President Trump’s $17 million “chateau” on the Caribbean island of St. Martin survived Hurricane Irma nearly unscathed, unlike the rest of the French/Dutch island — and in contrast to the fate suffered by other celebrities’ properties in the path of the monster storm still raging in Florida.
Trump’s Chateau des Palmiers, located on Plum Bay beach in a posh neighborhood of vacation villas on the French side of St. Martin, is still standing with hardly a single roof tile lost (although the landscaping is a mess), according to pictures sent to USA TODAY by Jack Fleishman, a Californian who co-owns the heavily damaged Villa Mille Fleurs just above Trump’s place.
The rest of St. Martin was 95% destroyed after Irma hit the island on Sept. 6.
Million-dollar villas and hotels, middle-class homes and the ramshackle abodes of the poor and working-class residents suffered similar fates across the Caribbean from the power of a Category 5 storm: All were reduced to little more than kindling. At least nine people died on the French side.
Week 1 of the NFL season had plenty of important stories worth following, but maybe the most entertaining was the mostly empty stadiums in Los Angeles and Santa Clara. Both the Los Angeles Ramsand San Francisco 49ers had sparse crowds for their home openers, and that has not gone unnoticed by the NFL.
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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that started under President Obama is winding down. The announcement led to the Democrats overreaching again. Some are suing the Trump administration for using the same power to rescind what Barack Obama unconstitutionally implemented during his presidency. DACA sets up criteria for applicants who entered the U.S. illegally when they were minors. If accepted, they’re shielded from deportation and have access to work permits. This executive order had been in legal limbo for years. For starters, this is a rather clear separation of powers issue. The Trump administration’s lawyers felt that it was indefensible, while the Department of Homeland Security, which had already rescinded the memo that created the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, said that only an act of Congress could ensure DACA stays as it does today. The choice was clear. A gradual winding down, in which there’s a six-month enforcement delay in order to allow Congress to sort this mess out, or a national injunction on the program.
The University of California, Berkeley has ramped up security as it braces to host conservative commentator Ben Shapiro Thursday night, the latest polarizing figure to raise concerns of violence on the famously liberal campus.
Authorities plan to seal off the campus’ central hub, Sproul Plaza, with a “closed perimeter” around several buildings including where Shapiro is scheduled to speak to a sold-out, 1,000-person audience. There will be “an increased and highly visible police presence,” the university said in a statement.
For the first time in two decades, officers have been authorized to use pepper spray to control violence after the city council modified a 1997 ban at an emergency meeting this week.
For years the number of stay-at-home dads has been rising, as more men take on responsibility for looking after the home and family.
But now the trend appears to be reversing, with the number falling sharply to a three-year low – and experts say the novelty of being a “new man” could be wearing off.
The latest ONS data shows that there are currently 232,000 men opting out of the workplace – the lowest number since 2014, and a sharp drop against a pattern which has been steadily increasing since 1993.
Duke University is recruiting male students for a nine-week program that pledges to “destabilize masculine privilege” and “interrogate masculinity.”
The program, known as the Duke University Men’s Project, seeks to help men examine how their masculinities exist “often in toxic ways” while beginning “the work of unlearning violence.”
“There is a misinformed narrative that gender equity and feminism hurts men,” a description for the program suggests, adding that “through conversations on the limits of masculinity and healthy alternatives we demonstrate that men have much to gain.”
An anonymous Facebook user has relayed a harrowing encounter with UK police in which they claim law enforcement threatened ‘hate crime’ prosecution and unmasking of their identity to their employer if they continued to post ‘Islamophobic’ content.
The admin of a small fanpage called “The Church of Mogg” – a reference to conservative UK Parliamentarian, Jacob Rees-Mogg – posted an explanation detailing the reasons behind a lengthy absence from social media.
President Trump’s deal/no deal over protecting DREAMers has bewildered both supporters and critics alike.
So, is it really any surprise that far-right commentator Ann Coulter is now wondering if the president is fit for office?
Coulter, who penned a column this week proclaiming “no amnesty is good amnesty,” made her dissatisfaction known on Thursday morning. First, she tweeted a Washington Post story about Trump supporters’ anger over the president’s willingness to protect DREAMers, undocumented people who were brought into the country illegally as children.
She then retweeted the president, who appeared to be giving a defense of DREAMers.
“At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?” Coulter said.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after a fifth man publicly accused the Democrat of molesting him as a child.
But Murray isn’t alone. At least 11 then-current and former mayors have been accused of child sex abuse-related crimes since 2016. The allegations range from child porn to physical abuse. The alleged victims were as young as four years old.
Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson resigned earlier this month after being arrested on child porn charges. Nelson has a decades-long history of alleged sexual misconduct involving teenagers and children. The child porn charges marked the fifth such accusation against Nelson, the Times Union reported, including allegations of rape and sodomy.
Nelson was never convicted for the previous alleged abuses, which allegedly included inappropriate behavior with a five year old in 1982 on the school bus that Nelson was driving at the time.
Google’s screening tool that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, one expert has warned.
Last month, the tech giant released a self-assessment quiz, called the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which pops up as a result for the search query ‘Am I depressed?’ on a computer or cell phone.
Google developed its test in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) but one professor claims that the quiz could just lead to over-treatment of depression amid the US’s opioid epidemic.
He warns the tool’s development was funded by major drug company Pfizer, which profits from the sale of antidepressants.