A year after shutting down schools across the state, West Virginia school employees are to hit the picket lines once again

(CNN)Almost a year after West Virginia teachers and other school employees shut down schools across the state, demanding higher pay and better benefits, union officials announced Monday night they would go on strike again. The bill has bounced around the state Legislature for the past few weeks, spurring worry among education advocates and teachers in West Virginia, and some changes were made in the House of Delegates to walk back some of the most sizable proposals. Pressures came to a head on Monday when the bill returned to the state Senate, which added an amendment that reinstated a lower number of charter schools and would allow for 1,000 education savings accounts. The bill in its amended state passed the Senate …

Brexit healthcare worries for Brits in Spain

Image caption About 70,000 British pensioners live in Spain A S1 certificate is available to anyone in receipt of a state pension, and to some workers who are sent overseas on a temporary basis by their UK employers. The system currently saves the NHS about £450m a year. In 2017, a senior health department official told a parliamentary select committee that Spain charges an average of £2,300 for every pensioner it treats, compared with £4,500 charged by the NHS. Yet there are no guarantees that this arrangement will continue under the Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals to protect the rights of EU citizens, including the 1.2 million Britons living elsewhere in the EU. London has said the S1 certificate may …

The Latest: McConnell: Trump to sign bill, declare emergency

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he’s prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border. McConnell said Thursday the Senate will soon vote on the bill that’s needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown Friday. The comprise measure keeps departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico. The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. Trump’s assent would end a raucous legislative saga that commenced before Christmas and saw Trump force a record 35-day partial federal shutdown. ___ 12:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is reviewing the border security compromise. But he …

The old men vying to lead Africa’s youngest population

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)On first look, not much separates the two front-runners contesting Nigeria’s presidential election. Both are men in their 70s with previous experience of high-level politics. Both are from the same ethnic group. And both are Muslims from the north of the country. Abubakar, who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007, is a staunch capitalist who made his fortune investing in various sectors in the country. Regardless of who the electorate picks — and there are 70 more candidates to choose from — the outcome will dramatically shape the fortunes of Nigeria’s more than 190 million people. The vote comes at a critical time for the country’s economy, a lynchpin of the region. The recent oil price …

Taxi drivers accused of serious sex crimes

City of Wolverhampton Council has increased the number of licences it issues eightfold since the Deregulation Act 2015 was introduced, meaning drivers no longer needed to live or work in the area of the local authority that granted them a licence. The situation has led to a chaotic picture emerging around the country, with authorities unable to control all cabbies working in their area. Taxi and cab drivers have staged go-slow protests against the current regulations around the country, saying they leave the public at risk. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I was sitting in the back of the taxi and he put his hand on my knee” Wolverhampton licensing bosses have insisted they informed relevant authorities …

Cory Booker Woos Iowans With Love-Heavy Brand Of Progressive Patriotism

WATERLOO, Iowa ― New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s favorite presidential campaign-trail yarn ― and he has a lot of them ― is about how his parents, two of IBM’s first black executives, overcame housing market discrimination to raise him and his brother in a predominantly white neighborhood in one of his state’s suburbs. Recounting the tale Friday afternoon to an audience of about 100 Democrats at a community college in Waterloo, Booker marveled at the far-reaching power of individual political sacrifices. It’s a testament, he declared with excitement in his voice, to his deeply held belief that “love is a radical force.” On the same weekend that Sen. (D-Mass.) officially with a pledge to “fight back” against the waged by …

Nearly 60 percent of Virginia’s African-Americans want Gov. Northam to remain in office: poll

This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. (Eastern Virginia Medical School via AP) “He’s been a good governor, and he’s been good, as far as I know, to black people,” Butler said. In an interview Saturday, Northam said he wants to heal the wounds that some feel after the racist photo emerged. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity. … There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entre­pre­neur­ship,” he said. “And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the …

Rep. Walter Jones, Republican Who Became Vocal Critic Of Iraq War, Dies

Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 as a member of the Republican Party after a failed bid two years earlier as a conservative Democrat. He quickly became a reliable conservative vote in Congress and was an ardent supporter of President George W. Bush’s effort to invade Iraq in 2002. But he came to regret his vote, “Congressman Jones was a man of the people,” his office said in a statement. “With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of …

Family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

She was found in a Syrian refugee camp by a reporter from the Times on Wednesday. The teenager had escaped from Baghuz – IS’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. According to reports in Saturday’s Times, Ms Begum said: “What do you think will happen to my child? “Because I don’t want it to be taken away from me, or at least if it is, to be given to my family.” She added she had been taken to hospital after having contractions after arriving at the camp, which meant she could give birth “any day”. IS teen’s return to UK ‘could be prevented’ What can the UK do about the IS teenager? Families flee last IS village in Syria After the …

Most new hips and knees ‘last 25 years’

‘May last even longer’ Nearly 200,000 of the operations were performed in 2017 in England and Wales, with most carried out on people between 60 and 80 years old. Dr Jonathan Evans, orthopaedic registrar, lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School, said: “At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients’ experiences of joint replacement surgery. “Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer.” As the ageing population grows, and life expectancy rises, this becomes even more important, Dr Evans added. Hospitals …

Democrats Have A Real Shot Of Getting Somewhere On Paid Family Leave

The U.S. is inching closer to a paid family leave policy this year, catching up to essentially every other country in the world. On Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) plan to reintroduce the who need to care for sick family members or are experiencing serious health issues. “There is very serious momentum,” DeLauro told HuffPost, explaining why this year is different. “We’ve got a new Congress, we’ve got the largest majority of women and young people.” Finally, family leave is at the “center of the debate, rather than the fringes,” she added. DeLauro and Gillibrand first introduced the bill in 2013. But this year they have a Democratic majority in the House, where it’s expected …

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 …

What Donald Trump’s giant White House golf simulator says about him

(CNN)Within the last few weeks, President Donald Trump had a room-sized golf simulator installed in his personal quarters at the White House, according to The Washington Post. Presidents have a lot on their minds. And they can’t just duck out to play a quick 18 holes on a whim. If swinging a club in a gold simulator helps them think, more power to them!

How 1MDB finally caught up with Najib Razak

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN)On Tuesday, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will appear in court — facing years in prison if convicted on corruption charges which seemed impossible less than a year ago. What is 1MDB? Political son Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Former PM arrested Scoops and scandal In early 2015, journalists from the Sarawak Report and Wall Street Journal began reporting that millions of dollars had been siphoned off the fund after allegedly securing a series of leaked documents. At first it seemed like the scandal might spell the end of Najib, as opponents — and even some within his party — demanded an investigation and called for him to resign. Behind the scenes, there were efforts to smother the …

4 Dolphins Have Now Died At A Marine Park In The Middle Of The Desert

Animal rights advocates took aim at Dolphinaris as well, saying that putting dolphins in pools on tribal land in the desert was tantamount to animal cruelty. Dolphinaris Arizona said it will close temporarily beginning Friday as a panel of experts investigates potential factors in the dolphin deaths. Two of the facility’s four remaining dolphins are being returned to Dolphin Quest, a company that loans dolphins to attractions, while the other two will be moved to another licensed facility while Dolphinaris Arizona is being evaluated. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said it’s aware of the latest dolphin death and is “working on the next course of action.” It declined to elaborate. AP Photo/Matt York …

Ozzy Osbourne out of ICU, recovering from flu complications

“He’s doing great. He’s out of the ICU, he’s doing good, he’s breathing on his own,” Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, announced on “The Talk” on Tuesday. Ozzy, 70, has been plagued with medical issues recently. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Last month, the Black Sabbath frontman postponed several tour dates in the US and Europe after developing a severe upper respiratory infection. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific