The Dominican Republic will begin constructing a fence along its 376-kilometer (234 mi) border with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade, President Luis Abinader said on Saturday. "In a period of two years, we want to put an end to the serious problems of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and the movement of stolen vehicles," Abinader said in a presentation to Congress. Construction of the border fence, whose cost has not been disclosed, will begin in the second half of 2021, Abinader said.
Myanmar's United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use "any means necessary" to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nation's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "I decided to fight back as long as I can," Kyaw Moe Tun told Reuters on Saturday. Myanmar state television announced on Saturday that Kyaw Moe Tun had been fired for betraying the country.
Coach Franco Smith predicted it could take eight years for the young Italy side he is building to be able to compete at the highest level in rugby.
Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders of his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate was issued today, with the business tycoon writing on the state of the economy and offering encouraging words for investors. “Today, many people forge similar miracles throughout the world, creating a spread of prosperity that benefits all of humanity,” Buffett wrote. “In its brief […]
2021 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Stuntmen’s Association. Founded in 1961 by Loren Janes, a stunt double for Steve McQueen, and Richard Geary, a double for Robert Vaughn, the idea was to professionalize the world of stunts. Janes and Geary wanted a space for stunt performers to speak with a single voice and share […]
The Vatican ambassador to Iraq, the point man for Pope Francis' trip to the country next week, has tested positive for COVID-19 but the visit will go ahead, he said on Saturday. Archbishop Mitja Leskovar, who has been the key person planning the March 5-8 trip, told Reuters that he as well as several other staff at the nunciature (embassy) were in self-isolation. "This is not going to influence the pope's program, which is going on as planned," Leskovar said.
A military guard of honour and Royal Air Force fly-past marked the funeral on Saturday of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the World War Two veteran who raised millions of pounds for Britain's health service during the coronavirus pandemic. By the time he finished, on April 16, he was being willed on by millions in Britain and beyond, and the total raised was heading towards 39 million pounds ($54 million). Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his efforts, while the White House said after his death that he had "inspired millions through his life and his actions".
A recently discovered bomb from World War II was disposed of during a controlled detonation on February 27 in Exeter, England.The bomb, which was uncovered a day earlier, led to the evacuation of some 2,600 properties in the area as well as residence halls at the University of Exeter prior to its detonation.“The impact of the blast has been significant and debris has been thrown at least 250-metres away,” said the Devon and Cornwall Police. “The crater is around the size of a double decker bus.”This video, shared by the Exeter City Council, shows the detonation on Saturday. Credit: Exeter City Council via Storyful
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, John Oliver has been broadcasting his weekly “Last Week Tonight” from home in a white-backgrounded “blank void” that looks very different from his usual New York City studio. Now in its sixth season, the HBO show picked up four Primetime Emmy Awards this year, including for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the fifth straight year. And the former “Daily Show” regular has spent much of last year chronicling not only the pandemic but also the presidential election — and getting a sewer plant in Danbury, Ct. named after him. Also Read: 'Last Week Tonight' Calls 'Horses-' on Misuse of 2019 Segment to Push Voter Fraud Claims There is a new episode of “Last Week Tonight” this week, Feb. 28. Oliver returned Feb. 14 after a brief hiatus, and is back in his usual time slot at 11 p.m. EST on HBO. In last season’s finale, Oliver also took the opportunity to recap some of his personal highlights from the momentous year of 2020. “We sponsored a marble league, we made stamps to help the Postal Service, we tracked down this magnificent piece of rat erotica,” he began. “I got into a fight with Danbury, Connecticut, which resulted in them naming a sewage plant after me.” He also recapped his yearlong taunting of Oscar-nominated actor Adam Driver, who gamely called in to inquire about “this strange, strange bit that you’ve somehow pulled me into” and then dragged Oliver into offering a very begrudging apology. Also Read: John Oliver Can't Believe He Still Has to Talk About 'This Asshole' Donald Trump (Video) Oliver closed the season finale with a more spectacular bit, getting up from his seat in the “blank void” to reveal a giant stage-set in some remote ravine-like location. As he walked toward the camera and away from the set, we saw that it was in fact shaped like a giant 2020 sign — which he promptly blew up in a fireball. “Let tomorrow be about solutions,” Oliver said to close the show, and the season, and the year. “Today is about vengeance. F— you, 2020. Get f—ed.” Read original story Is There a New ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Airing This Week? At TheWrap
The knives were being sharpened for coach Wayne Pivac after his first year in charge of Wales ended with a paltry three wins from 10 games but a matter of weeks later he is being feted as his team eye what would be an extraordinary Grand Slam. Saturday's 40-24 victory over England followed wins over Ireland and Scotland, both of whom had a man sent off, and suddenly, somehow, Welsh fans are no longer lamenting the good old days of Warren Gatland. However, while England coach Eddie Jones was resting on his laurels and making minimal changes, Pivac - sometimes through necessity and sometimes through choice - used his first 12 months in the job to look at new players across all positions.
Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled "The Health of Popes."
Israel has sent investigators to Greece to inspect a ship suspected of causing an oil spill that has covered much of Israel's shoreline with tar, the Environment Protection Ministry said on Saturday. Israel has been looking at a spill from a ship that passed about 50 km (30 miles) offshore on Feb. 11 as the possible source of what environmental groups are calling a disaster for wildlife. "We will ... use all means until we find the environmental perpetrator responsible for the pollution," Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said in a statement.
Ten people were arrested in Barcelona on Saturday for assaulting police officers in fresh unrest over the jailing of a rapper for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs. Pablo Hasel, known for his anti-establishment lyrics, was arrested on Feb. 16 after failing to report to serve his sentence, prompting debate over freedom of expression and sparking sometimes violent protests in Barcelona and Madrid. Hasel was convicted for lyrics and tweets that included references to Basque separatist group ETA, calling Spain's former king Juan Carlos a mafia boss and likening Spanish judges to Nazis.
President Joe Biden on Saturday said his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday, following a U.S. intelligence report that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration has faced some criticism, notably an editorial in the Washington Post, that the president should have been tougher on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for approving Khashoggi's murder.
DC Films President Walter Hamada “did nothing that impeded or interfered” with a WarnerMedia investigation into potential misconduct on the set of “Justice League” in 2017, according to a statement from investigator Judge Katherine B. Forrest on Saturday. “I am disappointed by continued public statements made suggesting that Walter Hamada in any way interfered with the ‘Justice League’ investigation. He did not,” Judge Forrest said. “I interviewed him extensively on more than one occasion and specifically interviewed him concerning his very limited interaction with Mr. Fisher. I found Mr. Hamada credible and forthcoming. I concluded that he did nothing that impeded or interfered with the investigation. To the contrary, the information that he provided was useful and advanced the investigation.” Forrest’s statement came soon after Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the film, skewered Hamada and Warner Bros. on Saturday morning. “Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destory a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press? But hey, Black Superman…” he said, referring to the Friday announcement Ta-Nahesi Coates will be writing a new “Superman” flick for DC/WB. Also Read: WarnerMedia Says 'It Is Time to Move On' After Ray Fisher Says Studio 'Failed to Bury' Him Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press? But hey, Black Superman… A>E — Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) February 27, 2021 WarnerMedia’s investigation started last November after Fisher publicly accused “Justice League” director Joss Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional” behavior on set. Fisher said Whedon’s behavior was enabled by then-DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns and by Jon Berg, former co-president of production at Warner. Berg left the company in December 2017 as part of a “restructuring,” while Johns stepped down seven months later. He began to criticize Hamada in September. WarnerMedia launched an investigation into Fisher’s claims in mid-August, a move initially celebrated by Fisher. But on Sept. 4, he criticized the company on Twitter, saying, “After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the President of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not.” WarnerMedia concluded its investigation in December, saying “remedial action” was taken, but declined to clarify what that means. On Saturday, WarnerMedia defended Hamada in a statement shared with TheWrap. “Once again there are false statements being made about our executives and our company surrounding the recent Justice League investigation,” the company said. “As we have stated before, an extensive and thorough third-party investigation was conducted. Our executives, including Walter Hamada, fully cooperated, no evidence was found of any interference whatsoever, and Warner Bros. did not lie in the press. It’s time to stop saying otherwise and move forward productively.” Read original story ‘Justice League’ Investigation: WarnerMedia Defends Execs Against Latest Ray Fisher Accusations At TheWrap
A police van was torched and looting broke out on Saturday as police and protesters clashed in the latest demonstration in Barcelona, 11 days after the jailing of a Spanish rapper in a highly contentious free speech case.
Billionaire Warren Buffett expressed his optimism for America and his company despite the pandemic that struck his businesses. In his widely read annual letter for shareholders released Saturday, he wrote, “Never bet against America.” He also expressed his optimism for Berkshire. The company bought back a record of nearly $25 billion of its stock last year – signaling that investors have undervalued the conglomerate. His businesses include auto insurer GEICO and the railroad BNSF, whose strong results helped lift quarterly operating income 14%. Gains in stocks like Apple drove the bottom line up 23%. Curiously, Buffett did not specifically mention the pandemic in his letter even though it led to a loss of more than 31,000 jobs in Berkshire’s workforce. The health crisis also drained aerospace industry demand for parts, driving his company, Precision Castparts to cut more than 40% of its workers last year. Buffett admitted in the letter that he had overpaid when he shelled out $32 billion to buy it in 2016. He called that mistake “a big one.”He also disclosed that Berkshire will hold its annual shareholders meeting this year in Los Angeles - not in Omaha, where tens of thousands of people gather every year for what the “Oracle of Omaha” calls the “Woodstock for Capitalists.”
WarnerMedia has broken its silence over Ray Fisher’s recent tweets about the investigation into alleged misconduct on the set of “Justice League.” In the most recent tweet, posted Saturday morning, Fisher claimed that DC Films President Walter Hamada interfered in the investigation, and that Warner Bros. lied to the press about it. “Do ya’ll remember […]
England's coach and captain remained tight-lipped over the controversial decisions that gave Wales two early tries in Saturday's 40-24 Six Nations victory in Cardiff on Saturday but there was no shortage of debate among pundits and fans. Wales scored four tries against England for the first time in 23 years and ran out deserved winners after cashing in on the visitors' indiscipline but it was the scores by Josh Adams and Liam Williams that have got everyone talking. French referee Pascal Gauzere instructed England captain Owen Farrell to speak to his players after a spate of early penalties.
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