Bravo Genie Bouchard follows through on Super Bowl bet takes stranger on

first_imgAdvertisement Earlier on Wednesday she announced that she would be included in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition.Bouchard had tweeted that she “knew Atlanta would win” with the Falcons holding a big lead over the Patriots during the NFL’s championship game. The fan then asked her to go on a date if the Patriots somehow ended up winning and in what must have seemed like a low-risk reply, Bouchard said, “sure.”After New England came back to win 34-28 in overtime she tweeted: “Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady.”On Wednesday, Bouchard followed through on the bet and tweeted a photo of the two of them in the backseat of a car with the caption “Just met my ’Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!”Bouchard is ranked 42nd on the WTA Tour.https://twitter.com/geniebouchard/status/832019611277144064/photo/1Just met my ‘Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John ? On our way to the @BrooklynNets game! @punslayintwoods pic.twitter.com/DHRgY46smd— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017 Advertisement Login/Register With: Hey @BrooklynNets @barclayscenter pic.twitter.com/4F5t3wN0fE— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017Busy day with @si_swimsuit and then tonight… I’m going on a date ? pic.twitter.com/jNF5sokLNx— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The unveiling of bikini pics and an NBA game with a total stranger?Damn, Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard had herself an eventful week day.Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., went on a date with a New England Patriots fan on Wednesday night after the two agreed to a bet over Twitter during Super Bowl 51. OMG ??? so honored to be in @SiSwim pic.twitter.com/9HgivK45Rq— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reuniting is a chemistry lesson for us

first_imgJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez were seen leaving the Los Angeles Valley Ice Center together on Nov. 1. She is spotted wearing Justin’s hockey jersey as they hop in his ride after a game. (RMCL, GUMU / BACKGRID PHOTO) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement I hope Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez know what they’re doing.Admittedly, this hope is selfish: I don’t have the mental energy to spend the next few months keeping tabs on a relationship that has toggled between on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off more than a light switch in a bedroom of a child who is scared of the dark.The love affair between Justin and Selena, or “Jelena” to their millions of fans, is an immortal jellyfish, a planarian flatworm, a Xenon-136 isotope, the Reconquista, a bristlecone pine: it refuses to die. Is Jelena a repeating decimal?Based on the photographic evidence, the answer is, “Are owls nocturnal?”READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: (Yes, I’ve been struggling to help my kids with their homework lately. Why do you ask? It is the bags under my eyes or my growing despondency?)So has Jelena roared back to life like a hydra?last_img read more

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Morocco Launches COP22 Public Communication Campaign

Rabat – The Steering Committee of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change launched, on Monday, a broad communication campaign to raise citizens’ awareness about the challenges of the fight against global warming to be held next November in Marrakech.The first phase of the campaign, which will run from Aug.1-31, includes a mini-documentary entitled “Just open your eyes,” which aims to raise public awareness about the importance of preserving our natural and environmental heritage.The second phase will start next September and will also be accompanied by a second mini-documentary. To be screened in Arabic, Berber, French, English and Spanish, the mini-documentary is available in TV, film, and web formats to be accessible to the widest number of people.With MAP read more

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Polisario Maintains Presence in Guerguerat Defying MINURSOs Resolution

Rabat – For the second time this week, the Polisario violated once again the UN ceasefire agreement in the Guerguerat buffer zone. This Friday, January 5, elements of the separatist group trespassed the restricted area under the eyes of the MINURSO peacekeepers. Two vehicles belonging to the Polisario’s so-called “civilian police” penetrated on Friday, January 5 the Guerguerat zone. According to Moroccan news website Le360 who reported the news, the mercenaries refuse to leave the premises. According to Le360, no incident has been reported so far. However, this new intrusion may worsen the already high tensions in Guerguerat, declared a buffer zone under the ceasefire agreement of November 6, 1991. Read Also: Polisario Violates UN’s Resolution, Enters Restricted Strip Zone of GuergueratThis new provocative action follows that of Wednesday, January 3, when armed elements of the separatist front intercepted a race vehicle of two participants of a desert rally challenge coming from Dakhla. Read Also: Morocco Slams Polisario for Violating UN’s Ceasefire Resolution in GuergueratThe separatist front’s actions are all the more worrying as they come three days before the passage of the Rally Monaco-Dakar, Monday, January 8, on the only road linking southern Morocco to northern Mauritania. According to Le360’s sources, “Morocco did indeed call on the MINURSO to denounce these provocative actions, asking the Mission to put an end to Polisario incursions into Guerguerat.” read more

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Klobuchar forged record as reliable ally to med tech

MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a presidential hopeful, has built a reputation as a champion for consumer safety.The Minnesota Democrat has also advocated for the medical device industry — a big employer in her home state — in ways that complicate her reputation as a consumer defender.A review of Klobuchar’s record by The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that Klobuchar has advanced proposals championed by the medical device industry that some consumer advocates claim would put patients’ safety at risk. They say she has put the industry’s demands above patient safety.Klobuchar counters that she has pushed to improve safety while cutting red tape that slows the approval of medical devices.Amy Forliti Of The Associated Press And Spencer Woodman Of The International Consortium Of Investigative Journalists, The Associated Press read more

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Pakistan UN delivers food to 20000 quake victims

In the hardest-hit district of Ziarat, the agency is delivering fortified ready-to-eat biscuits.Additionally, WFP is supplying almost 400 tons of wheat flour, beans, vegetable oil and salt, as a one-month ration, for 20,000 people in Ziarat and neighbouring Pishin district.Almost 200 people have died, with hundreds more injured, in the 6.4 magnitude quake, whose epicentre was located in a mountainous area northeast of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.UN agencies have carried out assessments to determine the humanitarian response, with six teams having visited dozens of villages over the past several days to analyze the impact of the strong tremors on the already poor and vulnerable population.Temperatures in the high-altitude region are already very low and expected to drop even more with the approach of winter. The missions found that winterized tents, blankets, warm clothing, food, health services and restoration of drinking water are the main priorities.The Pakistani military has set up camps in Ziarat, which are currently being used as storage depots, with four additional camps proposed in the district. 6 November 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food for up to 20,000 survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province late last month. read more

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Petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit

first_imgThe petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website. Thousands of signaturesLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 5 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website – Highcharts CloudThe five most popular petitions ever on the ParliamentwebsiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThousands of signaturesEU Referendum Rules triggering a2nd EU ReferendumEU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU ReferendumPrevent Donald Trump from making aState Visit to the United Kingdom.Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.Give the Meningitis B vaccine to ALLchildrenGive the Meningitis B vaccine to ALL childrenBlock Donald J Trump from UK entryStop all immigration and close the UKborders until ISIS is defeated.Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated.010002000300040005000Parliament Donald Trump is the subject of the fourth most popular; this is the petition which was debated in Parliament before Mr Trump became President. Over half a million people voted to ban him from the UK.Also popular is a petition which asks for all immigration to the UK to be stopped until Isis is defeated, with almost half a million signatures. The top 20 constituencies for #trumppetition signatures. Brighton Pavilion currently leads as % of Dec 15 electorate https://t.co/WTZd1GeeeF pic.twitter.com/dWALNrTRpf— NumbrCrunchrPolitics (@NCPoliticsUK) January 30, 2017 The petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit because it would “embarrass the Queen” has reached over a million signatures over the past few days.It is now the second most popular petition on the official Government website, second only to the four million people who asked for a second EU referendum.The third most popular petition asked the Government to give the Meningitis B vaccine to all children, not just newborns, and it gained 823,348 signatures. However, this is unlikely to appease the people who have signed the petition, which is growing by the minute.Many are bringing up Donald Trump’s 2012 tweet  about Kate Middleton, in which he defended the papparazi who photographed her as she sunbathed topless on private property. They are pointing to that as a reason he should not meet the Queen.center_img The constituencies most in favour of the ban on Donald Trump having a state visit are no big surprise; Caroline Lucas’ Brighton Pavillion seat leads the list with over 8% of the electorate having signed the petition so far. This is followed by Labour MP Catherine West’s consituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, then Diane Abbott’s constituency, then Jeremy Corbyn’s.The Donald Trump petition has now overtaken the popular change.org petition which asked for Jeremy Clarkson not to be sacked from Top Gear after his fracas with a producer. This managed to attain over a million signatures. Sadly for those who campaigned for him to stay, the petition proved fruitless. Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit has caused controversy and a headache for the Government, especially since it came shortly after Theresa May’s successful visit to the White House.The Government has said they will not consider revoking his invitation because the “populist gesture” would “undo everything” and that “America is a huge important ally”.last_img read more

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Antonio Carlos Ortega overtakes TSV Hannover Burgdorf

← Previous Story All Stars for Legends woke up Prague Next Story → Poland gets wild card for Germany 2017 Ex-coach of Spanish Antequera, Hungarian Telekom Veszprem and Danish KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, Antonio Carlos Ortega will lead German team TSV Hannover Burgdorf in the next two seasons.The 46-years old iconic player of Spanish FC Barcelona made the biggest success by playing at EHF CL final with Veszprem in 2015.He also led Japanese national team at World Championship 2017 in France.His assistant will be Iker Romero. read more

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State of emergency declared in Bangkok as protests continue

first_imgIt shows that the government is getting desperate because the momentum is with us.The backdrop to the protests is a years-long political struggle pitting the kingdom’s royalist establishment against fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s older brother who was ousted by the military seven years ago.The 60-day state of emergency enables authorities to impose a curfew, ban public gatherings of more than five people, detain suspects for 30 days without charge and censor media in Bangkok and surrounding areas.The government has not yet used any of those measures and has said police will keep the leading security role, unlike during pro-Thaksin “Red Shirts” rallies in 2010 when the military was ordered onto the streets by the previous government.BoycottYingluck has called an election for February 2 but the main opposition party is boycotting the vote.The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Constitutional Court to delay the polls due to the unrest, its Secretary-General Puchong Nutrawong told AFP, after the government rejected its call for a postponement. A STATE OF emergency has come into force across the tense capital of Thailand today, although defiant opposition protesters have refused to abandon their fight to bring down the government.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under intense pressure to step down after more than two months of street rallies aimed at ousting her elected government and installing an unelected “people’s council”.“We’re not taking any notice of the state of emergency and are continuing our protest as usual,” rally spokesman Akanat Promphan told AFP. Anti-government protesters remove letters from the exterior of the Royal Thai police headquarters during a rally today. (Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association Images)Nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and street clashes since the latest protests began at the end of October.In an incident likely to fan anger among his supporters, a prominent Red Shirt leader, Kwanchai Praipana, was shot and wounded by an unknown gunman at his house in northeast Thailand.RoadblocksThe demonstrators have staged a self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok since January 13, erecting roadblocks and rally stages at several main intersections.The number of protesters on the streets has steadily fallen in recent days, with some rally sites almost deserted during the daytime, although turnout tends to swell in the evening when people leave work.The Metropolitan Police Bureau estimated there were about 5,000 protesters spread across seven rally sites this morning.When the state of emergency was last imposed in 2010 by the previous government more than 90 people were killed and nearly 1,900 injured in a crackdown by soldiers firing live rounds and backed by armoured vehicles.- © AFP, 2014Read: Dozens wounded in explosion at protest march >Photos: Tens of thousands of protesters attempt to ‘shut down’ Bangkok >last_img read more

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Call of Duty Black Ops is quite good says reviews

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops is quite good, at least according to the first round of reviews. The newest game in the ultra-successful franchise comes out today (though Steam still has it as preloading) and it’s looking like you should  be excited.The Metacritic scores are rather high, and the big reviews sites are quite positive as well. There are complaints, so this won’t be a flawless victory for Treyarch, but it looks like they’ve done the CoD series proud.AdChoices广告Giant Bomb – 4/5Joystiq – 4/5Game Reactor – 9/10Eurogamer – 8/10Metro.co.uk – 9/10Game Informer – 9/10CVG – 9.3/10Guardian – 5/5Videogamer – 9/101up – A-IGN – 8.5/10Shacknews – “the best Call of Duty game”Kotaku – Editor’s ChoiceOverall, there is a strong single player campaign that features most of the conventions and faults of a Call of Duty game, as well as a superb multiplayer experience and lots of extras. Black Ops appears to be a title that no gamer should miss.last_img read more

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Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party

first_img 37,515 Views Bertie Ahern Image: Eamonn Farrell FIANNA FÁIL IN Dublin Central is set to ask former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.Branch chairman Brian Mohan confirmed the news to TheJournal.ie, after a motion was unanimously backed at a meeting tonight.Mohan said about 30 people were at the meeting and the motion was voted on after “a deep, meaningful discussion”.He said he expected a letter to be drafted at Fianna Fáil headquarters tomorrow morning before he will deliver it to Ahern.Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.He said the former party leader would be an asset to Fianna Fáil as he knows the constituency very well and “knows how to win elections, something he proved throughout his career”.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate, Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív said the issue will “come to the national executive, and it’ll be debated there”, adding: “I’ll make my views known at the national executive debate.”Mahon Tribunal Ahern resigned from the party in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report. He stepped down as Taoiseach in 2008 and as a TD in 2011.The tribunal found that he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.The report did not make findings of corruption against Ahern, but proved hugely damaging to his reputation. He has disputed the findings.Read: What’s Bertie been up to?Read: Stephen Donnelly briefly blocked on Twitter by Social Democrats Nov 29th 2016, 10:04 PM Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 10:04 PM Short URL Share3302 Tweet Email5 Image: Eamonn Farrellcenter_img Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said Ahern “has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”. Bertie Ahern Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3110351 194 Comments last_img read more

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Doctor not returning calls to patient waiting on test results among 356

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email2 Jun 27th 2018, 6:01 AM Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM By Cliodhna Russell Short URL DOCTORS NOT EXPLAINING a diagnosis or treatment, not returning calls and leaving patients feeling that they weren’t being listened to – these are just some of the complaints the Medical Council received last year.The Medical Council has published its annual report for 2017, revealing that received 356 complaints about doctors in 2017.Some 82% of the complaints received were from members of the public and nearly one in five related to communication issues.One complainant said their doctor didn’t return their calls when they were waiting for test results but added that this doctor was replying to other patients.Another patient said they changed GP and felt the new doctor hadn’t adequately taken on their medical history and was unprofessional.A number of patients complained that their doctors were not explaining a diagnosis or treatment plan in an understandable or clear manner. In some cases, the patient left the doctor’s office and didn’t understand what they had been told about their health.Complaints received by the Medical Council about doctors are broken down into 44 different categories, but 19% of all complaints fell into the category of communications.The Medical Council noted that; “In a large number of cases these issues can be dealt with by a simple apology where appropriate or with mediation.”The Medical Council’s guide to professional conduct and ethics also highlights that good communication is central to the doctor-patient relationship and essential to the effective functioning of healthcare teams.“Good communication involves listening to patients and colleagues, as well as giving information, explanations or advice.”Medical Council CEO Bill Prasifka said that while “complaints were slightly down in 2017 on the previous year some areas of concern have emerged”.Three doctors were removed from the register following a Fitness to Practise Inquiry.Overall there were 22,649 doctors on the Medical Register in 2017, up 4% on 2016, and 35% of registered doctors are aged 35 or younger.The Medical Council says it’s working closely with the postgraduate training bodies, encouraging them to run training programmes on good communications. Doctor not returning calls to patient waiting on test results among 356 complaints received last year The Medical Council said nearly one in five of the complaints related to communication issues. 10,440 Views Image: Shutterstock/iJeab http://jrnl.ie/4093608 Image: Shutterstock/iJeab 17 Comments last_img read more

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Bisphénol A des jeunes se lancent dans une campagne pour soutenir le

first_imgBisphénol A : des jeunes se lancent dans une campagne pour soutenir le principe de préventionPlusieurs jeunes réunis sous le collectif “Appel de la jeunesse” ont lancé jeudi 31 mars une campagne baptisée “Générations cobayes, non merci”, afin de réclamer l’interdiction du bisphénol A dans les plastiques alimentaires en France.Le collectif “Appel à la jeunesse” composé de plusieurs associations étudiantes a lancé jeudi 31 mars, une campagne un peu particulière, près de l’Assemblée nationale. L’opération ayant pour objectif de faire interdire le bisphénol A en France, a été baptisée “Générations cobayes, non merci”. Les revendication des participants, recueillis par Sciences et Avenir sont les suivantes : “Nous ne voulons plus être exposés à la pollution chimique à notre insu, nous ne voulons plus faire partie des générations cobayes”. L’opération sous forme de happening, a reçu le soutien de plusieurs députés.La campagne est également soutenue par plusieurs associations comme WWF, Générations futures, le Réseau environnement santé, le Criirem (Centre de recherche et d’information indépendant sur les rayonnements électro-magnétiques non ionisants) et le Criigen (Comité de recherche et d’information indépendants sur le génie génétique). Les militants participant à la campagne réclament l’interdiction du bisphénol A dans les plastiques alimentaires par “principe de prévention”. La campagne devrait prochainement viser les OGM, les nanomatériaux ou encore les pesticides.Le 1 avril 2011 à 18:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Report Barcelona and Neymar plot their reunion

first_imgNeymar’s representatives have reportedly met with Barcelona officials to plot a reunion for next summerThe Brazilian forward has been linked with a sensational return to Camp Nou, despite having only left in 2017 for a world record transfer fee of €220m to Paris Saint-Germain.However, Neymar is understood to be unsettled with life at the French capital with reports in Spain suggesting that he’s become “desperate” to rejoin Barcelona.Now Mundo Deportivo reports that Neymar continues to plot his way back to Catalonia by offering himself to Barcelona.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Latest news on Catalunya Ràdio claims that Barcelona’s South American scout André Cury met with Neymar’s entourage over Christmas in Brazil to discuss his possible return.Aside from that, the report adds that Cury was also seen with the renown football agent Pini Zahavi – who was the man who brokered Neymar’s record transfer to PSG in the first place.Álvaro Costa, a close friend of Neymar’s, was also present at the meeting as they begun to discuss a strategy for the 26-year-old’s return to Barcelona.Neymar scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for Barcelona between 2013 and 2017, where he won two La Liga titles along with three Copa del Reys and the Champions League in 2015.last_img read more

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PAGCOR sees gaming income rise 187 in 3Q18

first_imgAmong PAGCOR’s expenses in 3Q18 were Php9.4 billion in corporate social responsibility payments and Php2 billion in contributions mandated by special law such as early childhood care and development and national endowment for culture and the arts.The regulator’s net income for the period after all expenses and contributions came to Php37.6 billion, representing a massive 762.9% increase over the same period in 2017. Income from gaming operations was also 9.3% higher than PAGCOR’s budgeted target.PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo recently told Inside Asian Gaming in an exclusive interview that the organization had put on hold a plan to sell all PAGCOR-owned and operated casinos due to their strong income contributions to government coffers.Asked if PAGCOR would continue as both an operator and a regulator, Domingo said, “I think for the next few years, because they’re still profitable – because the PAGCOR owned and operated casinos, the GGR they yield goes directly to the government, 100%.“With the IRs, our share of the GGR is about 19.5% so if you look into that and the contribution to the national government every year, if you take this out it will take five years for a new IR to contribute that amount which automatically lessens our net contribution to the national government by Php22 billion for at least for the next 10 years.” 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR saw its income from gaming operations grow 18.7% year-on-year to Php50.3 billion (US$937 million) in the three months to 30 September 2018.Gaming taxes and contributions for the quarter totaled Php26.4 billion, leaving PAGCOR with total gaming income after tax of Php23.9 billion. Other income totaled Php33.8 billion. Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harmlast_img read more

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Facebook and Instagram ban Alex Jones Milo Yiannopoulos other farright figures

first_imgAlex Jones of Infowars was barred from Facebook on Thursday.  Tom Williams/Getty Images Facebook is cracking down on extremist figures and groups.The social network on Thursday barred Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who hosts InfoWars, as well as far-right commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer. The ban, which included InfoWars, extends to the social network’s Instagram photo-sharing service. The social network also banned Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, and several other controversial figures. A day later, President Donald Trump indicated he was aware of the situation, saying in a tweet that he will continue to monitor the “censorship” of Americans on social media platforms. He didn’t mention Facebook in his remarks. Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches ‘The future is private’ Facebook Now playing: Watch this: I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019 Share your voice 99+ Protesters also staged a small rally in downtown San Francisco, organizing around the hashtag #DemandFreeSpeech. Facebook said the banned people and groups had violated its rules against dangerous individuals and organizations. The move underscores Facebook’s tougher stance against hate speech as it faces criticism from activists, lawmakers and the public. Facebook has denied accusations that it censors conservative voices. “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.” 2:50 Tags In an email on Friday, Loomer said that she was “beyond upset” that Facebook called her a “dangerous individual.” She accused the company of having a “liberal agenda.””I’m a clear and ongoing threat to their liberal agenda,” she wrote, “and Facebook made the decision to ban me and other strong voices well before the 2020 Election to avoid even more controversy in the future.”Facebook said it considers various factors in determining who is a “dangerous individual,” including whether the person has called for or committed acts of violence against people of certain races, ethnicities or national origins. The social network also looks at whether the person is a “self-described or identified follower of a hateful ideology.”In part, Facebook banned Jones for hosting far-right commentator Gavin McInnes, who the social network had previously designated as a hate figure. Yiannopoulos praised McInnes and British far-right activist Tommy Robinson, who Facebook had also banned. Loomer praised and supported far-right political commentator Faith Goldy. Facebook said it will remove pages, groups and accounts set up to represent the banned people. Facebook events will also be pulled down if a banned individual is participating. On Thursday, several pages that represented Jones, Yiannopoulos and other figures who Facebook banned were still up for a period of time after the ban was announced. The social network appears to have announced the bans before it completed pulling down all of the affected pages, according to several reports. That gave some of the affected figures time to redirect readers to other sites and services where they were still active.Facebook has been under mounting pressure from civil rights groups to crack down on hate speech, particularly in the wake of the New Zealand mosque shootings. In March, Facebook said it was banning white nationalist and white separatist content from the platform. Farrakhan and Jones didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Yiannopoulos couldn’t immediately be reached. Originally published May 2 at 11:35 a.m. PTUpdate, 12:54 p.m.: Includes more background from Facebook. Update, May 3 at 5:35 p.m. PT: Adds Trump, Loomer responses Comments Internet Services Tech Industrylast_img read more

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Charges against Patriots owner Kraft shine a light on human trafficking says

first_img Share This! Share This! News Jamie D. Aten,Load Comments,United Methodist committee rejects One Church Plan, which would allow LGBT clergy Tagshomepage featured human trafficking Let My People Go Network New England Patriots prostitution Raleigh Sadler Robert Kraft,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jamie D. Aten Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Jamie D. Aten Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 In fight over Protestant-only foster agency, lawsuit asks: Who is a Christian? Jamie D. Aten Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week By: Jamie D. Aten Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The news that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with soliciting sex and prostitution in a spa as part of a monthslong investigation into a massive human trafficking ring is dominating headlines for its shocking revelation about a legendary owner and current Super Bowl champion.Kraft has denied any wrongdoing, but the scandal of human trafficking at the heart of the allegations is not any single person’s story.Exposing and eradicating this global — and local — problem has been a primary goal for Raleigh Sadler, founder of Let My People Go Network, which works to engage churches in combating human trafficking. He is also the author of the new book “Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking,” which he wrote from his perspective as an evangelical Christian.Religion News Service contributor Jamie Aten, executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, asked Sadler about the Kraft scandal and about how faith communities can respond to human trafficking. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.What was your reaction when you heard about Robert Kraft being charged with solicitation?It’s easy to think that the only people that solicit prostitution are those who don’t fit Kraft’s mold — especially someone who seemingly has it all. It’s not clear if Kraft knew about the spa’s connection to a human trafficking ring. Regardless, the news (that came out of a police investigation into prostitution and sex trafficking) shines a light on the fact that those in prostitution can be victims of trafficking.We must re-examine our assumptions. Many see nothing wrong with the solicitation of those in prostitution. Yet, this case highlights a horrible truth that many of those who are “in the life” are not there on purpose, or would not have chosen it if they had other viable options.Anyone can be trafficked and anyone can be involved in trafficking. Trafficking happens when there is someone with power exploiting someone who is powerless.What might motivate someone like Kraft to be involved in something like this?Though we are still finding out more details about this situation, in general, people’s misplaced desires can drive them to exploit others’ vulnerabilities. People who buy sex are often trying to fill loneliness or desire for companionship. However, others do so out of a need for power or control.How widespread is human trafficking?According to the Global Slavery Index, as many as 40.3 million people are impacted by various forms of human trafficking. Whether they are trafficked for sex in an illicit massage parlor, forced to work in an orange grove or coerced to be a live-in domestic servant for little to no pay, people are commercially exploited around the world. Cases have been reported in every country as well as every state.How do you hope the NFL will respond? The NFL is facing a dilemma. With all of the players that have been involved in domestic abuse situations, and now with this sex trafficking situation, the NFL needs to stand for the dignity of people who are suffering. They need to require more from their owners, have higher expectations and expect more from their players. No matter how good a player is, people’s lives are of more value than any game.What can faith-based groups do about human trafficking?First, as communities of faith, we must become adept at identifying those in our communities who are most susceptible to the lures of a trafficker. Once we discover those who are marginalized or stigmatized and enter into their lives, it makes us better-positioned to identify where force, fraud or coercion — the means of human trafficking — intersects with their vulnerability.We can learn the red flags. We have to stop seeing people through a transactional lens, where we view people as problems to be solved. Instead, through the context of relationship, we can see our vulnerable neighbors as people — people who can be loved.Can you give me an example of how a faith community has helped stop human trafficking?A friend of mine is a pastor whose church in Ridgewood, Queens, in New York, works with immigrants in his community. One day he was handing out coats to the most vulnerable in the area. A young woman came in for assistance. He found out that she had a job at a massage parlor next door.About a month later someone told him about a brothel advertisement that had been shared on their community Facebook page. It was the same woman to whom he had given a coat.He connected with local law enforcement, who began an investigation. His suspicions were right. What began with one pastor recognizing a need eventually led to 24 illicit massage parlors closing.Anything else you’d like to share?I want to see people all over the country realize that we may not be able to do everything, but we can all do something. But before I could ever be a part of the solution to human trafficking, I had to realize that I was part of the problem — I, too, was investing in a culture of brokenness, not through soliciting prostitution, but in the food I ate, the clothing I wore, and the entertainment I consumed. I needed to repent from that.Kraft may have been unintentionally perpetuating a larger systemic issue.We have to really have our eyes open to the vulnerable around us. You will see most clearly the exploitation of vulnerability when you are focused on loving the vulnerable.last_img read more

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Premier artifact collectors to travel to Bdesh for showcasing rare collections on

first_imgKolkata: Five artifact collectors from Kolkata will be travelling to Bangladesh, to display their rare collections for a showcase exhibition.It is for the first time that artifact collectors from Kolkata have been invited in Bangladesh to showcase their collection. The programme titled “Chinhamela” will be held at the Shahidullah Kalabhavan of Rajsahi University, one of the premier academic institutions in Bangladesh. The team will leave for Bangladesh on March 9. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseGopal Biswas, a well known picture post card collector in India, is going to Bangladesh with his collection. Picture post cards used to play an important role in the social life of people in the non-digital era. People travelling to other states or countries used to send picture post cards to their near and dear ones, narrating their experience. Many receivers of the picture post cards used to preserve them. Biswas has in his possession a few thousand picture post cards and he will be taking some of the rarest and best ones to Bangladesh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSouvik Mukherjee will display his collection on the development of transport system in Bengal. Some of the tickets of trams and buses will be displayed, along with photographs of horse-driven carriages. People from East Bengal on reaching Sealdah station used to go to the houses of their relatives in horse-driven carriages in the 1930s and 1940s. There were very few taxis and American car brands like Chevrolet, Hudson and Pontiac were used for the purpose. Ujjal Sardar, collector of manuscripts will display some of the rare manuscripts in his collection. Falguni Dutta Roy will display some of the newspapers which carried interesting news items during the freedom movement in Bangladesh in 1971. Chandranath Chattopadhyay, editor of Kinjal magazine and a well known collector, is also travelling with the group. Many rare stamps used before the Partition in 1947 will be displayed, along with letters including those written by the Governor General, matchboxes used during the Swadeshi movement in 1905, letters written by Nawab Salimullah of Dhaka, advertisement designs made by important personalities and booklets of Bengali cinema and theatre. Till the late 1970s, the audience visiting cinema halls could collect the booklets and lobby cards free of cost, containing the storyline of the movie, along with details of the songs. Satyajit Roy had designed the lobby cards of some of his famous films like Nayak and Parash Pathar. “It will be a wonderful exhibition and will strengthen the cultural ties between India and Bangladesh,” Chattopadhyay said.last_img read more

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Mean Girls musical leads the 2018 Tony Award nominations

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tony-award-nominations-2018/ Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair LadyAlexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselGrey Henson, Mean GirlsGavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalAri’el Stachel, The Band’s VisitBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a MusicalAriana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalRenée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselLindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselAshley Park, Mean GirlsDiana Rigg, My Fair LadyBest Scenic Design of a PlayMiriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenJonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The KingChristine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoSanto Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethIan MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in AmericaBest Scenic Design of a MusicalDane Laffrey, Once On This IslandScott Pask, The Band’s VisitScott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean GirlsMichael Yeargan, My Fair LadyDavid Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalBest Costume Design of a PlayJonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The KingNicky Gillibrand, Angels in AmericaKatrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoAnn Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenAnn Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethBest Costume Design of a MusicalGregg Barnes, Mean GirlsClint Ramos, Once On This IslandAnn Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselDavid Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalCatherine Zuber, My Fair LadyBest Lighting Design of a PlayNeil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoPaule Constable, Angels in AmericaJules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethPaul Russell, Farinelli and The KingBen Stanton, JunkBest Lighting Design of a MusicalKevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalJules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This IslandDonald Holder, My Fair LadyBrian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselTyler Micoleau, The Band’s VisitBest Sound Design of a PlayAdam Cork, TravestiesIan Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in AmericaGareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoTom Gibbons, 1984Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethBest Sound Design of a MusicalKai Harada, The Band’s VisitPeter Hylenski, Once On This IslandScott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselBrian Ronan, Mean GirlsWalter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalBest Direction of a PlayMarianne Elliott, Angels in AmericaJoe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenPatrick Marber, TravestiesJohn Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoGeorge C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethBest Direction of a MusicalMichael Arden, Once On This IslandDavid Cromer, The Band’s VisitTina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalCasey Nicholaw, Mean GirlsBartlett Sher, My Fair LadyBest ChoreographyChristopher Gattelli, My Fair LadyChristopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalSteven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoCasey Nicholaw, Mean GirlsJustin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselBest OrchestrationsJohn Clancy, Mean GirlsTom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalAnnmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This IslandJamshied Sharifi, The Band’s VisitJonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselSpecial awardsAndrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera are receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Theatre award.The Nederlander Organization’s Nick Scandalios is the recipient for the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.Finally, the New York Times photographer Sara Krulwich, costume beader Bessie Nelson, and Broadway dry cleaning service Ernest Winzer are getting the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place 10 June at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban are co-hosting.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . On the drama side, Angels in America earned 11 nominations, becoming the most nominated play in Tony history. It earned nods for Best Revival of a Play and actors Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, and Denise Gough all received nominations too.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two also earned 10 nominations.Michael Arden also received a Best Directing nomination for the music Once on This Island. It also earned a nod for Best Revival of a Musical.Unlike the last couple years, with Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, there are no clear frontrunners for Best Musical this year.Congratulations to all the Tony Nominees, and all the Non-nominees, and everyone who fell in love with working on the school play AND THEN ACTUALLY GETS TO KEEP DOING IT IN REAL LIFE. How f*ckin lucky and talented you are, all of you.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 1, 2018Full list of nomineesBest PlayThe Children, by Lucy KirkwoodFarinelli and The King, by Claire van KampenHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, by Jack ThorneJunk, by Ayad AkhtarLatin History for Morons, by John LeguizamoBest MusicalThe Band’s VisitFrozenMean GirlsSpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalBest Revival of a PlayAngels in AmericaEdward Albee’s Three Tall WomenEugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethLobby HeroTravestiesBest Revival of a MusicalMy Fair LadyOnce On This IslandRodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselBest Book of a MusicalThe Band’s Visit, Itamar MosesFrozen, Jennifer LeeMean Girls, Tina FeySpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle JarrowBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the TheatreAngels in America, Adrian SuttonThe Band’s Visit, David YazbekFrozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert LopezMean Girls, Jeff Richmond and Nell BenjaminSpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil’CBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a PlayAndrew Garfield, Angels in AmericaTom Hollander, TravestiesJamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoMark Rylance, Farinelli and The KingDenzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a PlayGlenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenCondola Rashad, Saint JoanLauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser GodAmy Schumer, Meteor ShowerBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a MusicalHarry Hadden-Paton, My Fair LadyJoshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselTony Shalhoub, The Band’s VisitEthan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The MusicalBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a MusicalLauren Ambrose, My Fair LadyHailey Kilgore, Once On This IslandLaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalKatrina Lenk, The Band’s VisitTaylor Louderman, Mean GirlsJessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CarouselBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a PlayAnthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoMichael Cera, Lobby HeroBrian Tyree Henry, Lobby HeroNathan Lane, Angels in AmericaDavid Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman ComethBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a PlaySusan Brown, Angels in AmericaNoma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and TwoDeborah Findlay, The ChildrenDenise Gough, Angels in AmericaLaurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) and Katharine McPhee (Waitress: The Musical) announced the 2018 Tony Award nominations today (1 May).Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical led with the most nominations. 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Young jaguar rescued from Tulum home for lack of dignified treatment

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — A female jaguar was removed from a private home in Tulum after environmental officers found the animal suffering lack of dignified treatment.The one-year-old jaguar was removed from a home in the town of Francisco Uh May in the municipality of Tulum.The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) sezied the animal after they say she was subjected to undignified and disrespectful treatment facing conditions of confinement in a small 2 meter by 1.5 meter cage in the backyard.The rescue of the animal came after a citizen filed a complaint of someone in possession of a captive jaguar. A visit to the home led inspectors to the backyard where they found the cat in a cage 2 meters long by 1.55 meters wide and 1.30 meters high.Inside was an even small box, 1.0 meter by 0.80 meter high, that was used as a shelter. The homeowner said he found the jaguar in the jungle as a baby and took it home to care for it.Profepa officers requested support from the team of veterinarians specializing in wildlife management of the Animal Health Area of the Ecocacheological Park Xcaret, as well as personnel from the National Alliance for the Conservation of the Jaguar.She was transferred to a Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife for proper care. Jaguars are a protected species in Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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