European history. The man responsible for resurrecting these characters is archaeologist and sculptor Oscar Nilsson, whose previous work has included a 9,000-year-old teen and a 1,200-year-old Peruvian queen. …

France conducts nuclear strike simulation, seen as message to Moscow amid tensions

“These real strikes are scheduled in the life of the weapon’s system,” a French official said. “They are carried out at fairly regular intervals, but remain rare because the real missile, without its warhead, is fired.” The announcement comes days after the U.S. pulled out a 1987 pact known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces. Tensions between Washington and Moscow have led to growing concerns from Europe over its own security. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific