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Citizens of El Paso are uniting to donate blood

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 4, 2019 Citizens of El Paso are uniting to donate blood 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Residents of El Paso, Texas stepped up to donate blood after the mass shooting over the weekend.Tonight, blood donations are still pouring in. On the day of the shooting, a line of citizens waiting to help those who were injured in the tragedy formed around the blood bank building. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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British MPs reject Brexit deal again

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May reacts after tellers announced the results of the vote Brexit deal in Parliament in London, Britain on 12 March in this screen grab taken from video. Photo: ReutersBritish MPs resoundingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time on Tuesday, plunging the country into further uncertainty just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union.The House of Commons voted 391-242 against the divorce deal, even after May secured further guarantees from Brussels over its most controversial elements.The move risks unleashing economic chaos, as Britain is scheduled to end ties with its biggest trade partner after 46 years on 29 March no matter what.Appearing before MPs in a voice half-breaking due to a cold, May defiantly vowed to fight on, saying she “profoundly” rejected the outcome.“The deal we’ve negotiated is the best and indeed the only deal,” she told the hushed chamber moments after the vote.May promised to allow MPs to vote on a “no deal” option on Wednesday and, if that is rejected as expected, to decide on Thursday whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.She said parliament faced “unenviable choices” if it voted for an extension, including revoking Brexit, holding a second referendum or leaving with another deal.However, euro sceptics believe the current deal is so bad that it is worth the risk of leaving with no plan.The latest vote comes two years after Britain set the clock ticking on its departure from the EU following a highly divisive referendum in 2016.Michel Barnier, the EU chief Brexit negotiator, said Brussels had nothing more to offer and must now brace for the possibility of a messy divorce.“The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line,” Barnier tweeted.“The impasse can only be solved in the #UK. Our ‘no-deal’ preparations are now more important than ever before.”But a spokeswoman for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said EU members would consider a “reasoned request” for a Brexit delay.Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday that it was becoming increasingly likely that Britain would crash out of the bloc with no deal in place, accusing the country of “gambling carelessly with the well-being of citizens and the economy”.“Unfortunately, I can only say that at the moment Germany has prepared for all the worst cases as well as possible,” Heiko Maas said.Not a single changeJeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party who has been trying to force snap elections, said May must now admit that her government’s overarching strategy had failed.“Their deal, their proposal, the one the prime minister’s put, is clearly dead,” Corbyn said, calling on her to negotiate for a softer Brexit to keep close economic ties with the EU.After MPs first rejected the 585-page Brexit deal in January, May promised changes to the hated backstop plan which is intended to keep open the border with EU member Ireland.She announced she had secured the promised “legally binding changes” to the backstop—which would keep Britain in the EU’s customs union if and until a new way was found to avoid frontier checks—after a last-minute trip to Strasbourg to meet EU leaders on the eve of the vote.Hours later, however, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the additions would not completely allay MPs fears of being trapped in the arrangement forever.It did not take long for Brexit-supporting MPs in May’s Conservative party, and her allies, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to declare their opposition.Some eurosceptics did change their mind, urging their colleagues not to risk everything.Former minister Edward Leigh said: “You may not like the deal, it’s not perfect, but it delivers Brexit and let’s go for it.”But the margin of Tuesday’s defeat was not substantially smaller than the 230-vote thumping the plan suffered on 15 January.The pound, which has been highly volatile since the 2016 referendum, initially rose after the vote but then sank against both the euro and dollar.No third chanceThe backstop is designed to protect the peace process in Northern Ireland, which involved the removal of border checks with the Republic of Ireland.Brexit supporters wanted a unilateral way out of it, or a time limit to the arrangement, but the EU said this would make it worthless.Leaders across Europe also united behind a message that this was the best and final offer Britain could expect.“There will be no third chance,” Juncker said after his talks on Monday with May.If MPs vote against a no-deal exit on Wednesday, and want to postpone Brexit, the other 27 EU nations would need to agree.Their leaders will meet in Brussels for a summit on 21-22 March.But any postponement may have to be short-lived.Juncker on Monday said Brexit “should be complete before the European elections” at the end of May.last_img read more

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AFRO Exclusive Social Media Star B Simone Dishes on Life and Her

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comFor those who haven’t stumbled across her rants, raps, skits and famous “B. Simone tone” on Instagram, her improvisational comedy on “Wild ‘N Out” or her music, B. Simone is becoming a name to know and remember.  The entertainer with 2.1 million followers on Instagram is now on a nationwide comedy tour that is making a stop in D.C. on Dec. 26, and she is inviting people to come learn more about her and have a fun night of laughs.“It’s about my life, my personal life.  My comedy’s about my relationship, sex life, what I’ve been going through with men and it’s just super relatable. And I’ve turned tragedy and heartbreak into comedy,” B. Simone told the AFRO.Instagram and “Wild ‘N Out” star B. Simone will be in D.C. on Dec. 28 at City Winery in Northeast, D.C.The rising star has not always been a comedienne, but she has always been an entertainer.“I come from a background of girl groups and R&B pop singing. So I started off   wanting to be a singer honestly.  I’ve been in five girl groups.  I moved to Atlanta from Dallas to pursue music and acting. And social media is what made me a comedienne,” she said.Even in the earlier days of social media, with sites such as MySpace, B. Simone was active.“I’ve been doing it a long time before Instagram.  I’ve been on Instagram for almost four or five years.  So it’s not like I just blew up overnight.  It took me a while to get to this point, and it’s consistency and constantly putting out content,” she said.However, it has only been recently, through her Instagram fame, that she gained recognition and became a true comedienne.“I started doing ranting videos,” she told the AFRO. “I didn’t even know it was comedy, I was talking to the camera about relatable topics and my followers just thought I was funny.  I was just being myself, so they made me a comedienne,” the millennial entertainer explained.This is B. Simone’s first time taking her comedy on the road.“I’ve been on stage with people who have been doing standup for 20, 15, 10 years.  I’ve only been doing standup for 11 months.  So I’m very new at it, but I have the privilege of growing with my fans,” she told the AFRO.Despite being a neophyte to the comedy game, from the looks of the sold out shows, her first tour is going well.“Almost every single show has been sold out, and it’s just an amazing, amazing experience,” B. Simone said.B. Simone (center) with “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour,” co-stars Darren Brand (left) and Desi Banks.Although she’s doing well on the road, the path to getting in the door was not easy.“We decided to put on the tour and my manager really fought for me,” she explained.  These clubs are like, ‘Who is B. Simone?’… ‘Is it Bruce Bruce?  Is it Kevin Hart?  Is it DeRay Davis?  How is she going to sell tickets?’ And they just had to have faith that my fans are going to come out and support.Simone, who is doing her own promo for the show, thanked Instagram and her followers for her success on and off the road. She isn’t fazed by the haters who question her trajectory, “just because she’s Instagram famous.”“It just shows that you can do anything you want to do.  The world is different,” she said. “But I’m going to use my platform to make money.  And the world is going to excel and move forward.“I’m going to use it and I’m going to move forward in a positive light. I don’t take any of it for granted.  I say it all the time- Instagram put me in a different mindset of what I can really, really do.  I’ve touched so many people,” she told the AFRO.“So I encourage young Black women to use it to your advantage.  I don’t care if you’re a doctor, and you need more people in your doctor’s office, or if you’re an actress…  That platform is needed for whatever occupation you’re in,” she said.The entertainer is also an entrepreneur.  A licensed cosmetologist who practiced 15 years, B. Simone is launching an upcoming vegan, cruelty-free makeup line and encouraged her followers to stay tuned for when its released.In the meantime, the comedienne is grinding on the road with the “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour” featuring Desi Banks, with whom she famously collaborates on skits, and “Wild ‘N Out” co-star Darren Brand.  The D.C. stop is on Dec. 26 at City Winery the Ivy City (1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002).“It’s going to be an amazing show.”Click here for tickets and for all things B. Simone, follow her at @thebimone2 on Instagram.last_img read more

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