Middlesbrough obese man Dibsy Darren McClintock person trainer tells takeaways don't feed this man
A morbidly obese man has been banned from all his local takeaways in a desperate bid to save his life.
Darren McClintock, 27, weighs 30 stone and takes up two seats on a plane.
But he decided to take drastic action when doctors told him he was 'eating himself to death' and hired personal trainer Mike Hind to help him slim down.
Tackling his weight problem head on Mike went on a tour of Darren's, better known as Dibsy, favourite takeaways in his home town of Middlesbrough.
Mike has handed all of them leaflets saying: 'Save Dibsy. Obesity is Killing Him. Do Not Serve This Man.'
Morbidly obese Darren McClintock, also known as Disby (pictured left) has hired personal trainer Mike Hind to help him get into shape and live a longer life
Dibsy was eating pasties, chips and pies daily before being given the urgent wake up call when he was hospitalised with heart problems.
But now he has committed to a healthy lifestyle and exercise regime with Mike's help.
At the moment Dibsy has to book two seats on planes and order specially sized clothing that costs extra.
Mike has handed all of his local takeaways in Middlesbrough leaflets ordering them not to serve Dibsy in a bid to save his life
He was served the wake up call after being admitted to hospital because his heart was beating too fast, when he says he could have died.
Dibsy said: 'I've struggled with my weight since I was a teenager but this year it's declined massively.
'Instead of picking the healthy option I would always go for what I liked, stuff like pies, pasties, crisps and chips.
'It got to the point where my legs and back were aching all the time and I ended up in hospital.
'The doctor asked me if I want to live a long life and said I can't go on the way I am or I'd be dead before too long.
'Seeing my mum's reaction to it all was heartbreaking, if it wasn't for that I might never have changed.
'Now I need to face up to my problem and tackle it head on, it's now or never.'
He added: 'I have had a lot of finger pointing and laughing over the years and I was bullied at school.
Mike is pictured training with Disby on a day out in his home town of Middlesbrough
'That's another reason for making a change now, so that I can live a normal life.'
Each year personal trainer Mike takes on a client for free.
He received around a thousand applications but was drawn to Dibsy when he saw him with his mum.
They've only been working together since the weekend but Dibsy has already lost 1st 7lbs.
Mike, who runs a healthy food company called Macro Based Meals, is also providing fully tailored and prepared meals for Dibsy everyday.
He said: 'Dibsy is a great guy but unfortunately he hasn't taken care of himself properly.
'I was really affected by his story and motivated to help him so he can turn his life around.
'He's made a great start, he's trying hard and most importantly smiling.'
Mike thinks it could take up to a year for Dibsy to get down to a healthy weight.
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October 12, 2018
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sion.</p><p>A fed-up mom-to-be KO’d her baby shower because she said her “fake a– family” ridiculed the name she’d chosen for her child.</p><p>The unidentified woman blasted her family for questioning her decision to name her son Squire Sebastian Senator in a post on the Facebook event page for the now-canceled shindig.</p><p>“Ya’ll have been talking sh-t about my unborn baby. AN UNBORN CHILD,” she wrote. “How can you judge an unborn child?? What is wrong with you??</p><p>“I never knew my family could be so judgmental.</p><p>“They’ve spread rumors and lies about my child,” she wrote. “No, I am not crazy. No, I am not mentally unstable. No, I was not drunk when I named my child.”</p><p>But she assured her relatives that no matter how they felt about it — she wasn’t going to budge on her son’s name.</p><p>“This is the name I was meant to give him,” she wrote. “This is how it will be. He will not be allowed to have a nickname, he is to be called by his full and complete first name.</p><p>“This name conveys power. It conveys wealth. It conveys success,” she added, explaining that she’d chosen the moniker because it hinted at the family’s ties to senators and squires.</p><p>“My baby’s name WILL be a revolution,” she continued. “It will push people to question everything.”</p><p>The raving future mom told her family she was planning a smaller “more inclusive” baby shower where she wouldn’t be judged.</p><p>“F–k you all. Fake a– family,” she wrote. “You won’t get to be a part of my baby’s life and it’s all because you had to judge him.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
l the territory it ruled in Iraq and Syria and has been pummeled by nearly 30,000 airstrikes. But the extremist group has still managed to retain a small pocket of land on the Syria-Iraq border for more than a year.</p><p>The militants have even on occasion struck back with some of their former vigor from their toehold, around the Syrian town of Hajin in Deir al-Zour Province. In the last week of November, they staged a breakout from the Hajin pocket, attacking the American-allied Syrian Democratic Forces in the Syrian town of Gharanij, which those forces had captured a year earlier.</p><p>The breakout on Nov. 24 was a propaganda bonanza for the extremists, even though officials of the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State said they were quickly beaten back. Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, the American military commander, said the Islamic State took advantage of bad weather and sandstorms, when airstrikes were not possible.</p><p>“As we degrade their capabilities and push them into an ever smaller box, ISIS continues to employ more and more desperate measures,” General Roberson said. “These tactics won’t succeed.”</p><p>However, Maxwell B. Markusen, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, warned against complacency.</p><p>The movement’s propaganda arm continues to broadcast aggressively, at the same pace as during the peak of its power, pursuing a sort of digital caliphate long after its territorial one has mostly disappeared. In the November attack, the group captured at least 30 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, beheading at least one and disseminating videos of the prisoners through its social media channels.</p><p>In 2014, the Islamic State dominated an area in Iraq and Syria the size of Britain. But by November 2017, it was reduced to the pocket around Hajin, which is about the size of Manhattan. American officials described their remaining territory as only about 20 square miles.</p><p>On the Iraqi side of the border, the extremists have even managed to set up surprise roadblocks in Diyala Province in eastern Iraq, kidnapping and killing Iraqi government officials and engaging in shootouts with troops, according to military officials. And they have expanded attacks in Kirkuk Province, taking advantage of the withdrawal of Kurdish pesh merga forces from that area.</p><p>Mr. Markusen said Islamic State attacks in Iraq were more frequent this year than in 2016, up to 75 a month versus 60. And though thousands of its fighters were killed or captured last year, the group still has 20,000 to 30,000 in Iraq and Syria, he said. That is about the number that the Central Intelligence Agency estimated in 2014, when the organization was at its peak.</p><p>A fighter who goes by the name of Yehya and says he is an Islamic State member, claimed after being reached by WhatsApp in Syria not to be discouraged by the setbacks.</p><p>“Do you think the Americans can defeat the caliphate? It’s a war of attrition,” he said. “When the coalition stops the airstrikes, we will return immediately.”</p><p>In September, the Syrian Democratic Forces, which now control much of eastern Syria, announced that a “final push” against Islamic State remnants in Hajin was underway.</p><p>According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian Democratic Forces have moved 15,000 fighters into Hajin, backed by 75 trucks carrying armored vehicles. The United States has 2,000 Special Operations forces in eastern Syria and Iraq as well, most of which are believed to be in Syria.</p><p>On the ground, however, there have been only incremental changes in the three months of this final push. And in recent days, the Kurdish-led forces were seen digging defensive trenches around some of their positions, fearing another Islamic State advance, according to the Observatory, an independent group that monitors events in Syria using a network of volunteers.</p><p>American officials say the final push against the Islamic State is so difficult because the cornered fighters have nothing left to lose — and no other refuge. Although the military estimated that ISIS has only about 2,000 to 2,500 fighters in the Hajin area, General Roberson said they had had plenty of time to build elaborate defenses, including tunnels and booby-traps.</p><p>The monitoring group said that since the coalition’s “final push” began in September, 827 Islamic State fighters and 481 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters had been killed, along with 308 civilians, about half of them women and children. The Observatory blamed airstrikes for most of the civilian deaths, which the coalition has repeatedly denied.</p><p>The extremist fighters have also managed to go underground in areas they formerly dominated, even in Diyala Province in Iraq, nearly 300 miles from the Islamic State’s last holdout. “Now they are beginning to use lone wolves in their attacks, supported by a cell of three to four persons,” Iraqi Army Lt. Gen. Mizhir Al-Azzawi, the Diyala operations commander, said.</p><p>Colonel Ryan, the American spokesman, said that the Syrian Democratic Forces had made encouraging progress against the extremists in the past week. “They’re taking a kilometer a day, which is really important,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they know this will be the end of days for them soon.”</p><p>Yehya, the Islamic State fighter in Syria, was defiant.</p><p>“We didn’t leave for good. We’re still in Syria, even in the areas that you think we left,” he said. “We still have our suicide bombers ready to attack. Our informers are active.”</p><p>Reporting was contributed by Falih Hassan in Baghdad, Hwaida Saad in Beirut and Rukmini Callimachi in Dushanbe</p>
sts until about eight years ago, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, Mikhail Fedotov, the director of the presidential human rights council, told the Russian news media.</p><p>She spent about 50 years in the Russian opposition, starting as a typist for a samizdat journal in the 1960s and continuing as an observer of politicized court hearings against street protesters under Mr. Putin.</p><p>“She was clearly one of the giants,” Tanya Lokshina, an associate director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch, said in a telephone interview. “She called herself the grandmother of the Russian human rights movement, and that is what she was.”</p><p>Though she spent a lifetime challenging abusive leaders, her approach was never shrill, acquaintances said. Also, she saved some of her criticism not for the abusive men in power, but the people who let them get away with it.</p><p>In her analysis of the causes of repression in her society, Ms. Alexeyeva consistently disputed any neat apposition of Russian despots and Western democratic leaders. Russia was not merely unlucky with its leaders, she maintained.</p><p>What separated the Soviet Union and Russia from the West, she said, were not enlightened leaders but systems of checks and balances. With the Helsinki Group, for example, she tried to monitor the authorities in the Soviet Union by holding them to their own stated commitments to human rights.</p><p>Her views were also a critique of the vilification of Mr. Putin as personally responsible for rolling back Russian democracy and the idea, sometimes heard among his opponents, that if he were to step down Russia might be ruled differently. Only by building civil society could Russians achieve better results from their leaders, she maintained.</p><p>“She kept pushing that point,” Ms. Lokshina of Human Rights Watch said. “There could be different leaders, but if there is a healthy system of checks and balances, it is much more difficult to do serious damage. Unfortunately, in Russia, that is not the case.”</p><p>She is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial is planned for Tuesday at a museum of the Soviet gulag, in Moscow.</p><p>When the screws tightened again in Leonid Brezhnev’s Soviet Union, she and other Moscow intellectuals risked their lives to keep pressing for freedom and human rights. Ms. Alexeyeva typed a samizdat journal, called the Chronicle of Current Events.</p><p>She and other dissidents saw an opening when the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Helsinki that required it to uphold certain rights at home, though apparently it had little intention of doing so. In 1976, she co-founded the Helsinki Group to monitor compliance.</p><p>Though the treaty’s text was published in Pravda, the newspaper of the Communist Party, the Soviet authorities were not amused. They broke up the Helsinki group less than a year after its founding, and offered Ms. Alexeyeva a choice of prison or exile.</p><p>Her husband pressed her to take the second option, and she left with her family for the United States, not returning until 16 years later after the Soviet breakup. In the United States, she wrote two books: “The Thaw Generation: Coming of Age in the Post-Stalin Era” and a scholarly study called “Soviet Dissent.”</p><p>When Mr. Putin came to power in 1999, Ms. Alexeyeva quickly became critical of his government and in particular rights abuses by Russian soldiers during the second war in Chechnya. Despite this, she engaged with Mr. Putin’s government and is credited with persuading him to shelve a plan to force people who had fled the war in Chechnya to return before the fighting had stopped.</p><p>As Mr. Putin rolled back democratic rights, Ms. Alexeyeva lent her name to a range of causes, including a protest group that gathered on the 31st day of months with 31 days, in reference to the 31st article of the Russian constitution guaranteeing freedom of assembly. It was at one such protest that she was arrested in 2010.</p><p>Still, she remained optimistic about Russia’s prospects, telling interviewers that, as bad as conditions were under Mr. Putin, the Soviet Union had been worse: “When people say to me, ‘It is like Soviet times,’ I say, ‘No, it is much, much better. It is moving slowly, slowly, but in the right direction.’”</p><p>If the government’s aim was to stage show trials to discourage street protests, she said in 2012, it would backfire in the looser society of post-Soviet Russia. “It is not working,” she said. “They have to reckon with the fact that people are not afraid. This is the 21st century, not the Soviet Union.”</p><p>But the soft authoritarianism under Mr. Putin also took its toll. After Russia passed a law restricting foreign funding for nongovernmental organizations, Ms. Alexeyeva was compelled to lay off employees at the Helsinki Group.</p><p>Nonetheless, Mr. Putin paid a visit to Ms. Alexeyeva on her 90th birthday that was both a gesture of respect and, apparently, a sly effort to co-opt support from Russia’s most prominent dissident for the annexation of Crimea. Mr. Putin, as a gift, offered Ms. Alexeyeva a painting of her native Crimea. She accepted.</p>
iticising Emmanuel Macron’s leadership and the Paris climate agreement as activists took to the streets in a fourth weekend of violent anti-government protests. In one message the US leader said the 2015 climate accord was the reason behind the riots while in another he took a swipe at Mr Macron’s authority by claiming demonstrators had been chanting “we want Trump”. But foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today hit back by telling Mr Trump not to meddle in French politics.</p><p>“People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”</p><p>But Mr Le Drian said images televised in the United States showing protestors chanting Mr Trump’s name were actually filmed during the president’s visit to London in July.</p><p>He said: "The yellow vest demonstration was not protesting in English, as far as I know."</p><p>And hitting back at Mr Trump’s claim over the Paris Agreement, the Frenchman said most Americans disagreed with the US leader over his decision to walk away from the climate accord.</p><p>Suggesting Mr Trump keep out of French affairs, he added: "I say to Donald Trump, and the President of the Republic tells him too: we do not take part in American debates, let us live our life in our country.”</p><p>The French leader travelled to Washington in April this year in a bid to convince his US counterpart to stick with the Iran nuclear deal.</p><p>Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!</p><p>But Mr Trump refused to budge and the Frenchman was forced to return to Paris empty handed.</p><p>In the past few months, Mr Trump has published a series of tweets criticising France’s climate and defence policies, as well as Mr Macron’s low approval rating.</p><p>This weekend saw further riots by the ’yellow vest’ movement as protestors in Paris wreaked havoc for the fourth weekend in a row, throwing stones, torching cars and vandalising shops and restaurants.</p><p>The demonstrations had initially begun in protest of a planned fuel tax hike but have since grown to represent a wider anti-government sentiment.</p><p>Mr Macron, who was elected in May 2017, was facing mounting criticism for not speaking in public in more than a week as violence worsened.</p><p>The Elysee Palace today confirmed he would will meet representatives of trade unions, employers' organisations and associations of local elected officials tomorrow.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
'No one should be above the law': Rubio warns Manafort pardon would be 'terrible mistake'
a "terrible mistake" if President Donald Trump were to pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and that doing so could trigger a debate about the limits of presidential powers. </p><p>Trump said last month that he won't take a pardon "off the table" for Manafort, who is facing sentencing on felony convictions stemming from two cases. </p><p>"I think it would be a terrible mistake if he did that, I do," Rubio said when asked on ABC's "This Week" if a Manafort pardon would constitute obstruction of justice by the president.</p><p>"Pardons should be used judiciously. They're used for cases with extraordinary circumstances," the Florida Republican.</p><p>While acknowledging that Trump has said he wouldn't rule it out, Rubio said he had not heard White House officials say they were seriously considering such an action. But if they were contemplating a pardon, Rubio said he would not support it and that he "would be critical of it."</p><p>Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in September to two felony conspiracy charges in a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort promised to cooperate with Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling as part of the plea agreement, but the special counsel voided the deal on Nov. 26 after Manafort told investigators "multiple discernible lies." </p><p>In August, a jury in Virginia found him guilty of eight felonies in a separate trial on fraud and tax evasion charges. </p><p>It was also reported that he fed Trump's legal team information from his meetings with the special counsel's office.</p><p>Rubio said he would be opposed to Trump pardoning anyone convicted on charges stemming from Mueller's investigation. And he cautioned that if Trump used his pardon power that way, it could lead to congressional action. </p><p>"Frankly, not only does it not pass the smell test, I think it undermines the reason why we have presidential pardons in the first place," he said. "If something like that were to happen it could trigger a debate about whether the pardon powers should be amended given these circumstances." </p><p>On Friday, a court filing by prosecutors from the Southern District of New York asserted that Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen violated campaign finance laws at Trump's direction when he made hush payments to two women alleging past sexual encounters with the Trump. The president denied the allegation. </p><p>When asked about the possibility that Trump violated campaign finance laws, Rubio told CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper that "no one should be above the law." </p><p>"From the very beginning of all of this, I have said, what we deserve is the truth. No one is beneath the law, meaning no one is not entitled to the protections of it, but, also, no one is above it," Rubio said. </p><p>The Florida senator cautioned that people should "reserve judgment" until all the facts are known and the evidence has been presented. But he said that Trump should be held accountable if he did violate campaign finance law. </p><p>"If someone has violated the law, the application of the law should be applied to them, like it would to any other citizen in this country," Rubio said. "And, obviously, if you're in a position of great authority, like the presidency, that would be the case." </p>
sion.</p><p>NHIALDIU, South Sudan — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns.</p><p>“My body hasn’t been the same since,” the 18-year-old said. The men attacked during an hours-long walk home to the South Sudan village of Nhialdiu. “I was crying and screaming but I was so far from the village that no one could hear me,” she told The Associated Press, which doesn’t identify survivors of sexual assault.</p><p>In an exclusive look at the aftermath, the AP joined a U.N. peacekeeping patrol where the attacks occurred as humanitarians, rights groups and South Sudan’s government scrambled to find out more.</p><p>Rape has been used widely as a weapon in South Sudan. Even after a peace deal was signed in September to end a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people, humanitarians have warned of higher rates of sexual assault as growing numbers of desperate people try to reach aid. While some aid groups have quietly questioned whether all 125 people in the Doctors With Borders report were raped, they do not dispute that the problem has become grave.</p><p>The 18-year-old was not included in that report, and the real toll of sexual assault is not known.</p><p>Joining the U.N. patrol on Friday, the AP traveled the potholed road where the recent assaults took place. Shrouded by trees and elephant grass, some stretches provide cover for perpetrators to lurk.</p><p>Several local women said the violence is escalating.</p><p>Nyalgwon Mol Moon said she was held at gunpoint last month while two men in civilian clothes, their faces covered, stole her clothes, her shoes and the milk she meant to sell at market. Standing beside the road, pointing to her borrowed, oversized sneakers, she said she now tries to take alternative routes on her weekly walks to Bentiu.</p><p>She has no other choice. Food in Nhialdiu and nearby villages is scarce. Most people could not cultivate last season because of fighting and too much rain. Many rely on monthly aid from the U.N.’s World Food Program.</p><p>That means a walk of almost 24 miles to Bentiu town. Unable to carry the heavy rations back in one trip, most women leave some behind with relatives and make several journeys throughout the month.</p><p>Some said they make the 11-hour trek at least six times.</p><p>Alarmed by the sexual assaults, the World Food Program said it is prepared to bring distribution points closer to communities. The U.N. is now clearing the road from Bentiu to Nhialdiu of debris to make access easier.</p><p>No one has taken responsibility for the wave of assaults that the U.N. and African Union have condemned as “abhorrent” and “predatory.”</p><p>South Sudan’s government has acknowledged the assaults occurred in areas it controls, on the road between Nhialdiu and Bentiu and in surrounding villages. But it blames them on “unregulated youth” who fought alongside warring factions before the peace deal, Laraka Machar Turoal, deputy governor of Northern Liech state that was once part of Unity, told the AP.</p><p>Youth who were never officially integrated with armed groups have been left idle, guns in hand, to take what they want by force, Turoal said.</p><p>South Sudan’s government has called on all sides to demobilize the youth. It said it has deployed troops to areas in Unity state suspected of harboring criminals.</p><p>And yet the army in Nhialdiu has not detained anyone in the assaults and denies responsibility for finding the perpetrators, said John Dor, army commander for the area. He said they took place far from town, outside his jurisdiction.</p><p>But several local people said they knew of attacks in villages less than 15 kilometers from the army base. Some who were attacked at gunpoint said they believe the armed youth are affiliated with government troops. The government has done nothing so far to stop the violence, one woman explained.</p><p>The U.N., which has increased patrols, is pushing South Sudan’s government to take more responsibility. The U.N. Security Council in a statement on Saturday noted its willingness to impose sanctions on those who threaten the peace, including by sexual violence.</p><p>“They’re obliged to make sure everyone’s protected … it’s not enough just to sit in one place and not be involved,” said Paul Adejoh Ebikwo, the U.N. mission’s senior civil affairs officer in Bentiu.</p><p>Unity state was one of the hardest-hit areas in the civil war, and Bentiu has changed hands several times. Government and opposition forces remain at odds, even as factions across the country try to reconcile. A meeting on Thursday to build trust was canceled because the parties couldn’t agree on a place to meet, said the independent monitoring group charged with overseeing the peace deal’s implementation.</p><p>Cautiously peering through the trees, several hesitantly emerged from the bush, inching toward the side of the road.</p><p>“We’re walking here because we’re scared of coming on the main path,” said Nyachieng Gatman. Three days ago, she said, she met a breast-feeding mother and young girl who had been raped in a nearby town.</p><p>Standing beside her, 11-year Anchankual Dood lowered her heavy bag of grain and gulped from a bottle of water.</p><p>“It’s a long distance to go and come from Bentiu,” the girl said. “But we do it because we need food and because we’re suffering.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>WASHINGTON — On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) implored President Trump not to pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.</p><p>The Florida Republican explained that he didn’t believe the presidential pardon power was created to use for these types of purposes.</p><p>“I think it would be the wrong thing to do and I think it would be a huge political mistake as well,” Rubio said on “State of the Union.” “I hope that doesn’t happen.”</p><p>“It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?” Trump said.</p><p>Manafort has been jailed since June and in August was convicted of eight felonies, including bank and tax fraud. He escaped a second trial by filing a guilty plea in September. But on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office accused Manafort of violating that plea deal by lying to federal prosecutors about his contacts with the Trump administration.</p><p>Mueller also accused Manafort of lying about his contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former employee who’s suspected of having Russian intelligence ties.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
fic across much of the nation crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast with snow and sleet.</p><p>More than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama on Sunday. Thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed from Texas to the Carolinas.</p><p>In North Carolina, more than 1,000 flights were cancelled in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport alone. Parts of North Carolina could see snow measured in feet rather than inches before the storm finally rolls out to sea, a forecast that compelled Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency.</p><p>In the western part of the state, the city of Boone already had 10 inches of snow early Sunday.</p><p>“This is a snow storm, not a snowfall – it’s serious,” Gov. Cooper said. “In the Piedmont to western parts of our state, we’re preparing for days of impact, not hours.”</p><p>Cooper warned that utility companies projected widespread power outages affecting over half a million homes and businesses. In some areas, power could be out for days, he said.</p><p>Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency, urging state residents to "take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared" for the storm. </p><p>The storm dumped heavy rains on Los Angeles more than a week ago before slamming across the southern Plains into the Southeast, leaving a swath of power outages, delayed and canceled flights and dangerous road conditions in its wake. The Southeast was next in line before the storm was expected to move northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.</p><p>Asheville, N.C., is expected to bear a large brunt of the storm, with up to two feet falling around much of the region this weekend, followed by treacherous and icy conditions early next week. </p><p>Emergency officials were bringing in extra staff and cautiously monitoring whether ice accumulates under all the snow, making travel increasingly dangerous. </p><p>"If we do, that’s going to make it treacherous to get around," said Jerry VeHaun, director of Buncombe County Emergency Services, which covers Asheville. "But we're just watching the weather and making sure we’re ready to react whichever way we need to.”</p><p>The storm has already taken a heavy toll on Texas, where Lubbock was blasted with more than 9 inches of snow. Hundreds of miles to the southeast, the storm brought heavy rains and flooding to Houston. In scenes eerily reminiscent of the deadly floods following Hurricane Harvey last year, motorists across the city abandoned cars that had been submerged by high-rising floodwaters Saturday.</p><p>Six Houston-area bayous had overflowed their banks and parts of Houston and Harris County got more than 6 inches of rain over the past two days. College Station, Texas, also reported 4 inches of rain, shattering a record set in 1931, according to the National Weather Service. </p><p>Much of the wet stuff moved out of Texas by Saturday night as the storm continued moving east. High school championship and playoff football games were postponed in Arkansas, and and Christmas parades in Oklahoma and South Carolina faced a similar fate.</p><p>Appalachian Power, headquartered in Charleston, W. Va., began moving crews from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan to areas expected to be affected by the storm. Additional crews will be ready on Monday to assist if needed.</p><p>"We continue to monitor the weather closely and will adjust plans as forecasts warrant," Appalachian Power said in a statement.</p><p>Duke Energy, an electric power company headquartered in Charlotte, estimated that half a million customers will lose service across the Carolinas. Duke Energy is bringing crews in from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia to respond to power outages.</p>
den to try hammer out details of a prisoner exchange, which could eventually include all prisoners held by both sides in the four-year civil war.</p><p> Askar Zouail, from the delegation of the Saudi and U.S.-backed, internationally recognized government, told reporters on Sunday that the talks were "progressing toward implementation," of the swap and on how to group together thousands of prisoners for evacuation.</p><p> He says the "atmosphere is positive" and added that "we are optimistic."</p><p> He spoke from the venue in a castle near Stockholm.</p>
sion.</p><p>WASHINGTON – White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that President Trump did not know that a Chinese tech executive was being arrested at the same time Trump was having dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping.</p><p>Trump and Xi spent dinner together last Saturday, in Argentina for the G20, as Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou was being arrested in Canada at the request of the United States. She’s accused of covering up violations of sanctions on Iran.</p><p>Kudlow called Meng’s detainment a “law enforcement action” and tried to separate it from China and the U.S.’s ongoing discussions on trade. The stock market has plummeted in recent days due to uncertainty over Washington and Beijing’s ability to get a trade deal done.</p><p>“It is an important issue because the evidence suggests, at least so far, that Huawei did break the Iranian sanction through different financial channels. We will see how that plays out,” Kudlow said, adding “I’m not an attorney, it’s outside my lane.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>