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WW3: Vladimir Putin summons Russia's war chiefs amid US nuclear tensions

VLADIMIR Putin has summoned Russia’s war chiefs amid renewed nuclear tensions with the US – warning Moscow could “retaliate” to Washington.

Putin met with senior officials from the defence ministry today to discuss the US’s possible withdrawal from a key nuclear weapons treaty. Russia and the US have signed up to a number of accords since the Cold War designed to reign in their nuclear arsenals. 

Stockpiles have been being reduced by both Moscow and Russia but there are now fears of a new arms race.

US officials are reportedly ready to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate -Range Nuclear Forces treaty signed during the Cold War.

It guarantees Europe will be free of land-based nuclear missiles – with the US accusing Russia of breaking the pact.

Putin discussed possible Russian retaliation to the US withdrawal from the key agreement.

It is designed to keep missiles out of Europe in a bid to curb the threat of World War 3.

"Naturally, the United States’ decision to withdraw from this treaty can not be left unanswered on our part,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and the West have reignited amid the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Moscow’s ongoing intervention in Syria, and rumbling military build-up on its frontier with NATO. 

Donald Trump’s administration has accused Russia of not complying with the 31-year-old treaty. 

White House officials warned they could pull out of the deal, which critics have warned could trigger than arms race.

Russia denies violating the pact, and have denied any aggressive intent to the West. 

European leaders worry any collapse of the INF treaty could lead to a new Cold War. 

RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin met with his defence chiefs at the Kremlin (Pic: GETTY)

NATO and Russian envoy addressed the dispute during rare talks on October 31.

Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg urged Moscow to make quick changes to comply in full with the treaty. 

He said Russia's development of the land-based, intermediate-range SSC-8 cruise missile posed "a serious risk to strategic stability".

The US should “treat this issue with full responsibility”, Putin warned – adding he hopes Trump treat the issue with “common sense”.

NUCLEAR WAR: Russian missiles roll through Moscow (Pic: GETTY)

Russia and the US have been at each other’s throats of the ongoing row over allegations of election interference.

Putin denies attempting to sway the election in favour of Trump, and the White House deny an “collusion” with the Kremlin.

Fears of a military clash between NATO and the Kremlin have loomed amid near misses in Syria and eastern Europe.

Royal Navy warship HMS St Albans intercepted a Russian vessel in the English Channel. 

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 10:55

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Britain's Got Talent's Connie Talbot

CONNIE Talbot won over the nation when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2007.

The little superstar stunned Amanda Holden, 47, Piers Morgan, 53, and Simon Cowell, 59, with her rendition of Over The Rainbow. At just six-years-old, Connie Talbot reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, going on to release five albums in the later years.Today, the singer is celebrating her 18th birthday, making an appearance on ITV's Lorraine to share an update on her life now.The songstress unveiled her child star-to-adult transformation, wowing viewers with her grown-up appearance.

Connie looked stylish in a knitted jumper dress and high heels, with her long, brunette locks styled poker-straight.

Looking back on her now-infamous BGT audition, the recording artist admitted: "It doesn't feel like me, it feels like a little girl."

Talbot also told Lorraine Kelly, 58, she was "in love" with head judge Simon as a youngster, revealing they still see each other at charity events.

And although it's been a few years since Connie released an album, she is planning on making a comeback next year.

Revealing her musical influences, the 18-year-old told Lorraine: "I've been writing a lot of soul/pop. Adele, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys type of things.

Needless to say, it wasn't long before viewers took to Twitter to comment on Connie's appearance on the show.

One fan quipped: "Nothing has made me feel older than finding out that little six-year-old Connie Talbot who was on Britain's Got Talent in 2007 is now 18 years old."

They continued: "I am ancient. Where is my carer?"

ALL GROWN UP: The starlet is planning on releasing new music next year (Pic: ITV)

Addressing Connie's official Twitter account, another wrote: "Great to see you on Lorraine today.

"I remember thinking eleven years ago that you would be a success when you reached your adult years.

"Keep up the hard work and I look forward to your album."

Never one to let an occasion go by unnoticed, Lorraine ended Connie's interview by gifting her a bouquet of flowers for her birthday.

 

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 10:51

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A plaque 'in loving memory of Saddam Hussein' has appeared on a bench and people are outraged

In 'news-you-definitely-didn't-think-you'd-read-today', a plaque dedicated to Saddam Hussein has appeared on a bench in the middle of a busy high street in east London. 

The bronze plaque, which reads 'In loving memory of... Saddam Hussein, 1937 - 2006', was noticed by residents of Wanstead, and has caused considerable outrage. 

One journalist, Victoria Richards, took to Twitter to post a picture of the plaque with the caption: 

So this has just appeared on a bench on my local high street.

So this has just appeared on a bench on my local high street.

The plaque has also been fixed in place with anti-theft screws meaning it is difficult to remove, and that the eulogy to one of the world's most brutal oppressors will stay in place for the foreseeable future. 

The dates included for the birth and death of Hussein, who brutally oppressed Iraq with violence and fear for 30 years, before he was hanged in 2006, are correct. 

Melissa Munday-Chanin, 38, who lives in the area, told The Independent

I was horrified. My mum was over visiting and pointed it out to me and was utterly shocked - so I checked it immediately.

I thought she surely must’ve been mistaken but to my horror she was right. I think someone celebrating the life of a man who’s caused such terror is outrageous. And if it’s a joke, it’s not remotely funny.

A picture of the bench plaque was also posted onto the Facebook page 'S*** London' with the caption: 

Wanstead High Street. Commemorating a thoroughly decent chap.

One Facebook user, reports The Sun, hoped it was a coincidence: 

Same years of life too, coincidence? I hope so. Unfortunate one though if it is and of it isn't it shouldn't be allowed but I hope it is and that it's a decent chap being remembered and not the dictator.

Another thought it was a very high level of trolling: 

Someone either screwed up royally or this the most epic level of trolling I’ve seen so far. 

Many people on Twitter were also quick to share their amazement at the bizarre plaque, and to say they assume it's a prank. 

Kind of a low benchmark to set...

Hoax, surely?

Secured with non returning screws. Professional.

 inclined to think "weird sick joke"!

That’s a tad inappropriate

A Redbridge council spokesman told The Sun

We didn’t give permission for this to be put up and it has been removed.

https://www.indy100.com/article/saddam-hussein-plaque-loving-memory-east-london-wanstead-8641696

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 10:40

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Texas schools finally make slavery a 'central' fact of the Civil War

Students in Texas will learn that slavery played a “central role” in the American Civil War in what will be a refocusing of the conflict.

The Texas Board of Education voted Friday, and beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, teenagers will be taught the new curriculum.

Previously, the state’s social studies standards claimed there were three causes for the Civil War in order of importance: sectionalism, states’ rights and finally slavery, npr reports.

However Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz pointed out that the main issue that caused the civil war, slavery, wasn’t being given enough focus.

She said: “What the use of ‘states’ rights’ is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery.”

Many universities’ curriculum teaches that slave-owning states like Alabama and the Carolinas went to war with the North over the right to own slaves, given that much of their industry relied on slave labour.

Republican board member David Bradley argued against this.

“Each state had differences and made individual decisions as to whether or not to join into the conflict, correct?” he said.

“I mean, that’s the definition of states’ rights,” he added.

The board member decided on a compromise, which is that students will be taught:

The central role of the expansion of slavery in causing sectionalism, disagreements over states' rights and the Civil War.

The board’s only African-American member, Democrat Lawrence Allen Jr, helped create the new wording:

I don't think we really have that as a consensus in our state. And so if we can't drive it to a consensus in our state, we need to let our students look at it from all points of view.

Additionally, the board has restored Hillary Clinton and Hellen Keller to the state’s history curriculum.

https://www.indy100.com/article/slavery-civil-war-texas-schools-focus-racism-us-8641271

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 09:40

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A DIFFERENT SIDE OF SPAIN: SEE RIOJA LIKE A LOCAL

Spain is a destination close to many British holidaymakers’ hearts, thanks to the sunny climate, vibrant lifestyle and beautiful stretches of beach.

Yet the country still has hidden gems to offer visitors in search of something different, including a host of wine-producing regions – the best-known of which is La Rioja.

Synonymous with Spanish wine production, La Rioja borders the Basque region in the sun-drenched north of Spain, with its regional capital, Logroño, housing Campo Viejo, the UK’s number one red wine brand.

Less than two hours inland from Bilbao, the winding, cobbled streets of Logroño have provided the inspiration behind every bottle of Campo Viejo, with the town’s rich history and vibrant culture offering the perfect backdrop for holidaymakers to explore authentic Spanish life.

Thousands of tourists visit the area each year, with more than 11,000 taking a trip to Bodegas Campo Viejo to taste the produce and see the workings of the environmentally sustainable winery. August to October is the optimum time to visit the area as guests can experience local harvest celebrations and enjoy the best of the weather.

Elena Adell, Campo Viejo’s chief winemaker, and wine ambassador Maria Huete have compiled their top tips for a trip to the region, ensuring a voyage of discovery to some of the area’s lesser-known highlights.

From Elena’s ultimate tapas tour (below), taking in mouth-watering Basque cuisine, to Maria’s tips for sightseeing off the typical tourist trail (above), it’s the perfect inspiration for your next trip.

For a real taste of Rioja, why not share a bottle of Campo Viejo with friends? For more inspiration, visit campoviejo.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @campoviejouk.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/a-different-side-of-spain-see-rioja-like-a-local-a8514466.html?mvt=i&mvn=198fea7cf77d40

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 08:40

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People have been sharing what they had in 1998 and don't have in 2018 and it's hilarious

1998 was a simpler time. Camera phones weren’t a thing, Trump was just an obnoxious hotel owner and social media? No chance.

Given that we now live in such, shall we say, stressful times, a nostalgic tweet has been gaining attention on social media.

The tweet, from @EricVBailey, asks other users to say one thing that they had in 1998 that they no longer have two decades later.
What did you have in 1998 that you no longer have in 2018?

Needless to say, some of the responses have been hilarious, starting with politics.

The belief that America was a democracy.

A waistline

A sane president

Single friends.

Whereas some were straight up joyous nostalgia.

A Walkman with a digital AM/FM tuner. I loved that thing and my sister's mix tapes were the shit

I LOVED my Sony Walkman! No charging (AA batteries), it played music/NPR/books-on-tapes with no distractions.
Mine got stolen (!) in 2011, found a new one on ebay.
Pried it from my cold hands in 2015 (when I gave up my flip phone for a soul-sucking smartphone)
Now I love podcasts.

 

A pager, hotter body, a lot of hair, Pitas at @Wendys, 49¢ tacos at Taco Bell, JNCO jeans, portable CD player, an actual stereo at home, Greyhound buses nationwide was $68 or less, McDonald's burgers were around $2 and less, idealism, optimism, Clinton presidency, better music

Finally, some responses were nothing short of inspirational.

An abusive husband, big student loan debt, and a thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Now I have a loving husband, a PhD (debt paid off), and a small scar.

My future daughter was born in Romania 1/21/98. She’s now a college junior studying Civil Engineering.

The weight of being in a dysfunctional relationship. The emotional weight was lost in 2002.

https://www.indy100.com/article/1998-2018-sharing-viral-twitter-post-hilarious-8638986

 

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:51

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Teenagers in Indonesia are reportedly getting high by drinking boiled tampon juices

Here is something that you definitely didn't expect to read today, tomorrow or ever: teenagers are getting high by drinking boiled tampons and sanitary pads. 

Yes, this is a trend that is reportedly popular amongst the teenage population of Asia who has been drinking the juices extracted from used and unused tampons and pads in a bid to get a cheap and legal high.

Local newspapers in the East Asian country, including the Jakarta Post, Jawa Pos and Pos Belitung have all reported on the phenomenon in recent weeks.

According to the Indonesia National Drug Agency (BNN), drinking this bizarre 'sanitary pad formula' gives the consumer a feeling of flying and hallucinations, mostly thanks to the chlorine in the product.  

Senior Commander Suprinarto, the head of the BNN, is quoted by Vice as saying:

The materials they're using are legal, but they're not being used in a way that's intended, so it ends up being used like a drug.

We need to take steps to educate people that there are materials that aren’t classified as drugs or psychotropics in the eyes of the law, but can still be misused.

The report states that several teenagers have already been arrested on the island of Java, which is home to the capital, Jakarta, who had gotten drunk on the sanitary pads.

A 14-year-old boy from Belitung Island told a local paper that the drink is created by removing the pad from its wrapper and boiling it for about an hour, then the liquid is squeezed into a container.

It is said to taste bitter but is consumed at all times of day by local teens and reportedly happened before, back in 2016, with nappies also said to have been used in a similar method.

Jimy Ginting an advocate for safe drinking in Indonesia is quoted by Straits Times as saying:

 I don't know who started it all, but I knew it started around two years ago.

There is no law against it so far. There is no law against these kids using a mixture of mosquito repellent and (cold syrup) to get drunk.

Vice adds that sadly most of the children who are engaging in this activity are from impoverished areas and in some cases live on the streets. 

Previously sniffing glue was said to be their drug of choice but they have since moved on to more creative and unusual substances, which they have apparently learnt about on the internet.

Sitty Hikmawatty, a commissioner for drugs and health with the Indonesian Committee on Child Protection (KPAI), is quoted as saying:

A lot of these kids are smart, and with the internet they can make new variants and concoctions.

This is where the risk factor goes up because they’re only concerned with one substance in a mixture, ignoring the other substances, leaving open the possibility of fatal side effects.

More than a billion tampons are reportedly thrown away in Indonesia every month, mostly due to a belief in the country that a woman who uses a tampon is no longer a virgin. 

Regardless, Indonesian's Ministry of Health has vowed to investigate what chemicals are in the tampons and pads which would result in such vivid highs.

https://www.indy100.com/article/tampon-juice-boiled-indonesia-teenagers-sanitary-pads-8638871

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:44

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The child who won everyone's hearts as 'Batkid' is now cancer free

You might have noticed that the world is a bit of a mess at the moment. 

The British government is in absolute chaosDonald Trump's presidency continues to be a farce and the actual planet is in dire straits

If we've ever needed a feel-good story it's right now and who better to provide that story than a superhero?

Cast your mind back to 2013 and you might remember 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukaemia patient who won the world's heart when he got to be Batman for a day.

The youngster was treated to a very special day by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who turned San Francisco into Gotham City and allowed Miles to rescue citizens and defeat villains like the Riddler and the Penguin. 

It was a huge story and even Barack Obama thanked Miles for his heroic actions. 

If that story wasn't great enough there is an even better sequel.

Miles is now 10 and Make-A-Wish has confirmed that his leukaemia is now in remission and he no longer has cancer.

Since his crime-fighting day five years ago, Miles has returned to being a typical kid—playing little league, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair! Now 10 years old and in fifth grade, Miles loves science and robotics.

After fighting his own heroic battle with leukaemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year and has been in remission from leukaemia for the past five years.

This piece of good news has understandably touched a lot of people's hearts and there was an outpouring of emotion and goodwill for Miles and his recovery.

Not only was Miles incredible story turned into a documentary, appropriately named Batkid Begins,  he also managed to put a huge spotlight on the foundation who saw donations and volunteers increase.

We saw an increase in offers of help across all areas, including donations, volunteers, referrals and other services.

In fact, the volume of traffic on our servers caused our system-wide websites to go down for several hours on the day of his wish.

Great job Miles! If we are ever kidnapped by the Joker we'll know who to call.

https://www.indy100.com/article/batkid-batman-cancer-free-miles-scott-make-a-wish-foundation-san-francisco-gotham-city-8636526

 

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:26

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If this man's letter to a woman he followed to her car doesn't give you chills, nothing will

Feeling like you’re being followed on the street is horrible. But sadly it’s one that many people, particularly women, have to put up with far too often.

The cliché of the television show featuring a vulnerable young woman alone on a street almost always ends badly. Women spend more money on transport like cabs to make it home safe, with some even packing different clothing to walk home in.

Some women even carry pepper spray, a whistle or rape alarms – it’s just not good enough. Sadly, constantly questioning men walking behind them is an everyday reality.

Because of this, a Reddit post written by a man about a woman he followed has been sending goose bumps through everyone who reads it – for an unexpected reason.

Read the post in its entirety here, but prepare to be amazed:

We were walking in opposite directions near the new student accommodations, you briefly looked at me and kept walking and a couple of seconds later I turned around and started following you, I notice the moment you realised that I was following you by how your pace changed, your shoulders squared and you grabbed your phone. That didn't stopped me, you just kept walking and I maintained the distance (some 50 feet behind you) pretending to talk on my phone, I thought a couple of times on closing the distance and introduce myself, talk to you, but I didn't, so you kept walking, throwing glances to check where I was. I could also tell you that once you turned around the corner to the dead end street next to the motorway (the only one near the city centre were parking is not measured) were your car (and mine) was parked that if you had being wearing tennis shoes you would probably have started to run, but wisely you kept you pace in your high heel boots. I stopped by my car, yours was further down the street, and used my phone again, and I saw you taking a picture or video of my when you passed by my side in your car.

What you probably never noticed was the other two guys, the ones in the other sidewalk, the ones that pointed at you and started to follow you before we crossed the first time, you didn't notice how they looked at you or the fact that they seemed to be on drugs, or a bit drunk, or maybe both. You also didn't notice when you passed me in your car that they were in the corner of the dead end street, looking at you in your car passing by and then at me. You also missed the next ten minutes while I waited in my car for the police to arrive (that I called while you were getting into your car), the 15 minutes of questions that followed and me showing them the picture of the two guys that I took while I was following you.

I really sorry that I scared you, but to be completely honest, I was really scared myself, I'm no hero by any means and my instinct was telling me to get the f*** out of there, but you could have been my wife (she parks in the same street) or my daughter and I wouldn't forgive myself I something happened and I did nothing to stopped it.

He later edited the post for clarity:

1 I shared this because the situation scared me, and if a similar situation happened somewhere else I wish that the situation is not ignored or shrugged off. Do I have any advice? Dunno, probably just this: if you think that you are being followed or that something is wrong, don’t wait to see what happens, call the police, call a friend, a family member, knock on a door or get into a shop, worst case scenario you’ll look a bit paranoid.

2 She was carrying some sort of briefcase alongside her purse and was well dressed, I think that the briefcase was what called those guys attention.

https://www.indy100.com/article/man-follow-woman-to-car-anonymous-letter-scary-8637571

 


ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:45

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Rogue turkey appointed mayor of Wisconsin village it was terrorising

For months a village in the US state of Wisconsin, a wild turkey has terrorised residents and motorists with a string of mischievous antics.

The bird, which is reportedly called Smoke, has a habit of standing in front of traffic and chasing school children in the village of Ashwaubenon, near Green Bay.

To date though, the rogue fowl has avoided all attempts to capture him by the authorities, who were hoping to put him in a local wildlife sanctuary.

So, rather than continue to fight him, the residents of the town have sought to appoint Smoke as their mayor, or at least an honourary one.

A popular Facebook group called Smoked Turkey - Mayor of Ashwaubenon has seen locals flood the group with pictures and videos of the bird. 

It's all done in an ironic but affectionate way, with people displaying genuine care for Smoke and his well being as well as making him a local celebrity.

A report from The Washington Post on Smoke shows how much joy and community spirit he has brought to the town, despite being a terror.

Andrew Nowakowski, a local resident told The Post:

Life is hard and people are just trying to get by and go to work and pay their bills. To have something like this that you encounter on a daily basis that just brightens your day, it’s nice.

It’s something you can find commonality around, regardless of your political affiliation or what you do for a living. Everyone gets a kick out of the turkey.

Whilst the group is just a bit of fun in tribute to Smoke, Ashwaubenon Public Safety have been prompted to put out a notice on Facebook telling people not to feed the bird or face a fine for doing so.

Speaking to The Post, Randy Tews, a local Public Safety Commander said that although Smoke has been hard to capture they will be sad to see him go.

Our animal control officers are pretty good, but he has some ninja-like moves. They have a hard time getting him.

I think some folks will be sad to see him go. He’s brought a lot of smiles to people’s faces here.

We’re a divided country, and here this turkey is directing traffic for folks on their way to work, and it gives them something to cheer about.

https://www.indy100.com/article/turkey-smoke-mayor-ashwaubenon-wisconsin-8638711

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:41

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Support pours in for Stacey Abrams as she refuses to concede but admits she has lost

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has refused to give a concession speech after acknowledging that her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, will be Georgia’s next governor.

Abrams, the Democratic challenger, said this was not a "concession" but an acknowledgement she had not won. She also announced that she would file a federal suit against the state for "gross mismanagement" of the vote.

This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action as right, true or proper. 

In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections.

Georgia’s contentious gubernatorial race was seen as the epicentre of voter suppression, after civil rights groups accused Kemp of removing thousands from voting rolls. On election day, several polling stations in areas with high black populations had malfunctioning voting booths and were not given enough ballots.

Stacey Abrams: "To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling. So let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession." (via ABC)

Responding to Abrams’s speech, Kemp said:

We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future.

Following Abrams’s non-concession, she has received wide praise for her handling of the situation and advocating for civil rights.

I’m watching Stacey Abrams deliver her non-concession speech and have decided that I want her to give all the speeches from now on.

 

This brilliantly smart women ran the most inspiring campaign.

This is only the beginning. You can’t suppress true leadership. It will ALWAYS find a way to guide us through the darkness.

Thank you for continuing to give us something to believe in, 

Thank you, @StaceyAbrams, for fighting for Georgia and for the integrity of our elections. Everyone should be able to exercise their right to vote. Every vote should be counted.

Shoutout to @staceyabrams & @AndrewGillum for their courageous campaigns for change in the south. They are both forces that cannot be erased by voter suppression & corruption. They are the future, & no matter how much REPs cheat, they can’t change what you evoke from the people.

https://www.indy100.com/article/stacey-abrams-georgia-concession-voter-suppression-brian-kemp-8638806

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:38

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Rex Features BBC 100 WOMEN 2018: THE TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WE SHOULD ALL GET TO KNOW

BBC 100 Women has revealed its list of 100 influential women from around the world for 2018.

From #MeToo to Northern Ireland’s abortion vote and the unprecedented number of female candidates in the US midterms, the last 12 months have seen women achieve great things against the odds.

To honour this, the BBC has launched its annual #100Women season today, which aims to inspire people by sharing the stories of trailblazing women across the globe “who are using passion, indignation and anger to spark real change”.

This year, the list includes a diverse range of female figures from leaders in politics, arts and business to everyday heroes fighting for what they believe in.

Spanning more than 60 countries in total, the women chosen for 2018’s offering range in age from 15 to 94 and will use the next three weeks to share their inspiring stories.

Among those who made the cut this year are Jameela Jamil, who launched the social media platform @i_weigh; Svetlana Alekseeva, a Russian model who, after surviving a fire that burned almost half her body, is helping people with scars feel positive about their bodies; and Shaparak Shajarizadeh, an activist who publicly removed her headscarf to oppose the compulsory hijab rule for women in Iran.

Alina Anisimova, a 19-year-old student who leads the Kyrgyz Girls' Space School also features on the list alongside Chidera Eggerue, the best-selling author and activist behind the social media movement #saggyboobsmatter.

The list also features authors, photographers, lawyers, mothers and teachers who are all standing up and speaking out.

Here are the first 20 women to be named on the BBC 100 Women list for 2018: 

(Ordered, in alphabetical order, by name, age, profession, country of birth, biography)

  • Judith Balcazar, 65 - Retired fashion designer, UK - Judith ran several fashion companies before going on to co-found the company Giggle Knickers, which makes special underwear for women who suffer from urinary incontinence. 
  • Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, 28 - Lawyer, Peru - Arlette became the face of the NiUnaMenos (Not One [woman] Less) movement against domestic violence in Peru after a video of her being attacked by her boyfriend went viral. 
  • Leyla Belyalova, 61 - University lecturer, Uzbekistan - Leyla is a university lecturer working to preserve Uzbekistan's mountain ecosystems and protect bird species, including raptors.
  • Analia Bortz, 51 - Doctor, rabbi and bioethicist, Argentina - Analia is a doctor and bioethicist dedicated to the holistic treatment of women struggling with infertility.
  • Fealofani Bruun, 35 - Yachtmaster, Samoa - Fealofani is the first Samoan and the first Pacific woman to hold the position of yachtmaster, and looks after a traditional voyaging canoe.
  • Raneen Bukhari, 31 - Curator and social media manager, Saudi Arabia - Raneen is a curator and art consultant, who also works for her family's design business.
  • Joy Buolamwini, 28 - AI artist/researcher, Canada - Joy is a 'poet of code', using art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence.
  • Barbara Burton, 62 - CEO of BehindBras, UK - Barbara set up BehindBras, giving women prison leavers skills to start careers in the fashion industry, after finding herself behind bars in her late 50s.  
  • Tamara Cheremnova, 62 - Author, Russia - Tamara lives with cerebral palsy, and writes fairy tales, earning her the nickname of “Storyteller of Siberia”. 
  • Chelsea Clinton, 38 - Vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, US - Chelsea is the author of numerous books and the vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders.
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women/bbc-100-women-2018-list-who-jameela-jamil-chidera-eggerue-who-a8640851.html

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 14:50

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Chipotle reconsider firing manager for telling black customers to pay before having food over 'dine and dash' fears

Chipotle is considering re-hiring a manager who told black customers to pay before they ate after tweets emerged in which they boast about dining and dashing. 

Masaud Ali, 21, claimed he'd been the victim of racism after he was refused service at a Chipotle restaurant in St Paul, Minnesota, unless he paid for his meal first. 

He recorded the altercation and posted the video to Twitter, where it's had more than six million views, and gone viral. In a tweet accompanying the footage, he wrote: 

Can a group of young well established African American get a bite to eat after a long workout session. @ChipotleTweets ??

In the video, which is followed up with a series of others documenting the altercation, the manager of the restaurant can be heard saying: 

You've got to pay because you never have money when you come in here. 

Another empolyee adds:

We're not going to make you food unless you guys actually have money. 

As the video continues, Ali and his friends complain about 'stereotypes' as the employees in the chain are seen serving a white customer without asking them to pay first, as well as claiming that the group have come in and had food without paying on two previous occasions. The manager then calls the police, reports Fox News

The videos sparked furious backlash against the manager, and the restaurant Chipotle, who fired the employee the following day, reports The Daily Mail

Speaking to Minnesota's Star Tribune, Ali argued that the way the manager had dealt with them sounded 'really racist'. Speaking to the paper, he said:

It sounded really racist — the way she said it was racist

She asked for proof of income as if I’m getting a loan.

However, since the manager was fired, old tweets reportedly from Ali's personal account have come to light, in which he boasted about 'dining and dashing' and stealing from a number of restaurants, and Chipotle has decided to re-consider its decision to fire the manager. 

Fox News reports that the now deleted tweets, from 2015 and 2016, said: 

Dine and dash is forever interesting. 

When other Twitter users criticised the actions, he reportedly responded:  

Not a dine and dash we're just borrowing the food for a couple of hours that's all. 

A third reportedly referenced Chipotle 'catching up' with them: 

Aye man I think Chipotle catchin up to us fam. 

Should we change locations and yooooo what should we do about the other thang. 

Fox News reports that another now deleted post read: 

Guys we’re borrowing food... that’s it. And if the lady tries to stop you at the door don’t hesitate to truck the sh-- out of that bi---.

On Sunday, Chipotle admitted that they might have been too hasty in firing their branch manager and issued a statement regards the termination of her contract. Speaking to Fox News, Chipotle's chief communications manager Laurie Scharlow said: 

Our actions were based on the facts known to us immediately after the incident, including video footage, social media posts and conversations with the customer, manager, and our employees.

We now have additional information which needs to be investigated further. We want to do the right thing, so after further investigation we will re-train and re-hire if the facts warrant it.

The manager of the restaurant who was fired has now posted a Change.org partition onto her Instagram account under the handle d0mmarie titled 'Help Chipotle Manager Get Her Job Back', which at the time of writing has 1,433 signatures of its 1,500 target. 

Despite reports on Twitter that the manager had got her job back, Scharlow confirmed to Fox News that nothing had changed: 

Nothing has changed from this morning. We are still investigating a few things.

In a previous statement regards the firing of the employee, Chipotle told Fox News on Saturday: 

We are committed to treating all of our customers fairly and with respect. ... Regarding what happened at the St. Paul restaurant, the manager thought these gentlemen were the same customers from Tuesday night who weren’t able to pay for their meal.

Regardless, this is not how we treat our customers and as a result, the manager has been terminated and the restaurant is being re-trained to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.

The altercation follows a number of high profile racially charged incidents in America where the police has been called on African American customers despite the fact they haven't committed a felony. Examples include the police being called on a black man in a branch of Starbucks because he hadn't bought anything; police being called on an African American family for having a barbecue; and on a student attempting to study in a library. 

Ali, whose records show he is on probation for theft, did not respond to Fox News or the Miami Herald's requests for comment. 

https://www.indy100.com/article/chipotle-st-pauls-dine-and-dash-video-minnesota-masaud-ali-8640696

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 12:46

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UK weather colder than ICELAND

BRITAIN is braced for snow and sub-zero temperatures colder than Iceland this week as freezing winds mark a “big contrast” in the weather.A plume of bitter polar air dubbed the “Beast from the East” is forecast to send temperatures tumbling below freezing and unleash snow in parts of the UK in the coming days.

Forecasters say Britain’s winter will effectively start today as harsh conditions including snow, frosts and colder-than-normal temperatures are forecast to last until at least Christmas.

The Met Office said snow could fall over higher ground in the north, the Midlands and possibly southern areas, with sleet showers and ice a risk at lower levels by Wednesday.

Highs are forecast to fall from 18C last Thursday to 6-8C from today as windchill makes temperatures feel like 0-3C for parts of eastern England and Scotland.

Parts of the UK will be colder than Akureyri, an Icelandic city bordering the Arctic Circle, where 9C is due today, according to forecasters. Nightime temperatures are expected to fall to -3C, but feel like -5C with windchill.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “It will certainly feel cold, with a big contrast to the past week as easterly winds arrive on Monday from Scandinavia and eastern Europe.

“Snow may fall by Wednesday on the Downs, Chilterns, Peak District and Wolds, with sleet possibly to low levels and the risk of icy patches.

“Thermometers will say 7C or 8C, but easterly winds will make it feel like 4C to 6C, and colder in the east.

“-1C to -3C lows at night are possible in the West, with other parts just above freezing.”

BEATS FROM THE EAST: Freezing air from the east is set to send temperatures plunging (Pic: WX CHARTS)

The Met Office said easterly continental winds and snow risks are “most likely” to continue after midweek for the rest of November, with December 1-15 also mainly colder than normal.

Dramatic weather prediction models show frigid easterly winds surging towards the UK via the Baltics and Scandinavia.

Forecasters are drawing parallels with the weather in 2010, when a spell of freezing conditions started at the end of November and lasted until New Year.

BITTER: Snow is set to fall over higher ground in some areas of the UK (Pic: WEATHER OUTLOOK)

Steven Keates, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "It's going to be colder than what we've been used to, obviously, considering it's been balmy and mild as a whole.

"There's going to be a day by day cooling off, with each day getting cooler than the previous.

"There will be some cloud and showers, but the biting wind will make it feel even colder than it is, particularly in the east.
"West is best in terms of the weather this week. There could be some snowfall in the more mountainous areas, the peaks, but we shouldn't expect too much disruption."

BIG CONTRAST: Conditions will feel much colder this week (Pic: WEATHER OUTLOOK)

White Christmas were cut by bookmakers Coral – down to 7/4 in Glasgow, 2/1 in Newcastle, 11/4 in Manchester and 3/1 in London. Spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “Odds are plunging as fast as the mercury.”

jmparker Posted on November 19, 2018 11:24

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Pensioner who robbed bank to escape wife sentenced to house arrest

A Kansas man who robbed a bank to get away from his wife has been sentenced to six months house arrest as his punishment due to his mental health. 

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, walked into the Bank of Labor just down the street from police headquarters in Kansas City with a note demanding money and that he had a gun.

He had written the note at home in front of his wife after telling her he would "rather be in jail than at home," the Kansas City Star reported. 

After the teller handed him nearly $3,000 in cash, Mr Ripple waited in the lobby for police to arrive. 

Mr Ripple had multiple bypass heart surgery in 2015 and suffered from depression that, according to lawyers, went undiagnosed. 

Prior to the robbery, he lived a normal, law-abiding life as a husband and stepfather to four children. His public defender called the robbery a "cry for help". 

At the sentencing trial Mr Ripple said he had sought medical help for his mental health and said he "feel[s] like his old self". 

The vice president of the bank and the teller both supported a request for leniency for Mr Ripple given his mental health state. It is incredibly rare for someone who commits a bank robbery not to be sentenced to prison and Mr Ripple's sentence could have faced up to 37 months per local law. 

He will also serve three years of supervised probation and must do 50 hours of community service. Mr Ripple was ordered to pay $227.27 to the bank, which represents the billable hours for bank employees sent home on the day of robbery. He is also required to give $100 to a crime victims fund.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kansas-bank-robber-lawrence-john-ripple-sentenced-house-arrest-escape-wife-a7791586.htm

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 11:00

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MH370 travelled 'for hours on fire

FLIGHT MH370 could have travelled for hours after being engulfed by flames, according to a retired United Airlines pilot.

Captain Ross Aimer told Daily Star Online his "gut feeling" is the Boeing 777-200 caught fire before crashing into the ocean. Aimer, an airline pilot for 40 years, theorises the 221kg of lithium-ion batteries in the cargo of MH370ignited shortly after take-off.

But he told us the Malaysia Airlines plane could have continued to fly for hours on fire, even after everyone on board was killed. Aimer told Daily Star Online: "The fire may have started during or shortly after take off, since things started to happen as soon as they levelled off.

"It is possible the fire killed everyone onboard then continued burning the aircraft until it crashed.

"Since the flaperon was discovered in the ocean, it most probably crashed into the ocean."The Aero Consulting Experts CEO said the jet's auto-pilot system could have continued its flight despite the jet being on fire, all the way up to the point it ran out of fuel.

He centres his theory on the analysis of the plane's flaps.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the flaps were likely in a "retracted position at the time they separated from the aircraft making a controlled ditching scenario very unlikely".

And Aimer said he believes this likely means the plane, which went missing on March 8, 2014, crashed in auto-pilot mode.

Aimer told this website: "In the case of Sully, when he knew he was going into the water, you immediately extend the flaps to slow down the aircraft.

"The flaps basically proved that whatever happened to the airplane, it did hit the water with the flaps up, meaning no one was in control of it in that moment."

He added: "The fire damage probably would not have reached out to the wings and the flaperon.

"It's a huge aircraft, and a fire would have been inside the hall of the aircraft so no, most probably it would not have reached out there.

"It's a good possibility that if the fire consumed some of the aircraft but it was still flyable – because it's a huge airplane – the pilots and passengers were incapacitated and it flew until it ran out of fuel and just crashed into the ocean somewhere.

"Most probably these guys were on auto pilot, and the auto pilot just continued flying it."

However, he said his theory was only his opinion and that nobody is ever likely to know until a significant part of the plane is found.

He continued: "If you were watching the sky, these guys were at 35,000 feet, it's pretty hard to see so they were basically in an area that was pretty remote when possibly this happened.

"But I'm only speculating, no one will really know until we find a substantial piece of this aircraft."

The Malaysian Transport Ministry and ATSB ruled in final reports the plane likely crashed into the Indian Ocean west of Australia, after running out of fuel.

This zone was determined using Inmarsat data, which mapped out its possible destination with a series of "handshakes", communications between the jet and a satellite.

But a search for the plane failed to find the jet in the years after the disappearance, leading the mystery to continue rumbling on.

Aimer said he believes a fire could have downed the jet because he thinks there are eerie similarities between MH370 and historic blazes.

In particular, he points to the UPS 747-400 freighter tragedy in Dubai when the plane caught fire and crashed nine miles from Dubai International Airport.

It killed two crew members on board in 2010, with the UAE's General Civil Authority (GCAA) saying the "investigation concludes with reasonable certainty that the location of the fire was an element of the cargo that contained, among other items, lithium batteries". Commenting on MH370, Aimer previously told us: "From the very beginning my gut feeling was a possible onboard fire.

"Looking at a few catastrophic crashes caused by onboard fires, l see some similarities.

"For example, the fiery crash of a UPS 747-400 freighter in Dubai that was destroyed as a result of runaway Lithium batteries, and a few other crashes because of fire." Daily Star Online has approached Boeing for comment.

jmparker Posted on November 19, 2018 10:13

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Celia Barquin Arozamena: 22-year-old female golf star found 'assaulted and murdered' on course in Iowa

A man has been charged with murder after the body of a 22-year-old female golf star ranked among the top players in the US was found on a course in Iowa.

Police were called to Coldwater Golf Links in Ames after players coming round the course found an abandoned bag lying apparently discarded on the ground.

The body of Celia Barquin Arozamena was then discovered “some distance” from the bag, detectives later said in a statement.

After carrying out examinations they concluded Ms Barquin Arozamena was assaulted before she died.

Twenty-two-year-old Collin Daniel Richards, of no fixed abode, has been charged with first-degree murder. 

Iowa State University said Ms Barquin Arozamena had been due to finish her civil engineering degree this term. 

Originally from Puente San Miguel in Spain, she became the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, and was hailed by the university as one of the most accomplished players in its history.

Ranked at 69 nationally by Golfweek, she was only the third ISU women's golfer to compete in the US Women's Open Championship. 

She ended her university golfing career with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honours for the third time — only the second player in ISU history to do so. 

In a statement, Iowa state president Wendy Wintersteen said she was "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death" of Ms Arozamena and described her as an "acclaimed golfer with a bright future". 

Head women's golf coach Christie Martens said that Ms Arozamena was "loved by all her teammates and friends" and was an "outstanding representative of our school." 

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life," Ms Martens said. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ames-iowa-golfer-murder-course-charge-celia-barquin-arozamena-collin-daniel-richards-a8542

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 09:03

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The Rock is spotted working out at a gym in Doncaster

The owners of a gym in Doncaster came in for quite a surprise when actor The Rock dropped in for a workout in-between shoots for his new film.

The Hollywood star, real name Dwayne Johnson, had been filming Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw with Idris Elba nearby but found time to pump some iron in Global Fitness Gym in the South Yorkshire town.

Craie Carrera, a professional bodybuilder, owns the gym with his wife Alicia, and told the Press Association:

He seemed to have done some work finding out who me and my partner were, about the gym.

He was very talkative, a nice guy, really genuine, just like an everyday person.

Mr Carrera, who had just returned from a competition in Birmingham when the actor arrived on Sunday morning, said he had received a visit from one of the former wrestler’s staff members shortly before. He said:

A guy came in and asked if he could take a few pictures because someone famous was coming into the area.

He just wanted some pictures of the gym so his client could see if it was up to par and wanted to see what the weight stacks were like and the dumbbells if they were heavy enough.

We thought it was a bit strange but left him to it. I said as long as he puts his weights away, then it doesn’t matter who it is.

Asked what he thought about the 46-year-old’s physique, Mr Carrera, 44, said:

He towers over you. He’s about 6ft 6in. He’s got fairly big arms – as a bodybuilder you’re eyeing up this sort of stuff all the time.

Earlier in the week, film crews with helicopters were spotted at Eggborough power station near Selby in North Yorkshire, capturing a car chase for the movie, which is due for release next year.

I’m in England now and honouring their Remembrance Day — while my heart is back home honouring our own men and women warriors of our U.S. military on Veteran’s Day.

Me and my fellow crew members puttin’ in the hard work today on this blessed Sunday and enjoying the freedom that our countries’ veterans forged for us to have. 

https://www.indy100.com/article/rock-gym-doncaster-dwayne-johnson-yorkshire-fast-furious-wwe-8638646

ruby Posted on November 17, 2018 12:34

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Zayn Malik says he is no longer Muslim

Zayn Malik has revealed he no longer identifies as Muslim in a brand new interview.

The former One Direction star confirmed the news to British Vogue, stating he doesn’t believe in “any” of the religion’s doctrines.

“I’m not professed to be a Muslim,” he said. “I believe whatever people’s religious beliefs are is between them and whoever or whatever they’re practising.”

Malik went on to say he no longer carries out religion’s practices, including daily prayer.

“I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day. I don’t believe any of it,” he said. “I just believe if you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you.

In the interview, Malik – who was raised by Muslim parents in West Yorkshire – expressed hesitancy at discussing his faith as it “becomes a religious f***ing debacle of philosophers.”

He added: “I just want to keep it between me and whatever I believe,” he said. “I feel like that makes me move through life in a nice way.” 

His comments prompted some abuse from fans on Twitter, with others were more accepting of the singer’s choice.

“You should be ashamed,” one Twitter user wrote while another praised the interview, but criticised Malik for “mocking” Muslim practices.

Another expressed disappointment in the comments as they believed Malik’s beliefs had once “helped change some people’s idea about Islam.”

However, others commended Malik’s “bravery” with one user writing: “This is a powerful step forward for freedom of religion among young Muslims.”

The singer is currently working on his second studio album.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/zayn-malik-muslim-islam-religion-british-vogue-interview-response-twitter-backlas

ruby Posted on November 17, 2018 11:36

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This is what Facebook is doing for small businesses in the UK

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the heart of the UK’s economy and create the majority of new jobs in the UK — and Facebook is empowering many of them to grow their business. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that last year alone, SMEs accounted for more than 99 per cent of all private sector businesses in Britain, 60 per cent of private sector employment, and 51 per cent of all private sector turnover.

Millions of SMEs are already using Facebook and its family of apps to get started, grow, trade and recruit. Facebook has a responsibility towards these businesses, says Ciaran Quilty, its vice-president for small businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to support their growth further, because when local businesses grow, they hire more people and strengthen communities. “Discovering and connecting consumers with businesses that they care about is a fundamental part of the Facebook experience,” Quilty says.

Facebook knows that it’s not just enough to support business growth, however: when local businesses expand, the people with digital skills are in the highest demand.

Facebook Community Boost

That’s why this year, through its global Community Boost programme, Facebook has committed to training a million people in Europe in digital skills by 2020.

More than 1,000 entrepreneurs are expected to attend a Community Boost event in London on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November. Quilty says: “We recognise we have a bigger responsibility to society and the communities we work in. That’s why we invest in programmes such as Community Boost, designed to help people get together, connect and invest in building the digital skills essential to the economy’s future.”

Connecting women is a priority. More than 1,000 businesses are created in Britain annually, but last year just 19 per cent of SMEs were led by women. This spurred Facebook to create #SheMeansBusiness — an initiative aimed at helping more women take their business ideas forward. Facebook research found women entrepreneurs who are in business communities are twice as likely to expect growth than those who are not, yet half are not in any networks.

A network to share experiences

Since 2016, about 13,000 women have been supported by Facebook and its partners — FSB, Enterprise Nation and AllBright — in starting or growing a business. Quilty says: “#SheMeansBusiness is a thriving network where women connect, share experiences, skills training and tools through a combination of in-person meet-ups and online communities.”

Acquiring knowledge and skills are not the only challenges. SMEs’ biggest problems are winning new customers, making the most of limited time and generating cashflow quickly, according to Facebook research. Quilty says Facebook helps firms overcome these through its advertising, training and other services, used by more than 80 million SMEs globally. When surveyed, roughly 55 per cent of SMEs who used Facebook said they had increased sales because of the platform, and that it had helped them sell products in other cities and countries. Half said they had hired more employees as a result of joining the platform.

“Today there are around 375 million people outside of the UK connected to businesses in the UK via Facebook,” adds Quilty. “The ability to export and reach these people across borders, is really powerful. It’s a massive driver of jobs and therefore it can support Britain’s economic growth.”

Facebook Community Boost is coming to London on a mission to enhance your digital skills, expand your network and grow your business with a two-day event on 13 and 14 November. To find out more, visit facebook.com/communityboostlondon.

https://www.independent.co.uk/business/facebookcommunityboost/this-is-what-facebook-is-doing-for-small-businesses-in-the-uk-a8618581.html

 

ruby Posted on November 17, 2018 11:32

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Children in Need all-time total hits £1bn after record-breaking £50.6m is donated for 2018 fundraiser

Children in Need has now raised over £1bn since it began the annual fundraiser in 1980, it has been announced.

The news comes after a record-breaking £50.6m was donated during Friday's programme, which featured the EastEnders cast performing Disney songs, and Jodie Whittaker paying a special visit to a Doctor Who fan.

The total raised surpassed 2017's previous on-the-night record of £50.1m, which featured stars of film, music and TV encouraging viewers to donate.

Ronan Keating said it was “totally out of our comfort zone” after the four members of Boyzone performed routines on Strictly Come Dancing, while judge Bruno Tonioli praised band member Shane Lynch for “starting like a true leading man”.

Elsewhere, Doctor Who actor Whittaker surprised a young fan who was on a trip to the set of the sci-fi show. 

Anna, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was whisked away to the set courtesy of the new Doctor. She got her own Time Lord makeover before getting to meet the rest of the cast. 

She even had a heart-to-heart with Whittaker about the importance of having a female Doctor to look up to: “I think it's good to show the boys that we can do just as much as they can,” Anna said. Viewers were also treated to an exclusive preview of this Sunday's new episode. 

In another clip, Eddie Redmayne and Zoe Kravitz played a prank on The One Show presenter Alex Jones, with the help of some children who secretly gave them instructions such as making sheep noises and gargling water.

The pair then admitted to the joke, with Jones saying: “I was thinking what is wrong with these two. They are being so weird.”

Children in Need is the BBC's official UK charity and raised a total of £60.7m for disadvantaged children across the country last year.

The charity is currently supporting 2,400 projects helping children facing a range of disadvantages, such as poverty, abuse or physical disability.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/children-in-need-1-billion-raised-record-strictly-come-dancing-catch-up-doctor-who-a8

ruby Posted on November 17, 2018 11:26

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Man moans about 'deadbeat' ex for not taking care of their baby and gets destroyed online

This dad refused to let the woman he got pregnant have an abortion, but then got seriously irate when she refused to get involved in the rearing of the baby. 

Go figure. 

 

In an angry tirade posted to the 'legaladvice' thread on Reddit, a single dad overwhelmed by child rearing responsibilities complains about the mother of his child being a 'deadbeat' mum, after she's refused to be involved in the 18-month-old son's life. However, there's a twist to the tale. 

In the post, he explains how when she got pregnant they weren't in a serious relationship, and that she wanted to have an abortion, but he refused to allow her to do so. He also goes says that the mother provides the childcare money that's required, and also how she's now working at a gym, has had a tummy tuck, and is looking seriously sizzling. 

Finishing his tirade, he writes: 

She is a deadbeat mom and the court won't do anything and is forcing me to struggle as a single parent. Do I have any legal remedies here?

Basically, he's salty as about the whole situation. 

[NM] I got a girl pregnant and she wanted to get an abortion but I didn't want that. She ended up not getting one but now she is not involved at all

We weren't in a serious relationship when she got pregnant. She has never met our son. Even after the birth she had no desire to see him. We went to court to figure custody and support could be figured out and I have 100% full legal and physical custody. Her name is on the birth certificate but she has no custody and no right to visitation or to make things like medical or education decisions. She didn't want any of that. Every month she pays 125% of the court ordered child support. She says that if I ever marry someone who wants to adopt him she will agree but until then she'll pay support. It's been this way since our son was born.

I'm raising our son all on my own. He is 18 months old now and he has never met her and I don't even have any photos of her even. I am burned out and hate being a single parent. I love my son but I resent him. My family tries to help when they can but I do it most of the time. I would never hurt or neglect him but I am exhausted all the time. I tried to go to court to give her split custody but because she wanted an abortion and I didn't and she made it clear she would never be involved after the birth, and because we went to court when he was 6 months old but because we already went after he was born and agreed on things and now she pays more support than is court ordered the judge said he can't force her to look after him. I haven't seen her in almost a year and the last I heard she has a tummy tuck and laser stretch marks treatment and is working at a gym. She also told her friends and family she is an egg donor and not a mother. She is a deadbeat mom and the court won't do anything and is forcing me to struggle as a single parent. Do I have any legal remedies here?

Can you guess what happened next? 

Many people responded to his query, but not in the way he would have hoped - they all basically took the side of the mum. 

Which, when you think about it, is the only logical side to take. This man is the epitome of 'made your bed, sleep in it'.

One argued that far from 'deadbeat', the woman sounds like a good mum. 

Another took issue with his statement that he 'resented' the child. 

Others called him out for his 'abusive mentality'

One pointed out that he now knows what it feels like for all the single mums out there. 

Essentially, the moral of the tale is that in this instance, a man has had to take responsibility for a woman getting pregnant, deal with the fallout, and ultimately understand how difficult it can be to be a single parent. He set the terms and conditions by telling the woman not to have an abortion, so he's in no position to complain about them once he has to live them. 

There are some excellent 'clap backs' out there online, but a man getting owned for moaning about his own decisions has to be one of the best. 

Sorry, dude! It's 'take-responsibility-for-your-decisions-and-grow-up' time. 

https://www.indy100.com/article/single-dad-parent-deadbeat-mum-abortion-reddit-viral-response-8625451

 

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 15:02

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French army trolls Trump for not visiting First World War cemetery in Paris because of rain

A little rain never hurt anyone. Well, apart from the president of the United States’s reputation that is.

By now the entire world has had ample opportunity to mock president Trump endlessly after he reportedly skipped a visit to a US war cemetery because of some rain. In reality, the thin-skinned president reportedly skipped the trip because he was in a hissy fit with French president Emmanuel Macron, but the excuse has led to endless mockery online.

Images of other world leaders — like Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel — attending Armistice events, despite the poor weather, made Trump’s absence stand out further. As did a widely circulated 2017 speech by Justin Trudeau and pictures of Barack Obama speaking in the pouring rain.

But France's army couldn't resist sticking the knife in to the president, tweeting a hilarious photograph to mock Trump’s absence. Two days after the president’s no-show, the French army tweeted a photo of a soldier crawling on a rainy pavement, with the caption: "There's rain, but it's not serious. We're staying motivated".

 Il y a de la pluie, mais c'est pas grave  On reste motivé

People on social media were quick to show their appreciation for the joke. 

Perhaps the American president needs some ice for that burn?

https://www.indy100.com/article/france-trump-paris-visit-cemetery-ww1-macron-rain-weather-umbrella-8631306

 

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 14:43

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University professor calls police on student for putting her feet on chair

A video of an African American student being escorted from a classroom by police for putting her feet on a chair has gone viral.

The incident reportedly happened at the University of Texas at San Antonio in a biology class where the professor allegedly reported the student for acting in an uncivil manner.

Footage showing the police removing the woman from the class was shared on Twitter by UTSA student Apurva Rawal on Monday and has since been viewed over 650,000 times.

So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil

In follow-up tweets, he claimed that the professor, who has been identified as Anita Moss, called the police on the student despite her not interrupting the class whatsoever and had apparently made a point of how uncivil students were behaving in the previous class.

This professor stopped class entirely and stepped out to call the police just because one student had her feet up on a seat in front of her. Mind you she wasn't talking or interrupting lecture

The class before this professor went on a whole tirade about how uncivil we all were because a few students were on their phone or not paying attention, cutting lecture time for the rest of us because her ego was bruised.

As upset as I am that my professor decided to throw a temper tantrum the lecture before an exam and cancel class, I'm even more outraged that she would decide to single out and humiliate a student just to flex her authority in a destructive manner.

 

I chose to attend this university because of it's welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and today's events genuinely make me concerned for not only my fellow students, but any future roadrunners that may choose to attend this institution in the future.

@UTSA you need to answer for this, because I know we as a university are better than this

A Twitter user going by the name of @FavouritePaigeee has since identified herself as the woman in the video and was told that she needed to leave upon entering the room or be removed by the police.

 

This is me in Anita Moss’ 2053 Bio classroom. Upon entering class I was told I needed to leave or would be escorted out by officers, I never disobeyed the student code of conduct. Not once. A police report is being filed atm, this is just the beginning. Thanks for your support!

Other Twitter users have angrily voiced their concerns about the incident and directly criticised UTSA for how they have handled it. 

Some have also suggested that it may have been racial aggravated.

 

The fact that a professor would have a student removed from class when she clearly isn’t being a disruption to the learning environment or her (lack of) lecturing is COMPLETELY unjustified. @UTSA y’all need to do better. This professor needs to be handled accordingly.

Lmfao I didn’t know being comfortable prevented a student from learning.

The students need to write a petition with the aforesaid event addressed letter to department heads, student affairs & also, the chancellor of the school. I did one for a college student last year & it was for more serious issues. The school rectified the situation.

Without even looking at the video I assumed that the prof was white and the student a PoC. I assumed correctly.

 

The fact that the police came & validated her reasoning for calling them by removing the student from the classroom is what REALLY gets me. When did putting your feet on a seat become grounds to call the cops? When will cops start holding people accountable for false reporting?

 

Kimberly Andrews Espy, who is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTSA has since confirmed that she and COS Interim Dean Howard Grimes are aware of what happened and are conducting an investigation.

COS Interim Dean Howard Grimes and I both are aware of the video that was taken in a biology classroom earlier today. Creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning is our priority, so we too are concerned and will respond accordingly when we learn more. 

In addition, the UTSA President, Taylor Eighmy said that more needs to be done "around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of colour."

The statement, as per News4SA, reads: 

Dear Roadrunners,

Today we had an incident where one of our African American students was escorted from a biology class by members of UTSA’s police department at the request of a faculty member.

While the facts aren’t fully known regarding today’s incident, our Office of Equal Opportunity Services is already conducting an investigation into possible discrimination.

In addition, an inquiry regarding the academic management of the classroom is being conducted by Interim Dean of the College of Sciences Howard Grimes.

Beyond this particular incident, I am very much aware that the circumstance represents another example of the work we need to do as an institution around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of colour.

This concerns me greatly, and it’s incumbent upon us as an institution to face this head-on. It’s something that we need to address immediately as a university community.

I look forward to the arrival of Dr. Myron Anderson, our new Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, to assist us with developing a strategy to address these systemic issues.

I welcome your concerns being shared directly with me and my office by emailing taylor.eighmy@utsa.edu.

I promise to begin this process immediately – it will take time, but has my full commitment.

With appreciation,

Taylor Eighmy

Moss, who according to the school's website is a senior lecturer on the human anatomy and human physiology, is yet to release a comment. 

http://ttps://www.indy100.com/article/student-university-feet-chair-police-called-professor-texas-san-antonio-video-8631406

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 14:17

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School pupil stands up to teacher's 'no toilet breaks' rule in the most iconic way

Being a teacher is one of life’s most important and underappreciated occupations.

A good teacher can change a child’s life and set them on an entirely new direction. But for every fantastic teacher, there’s a Miss Trunchbull-inspired tyrant. Some even go to extraordinary lengths to keep an orderly classroom.

We all know the feeling of a tyrant teacher who desperately needs to be toppled, so it's very satisfying to hear about children making like Theresa May and taking back control from teachers who have become too big for their own good.

When the Reddit user EmeraldEmesis shared a fantastic story about a child who stood up to a bully teacher who berated him for needing to use the toilet, well, it was pure poetry to read.

Read the full post:

"I originally posted this as a comment on another post, but my SO thought it was worth sharing as a standalone. I'm adding a bit more detail and correcting some spelling and grammar. Also, posting from mobile, so apologies for formatting. Context: This happened in the early 90's and at the time the teacher had been teaching for 30 plus years. It was a rural area, so many of my friends parents had also suffered through at least one year of primary school with this awful woman. I've seen a grown woman cry recounting memories of her experiences --she was really that bad."

"My second grade teacher took pride in being a mean old cunt to her students. Wielding control over our tiny little bladders was something that gave her a particular satisfaction. One day during cursive lessons this kid named Joseph asked to use the bathroom. She told him he should've used the bathroom during morning recess and would have to wait until lunch. A little while later he started squirming in his seat and again asked to use the bathroom, this time with more urgency."

"At this point our teacher starts berating the kid by telling him he is a little baby for not holding his bladder like a big boy and suggesting that he should wear diapers. Joseph gets tired of her shit, stands up from his seat, stares her directly in the eye and proceeds to unleash the most epic man-sized piss he could muster. "

“As fate would have it he was wearing those mesh material basketball shorts so the piss just flowed unobstructed down his legs and pooled on the carpet beneath him. A wave of giggling quickly spread through the classroom, which was basically the second grade equivalent of a slow clap."

"Our teacher just stood there dumbfounded for a moment before grabbing Joseph by the arm and dragging him off to the principal's office. As they exited the room Joseph glanced over his shoulder with a big grin on his face. A legend was born that day and we all enjoyed our newfound bathroom privileges for the remainder of the school year. Teacher retired the following year."

The word “iconic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but Joseph, wherever you are, you deserve it.

https://www.indy100.com/article/school-pupil-teacher-no-toilet-breaks-bathroom-hero-bully-8631956

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 14:11

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The incredible moment an 11-year-old girl stopped a possible kidnapping with one question

An 11-year-old girl may have prevented her own kidnapping when she asked a stranger who asked her to get into a white van for the “code word".

The unnamed girl and her friend were walking near a park in North Pecan Creek, Arizona, when a man, driving a white SUV pulled up beside them, Pinal County Police revealed in a statement.

In a Facebook post, the police warn parents and children in the area to be vigilant after a report of a an attempted luring.

The man told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and she needed to go with him. The child asked the man what the “code word” was, but he did not know it and drove off.

Brenda James, the young girl’s mother, told Fox10 that they had come up with a code word for just such occurrences.

We came up with a code word, and this one time, it saved my daughter's life. She told me that a guy tried to take her.

I never thought it would be used, but I'm proud of her for remembering that and knowing to use that.

Sheriff Mark Lamb praised James for putting things in place to ensure her child was as safe as possible.

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On Wednesday, November 7th, a Pinal County deputy responded to a home in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood near Gantzel and Ocotillo Roads for a report of an attempted luring.

At 3:45 p.m., an 11-year-old girl was walking with a friend near a park in the neighborhood when a man, driving a white SUV, pulled up next to them. The man told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and she needed to go with him. The child asked the man what the “code word” wa...

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“Kudos to the parents of this child for having a code word and talking about to their children about stranger danger,” he said.

 We hope by putting this out, it will encourage parents to have that conversation and create a plan with their children, so they know what to do if they are in that situation.

Children in the neighbourhood have seen the SUV in the neighbourhood, circling the park several times a day. The girl says the man covered his face with his hand when talking to her, and has been described as a white male, possibly in his 40s, with a short beard.

The police are urging people to look out for the SUV, which has been described as long like Ford Explorer.

We are asking people to be on alert and call PCSO at 520-866-5111 with any information.


http://tps://www.indy100.com/article/arizona-girl-11-stops-would-be-kidnapper-asking-for-code-word-according-police-8633611

 

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 13:48

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Women are using #ThisIsNotConsent to tweet pictures of their underwear after rape trial controversy

Women around the world are posting pictures of their underwear on Twitter to protest a decision by an Irish court to acquit a 27-year-old man of rape after a trial in which a teenager’s thong was used as evidence.

A Cork jury took an hour and a half deliberating on 6 November before finding the defendant not guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl.

Defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell asked jurors to take into account the underwear the 17-year-old girl was wearing.

"Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?” the Irish Examiner reports O’Connell stating.

You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.

Women took to social media to protest this, arguing that the barrister had engaged in victim-blaming. It doesn’t matter what a woman is wearing, they argue, clothes have nothing to do with consent.

Using the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, women shared pictures of their underwear.

 

Most of my underwear has lace on it. This doesn’t mean I want to be raped. No matter what I wear, no means no!! 

To use a pair of a 17 year olds underwear, against her, at her own rape trial is disgusting.

Counsel for man acquitted of rape suggested jurors should reflect on underwear worn by the 17yo complainant. Following this wholly unacceptable comment, we are calling on our followers to post a picture of their thongs/knickers to support her with the hashtag.

Jurors in Cork were asked to consider the underwear a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL was wearing when she was raped by a 27-year-old man.

Join the cause in solidarity, can’t believe this girl was subjected to these comments after such a traumatic event.I hear cameras cut away from me when I displayed this underwear in #Dáil. In courts victims can have their underwear passed around as evidence and it's within the rules, hence need to display in Dáil. Join protests tomorrow. In Dublin it's at Spire, 1pm.

Lacy but full or thong but not lacy,
need someone to tell me which is less rapey.


Just beacuse my panties are cute doesn't mean i'm saying yes #ThisIsNotConsent

Susan Dillon, one of the women who started the hashtag, and member of the campaign group I Believe Her, told BuzzFeed News:

Simply put, clothing is not consent. This kind of victim blaming is archaic and had no place in our court system.

We wanted something impactful that would draw attention to the issue hence the use of underwear.

Crowds of people turned up on the streets of Ireland to protest, chanting “clothes are not consent".

Crowd is chanting that 'clothes are not #consent': the sense of solidarity, belief and conviction for change is palpable. 

Protest in Dublin against victim blaming in the courts. Huge crowd for a lunchtime last minute protest.

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 13:42

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A bride who found out her fiancé was cheating the night before their wedding read his texts instead of her vows

The moment a bride decided to reveal her fiancé’s unfaithfulness has gone viral – because she unveiled his cheating ways during their wedding.

One woman claims she found out the man she was about to marry was cheating on her the night before their big day.

Casey, as she calls herself, told her story on Whimm. She had been enjoying a glass of wine with her friends the night before her wedding to the man she had been in a relationship with for six years, when she received a text message from an unknown number.

"I wouldn't marry him. Will you?" the message read, followed by screenshots and pictures of Casey’s husband, ‘Alex’ and conversations between him and a dark-haired woman.

“The texts were dated from months to only days before,” the bride wrote.

My brain simply could not compute WTF was going on. There was no questioning the legitimacy of these messages. I just knew.

She posted some of the messages between them:

This weekend. You and I. It is on, hot stuff. Bring your A game.

Your body is f***ing incredible. And shit do you know how to use it. I wish my GF had half the skills you do.

“I miss you so much. I can’t stop thinking about L, S, F’ing you. I’ve never had this kind of connection before.”

Casey burst into tears upon reading the incriminating messages, and her friends encouraged her to call the wedding off.

She had a better idea.

I walked down the aisle with leaden feet, my dream dress now just a costume. As he saw my face he knew this was not an ecstatic woman on her big day, but he had no idea what was coming. I arrived at the front of the room, took a big breath and I faced our friends, our parents and I told them the truth about Alex.

'There will be no wedding today,' I announced.

'It seems Alex is not who I thought he was.'

Friends and family were shocked by the admission and Alex attempted to “grab” her hands and prevent her from talking. It was too late, though, and hidden in between her flowers was her phone.

I read every single message she sent me. With each word, more colour left Alex’s face.

I let my weeping eyes rise and meet his, and he had not one thing to say.

He stalked out of the church with his best man trailing behind him. His family looked on, horrified.

Adam hightailed it out of the church.

http://ttps://www.indy100.com/article/bride-fiance-cheating-husband-wedding-vows-text-messages-8635426

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 13:34

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Marvel: Avengers 4 director appears to confirm popular fan theory

Ever since the shocking conclusion of Infinity War, we've heard plenty of theories about what might transpire in Avengers 4. 

We've heard theories about Nick Fury and Thanos, but we are yet to really get any insight into how 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes' might defeat 'The Mad Titan' in the final instalment of the saga.

One theory that has been doing the rounds on fan sites and social media for a few months revolve around Doctor Strange and the Time Stone.

As you will have seen in Infinity War, Thanos needed to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to complete his goal of wiping out half of life in the universe.

He was partially able to achieve this by taking the Time Stones from Doctor Strange. And when we say 'take', we actually mean Strange just straight up surrendered the stone to the villain. 

Or did he surrender the stone? After all, Strange only gave the stone over to Thanos after he saw that there was only one possible way to defeat him.

Did Strange manage to do something with the stone before giving it over? 

Something that has been suggested is that Strange managed to go into the past or future to set off a chain of events that would help the Avengers triumph. 

This is all just hearsay but Joe Russo, the co-director of Avengers 4, has subtly hinted that this theory might not be too far from the truth.

According to the Express, in the new illustrated companion book Marvel's Avengers Infinity - The Art of the Movie, Russo said:

The problem is, as you can imagine, as you gain control over these things, your story just goes haywire because why are there any stakes for the man who can control time, space, reality, your mind, your soul and power?

He can reset as many times as it'll take.

So you have to build in a lot of bumps in the road or maybe keep one stone away from him for long enough in order for the thing to have any dramatic structure at all.

Russo's words aren't exactly clear but it would suggest that one stone is the key to defeating Thanos.

Whether this turns out to be the case or not remains to be seen but it's certainly intriguing. 

http://ttps://www.indy100.com/article/marvel-avengers-4-fan-theory-joe-russo-time-stone-thanos-doctor-strange-8635686

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 13:28

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Brexit: BBC sign language interpreter goes viral after perfectly summing up the chaos

You don't really need me to tell you but Brexit is a real mess at the moment and it doesn't look like it's going to solve itself anytime soon. 

Just trying to explain Theresa May's draft agreement to someone who might not have been following the news is hard enough but imagine trying to explain it in sign language?

That's the prospect one sign language interpreter on BBC News was faced with yesterday when she was trying to say exactly what went down in the Commons yesterday.

Footage of the woman was captured by actor and writer Ell Potter and shared on Twitter yesterday and subsequently went viral as a perfect physical interpretation of the chaos.

British Sign Language does require grammar to be expressed through head and hand movements while facial expressions and body posture can also be added to further illustrate emotion and tone.

It's fair to say that she absolutely nailed the state of the UK in just 12 seconds and people are loving it as maybe the most accurate analysis of Brexit ever.

British Sign Language does require grammar to be expressed through head and hand movements while facial expressions and body posture can also be added to further illustrate emotion and tone.

It's fair to say that she absolutely nailed the state of the UK in just 12 seconds and people are loving it as maybe the most accurate analysis of Brexit ever.

//www.indy100.com/article/brexit-deal-bbc-news-sign-language-interpreter-viral-watch-video-chaos-8636791

 

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 13:09

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Tyler, the Creator responds to Jaden Smith calling him his boyfriend

Tyler, the Creator has responded to Jaden Smith's claims that they are dating.

During a performance at a festival in California, the 20-year-old son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith addressed the crowd at Camp Flog Naw during his set.

"I just wanna say Tyler, the Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f***ing much, and I wanna tell you guys something," Smith said, in a moment that was filmed by someone at the front of the stage.

"Tyler doesn't wanna say, but Tyler is my motherf***ing boyfriend, and he's been my motherf***ing boyfriend my whole motherf***ing life. It's true! Tyler is my boyfriend."

He later tweeted: "Yup @tylerthecreator I told everyone you can't deny it now."

It is currently not clear whether the pair are actually dating or whether Smith was poking fun at speculation surrounding Tyler's sexuality. In his back catalogue, he was heavily criticised for his use of the word "faggot". However, on his last album Flower Boyhe discussed his sexuality in what appeared to be a breakthrough moment, and has since been more open about his refusal to accept labels. 

Smith, who recently released a new collaboration with Harry Hudson titled "Just Slide", has also been relatively open in discussions of sexuality and is known for his androgynous fashion style. 

http://ttps://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/tyler-the-creator-jaden-smith-boyfriend-dating-relationship-twitter-response-a8631

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 12:19

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I’m a Celebrity 2018 promo shows Holly Willoughby in action alongside Dec

The latest series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is almost upon us, and a brand new promo shows Holly Willoughby alongside Declan Donnelly for the first time.

Donnelly is returning to host the 18th series alongside This Morning host Willoughby. It'll be the first series without Ant McPartlin who has taken a hiatus from presenting to battle a number of personal problems. 

 Earlier this week, the full lineup was confirmed with football manager Harry Redknapp, Torchwood star John Barrowman and X Factor favourite Fleur East leading this year’s contestants. 

James McVey, who found fame as part of boy band The Vamps, will also appear with soap stars Sair Khan (Coronation Street), Rita Simons (EastEnders) and Malique Thompson-Dwyer (Hollyoaks) all primed for Bushtucker Trials.

Unverified reports claim that Deal or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds will be this year's secret campmate, reportedly signing up for £500,000 - the most money the ITV show has ever paid for a celebrity.

Who else will feature? You can see all ten of this year’s jungle-ready celebrities – including a few renowned British TV personalities – in their camping gear below.

Speaking about his decision to sign up to the long-running reality series, former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham manager Redknapp, 71, said: “My wife thinks I am mad. She has seen the show and she has told me I should watch it before I do it.”

Previous winners include Christopher Biggins, Westlife singer Kian Egan and Made In Chelsea’s Georgia “Toff” Toffolo.   

You can find everything we know about this year’s series here.

I’m A Celebrity 2018 begins on 18 November at 9pm on ITV.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/im-a-celebrity-2018-holly-willoughby-dec-lineup-when-start-itv-promo-video-a8636751

ruby Posted on November 16, 2018 12:07

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Dark matter hurricane to hit Earth with speeds of up to 310 miles per SECOND

A DARK matter hurricane is barrelling towards Earth and it could help scientists uncover the mystery of the elusive substance. What dark matter actually is remains a mystery but it was first conceptualised in 1977 by scientists who suggested that the substance, which is thought to make up 85 percent of all matter in the universe, is responsible for all of the unseen matter in space. Its existence would go towards explaining why galaxies rotate and why they stick together, rather than stars flying off in all directions. Now, a group of scientists believe that a dark matter ‘hurricane’ is approaching Earth, blowing at speeds of 310 miles per SECOND.

However, it is not going to have an effect on our planet, and it will pass by without us even noticing.

The supposed hurricane was detected by scientists at the University of Zaragoza in Spain using data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite.  

The team noticed a group of nearby stars all moving ion the same directions as the S1 stream – which is a group of stars all circling through the Milky Way.

The S1 stream, made up of around 30,000 stars, is believed to be the leftovers of a dwarf galaxy swallowed by the Milky Way about a billion years ago.  

S1 is now moving towards Earth, and as it does a huge ripple of dark matter should theoretically circle our planet, giving scientists a great chance of confirming its existence.

Dark matter hurricane to hit Earth with speeds of up to 310 metres per SECOND (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran O’Hare, an astroparticle physicist at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, said: “We call it a dark matter 'halo' because it surrounds the entire galaxy.

"We are inside the halo, so in a sense we are swimming around in a sea of dark matter all the time.

"What is remarkable about S1 is that its direction is the opposite one to which we are moving in the galaxy.

"So it's like we are moving into the current and the dark matter is hitting us smack in the face.”

Dark matter is thought to make up 85 percent of all matter in the universe (Image: GETTY)

The researchers will use detectors to try and pick up axions – particles which are about 500 million times lighter than electrons.

Axions, along with the much more undetectable weakly-interacting massive particles (WIMPs), are thought to be a key component of dark matter.

The researchers wrote in their paper published in Physical Review D: “Axion haloscopes possess by far the greatest potential sensitivity to the S1 stream if its dark matter component is sufficiently cold.

“'Once the axion mass has been discovered, the distinctive velocity distribution of S1 can easily be extracted from the axion power spectrum.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

Prynx Posted on November 16, 2018 08:15

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Bitcon's 15 November 2018 Price Crash

Bitcoin (BTC) has had near stablity between $6,200 and $6,700 for the most part of the year. Starting from yesterday 14 November 2018, BTC has seen a sharp decline in price (10% loss today). This has been attributed to today's pending Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hardfork, and investors in the United States cashing out to pay capital gain taxes.

 


BCH hark fork

BCH will effectively split into two sometime today to create a brand new cryptocurrency. This is surely stirring up uncertainty among crypto investors. This uncertainty breeds market actions such as investors selling BCH and other cryptocurrencies to store value in fiat, and selling other cryptocurrencies including BTC to buy more BCH in order to benefit from the hard fork.

 


Capital Gain Taxes

The United States (US) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made an announcement in 2014 that cryptocurrencies are defined as property and not currency. In the US, airdrops and Bitcoin mining are being taxed as ordinary income; which depends on the Individual’s tax bracket. However, when a person holds on to Bitcoin for more than a year before selling, it will only be liable to long-term capital gains. It is assumed that some investors are cashing out to enable them pay the said tax in April 2019.
 


According to Rohit Kulkarni, Managing Director of Private Investment Research at SharePost, there are three likely catalysts that could result in a crypto market turnaround in the next six months. These are:

  • a greater clarity from regulators which could embolden the market;
  • a select group of blockchain startups that have completed token offerings in the past year finally announcing innovative commercial products; and 
  • the piling up of institutional capital triggering investors to call the bottom of the market. 

PlatinumPulse Posted on November 15, 2018 20:09

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Elton John stars in the new John Lewis Christmas advert and it is giving people a lot of feelings

It's that time of year again when it's still more than a month until Christmas and adverts for major department stores are dominating our airwaves. 

That's right, it's John Lewis advert day everyone - and, cynicism aside, this year's effort is actually pretty good. Remember that bizarre dog-trampoline one?

Featuring Elton John, the two-minute ad, soundtracked by his classic tune 'Your Song', charts the lauded singer-songwriter's career in reverse, to the point where he receives his first ever piano on Christmas Day.

We can only presume that his mum brought it from John Lewis, otherwise, this advert would be pretty redundant (and yes, you can buy pianos from John Lewis).

Even if you aren't a fan Elton John, there is no denying that this is quite lovely and, although it's unlikely to prompt too many people to buy a piano, people have a lot of feelings for it.

Unsurprisingly, not everyone is a fan, with many citing that it just doesn't make them feel 'Christmassy'. 

People then began to debate if you could buy a piano from John Lewis, which you definitely can.

Of course, there were some great jokes.

https://www.indy100.com/article/john-lewis-christmas-advert-2018-elton-john-your-song-watch-video-reaction-8634611

ruby Posted on November 15, 2018 14:09

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Woman sends marriage into flames after blowing up her wedding dress at her ‘divorce party’

A woman from Texas settled her divorce with a bang, after blowing up her wedding dress in an explosion that could be felt from 15 miles away.

Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler used $200 worth of rifle targets, called tannerite, to destroy her dress during a “divorce party” she held on her father’s farm in La Coste, Texas, over the weekend.

Her sister, Carla Santleben-Newport, shared a video on Facebook showing the recent divorcee loading up her dress with explosives, before shooting at it with a rifle from 200 miles away, with the hashtags #TheLoserIsGone, #OurFamilyAndFriendsAreAwesome and #YourGirlfriendSucks.

The 43-year-old had just settled her divorce a day prior and, after 14 years of marriage, wanted to commemorate the event.

“I wanted to remove all things from our marriage from the house,” the newly-liberated woman told McClatchy.

Photos in the attic, ring in the safe (but probably going to sell it) and the dress I wanted to burn. I had a lot of advice and suggestions from friends and family, like donating it for premature babied and baptism gowns. To me, the dress represented a lie. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress

Complete with “I’m Not with Stupid Anymore” fascinators, the woman invited more than 40 family and friends to be part of the unconventional party.

“It wasn’t done for him or about him,” her sister told Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It was just our family having a fun-filled celebration.”

Before the big event, the family made sure to consult a friend who was also a bomb tech to make sure the explosion was safe.

“On the one hand, it was like being on a set of some action movie. The explosion was huge. It was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us.”

It seems that this marriage has, quite literally, gone up in flames.

https://www.indy100.com/article/wedding-dress-blown-up-divorced-watch-video-husband-wife-party-fire-8634756

ruby Posted on November 15, 2018 13:29

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The best episodes of Sabrina The Teenage Witch

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To coincide with the show’s revival on Netflix, revisit the gloriously nostalgic series’ most spellbinding and fun episodes.

We list them below...

Pancake madness

It turns out that the Spellmans all have a familial addiction to pancakes, and when Sabrina eats some against her aunts’ wishes she gets hooked, quickly descending into an

absurd nightmare of irresistible syrupy treats.

It’s during an encounter with her arch nemesis, Libby, that Sabrina first unleashes her new magical powers, accidentally turning the school bully into a pineapple.

After moving to Paris with her dad, Sabrina begins to miss home, so her father magics Britney Spears to perform. 

The Spellman family pet, Salem Saberhagen — a former witch turned into a cat — has many hilarious moments, but him dressed as Frank Sinatra is one of the funniest.

When Sabrina’s zany Aunt Vesta visits from the Other Realm, she decides to accompany her to the Pleasure Dome — a place of luxury where the fun just doesn’t stop.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/proper-tv-guide/the-best-episodes-of-sabrina-the-teenage-witch-a8606561.html?mvt=i&mvn=

ruby Posted on November 15, 2018 13:06

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Idris Elba doll mocked for looking nothing like him - despite selling for £850

A handcrafted Idris Elba doll worth £850 is being dragged by fans – because it looks nothing like him.

British doll maker Emperis created the doll, dressed in a light brown suit-and-waistcoat combo. The doll wears jeans and camel-coloured high-tops and it looks like the model of a very suave man.

It was supposed to be a model of the actor, who was recently named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.

Instead, it’s been compared to Jafar from Aladdin… and others

People are in agreement: that’s not Idris Elba.

With its arched eyebrows, pointy nose and absolutely no resemblance to the actor, fans are struggling to see the Idris Elba element

You mean 2 tell me that this doll is supposed 2 be Idris Elba? Either I need glasses or somebody done fu*ked up:

Man when doll making goes wrong !! This is a british manufacturers @idriselba doll ! someone needs to clock out!!!

This Idris Elba doll is giving me tales from the hood nightmares all over again!

In fact, people are pointing out the doll’s likeness to Think Like a Man actor Romany Malco.?

“Who made this doll???!!!” One person wrote on Facebook. “They got their Black actors mixed up! LMAO This is Romany Malco, not Idris Elba. #lies #LOL."

He kind of does, actually…

Idris Elba doll?! More like Romany Malco.Why Idris Elba doll look like the dude from 40 year old virgin

Others are saying the doll resembles Charlamagne. 

Others are saying the doll resembles Charlamagne. 

Others are saying the doll resembles Charlamagne. 

Others are saying the doll resembles Charlamagne. 

Others are saying the doll resembles Charlamagne. 

Man why does that Idris Elba doll look just like charlamagne.How many people had to approve this? Did none of them know what #Idriselba looks like.

Still, something must be working. According to the Mail Online, sales of the doll are booming, and it is on longer available on the Emperis website.

This isn’t first time a famous person’s likeness was questionably rendered in art. Last year a bust of Cristiano Ronald at the Aeroporta da Madeira was roasted for looking nothing like the footballer.

https://www.indy100.com/article/idris-elba-doll-sexiest-man-price-how-much-mocked-8632956

 
 
 
 

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 15:42

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When this man offered to help his elderly cab driver with his phone, things escalated quickly

If there's one thing that growing up, reading fairy stories teaches us, it's don't trust strangers. 

Now, this kind-hearted Reddit user had this message hammered home, when he offered to help his elderly cab driver with his phone. 

Taking to the Reddit thread 'today I f***** up', he wrote: 

Let me start with my personal rule when riding taxis: when the taxi driver tries to strike up a conversation with you, always reply and try to maintain the dialogue, especially late at night.

Like a lot of you, I’m introverted and little socially awkward but I do this because they might be working a long shift and the conversation helps them stay alert.

He then launched into his story. 

Opening up, he described how the whole thing started out pretty innocently, as his elderly Chinese driver said he was having issues with the SD card in his Samsung mobile phone. Seeing as they both had the same phone, the Reddit user agreed to take a look. 

About half an hour past midnight, I took a cab home, a 15-minute ride at most.

The taxi driver was an elderly Chinese man, and he started asking me the usual questions like what I do for a living and where I’m from.

He eventually mentioned that he bought this new Samsung phone recently.

I told him that I had the same phone and he immediately asked if I could help him with a problem he’s been having.

Specifically, he installed his old SD card to his new phone, but some of the videos in the card can’t be played anymore and some can only be played until a certain point and then stop.

I immediately thought that it was probably caused by a corrupt or damaged SD card (he did mention that it was a very old card) and told him to replace it when he gets a chance.

He asked if I could have a look at it anyway, and I agreed, thinking that I’m being helpful to an old man who’s struggling with new technology.

Then, things began to take a turn for the worse. 

He stopped the taxi on the driveway of my apartment, right in front of the entrance and handed me his phone.

The first thing I noticed was that the touchscreen was not very responsive.

I immediately showed him how to increase the sensitivity setting of the touchscreen to accommodate for having a screen protector and he was so thankful and it made me feel good that I helped improve this old man’s life to some small extent.

That feeling didn’t last long, though.

Queue lots of photographs of a much younger woman...

He then started to show me where the broken videos are by opening his google photos app.

I tried my best not to pry on this old man’s private life, but as he scrolled through the app, I started to get this sinking feeling.

I noticed that he had a lot of photos of this young woman, who I assumed was his daughter at first… until I realised that a lot of them are racy pictures.

It's 'wrinkly butt' time...

I tried to remain positive by thinking that it’s good that he’s still able to enjoy camgirls at that age.

He eventually got to the videos he mentioned earlier and handed me his phone.

I tried to open the videos and indeed, they seem to be broken as the phone just goes greyscreen when I try to open them.

He then told me to check the video that seemed okay when it starts playing but stops at some point.

He opened the first video from that day and moved the time slider to about halfway through the video to a shot of him walking past the camera… butt-naked.

The shot started with his butt right in front of the camera, so close that I could see the wrinkles on them.

And to top it off, after his butt left the frame, I saw that behind him was a bed, with the woman in the pictures earlier lying on top of it.

The Reddit user then quickly handed the phone back to the old dude. 

After the shock of seeing his wrinkly old manbutt faded, I realised that I was trying to help him recover his sex video with this girl and that I probably shouldn’t touch that phone anymore.

I immediately handed his phone back to him like it was a hot potato while at the same time repeating my earlier recommendation that he should probably change his SD card.

Now, just to top it off, there's one more twist to add insult to injury. 

He did genuinely sound thankful for my advice, and I was about to leave when he asked if I could take his business card, as he was looking for tenants for his apartment and maybe I could refer his place to some of my friends.

Desperate to end this very awkward situation I just agreed and took his card.

Glad that this whole situation was finally over, I was about to leave once again when he asked if he could also get my number in case he was in the area we could grab a coffee outside.

 

I was going to give him a fake number, but he then told me to just call his phone since I already had his card.

Not knowing what else to do, I begrudgingly dialed his number. After another round of goodbyes, I got inside the building as fast as I could and washed my hands immediately.

(Edit for additional context: I'm a guy living in one of the safest countries in the world so I didn't feel threatened all. It was just an incredibly awkward and weird experience.)

Needless to say, many other Reddit users were pretty shocked by the story, but took the opportunity to point out that it really could have gone a lot worse than it did. 

One suggested that the whole thing was obviously an evil plan concocted by the cab driver. 

https://www.indy100.com/article/cab-driver-phone-help-reddit-shock-thread-viral-8625586

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 15:29

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Fox News tried to shame the youngest congresswoman ever for being unable to afford DC rent

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history in the midterm elections by becoming the youngest woman elected to the US House of Representatives. 

The 29-year-old political newcomer shot to fame earlier this year when she unexpectedly defeated ten-term representative Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th district, and she looks set to help shape for course of US politics for years to come. 

But before she can do that, she revealed to The New York Times that she won't be able to relocate her life to her future home of Washington DC until her congressional salary kicks in, as only then will she be able to pay rent in the capital. 

She said:

I have three months without a salary before I'm a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.

She also tweeted to say that this was just another example of how the US electoral system isn't "designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead".

 
There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead.

This is one of them (don’t worry btw - we’re working it out!).

In a move that will surprise no one, Fox News were quick to pick up the story and handled it with all the grace, sensitivity and respect that you might expect them to show the Democratic socialist. 

During a discussion on 'America's Newsroom',  the panellists took aim at Ocasio-Cortez during a segment captioned with: "Self-proclaimed socialist says she can't afford DC rent."

Judy Miller, a journalist and commentator, snickered when host BIll Hemmer reminded the panel that Ocasio-Cortez was working at a restaurant before launching her campaign earlier in the year. 

Ocasio-Cortez snapped back at Fox News, pointing out that their anchors still can't pronounce her name properly and taking the affluent panel to task for making a mockery of the US housing crisis. 

There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed.

Mocking lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.


Mocking lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.


As much as @FoxNews likes to mock the working-class, the real scandal is that at the wealthiest point in our history, we are at one of our most unequal.

Most Americans are barely scraping by.

There is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed.

Mocking lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.

Less than a week following her election and Ocasio-Cortez is already making waves in a bid to disrupt the status quo. We can't wait to see how this turns out.

http://ttps://www.indy100.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-rent-fox-news-washington-dc-midterm-elections-twitter-reactions-8627631

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 15:12

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Florida recount: Donald Trump Jr is spreading a debunked voter fraud story from 2012

Much like his dad, Donald Trump Jr isn't too happy about the midterm results, which saw the Republicans experience crushing losses in the House of Representatives. 

Whereas the president seemed determined to take his frustration out on journalists, his son has taken the unorthodox route of spreading conspiracy theories, which is something that he is fairly familiar with.

This time Trump Jr has taken a step-back-in-time and is now peddling a debunked NBC article from 2012 and attributing it to the 2018 midterms. 

Although Trump had accused the Democrats of voter fraud he provided no evidence for his claim, which led to Trump Jr and other prominent Conservatives spreading this article. 

The report, which was published in May 2012, states that nearly 200,000 voters in Florida might not be US citizens and therefore aren't registered to vote. 

This report was apparently first shared by David Wohl, the father of notorious right-wing activist Jacob Wohl, who called Florida a 'Banana Republic' in a tweet posted on Sunday. 

Florida has become a Banana Republic right in our own back

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This story from the Associated Press was published in 2012. An initial list cited in this report of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625 and ultimately to 85, according to the Florida Department of...

Others, including Trump Jr, then began to tweet links to the article all with their own dismay and critical take on the Democrats.

200,000 non citizens voting in Florida!?!?

But I thought Democrats said voter fraud was a myth?

We have got a SERIOUS problem on our hands.

 

Charlie Kirk, the founder of the pro-Trump student group Turning Point USA, also appeared to tweet the article but has since deleted it.

NBC Miami added this editor's note to the 2012 post that Charlie Kirk and Trump Jr are tweeting.

Unfortunately, for them, NBC obviously noticed what was going on and on Monday added a '2012 Election' kicker to the headline and the following disclaimer at the start of the article which states that the original information that they reported was incorrect..

Editor’s note on Nov. 12, 2018: This story was published in May 2012.

The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State.

The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 non-citizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls).

That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors.

An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 non citizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.

As soon as this happened people began to call Trump Jr and co for spreading this false information, with some accusing them of not reading the article at all.

In today's edition of "You didn't actually read the article you posted, did you?":

"Editor’s note on Nov. 12, 2018: This story was published in May 2012.
The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then...

Another disinformation enthusiast tries to push a six-year-old story with the date clearly marked at the top and an explainer before the first graf

Florida is currently undergoing a recount in Broward County following what is reported to be a technical fault with their voting machines. 

The county which traditionally votes Democrat has been criticised by the Republicans but this is unlikely to dissuade Trump's followers but is a further example of just how easily false information can be spread on social media.

https://www.indy100.com/article/florida-recount-midterms-donald-trump-jr-voter-fraud-conspiracy-twitter-fake-8631111

 

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 11:32

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Stan Lee: Marvel superheroes including Hulk and Captain America pay tribute to creator

From Hulk to Hawkeye, Thor to Captain America, Stan Lee has brought to life some of the world’s best and most beloved of superheroes.

The comic writer, who died on Monday at the age of 95 touched millions with his funny, hearty characters.

In light of that, here’s a collection of Marvel heroes and the actors who played them, paying tribute to his memory.

The list is by no means exhaustive:

From Hulk to Hawkeye, Thor to Captain America, Stan Lee has brought to life some of the world’s best and most beloved of superheroes.

The comic writer, who died on Monday at the age of 95 touched millions with his funny, hearty characters.

In light of that, here’s a collection of Marvel heroes and the actors who played them, paying tribute to his memory.

The list is by no means exhaustive:


How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan.

There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!

RIP my friend. Thank you for the incredible adventures your stories took all of us on. My love and support goes out to all your friends and family.

You let us be extra human... superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.

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Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human..

You let us be extra human... superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.

MORE;https://www.indy100.com/article/stan-lee-death-marvel-superheroes-tribute-chris-evans-mark-ruffalo-stan-lee-dead-marvel-superheroes-8631131

 

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 11:11

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Madison Beer stars in Music Box episode 38 as she releases 'Hurts Like Hell' video

It's hard to believe we're almost at the end of Music Box series four, already! We have three sessions left to go, including this week's episode with the lovely Madison Beer

The US singer shot to fame after receiving praise from fellow pop artist Justin Bieber. Now she's carving out her own career in music, with heartfelt, cool pop that has clearly struck a chord with fans. 

Madison dropped into the Music Box studio as she was visiting the UK, and gave us two lovely, intimate renditions of her songs "Dead" and "Home With You". 

We're also excited to share her video for new single "Hurts Like Hell", which dropped in the early hours of this morning and was executive-produced by Beer with director Mike Harris.

"I had such a clear vision of what I wanted to do for this video, and it was such a rewarding experience working alongside Mike and having him help take my ideas and make them a reality, far surpassing what I expected," she says. "I am so grateful for his brilliance and professionalism as a director, and could not be happier with how the video turned out.

"I was inspired by witchcraft and felt that it perfectly fit with the theme of the song, which is about teaching someone a lesson. I'm so happy Offset was involved in this project and was able to bring such an incredible energy to the video."

Check out Madison's Music Box session, along with the "Hurts Like Hell" video. Shout out to Jack Duxbury for accompanying her on the guitar, and thanks to Madison and her team for making this happen!

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/madison-beer-hurts-like-hell-music-box-video-session-dead-home-with-you-a863

ruby Posted on November 14, 2018 10:41

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Why would Satoshi Nakamoto 51% attack BitcoinCash? My thoughts on the Nov. 15, 2018 BCH Hard Fork and what you might want to know

 

The Nov. 15, 2018 BCH Hard Fork

On November 15th Bitcoin Cash will have a hard fork.

The block chain is going to split into 2 chains because the community of developers that were working together on BitcoinCash refused to come to a consensus agreement.

One chain will become BitcoinCashABC and the other will become BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision).

There are two sides to this ongoing fork-war. Calvin Ayre and friends like Craig Wright (Remember the guy who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto as an attempt to try to get out of trouble with the Australian Government?) and Roger Ver and friends (Jihan Wu).

What is a hard fork?

A hard fork happens anytime changes are made to the underlying code of a coin's blockchain. Any changes that are made to the blockchain result in a "fork" which will result in creating a "new" blockchain, therefore, creating a new coin. Some popular forks in the past include Monero's forks to remain asic resistant, or the BitcoinPrivate fork that actually combined technology from Zclassic and Bitcoin together to create a privacy coin. Each time a fork occurs, owner's of the forked coin are awarded the opportunity to get "free" coins. For example, for the ZCL and/or Bitcoin that I owned during the BitcoinPrivate fork, I was awarded 1 BTCP for every 1 Bitcoin that I owned and 1 BTCP for every 1 ZCL that I owned. Whenever participating in a fork to get your free coins, I will always advise that you keep your coins stored in your own wallet where you control your private keys. There are people who will try to seek out exchanges that support the hard forks, like Cryptopia or Bittrex for example, and put their coins in a wallet hosted on the exchange. They do this in hopes that they have the opportunity to SELL as soon as they get their coin. I still advise against this practice and suggest that you just hold the coins in your own wallet, don't be greedy, and just be patient. Usually transactions will be locked/closed on the exchanges that are supporting the fork, temporarily, anyways, until the network becomes stable and usable again.

Now that we know what a fork is, why is Bitcoin Cash forking?

The reason that BitcoinCash was created was to increase the blocksize of Bitcoin from 1mb blocks to 32mb blocks in the underlying blockchain of Bitcoin. BitcoinCash also rejects segwit. Remember, we can't make changes to the original blockchain's code without creating a new coin. This means that whenever the blocksize was increased, a new coin, BCH, was created.

The reason for increasing the blocksize was to allow for more transactions to happen, quicker. This is basically an attempt in scaling Bitcoin to make room for all of the new users. With BitcoinCash, users can now transact "Bitcoin" at high speeds and with lower fees.

BCH usually goes through 2 soft forks each year to perform updates on the code. But, this time it will be more then just a soft fork, it will be a hard fork, this hard fork is due to a "civil war" between two factions within the BCH community.

On one side we have BitcoinCashSV and on the other side we have BitcoinCashABC. We also have the Bitcoin Unlimited faction, which does not want to make any changes until a consensus can be agreed upon by everyone.

BitcoinCashABC

The BitcoinCashABC side seems to be the side that most major exchanges and platforms will be adopting but if anyone disagrees with that then please let us know in the comments. BitcoinCashABC consists of Jihan Wu, the co-founder of Bitmain, and friends.

The purpose of the ABC fork is to build the ability to have smart contracts on BitcoinCash similar to the Ethereum network. The fork intends to prepare the chain for increased blocksize in the future by working to fix some of the underlying problems that prevent BCH from scaling any further than it already has.

A 32mb blocksize already allows for "PayPal level transactions". This fork will prepare the chain for scale-ability in the future, so that the chain can be ready for more demand once the there is actual demand for it.

The BitcoinCashABC team supports anonymity and the freedom to use digital currencies as one pleases as long as it is in peace.

BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision)

The BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision) team consist of Craig Wright (Whether it is true or not, there are people that believe Craig Wright is actually Satoshi Nakamoto), Jimmy Nyugen, and Calvin Ayre. Craig Wright is the chief scientist for nChain, the foundation that is backing BSV. This version of BCH proposes to increase the block size all the way up to 128 mb.

This chain has a lot of support from miners and the mining pools that Craig Wright runs. Miners support big blocks because by keeping scaling on-chain, it keeps transaction fees on-chain. Miners get paid through transaction fees.

Craig Wright believes that the protocol that is implemented now should not have to be changed in the future and that is why they are increasing the block size all the way up to a whopping 128 megabytes, now.

Craig Wright also believes that there should be no anonymity in cryptocurrency. He claims to be working on a project that will map the entire deep web as well as ID every Zcash and Monero transaction by the end of 2019. He is anti-anonymity because his foundation, nChain, seeks institutional investors.

Craig Wright has threatened the BitcoincashABC team with 51% attacks in an attempt to scare them into siding with them. They will do whatever they can to throw a wrench into ABC's plans including using an attack known as "Satoshi's Shotgun" that involves flooding the network with millions of small transactions.

Both sides of the "fork-war" want is to scale bitcoin, which needs to be done at some point. It is how they are going about it that is different. It is the way they are going about it that is causing controversy. Hard forks can be a dangerous thing to crypto because of the problems and madness that comes along with it.

Taking everything into consideration, we need to understand that there are underlying issues with the blockchain technology that need to be understood fully and fixed before we can raise the block size to the levels that BSV wants to raise them to. BitcoinCashABC seems to be taking a more realistic approach to the whole situation by not raising the block size to levels that can't even be propagated by the network, yet.

If you want to take advantage of the fork by earning yourself some free coins then you need to be very careful. Exchanges like Coinbase and Binance both claim to support the fork but this does not mean that you will actually be getting all the different forked versions of the coin. It is more likely that they will just support BitcoinABC.

To actually get your free coins, then you are going to want to create yourself a local desktop wallet, one that you provide the private keys for. For hardforks, I generally recommend the electrum wallet by default because it is a desktop wallet that I can store on a USB drive, or use as a paper wallet, and recreate the wallet from my private keys, anywhere or anytime that I need to.

The electron wallet has announced that they will be supporting BCH and BSV so this should be safe choice for anyone looking to take advantage of the fork. Simply buy yourself some BCH if you don't already have some and then send it to your Electron wallet. You may want to avoid moving the funds for a while because BSV has announced that they WILL be attacking the BCH network, which will cause it to be unstable for quite some time after the fork.

Electrum's BCH wallet is called the Electron wallet and you can get some more info regarding the upcoming hard fork, here: https://electroncash.org/nov2018.html.

Electron Wallet: https://electroncash.org/

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Serena Williams's GQ Woman of the Year cover sparks backlash

Having achieved virtually everything there is to achieve in tennis, her influence spans far wider within popular culture. It is therefore no surprise that GQ named Serena Williams its Woman of the Year, shooting the athlete for its cover.

But the magazine’s choice of wording has landed it in hot water. Starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Henry Golding and Jonah Hill – who were some of its Men of the Year -  the tennis great was the only Woman of the Year. Though the accompanying cover text, which puts the word "woman" in quotes, is raising eyebrows.

Someone I follow pointed out that @GQMagazine decided to put woman in quotes on Serena's cover and I too am offended and disgusted knowing the gender slights and digs people still throw at @serenawilliams.

They really put "Woman" in quotes in reference to Serena and no one at the table thought it was a bad idea. I'm speechless.

Gal Gadot, who was named Woman of the Year by GQ last year, was not given quote marks on her cover.

Though while the decision to put woman in quotes is undoubtedly odd, the text is clearly inspired by the work of designer and Williams fashion collaborator Virgil Abloh. Abloh designed Williams’s US Open tutu dress and routinely uses quotation marks on his designs.

Though while this might seem like an obvious connection to those “in the know”, it is clearly lost on most people. Last year, Williams opened up about being "called a man" because of her appearance – a comparison she has had to endure for decades.

I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong.

It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage).

It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this bada** body and proud of it).

She also opened up about this issue in an interview with Harper's Bazaar last year:

People would say I was born a guy, all because of my arms, or because I'm strong

I was different to Venus: She was thin and tall and beautiful, and I am strong and muscular -- and beautiful, but, you know, it was just totally different

https://www.indy100.com/article/serena-williams-gq-magazine-cover-woman-of-the-year-controversy-response-8631116

 

ruby Posted on November 13, 2018 17:12

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Bill Gates thinks these toilets could change the world

A flushing toilet — hooked up to a fresh water supply and a stable sewage line — is something many people take for granted. While this actually marvelous system has run all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe, it's not yet universal. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2.3 billion people don't have access to the basic sanitation afforded by modern plumbing. But all those people still turn food into waste, and all that excreted material has to go somewhere. It ends up going pretty much everywhere, including into soil or into bodies of water, sometimes causing the rapid spread of nasty and potentially fatal diseases like cholera and dysentery.

This problem weighs on the minds of plenty of people, including some of the world's most inventive scientists and some of the crusading heads of charitable foundations that can help make research into better toilets and widespread sanitation possible. In the latter category, for example, there's Bill Gates. The founder of Microsoft — who is also the world's "computer guy" and whose name is synonymous with "wealthy beyond imagination" — spends most of his time these days, along with his wife, funding and facilitating projects via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2011, the foundation says it's invested $200 million (and pledged another $200 million) to improve the toilet issue in the developing world.

On November 6, 2018, Bill Gates spoke at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing, China, a place where inventors and organizations showed off cutting-edge, bacteria-killing, literally life-saving bathroom technology. Gates really wanted to drive home his message about how dangerous (and disgusting) of a problem poor sanitation can be, and so during his speech, he held up a jar (sealed, thankfully) of human feces (no word on whether or not it was his own deuce) to demonstrate how many toxic bacteria are present in even a small amount of human dingleberries. The jar, he said, could hold "as many as 200 trillion rotavirus … 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs." If you're reading this in the U.S. right now, thank your lucky bathroom lights you've got a sewage plant that will prevent all that from reaching your drinking water supply.


Apart from the guy who brought Minesweeper to the masses holding a jar of chocolate delights, the real stars of the Reinvented Toilet Expo were the 20 toilets of the future on display. And these designs really are something special, as they specifically don't need a connection to water or sewage lines. In other words, they can be used anywhere and everywhere, especially in communities that don't have that kind of infrastructure in place. Gates is a fan, placing this new category of johns among "the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly 200 years."

One of the most notable loos at the Reinvented Toilet Expo: the suitably scientifically named Nano Membrane Toilet. Here's how it works. After a person does their business, they close the lid. That sets a series of gears into motion, which "flush" waste away into a holding tank at the bottom of the toilet, but without needing any water or electricity. As the mechanism rids the toilet of waste, a thin blade scrapes the bowl clean. A spiral device elevates only the solid parts of the waste out of the holding tank, cutting it into small pellets and then feeding it into a tiny combustion chamber. That's where the poop gets burned, and all the bacteria and eggs and whatever other nasties it holds die a fiery death. The user has to clean out the ashtray once a week.

But what happens to your No. 1? It passes into a channel full of membrane bundles that treat and sanitize the urine before sending it into a holding area at the front of the toilet. Even if you can get past the eww factor, it's not drinkable, but it can be used for watering plants or crops. The Nano Membrane (made possible by a $700,000 grant from the Gates Foundation) is currently being tested in Ghana, where organizers aim to get people used to it in public restrooms. Then, over time, they hope the manufacturing cost will drop enough to allow for widespread household use. Good luck to us all.

The untold truth of Bill Gates

You'd think that we'd know every detail of the life of the richest man in the world, especially since he's been number one on the Forbes list 17 out of the last 22 years. But Bill Gates doesn't get a ton of attention. There've been two movies about Steve Jobs and a dissection of everything Apple, but the founder of Microsoft tends to keep a fairly low profile. So, get to know a little bit about the world's most famous college dropout billionaire.

Harvard was a lot harder than he thought it would be

It clearly takes brains to become a billionaire, unless your name rhymes with Fronald Frump. Bill Gates always knew he was much smarter than average Seattle youngster. So, in high school, he'd show off his smarts, undoubtedly to impress the ladies. Classes were a breeze, and when he got into Harvard, he figured he'd waltz right through the Ivy League school like a badass nerd genius.

Unbeknownst to him, Harvard was hard. It's practically in the name. He got a B in his first theoretical math class, a completely new experience. So Gates changed his major from theoretical math to applied math after his horrible defeat. But a one-time B was far from his last failure.

Before Microsoft, he had a company called Traf-O-Data that was a complete failure

Eventual co-owner of Microsoft Paul Allen met Gates in high school. One summer, when Allen was back in Seattle from college and Gates was a high school senior, they started a business. You know, just normal teenage boy shenanigans.

They created a minicomputer to track the flow of traffic. Though that sounds incredibly boring, it could be very useful to cities wanting to know where to place new traffic signals or stop signs or make road alterations or repairs. Gates came up with the name "Traf-O-Data," like it was some kind of horrible date-based candy. Gates and Allen had a working prototype two years and $1,500 later.

Unfortunately for the Data duo, nobody cared. They did no market research, so they didn't realize that getting the local government to invest money in anything is a real pain. In Newsweek, Paul Allen said, "We had virtually no customers." After six years of trying, Traf-O-Data lost $3,494 and put away their traffic files forever. Obviously, that didn't stop the pair, and they went on to create Microsoft, probably to get revenge on those who didn't appreciate their traffic ideas.

He was arrested in New Mexico

Generally, Gates doesn't seem like a guy with a long rap sheet. But looks can be deceiving.

In 1977, Gates was arrested in New Mexico, though his exact crime wasn't recorded. Could it be some kind of computer/drug smuggling scheme? No: it was a traffic violation, and they just didn't record what specific error led to his arrest. Though the details are sketchy, it definitely happened, and Albuquerque has the smiling mug shot to prove it. It's doubtful that DUI was to blame, since few drunks can look so clean cut and wholesome while the cops are documenting their crimes.

Said "no one is getting rich" making software in 1980

In 1976, Gates wrote an "Open Letter to Hobbyists," to discourage computer hobbyists from using his software without paying. The technology was so new it wasn't clearly covered under copyright law. Gates was adamant that the "share and share alike" culture of early computer fiends would discourage programmers from bothering to make new software if they knew it would only be stolen.

Gates thought the letter would be the end of it, since open letters asking people to start paying for stuff they can get for free are usually very effective. But copyright law remained cloudy. In 1979, a federal court ruled that one company selling an exact copy of another company's computer chess game was not a violation of the law. By 1980, Gates had to speak out again about unlicensed software usage. In an interview with 80 Microcomputing Magazine, the hottest of all microcomputing magazines of 1980, Gates detailed the importance of software copyright and made this incredibly unprecient statement:

"There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of."

This was true at the time, and with the licensing issues and completely uncharted territory of the software world, Gates had no reason to think he'd wind up the richest man in the world. Still, that's a quote that probably won't end up on a lot of inspirational Facebook memes.

Gates was critical of Paul Allen's efforts when Allen was sick with cancer

Gates and Allen had a long relationship of working together. After the Traf-O-Data failure, the two pressed on, working feverishly to create software needed for the upcoming computer world. Since Gates named Traf-O-Data, Allen thought it best to take over the naming of any future endeavors, and he came up with the now legendary name "Microsoft."

Gates had a lot of respect for Allen. In fact, he dropped out of Harvard his sophomore year to join Allen in New Mexico to grow their business. But he didn't always treat him as an equal. When they debuted their first major project, the programming language BASIC, Gates spent hours double-checking all of Allen's work. Turns out, it was error-free.

Despite Allen's major contributions to Microsoft, in 1982, he overheard Gates and Steve Ballmer (who ran the business side of the company) talking about Allen's diminishing contributions, conspiring about how they could dilute his equity. But Allen wasn't just slacking off. He had cancer.

Allen called them out on their little "try to weasel money from the guy with cancer" plan and quit the company a while later. Luckily, Gates's cheapness worked to Allen's advantage. Gates wanted to buy Allen out of his stock holdings at $5 a share. Allen wanted $10, Gates said "no thank you," so Allen kept his stock. Now, he has almost $20 billion, all because of Bill Gates's cheap-o ways.

Gates dealt with many monopoly problems

As Microsoft became huge, they faced a lot of monopoly problems. Not that Gates kept putting up hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place, but the United States was investigating hi, for violating antitrust laws. The government had an eye on Microsoft since 1990 and in 1994 made Microsoft sign an agreement to not use their preeminence over the software world to keep out competition. In 1997, the US struck again, filing a suit that Microsoft violated the agreement, by forcing PC makers to ship Internet Explorer with Windows 95. The courts felt they were purposely keeping out competitors. For years, the suit waged on, with Microsoft claiming it was easy to remove Internet Explorer and opposing witnesses saying it was impossible to remove. A lot of thrilling "can I delete this icon" trial footage is floating around somewhere.

Microsoft agreed that computer makers could have the choice whether or not to include Internet Explorer with Windows. But that wasn't the end. After many years, a court found that Microsoft was acting as a monopoly and ordered the company to break up to loosen its hold on the industry. But after many appeals, that judgment was overruled, and by 2002, Microsoft agreed to a settlement. That meant Microsoft could stay one company, but they had to make their software compatible with non-Windows works and couldn't enter into any new agreement that would keep competitors out of new computer technology till 2011. By 2011, Microsoft was finally completely out of the woods with all this monopoly business. And it only took 21 years.

He owns an insane house called Xanadu 2.0

Though Gates had his share of difficulties, he's been rewarded for his software genius with a net worth of $75 billion. He's not known for splashing out on crazy, expensive purchases. Unlike Paul Allen—who owns the Seattle Seahawks, has a collection of vintage war planes, and made a Rock 'n' Roll museum in Seattle that contains lots from his personal collection—Gates doesn't have any such hobbies. But, he did go all out on an insane house.

Sitting on Lake Washington, the 66,000-square-foot property is called "Xanadu 2.0." Sadly, it's not because Gates is a big Olivia Newton-John/ELO fan but is named after the fictional mansion of Charles Foster Kane. Though he doesn't seem like a gym rat, Gates built in a 2,500-foot fitness center, complete with trampoline room.

The coolest part is that Xanadu 2.0 has crazy smart home technology that none of us will have for another 40 years. Every guest who enters is given a pin. That pin interacts with sensors around the house that will adjust your surroundings based on your taste of music and lighting. Gates was already ahead of the curve with touchpad technology, since he's had a pad in every room to control the temperature since 1995. And within the walls of the mansion is the Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook, which Gates bought for $30.8 million. If only we could all grow up to live out every child's dream of owning a 16th-century genius's scribbles.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tops the Forbes most charitable list

Despite his lavish home, Bill Gates really does give a lot of his money away. Bill and Melinda Gates are number one of the Forbes list of most philanthropic people, and they have no intention of slowing down their generosity. In just one typical year, the husband-and-wife foundation gave away $2.65 billion toward fighting malaria, polio, and other diseases while donating tons to the World Health Organization. They decided to give a little $50 million bonus to the International AIDS vaccine initiative, just for fun, and also to help the world.

The Gates foundation also gives away millions in college scholarships and other educational causes. He's given nearly a billion dollars out in scholarships to minority students and recently set up a Cambridge scholarship program with a trust of $210 million. All in all, Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $30.2 billion, a third of their net worth. It's nice to see all those billions aren't just going to trampoline maintenance.

Now that he's stepped down from running Microsoft, Gates has time for the little things in life, like Reddit AMAs. His Ask Me Anything was full of absolutely crucial facts, like that Gates's favorite sandwich is a cheeseburger, he loves going to Australia for vacation, and he doesn't have a lot of parenting advice. When a father-to-be asked him for dad tips, Gates replied, "Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids. Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them." Cool. So, talk to your kids. And drive cars. Thanks.

Gates seemed to take the Q&A seriously and even filmed a sketch to promote it. Clearly a viewer of Saturday Night Live, Gates did a David Pumpkins sequel, as "Christmas Pumpkins." Though his dancing leaves something to be desired, it's good that Gates chose to keep the Tom Hanks voice and do some fine lip syncing work.

When he dies, he'll leave most of his money to charity

When they aren't busy talking to their dad in cars, the Gates kids must getting ready for their sick billion-dollar inheritance, right? Well, Gates doesn't think his kids should get the majority of his wealth after he's gone. His three children won't have to work at McDonald's necessarily, but they aren't going to waste away in their own Xanadu-style mansions.

"They are never going to be poorly off," Gates explained. "Our kids will receive a great education and some money … but they'll go out and have their own career. It's not a favor to kids to have them have huge sums of wealth. It distorts anything they might do, creating their own path." Gates has it that each child will get $10 million.

Luckily, his kids agree with his thrifty inheritance plan and are happy that the money will go to help those in much greater need. Though his children may not be able to have a house with 24 bathrooms, somehow, they'll get by.

 

majsdesaint Posted on November 13, 2018 16:40

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Pokemon: Ryan Reynolds is voicing Pikachu in a movie and the internet can't handle it

Imagine in 2000 when the first Pokemon movie was released, that 19 years later a live action movie named Detective Pikachu would be hitting cinemas.

Well, that isn't some sort of wild fantasy dreamt up by Pokemon fanatics, it's actually something that is going to happen next year and to make things even better (or weirder) Pikachu will be voiced by the internet's favourite actor, Ryan Reynolds.

It's hard to really comprehend but in this unlikely buddy cop movie, Reynolds voices Pikachu, who can actually talk now, who teams up with Justice Smith to investigate the disappearance of the latter's father.

Once again this is a real movie and while we all have to wait a few months for this film to actually arrive, I think we can all agree that Reynolds' announcement tweet for the trailer was something special and typically self-deprecating.

I think we all knew I'd wind up as a miniature detective repeatedly saying the same two words. Just didn't think it'd be this soon.Not long after the 42-year-old star shared the video Twitter was awash with fans gushing over the clip.

 

 

There were more than a few references to another pop culture character that Reynolds is known for.

When a movie called "Detective Pikachu" wins an Oscar .

There were more than a few references to another pop culture character that Reynolds is known for.

Hope there’s at least one Deadpool or Wolverine reference PikaPika

Honestly, I kept expecting Pikachu to say something more Deadpool-y.

Others weren't quite so sure about what they saw but at least it inspired some good jokes.

 

That one person who never quite stopped looking like a weird baby.

http://ttps://www.indy100.com/article/pokemon-detective-live-action-movie-pikachu-ryan-reynolds-characters-cast-reation-8631546

ruby Posted on November 13, 2018 16:38

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Men with beards are more attractive - officially

It’s officially time to stop mocking the hipsters populating East London - men with beards are more attractive than those without.

That’s according to a study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, which asked 8,500 women to rate men with and without beards for their boyfriend potential.

The men were photographed clean-shaven, five days after shaving, 10 days after shaving, and then four weeks after shaving.

The results were astonishing: every single woman preferred their men with facial hair.

Heavy stubble received the highest ratings for general attractiveness, followed by full beards and light stubble.

The researchers said that typically male features, such as a strong jawline, signal health and high testosterone levels, which may not be what women are looking for in a long-term partner.

Whereas we associate beards with a man’s age and masculine social dominance.

One theory, the study states, is:

Beards may be more attractive to women when considering long-term than short-term relationships as they indicate a male's ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources.

https://www.indy100.com/article/men-beards-more-attractive-women-study-facial-hair-long-term-partners-science-journal-of-7599011

ruby Posted on November 13, 2018 16:30

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Roma trailer shows off Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix Oscar contender

If you haven't yet heard about Netflix film Roma, you soon will.

The latest film from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón, his first since 2013's Gravity, is a personal tale billed as a love letter to the women who raised him.

Set in the early 1970s, Roma follows the life of a middle-class family and their live-in housekeeper, played by Yalitza Aparicio, in Mexico City.

The film has been scoring rave reviews since its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in August where it won its top prize, the Golden Lion. Last year's recipient was Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year. 

Roma will be released on Netflix on 14 December but is set to receive a limited run in cinemas from 29 November in order for it to compete against films such as A Star Is Born, First Man and Widows in the forthcoming awards race.

Regardless of whether it'll earn a Best Picture nomination, Roma will be competing as Mexico's official entry in the Foreign Language category.

Cuarón's previous credits also include A Little Princess (1995), Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/roma-trailer-netflix-alfonso-cuaron-oscars-2019-release-date-mexico-a8631711.html

ruby Posted on November 13, 2018 16:25

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California wildfires: Camp Fire kills 42 to become deadliest in state history as Trump approves major disaster declaration

The total death toll from wildfires across California has risen to 44, after 13 more people were found dead in what is now the deadliest single fire in state history.

The blaze dubbed Camp Fire in northern California has incinerated more than 7,100 homes and businesses - particularly in the town of Paradise. Its death toll exceeds that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. At least 228 people were still missing, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

Speaking on CNN, Mr Honea said that while he holds out hope that many people listed as missing will turn up safe, “given what we’ve dealt with so far with casualties as a result of this fire, I have concerns that it [the death toll] will rise”.

Late on Monday, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state, which will allow it to access more federal funds. Mr Trump said he "wanted to respond quickly", although calls for the declaration have been coming for a number of days.

Hundreds of thousands of evacuation orders have been issued, while countless residents have shared images online of missing loved ones, begging people to help them find displaced relatives and friends.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has scorched at least 91,000 acres and destroyed 370 structures. At least two people have died in that fire, and more than 57,000 buildings still at risk.

Miley Cyrus has said she was "devastated" after her home was burned down in the wildfires raging across California.
The 25-year-old US pop star, who is engaged to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, revealed her property was one of thousands destroyed, but said her animals and "love of my life" made it out safely. 

She tweeted: "Completely devestated (sic) by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now.


"My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left.
"Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff's department!"
In another tweet, Cyrus shared details of how to donate to various bodies involved in the relief effort.
Dozens of celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Caitlyn Jenner and Lady Gaga were forced to flee their Malibu area homes to escape the fires.

Actor Gerard Butler said on Instagram that his Malibu home was "half-gone".

The Camp Fire 40 miles northwest of Sacramento has burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise, more structures than any other wildfire recorded in California.


The fire had burned more than 111,000 acres and was 25 per cent contained by late Sunday, officials said.

Its death toll of 29 now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has scorched at least 85,500 acres and destroyed 177 structures. The blaze was only 15 per cent contained.

At least two people have died in that fire, according to officials from the statewide agency Cal Fire.
The blaze has forced the authorities to issue evacuation orders for a quarter million people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and beachside communities including the Malibu beach colony.

Donald Trump has been criticised by firefighters, experts, and celebrities for his 'ill-informed' and 'wrong' response to the devastating wildfires that are currently ravaging the state of California. 

California's governor, Jerry Brown, has asked Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover.


The US president criticised California's government in tweets this weekend, blaming poor forest management for the infernos.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission that there was an outage on an electrical circuit near where it started as Santa Ana winds blew through the region. 

SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved.

The report said the fire was reported around 2:24pm on Thursday, two minutes after the outage. 

A firefighter is silhouetted by a burning home along the Pacific Coast Highway during the Woolsey Fire.

A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California

CalFire firefighter Scott Wit surveys burnt out vehicles near a fallen power line on the side of the road after the Camp fire tore through the area in Paradise, California.

Authorities called in a DNA lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims. 
 

Across the state, 150,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers), with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive.

Firefighters who battled the fire with shovels and bulldozers, flame retardant and hoses expected wind gusts up to 40mph (64kph) overnight on Sunday

http://ttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-wildfires-live-update-latest-death-toll-victims-missing-malibu-a8629406.html#post-

ruby Posted on November 13, 2018 16:15

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