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>> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city. i'm richelle carey. tony harris has the night off. it is election night in wisconsin. how the outcomes could shakeup the race for president. fall out for the panama papers. the prime minister of iceland is forced to resign. legalizing it, the only colorado town that just said no to recreational marijuana is reconsidering. plus, charged up and ready to go, auto racing like you've
never seen before. the polls are open for two more hours in wisconsin, the only primary on this tuesday, but it's a big one. ted cruz and bernie sanders are leading in the polls, and the winds could provide them with more momentum in the race for president. from milwaukee with the very latest, mike, there are 42 republican delegates up for grabs tonight. and how crucial is this for ted cruz? >> we don't know where ted cruz will be in milwaukee, good evening, richelle, it's important for ted cruz because what he's trying to do in the only states up for grabs is trying to put himself further on the map. and trying to dismantle donald trump in a place where he came
for vindication and said to ted cruz, you should not have won in iowa and i will win in wisconsin, very similar in the makeup of their voters as iowa, and then you look at tonight, some of the exit polls, and all of candidates talking about the exit polls, and they look good for them. but if you look at the rust belt tonight. if you see ted cruz doing well in the rust belt where there are not many evangelcalls, it could signal a change. >> donald trump has been doing something untrumpian, i don't know if that's a word, but spending a lot of time on the ground in wisconsin, and that's something that the opponents usually do. what's the strategy here? >> yes, he's being decidedly, as you just coined, untrumpian, richelle, and he has been taken to big stages in this campaign, staying out of the airwaves, and phoning in shows, but you start to see him in diners, and
doing old time retail politics, which is not how he got himself in the game. yesterday in once which is, he showed optimism because he knows that he has to win this it state to stop a terrible time. and here's donald trump in milwaukee yesterday. >> i think that it's going to be a great day in wisconsin, and i think that we're going to to do very well. i don't know, but based on the enthusiasm, how do you think we're going to do in wisconsin? i think that we'll do very well, i hope so. >> that's what donald trump is saying. privately the campaign tells us that while it's not looking good here, they are looking to states where they think that they will be on lit rate ted cruz on the 19th, in april, in connecticut, rhode island, maryland. those are places where he thinks that he can do better, but they're looking out in those states for john kasich. >> bernie sanders, and hillary clinton, the polls show that bernie sanders has a
slight edge, a win in wisconsin, what would that do for his viability as a candidate? >> well, listen, bernie sanders has been talking about his viability and his electability that he can still win this. he can't continue that conversation if he loses, and yes, the polls have shown him gaining on hillary clinton and passing her, and the clinton people are privately sending out emails, saying that the numbers don't look good here. so what this does, if bernie sanders wins, that's another one, that's six out of the seven for bernie sanders. and he does know where this campaign goes from here though. if he becomes more difficult, and if he makes a big play in hillary clinton's adoptive state of new york, and in his old state of new york. he will continue the conversation about his viability and nominate ability and that starts tonight in wisconsin. >> feeling the bern, thank you, mike. and look at just how much is at stake tonight.
let's bring in david schuster. >> richelle carey, feeling the bern, and this is a number's game for everybody. let's start on the democratic side. 86 on the democratic side. and it's proportional. let's suppose that bernie sanders wins 55-45, and he would get 40 in terms of the delegates, so the idea for bernie sanders is to try to get a net gain in terms of the delegates, and hillary clinton will pick up some, even if bernie sanders wins. the key for the sanders campaign, in terms of the overall pledged delegates count, and the theory is that if he overtakes her before the pledged delegates, all of those super delegates would switch sides and put him over the tom. in order to close this 263 pledged delegate deficit, bernie sanders needs to win the rest of the delegates by an average of 57-43, including
wisconsin tonight. if he gets a big victory in wisconsin, it helps, and it keeps alive his dream in new york and pennsylvania and california, in order to overtake hillary clinton going into the convention. on the we know side, wisconsin is a winner take all hybrid. whoever wins the wisconsin primary even by 1 vote gets 18 of the delegates, and there are 24 that remain. those are commit bid the eight congressional districts, and the winner in each of the congressional districts gets three. there are two where donald trump is going to to do pretty well. let's suppose that ted cruz wins, and donald trump is hoping to pick up some of the delegates at play tonight. but as michael shure points out, if cruz can win
wisconsin -- donald trump, 736, and he needs 1,237 to win. there's no way that ted cruz can close that gap. but cruz, with caseic's help, and perhaps rubio at the convention, what they can do is perhaps keep donald trump, with a couple of victories to come, they can keep donald trump from getting to the 1237 he needs to lock in the convention, and the delegates who need it going into the convention, and that's where you hear them talking about seconder and third ballots, where they admit be able to deny trump the nomination. the catch here, richelle, there was an exit poll today where 60% of delegates in wisconsin said that they want whoever has the most votes, even if they're short, they believe that that person should get the nomination at the convention. 42% believe no, we plenty the
delegates on multiple ballots decide. so you have them thinking that we need this brokers convention. ted cruz tonight. >> every single election, and we're going to talk more about that. >> always unpredictable. president obama is being pressured by the treasury department so crackdown a conversion, large companies purchasing smaller companies at a lower tax rate. mike viqueira reports. >> reporter: good evening, richelle. it's a controversial issue, a practice that's raising eyebrows ream particularly with a high-profile case, the american pharmaceutical giant,
pfizer, and the purpose, to avoid as much as $40 billion in u.s. taxes. allergien again, a much smaller concern, but pfizer headquarters with the tax rate in ireland lower. and many people are outraged. it's an issue on the campaign, presumped by bernie sanders. they cracked down on tax conversions, putting forth new rules to stop the pfizer conversion, and president obama appeared in the white house briefing room to back that up. >> that's why i have been pushing for years to eliminate some of the injustices in our tax system. and i'm very pleased that the treasury department is taking action to top taking advantage of one of the most insidious
out there. >> the scandal, 1 million documents, exposed by investigations by an international consortium of journalists, showing that many of the rich and powerful around the world are hiding their money, and president obama said that it's not illegal what's the scandal. but it's what's legal. and it should be illegal to try to move money around, engage in transactions, simply for the purpose of avoiding taxes. richelle. >> mike viqueira in washington there. more on the panama papers, and the scandal has claimed it's first victim. the prime minister of iceland has resigned after his ownership of a multimillion-dollar offshore firm was leaked to the media. >> reporter: it is as far as you can imagine from iceland to the virgin islands, but his wealth caught up to him.
an ice stream parlor, named after the shell company that he and his wife established. >> it's very sour, and -- >> leaves a sour taste in the mouth. >> yeah, a bitter taste. >> that's how you feel about it. >> i'm sad and ashamed to be an icelander. >> they confronted him about the tax dodge, and he spent monday saying that he wouldn't resign and tuesday saying that he would if the coalition partners wouldn't stand by him. it's a standoff, but many think that he won't last for the no confidence vote on thursday. >> there are no meetings with charlment or chamber meetings or anything, because people kneel that the parliament continue function in this state of kries, so we have a
full-fledged crisis that needs to be solved. and everybody except the prime minister himself recognizes that this is doing tremendous damage to the international reputation and contacts. >> it's a betrayal of the people. they recovered from the bank crash, and construction projects have restarted as the country has picked up. the banks are weak, and the capital controls make a limit on how much icelanders can even take out of cash machines. the idea that the prime minister has been helping his wife to hide tens of millions of dollars so far away is for many people absolutely infuriating. so part of the language of protests here. in miss quoted shakespeare on the t-shirts. and this one reads not my prime minister, soon he may not be. lawrence lee, aljazeera.
>> the refugee crisis, on friday, the first group of two asylum seekers was sent yesterday. >> greece's migration office stels that migrations have been suspended. the numbers are not sufficient as to send the people back to turkey. the majority of people who are locked up in detention centers, there are approximately 3,000 of them on greps' islands, want to apply for asylum. so you can't put them on boats and send them back to turkey until they have been given the chance to apply for asylum, and we know that the system is not in place. and it's not working properly. the eu office confirming to us that they're sending more staff to greps' islands on wednesday. judges, lawyers, interpreter, to try to speed up the process, but greek officials telling us
that this process will not formally start until the end of the week. so so far, those who have been sent back to turkey did so voluntarily, and they were given the chance to apply for asylum, and they chose not to. but people in the detention centers are increasingly anxious, worried about their future. but this is going to take some time. the greek officials say that the normal process takes three months, for the right of appeal. but they're promising to speed up the process and the 3,000 locked up in the detention centers, they're not among the 50,000 who are stranded in grebes. those people are not part of the eu turkey deal. >> reporting from the island of lesbos. a motion to impeach south africa's president has been repeated. trying to keep him safe. and how potential voters are viewing the president. >> reporter: it started as
fireworks and an attack on the freedom fighters. >fighters and a call for the speaker of the house to step down because of a possible conflict of interest, but she refused, and it began with a democratic alliance. >> because the constitutional court judgment removes any doubt that the president has forsaken his oath of office. >> reporter: the economic freedom fighters screw more blood. >> even after that constitutional accord, no single individual has been held accountable. and you want us to believe that you are protecting the constitution. you live by the rule of law. we are all equal before the law. >> reporter: the governing african national congress is the majority and the motion to
impeach was easily defeated by 243 to 143. but the office has been invigorated. saying that they violated the constitution, ordering him to repay some of the $60 million in taxpayer's money spent on his own home improvements, summa apologized, his department is on the offensive. >> but the court did not find a serious violation. there's a difference, whether the da likes it or not, between consistency and a serious violation. >> the public will have their say at the local elections, and many people are frustrated. >> i like him, but the way that they treat them. >> anc is not for him. >> the anc's base is vast and deeply rooted in its liberation history, which cannot be
liberated. >> some voters may be unhappy with the president, but they will still vote for the anc, because they feel that it's the only party that truly represents them. if they punish them in the elections, it could use them as a mandate to recall them. but there are a lot of variables in the equation, and the president has proven time and time again that he is a survivor. >> today china announced new restrictions on trade with north korea. it will no longer allow imports of raw materials like coal or oil or iron. it's an effort to isolate yang. a video showing a missile attack against seul. it was in a video that said everything curves into ashes. how the city of new orleans
>> california's financially troubled university system is accused of bringing out of state students in the california zone. out of state and international students have to pay a higher division. entrance standards with better rates. >> a state audit found that out of state applicants had an easier time getting into university of california schools than instate students. in other words, they had a lower bar to enter. >> it's very disturbing and disappointing that the school would do that. >> when your motto is to serve california residents and offer education. >> the reason for this, out of state students pay more division, and for a uc school system with tough budget cuts, they have been an important revenue stream. >> there has been a
disinvestment. the amount of money that they receive per student has declined pretty dramatically overtime. and what they have done is increase tuition in face of loss of revenue. >> they receive $250,000 a year in fees compare to local students, and the university has started accepting more of them. since 2008, the number of non-resident graduates has stripped from 5% to 15.5% today. beyond want numbers, that's playing out on campuses in real ways, creating what students say is a divide between the haves and the have nots. >> what the problem is now, there's a growing inequality, or a certain type of student coming in as an instate student, and those coming in as an out of state international student. >> muddying the waters, just this monday, the university of california announced an increase of 15% in the number
of california students it has offered admissions to in the next academic year, and the university has fought back, denying the state audit's finds, staying that: the u.s. report went on to point out that californias are still at a higher rate. and all applicants are somewhere in the uc system. and the percentage of out of state, including oregon, iowa and michigan. all of these numbers and statistics making it tough to assess whether instate students are really at a disadvantage. aljazeera, san francisco. >> congressmen from louisiana are headed to cuba tomorrow. hoping for the good old days.
when imports and exports passed through the port of new orleans. they hope to make louisiana a global leader in the rice trade. aljazeera's jonathan martin has the story. >> reporter: american businesses have been cut off from cuba for more than half a century, seeing them as an enemy, but they hope to capitalize on a new market in the country. before the u.s. trade embargo in the 60s, cuba was the largest importer of louisiana's rice. >> they import a lot of rice. that's almost the size of louisiana's whole crop. so as you can see, it would be significant to get back to what we were doing before. >> reporter: with louisiana's ports straddling the mississippi river, and just 700 miles from cuba, the louisiana commissioner said that it's in a prime spot to trade with cuba.
on the heels of president obama's historic trip to the island nation, this week, congressmen from louisiana allow and arkansas are in hopes of reestablishing trade. >> what it means, we expect in the first year, 15-20% increase in sales of louisiana products. louisiana products, going into cuba. >> reporter: opening trade with cuba could add millions to the state's economy and jobs. but castro maintains influence, opportunities will be few. >> he told president obama, in the editorial the day after president obama left cuba, he said, cuba doesn't need anything from the empire. he considers the united states the empire. >> george fowler left cuba when he was nine years old and he's now an attorney for the cuban
america foundation. he said that opening trade does nothing for the people struggling in cuba. >> they don't have the money to buy. they make $30 a month, and they're not going to buy rice. >> he is sensitive to the needs of people in cuba, but feels that decades of trade restrictions have put u.s. farmers at a disadvantage. >> we were the ones, in my opinion, are getting hurt from noting able to trade with cuba. rice formers, i mean they get their rice somewhere else. >> jonathan martin, aljazeera, new orleans. >> change of heart. today the only colorado town to refuse marijuana.
>> going to the polls right now, in the presidential primary on this tuesday. frontrunner, donald trump, in a coffee shop in milwaukee. he is running behind ted cruz in the polls. the democratic frontrunner, hillary clinton, is also running second in the polls. she spent the day in new york and took a swipe at trump and his fellow republicans. >> and don't be misled. trump may be the most
outrageous of the republicans, he's saying what all of them believe. they want abortion to be illegal, and they do want to punish women and doctors. he just committed the sin of actually telling people what they think. >> we just had a big meeting, and many women at the meeting, and they like me best because they say you're best with the military and security. and best for women's health issues. much better than hillary, and much better than anybody else. >> i would like to be a fly on the wall for that meeting with the women. david haines, from the milwaukee journal. and he joins us, and we're going to bring in david schuster. so there are two of us here, so you're going by schuster tonight. and mr. haines, i saw that little smirk on your face, but honestly, donald trump has had a bit of a tough time in wisconsin with conservative talk show hosts, and what's
different in wisconsin? >> well, he has, and what's different, you hit on one point, conservative talk show hosts, and the conservative media generally here, but the republicans, led by governor scott walker, have gotten behind said ted. cruz is not the first choice, scott walker was, and marco rubio is probably their second choice, but they have made a tactical decision to get behind ted cruz. and its affecting the race here. >> schuster, shu is what we call you, there's ted cruz, there's donald trump, and are you surprised that the getting behind the ted cruz this way has seemed to work. >> not really. and if you look at some of the exit polls over the last hour,
in the states like wisconsin and michigan, an eisenhower republican, he wants limited government. and governmen can exist for circumstances, and today suggest that in an establishment that feels like, hey, we're aligned with the government. and though we're supporting ted cruz because he hates washington, not as riled up as donald trump supporters generally are. >> which is why wisconsin is so unpredictable. all right, mr. haynes, let's talk about the democratic side. and bernie sanders seems to be edging out hillary clinton just barely, and what do you make of that? >> well, i think it's a couple of things. wisconsin has a long progressive tradition, in the days before the teddy roosevelt era, and that's deeply ingrained in wisconsin. and we like mavericks, and for
being a devoutly liberal senator, had issues like guns, where he was fairly conservative. and that's helping him. clearly, he's doing well with the college students in the madison area, but doing better i think in the milwaukee area. >> schuster, go ahead. >> one of the things, it would be interesting to get the response. bernie sanders has made trade a big issue, with hillary clinton. she supported nafta, and like donald trump, he says that free trade is not free, and it's hollowed out industries like in wisconsin, and i have to believe that that is playing well in states like wisconsin. would you agree? >> i would agree, and if you look at our manufacturing base, it's eroded. his hometown, that county has lost half as many manufacturing jobs in 20 years. >> paul ryan, where's playing
one way or the other. >> i'm not sure that he is playing a role. he has stayed out of it. and he said i want to be being switzerland and be neutral. he has criticized trump on occasion, and donald trump, when he was doing the rally in janesville, he brought up trump, and there was a chorus of boos. but when you talk to trump supporters, they're not happy with paul ryan over the budget. but paul ryan has a huge favorability among republicans in the state. and he's a rock star. >> . >> the new i do, how will it affect the voters? >> it has clearly made voting harder. people have to remember, they have to have some kind of annual i.d. and the hours for early voting were shortened as well. our editorial boards argued against that.
but turnout is going to be very high. so at the university of wisconsin and other campuses and clearly in the city of milwaukee, there has been a real effort to get people out. >> schuster, donald trump and ted cruz are both telling john kasich, what are you still doing here, guy? you're messing everything up for me, and do you think that john kasich actually cares. >> no, he doesn't care. unless one of them said we want you to be our running mate. i think that john kasich wants to be the established republican who wants to go to the convention and say, you don't like cruz or trump, and elect me. in order for him to get the number of delegates to win, he would have to get 127%. and in other words, he can't get the number even if he gets every delegate. so there's no chance to him, but he can perhaps place spoiler to keep donald trump
from getting what he needs to lock the convention. >> voters in wisconsin appreciate how the entire spotlight is on them today? no other primaries. >> right, i think that we like being the center of attention,. >> donald trump is not put on the cheese hat. at the coffee shop. he went close, but --. >> right, he put something on his head, and it's not a cheese hat. >> and on that note, mr. david haines, it has been a pleasure. thank you so much, i appreciate it. >> i'm so glad you said that, and not me. >> all right, shu, thank you so much. launching an investigation into hours-long lines to vote in arizona. some waited five hours to cast their votes in maricopa county
on march 22nd. the county officials admit that they did miscalculate how many polling places would be needed. today, voters in a town in colorado have decided they will lift the ban on marijuana shops. they had said no to marijuana but supporters said that lag the sale of marijuana will bring much-needed jobs to the coal town. it's a beautiful town. >> it's a beautiful shot and a beautiful day here, richelle. but when marijuana was legalized in colorado, just a little more than a couple of years ago, every town in the state, all of towns were given the option of opting out of the new law, meaning that they didn't have to allow pot shops to open up in their towns if they didn't want to, and that has been the case here in hoss kiss. but the economy has started to fall apart and a lot of the
jobs have been lost. and some of the people here are hoping that legal weed may hold at least one of the keys to the town owes recovery. hosskiss sits in the shadow of some of the country's most spectacular snowcapped peaks, but unlike most colorado, hosskiss has not taken part. >> it's hard to say which way the vote will go. some people sell me i'm their hero for doing this, and others are upset did it. >> mary runs an art gallery in hotchkis. >> it would bring in several things. >> tom owns a used bookstore here, and he believes that pot might be the spark that this tiny town needs. >> the coal mines are closing and we're looking for things to boost our local economy. >> reporter: for decades, the
coal minds provided hundreds of good paying jobs for the people. but they have been shuttered due to bankruptcy and slowdowns. the proponents say that it's the sales tax revenue that's so tantalizing, the green from the green economy, if you will. last year in colorado alone, marijuana sales topped more than $1 billion. that produced $135 million in sales tax revenues, and thousands of jobs, as the new pot industry. could it replace some of the jobs lost in the mines? >> yes. a few. >> some here, like former miner, jim roberts, doubt that pot is the key. almost double of that in colorado. organic farms and orchards outside of town provide some work, but the pay is nothing like it was in the mines. marshall dan miller is concerned about crime. >> it's a cash business, and we have to worry about what
transpires down there, and what kind of security they have, so they're safe, and if their products are safe. >> it's already happening. >> they believe that pot is already engrained in the colorado kurt. if i say no to the shops, it will not have the future. and it's not alone. at least five other towns in colorado today will be voting to legalize pot as well. the vote here in hotchkiss. >> how bad has it gotten? >> well, it's bad now, but it will get worse, michelle. the town down the valley is getting ready to shut down too.
it has the town of 1,000 people very very worried, as you can imagine. >> have you spoken to any potential entrepreneurs who are ready to create new marijuana jobs in hotchkiss? >> there are some, but there's talk, some getting ready and the paperwork of opening shops right here. main street has some commercial property that's available as well. and that has been talked about as some potential grow operations where they would grow marijuana, and that potentially could mean a lot of jobs for this town. >> okay. tim in hotchkiss, colorado. thank you. a new mississippi law will help the state to refuse
service to be lbgt. it targets gay marriages. it says that workers should not be force to violate their personal religious belief. paypal is killing plans in north carolina for a $33 million operations? center. they said that a similar anti-gay law last month, the project would have created 400 jobs. a new development today in the case of the six baltimore police officers charged in the death of freddie gray. the trial of the second officer begins next week, and the reports and the prosecutors filed another motion, forcing them to testify against each other. john terrat is following the story. >> reporter: i've been doing this for a year now, and there's another potential roadblock in the way of getting the trial of these six officers accused in the death of freddie gray and the arrest of freddie
gray squared away, because they want to compel garrett miller, also involved in the arrest of freddie gray, to take part in the trial of edwardmura, who is the next officer. and officer william porter, also compelled to give testimony. because miller hasn't testified in any case, and if the highest court in maryland, which is the court of appeals, gets involved, we could be facing further delays, and nobody wants that. they want to get it sorted out but as you know, there have been several roadblocks, and here a potential other one. fred fred arrested, freddie gray dies april of 19th of last year, and the six officers are charged, the district attorney, marilyn mosby, and then we have the trial of william porter, and it ended with a hung jury, and then we have the second trial, up for
murder in january, but that collapsed because the prosecution wanted to compel officer porting to testify in the case of ceasar goodson and others and the defense is saying no way. we're not having this, and the defense went to the highest court, which ruled, yes, officer porter should actually testify. what he's worried about and the team are worried about, he has signed a deal for immunity in maryland but that doesn't extend to the feds, so it's possible that whatever he says on the stand in these trials, he could be charged in a later case. and they're also very concerned that he'll be called if he appears on the stand in the other cases. he will be, no doubt about that. and in the day of twitter, people will hear about it, and it will be difficult to get an unbiased jury together when he comes back on the 6th. >> it's the sequences that's so complicated, will it ever get
sorted out? >> this is a very brave attempt to get on top of it. whether the officers are found guilty or not, it's a brave attempt to give them and the city of baltimore and fred fred posthumously a day in court. so what you're seeing, the cogs in the wheel, the judicial system in maryland, turning very slowly, and one thing that we can say for certain, it's going to take far longer than the prosecutor had hoped, six months, far longer. >> john terrat. thank you very much. and i'm glad that you understand all of those notes. thank you. the calendar says that it's spring, but the cold in the northeast tells us that winter is not done yet. the snow it storms and the is record lows are added to the fatigue in new york. the storm came to michigan and massachusetts, with more, and hopefully, a warmup, kevin, come on. >> the warmup, well, that's
probably going to be next week for the northeast. and bad news, i don't know if anybody wants to hear it, but even with the snow that has passed, we're dealing with cooler air. we want to show you what kind of weather we're talking about. in new york and down to massachusetts and rhode island. 9.3 inches in rye rely, 8, and parts of connecticut saw 7 inches there. what we're dealing with now is clearer air across the region, but in place of that, it's cooler temperatures. right now, boston, 36, new york at 40, and washington, 44. these are temperatures well below average, but when you fact for the windchill, it feels like 25°. albany and portland, maine, it feels like 21. we have freeze warnings in effect in rhode island and new jersey and connecticut and back to ohio.
so unfortunately the colder temperatures will stay in place. on the other hand, on the spring spectrum, we're dealing with critical wildfires in much of the central plains, and i want to show you video that has come up here in oklahoma where they're dealing with brushfires in the area. we're talking about very gusty winds there, and we're also talking about very dry conditions, and the temperatures are also quite warm. evacuations are now going on for certain parts of oklahoma. we're talking about just to the northeast of oklahoma city. come back, and i want to show you what those winds look like. we're talking gusts up to 38 miles per hour in oklahoma, and which ta is looking at 43, tomorrow is going to be another critical day across that area, but unfortunately, richelle, to the north, notice the low pressure, and that's going to bring a round of snow later. >> all right, kevin, thank you very much. the philippines is experiencing one of its worst
ever droughts brought on by el niño, and it's leading to violence. three farmers are killed when they geared for protest on what they called a lack of government action. >> another failed crop this season. the philippines, the future looks uncertain. he grows corn on his land, but after four months of dry weather, he should have harvested 3,000 kilograms of rice this year, enough to survive, but instead, rats have infested the area, living under ground, they eat what he can't harvest. >> we're just borrowing money and burning. if i don't borrow money, i have nothing to heat. we're hoping that the rain will come this soon so our crops can finally grow. >> reporter: neither the rain or help has reached him or his community yet.
he's one of thousands of farmers in the autonomous region of mind now, who has been fighting drought since last year. river levels are low, water channels that are a lifeline to farmers are now overgrown or just bone dry. the philippines has been badly affected by el niño, the weather noweather phenomenal ths been affecting the weather patterns. affecting the farming communities in mindnow. it may be more frequent. the unpredictability of the situation has been worrying authorities, who stress they have been doing everything that they can. >> we have been assisting or helping around 30,000 farmers, that's for the entire region. and we have also sent food for
those affected by the drought. in just one year, we have spent 2,000 u.s. dollars for the operation. >> last friday, farmers were angry at the officials in the nearby province. three were killed. and many more injured. presidential elections are four weeks away. the drought crisis is turning into an election issue, but for the farmers, the problem needs urgent attention. aljazeera, mind now, the philippines. >> still ahead, the need for speed without gas. one of the world's fastest electric cars.
>> connecticut women's head basketball coach, tonight. going up against syracuse for the championship game. they have won 10 national titles at u conn, and another one tonight would give him the most of all time. the men's champions just arrived back home in pennsylvania. the villenova wildcats win the second national championship in one of the greatest endings.
the buzzer, and nothing but net. it's villenova's first title since 1985. electric cars have always been shunned by the community. but these vehicles are ready to take it by storm. changing the dynamics and the future of the sport. aljazeera's jacob ward is in long beach, california at the site of the formula e grand prix. >> as all muscle and excitement of auto racing, except for one thing. at the green light, all you hear is tire. the 2016 formula e race in long beach, california, is the world's premier electric vehicle competition. winning this race can be compared to formula one, big time. so formula e attracts real drivers, but the difficulty is
teaching them to be fast, but efficient, a new way to drive. >> it's very hard for someone who's reaction is go for it. >> i'm used to the v8 and v10s back in the day. so i miss the sound. i [ audio difficulties ] i can't do it anymore, so i need to look at the steering wheel. >> they're practicing on tires like any pit crew would. but here's the measure. the battery won't last as long as the tires do. 23 all goes well, they won't have to do this during the race. driven hard, the battery only lasts about 20 minutes so, it defines everything in this 45-minute race. >> so most of what i'm looking
at here is battery. so this black box -- >> this is the fuse box -- >> so it's impossible to take the battery out. you can't refuel it in a pit stop. >> to replace the battery, he gets out of car number one, and gets in car number two, and that's why he's driving in two vehicles. >> in convention am races, the driver never gets out car. >> it's quite exciting to jump from one car to the other. around 3 it seconds to change from one car to the other. and hopefully you were ready with the belt and everything, so sometimes it's quite nice, but nobody would do it around 26, 27 seconds. >> reporter: racing is at a turn around, at pike's peek, the nation's oldest event, an
electric vehicle beat all of challengers for the first time ever. now, even the drivers could be replaced. in 2010, audi and stanford university sent an ought onmuss vehicle up the pike's peak course. and next year, they will have a robot division. can it avoid the other cars on the track while doing it. >> in my opinion, i suspect they will find it harder than they think. actually want mechanism driving on the track and stuff, i think that they should get back to [ unintelligible ], and it's what happens when the bloke in front of you spinning, which way does the car go? does it go for the gas, or aim for the spinning car? one, turn one, 20 cars all fire together same corner, and that will be the moment where its answered. >> in a few decades, it's unlikely that any of the professional races will involve