Royal baby’s birth a ‘family’ affair to remain private, Harry and Meghan say

Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, say they will share the news of their first child’s arrival into the world, but only after they celebrate as a family in private.

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Royal baby’s birth a ‘family’ affair to remain private, Harry and Meghan say

Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, say they will share the news of their first child’s arrival into the world, but only after they celebrate as a family in private.

         April 11, 2019 at 12:38PM https://ab.co/2Z7yHHF

The next Crocodile Dundee? Government hopes Top End Wedding will boost tourist numbers

The NT Government invested $1.5 million in Top End Wedding and is hoping that the movie, filmed at “romantic and beautiful” destinations across the Territory, will have as big an impact as Crocodile Dundee did back in 1986.

         April 11, 2019 at 12:35PM https://ab.co/2Uw8W5v

Two people and dog escape burning yacht in waters off Moreton Island

Two people escape unharmed after their yacht erupts in flames off Moreton Island in South-East Queensland this morning.

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Ex-pope Benedict blames gays for child abuse

This video says about itself:

Gay kiss protest near the pope in Barcelona – no comment

8 November 2010

Gay couples kiss in protest over discrimination against gay people as Pope Benedict left Barcelona’s archbishopric in his Popemobile.

Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad today:

Pope Benedict XVI has retired, but he is now the center of a riot in the Catholic Church. The German has published an essay in conservative German media in which he blames sexual abuse within the Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and … church laws that protected gay priests.

Critics think his analysis is totally irresponsible, even catastrophic, because he is obstructing his successor. Pope Francis tries to lead the church out of the abuse crisis.

,,Why did pedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately, the reason for this is the absence of God”, writes Benedict

Dear ex-pope Benedict: Of course, not only some believers in various religious organisations abuse children; some atheists do as well. However, unlike with child abusing conservative Dutch bishop Gijsen, if an atheist abuses a child from an atheist family, then there will be no fear of burning in hell forever as punishment for denouncing the perpetrator as that perpetrator is supposedly ‘a man of God‘. And there will be no atheist hierarchy covering up the culprit’s crimes.

in the 6,000-word essay published today in the German monthly magazine Klerusblatt, the Catholic News Agency, and other conservative media. According to Benedict, the germ of the abuse lies in the early 1960s. … Benedict saw the formation of homosexual cliques” in seminars “that acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate”. …

Penance

When he retired in 2013, Benedict wanted to devote the rest of his life to penance and prayer.

There is plenty about which Pope Ratzinger should do penance. Eg, his abuse of Christmas for a homophobic attack. But I doubt whether he means that.

His successor, Francis, would be given every opportunity to lead the church. …

Church historian Christopher Bellitto wonders if Benedict, who will turn 92 next week, is being manipulated by others. The essay lacks conclusions that the Roman church already drew earlier after the abuse summit in February: the abuse also took place before the sexual revolution in the 1960s; and homosexuality has nothing to do with pedophilia. “The essay essentially ignores what we have learned there.”

The essay is welcomed by some on the right. …

Caricature

Massimo Faggioli, theologian at Villanova University, argues that Benedict’s analysis is meager because he actually attributes the abuse to the sexual revolution and ignores major issues before that time. “It’s a caricature of what happened.”

Eg, the ex-pope’s essay, at least the synopsis by the NOS of it, ‘forgets’ the abuse of hundreds of boys in a religious children’s choir, led by Pope Ratzinger’s own brother.

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Mysterious outback aviation drone incident linked to UK Defence

Reports emerge of reconnaissance-style drone crashing in outback Western Australia as Airbus says one of its aircraft was involved in an incident in the region.

         April 11, 2019 at 12:24PM https://ab.co/2US2cOx

Bananas, chocolate fed to kangaroos as tourists seek the perfect picture

There are signs asking visitors not to feed the wildlife, but at this popular WA beach where kangaroo selfies are the new social media craze, tourists are not paying any attention.

         April 11, 2019 at 12:23PM https://ab.co/2UHR9Yn

CEA Chairman Kevin Hassett Discusses Economy, Fed Position, Inflation and U.S-China Trade…

White House Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett gives an interview to discuss the current state of the U.S. economy.  After discussing President Trump’s Fed pick Herman Cain, Hassett outlines how inflation is non-existent; and also discussions around ongoing … Continue reading

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Infighting Stalls Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico, Southeast

Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, infighting among Washington’s tribes has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that’s desperately being sought by President Donald Trump’s allies in Florida and Georgia.

Trump’s opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the island U.S. territory. Trump is feuding with the island’s Democratic officials and railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month.

Senate Republicans have stuck with the president so far, refusing to add more funding to help Puerto Rico rebuild its water systems or help its impoverished government with more generous disaster aid terms. Democrats in turn filibustered a $14 billion aid package over the issue last week, and the measure has languished since.

“Typically, when these kinds of things happen we figure out how to help as much as possible and do it on an overwhelming bipartisan basis and that’s what needs to be done now,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Thursday. “I think we’ll get there but it’s been a little too political in my opinion.”

Growing frustration

Now, both House and Senate are heading off for a two-week Easter recess, leaving struggling cotton farmers in the South in limbo and failing to ease food stamp cuts in Puerto Rico.

“It’s an absolute travesty that this chamber is recessing without a compromise on much-needed funding for disaster relief,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “From the start, Democrats have supported an all-of-the-above approach, help every part of America that’s struggling from natural disasters. We need to help everyone hurt last year, everyone hurt this year, everyone hurt in Puerto Rico, everyone hurt in the middle West, everyone hurt in Florida.”

The cross-party finger pointing has been predictable, but Republicans are also upset with the White House.

“Never before have we seen American communities that were wrecked with catastrophes neglected like this,” said Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., usually a Trump loyalist, in a floor speech this week. “To this day, OMB has not even submitted a request for disaster assistance, calls to White House staff have gone unheeded, and but for one tweet on April 1, it seems the president has moved on.”

Frustration is also bubbling in the Senate, where Trump allies such as David Perdue of Georgia and Rick Scott of Florida — a state that’s crucial to Trump’s re-election — are pressuring the president to deal. Scott visited with Trump on Thursday at the White House, along with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

“We’re going to discuss where we are and where we think we might be able to go,” Shelby said, telling reporters he was hoping to be able to make Democrats another offer afterward.

Partisan voting

Disaster aid bills have traditionally been nonpartisan, but hard feelings still linger from the 2012-2013 Superstorm Sandy experience, in which most Republicans voted against a huge aid package that went chiefly to Democratic New York and New Jersey. At the time, Schumer was especially upset.

Schumer led last week’s move to block the Senate measure but Democrats haven’t faced much political heat for the maneuver, and Schumer appears confident that Republicans will have to yield and give more aid to Puerto Rico.

The House passed a $14 billion measure in January but the measure got tangled up during the partial government shutdown. Earlier this week, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., unveiled a new bill with $3 billion more to respond to flooding in Midwestern states such as Iowa and Nebraska.

Trump has been slow to release already appropriated funding for Puerto Rico and critics say he has shown little urgency in helping the island. Trump attacked the island’s government at a recent meeting with Senate Republicans, telling them that Puerto Rico has gotten too much disaster help compared with states such as Texas.

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