TOURIST BACKLASH: Ryanair forced to find new routes in face of Spanish holiday anger

The budget airliner said they will look to “diversify” the routes they transport tourists along amid outbreaks of angry protests by disgruntled residents sick of their home towns and cities becoming tourist traps.

Spain was placed under siege from violent protests as many resorted to anti-tourism slogans and graffiti throughout its tourist hubs this summer.

Barcelona and other Spanish regions including San Sebastian and Mallorca saw the worst of the backlash against the supposed mass tourism affecting their local culture, as the country experienced a record 75.6 million tourists just last year.

In Italy, locals in Venice called to cap the number of travellers allowed to enter the city as it struggles under the pressure from travellers.

During a meeting held in Madrid yesterday, Ryanair was urged to promote “alternative destinations” and “decentralise tourism” to stem so-called tourism-phobia.

It comes after the Irish airline announced five new routes from Madrid starting next summer. 

Kenny Jacobs, marketing manager, said the airliner would look to travel to other places including Italy’s Bergamo, Malta, Ireland and Madrid to avoid stoking more tension. 

The airline also called on hotel establishments to maintain “low costs” and hit out at tourism policies in Spanish areas, such as the Canary Islands, where “costs are out of the market”.

Last month around 20 young people affiliated with left-wing group Arran that supports Catalan independence burst into a restaurant in Palma de Mallorca.

The group disrupted around 70 diners inside the restaurant Mar de Nudos situated near to the cathedral by setting off firecrackers and threw confetti. 

While in Bilbao, northern Spain, another group sprayed paint across the headquarters of the Basque Country tourist board. 

The groups claim tourism is destroying Spanish cities, driving up rent and forcing out young people. 

The unhappiness surrounding the increase in tourism also hit the popular town of Dubrovnik in Croatia, where the mayor recently announced the use of cameras to limit the amount of travellers entering the tourist hotspot.

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Zach Randolph gets community service for his L.A. pot arrest

LOS ANGELES — Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said.

Randolph entered a no-contest plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 150 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

The two-time All-Star may petition the court for the charges to be vacated if he stays out of trouble for a year, Mateljan said.

Randolph initially had been arrested in August on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged him with misdemeanor drug possession. Court documents said the 36-year-old Randolph possessed “more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or more than four grams of concentrated cannabis or both.” Randolph also was accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of his or her duties.

Randolph was arrested Aug. 9 at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts after officers observed a crowd of people drinking, smoking marijuana, blasting music and blocking streets, police have said. The officers observed three people, including Randolph, run off but immediately stopped one of the men, police said. Randolph and another man ran inside a home and were arrested after a crowd of bystanders formed and attempted to block the officers, police said.

After the arrests, the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks, police said. Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires, but no officers were injured.

Randolph’s attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Wednesday, but he has previously said the charges against his client were “false and misleading.”

Randolph, a 16-year NBA veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Kings in July.

Randolph played for Michigan State and was drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

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Subway service from upper Manhattan, Bronx disrupted by debris

Furious commuters slammed the MTA Thursday morning after debris on the subway tracks slowed the commute from upper Manhattan and the Bronx, the MTA said.

There were no trains on the 1, 2 and 3 lines between W. 96th St. and W. 42nd St. because of debris blocking the tracks at W. 50th St., officials said.

“This is unacceptable,” commuter Alicia Hale posted on Twitter. “This is the morning commute – lives and jobs.”

Downtown trains on the No. 2 line were running on the No. 5 tracks from 149th St./Grand Concourse in the Bronx to Nevins St. in Brooklyn.

There were no 3 trains between 148th St. and 34th St.-Penn Station.

The MTA was advising straphangers to take the A or C trains or the M104 bus between W. 34th St. and W. 137th St.

MTA officials said the debris was found at 7:12 am on the tracks north of the 50th St. Station on the 1 Line.

Workers cut power and work crews responded.

A test ran through the area, at 8:11 am.

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There were no trains running on the 1, 2 and 3 lines between W. 96th St. and W. 42nd St. due to debris.

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Service was expected to resume shortly, but the damage was already done, according to straphangers who took to Twitter. “Literally stuck at 168th Haven’t moved 3 ft in 15 min. & then another train arrived,” Twitter user That New York City Fast Pace wrote.

Another poster wrote, “Hundreds of people stuck at 168th station unable to move.”

Nicholas Sawicki wrote, “Some have life coaches. I have the @MTA to inspire me to get up each morning well before the daily breakdown.”

Navah Maynard wrote, “So glad that the @MTA raised the price of my monthly metro card.”

Another wrote, “You had one job @NYCTSubway.” 

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Selena Gomez Was in Dire Straits for Months Before Kidney Transplant

Selena GomezIn Dire Straits for MonthsBefore Kidney Transplant

9/14/2017 6:19 AM PDT

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Selena Gomez‘s kidneys were failing long before she received her transplant … TMZ has learned.

We’ve learned when Selena was in Chicago for The Weeknd‘s concert back in May she was rushed to the hospital because of kidney failure. Abel was right by her side.

At that point Selena was already on a kidney transplant list.

She took a break from touring last year to deal with her lupus diagnosis. It’s a chronic disease that attacks the body’s immune system and the kidneys. She was suffering serious effects from the disease.

Selena now has a new kidney after a transplant this summer, thanks to her donor/best friend Francia Raisa.


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Ethics office allows anonymous donations to staffers' legal funds

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has reverted to an internal policy allowing lobbyists to make anonymous donations to White House staffers’ legal defense funds.

The move could potentially help members of the Trump administration pay for attorneys as the Russia investigations continue.

During the Clinton presidency, a 1993 OGE document authorized the anonymous donations before the ethics office advised against it, Politico reported.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

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Marilyn Glynn, the agency’s acting director under George W. Bush who spent 17 years in the office, told Politico, “It wasn’t in the interest of the public to have people guessing who really is donating here. We preferred more sunshine in the process.”

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But the document was never officially revised to reflect the practices within the office until the OGE director Walter Shaub initiated a review before the 2016 election, saying he was worried the new administration would abide by the 1993 guidance.

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The change in the OGE’s internal policy could potentially benefit members of Trump’s administration as the Russia probe continues

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As the OGE juggled more pressing matters during the transition, Shaub said he ordered a note be added to the document to reflect the disparity.

It read, “NOTE: SOME STATEMENTS IN THIS OPINION ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT OGE INTERPRETATION AND PRACTICE.”

After Shaub stepped down in July, his addendum was removed and replaced with a new note emphasizing that the written statement on legal expenses from 1993 “HAS NOT CHANGED.”

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The new note also states “HOWEVER, BECAUSE EACH ANALYSIS IS VERY FACT-SPECIFIC, AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OGE DESK OFFICER BEFORE ADVISING EMPLOYEES ON THIS TOPIC.”

Shaub told Politico, “It’s very depressing. It’s unseemly for the ethics office to be doing something sneaky like that.”

The White House later issued a statement saying it was not soliciting legal defense funds or pushing to allow anonymous donations.

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Will CHEESE cause World War 3? Source of North Korea’s endless war rage REVEALED

‘s despot developed an addiction for Emmental cheese and red wine while studying as a boy in Switzerland and continues to get huge shipments sent to Pyongyang today.

The hermit state’s leader grew so fond of his European treats it is believed he developed GOUT, after he was captured on film limping and using a cane in 2014.

This was a major embarrassment for , who demands the complete adoration of his brainwashed people and is held up as possessing God-like invincibility.

Foreign experts believe the incident was concrete evidence of gout, a buildup in uric acid in joints which can cause acute pain and discomfort while walking. 

The disease can be treated with steroids, something observers now believe explains his increasingly erratic and aggressive behaviour. 

One doctor even said his medical status is a hot topic among the medical community, with many coming to the conclusion Kim is suffering from “roid rage”. 

Dr Rock Positano of the Hospital for Special Surgery said: “There’s widespread speculation in the medical community that he has gout, and one of the treatments for gout is steroids.

READ MORE: Will North Korea attack the USA?

“This fellow could be manifesting roid rage.

“There are so many world leaders who have suffered over the centuries, and it’s changed history.

“Who knows what’s making this guy tick?”

Kim has held several controversial missile launches and nuclear tests in recent months and regularly threatens to reduce Japan to “ashes” and America to “debris”. 

The treatment of Kim’s cheese-induced gout with powerful steroids by inexperienced North Korean doctors could explain the growing threat of World War 3. 

It also highlights the jarring disconnect between Kim and his inner circle with the majority of North Korea’s 25 million-strong population, many of whom live in abject poverty. 

Recent images showed North Korea’s elites chowing down on huge feasts, while waitresses delivered huge jugs of beers at private bars in the capital of Pyongyang. 

READ MORE: How many nuclear weapons does North Korea have?

But a recent study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation found 84 percent of homes suffer from “borderline poor or poor food consumption.”

The World Food Program said one-third of children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition. Infant mortality rate is a shocking 33 percent.

The food supply is now so bad the country has been forced to introduce a “two meals a day” policy – which have caused food riots in the poorest regions.

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Matt Harvey aware he's in poor standing with Mets

CHICAGO — Matt Harvey was mad. The righthander stormed back tthrough the clubhouse to stand in front of his locker and face the questions about his night, about his comeback and his journey back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. He glared at reporters and challenged questions, but the 29-year old was mad at himself.

“It’s kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years for me. It’s extremely frustrating,” Harvey said after the Mets’ 17-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “It’s hard going out there and not doing what I can to help this team win.

“All in all it’s extremely frustrating,” Harvey snapped. “That’s all you can say about tonight.”

While he tries to remain positive through this battle back from his second major surgery in three years, Harvey has always known the results aren’t there.

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Matt Harvey knows he has to improve to prove to Mets he can be part of their future plans.

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Wednesday night, however, was the first time he admitted how angry it is making him. It was reminiscent of Harvey back in 2013 or 2015 when he had a bad outing. He even brought back his old saying: “I am going to take my 24 hours and be angry about this one, there are still three starts to go and just be better.”

But there are questions about how much better Harvey can be going forward. This winter the Mets face a big decision with Harvey in a less than ideal situation.

His value could not be lower, but this, his final year of arbitration before free agency, was when the Mets had eyed trading him. GM Sandy Alderson has said he won’t likely make trades when his players values are down.

The combination of bad pitching and outside distractions has left Matt Harvey in poor standing with the Mets.

The combination of bad pitching and outside distractions has left Matt Harvey in poor standing with the Mets.

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The Mets paid him $ 5.127 million this year and they will have to offer something similar or better going into his final year of arbitration. They would have to hope his struggles are from the TOS surgery he had last June and he is motivated by being in his walk year. They could also simply not offer him a contract and let him walk. Mets sources described non-tendering Harvey is “highly unlikely,” at this point.

Harvey knows he’s put himself in this situation not only with his struggles on the mound, but off-the-field issues like when he was suspended by the team in May for not showing up for a game.

“That’s obviously not easy, I don’t want to leave the Mets, I don’t want to not play in New York, it’s not at all that I want to leave, but that’s the business,” Harvey said last month as he neared his comeback. “It’s kind of maturing and learning the ins and outs of baseball and realizing especially this year, seeing guys like Curtis Granderson, who loved playing here and who loved playing in New York now he’s helping the Dodgers, you realize that’s always a possibility.

Matt Harvey is long removed from his days as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

Matt Harvey is long removed from his days as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

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“I never wanted to imagine it would be, but with the injuries I’ve had some of the other outside distractions that I have caused, which I am not proud of, it makes those decisions easier for management,” Harvey continued. “It sucks, but it’s the way it is. The only thing I can do is move forward and try to put myself in the best position to help this team win and whatever decisions they make, I will just have to deal with it.”

Wednesday night, Harvey was charged with five runs on seven hits, he walked four and struck out one. His velocity, a problem after TOS surgery, was good. He touched 96 miles an hour. The hits were not hard-contact hits, but his command was not good, and he labored. “It’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be tough, but he can handle it,” Terry Collins said. “Nobody knows what the road back was going to be like. There is no real set experience with a lot of guys who had (TOS).”

This whole journey has been laborious for Harvey. He has tried being patient. Wednesday night, he was tired and frustrated and he let it show. “It’s very tough, there is not much else to say. It’s been very hard, a very tough year. A very tough two years,” Harvey said. “A lot of work is going in and it’s not paying off. And it’s becoming very frustrating for me.”

Harvey barely held his anger in check Wednesday night. The frustration is obvious. He’s not talking about positives anymore, Harvey wants to see results. The Mets need to see that, too.  

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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

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Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously denied the border wall was left out.

“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said.

Matt House, Schumer’s communications director, responded Wednesday night that the wall was left out only of this deal.

“The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement,” House tweeted.  

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Selena Gomez Underwent Kidney Transplant, Donor Best Friend Francia Raisa

Selena GomezUnderwent Kidney TransplantBest Friend Donor

9/14/2017 3:36 AM PDT

Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this summer, and the donor was her best friend.

Selena posted this pic post surgery of her and kidney donor Francia Raisa.  She said, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed i was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.”

Selena goes on … “So I found out I need to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.  It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

And then she thanks her friend … “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.  She gave me the ultimate gift.”


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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

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