Luxury Cruise Liners Convert To Floating Migrant Housing

Cruise Liners Migrant
A number of cruise ships are to be hastily converted for migrant use over the next month, as massive demand for housing continues unabated. Despite government efforts to introduce a semblance of control at the national borders, Sweden continues to receive thousands of migrants a week, but has long ago run out of beds and shelters. Having exhausted every government building, school gymnasium, and army barracks the Swedish government is now looking to pay out as of yet undisclosed sums to charter vast cruise liners outright to house migrants. The government contract to provide floating hotels is potentially a lucrative one for the cruise trade. Despite additional additional wear to the ship’s living spaces, the charters will require minimal crewing, low usage of fuel oil and no stress on the expensive marine diesel engines. So far several shipping companies have been in touch with the Swedish government to offer their ships, reports Afton Bladet. Migrants could live on-board for a year or more while they are assessed for refugee and asylum status. Speaking to the paper, Migration Bureau spokesman Willis Atkins said they expected to hire ships with up to 1,500 beds each, and they would be moored in the harbours of some
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Brussels Schools Reopen As Terror Alert Stays At Highest Level

Brussels struggled to get back to normal on Wednesday after four days at the highest possible terror alert with schools reopening and the metro partially back in service. Closed since Monday, schools and universities reopened despite the alert still remaining at level 4, worrying many parents with two top suspects from the Paris attacks still at large. “I had decided to not bring my kids in school this morning, but changed my mind late last night. Life must go on,” said a 47-year-old father who drove his two daughters to school. “Thank goodness we only have a half day today,” said Marc, 14, as he boarded a school bus, adding that he fully enjoyed the two extra days off from school. Metros had been closed since Saturday and gradually returned to service, but with many stops still shut to better deploy security staff. About 300 extra police from around Belgium were sent to Brussels to guard schools and 200 extra soldiers helped patrol the metro. Museums and public concert halls were also to reopen, officials said.
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New Right Wing Polish Government Removes EU Flags

EU Flags
Just weeks into taking power, the new Polish government is making itself felt in making small but heavily symbolic changes to the daily order of business. Having already torn up the previous government’s commitment to take thousands of migrants from the European Union (EU) as part of the continent-wide resettlement programme, Poland is now making tentative steps to remove visible signs of EU influence from public life. Under the last government, flags displayed at government events including press conferences were equally split between the Polish national, and the European Union. It was all change at Tuesday’s press conference with new Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, who appeared at her podium with Polish flags only. Asked about the change, Mrs. Szydlo said she was happy with Poland remaining inside the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but national matters called for the national flag. In future government press briefings “will be held only with the most beautiful red and white Polish flags”, said Mrs. Szydlo. The move has been called a ‘snub’ by Britain’s Financial Times and even prompted former Belgian prime minister and senior European Union parliamentarian Guy Verhofstadt to tweet “So you do not wish EU flags, but still want EU money?”. Mrs. Szydlo’s
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Follow Along: A Global Agreement to Act on Climate

Exit Glacier, Alaska
Melt runoff from Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. About ten years ago, this spot would have still been part of the glacier. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Every day, we are seeing and feeling the effects of climate change — here and across the globe. It poses a clear and present threat to our economic and national security. No country is immune from the consequences of climate change, and no country can act alone. Right now, we, as people, face a critical moment.

For the first time in history, we have a chance to put in place a global climate agreement that will spur countries to take ambitious action that will reduce carbon pollution, support clean energy, and ensure we deliver a planet that is worthy of future generations. That is why President Obama is heading to Paris on November 29th. He will meet with leaders of countries large and small — the world’s largest emitters and the ones that are most at risk — to find a way we can collectively reduce global emissions. 

Watch what the President had to say about it on his Facebook page:


Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.)I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner. I say this often, but that’s because it’s always at the front of my mind: We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids. And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all. Now, we’ve made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we’re leading the world to take action as well. But we’ve got to do more. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.I hope you’ll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important. At a time when nearly three in four adults online use Facebook, this feels like a great place to do it. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it.If we’re all in this together, I’m confident we can solve this and do right by future generations.

Posted by President Obama on Monday, November 9, 2015


Under President Obama, we’ve already taken the lead on the world stage. The President’s Clean Power Plan will cut emissions from the U.S. power sector — which makes up a third of U.S. emissions — by more than 30 percent by 2030 and save more than $50 billion in climate and health-related costs in the process. It’s the largest step the United States has ever taken to combat climate change. 

And under his leadership, other countries are following suit. China, Brazil, and more than 150 countries representing over 90% of global emissions have announced climate targets, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Climate Targets

In Paris, he will work with world leaders to secure an agreement that:

  1. Reflects ambitious climate targets from all countries;
  2. Puts in place a long-term framwork that incentivizes countries to ratchet down their emissions over time in a transparent way with a view to achieving a low-carbon transofrmation by the end of the century;
  3. Provides financial and technical support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries.  

In Paris, the President will meet with President Xi of China, Prime Minister Modi of India, and leaders of island nations including the Seychelles, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, and Barbados, to disucss the existential challenge these countries face from rising sea levels.

No agreement can serve as the “silver bullet” to solve climate change. However, this agreement could help ensure that American action is met with global action to reduce the impact of climate change and preserve a planet that is worthy of our children. So check back here to get the latest from Paris, follow @FactsOnClimate, and learn what more you can do to help ensure the world joins the U.S. to #ActOnClimate


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Christie: Obama ‘A Petulant Child’ About Refugees

New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie declared President Obama a “petulant child” on the Syrian refugee issue on Tuesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. Christie said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:30] “the president was a petulant child in Turkey. You know, there are legitimate concerns being raised about the Syrian refugee crisis, and I’m one of the folks who’s raised them. When the FBI director says he can’t effectively vet these people, that should be the end of the conversation.” Later, when the discussion turned to fellow candidate Donald Trump’s claims regarding “thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11. Christie stated that he doesn’t remember such celebrations taking place, “if that had happened, I’d recall it, and I don’t.” Later on, Christie was asked, “is it true that the issue of gun control inspired you to get into politics?” He answered, “No. That’s not true. No.” Anchor Bret Baier then pointed to a statement by Christie in 1993 that he was motivated to run for office to preserve the state’s assault weapons ban. Christie said that he didn’t remember saying this, but conceded that he “could have” said it. He added that “It doesn’t
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