Marine biologist swims with 20 foot long great white shark

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By Ben Kesslen

The images will stop you in your tracks — a woman in a wet suit and with a camera swimming side by side with a 20 foot great white shark.

Ocean Ramsey, the marine biologist in Hawaii who swam with the great white shark, said Friday on “Today” that she had no reason to be nervous. Ramsey said sharks like the 8 foot wide one she swam next to on Tuesday, “swim past surfers, swimmers, and divers all day every day.”

“It’s so rare that they ever make a mistake,” she said.

Ramsey has been studying great white sharks for over 10 years, and estimates the shark that became her swimming partner earlier this week weighs in at over two tons. She and her team were studying tiger sharks off the coast of Oahu, documenting the animals’ behavior, when they encountered the great white that would have sent most swimmers fearing for their life.

A great white shark named “Deep Blue,” believed to be the world’s largest, swims off the coast of Hawaii, on Jan. 15.Juan Oliphant/oneoceandiving.com / via Reuters

“We never would have imagined we would be fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of this massive, big, beautiful, female white shark” Ramsey said. “It fills my heart with joy and takes my breath away.”

The images from the scene are striking, to say the least. They went viral after Ramsey posted them on Instagram. In a video of the encounter, Ramsey is seen holding the shark’s fin while they swim in tandem. Seeing Ramsey next to the shark gives you a sense of just how massive the great white is.

Ramsey suspects the shark might be Deep Blue, a great white featured on the infamous show “Shark Week,” and is waiting for an species expert to confirm. She also thinks the shark might be pregnant.

Ramsey said she hopes her encounter will inspire others to take action to protect sharks. The World Wildlife fund currently classifies great white sharks are a “vulnerable” species.

“It’s just so sad that so many people out around the world seeing her would think monsters and want to kill her because of movies, like Jaws,” Ramsey said.

For all the joy the encounter brought her, “it kind of breaks my heart at the same time to be honest,” Ramsey said. “Moments like this are increasingly rare because shark populations are being wiped out for shark fin soup and shark finning.”

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Meacham: If BuzzFeed Report True Congress Must Proceed with ‘Impeachment’

Friday on MSNBC’s “Live,” presidential historian Jon Meacham said President Donald Trump should be impeached if the BuzzFeed News the 
report claiming Trump directed his attorney Michael Cohen to intentionally lie to Congress is true.

Partial transcript as follows:

TUR: Jon, really great to have you. You are looking at this from a historical lens—if this turns out to be true, do you think there is any choice that Republicans have but to vote for impeachment?

MEACHAM: I don’t think there is any choice in terms of proceeding with impeachment. And if the evidence is what it appears to be, I think in good conscience, Republicans and Democrats who are following their constitutional duty and the precedents of impeachment themselves—which has the virtue of being bipartisan. Both President Nixon—well, he resigned first. President Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice for suborning perjury for attempting to shape stories to keep facts from Congress and from the public. Ultimately, you hear an argument a lot from Republicans, and I am sure you hear it more than I do, which is impeachment is not the way to go because that would overturn the election. That’s a political interpretation of what is also constitutional and legal procedure here. If in fact the president of the United States committed what we found in our system to be a high crime or misdemeanor and we have evidence, I don’t see how one would argue not proceeding and ultimately not voting for that possibility.

TUR: Are you saying even though high crimes and misdemeanors have not been explicitly laid out in the Constitution, there had been two modern day Congresses who have decided that high crimes and misdemeanors does equal, at the very least, obstruction?

MEACHAM: Absolutely.

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Earnings are drying up as a recession looms — but you should still buy these 17 stocks to profit from their exploding margins

No matter how optimistic an economist may be these days, chances are they’ll still tell you a recession is coming in the next year or two.

That’s a view also shared by equity strategists all across Wall Street. To them, it’s not a matter of whether we’re going to get a recession — it’s a question of when. The specter of that eventual economic meltdown hangs over their commentary like a dark cloud, and it also informs the majority of their investing recommendations.

That’s certainly true for Goldman Sachs. And the good news there is that the firm has a veritable war chest of suggestions to help the average investor navigate choppy waters.

Read more: RECESSION WATCH: Goldman Sachs has created a 5-part checklist for investors looking to avoid the next economic meltdown

One way Goldman says to play an aging economic cycle is by buying stock in companies poised to see robust margin growth. After all, margins — and, by extension, earnings — normally get constrained in a late-cycle environment. So identifying the exceptions can be a profitable endeavor.

With that established, here are the 17 stocks Goldman says will expand their margins the most in 2019.

Note that these are the only companies in the universe screened by Goldman poised to see margin growth exceeding 100 basis points. They’re listed in increasing order of 2019 expected margin expansion.

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U.S. troops ’embarrassed’ by Trump’s Syria plan, Kurdish commander says

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KOBANE, Syria — American military leaders are “constantly apologizing” for President Donald Trump’s Syria withdrawal plan, according to the commander who oversees a force of 65,000 U.S.-backed fighters that’s battling the Islamic State.

“It was a joint war, but they left us in the middle of the road,” said Gen. Mazlum Kobane, who is in charge of the coalition of militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

U.S. troops and Kurdish-led fighters were “brothers in arms” as partners on the ground in the war against ISIS in Syria, he added.

But Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing all U.S. troops from the country immediately has left the Kurds feeling abandoned. The president tweeted on Dec. 19 that the U.S. had “defeated ISIS in Syria,” adding that was the “only reason” to have troops on the ground there.

On Wednesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Manbij that killed 19, including four Americans.

Kobane highlighted that Trump’s decision, which was widely seen as the abandonment of a loyal ally, was made against the advice of some U.S. commanders.

“They are embarrassed,” Kobane said, referring to his American counterparts. “They didn’t expect this decision. It’s out of their hands, and they are constantly apologizing for it.”

The general added that 6,500 of his fighters had been killed while taking on ISIS.

Turkey has designated the Syrian Kurds’ YPG militia as a terrorist organization and consider it part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

The Kurds now fear an attack by NATO member Turkey, which views Kurdish separatism as a paramount security threat.

Administration officials have this month suggested the Syria drawdown will happen more slowly than Trump initially suggested. On Jan. 6, national security adviser John Bolton said that American troops would not depart northeastern Syria until Turkey pledges not to target the Kurdish fighters.

But Kobane said the Kurds still see the pending U.S. pullout as “an insult, a breach of credibility and a broken promise.”

Richard Engel reported from Kobane, Syria, and Kennett Werner from London.

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Trail of death shocks Spanish society

A demonstrator holds a banner reading "They are killing us", as several Fine Arts College students stage a rally in memory of murdered Spanish teacher Laura Luelmo, in Salamanca, northern Spain, 19 December 2018Image copyright
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“They are killing us”: the murder last month of schoolteacher Laura Luelmo sparked protests at violence against women

A man who murdered his wife is believed to have gone on to kill his defence lawyer when they had an affair after he was paroled, Spanish officials say.

Jose Javier Salvador Calvo, 50, jumped to his death from a bridge in the eastern town of Teruel when a police patrol encountered him.

The case has fuelled the country’s debate about domestic violence.

Reacting to the deaths, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez vowed to continue tackling violence against women.

His tweet is seen as a retort to Vox, a far-right party influential in the southern region of Andalusia that wants to halt legal aid for women beaten by men, saying it unfairly favours the woman.

What do we know?

Patricia Maurel Conte, 29, was shot dead by her husband, Salvador Calvo, in May 2003 in the La Puebla de Híjar area of Spain’s north-eastern region of Aragon.

Released under licence two years ago, the killer began an affair with Rebeca Santamalia Cáncer, 47, the lawyer who had defended him at his trial, Spanish media report.

Police found the lawyer stabbed to death inside Salvador Calvo’s home in Aragon’s regional capital, Zaragoza, just after 04:00 (03:00 GMT) on Friday after her husband reported her missing.

A few hours earlier, around midnight, the suspected murderer had jumped from a bridge in Teruel, a town 150km (93 miles) to the south, after being spotted by a police patrol.

Local government representative Carmen Sánchez told reporters that the lawyer had been a victim of “gender violence”.

How bad is Spain’s problem with gender violence?

On Twitter, Prime Minister Sánchez said that four women had been murdered in Spain in recent days and there must be no retreat in addressing the “horror” of gender violence.

Last year in Spain, 47 women were murdered, four of them in Aragon, in crimes of gender violence.

The killing of teacher Laura Luelmo, 26, last month in Andalusia caused a wave of revulsion in the country. Her partially naked body had been found near a village after five days of searching.

A man living locally later confessed to murdering her after attempting to rape her, Spanish newspaper El País reports. The self-confessed killer, 50-year-old Bernardo Montoya, had previously served time in prison for murdering an old woman in 1995.

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800 New Caravan Migrants Break Border Gate into Mexico

Hundreds of migrants forced their way into Mexico by breaking the gates at one of the international ports of entry with Guatemala and are now being escorted north by federal police.

The incident took place overnight at the Rodolfo Robles international port of entry when a group of migrants broke the lock at the gate and forced their way into Mexico.

Milenio first reported on the incursion, reporting that Mexico’s National Coordinator for Civil Protection David De Leon said he was not able to get a real headcount of the migrants but believes they numbered more than 800.

Rather than arrest or deport the migrants, Mexican authorities provided a police escort on their way north. According to Milenio, the move follows Mexico’s new policy of providing security for migrants passing through the country.

In addition to the hundreds who entered in a violent fashion, Mexico documented 1,064 who are undergoing the immigration process to enter legally.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com. 

 

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.

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Americans are worried Trump’s tariffs and the government shutdown will hurt the economy

Americans are starting to get worried about the future of the US economy, and they’re listing President Donald Trump’s policies as a big part of their concerns.

The University of Michigan consumer-sentiment index fell to 90.7 in January, down from 98.3 in December and the lowest reading for the index since October 2016. The index also came in well below economists’ expectations of 96.4.

The forward-looking consumer-expectations index, which asks people about their view of the economy in the year ahead, sank to its lowest level since mid-2014.

According to Richard Curtin, the chief economist of the survey, recent policy changes in Washington, DC, contributed to the fall in consumer confidence.

“The loss was due to a host of issues including the partial government shutdown, the impact of tariffs, instabilities in financial markets, the global slowdown, and the lack of clarity about monetary policies,” Curtin said in a press release.

Read more:The government shutdown has gotten so bad that agencies are using legal loopholes to restart critical functions

Following the election of Trump, Republicans’ outlook on the economy soared— pulling up the whole index. But that sudden upswing in prospects is starting to fade, dragging the index with it.

As an example of concerns about Trump and the government, fewer people are telling the Michigan surveyors about the positive effects of policy. The percent of respondent making positive comments on government economic policy fell below 10% for the first time since Trump’s election.

“Consumers judged recent news as the least favorable they had heard about the economy since late 2011,” Curtin said. “Negative references to government policies were cited nearly four times as frequently as positive mentions. These negative references included the shutdown and taxes, both mentioned by about one-in-ten, and tariffs, mentioned by 30%.”

While the sentiment drop is certainly worrying, Curtin said the survey did not reveal all bad news. The relative strength of Americans’ personal finances helped to blunt the otherwise glum report.

“While the January falloff in optimism is certainly consistent with a slowdown in the pace of growth, it does not yet indicate the start of a sustained downturn in economic activity,” he said. “It is the strength in personal finances that will continue to support consumption expenditures at favorable levels in 2019.”

Thomas Simons, the senior money-market economist at Jefferies, also took a positive spin on what was a bad report. Simons cited the temporary nature of many of the problems cited in the report.

“The equity market volatility that prevailed throughout December seems to have moderated, the ongoing government shutdown will eventually be resolved (we think), and concerns about the Fed raising interest rates too quickly has abated due to their recent talk about exercising ‘patience’ and characterizing rates as currently being close to neutral,” he said.

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