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President Trump signs an executive order to stop family separations at the US-Mexico border.

22 Jun

President Trump finally signed an executive order yesterday to prevent undocumented immigrant families from being separated at the US-Mexico border.

The development, however, contradicts repeated claims from top administration officials that only Congress could act to end the separations.

Read the executive order below, as shared by the white house;

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code. This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.

Sec. 2. Definitions. For purposes of this order, the following definitions apply:

(a) “Alien family” means

(i) any person not a citizen or national of the United States who has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States, who entered this country with an alien child or alien children at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained; and

(ii) that person’s alien child or alien children.

(b) “Alien child” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States who

(i) has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States;

(ii) is under the age of 18; and

(iii) has a legal parent-child relationship to an alien who entered the United States with the alien child at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained.

Sec. 3. Temporary Detention Policy for Families Entering this Country Illegally. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members.

(b) The Secretary shall not, however, detain an alien family together when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.

(c) The Secretary of Defense shall take all legally available measures to provide to the Secretary, upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(d) Heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent consistent with law, make available to the Secretary, for the housing and care of alien families pending court proceedings for improper entry, any facilities that are appropriate for such purposes. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

(e) The Attorney General shall promptly file a request with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544 (“Flores settlement”), in a manner that would permit the Secretary, under present resource constraints, to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.

Sec. 4. Prioritization of Immigration Proceedings Involving Alien Families. The Attorney General shall, to the extent practicable, prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,

June 20, 2018.”

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Alice Marie Johnson, finally Released, After Kim Kardashian Spoke With President Trump.

14 Jun

Celebrity, Kim Kardashian will be flying to Memphis, Tennessee to meet one on one with the commuted convicted Alice Marie Johnson, 63, after her release from prison.

The grandmother who spent the last 21 years of her life in prison for a drugs related crime was pardoned and freed by Trump after Kim K spoke with the U.S. President, pleading with him to commute her sentence.

Speaking to Good Morning America on June 7, Johnson said:

‘When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping and screaming and crying, and everyone else was crying. It was wonderful. I’m so glad that she was the one who was able to deliver the news to me. It was a perfect ending.

Alice who has since returned to her family will appear with Kim Kardashian on NBC’s Today show on Thursday, June 14, 2018, according to UsWeekly.

Awwww, so nice of her I say.

See As Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, Brought His Own Toilet To Summit.

14 Jun

Did you know that, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un brought his own portable toilet to Singapore for the summit with the U.S. President.

South Korean news agency The Chosunilbo reported that when Kim arrived in Singapore on an Air China Boeing 747, he was accompanied by an IL-76 transport plane carrying food, “his bulletproof limousine and a portable “toilet.”

Accordingly to Lee Yun-keol, who worked in a North Korean Guard Command unit before defecting to South Korea in 2005, “rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels,” Lee Yun-keol told the Washington Post.

“THE LEADER’S EXCRETIONS CONTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT HIS HEALTH STATUS SO THEY CAN’T BE LEFT BEHIND,” LEE YUN-KEOL EXPLAINED.

According to the South Korean news agency Daily NK, there is a customised bathroom built into Kim’s convoy of vehicles at all times.

“The restrooms are not only in Kim Jong Un’s personal train but whatever small or mid size cars he is traveling with and even in special vehicles that are designed for mountainous terrain or snow,” a source in South Pyongan Province familiar with Kim’s Escort Command told the DailyNK in 2015. “There are multiple vehicles within the convoy so that people cannot tell which one he is in, and there is a separate car that acts as his restroom.

Update- See The Lavish Lifestyle Of Robert Mugabe…

16 Nov

The life and times of the embattled Robert Mugabe whose ousting as President of Zimbabwe caused rippled across Africa, has examined. 

Robert Mugabe and his family 

When embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe assumed office as the country’s Prime Minister in April 1980, one of the first things he did was to create a government of national unity.

With this single action, Zimbabwe became the beneficiary of much aid from generous Western countries, whose governments believed that he was going to position the country to help to facilitate the then Apartheid South Africa’s  transition from minority rule to a proper democracy.

At the outset, Mugabe’s government operated within a capitalist framework and focused on wooing foreign investors. The result is that between 1980 and 1990, the Zimbabwean economy grew by an average of 2.7 per cent a year. This was considered a welcome development by those who genuinely looked forward to the advancement of the country.

Unfortunately, an unprecedented growth in the population of the country and a corresponding rise in the unemployment rate, as well as a persistent declaration of a budget deficit by the government, soon made nonsense of any form of economic growth.

Still, during Mugabe’s tenure as Prime Minister, Zimbaweans witnessed significant increases in government spending on education and healthcare. Between 1980 and 2000, for example, the number of secondary schools in the country rose from 177 to 1,548. During that period, the adult literacy rate rose from 62 per cent to 82 per cent.

In spite of these heartwarming strides, Mugabe was unable to deal with the worsening relationship between his government and the minority white population, which repeatedly accused him of racial discrimination.

Ugly human rights record

Also, for the greater part of his tenure, Mugabe’s government was accused of having one of the worst human rights records in Africa. And there seems to be ample evidence to justify this.

There were allegations that Mugabe ordered the country’s military, especially the dreaded Fifth Brigade, an elite force trained by North Koreans, to crack down on dissidents in Matabeleland with such great force that shocked the global community in the 1980s.

The Fifth Brigade, according to independent reports, were deployed in the region in 1983 with a mandate to arrest, torture and execute those accused of being sympathetic to the dissidents. The Brigade was also authorised to destroy valuable property belonging to the accused and to carry out extra-judicial killings.

The scale of the violence recorded during the Zimbabwean military’s genocidal campaign in Matabeleland was described as greater than what the country witnessed in the Rhodesian War.  Indeed, over the course of four years, about10,000 civilians had lost their lives to these butchers. Genocide Watch later estimated that more than 20,000 were killed.

There were also widespread reports of journalists being arrested and tortured by the military.

During the 2013 election campaign, reports had it that members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change were often harassed by the police and Army. In some cases, it was alleged, they were killed. The Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum documented about 27 murders, 27 rapes, 2,466 assaults and 617 abductions, with 10,000 people displaced by violence. It was also alleged that most of these actions were carried out by supporters of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

When in February 2000 armed gangs attacked and occupied white-owned farms, Mugabe’s government claimed that the attacks were a spontaneous uprising against white land owners, although it was an open secret that the same government had paid Z$20 million to Chenjerai Hunzvi’s War Veterans Association to lead the land invasion campaign. Eye witness accounts had insisted that ZANU-PF officials, the police and army facilitated the attacks.

Absolute power

In  1987, the Zimbabwean parliament amended the country’s constitution and declared Mugabe as executive President. This position gave him the power to dissolve parliament, declare martial law and run for an unlimited number of terms. The constitutional amendments, additional reports claimed, also abolished the 20 parliamentary seats reserved for white representatives and left parliament less relevant and independent.

Progressive economic decline

Zimbabwe’s economy gradually deteriorated in the 1990s. By 2000, the standard of living had seriously declined. Life expectancy was very low and unemployment had trebled. By 1998, unemployment was almost at 50 per cent. As of 2009, between to 3 and 4 million Zimbabweans had left the country in search of jobs.

Election rigging

In the 2013 general elections, Mugabe’s ZANU-PF won a landslide victory, with 61 per cent of the presidential vote and over two-thirds of the parliamentary seats going to the party. But the elections were not considered free and fair by global monitoring agencies. There were widespread allegations of rigging.

While he sat at the helm of the country’s affairs, Mugabe was regarded and almost worshipped as a demi-god within the ZANU-PF. Many feared him and not one person dared challenge him. It was believed that he derived his support mostly from the  Shona-dominated regions of Mashonaland, Manicaland and Masvingo, while he remained far less popular in the non-Shona areas of Matabeleland and Bulawayo and among Zimbabweans in the Diaspora.

Grace Mugabe

After the death of his first wife, Sally Hayfron in 1992, Robert Mugabe married his secretary, Grace Marufu, who was 41 years younger, in 1996, and earlier married to Stanley Goreraza, with whom she had a son, Russell Goreraza.

 As secretary to the Mugabe then, she became his mistress while still married to Goreraza and together with  Mugabe they had two children, Bona, named after Mugabe’s mother, and Robert Peter, Jr. “The couple were married in an extravagant Catholic Mass, titled the ‘Wedding of the Century,” the Zimbabwe press had said.

In 1997, Grace Mugabe gave birth to the couple’s third child, Chatunga Mugab.

 As the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace gained a reputation for indulging her love of luxury, with a particular interest in shopping, clothes and jewellery. These lavish shopping sprees earned her the nickname, ‘Gucci Grace’.

Among other controversies, there was an outcry when Grace Mugabe was given a doctoral degree in sociology in September 2014 from the University of Zimbabwe, two months after entering the programme. She was awarded the degree by her husband and University Chancellor Robert Mugabe. Her doctoral thesis is not available in the university archive and she has faced calls to return her PhD. This caused backlash in the Zimbabwean academic community, with some commenting that this could harm the reputation of the university

Even before Tuesday night’s dramatic events, which could yet mark the end of her  rags-to-riches story, 2017 had not been a great year for  her. Zimbabweans and their neighbours in South Africa have not forgotten the extraordinary incident in which she allegedly assaulted a young model in Johannesburg and needed diplomatic immunity to avoid an embarrassing court case.

Also, they are not likely to forget that Grace had a bitter feud with Vice President  Emerson Mangagwa, which resulted in her denying that she plotted to poison  him. Then there was the decline in both the Zimbabwean economy and her own personal popularity ratings. The two may be connected, given that her detractors like to refer to her as the “First Shopper”.

Grace Mugabe’s political ambition may have been as much about self-preservation as an instinct to lead. She has two sons and a daughter with the 93-year-old President.

On Wednesday morning, it was reported that Mrs. Mugabe, who is believed to have developed a reputation for corruption, was in Namibia on business as her husband remained detained at home in Harare.

Mugabe’s luxury-loving children

Mugabe’s son, Robert Mugabe Junior, and his younger brother, Bellarmine, are known for posting their lavish lifestyle on social media, which has drawn accusations from critics on social media that they are wasting Zimbabwean taxpayers’ money.

Another of Mugabe’s children who often stirred up controversy is Bona. Her educational adventures in Hong Kong, for instance, raised dust, especially when some people demanded her return to Zimbabwe, to experience the same educational system that others were experiencing.

An online account quoted The Times as reporting that on January 18, 2009, “while on a shopping trip in Hong Kong, where her daughter Bona Mugabe was a university student, Mugabe ordered her bodyguard to assault a Sunday Times photographer Richard Jones outside her luxury hotel. She then joined in the attack, punching Jones repeatedly in the face while wearing diamond-encrusted rings, causing him cuts and abrasions. She was subsequently granted immunity from prosecution ‘under Chinese diplomatic rules’ because of her status as Mugabe’s wife.”

Mugabe’s famous quotes

“I’ve just concluded — since President Obama endorses same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people, and enjoys an attractive countenance — thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee, and ask his hand.” — ZDC radio interview, 2015

On homosexuality

“We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no. They are worse than dogs and pigs. I keep pigs and the male pig knows the female one.” — ZDC radio interview, 2015

“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays!” — UNGA, 2015

On Hitler

“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.” — State funeral of a Cabinet minister, 2003

On grooming a successor

“Grooming a successor, is it an inheritance? In a democratic party, you don’t want leaders appointed that way. They have to be appointed properly by the people.” – TV interview, 2016

On the economy

“Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is [as good as] Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all.” — Interview, 2007

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Via The Punch

Update- Sports Legend, Micheal Jordan Dies In His Home…

13 Nov


This morning the ex-basketball player and also icon of world sports, Michael Jordan, was found dead while in his sleep in his apartment in North Caroline. Around 3 am eastern time, Michael Jordan’s wife (Yvette Prieto), which is now the widow of the star noticed that her husband showed no vital signs and she proceeded to call 911.

Minutes after the paramedics arrived, they confirmed the death of the athlete due to a heart attack.

Update- Meet The New, Richest Man In The World…

28 Jul

A new billionaire has emerged today as the world’s richest person in the world thereby overtaking Microsoft founder, Bill Gates.

Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon.com, became the worlds richest man on Thursday
Jeff Bezos, owner of online retail giant Amazon.com, surpassed Bill Gates as the wealthiest man in the world on Thursday.
According to Forbes,  Bezos emerged as the the richest person in the world, with a fortune topping $90 billion for the first time ever.
When markets opened on Thursday, Bezos had a net worth of $90.6 billion, putting him $500 million ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Amazon stock opened up 1.6% on Thursday, adding $1.4 billion to Bezos’ net worth. That was enough to put him ahead of Gates, who was last surpassed on Forbes’ real-time rankings for just two days nearly a year ago by Spanish retail giant Amancio Ortega.
Forbes started tracking billionaires around the globe in 1987. Bezos is now the seventh person to hold the title of the world’s richest person and the third American to top the global ranks besides Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

Update- Kelechi Iheanacho to Undergo Leicester City Medical as Bale Shocks Arsenal…

28 Jul
Kelechi Iheancho is reportedly poised to undergo his medicals at Leicester City in the next 24 hours as the Gunners fail to lure Bale to North London.

 
Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho is edging closer towards a move from Manchester City to Leicester City.
Leicester’s vice-chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha‎, has confirmed the deal for the Super Eagles forward is almost done, in an interview with BBC Leicester Radio.
“A fee has been agreed, only the medical to go, and it could be as early as Friday,” he said.
Iheanacho will reportedly cost the former Premier League champions about £19m with several add-ons to take the fee to around £29million pounds.
Manchester City will also have the option to buy the 20-year-old back.
BALE REJECTS POSSIBLE MOVE TO ARSENAL
Arsenal have had their bid to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale turned down by the Spanish side, according to reports.
Don Balon claims that the Gunners want to replace Alexis Sanchez with the Wales international, with Sanchez looking increasingly likely to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
However, Bale is understood to have snubbed Arsenal’s advances as the north London club couldn’t offer him Champions League football…and presumably because he couldn’t face playing for Tottenham’s arch-rivals…
The report continues by saying that although Bale is keen to return to the Premier League he isn’t interested in leaving the Bernabeu for the Gunners.
COUTINHO ASKS LIVERPOOL TO LET HIM LEAVE FOR BARCA
Philippe Coutinho has expressed a desire to leave Liverpool and move to La Liga giants Barcelona, according to reports.
Catalan radio station RAC1 claims that the Brazilian midfielder is pressuring the Reds to let him join the Spanish side. Barca are understood to have had one bid of £72million rejected for the 25-year-old but the Daily Star understands that they are readying another bid of £80million.
Other reports suggested only yesterday that Coutinho had agreed personal terms with Barca and that it was up to the two clubs to finalise a suitable fee.
A reporter for Radio Catalonia tweeted last night saying: “CLOSED AGREEMENT with COUTINHO.

“The FCB has everything tied up with the footballer.

“The club negotiates with Liverpool the transfer.

“Liverpool is NOT the PSG, ready to negotiate the transfer by the Brazilian.

“MSN [Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar] looks favourably on [Coutinho’s] arrival.”
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