What does the European Parliament actually do? One clue lies in your phone bill

(CNN)For years it was a rite of passage for European holidaymakers visiting another country on the continent — the dreaded phone bill on the return home. Yet how many of European Union’s 500 million citizens realize this far-reaching legislation — called “roam like at home” — was partly down to their local Member of European Parliament (MEP) is debatable. As the European Parliament elections near — between May 23 and May 26 — one of the biggest challenges facing MEPs is communicating to voters what they actually do. Even experts who have spent their entire careers studying the European Parliament admit it’s a complex institution for voters to get to grips with. From rules on how many hours employees work, …

France’s Macron forced to curb his ambitions for Europe

Macron wanted the May 23-26 European Parliament elections to be the key moment that he could push his ambitions for a stronger Europe — but instead, nationalists and populists who criticized the 28-nation bloc could achieve unprecedented success. They argue that EU leaders have failed to manage migration into the continent and remain out of touch with ordinary workers’ concerns. “We have a crisis of the European Union. This is a matter of fact. Everywhere in Europe, when you look at the past five to six years, in our country but in a lot of countries, all the extremes, extreme-rights, are increasing,” Macron said Thursday, making an unexpected appeal for European unity on the sidelines of a technology trade show. …

London Bridge victim ‘slipped’ before attack

Witness Erick Siguenza told the Old Bailey Ms Zelenak jumped out of the way of the crashing van before being stabbed by the driver. Gareth Patterson QC, representing the victims’ families, said she was wearing high heels and the ground was “quite wet” on the night of the attack. When asked if Ms Zelenak had lost her balance, Mr Siguenza said: “Yes. She was completely on the ground. He [Mr McMullan] just grabbed her left arm and gently tried to pick her up. “But by then the attackers were in close proximity and that’s when they started attacking.” “There was no time for him to be able to help her up because the driver and the other terrorists were already …

The New Feminist Trend Thats Breeding Mob Misogyny

Earlier this year, hordes of trolls descended on Russian model Anastasiya Kvitko’s called attention to Kvitko’s apparent use of Photoshop to enhance her appearance in pictures. The account then invited its tens of thousands of followers to “play a game” by guessing which body parts the 24-year-old had digitally altered in a recent photo. The abuse was so intense that Kvitko made her profile private. Russian Kim Kardashian,” is one of thousands of female influencers who post photos flaunting super slim waists, hourglass curves, chiseled cheekbones and permanently pouted lips. These women have a specific type of celebrity, promoting brands to their massive followings and bringing in big money.  Instagram face-lift” — a term coined by writer Eve Peyser to …

How crickets have hit the high street

Image copyright Eat Grub Image caption Sushi chain Abokado has started selling grubs to top up its poke bowls “In a few years insects will be a normalised food in our everyday diet,” Abokado’s managing director Kara Alderin says. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Could you be tempted by a scorpion on a stick? ‘Enormous environmental benefits’ Many insects are eaten completely whole – wings and all – whereas we only consume around 40% of a cow. A 2013 UN report suggested that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger “I hope that eating insects will become more normalised because they have such enormous environmental benefits,” Dr …

Q: Am I a bad parent if my kids don’t eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day?

(CNN)I went to my son’s annual checkup last week. He’s 5. The doctor stressed how important it is for him to eat five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Short of force-feeding or hiding spinach in brownies Jessica Seinfeld-style, this is not happening. So we’re falling way short on the fruits/veggies guidelines — every single day. Am I a bad mom? Frantic About Food Answering your questions about potentially bad parenting behavior. We will help you work through the guilt. By some measures, we wisened up. We became aware of how packaged foods make it all too easy to consume tons of sugar and not a lot of nutrients. Also, we’ve become more conscious of the ways food …

Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they hope to reopen as a luxury hotel. The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017. The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, the Sunday Times says. It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts. Brothers David and Simon Reuben – who made their fortune in property, carpets and scrap metal – are in second place on the …

Official: Bomb blast in western Afghanistan kills 2

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says that a bomb blast in the western province of Herat has killed at least two people, including a child. Gelani Farhad, a spokesman for the province’s governor, says that 14 people were wounded in Saturday morning’s attack in the Obe area, including the district administrative chief. Farhad said that a remotely controlled bomb went off when the district chief’s vehicle was passing by the area’s main market.

Why 2020 hopefuls like to announce their plans at the crack of dawn

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. When de Blasio announces his 2020 bid, he will bring “the total number of candidates to 23 with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast,” CNN’s story notes. The coveted “first TV interview” Some, like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, have gravitated toward “The View” or Stephen Colbert’s couch or Rachel Maddow’s studio for their first interview. But others have opted for morning TV rollouts. Kamala Harris entered the race on MLK Day on “GMA.” Bernie Sanders launched his campaign by giving interviews to Vermont Public Radio and “CBS This Morning.” Seth Moulton posted a …

Medics ‘not told’ where attack victims were

Mr Beasley said he had parked a short distance away as the safety of his crew on the scene was “paramount”. After hearing gunfire in Borough Market, he said he wondered ‘am I going to be shot next?’. “For our own safety we couldn’t go forward,” he told the Old Bailey, which is hearing the inquests into the deaths of the eight people killed in the attack at London Bridge and Borough Market. Mr Belanger, Mr McMullan and Mr Pigeard were eventually brought to ambulances at a safe meeting point, but were already dead. ‘A lot of pressure’ Mr Belanger, a 36-year-old chef, originally from Angers, western France, had been drinking at the Boro Bistro when he was stabbed in …

Jay Inslee Unveils Stunningly Detailed $9 Trillion Climate Jobs Plan

Evergreen Economy Plan promises at least 8 million jobs over 10 years, and offers the most detailed policy vision yet for mobilizing the entire United States economy to stave off catastrophic global warming and prepare for already inevitable temperature rise. The proposal lays out a five-pronged strategy to launch an unprecedented deployment of renewable energy, fortify the nation’s infrastructure to cope with climate change, spur a clean-tech manufacturing boom, increase federal research funding fivefold and level income inequality by repealing anti-union laws and enacting new rules to close the racial and gender pay gaps. By spending $300 billion per year, the plan projects another $600 billion in annual economic activity generated by its mandates.   “The thing that can really …

Spotify is testing a voice-controlled gadget for cars

Washington, DC (CNN Business)Spotify revealed Friday that it’s testing a voice-controlled device for cars. Spotify (SPOT) characterized the tests as a way to better understand and serve customers who listen to music or podcasts. Earlier this year, Spotify announced plans to invest up to $500 million in podcasts. “Americans spend 70 billion hours behind the wheel each year,” Spotify said in a brief news release. “Spotify is trying to learn more about people’s listening habits and preferences to help create an unparalleled experience for our users.” Spotify did not elaborate on what it might learn through the device that it couldn’t gleanfrom existing services, such as its smartphone app. The company declined a request for comment. Original Article : HERE …

Asia markets and Dow futures fall as trade war fears persist

New York (CNN Business)Last week’s topsy-turvy stock market ended on a positive note, but the Dow was set to fall sharply once again Monday after investors got mixed signals on trade. Dow futures were down 270 points Sunday evening, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were down more than 1%. Wall Street investors fear an escalating trade war in which both the United States and China continue to raise tariffs. US businesses that import Chinese goods pay the tariffs levied by the United States. Companies either eat that cost, which pinches their profits; or they pass the cost onto consumers, which can hurt demand for their products. Either way, companies lose. That’s why Wall Street has been hoping for an …

Labour ‘to end youth rate minimum wage’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “We will abolish the youth rate of the minimum wage” Labour will extend its plans for a higher £10-an-hour minimum wage to include workers under the age of 18, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. Currently, under-18s are entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, compared with £8.21 for over-25s. But under a Labour government this “youth rate” for the minimum wage would be ended in 2020, Mr Corbyn said. One business group said there was value in having the minimum wage set by an independent group, as it is now. Mr Corbyn had already pledged to raise the National Living Wage – a legally binding hourly rate …

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to appoint Moro to Supreme Court

Moro is best known for leading prosecutions as a judge in the “Operation Car Wash” investigation, which has been Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal ever. It has brought the jailing of former presidents and swaths of the country’s political and business elite. Moro is now justice minister in the Bolsonaro administration. That appointment drew criticism from some Brazilians, because Moro convicted former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of corruption, which kept him from running again in the election won by Bolsonaro. Trending in World Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

America’s Next Too-Big-To-Fail Bank

The political battle lines over the biggest bank merger since the 2008 financial crisis should be very clear. As House Financial Services Committee chair deregulatory agenda” that President Republicans have advanced. Waters and other high-profile Democrats have been railing against economic agenda lead lobbyist Patrick Semansky/ASSOCIATED PRESS Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) chairs a House Financial Services Committee hearing with leaders of major banks on April 10. But Two Bad Banks Don’t Make A Good Bank In the years since the financial crisis, SunTrust has paid over $1.5 billion to settle charges of widespread abuse six categoriesviolatingjunk mortgages have called on regulators to reject the mergerThe , Color of Change, the Center for Popular Democracy and the Revolving Door Project at …