• just in: Six Volkswagen executives indicted in emission scandal

    11/Jan/2017 // 204 Viewers

     A Volkswagen dealership in Carlsbad, Calif. (Mike Blake/Reuters)


    U.S. officials indicted six executives at German automaker Volkswagen on Wednesday in connection with company’s efforts to deliberately deceive U.S. regulators about the emissions standards of its diesel engine vehicles and sell those cars illegally to American drivers.

    Five of the six executives are currently in Germany, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch said it was too soon to say how that will impact legal proceedings moving forward. Additional executives at the company are being investigated and could potentially face charges, she said.

    The Justice Department officially handed down criminal and civil penalties for Volkswagen on Wednesday afternoon. Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal counts, a rare admission of wrongdoing for a major company, and pay $4.3 billion in fines.

    “As you know we cannot put companies in jail, but we can hold their employees personally accountable and make companies pay hefty fines,” said FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

    “This is reflection of the fact that faceless multinational corporations don’t commit crimes, people commit crimes,” added Sally Q. Yates, deputy attorney general.

    Volkswagen will pay a $2.8 billion penalty to resolve the criminal charges. The company will pay an additional $1.5 billion to settle civil claims that it violated environmental, customs and finance laws as part of its deception.

    The guilty plea and fines match the settlement terms Volkswagen outlined yesterday, when the company confirmed that “advanced discussions” with U.S. officials to resolve the charges were underway. The proposed deal still needed the approval of the company’s board.

    The settlement must now be approved in court. That date has yet to be scheduled, a Justice Department spokesman said.

    Volkswagen is charged with conspiring to defraud the government and violate environmental regulations from May 2006 to November 2015 by installing devices in its diesel engine vehicles that obscure the amount of nitrogen oxide they spew into the air. Those devices and accompanying software allowed Volkswagen to evade regulators for years, the Justice Department asserts.

    However, Volkswagen falsely claimed that its vehicles met all environmental regulations in order to import and sell the affected vehicles in the United States from 2009 to 2015, according to the charges. In all, the emissions scandal touched 11 million vehicles worldwide, including more than half a million sold in the United States.

    When U.S. officials finally caught onto the ruse, Volkswagen “did corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal business records” in order to obstruct the investigation, charging documents declare. In August and September 2015, a Volkswagen supervisor is accused of deleting emails and files related to the deceptive device and instructing employees to do the same, charging documents show.

    Those criminal charges, which Volkswagen must still formally admit to in court, were also the basis for three civil allegations brought against the company.

    A Volkswagen executive was arrested and charged in Miami earlier this week in connection with the Justice Department investigation. Wednesday’s plea agreement states that the agency will “not file additional criminal charges” against Volkswagen or its “direct or indirect affiliates and subsidiaries.”

    Past Justice Department settlements with automakers, including Toyota and GM, allowed those companies to pay a fine without admitting to any wrongdoing.

    Wednesday’s announcement will bring Volkswagen’s total fines to roughly $20 billion. The largest of those penalties was the $14.7 billion the company was ordered to pay to buyback cars and otherwise compensate customers impacted by the scandal.


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  • Breaking: I'll bomb North Korea - Donald Trump

    11/May/2016 // 999 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 12, 2016: (DGW) - Mr. Donald Trump has sent a very strong signal to the hermit kingdom of North Korea that it is not going to be business as usual if elected as the president of the United States of America.

    The Republican presidential nominee was quoted as saying a strike on the rogue regime of North Korea would send a strong message of America's military might around the world, he wrote while asking himself question what he would do in North Korea.

    He wrote: "What would I do in North Korea? "Am I ready to bomb this reactor? You're damned right."

    Donald trump also reportedly patted the young North Korean leader for executing all his rivals and keeping the rest of them under permanent subjugation to consolidate his hold on power.

    Recall Kim executed some army generals among whom was one of his uncles.

     His words:  “You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden — you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it.


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  • BREAKING: Democrats submitted measure minutes ago that could steal presidency from Trump

    11/Nov/2016 // 2390 Viewers

     

    Earlier today, Democrats moved into position to execute a last ditch attempt to shift the Electoral College results. This, of course, would award Hillary Clinton the presidency. Their argument stems from the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
     
    KDVR reporters on the scene said that Democrats are making a strong push for the Electoral College to be changed, and for the popular vote to take effect in a new way.
     
    How their plan works is simple. As you know, each state has a specific number of electoral votes based on the number of congressional districts within its borders. Additionally, a vote is given for each Senator. The total comes out to 538.
     
    Yet, there is nothing in our Constitution to prevent these electors from refusing to support the candidate who won their state. That means even though Trump won, specific electoral voters could outright deny him the presidency.
     
    They Are Stealing It Before Our Very Eyes
     
    Democrats are pushing the law into practice by spreading a provisional petition. As of this afternoon, the petition has 175,000 signatures, making it an official public position.
     
    While some states could try to “ban” electoral voters from switching to Hillary, there’s no way it could be enforced—each electoral voter has the ultimate say.
     
    It’s a low move by the Democrats, and it could actually work.
     
    Red State Watcher reported that throughout history, more than 99% of electors have pledged to support American voters. But if the election cycle was indicative of anything to come, the Democrats are sure to actually push this.
     
    Clinton already has the control of large donors like Soros, who are currently funding anti-Trump protests all around the country.
     
    We have come TOO FAR to lose it now. Please spread this message and share this article. We must make the American People aware of the dirty trick they are trying to use. If we don’t, we could surely lose America to the same evil forces we just defeated. 
     
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  • ''Trump could ban Muslims in US, speed up deportations'' - American legal experts say

    11/Nov/2016 // 765 Viewers

    US President-elect, Donald Trump

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: (DGW) US legal experts say , the President-elect on assumption of office could actually ban Muslims from entering the United States and speed up deportations, the Los Angeles Times published on November 10, 2016 has reported.

    The paper reports that  ''Noncitizens seeking to enter the country generally aren’t protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws.

     
    ''As of Thursday morning, mention of the Muslim ban had disappeared from Trump’s campaign website. Later in the day, the proposal reappeared on the website. Trump aides insisted the earlier removal had been a technical glitch. 
     
    ''Trump could limit the entry of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn Middle Eastern countries. He probably would face pressure from U.S. allies not to do so, but he could disregard that.''
    On deportation of foreigners from the USA, Los Angeles Times also reported that, '' The law gives the president broad authority over immigration policy. Trump could speed up deportations, revoke Obama’s program that shielded so-called Dreamers — people who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and curb certain categories of visas for legal immigrants.

    ''But as Obama found, there are limits. Courts struck down his effort to expand the deportation shield to cover millions of adults.

    ''Trump also could not build a wall along the Mexican border without money from Congress, although he might be able to get started on construction by shifting funds already in the federal budget.''

    Credit: Los Angeles Times


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  • Mark Zuckerberg under fire for aiding Trump's victory, but says 'Critics are crazy'

    11/Nov/2016 // 603 Viewers

     

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: (DGW) AMID mounting criticisms that free use of false information on Facebook aided Trump's victory in the just concluded US presidential election, Facebook founder , Mark Zuckerberg has risen to defend his platform saying that Facebook owes no one any apology and therefore should not be held responsible.

    While speaking on  at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Zuckerberg said that “the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” 

    Facebook, the social networking giant, he said only gives people power to share so that we can make the world more open and connected'

    His words: “My goal, and what I care about, is giving people the power to share so we can make the world more open and connected. That requires building a good version of News Feed. We still have work to do on that. We’re going to keep improving it.''

    “If you believe that then I don’t think you have internalized the message Trump supporters are trying to send in this election.”

    For an increasing number of people, particularly Americans, Facebook is becoming the primary source of news coverage.

    The site’s News Feed is specifically designed to show users content it thinks will be of most interest, creating what some describe as a “filter bubble” that reinforces a person’s view without injecting differences in opinion.

    Earlier this year, Facebook was accused of being anti-Trump after it was alleged its human moderators were favouring liberal stories from appearing in people’s “trending stories” box.

    While denying that claim, the site did sack its human team, instead relying solely on an algorithm to determine which stories were shown to be most popular, reports the BBC.

    As a consequence, stories which were later proved entirely false appeared on the timelines of a large number of users, reports the BBC.

    When asked about checks and balances needed to keep a company like Facebook in line, Zuckerberg said it was about “listening to what people want”.

    “My goal, and what I care about, is giving people the power to share so we can make the world more open and connected. That requires building a good version of News Feed. We still have work to do on that. We’re going to keep improving it.

    “On the community guidelines, I think as norms change and people want to see more news, I think we’ll have to continue to evolve the guidelines to reflect the value that the community holds.”


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  • Why Hillary lost to Trump - US Political Analysts open up

    11/Nov/2016 // 1763 Viewers

     

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: (DGW) BARELY 72 hours after the US President-elect Donald Trump was declared   winner of the just concluded US presidential election, fresh facts have emerged why the former Democrats presidential candidate lost in the keenly contested election, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

    According to reports, Hillary Clinton would have won the popular votes by well over one million votes had all registered voters voted. Over 4.3 million registered voters boycotted the polls in California thus giving Mr. Trump an edge over his rival.

    The paper reports that ''when all the ballots were counted — some 4.3 million remained in California as of Thursday night, according to the state’s secretary of state — Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by well over a million votes, en route to losing the electoral college and the White House.

    ''The result put a spotlight on the country’s deep, almost 50/50 division. Democrats, many still in shock over a result that most people in either party did not expect, have been agonizing over how this happened.''

     


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  • Nigerians jubilate as United States takes major step to end hunger, poverty in Nigeria

    11/Oct/2016 // 1365 Viewers

     

    The United States Government has announced the sum of $92.73m in developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3bn agreement signed with the Federal Government in 2015.

    The U.S. Embassy in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said that the amount was being provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    The embassy explained that the money brought the total of development assistance provided in the agreement to $474.74m.

    He said, “This funding will continue to help Nigeria reduce extreme poverty in a more stable, democratic society. 
    “Activities will stimulate inclusive economic growth, promote a healthier, more educated population, and strengthen good governance.”

    It quoted the USAID Mission Director, Michael Harvey as expressing the confidence that the funding would have positive impact on Nigerians.

    It said, “Today we are pleased to contribute additional funding in support of the agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015.

    “With their leadership we know this funding will have a significant impact on the well-being of Nigerians.”

    The statement also said that said USAID had collaborated with the Federal ministries of Budget and National Planning, Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education in an effort to align Nigeria’s development plans with sector-specific strategies.

    The statement said that USAID also collaborated with state-level government counterparts to structure the agreement, which was in place until 2020.

    It said, “In addition to the developmental funding, the U.S. provides humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

    “Since fiscal year 2015, the U.S. has provided more than 366 million dollars in humanitarian assistance and continues to be the single largest bilateral humanitarian donor to the region.”

    NAN


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  • Trouble looms as House of Reps summons DSS over clampdown on judges

    11/Oct/2016 // 431 Viewers

     

    PARIS, OCTOBER 11, 2016: (DGW) Trouble has begun over the clampdown on judges following the summons issued  to the Department of State Services.

    The Nigerian lower legislative chamber on Tuesday orders the DSS to appear before the Federal Lawmakers to explain why and who empowered them to carry out the armed invasion of houses of some judges the way they did.

    Details shortly.. 

     


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  • End of the road as top evangelical magazine descends on Trump, calls him 'a fool'

    11/Oct/2016 // 740 Viewers

     

    As conservative religious voters grapple with how to respond to an audio recording of Donald Trump lewdly boasting about groping women, Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of American evangelicalism, released on Monday a blistering critique of the GOP presidential nominee.

    The editorial, written by executive editor Andy Crouch, was accompanied by a subtitle that minced no words: “Evangelicals, of all people, should not be silent about Donald Trump’s blatant immorality.”

    For the magazine founded more than 50 years ago by famed evangelist Billy Graham as an alternative to mainline Christian publications, the editorial amounts to a grenade tossed into the presidential campaign. Roughly 70 percent of white evangelicals in the most recent Pew Research polls support Trump, and few conservative evangelical leaders have criticized him, even following the release of the recent tape.

    But Crouch, who spent years as an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship campus minister before coming to the magazine a decade ago, used the editorial to channel the growing concern among younger evangelicals that the political deals cut by previous generations have compromised the integrity of their faith.

    Noting that the magazine is a nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates, Crouch nonetheless writes: “Just because we are neutral, however, does not mean we are indifferent. We are especially not indifferent when the Gospel is at stake. The Gospel is of infinitely greater importance than any campaign.”

    As for Trump, Crouch says, “There is hardly any public person in America today who has more exemplified the ‘earthly nature’ … that Paul urges the Colossians to shed: ‘sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry’ (3:5). This is an incredibly apt summary of Trump’s life to date.”

    “That Trump has been, his whole adult life, an idolater of this sort, and a singularly unrepentant one,” he continues, “should have been clear to everyone.”

    Crouch does not spare Trump’s evangelical supporters, who have proposed a variety of theological justifications for making him their candidate. He is particularly dismissive of the argument put forward by many high-profile conservatives, including Graham’s son, Franklin, that because the Bible includes examples of God using flawed men to accomplish His will, evangelicals shouldn’t be concerned about Trump’s personal morality.

    And he calls out the long-standing conservative evangelical reasoning behind backing Republican candidates simply out of concern over the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    “There is a point at which strategy becomes its own form of idolatry — an attempt to manipulate the levers of history in favor of the causes we support,” writes Crouch. “Strategy becomes idolatry, for ancient Israel and for us today, when we make alliances with those who seem to offer strength — the chariots of Egypt, the vassal kings of Rome — at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed.”

    Crouch’s indictment of Trump is not dissimilar from complaints lodged by Trump’s secular critics as well, but the language he uses may remind many of Christianity Today’s 130,000 subscribers of Old Testament prophets: “He has given no evidence of humility or dependence on others, let alone on God his Maker and Judge. He wantonly celebrates strongmen and takes every opportunity to humiliate and demean the vulnerable. He shows no curiosity or capacity to learn.”

    “He is,” Crouch concludes, “the very embodiment of what the Bible calls a fool.”


    Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/evangelical-magazine-publishes-scathing-anti-trump-editorial-013004224.html


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  • Finally Clinton floors Trump, punches his hopes to become US President

    12/Aug/2016 // 1051 Viewers

     

    Hillary Clinton admonished rival Donald Trump on Thursday for claiming that she and Barack Obama were the founders of the Islamic State, saying anyone who would “sink so low” should never be president.

    “No, Barack Obama is not the founder of ISIS,” Clinton tweeted.

    “Anyone willing to sink so low, so often should never be allowed to serve as our Commander-in-Chief.”

    Trump again roiled the presidential campaign late Wednesday, telling a rally in Florida that Obama “is the founder of ISIS.”
     
    “And I would say, the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”

    Republicans have long stated that the foreign policies of Obama and his then-secretary of state Clinton share blame in helping create conditions that allowed IS to grow in Iraq and Syria.

    IS was founded in 2013, months after Clinton left the State Department. It was born out of the terror group Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew in strength in 2006 following Republican president George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

    The group flourished with Obama’s withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in late 2011. Republicans said Obama was slow to recognize the threat when he said in 2014 that the Islamic State was a “JV” — junior varsity — team even though they gained ground in Syria and Iraq.

    “It goes without saying that this is a false claim from a presidential candidate with an aversion to the truth and an unprecedented lack of knowledge,” Clinton senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

    “This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States.”

    Sullivan warned that Trump was “echoing the talking points of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure.”

    The Democratic National Committee weighed in, saying Trump “should apologize for his outrageous, unhinged and patently false suggestions.”

    But on Thursday, Trump doubled down, telling homebuilders in Miami Beach, Florida that Obama and Clinton were “the founders of ISIS.”

    “ISIS will hand her the most valuable player award,” he said of Clinton, 68.

    Earlier Thursday, Trump stood firm when asked by CNBC whether it was appropriate to say a sitting US president founded a jihadist group determined to kill Americans.

    “Is there something wrong with saying that?” Trump, 70, said. “Are people complaining that I said he was the founder of ISIS?”

    “All I do is tell the truth. I’m a truth-teller.”

    With his poll numbers slipping after two nightmarish weeks, the billionaire real estate mogul also sought to minimize the personal cost of a potential defeat against Clinton.

    “If at the end of 90 days I fall short… even though I’m supposed to have a lot of good ideas, it’s OK. I go back to a very good way of life,” he told the network.

    “It’s either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation.”

    Last week, Trump prepared his followers for possible defeat, warning a rally that the November 8 election will be “rigged.”


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