DUP confirms it will not back Brexit deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPM’s Brexit deal ‘would damage the union’ The DUP has confirmed it will not back Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite the prime minister’s promise to step down if MPs backed it. The party said the changes it wants to see to the backstop have not been achieved. Theresa May told Tory MPs that she would stand down if they voted for her withdrawal deal. DUP leader Arlene Foster said that the party “cannot sign up to something that would damage the union”. Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop DUP ‘won’t be threatened’ over Brexit deal A guide to MPs’ alternative Brexit plans What are indicative votes? How the indicative vote process will …

Britain needs a way out of this Brexit swamp

London (CNN)Three days after Brexit was supposed to happen, lawmakers in the House of Commons remain incapable of breaking the deadlock. Throughout Monday, prospects of a softer Brexit or a second referendum getting the indicative approval of parliament were talked up. It looked like — whether it be tacked onto May’s withdrawal deal or a whole new plan — there might be a crack of light as to a way through this mess. There might even have been some sort of cross-party compromise. Instead, parliament continued to disagree with itself and berate one another, as the Brexit deadline, already delayed once, loomed just over the horizon. On April 10, May will attend an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels. …

30 Times People Couldnt Believe Their Luck In Thrift Stores, Flea Markets And Garage Sales (New Pics)

From photos of doppelgangers to toys from your childhood or an autographed Stephen King novel you never know what is waiting for you that has been stored in someone’s garage for years. Scroll down below to see the best of these thrifty novelty items and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 The Best $1.99 I Will Ever Spend In My Lifetime The younger generation is possibly the most environmentally-conscious one yet, and to protect our our earth people are taking initiative to reduce waste. Buying clothes from thrift shops significantly reduces not just waste but pollution as well. No matter what material your clothes are made of the production of garments is detrimental to the environment. To produce synthetic …

‘The most almighty mess’ as Britain careens toward Brexit

(CNN)On Monday night, the British Parliament handed Prime Minister Theresa May her latest setback in the country’s attempt to respect the voters’ wishes and separate from the European Union — seizing control of the timeline of Brexit in a stunning move that hadn’t happened in more than a century. Payne: Not at all. MPs have been threatening for months to wrestle control of Brexit from May’s dying government — given that she has chalked up two historic defeats over her deal. It’s a huge moment in Westminster with the rule book for Parliament torn up. On Wednesday, MPs will control the business in the House of Commons for the first time in 140 years. There is no accountability for their …

Half of babies born to families renting

‘Fraught’ and insecure About 365,000 children were born that year into rented homes, in a study drawing on the government’s UK family resources survey and the English Housing Survey. “For people in their late 20s and 30s, half of whom are starting families in insecure accommodation, not having a home of their own is fraught with practical and emotional issues,” says Ms O’Connor, a personal finance specialist for the insurance company. A third of millennials face renting their entire lives Eviction threat over crying baby of privately-renting parents The stay at home children of the housing crisis For about 200,000 families with children in private rentals, she says “the main risk is eviction, which hangs threateningly in the background of …

10 Hilarious Examples That Prove Bathtub Tray Designers Have No Idea What Women Do In The Bath

By the looks of it, it appears that most bathtub tray sellers are men. I mean, how else could you explain the images that were designed to promote them? More specifically, the stuff they put on the tray that’s supposed to be brought there by the dame who’s using it? A plate of a small undressed salad? Or how about a bowl of cornflakes, a text about global warming and a nail polish kit, all right next to each other? Image credits: Sharon Su was the one who brought this ridiculous trend to Twitter’s attention and people started sharing their own finds as well. Turns out, this is a much bigger “problem” than you’d expect. doodlyroses Sharon herself is more …

Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike

(CNN)Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Los Angeles charged attorney Michael Avenatti nearly simultaneously in two criminal cases Monday, unsealing complaints that alleged he attempted to extort more than $20 million from Nike and that he committed wire and bank fraud. Avenatti would disclose the allegations at a press conference, he said, according to the complaint, unless Nike made millions in payments to him and an unnamed co-conspirator by hiring them to conduct an “internal investigation,” for which he later requested between $15 million and $20 million. Avenatti also allegedly demanded that Nike pay $1.5 million to an individual he claimed to represent. Immediately following that meeting, Nike’s outside counsel, lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, according to people familiar with …

Michael Avenatti Arrested – Charged With Fraud, Embezzlement, & Trying To Extort $20 Million From Nike! – Perez Hilton

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m. ET: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos is apparently the unnamed co-conspirator referenced in Nike‘s extortion case against super lawyer Michael Avenatti. Geragos, a longtime celebrity lawyer who has defended some extremely high-profile clients like Colin Kaepernick, was also a CNN contributor… until earlier this afternoon. Just received this from a CNN spokeswoman on Mark Geragos, who is Michael Avenatti's alleged co-conspirator: "Mark Geragos is no longer CNN contributor." — Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) What we’re hearing so far from the Department of Justice statement is that the one-time Presidential hopeful “embezzled a client’s money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business and law firm — and also …

Ocasio-Cortez Defiantly Promises A Green New Deal Congress Cant Refuse

NEW YORK ― The nation’s best-known baseball team won big at Thursday’s opening game at Yankee Stadium, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 7-2. But it was on Friday, roughly 10 miles northeast of the Yankees’ home field in the Bronx, that New York City’s northernmost borough offered its champion a hometown hero’s welcome and pledged vehement support in the contests ahead. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) entered the auditorium at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to standing applause Friday afternoon as she arrived to tape an hour-long TV special on the Green New Deal, her signature policy proposal, with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. The show is set to air Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern.  On Tuesday, four members of the Senate’s Democratic …

Apple is staffing up as it expands the News app and launches a subscription service

(CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. At the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino on Monday, I spotted execs from Condé Nast, News Corp, New York Media, the LA Times and other firms. Here’s my recap of the event. In sum: Apple is taking Texture, the “Netflix for magazines” app it acquired last year, and turning it into News+. Texture (which never attracted a big audience) will be shutting down at the end of May, and its users will be steered to News+. Apple is pitching access to 300 magazines, plus a select group of other outlets. “This is really important to us. We believe in …

I Didn’t Buy Any Clothes For A Year. Here’s How It Changed Me.

My love affair with fashion started around the same time my teenage hormones kicked in. When I wasn’t sussing out the latest trends at the mall, my weekends were spent poring through Elle and Vogue, and sneaking into my mom’s bedroom  Fendi Baguettes that served as a permanent reminder of my fast fashion addiction long after the forgettable pieces I’d bought, worn and tossed had headed to a landfill. Everything changed in 2014,  The True Cost During the first few weeks, I felt unbelievably empowered — I was no longer beholden to consumerism; the fast fashion industry I’d loved and come to loathe no longer controlled my spending. Then I started to hit some hurdles. I knew before I started …

Women raise concerns about breast implant safety

(CNN)Panel members in a two-day public hearing held by the US Food and Drug Administration this week agreed that efforts should be made to better inform patients about the risks and benefits of breast implants. A link between breast implants and systemic disease, including autoimmune disease, has been reported since the 1960s, according to a paper published this month in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Many plastic surgeons in the meeting reported patient satisfaction with breast implants but agreed that patients should have all up-to-date information in order to make a choice when considering them. One surgeon asked the FDA to limit the sale of breast implants to only board-certified plastic surgeons. Some patients in the hearing called for …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …

How green is your parcel?

Green campaigners argue our demand for getting something delivered at speed – whether it’s Amazon Prime or Premier Delivery on ASOS – is adding to carbon emissions. Image copyright Royal Mail Image caption E-trikes are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power The vehicles are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power and will be delivered by posties in Cambridge, Sutton Coldfield and Stratford in London. It’s part of a six-month trial and if successful could see the scheme extended. “Our e-trikes are zero emission vehicles,” David Gold, Royal Mail’s director of public affairs and policy, explains. “The 48v lithium battery is charged overnight by mains power but is supplemented by solar panels on the roof …

Intimacy, awe and a salute to Gazza: Spurs throw open doors to new home

Mauricio Pochettino gazed on as the first event at his clubs new stadium revealed a sporting arena to take the breath away One word: Wow. Tottenham fans have had to wait for the delivery of their new stadium goodness knows, they have had to wait. The delays have scarred the season, creating an unsettling limbo and driving Mauricio Pochettino to distraction. But on a sunny spring afternoon, when the clubs under-18s took on their Southampton counterparts to become the first players to grace the turf, the frustration seemed to melt away. Suddenly it all felt worth it. Wow. Every supporter in attendance seemed to be wearing the same childlike expression eyes widening in amazement, lost in wonder when they entered …

Arabs seek unity on Golan, but summit likely to expose rifts

Affirming the international consensus that the Golan is occupied Syrian land would only further highlight Syria’s absence from the Arab League, from which it was expelled in the early days of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. Some Arab leaders think Syria — a founding member — should be readmitted. Others, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have spent years supporting the insurgency. Arab League summits are nearly always marred by no-shows. This year, Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir will skip the meeting as they contend with weekly mass protests against their long reigns. Those expected to attend, meanwhile, are still split over the wars in Yemen and Syria, and the nearly two-year boycott of Qatar by …