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    A couple who resides on a sailboat and travels the world full-time has shared the ups and the downs of living at sea - which includes not having any time away from one another, often fearing for their lives, and struggling to make ends meet. Ryan Ellison, 40, and Sophie Darsy, 35, had been dating for three months when they decided they wanted to say goodbye to their lives on the land to move into a sailboat together. They purchased a 40-foot boat for $95,000 in 2016, which they nicknamed the Polar Seal, officially set sail in 2018, and have been living on it ever since. Now, four years later, the pair has shared the highs and lows of residing on a boat, with Ryan and Sophie explaining to Insider during a recent interview that although they have 'more lows than highs,' the highs are 'so high' that it 'makes the life worth it.' A couple who resides on a sailboat full-time has shared the ups and the downs of living at sea - which includes often fearing for their lives, and struggling...
    Actor Matthew McConaughey called for gun reform but noted a difference between gun 'responsibility' and control, in an op-ed published on Monday. The actor wrote that he felt changes in the ways people can buy guns in America must be enacted to mitigate future mass shootings, but that 2nd Amendment rights must also be preserved. His comments come on the heels of the mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers.  McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde and considered a run for the Texas governorship last year, has been vocal since the shooting and set up a relief fund for victims after visiting the school. McConaughey speaking at a March For Our Lives rally in Dallas in 2018 after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida Students escape through a window of Robb Elementary School after the mass shooting on May 24 'I am a father, the son of a kindergarten teacher, and an American. I was also born in Uvalde, Texas,' McConaughey begins in the piece published in...
    Last December, although I can scarcely believe it, I turned 75. For most women of my parents’ generation, reaching such a milestone would have marked a decade since the end of their working lives; ten years spent relaxing, looking after great-grandchildren, or helping in the community.  To many, after years feeling undervalued in low-paid work, the prospect of a restful retirement was welcome.  But over the past decade, a revolution has taken place. The Three-Quarters-OfA-Century Club has emerged — loud and proud, utterly glamorous and shamelessly refusing to grow old gracefully.  They are miles away from the mindset of my mum’s contemporaries. My generation of women have fought against convention — smashing down the barriers which restricted our lives.  Last week, Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith posted photographs online that show her looking incredible at 76. Janet Street-Porter says all women in their mid-70s who act and think — and enjoy everything from sex to fashion — just the way they did in their 40s and 50s We were the first to get the contraceptive pill, to wear mini-skirts to...
    by Eric Lendrum   In California, the first reparations panel in the nation has spent two years trying to decide which African-Americans are eligible for reparations. According to the Associated Press, the state’s panel on reparations, which was first created following a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) in 2020, has been plagued with internal divisions over how many black Americans should receive financial compensation for alleged “racism.” Since it was first fomed in June, some of the panel’s nine members have argued that only direct descendants of actual slaves prior to the Civil War should receive handouts, while others call for a more liberal distribution of funds to every black American. The warring factions led to the panel delaying its originally-planned vote last month. Despite having existed for two years, the panel has no concrete plan yet for what their reparations would look like. Supporters say that compensation would account for various historical instances of discrimination such as slavery, segregation, and alleged racism in incarceration rates. Some of the proposals for compensation include free college, grants to churches...
    More than once, most recently in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Joe Biden has told trans youth he has their backs. While welcoming his words, some activists have wondered—beyond rhetoric—what that commitment amounted to. On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will now use the weight of the law against attempts to restrict trans teens’ access to gender-affirming health care, as well as countering the threats to the health care professionals who provide it. In doing so, the White House has signaled it is ready to fight in the courts not just Texas, mentioned specifically in the newly published legal guidance, but also the multiple Republican legislatures seeking to outlaw such health care, criminalizing both parents and health care providers. The moves followed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s widely publicized directive that parents and health care providers be investigated over possible “child abuse” if they offer trans teens’ gender-affirming health care—even though gender-affirming care in Texas is not against the law. The...
    Published: 14/01/2022 – 01:29 The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by President Biden seeking action by employees of large companies to vaccinate against Covit-19 or to carry out routine tests. The judges considered the move inappropriate in the lives of many Americans. With our correspondent in Miami, David Thompson The White House wanted to impose the vaccine on 84 million employees at the company, which has more than 100 employees. You will not be able to work until you carry out the Govt test every week at your own expense. In the land of individual freedom, The move was announced in September Joe Biden was immediately denounced by elected Republicans as a tyrant and fought in court. The Supreme Court took the matter as a matter of urgency and only three of its nine members, the Progressive Judges, voted in favor, with six of its six Conservative judges blocking the decision. This duty encourages the Supreme Court of the United States in its judgment, “ Not the daily activity of the federal power, but...
    NATURE THE INSECT CRISIS    by Oliver Milman (Atlantic £16.99, 272 pp) Astonishingly, there are ten quintillion insects in the world (that’s a ten with 18 zeroes after it) — if you believe one estimate. A single swarm of mayflies can number 80 billion, thickening the air so much they show up on weather radar. Gather together all the termites on the planet and they’d weigh more than all the birds. Then again, this supply of insects isn’t so surprising when you consider the demand. Just a single swallow chick needs 200,000 of the things to feed itself into adulthood. But the supply is drying up. Author Oliver Milman reveals insect numbers are dropping quickly in new book The Insect Crisis  (file image) As the title of Oliver Milman’s book implies, insect numbers are dropping so quickly that we could be heading for trouble. If climate change and loss of habitat combine to de-bug our world, life might get rather tricky. Putting the important ecological stuff to one side for a minute, losing our insects would be a shame simply because...
    Seven of the eight children killed in the horrific Philadelphia house fire have been pictured as investigators continue to probe whether a Christmas tree set the house ablaze and why none of the three smoke detectors went off. Sisters Virginia Thomas, 30, and Rosalee McDonald, 33, and eight of their 11 combined children were killed when the Philadelphia Public Housing Authority duplex they shared went up in flames around 6.38am Wednesday.  Two other adults, who have not been identified, were also killed in the blaze. Family members say the victims ranged in age from 33 to just one years old. Another two, including a child, are in critical condition.  'They're babies, young children. They didn't even get to experience life,' Isaiah Brown, a cousin of the family, told Fox News. Fire chiefs later revealed that a total of four smoke alarms failed and they fear they may recover more bodies inside the home as they work through the debris.  Thomas's four children in 2019 including daughters Natasha and Shanice  Three of McDonald's six children are pictured after they...
    Megan Thee Stallion has canceled an upcoming show in Houston after Travis Scott's Astroworld festival tragedy at the city's NRG Park earlier this month, when 10 people who died as result of injures suffered in a crowd surge. The Houston native, 26, told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday in a statement that she was bowing out of a show in the area slated for Friday. 'Out of respect for the lives lost in Houston earlier this month, I have decided to cancel my show at 713 Music Hall on Dec 3,' said the musical artist, whose full name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete. The latest: Megan Thee Stallion, 26, has canceled an upcoming show in Houston after the Astroworld festival tragedy earlier this month, when 10 people who died as result of injures suffered in a crowd surge. Megan was seen in NYC earlier this month She added that 'Houston is still healing and it's important that our community be given the appropriate time to grieve.' Said the Grammy-winning artist: 'My heart goes out to all the families that are suffering during...
    Psaki accused Abbott and DeSantis of "putting politics ahead of public health." "Over 700,000 American lives have been lost due to COVID-19, including more than 56,000 in Florida and over 68,000 in Texas, and every leader should be focused on supporting efforts to save lives and end the pandemic. Why would you be taking steps that prevent the saving of lives, that make it more difficult to save lives across the country or in any state?" she said. Psaki added that President Joe Biden would use "every lever at his disposal" to get people vaccinated and end the pandemic. But technically speaking, there is no federal vaccine mandate lever for Biden to push, at least not yet. Though the president held a press conference announcing new vaccination mandates for private companies with more than 100 employees on Sept. 9, his administration has not yet put forward any regulations that would enact that requirement. Neither the White House, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nor the Department of Labor has issued official guidance for the purported federal vaccine...
    Five years ago, I heard the expression ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with’ and it was one of those phrases that immediately got my creative juices flowing. Within an hour, I had my lead character and the plot of my new novel, Freckles. Credited to the famous American author and business motivational speaker Jim Rohn, it’s an enigmatic phrase. The question it begs — who are those five people? — could, I suppose, have a different answer in each different phase of our lives. While the precious people remain, others change as our situations change: new neighbourhood, new job, new you. But if you were to choose a phase of your life, and look at who you were and what you were going through, and then closely examine the five people you allowed into your inner circle, how much of an impact did those people have on your decisions and on your character? Four UK-based writers reflected on the five people who've shaped their lives the most, as Cecelia Ahern (pictured)...
    The families of 34 people killed in the Conception dive boat fire two years ago filed a lawsuit against the U.S Court Guard on Wednesday.  The suit, filed in Los Angeles, alleges the boat was in violation of several Coast Guard regulations, and that the institution failed to promptly identify the issues, leading to the death of 33 passengers and one crew member on September 2, 2019.  According to the suit, the Coast Guard allowed Conception to operate after a 2019 inspection, despite the boat having a defective and not adequately fire-protected electrical system. The families had already sued Glen and Dana Fritzler, owners of Truth Aquatics, the dive fleet that operated Conception.  In this photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to the deadly Conception boat fire. Families of the victims sued the Coast Guard on Wednesday, claiming the institution failed to recognize several irregularities when the boat was inspected  The horrific fire that took place on Sept 2, 2019, claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member who were trapped...
    IN a letter published in The Lancet medical journal last month, no fewer than 1,200 scientists warned that Boris Johnson’s decision to lift most of England’s remaining Covid restrictions was so dangerous that it was a threat to the entire world. Experts took to the BBC to warn there could be 200,000 cases every DAY, with the NHS overrun. We were told to prepare for disaster. 4As Boris Johnson decided to lift restrictions, experts warned there could be 200,000 cases every DAY, but the reality is that the third wave is already in retreat The reality? The ZOE Covid study suggests the third wave is already in retreat, with nothing like that number of cases ever being reached — and, as of yesterday, the crucial R rate is now as low as 0.8. Not for the first time, the doomsters were proved wrong, but only after the public had been needlessly terrified. So who put the “panic” into “pandemic”? Millions with life-threatening health conditions were put at risk in order to block this unstoppable virus. A generation of young people...
    Despite the fact that the horror genre is one of the most acclaimed by the audience worldwide, in reality there are few productions that are satisfactory. Most of them have sinned with the unjustified use of sound effects, lighting and a myriad of clichés that little by little are generating less fear because of how predictable they are; other films fail to get the attention they seek because their narrative becomes too slow or confusing when a filmmaker wants to explore new paths. Keep reading: Old | Top reviews, reviews and ratings In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, from the 20s, the most attractive were monsters, for the 70s came the film that has reigned as the most terrifying in history, The Exorcist – 87%, in the eighties they began to play with stories that combine horror with comic, absurd or grotesque touches, in the late 90s and early 2000s a new way of generating fear was found through false documentaries such as The Blair Witch Project – 86%. But it was until 2018 when a new name...
    Women suffer harder and longer with chronic pain compared to men. From left, Bethany Dawson and a medical scan from her recent medical investigations. Sarah Harris, who lost vision due to doctors ignoring her pain. Bethany Dawson, Sarah Harris, Insider Women are more likely to have their chronic pain dismissed as being caused by stress and over-emotion. Experts say this is a structural problem caused by sexism - and the stress of this can worsen the pain. Doctors ignored one woman's pain disregarded and it led to her going blind. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sitting in my surgeon's office, with the clinical lighting highlighting the scans showing every inch of my painfully malformed ankles, we begin to plan the next year of my life and how it will be pivoting around major reconstructive surgery.  He explains that if my tarsal coalition - a fusion of two different joints present from birth - had been diagnosed as a child, my skeleton would have been malleable enough to remove the fusion and allow a normal foot structure...
    Daniel Slater, 51, admitted to hiring who he believed was a hitman to kill his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law A Florida landscaper pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire plot to kill three people, including his ex-girlfriend, and set the crime scene up to appear as if someone from the Black Lives Matter movement  was behind it.  Daniel Slater, 51, admitted to hiring what he believed to be a hitman to kill his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law who he thought was responsible for ruining their relationship, the Palm Beach Post reported.  From May to June 2020, Slater met with 'hitman' who was actually an FBI informant, according to the Department of Justice. Slater and the undercover agent discussed the logistics behind the hit, including bringing in a third person to assist.  Slater even went so far as to drive by the victim's home with the agent, instructing them on how to carry out the murders when the time came.  In one instance, Slater pointed out which of the home's windows to shoot through to kill...
    TikTok comedian Ziggi Tyler called out the app for its Creator Marketplace algorithm. Ziggi Tyler/TikTok A TikTok went viral after appearing to show racial bias in the app's Creator Marketplace algorithm. Phrases like "Black Lives Matter" looked to be flagged as inappropriate by TikTok. TikTok apologized for the "significant error" and said it is working to fix it. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok has apologized after a viral video on the app suggested that there was racial bias in the app's algorithm, alleging that phrases such as "Black Lives Matter" and "black people" are blocked from its Creator Marketplace, while "white supremacy" is not. The video was posted on July 6 by content creator Ziggi Tyler. Tyler, 23, is a popular comedy TikToker with over 300,000 followers. @ziggityler #greenscreenvideo I’m going live in 30 minutes to answer questions. Y’all need to get this message out. Please. #fypシ #fyp #wrong #justice ♬ original sound - Ziggi Tyler
    I’M just not really into sex. That’s the lie women tell ourselves – and often our partners – when we’re in sex-starved relationships. 6The idea that women lose all interest in sex flies in the face of decades of research says Nadia BokodyCredit: Instagram/nadiabokody Popular variations of this furphy include, “I have a low libido”, “I’ve lost my sex drive”, and “Sex isn’t important to me”. I know this not just because I’ve told these lies myself, but because every day I hear from women who’ve managed to convince themselves their libidos have spontaneously vanished into thin air. It’s one of the most pervasive and bizarre myths in our modern culture: the idea it’s completely natural for women to one day, seemingly out of nowhere, lose all interest in sex.  And despite the fact it flies in the face of decades of research into women’s sexuality, we insist on clinging to it. 6‘Men routinely underestimate how much sex we want’.Credit: Instagram/Nadia Bokody The market for products aimed at boosting the allegedly broken female sex drive is estimated to be worth...
    A beachgoer was shocked to discover a rarely-spotted fish, with a monstrous-looking body shaped like a football, washed up at a California beach last week.  Crystal Cove State Park shared pictures of the fish, which is completely black and has extremely sharp, pointy teeth, on social media on Monday. It said the creature is most likely a female Pacific Football Fish, one of more than 200 species of anglerfish around the world, typically found thousands of feet deep in the ocean.  Happy #MPA Monday! . Last Friday morning an incredible deep sea fish washed up on shore in Crystal Cove State Park’s...Posted by Crystal Cove State Park on Monday, May 10, 2021 "Only females possess a long stalk on the head with bioluminescent tips used as a lure to entice prey in the darkness of waters as deep as 3,000 feet!" the park wrote. "Their teeth, like pointed shards of glass, are transparent and their large mouth is capable of sucking up and swallowing prey the size of their own body." It was found in the park's Marine Protected Area...
    On Wednesday, tragedy struck my family in unimaginable fashion. This is a story of loss, hope, love and perhaps most importantly, the power in living. Benjamin Raymond Verderame never took a breath. Every day, for the rest of my life, Ben will be a guiding light who is dependent on me and his mother to keep his memory alive. In that regard, he can be assured of immortality. Benjamin Raymond Verderame never took a breath, and yet each time I draw one, he’s beside me. This morning, Ben and I will do what needs to be done. We’ll keep walking. Together.
    The number of coronavirus deaths in the US would have 'decreased substantially' if cities and states had learned from the first surge which claimed 100,000 lives, says Dr Deborah Birx. Dr Birx, who spearheaded the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, claimed subsequent surges could have been 'mitigated' if the lessons had been learned and acted on. Speaking in a new CNN documentary 'COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out,' which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN, Dr Birx is in no doubt that the developing outbreak could and should have been handled differently. 'I look at it this way. The first time we have an excuse,' Birx says. 'There were about a hundred thousand deaths that came from that original surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.' Dr Birx spearheaded the Trump administration's response to the pandemic Dr. Deborah Birx and National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci listen as President Trump speaks with the coronavirus task force in March...
    NewNew, the new social network in which the ‘influencers’ charge to do what their followers decide. (Photo: NewNew / App Store) The platform has arrived where influencers are under the command of their followers, although upon payment. In NewNew, the mass leaders of the social networks ask a question, their followers vote and the answer that receives the most support is the action that the influencer must carry out. Content creators can thus use this new website created by Courtne Smith as a new way to generate income, a different method from Instagram, in which most monetize their profile through advertising content. The founder and executive director has explained in The New York Times that “an attention economy where you can buy moments of a person’s life” is being built after NewNew has made a lot of buzz for turning creators into puppets. “You can buy shares, which are essentially votes, in order to control a person’s life at a certain level,” he says. Some TikTok stars, like Lev Cameron (3.4 million followers) have already put themselves to the test...
    (CNN)Former professional baseball player Johnny Damon mentioned his support for former President Donald Trump and the Blue Lives Matter movement during a traffic stop and subsequent DUI arrest on February 19, bodycam video released by the Windermere Police Department in Florida shows. Damon was initially charged with one count of driving under the influence and one count of resisting an officer without violence, according to an arrest affidavit. Court documents show that he pleaded not guilty to the DUI charges, and the resisting charge was dropped. According to the arrest affidavit, his breathalyzer test was at 0.30% two hours after police first stopped him, nearly four times the state's 0.08% threshold.According to the affidavit, an officer said he stopped an SUV around 1:23 a.m. after seeing it drifting in the road and nearly striking a guardrail. Video shows the moment the officer approached the vehicle. As the door opens, the officer can be heard saying to Damon multiple times, "shut your door" while approaching his SUV. The video shows Damon's wife, Michelle Mangan-Damon, climb out of the SUV and ask,...
    They publish the first images of the luxury villa in which the emeritus king lives in Abu Dhabi
    BORIS Johnson today hailed the "fantastic" vaccine news which will allow us to "reclaim our lives" - ahead of a No10 press conference tonight. The PM will address the nation at 5pm today on on today’s vaccine developments and the new Tiers system which comes into place today. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Boris will address the nation with a presser tonight It’s fantastic that @MHRAgovuk has formally authorised the @Pfizer/@BioNTech_Group vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. (1/2)— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 2, 2020 The PM tweeted this morning: "It’s fantastic that @MHRAgovuk has formally authorised the @Pfizer/@BioNTech_Group vaccine for Covid-19. The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. (1/2) "It’s the protection of vaccines that will ultimately allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again. (2/2)" And this morning an on-camer briefing will take place with Dr June Raine (Chief Exec of the MHRA), Prof Sir Munir Pirmohamed (Chair of...
    A student at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) claims that she was kicked out of her sorority after posting pro-Trump content on her TikTok account. Jaycie Barton is a student at the Texas school and was formerly a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority at the school. But she landed in hot water with her sorority sisters when she posted an eight-second TikTok in August at a pro-Trump demonstration, where signs were seen saying 'All Lives Matter' and 'Trump 2020.' She claims she was reprimanded by the sorority for 'unsisterly' conduct, before being kicked out altogether, according to The Sun. Jaycie Barton was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she also served as Risk Management Chair In August, Barton posted a TikTok at a pro-Trump rally, which included signs such as 'All Lives Matter.' The sorority reprimanded Barton and accused her of being 'very unsisterly' The sorority originally disciplined Barton and stripped of her title as Risk Management Chair for the sorority...
    SIZE does matter, but not as much as shape – when it comes to buying a bra, that is. For the “bust” fit of all, it helps to know if your boobs are east-west, bells, teardrops, side-set or any of the SEVEN natural breast shapes identified by American lingerie company Third Love. Here DIANA APPLEYARD hears from seven women who each represent one of the different boob shapes, while a bra-fitting expert reveals which style best suits each shape. SLENDER 5Credit: Olivia West - The Sun LAW student Eleanor Taylor, 35, is single and lives in Bromley, Kent. Shesays: “I am a size 32A or B and I am really happy that I have small, slender boobs. “They look better in clothes and I would not like to have large, heavy breasts. “If I want some cleavage I wear a push-up bra, and it doesn’t stop me wearing sexy low-cut tops. “It can be hard to find bras though, because the small ones tend to pinch and if they are too tight I spill over the sides. “Men have never...
    Madhur Bhandarkar has slammed Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta on Twitter. The Fashion director says that the other two filmmakers had requested him to give away the title, Fabulous Wives, which he had registered. Madhur alleges that when he refused to give away the title, the nakers went ahead with Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, as the title of their Netflix original. He says that it is morally and ethically wrong to tweak the title into. 12 Years of Fashion: Madhur Bhandarkar Reminisces His National Award-Winning Film with Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut (Read Tweet). Madhur requested them to not dent his upcoming project about Bollywood wives. “I humbly request you to change the title,” he said. Madhur has also filed a complaint with Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) against Karan. “We wish to inform you that we are having the approved title ‘Bollywood Wives’ for feature film/web series/short film. We have come to know that your member Dharma Productions are using a similar title with a tagline ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ illegally and without any...
    Former Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear has no regrets for the so-called controversial tweet that got him bounced from his job.  Napear was let go in June after causing an uproar for tweeting, “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!” at the height of the outrage over the death of George Floyd. He was placed on administrative leave, then departed from the airwaves. SACRAMENTO KINGS ANNOUNCER GRANT NAPEAR OUT FOLLOWING 'ALL LIVES MATTER' TWEET “And I said ‘all lives matter, every single one’, because I meant it. Do the lives of Black people matter? Hell yeah, the lives of Black people matter,” Napear told FOX40 in an interview Wednesday.” He added: “Do I make mistakes? Yeah, I make mistakes and if I make a mistake, I try to say that I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for saying ‘all lives matter, every single one.’ I’m not sorry because I believe that every life is important. I’m not sorry because I believe in equality for all. I’m not sorry because I try to treat everyone, regardless of the color of their skin,...
    For Rennie Davis, the release of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 — which started streaming on Netflix on Friday — is well-timed, though he has reservations about the film’s authenticity. Davis himself was one of the seven — a primary organizer of the 1968 demonstration at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that sparked the charges against the defendants — and, with the rest, stood trial for five and a half months in 1969. “The first thing I felt was the perfection of Sorkin and DreamWorks’ timing,” says Davis, who now lives in Longmont. “There’s such a parallel between what happened in ’68 and what’s happening now with the election days away, and so many people panicking that it may be the last. It’s just beautiful timing, and I really support the film in that sense.” In August 1968, thousands of protesters converged on Chicago. Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago at the time, responded by refusing permits to march or to sleep in city parks, deploying 12,000 police and calling in 15,000 state and federal...
    MARLO MILLERThe 2018 race for Florida Governor isn’t history after all, as the defeated Democrat emerged Monday to slam Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ decision to move the state into Phase 3 reopening. Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum issued a full-throated criticism of DeSantis Monday saying the “Governor of Florida has decided which lives matter to him.” “People of color, seniors and those with pre-existing conditions are more likely to die from #Covid. Wear a mask, socially distance, avoid crowds and large indoor gatherings,” Gillum advised his nearly 620,200 followers on Twitter. Gillum, who has returned to the public eye recently after a scandal-driven sabbatical, linked to a critique of Florida’s move toward normalcy from Dr. Anthony Fauci, among the more cautious voices from President Donald Trump‘s Coronavirus Task Force. Fauci singled out Florida as “concerning” in Monday morning comments to ABC News’s “Good Morning America.” “Well that is very concerning to me, I mean, we have always said that, myself and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is the coordinator of the task force, that that is something we really need to be careful about, because when you’re dealing with community spread,...
    CNN anchor John King and Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta ripped President Donald Trump on Wednesday for not enacting coronavirus measures sooner as Bob Woodward’s new book alleges the president knew how dangerous Covid-19 was in early February. After playing a video of Trump downplaying the coronavirus on February 27th, Gupta said, “Now we know on February 7th he knew that this was, he said, ‘five times deadlier than the flu.’ He knew this close to three weeks earlier, John. I mean I think that’s quite striking.” “To your point earlier, if we had acted even a week earlier, if you put in some of these social distancing mechanisms even a week earlier, according to a study out of Columbia, by May we know it would have prevented at least 36,000 deaths. Just acting one week earlier,” he continued. “Two weeks earlier could have prevented 84 percent of deaths by that point in May. So, yeah, it make a difference, and it makes a bigger difference if you enact these things early.” King replied, “And this may be a...
    Portland's Wall of Moms group — which gained national attention recently after lining up nightly on city streets in solidarity with violent leftists — has been accused of "anti-blackness" by leaders of a black-led community group, the Oregonian reported. What are the details? It's an ironic turn of events given that Wall of Moms members said they aimed to support Black Lives Matter, the paper said, adding that last week the group's white leadership relinquished their positions to let women of color be in charge. 'Standing next to our sisters': Why Portland moms are marching in protests youtu.be The new leaders included Teressa Raiford, executive director of Don't Shoot Portland, as well as Demetria Hester and Danialle James, the Oregonian said. But on Wednesday — just days after the regime-change announcement — Don't Shoot Portland issued an Instagram post urging folks to stop supporting Wall of Moms and saying it wasn't working with the group any longer, the paper said. Login • Instagram Don't Shoot Portland's post said Wall...
    MacKenzie Bezos, the billionaire former wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, revealed Tuesday that she donated to a left-wing group that seeks to abolish police departments and prisons. The Movement for Black Lives is one of 116 organizations to receive a total of nearly $1.7 billion from MacKenzie Bezos, according to a blog post she authored Tuesday. “We believe that prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished and replaced by institutions that value and affirm the flourishing of Black lives,” the group explains on its website. People walk down 16th street after “Defund The Police” was painted on the street near the White House (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) “For much of U.S. history, law enforcement meant implementing laws that were explicitly designed to subjugate Black people and enforce white supremacy,” the group states elsewhere on its website. “That’s why Black people, along with hundreds of thousands of others, are calling for city, state, and federal governments to abolish policing as we currently understand it,” it continues. Polling has consistently shown that a majority...
    Charlize Theron Says She Had to Train 6 Weeks Longer Than Italian Job Male Co-Stars: Unfair 6-day celebration of life for Rep. John Lewis begins Saturday WNBA unveils 2020 court, which features two Black Lives Matter signs The WNBA will make a statement when its season kicks off at 12 p.m. ET. The league unveiled its new court Saturday, which features two Black Lives Matter signs. The league revealed its court in a tweet Saturday. Home of the 2020 WNBA season. #MakeWayMakeChange pic.twitter.com/H2kFqQrSmN— WNBA (@WNBA) July 25, 2020 The Black Lives Matter signs are positioned near the WNBA logo in the middle of the court. One Black Lives Matter sign is positioned to the upper left of the WNBA logo. The other is positioned on the lower right. A large WNBA decal sits on the wall near the scorer’s table. Logos from each team sit under the WNBA sign.WNBA is focused on justice as season beginsWNBA players will open the season with Breonna Taylor’s name on their jerseys. Taylor — a 26-year-old Black ER technician — was shot...
    A simple blood test may reveal which coronavirus patients are most likely to benefit from dexamethasone — the only drug proven to save the lives of the critically-ill.    Researchers in New York found that patients with a high level of a substance called C-reactive protein in their blood were the best candidates for the drug. C-reactive protein is what scientists call a 'marker' and if they see a lot of it it means someone is suffering from inflammation - internal swelling caused by the immune system. The researchers said patients with high levels of C-reactive protein were less likely to die or end up on a ventilator when treated with steroids, while giving it to people with healthy levels of the protein could be dangerous.  The inflammatory marker may help flag which coronavirus patients will benefit from dexamethasone, a steroid which costs £5 and has been around for decades.  Currently doctors decide whether to use the drug depending on whether the patient is having severe difficulty breathing.  NHS officials approved dexamethasone for use on critically-ill patients after results of the...
    Elaine Duke, former secretary of homeland security during the summer of 2017, said President Donald Trump was interested in 'divesting' or 'selling' Puerto Rico as it struggled to during Hurricane Maria.  Duke, who had been with the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense for 30 years, filled the role during John F. Kelly's transition to White House Chief of Staff in 2017.  She served in the role for four months before Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed as Mr. Kelly's permanent successor. The revelation was made by Elaine Duke, who took over the role during John F. Kelly's transition to White House Chief of Staff in 2017 'The president's initial ideas were more of as a businessman, you know,' she recalled of Trump's comments regarding Puerto Rico. 'Can we outsource the electricity? Can we can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?' The former acting secretary of homeland security joins a growing list of former senior officials disgruntled by Trump's erratic nature when handling his presidency, the New York Times reports.  Duke was especially taken aback when the...
    New York is warning the Black Lives Matter Foundation to stop soliciting donations from state residents after people sent it more than $4.3million money mistakenly thinking they were contributing to the unaffiliated Black Lives Matter movement. The state was called to action after several donors, including employees from large tech companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, gave millions to Black Lives Matter Foundation, which seeks to ‘help bring the police and the community closer together in an effort to save lives.’ That’s a far cry from the stated goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has mobilized in recent weeks to demand that police departments either be defunded or abolished altogether. ‘Every organization that seeks to solicit donations from New Yorkers must follow state laws,’ said New York Attorney General Letitia James. New York on Monday warned Black Lives Matter Foundation, a California-based nonprofit that is unaffiliated with the mainstream Black Lives Matter movement, to stop soliciting donations in the state. A Black LIves Matter protest is seen above in New York on Saturday ‘We will also fight...
    No longer is TikTok just a place for Gen Z-ers posting dance videos.  These days, the app has become an incredibly popular social media tool for a diverse range of people, from teens to professionals to prisoners. Yes, prisoners: Men and women who are currently serving time behind bars and have managed to get their hands on contraband cell phones are using the technology not just to chat with loved ones, but also to post about their lives on TikTok. Social media: Prisoners are using contraband cell phones to post videos on TikTok Popular: Some are posting choreographed dances and lip-sync videos A look inside: Others are giving a peek at the realities of prison life, with one inmate, believed to be in Alabama, revealing incredibly cramped living quarters Scary: Posting on TikTok certainly brings risk for inmates, who are not allowed to have cell phones — and can be denied parole or get longer sentences if they're caught Posting on TikTok certainly brings risk for inmates, who are not allowed to have cell phones —...
    SKY SPORTS pundit Matt Le Tissier is "reviewing" whether to wear a Black Lives Matter badge on TV as he doesn't want to promote "far left ideology". The BLM movement has seen a huge wave of support in the world of sport since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin. 3 Matt Le Tissier says he is reviewing the use of Black Lives Matter badges on Sky Sports Prem stars wore Black Lives Matters messages on the back of their shirts for the first game back of the league's restart from coronavirus. And presenters and guests on Sky Sports have worn BLM badges in solidarity with the movement when appearing on the programme - but Le Tissier says he is now in talks with the show's bigwigs about the matter. Black Lives Matter’s adoption of the slogan “defund the police” in particular has caused controversy. The Southampton legend started a debate by initially posting on Twitter: “If you’re far right or far left do me and yourselves a favour and unfollow me.” Which prompted...
    EFE photo Several groups of activists marched this Saturday through central London to demand the rights of the LGTB + collective Various groups of activists They marched this Saturday through the center of London to claim the rights of the LGTB + collective and especially those of black people, in an edition of the Pride festival in which most of the events are held on the internet. Despite the fact that the main parade, scheduled for this Saturday, was suspended due to the restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic of the coronavirus, a group of protesters gathered in the British capital to remember that “the lives of trans blacks matter”, as well as condemning racism and police brutality. Another march, also with protective measures to prevent contagion, was led by a handful of veterans of the Gay Liberation Front in the United Kingdom, who commemorated the 50th anniversary of the pioneering association formed in 1969 in New York and which started the movement of homosexual liberation. For him COVID-19, many events of the LGTB + Pride They are held...
    Protestors held a joint Black Live Matters/Pride rally and march in Carmel on Monday (June 22). (1)  State Sen. Pete Harckham, a Democrat whose district includes eastern Putnam County, spoke at a rally at Spain Cornerstone Park. (2)  Wilfredo Morel of Peekskill Pride spoke during a rally on the steps of the historic courthouse. (3)  Emily Sullivan, a high school student from Brewster, also spoke from the steps. Sullivan earlier this month launched a petition to call for the dismissal of a Brewster school board member, Krista Berardi, who had posted on Facebook that Black Lives Matter protestors who blocked I-84 should be “hosed.” Berardi resigned on June 11. (4)  The Rev. Martha Vink of the Drew United Methodist Church in Carmel held a Pride banner on the steps, which she shared with Black Lives Matter protestors. (5)  At sunset, the courthouse was lit with a rainbow of changing colors, a symbol of gay pride, which continued each night through the week. Photos by Laurie Doppman
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Black Lives Matter filed an emergency application this week in federal court for a temporary restraining order which would ban Los Angeles police from using rubber bullets and baton strikes during protests. The LAPD has until Friday afternoon to submit an argument in opposition to the request from BLM-LA. People protest outside the Los Angeles Hall of Justice in downtown L.A. on June 24, 2020. (Getty Images) On June 5, BLM-LA filed a federal lawsuit against the LAPD and Chief Michel Moore, alleging the recent mass detention of more than 2,600 peaceful protesters was a violation of their civil rights. On Sunday, BLM-LA filed a 59-page amendment to the lawsuit, which included photos of protesters who had allegedly been injured by rubber bullets and batons, along with a description of the cramped conditions that demonstrators were held in on buses, sometimes for several hours. Earlier this week, a 22-year-old woman separately sued the LAPD claiming she was as detained for violating curfew during a downtown L.A. protest and had her wrists zip-tied tightly for six hours...
    EAST ORANGE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Year after year, the violence against the transgender community continues to be disturbing.In 2020 alone, there have been at least 16 transgender or gender non-conforming individuals violently killed thus far."We're human. We bleed and breathe just like anyone else. We're not odd, we're not freaks, we're not sexual objects or sexual beings," said Kali Marie Higgs, a transgender woman sheltered at the Rain Foundation in East Orange, New Jersey.The Human Rights Campaign, which tracks these violent deaths, estimates that 4 in 5 of all anti-transgender homicides are transgender women of color."We are the seeing the second-highest spike, even amid a quarantine, which shows the heightened level of violence perpetrated against trans individuals, and it just doesn't make sense," said Tori Cooper, Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative at the Human Rights Campaign.As movements like Black Lives Matter continue to gain momentum, LGBTQI+ individuals and advocates would like to see the ongoing violence against the Trans community be addressed as part of the national conversation."I think that it is a charge and...
    DURING the Second World War, they had anti-aircraft guns to fire at men in planes with similar mentalities to those who disgraced Burnley Football Club last night. When Premier League players, match officials and club chiefs so firmly embraced the Black Lives Matter movement during football’s lockdown, there was always a concern that there would be a backlash such as this. 1 A 'white lives matter banner' flew over the EtihadCredit: Getty Images - Getty In a perverse way, Burnley’s airborne boneheads have done us a service. There were plenty who were asking why a wave of protests which flowed into the mainstream by virtue of the death of a black man at the hands of a white policeman in Minnesota had any relevance here. Well, when a group of pondlife are organised enough to club together and create a banner, to charter and fly a plane around the Etihad before Manchester City’s clash with the Clarets, proclaiming ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’, then everyone should realise that there is a virulent strain of racism in Britain too. Burnley captain Ben...
    There are protests, and then there’s whatever happened outside Burly Coffee in Brooklyn on Thursday. A heated encounter between a man and a masked employee of the shop was posted on Reddit and then picked up on Twitter, where it now has over 1 million views. I can’t believe this happened in Bed Stuy wtf pic.twitter.com/H9iGPARd7s— AIRSTEVEJOBS (@AIRSTEVEJOBS) June 18, 2020 The viral clip shows a white, unmasked man standing at the take-out counter for the coffee shop and berating the employee about a “Black Lives Matter” sign in the window. He claims the sign is “offensive,” says she should take it down, and begins a solo “all lives matter” chant. When the employee and other bystanders ask him to leave, he claims he is “making a protest,” to which the employee responds, “No, this isn’t a protest, you’re just harassing me.” Twitter user @RohanSingh has claimed credit for filming the video, tweeting, “So, this was my morning. I just wanted to get some coffee. But this racist asshole decided it’s time to educate us and ‘make...
    A Texas man faces up to five years in federal prison after he was charged with allegedly threatening to kill Black Lives Matter protesters in a racist video posted online. Manuel Flores, 42, was arrested by FBI agents in the Dallas area on Monday after they were alerted to the video in which he said it is his 'dream' to kill 200 black people as he brandished an assault rifle. Flores, a truck driver, said that he would be driving through Dallas Monday with '500 rounds of something' and dared protesters to 'stop me' in the video entitled 'N***** Lives Matter'. He now faces a federal charge of posting a threatening communication over the Internet Flores claimed that he was drunk when he posted the now-deleted video and did not remember what he said. In the video, Flores had dared Black Lives Matter protesters to stop him as he drove through Dallas with a rifle. Demonstrators march past the Earle Cabell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse during a peaceful protest against police brutality and racism on June 6 in...
    Police are searching for a biker they believe is the man captured on cell phone video punching a Black Lives Matter protester in the head during a demonstration in Ohio. The suspect, Johnnie Devault, can be seen behind the victim Nicholas Reardon before punching him in the back of the head during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ohio Sunday.  Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Johnnie Devault on Wednesday, claiming he deliberately caused, or attempted to cause, physical harm to Nicholas Rendon by hitting him in the head. FREAK HAMMOCK ACCIDENT KILLS OHIO SISTERS, 14 AND 12 Sunday's incident happened during a protest decrying police brutality against blacks and other minorities and which was largely peaceful, police said. During the organized demonstration, counterprotesters--who included several motorcycle gangs, pro-police "Back the Blue" groups, and Second Amendment advocates--forced protesters from Bethel’s Solidarity with Black Lives Demonstration to move a few blocks over from where they were originally marching. June 2, 2020: Demonstrators march past the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, protesting the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial...
    Dr. Wilfred Reilly, assistant professor of political science at Kentucky State University, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, media influence, the Black Lives Matter movement and more. Reilly said he thought there were a number of contemporary and historical reasons for the riots following George Floyd’s death, including the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns, contemporary mass media and 1960s era policies. “Something like 40% of blue-collar workers were laid off [during the lockdowns], at home with no money,” Reilly said. “Obviously, when you see the same government that is making you do all these stuff abusing people in the streets, you’re going to be more much likely to snap.” Reilly also reflected on the 1960s and policies from that era, a number of which produced longstanding trends which also may have contributed to the current civil unrest. “Many, many positive trends in black communities and ethnic white communities were derailed during this period,” Reilly said. “This period saw the growth of the welfare state, the real beginning of the modern welfare...
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