President Trump may avoid Cinco de Mayo this year — slashing a 16-year-old tradition celebrated by his predecessors — but Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly host a reception on behalf of the administration on Thursday, according to a report.
There has been no formal announcement of high profile guests and artists like past years, but according to Politico, Pence is set the celebrate Cinco de Mayo festivities at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House on Thursday.
It’s not clear if Trump will make an appearance. He’s slated to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that day in New York City.
Last year, then-GOP candidate Trump tweeted a photo of himself with a taco bowl and the caption: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
Trump’s post drew criticism from the Latino community calling his gesture insulting.
The billionaire has had a strained relationship with Latinos since announcing his presidential bid in 2015. He labeled Mexicans as criminals and “rapists” who were bringing crime and drugs into the U.S. He also bashed an Indiana-born federal judge over his “Mexican heritage.”
Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have celebrated Cinco de Mayo during their terms as a way to connect with the Latino community.
Obama’s last celebration hosted 500 guests, including a performance by Mexican rock band Maná.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the “Battle of Puebla” in which the Mexican Army defeated the French troops in 1862.
A former porn star is accusing Drake of getting her pregnant — but the rapper doesn’t believe the kid is his.
Sophie Brussaux, who Drake spent time with after his breakup with Jennifer Lopez, claims to possess text messages with the rapper that show the “Passionfruit” artist is the father of her future child, TMZ reported.
But a rep for Drake told the Daily News that Drake doesn’t think the baby belongs to him, and that they’ve never seen the actual texts that Brussaux claims to have.
“If it is in fact Drake’s child, which he does not believe, he would do the right thing by the child,” the rep said in a statement to the Daily News.
The rep added that women often claim that Drake got them pregnant, but their allegations are eventually proven untrue.
Drake was photographed with Brussaux at a restaurant in Amsterdarm on April 24, according to the gossip site. He has not denied having sex with Brussaux, but the rapper’s rep says another big-name artist hooked up with the former adult video star around that time and allegedly has all but recognized that he is actually the father.
A transcript of the alleged text message exchange between Brussaux and Drake was published Wednesday by TMZ, which was the first outlet to report the story.
“I want you to have an abortion,” Drake allegedly says in one text, according to TMZ.
The flimsy fishing boats have been drifting across the sea of Japan for an unknown amount of time, but long enough to see their crew so decomposed it is almost impossible to determine a cause of death.
Haunting images and photos have emerged of the Japanese authorities hauling the decrepit, rusty wrecks from the ocean.
In terrible conditions and in varying states of decay, the eerie vessels still bear scraps of the North Korean flag they sailed under.
Faded writing on the hull identifying the ships as belonging to the ‘Korean People’s Army’, along with the remnants of the flags, are the only indication of where these ships came from.
And aboard the remains lie the corpses of the crew who are thought to have met their fate at sea.
Autopsies conducted on the bodies found some had been dead for months.
But despite ordering an investigation, Japanese authorities have yet to establish a cause of death, with some remains so badly decomposed it was impossible to discover what had killed them.
But the distance to South Korea is a fraction of that to Japan, and would be the likeliest and shortest destination for anyone trying to flee.
Another theory is that the crew of the fishing boats are simply poor fisherman sent out to bring in the daily catch but who got lost or ran into trouble.
The primitive vessels – none of which are fitted with GPS or any modern navigation tools – could have been manned by an inexperienced crew who were overwhelmed by the complexities of sailing on the open sea.
The hermit kingdom is known to struggle with feeding its population, with previous famines killing thousands of people.
Tyrannical leader Kim Jong-un is thought to have been putting pressure on the fishing industry to meet impossible quotas to help feed the starving millions, which could have seen ordinary folk sent out to sea.
The bodies of the crews, all in civilian clothes, could have tried their hand at sailing into deeper waters to try and bring in a catch to meet Kim Jong-un’s demands.
Orders issued by the portly dictator cannot be ignored under pain of death, no matter how impossible.
Jiro Ishimaru of Asia Press, said: “When Kim Jong-un issues an order no one can ignore it, even if he is asking them to do the impossible.
“That means inexperienced soldiers go out to sea, even in terrible conditions and with no idea what they are doing.”
It is believed the fate of the crew resulted from getting lost or being caught in bad weather in the rickety boats, ill-equipped for rough conditions, and the crew died from exposure or starvation after drifting on the ocean.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Jets desperately need to find a franchise quarterback. In the meantime, there’s a (relatively) old guy willing to bridge the problem with an attitude that warms the cockles of your heart.
Josh McCown is on a path to sainthood. He’s almost too good to be true: Hardworking, selfless and uber-optimistic.
By the sounds of his 16-minute conference call Wednesday, you, too, would believe that the talent-starved Jets are destined for wonderful things in 2017.
“He’s a great dude,” right guard Brian Winters said at the start of Phase 2 of the Jets voluntary offseason program.
In the world of professional football, McCown is practically as old as Yoda. (In the real world, he’ll turn 38 on July 4).
He’s played in games for seven teams in 14 seasons, dabbled in the UFL (that’s United Football League for those unfamiliar) and coached high school football in North Carolina.
Now, he’ll be pivotal during a transition year for a franchise hoping to build from the ground up. McCown echoed Todd Bowles’ earlier position that he’ll be in “full competition” with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the Week 1 starting job.
“If that’s the case and I’m the guy, then I’ll play the position as well as I can until that changes,” McCown said. “Obviously as a competitor, you don’t expect that to change or want that to change. Because I plan to go out there and play well.”
Recent history and the overarching team plan strongly suggest that McCown won’t be the starter by season’s end. He’s 2-20 as a starter in the past three seasons (albeit with two horrific teams in Tampa Bay and Cleveland). McCown, who has 29 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a 79.3 passer rating during that three-year span, has also battled injuries.
“I don’t like those numbers, either,” McCown said. “I believe in myself and believe that this will be different (with the Jets in 2017), because I will have learned from those things. I’m excited about playing in this offense.”
New quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who worked with McCown in Chicago, was instrumental in bringing in the veteran signal caller. So was cash ($ 6 million) and an opportunity to play. The Jets will provide McCown with his last best chance to start in the league.
His true value to the organization lies in his willingness to mentor Petty and Hackenberg.
“I look forward to every day coming in here and working with Hack and Bryce and trying to give away the things that I’ve learned in my career and hopefully make their journeys better as they go throughout their career,” Saint Josh said. “That’s the goal. That’s something I believe as a person – not just inside of football. In every walk of life, if you can give something away that you know that can make somebody else’s journey better, I think you can have a deeper sense of peace. For me, that’s what I want to do when I come into this building.
“So, I don’t see that being an issue,” he added. “I want them to know everything they can to help them be at their best. If they’re at their best and I’m having to play at even a higher level because they’re pushing (me), ultimately that’s good for everybody.”
McCown will likely win the quarterback competition this summer before handing over the reins to one of the younger signal callers (the powers that be hope Hackenberg) this season. In the meantime, the veteran is making his voice heard during what he called a “very encouraging” first couple of weeks with his new team.
“He’s just vocal,” Winters said. “Wasn’t quiet. Wasn’t sitting in the back. He was trying to lead us from the beginning, doing things with the offense and trying to get us in the right position early on.”
Hillary Clinton may have led late in the game, but it’s only the final score that matters, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.
Spicer hit back at the failed Democratic nominee’s claim a day earlier that she would have won the election if it were held on Oct. 27, using an an extended football analogy during his daily briefing to remind her to look at the scoreboard.
“I’m a Patriots fan and I think if games ended in the third quarter, there would have been a different team here last week,” Spicer said, referencing the Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots’ visit to the White House last week.
“You play a game four quarters, you play an election until Election Day. So with all due respect to her, that’s not how it works,” he said.“You don’t get to pick the day the election is on.”
Down 25 points in the third quarter, the Patriots pulled off an historic comeback in February to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime — an epic rally that some compared to Trump’s surprise electoral victory three months before.
One person who did not enjoy it, of course, was Clinton, who during remarks on Tuesday blamed her loss on FBI Director James Comey and claimed she would have won if the election had been held before he disclosed that he’d reopened an investigation into her use of a private email server.
“If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your President,” Clinton said.
“It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There is no such thing,” she said. “But I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.”
Liam NeesonUses Particular Set of Skills …To Find Free Food!!
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Liam Neeson‘s known for hunting down bad guys and making them pay, but he’s also skilled at hunting down good guys who want to give him a delicious free sandwich.
The manager at Big Star Sandwich Co. in New Westminster, Canada put up a sign Tuesday morning offering Liam free grub after hearing he was filming in the area. Our sandwich meat sources (yep, we got those) tell us a few hours later … BOOM … Mr. “Taken” walked into the shop!
We’re told he used his most intimidating voice and simply said, “Where is my free sandwich?”
Liam didn’t actually eat because he had to rush back to set, but did snap a pic with employees. The actor’s up there shooting “Hard Powder” … a movie about a snow plow driver seeking revenge against a drug kingpin who he thinks murdered his son.
Instant classic. The photo. Probably not the movie.
When University of Texas police asked Kendrex White if he knew why he was being questioned he replied, “Yes, accusations of pushing someone down and I think using a bladed weapon,” according to an arrest affidavit cited by KVUE.
He continued on to say it was possible he used a knife to hit someone, but that he didn’t remember doing so.
“If I did something I don’t remember, then I want to be told,” the 21-year-old suspect said, ending his interview with police.
In actuality, White was arrested Monday after attacking students with a “large, Bowie-style hunting knife” in a high-traffic plaza outside the university’s Gregory Gym. Three students were injured in the attack and 19-year-old Harrison Brown was killed.
More than 35 witnesses “who either observed (White) stabbing a victim or observed him walking with a knife in his hand” were interviewed by police, according the affidavit.
A friend of Brown’s recalled the moment his pal was attacked. He told officers he saw someone make a punching motion at Brown’s chest, who then walked toward him and told him that he had been stabbed.
Scores of others said they saw a man stab Brown as well as three other students.
When police responded to the scene, they spotted White walking toward Jester Dormitory, a knife in hand, according to the affidavit. White initially ignored an officer’s order for him to drop his weapon and began raising toward students walking toward the dorm.
On the second command, White dropped the knife and laid down on the ground inside the entrance of Jester, according to the affidavit.
He agreed to speak with officers, who also asked whether or not he heard voices in his head.
White replied “that his mind told him to ‘tell the truth and withhold any action that he did because it really didn’t happen,” according to the affidavit.
The so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is now contributing to more than a quarter of property sales, according to research.
But handing over lump sums of cash isn’t the only option for parents who want to help offspring into home ownership.
There are a number of mortgages where parents can act as guarantor, or put up savings to act as a deposit for the home for a set number of years.
In many cases, this means children can buy without having to save thousands of pounds for a deposit.
These options can also suit Britons who aren’t in the position or comfortable to give large amounts of cash to children – often in cases where one set of parents is giving support to a couple.
Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, says: “Money from parents must really be a gift rather than a loan as far as mortgage lenders are concerned, so that it doesn’t impact the borrower’s affordability.
“Parents who wish to maintain control over their savings may consider alternatives to simply handing them over, such as the Barclays Springboard mortgage or the Family Building Society Family Mortgage, where savings are offset against the mortgage as security but the parents get them back at a later date.
“This can also be useful for retirement funding, ensuring parents aren’t left penniless in their old age.”
Barclays Springboard Mortgage allows children to buy a home without a deposit, as long as parents are willing to hand over 10 per cent of the property value and keep it in savings for three years.
The money is returned after this time as long as monthly mortgage repayments are upheld.
The mortgage is charged at a rate from 2.79 per cent.
The Family Building Society also allows families to offset rates with savings and deposits from around five per cent.
Another option without any deposit is Aldermore, if a parent is willing to guarantee the amount of mortgage above 75 per cent.
Rates are fixed at a relatively high rate of 5.18 per cent for two years or 5.28 per cent for five years.
But with mortgage rates at record lows, experts have said it parents should consider all first-time buyer options before opting for guarantor rates.
Charlotte Nelson, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “Traditionally rates with guarantor mortgages tend to be slight lower than ordinary first-time buyer products.
“This is in part due to the risk being spread across the guarantor as well as the main borrower.
“However, with the mortgage market more competitive there are definitely lower standard rates on the market, so borrowers would be wise to shop around.”
“A guarantor mortgage lets either a parent or relative assure a mortgage in the event the dependent fails to make repayments.
“For first-time buyers having a guarantor can often mean that they able to get on the property ladder and borrow more than the bank normally would.”
“While having a guarantor has its benefits this should not to be entered into lightly as there is a lot more at stake than just the first-time buyers finances, especially when better deals can be had elsewhere.”
Cap casualties, check. Free agency, check. Draft, check.
While there could be a move or two between now and free agency, the Giants roster is pretty much set. They’ve addressed some issues, but certainly not all of them, in the offseason. So now, before rookie minicamp or OTAs begin, let’s take a look at five questions facing the Giants.
1. Who will be the backup quarterback?
Ahh, the ol’ (backup) quarterback controversy. We’re not used to this sort of intrigue at Big Blue’s camp. But here we are, scraping for any piece of quarterback mystery for a team that has basically had none in more than a decade.
The candidates here are Geno Smith, Josh Johnson and third-round pick Davis Webb.
I think it’s more likely than not that Big Blue will want one of its two veterans to back up Manning initially. While they may like Webb, he’s a developmental quarterback they hope to turn into a starter in a couple of years. But right now, he needs time adjusting to the pro game — which is why East Rutherford was a nice, no-pressure place for him to land with Manning entrenched at quarterback. Anything can happen, but I’d expect him to be the No. 3 QB in Week 1.
Between the two vets, Smith is probably the odds-on favorite at this point just given the fact that he was actually a starter in this league as recently as 2014. Johnson, meanwhile, lost a backup competition to Ryan Mallett a year ago and was cut by the Ravens before Big Blue scooped him up. Nothing is written in stone, however, because Smith — already cheap — can be cut for a minimal cap hit if Johnson outperforms him.
2. Who is going to play MLB?
I imagine that B.J. Goodson, last year’s fourth-round pick, will step in for Kelvin Sheppard as the starter and early-down MLB while Keenan Robinson will remain on the field for sub packages. I wouldn’t expect Goodson to be handed that starting job at the outset of camp, but he’s a physical player who can certainly be a factor against the run. Sitting behind Sheppard last season, the Clemson product barely played any defense at all last season.
Sheppard wasn’t anything special, though, so it will be a low bar to improve at that position on early downs from last year.
To the chagrin of their fans, the Giants did not go out and get that starting left tackle to replace Ereck Flowers. That means he’ll probably, but not definitely, be back at his old spot. What about the rest of the line? The team has said it’s going to experiment, and I would guess the players in contention for jobs are: Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry, D.J. Fluker, Bobby Hart and Adam Bisnowaty, in some order. I jotted down what I thought were some possible combinations, from left-to-right:
Some of those are more likely than others, obviously. Moving Flowers to the right tackle spot or kicking him inside, for example, might sound nice in theory but it probably requires taking a big risk by moving a productive guard in Pugh back out to tackle. Odds are the Giants will go with one of those first three combinations. The rest are all basically long shots.
4. Who will play free safety?
Darian Thompson, last year’s third-round pick, now faces competition for a starting job after missing most of his rookie season with a foot injury that ultimately required surgery. With Thompson out last year, Andrew Adams stepped in and was decent — which is more than could have been expected from a rookie undrafted free agent.
Whoever ends up getting the job needs to be able to man the deepest parts of the secondary. Because as good as Landon Collins is, he still much better off being closer to the line of scrimmage.
5. Who is the kicker?
Honestly, no clue.
Right now, Aldrick Rosas is the only kicker on the roster. Rosas, who went undrafted out of Southern Oregon in 2016 and hasn’t played in an NFL game.
Presumably, the Giants will have some sort of competition at the position during training camp. Former Bills kicker Dan Carpenter is one veteran that is available as a free agent. Carpenter, 31, connected on 19 of 25 field goal attempts last season.
The Giants might also be banking on picking up a kicker that is cut by another time before the start of the season.