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  1. Paul Manafort is in prison after being sentenced last week, receiving a much lighter sentence than the prosecution asked for. The judge said he had an otherwise blameless life, despite waiting for sentence on other charges.

    And now he faces more charges.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2019

    Al Jazeera tv

    Breaking. US president announces plan to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8s & Max 9s. Says Boeing are an incredible company & are working hard on the problem.

    • duperez

       /  March 14, 2019

      The planes have been grounded by many countries.

      I didn’t read that “Ardern grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes over safety fears” or “Morrison grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes over safety fears” but I did read “Trump grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes over safety fears.”

      • Gezza

         /  March 14, 2019

        It’s because the airline and FAA refused to ground them, so Trump is issuing an emergency executive order to ground them.

        • Gezza

           /  March 14, 2019

          *US airlines refused

          • Gezza

             /  March 14, 2019

            Canadian airlines refused to ground theirs too. Be interesting to see what they do now.

            • Gezza

               /  March 14, 2019

              Canada has barred the planes from their airspace now too.

  3. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2019

    God UK Commons Speaker Bercrow is a scream, & a screamer. He’s like a Monty Python parody of a Parliamentary Speaker. 😀

    • Missy

       /  March 14, 2019

      He’s also a bully and a creep.

      • Gezza

         /  March 14, 2019

        312 ayes
        308 noes

        No deal exit?

        • Gezza

           /  March 14, 2019

          Oh aljaz tv saying No Deal Exit at any time – is rejected.

          • Missy

             /  March 14, 2019

            It was an amendment to the main motion.

            It is non-binding, just an indication of the position of House of Commons.

          • Gezza

             /  March 14, 2019

            Very confused state of affairs.

            • Missy

               /  March 14, 2019

              It is. The law as it stands still has the UK leaving on 29 May regardless of whether they have a deal or not.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  March 14, 2019

              Deal or no deal hosted by Theresa May with a cast of sundry clowns

  4. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2019

    Tragic scenes in Lagos, Nigeria, where a three storey building has completely collapsed, trapping occupants, including up to a 100 children attending a primary school on the top floor. Amateur rescuers are desperately scrabbling through the rubble with bare hands, trying to find & save anybody still alive. Still waiting on an organised official rescue to get underway. A couple of children shown being carried out, at least one still alive, but rescuers say there are dead bodies in there.

  5. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    Another day another Brexit vote.

    Tonight the House will vote on the motion put forward by the Government last night. There are a number of non binding amendments to be voted on first.

    The first amendment is to take No Deal off the table long term. The MP (a Government MP) that put it forward then tried to have it removed, however, she wasn’t able to. The Government had a three line whip. This amendment passed by 4 votes.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2019

      What bloody chaos. Can HMQE2 still send anybody to The Tower?

    • Missy

       /  March 14, 2019

      It is believed that some Ministers voted against the whip on this, so it will be interesting to see who voted for it. The Government should have won it, but that they didn’t shows that some on the Government benches voted for it.

  6. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    Amendment number 2 is on the Malthouse compromise.

    This has the support of the powerful ERG, and other backbench Brexiteers. This was slapped down previously by the PM as a non-starter, however, she has agreed for it to be put forward.

    This amendment has three main points. 1. It asks for an extension of Article 50 to May 22 (day before the European Elections). 2. It asks for the backstop to be removed completely. 3. It would extend the transition period to 2021 to allow time to negotiate the future relationship.

    The PM has given a free vote on this amendment after 15 Brexiteer Cabinet Members went to her and threatened to resign and bring her Government down if she didn’t allow her Ministers to vote for it – it is expected to fail however.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2019

      Aljaz tv:
      UK Parkiament decides on delaying exit.

    • Missy

       /  March 14, 2019

      As expected this has been defeated.

      164
      374

  7. Gezza

     /  March 14, 2019

    Al Jazeera: Also Breaking

    At least eight people have been killed in a shooting incident that took place at an elementary school near Sao Paulo in Brazil.

    The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday after two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons before committing suicide, police said.

    Police said that two adolescents, wearing face masks, entered the building and started shooting at about 9:30am local time (06:30 GMT).

    “Eight people died at the scene, including the two assailants who committed suicide,” said a state military police spokesman.

    “Two injured people died after being taken to hospital.”

    Around 15 people were injured in the shooting at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, southeast Brazil.

    Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria said four children and two members of staff were among the dead.

  8. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    Government is imposing a three line whip against their motion as amended.

    It will be interesting to see who will break the whip.

    The wording of the motion is a little confusing, but as I understand it (I am looking for the exact wording) the motion declines to approve leaving with no deal by 29 March but notes that remains the default position unless a deal is agreed.

    So, my understanding is that the Government is being whipped to keep no deal on the table.

    It will be interesting to see what happens in this vote, and how many Ministers will be resigning tomorrow.

    • Missy

       /  March 14, 2019

      There are reports that some Cabinet Ministers are abstaining on this.

      Expect some Ministerial sackings or resignations tomorrow.

  9. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    Votes in:

    321
    278

    The Government has been defeated. The House of Commons have let down the people of the UK.

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2019

      Ok – so what will this mean now?

      Confused grandfather of 4 pukeko pooklets
      Tawa

      • Missy

         /  March 14, 2019

        Everyone is confused at this point in time.

        Tomorrow is the vote to extend Article 50, however, many believe that Brexit won’t happen.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  March 14, 2019

        Don’t worry the pukekos will pick over whatever is left.

    • Missy

       /  March 14, 2019

      20 Ministers abstained on this vote.

      They should quit – if they aren’t sacked.

      • Missy

         /  March 14, 2019

        The report of 20 Ministers abstaining is now being dissed by other media, it is only 5. Not sure why journalists were tweeting that 20 had abstained, you would think that they would have the facts correct! I suspect they meant 20 Government Ministers and MPs.

        One Minister has resigned over it.

        A former Minister is apparently texting journalists to say that he has told the chief whip if the Ministers who abstained are not sacked then no MP will ever obey the whip again. Pretty obvious really.

  10. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    Brexit is soooooooo boring.

    Who really cares except the…Brits!

    • Gezza

       /  March 14, 2019

      1ewes at 6 & Aljazeera take an interest. Dunno about tv3. They’ve got Tova.

      • Missy

         /  March 14, 2019

        Tova isn’t in the UK, and she is a Remainer Corbynista….

  11. NOEL

     /  March 14, 2019

    Oh the options. Westminster democracy at its best?
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46393399

  12. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    It seems May isn’t sacking the Ministers that abstained / voted against her.

    The ERG are now indicating they will vote for the deal if it goes back to the House on the condition May resigns. I hope they get her to resign BEFORE the vote, she has screwed them over once before.

  13. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

  14. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    • Corky

       /  March 14, 2019

      NEARLY AS STUPID AS THE SNOWFLAKE ABOUT TO JUMP OFF THAT TEN STORY BUILDING BECAUSE ONE OF MY SUPPORTERS HAS PROMISED TO CATCH HER.
      THUMBS UP, GIRLIE!

      😆✔

  15. Missy

     /  March 14, 2019

    The UK Government have confirmed a commitment to a third meaningful vote next week.

    The fun continues.

  16. MaureenW

     /  March 14, 2019

    I wonder why we don’t hear much about Trump / Russia collusion these days – perhaps because it was an invention to derail the Trump presidency. Hopefully William Barr will be taking a closer look.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/rand-paul-says-lisa-pages-testimony-on-anti-trump-insurance-policy-deserves-more-attention

    • Blazer

       /  March 14, 2019

      just for Maureen…

      • Blazer

         /  March 14, 2019

        one more..

        • MaureenW

           /  March 14, 2019

          But they’re not even good memes Blazer – at least find something funny or original.

          • Corky

             /  March 14, 2019

            Desperation, Maureen, desperation. The barrel is bare.😊 The election near.

  17. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    not original…..

  18. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    funny?

    • MaureenW

       /  March 14, 2019

      That one is clever 🙂

    • Corky

       /  March 14, 2019

      VOTE TRUMP AND CONTINUE EATING. VOTE DEMS AND DREAM ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN’T EAT.

  19. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    last one..

  20. Blazer

     /  March 14, 2019

    some balance..

  21. Blazer

     /  March 15, 2019