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    The Virginia Museum of History and Culture has also allegedly expressed interest in showcasing the statue in an upcoming 2026 exhibition called "Immigration in America." Along with supporting scholarships at Virginia Commonwealth University, the IACA says that its purpose is to share "positive influences Italian-American culture has had upon the development of our society." The website invites people "from every nationality, race and religion" to enjoy Italian culture. At the time of the original desecration of the statue, Mayor Levar Stoney was sympathetic to the rioters, yet urged that the removal of the statue should have been done with the assistance of local government. "The atrocities inflicted upon indigenous people by Christopher Columbus are unconscionable," she wrote. "But the decision & action to remove a monument should be made in collaboration w/the community," he clarified. Richmond does not observe Columbus Day but rather Indigenous Peoples Day, which is on the same day.
    A couple who married other people after their whirlwind romance was torn apart by long distance finally got their happy ending following an unexpected reunion two decades later.  Grace Migliaccio, 61, and John Hiron, 60, from Pennsylvania, were both going through divorces when they reconnected in 2007 — 23 years after they met. Unwilling to let each other go for a second time, they went to great lengths to make their relationship work.  John, who was based in his native Australia, moved to the U.S. to be with his lost love the following year, and they eloped months later without any regrets. They shared their incredible love story in a recent interview with CNN Travel.  'We were much more mature and wiser and understood that this kind of love doesn't happen twice in a lifetime,' Grace told DailyMail.com of finding each other again.  Grace Migliaccio, 61, and John Hiron, 60, reunited and fell back in love 23 years after their whirlwind romance came to an end due to long distance  They met at a party in the U.S. in 1984 (pictured...
    MANY parents like to proudly take a photo of their child on their first day at school - but an expert has sent a stark warning about sharing them online. Dr Jessica Taylor, founder of charity Victim Focus, said that posting kids in their uniforms could give predators crucial information about their locations.  2An expert has warned against parents sharing back to school photos onlineCredit: Getty Speaking on Twitter, she explained: "Thank you so much to all of the parents who have posted pics of their kids in their uniforms. "Now I can now pinpoint where they are, claim to know them, wait outside their schools, claim to know their friends & groom them - is what I would say if I was a perpetrator. "Think! If you won’t let your kids upload pics of themselves on to the internet, THEN WHY TF ARE YOU DOING IT?" Many people on Twitter were left torn over the advice, with some accusing her of “scaremongering”. Read more on parentingBEDTIME BLUES I'm a teacher, this is the time your child should go to...
    (CNN)More than 6 million Venezuelans have fled their country amid deteriorating conditions, matching Ukraine in the number of displaced people and surpassing Syria, according to the United Nations. The refugee crisis in Venezuela is striking because there is not a war in the country like Ukraine, where ongoing conflict has pushed people out of the country. There are about 6.8 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants spread around the world, according to the United Nations refugee agency—similar to the 6.8 million refugees from Ukraine. There are some 6.6 million refugees from Syria. "The United Nations confirmed that the number of displaced Venezuelans has reached 6.8 million people—tying with Ukraine for the largest refugee and migrant crisis worldwide, and surpassing Syria for the first time ever," said Refugees International Senior Advocate for Latin America Rachel Schmidtke in a statement.But "although the number of Venezuelans and Ukrainians forced from their homes is now roughly the same, the international response is not," Schmidtke added.Read More"This year, donors have only funded 13 percent of the humanitarian response plan for Venezuelans—while the Ukraine response plan has...
    A British father who dumped his partner for a Ukrainian refugee said he is going to return with his new love to her war-torn in a bid 'to save hundreds of lives'.  Former security guard Tony Garnett left his longtime partner Lorna Garnett, the mother of their two daughters, to start a new life with Sofiia Karkadym, 22, just ten days after she arrived from war torn Ukraine to start a new life in Britain. He is now raising money through skydiving so they can help orphan children in Ukraine.   The 29-year-old, who claims he lost his job over the affair, has now told Yorkshire Live: 'I have seen the full scale of things since meeting Sofiia and I think people need this help. It is not a game. I need to use my influence now to do the right thing. 'The longer [the war] goes on for then there's going to be more deaths - and some could be stopped with this help. 'I could save hundreds of lives. Even if I save the life of one person then that is worth...
    OLEKSANDR USYK hits like a mule — but it is a lovable Disney donkey providing him with fairytale inspiration for his Anthony Joshua rematch. Almost six months ago, after leaving ravaged Ukraine to inspire his nation with a world-title defence, he was forced to part ways with 12-year-old daughter Yelizaveta. 3Oleksandr Usyk is bouncing around for his rematch with Anthony JoshuaCredit: PA 3Oleksandr Usyk has a surprise but less-than-secret weapon in the shape of Eeyore as he prepares to face Anthony Joshua on Saturday in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty Knowing her father was travelling to Saudi Arabia to do battle with the 6ft 6in English heavyweight must have frightened the brave little girl, so she gave her daddy a guardian angel. In this heart-warming story, Eeyore — the depressed Winnie-the-Pooh character — is in fact, Liolia, the female family friend and now a crucial part of Team Usyk. A month on from his emotional interview in London where Usyk detailed fleeing his home, rampaging Russians looting his house and his children asking why they were being targeted, the WBA, IBF and...
    (CNN)Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina says she has a "mission" to help her country and wants to use her platform to provide hope to the war-torn nation. The 27-year-old, who is in regular contact with her family and friends back in Ukraine, has taken a break from tennis to focus her efforts on raising funds and awareness of her country's plight. "It's extremely tough because they [her family] tell their stories," Svitolina told CNN Sport."I speak with my grandmother every day to know how she feels. It's quite tough for her because for elderly people it's most important to have a routine and, right now, there is lots of bombing and shooting going on in Odessa, in my hometown. "It is important to stay in touch everyday with her to support her in any way that I can. Read More"One of the most important things as well is to keep their spirits up."Elina Svitolina wants to use her platform to help Ukraine. UNITED24Svitolina was born in Odessa, a strategically important port city which has been blockaded by Russian forces since...
    American Army veteran Scott McAdams, 47,  set off to Ukraine to help civilians on February 28 - just four days after Russian forces invaded the country An American father of seven has been dubbed the Oskar Schindler of Ukraine for rescuing seventy-five refugees and providing food, medicine and oil to hundreds more in the war-torn country.  And there’s no end in sight to his mission of mercy. Army veteran Scott McAdams left his family behind and set off to Ukraine to help on February 28 - just four days after Russian forces invaded. He tells DailyMail.com there's no return date in sight.  The 47-year-old originally from Pennsylvania has worked nearly non stop since then - only pausing when his van broke down and he had to abandon it in the middle of a mission. Traveling perilously close to enemy lines, he has been buzzed by fighter jets, has had to hide from artillery and was even arrested by Ukrainian police as he's attempted to save as many as possible. Coordinating trips so he can take supplies in and refugees out,...
    TWO Ukrainian women were among those tragically killed in a train crash in Germany. Five people died and dozens were left injured after the train heading for Munich derailed at about 12.15pm on Friday in Burgrain, near the ski resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 3A carriage being lifted at the site of the train crash which left five people deadCredit: AP 3The train derailed in Burgrain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern GermanyCredit: AFP 3 Four of the victims were reportedly women aged between 32 and 70 - including the two Ukrainian women who had arrived in Germany after fleeing Vladimir Putin's war. One of the Ukrainian women's sons is said to still be in hospital with serious injuries after the horror crash, BILD reports. A fifth victim, a man, was found underneath the train on Saturday after initial attempts to lift the derailed carriages failed. Rescue workers had to wait for a heavy crane to be brought to the site. Read more world newsOUTNUMBERED Putin's dwindling troops outnumbered as Ukraine 'can mobilise ONE MILLION men'SHELL SHOCK We made shocking discovery in attic...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined United States First Lady Jill Biden and rock band U2 in making separate surprise visits to Ukraine on Mother's Day.   Trudeau made an unannounced visit Sunday to Irpin, a Kyiv suburb targeted during Russia’s attempt to take the capital, and met Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn, the Associated Press reported.  'I've just had the honor to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror which Russian occupants have caused to our town,' Markushyn said on his Telegram channel.  Markushyn also said that the Canadian leader was shocked by the damage he saw at civilian homes.  Trudeau's office said in a statement: 'The prime minister is in Ukraine to meet with President Zelensky and reaffirm Canada's unwavering support for the Ukrainian people.'   Trudeau flew on Saturday night and is expected to spend one day in Ukraine, The Toronto Star reported.  The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Trudeau made an unannounced visit to Irpin, a Kyiv suburb targeted during Russia’s attempt to take the capital and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A veterinarian from Harford County just returned from a two-week trip to Ukraine where she helped rescue animals that have been abandoned there. “I think what’s really been hard is that I feel like I just went and witnessed and I couldn’t fix anything,” Jarrettsville Veterinary Center Owner Krista Magnifico said. READ MORE: Mayor Scott Awards $300K To Violence Prevention InitiativesDr. Krista Magnifico, who owns Jarrettsville Veterinary Center in Harford County, shared video with WJZ from Droog Animal Shelter in Ukraine. “The degree of difficulty for everybody and everything there is just at a level that people just can’t understand unless you live it,” Dr. Magnifico said. Dr. Magnifico traveled to Ukraine in April to work with a group helping animals abandoned during the war. “They’re really going into the most dangerous places and then bringing (the animals) back to their compound, or any of the shelters that are local, in an effort to try to get them treated and out of the country,” Dr. Magnifico said. “It’s really hard to get animals out of the country.”...
    Movie star Angelina Jolie has been rushed to safety amid fears of an imminent rocket attack while on a visit to the western city of Lviv in Ukraine.  Jolie, 46, drew attention as a video emerged of her walking briskly with her entourage as an air raid siren went off. As the group was filmed walking away to safety, a female member turned to the camera and said 'please, no more'.  The actress herself took time to wave to the camera and insisted 'I'm okay' when asked. Jolie has worked as a special envoy for the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency for many years, but the specifics of her trip to Ukraine are unclear. Lviv has been under attack from the Russian army in recent weeks and earlier this month, a missile attack on the city left at least seven people dead. Earlier, Ukrainian Maya Pidhorodetska posted another video of the famous actress and filmmaker on Facebook. 'Nothing special. Just Lviv. I just went to have coffee. Just Angelina Jolie,' she wrote in Ukrainian after filming the actress, who waved to her...
    ANTHONY McGILL has opened his home to an amateur snooker player who has escaped from war-torn Ukraine. The two-time ranking-event winner, 31, heard of the plight of refugee Tetyana Volovelska, who is from the heavily bombed city of Kharkiv. 2Tanya Volovelska has been taken in by Anthony McGillCredit: Twitter @confused_ramsy 2McGill was eliminated from the World Championships by Judd Trump on MondayCredit: Getty She was looking to escape to the UK but had struggled to make progress through government channels. However world No13 McGill, deeply moved by the horrific situation in Ukraine, stepped in to offer temporary accommodation at his Glasgow home. McGill, who lost to Judd Trump at the World Championship on Monday, said: “Tanya is a friend of mine and a snooker fan. What is going on in Ukraine is a nightmare, and terrible. “These people that are leaving have nowhere to go, and I said if you need somewhere to stay please use the spare bedroom – I am out practising or away at events most of the time anyway. READ MORE IN SPORTTHE NEIL DEAL Robertson...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami)  – Through feelings of desperation and fear comes inspiration. “I felt like I’m missing. At some point, I was about to break and just go there because everyone is fighting and going through those things,” said Dmytro Gnatib, a student at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. READ MORE: Miami Police Release Body Camera Footage Of Scuffle Before Officer-Involved ShootingUnable to help from afar, Gnatib channeled his energy into something with a lasting impact. “We just felt very hopeless. Especially me. My family is in Ukraine. Everyone is there. I’m by myself here,” he explained. That’s when he thought of an idea, ‘United for Ukraine,’ a concert to symbolize hope and raise money for war-torn Ukraine. I asked Shelton Berg, the dean of Frost School of Music, and his reaction was immediate. “How quickly can we get this going and let’s mobilize the entire school and our resources to make this happen?” said Berg. Students and staff quickly realized how many of them have connections to Ukraine. “I spent 6 years studying in Ukraine. What we are doing...
    An Afghan-American Naval reservist and his brother were released by the Taliban on Friday after months of negotiations by the Biden administration. Safi Rauf and his brother Anees Khalil were taken prisoner in December as they worked to help people flee Afghanistan's hardline rulers. They founded the Human First Coalition, which worked with the Digital Dunkirk movement to rescue those at risk of Taliban persecution.  'On December 18, 2021, my brother Anees Khalil and I were engaged in humanitarian aid work in Afghanistan when we were taken into the Taliban’s captivity and were subsequently held by them for the last 105 days,' Rauf said in a statement published by his organisation. 'Our understanding is that this exceptionally unfortunate situation arose due to a misunderstanding; we did nothing wrong.' And he thanked everyone who worked 'tirelessly' to secure their freedom.  The State Department announced Friday that Naval reservist Safi Rauf and his brother Anees Khalil had been released by the Taliban after spending 105 days in Taliban custody Rauf and his brothers founded the Human First Coalition to help desperate Afghans flee the country's hardline...
    PACIFICA, Calif. (KGO) -- For the past month, Mandy Allen has been tirelessly at work."We weren't sure how we were going to do it at all," she said.Since 2018, the Pacifica resident has run a nonprofit called Transform a Street Dog, that helps rescue disabled and abandoned Ukrainian animals.But once the invasion started, their operations were turned upside down and in early March, Allen was left with 35 dogs and 15 staff members caught in the middle of a warzone.TAKE ACTION: Local and national support for people in Ukraine"We were able to evacuate them to Austria and they are now safely there," Allen said.Thanks in part to ABC7 News coverage, the group's efforts went viral.They partnered with other animal groups in neighboring European countries and were able to get not just the initial batch of dogs to safety, but also hundreds more.But despite the work that they've already done, Allen says there's still a lot more to do as the war continues to decimate the country.Allen showed us photos of the animals the group has helped to save so far...
    The Duchess of York met mothers and children forced to flee war-torn Ukraine during a visit to a Polish monastery today. Prince Andrew's ex wife, who is grandmother to Princess Eugenie's son August, one and Princess Beatrice's daughter Sienna, born in September, is the first member of the extended royal family to travel to Poland to meet Ukrainian refugees.        Almost three million people have fled the country since Russia invaded last month, with the majority, more than 1.7 million, going to Poland. Fergie has been vocal about both the refugees and Polish people needing help, describing the situation as 'heartbreaking'. Today, the royal visited a Cistercian monastery in Rudy, where she was pictured embracing children and chatting to their mothers.  Sarah Ferguson, 62, hugs a young Ukrainian girl who has fled to Poland during a trip to a Cistercian monastery in Rudy today The royal, the first member of the extended family to go to Poland to visit Ukrainian refugees, is pictured talking to a young boy during her monastery trip today Fergie has sent three articulated lorries packed with aid including clothing,...
    SWARTHMORE, Pa. (CBS) — The response for donations to help the people of war-torn Ukraine has been overwhelming across the region. More people wanting to help are stepping up in Delaware County. The volunteers are back at it. It’s Monday morning and the conversations are lighthearted and friendly at Holy Myrhh Bearer’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. READ MORE: Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Faces Scranton DUI ChargeBut their work for people on the other side of the world is serious business. “We feel that it’s all family,” Father Daniel Troyan said. “No matter who’s over there. Whether they’re Ukrainian or not Ukrainian, living in Ukraine, we want to help as many people as we can.” Since the war’s outbreak, Troyan’s parishioners have brought online a well-oiled humanitarian operation that hums with compassionate efficiency. Maryanne Schloss says most of the donors were unfamiliar with her church until recently. “They never knew we were here,” Schloss said. “But they see on TV, they see the suffering. We have to help them.” Over the course of their weeks of worth, there are...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — A benefit concert to help the people of Ukraine wrapped up Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Local and professional musicians used the power of music to raise money that will supply food and medicine to war survivors. Ukrainian folk songs filled the Herbst Theatre and the halls of the Veterans Building. Musician and event headliner Svetlana Nikitenko was singing with a heavy heart. “I have to fight my emotions. I’m a professional and I have to be professional,” Nikitenko said. The classical singer was born and trained in Ukraine. Many of her relatives and friends are still in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Some have escaped to nearby countries. “I just talked to my cousin who is now in Hungary and they say how long they’re going to be there, they don’t know,” Nikitenko said. Organizers said some of the money raised will go to house and feed refugees like her cousin. The rest of the money will go to war survivors still in the country. “They don’t have food. They are refugees now and they...
    Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he hopes to take in Ukrainian refugees as he shared his support for the war-torn country while at the BAFTA 2022 Film Awards on Sunday.  The actor, 45, who is nominated for Best Actor thanks to his performance in The Power Of The Dog, took the opportunity to highlight the plight of his 'brothers and sisters who are suffering' in the wake of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  Speaking to Sky News on the red carpet of the event at London's Royal Albert Hall, Benedict told how the suffering of millions of people can't be ignored as the war is 'something that hangs over us.' Pledge: Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he hopes to take in Ukrainian refugees as he shared his support for the war-torn country while at the BAFTA 2022 Film Awards on Sunday He explained: 'It is a really shocking time to be a European two and a half hours flight away from Ukraine, and it's something that hangs over us' before going on to note the 'civilians who are being shelled and shot at, and killed...
    A Ukrainian monastery sheltering 1,000 people was struck by Russian missiles and a train heading to pick up evacuees was damaged by bomb debris last night as more than 2.6 million people have fled the country.  Families, including 200 children, sheltering in the Svyatogorsk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian monastery in the Donetsk region, were left terrified after it was damaged by a missile last night.  The monastery says the bomb exploded 50 metres from a bridge at the entrance to the site, injuring a number of people. Meanwhile, a conductor on a train heading to pick up refugees in the city of Lyman, also in the Donetsk region, was killed by bomb debris last night.  Pavlo Kyrylenko, Governor of Donetsk Oblast, denounced the incidents as 'hellish crimes' and vowed to punish those responsible. It comes as the UN confirms nearly 2.7 million people have left Ukraine as refugees, with the vast majority heading west into EU countries, and it is expected this number could rise to more than 4 million in the coming weeks. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has said...
    A man has been arrested in Poland on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old refugee at a camp by luring her in with the offer of shelter after she had just escaped from war-torn Ukraine. On Thursday Police in Wroclaw, Poland, detained a 49-year-old suspect on rape charges after he allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old Ukrainian refugee he lured with offers of help over the internet. The suspect could face up to 12 years in prison for the 'brutal crime,' authorities said. 'He met the girl by offering his help via an internet portal,' police said in a statement.  'She escaped from war-torn Ukraine, did not speak Polish. She trusted a man who promised to help and shelter her. Unfortunately, all this turned out to be deceitful manipulation.' Concerns are growing on how to protect the most vulnerable refugees from being targeted by human traffickers or becoming victims to other forms of exploitation. This comes as official figures reveal close to 1.6 million people (1.596 million) have fled Ukraine to Poland since the war began, according to the Polish Border Guard.  Since...
    LOCUST VALLEY, Long Island (WABC) -- A Locust Valley resident born in Ukraine is organizing fundraisers to get relief supplies to her war-torn country.Sasha Johnstone's entire family, including her parents and younger brother, live in western Ukraine."The first thing I do and the last thing I do before I go to sleep is I check in with my family," she told Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne. "No one feels safe in Ukraine anymore."Johnstone, 27, recently collected 25 boxes of humanitarian supplies and had them shipped to Ukraine. She organized the fundraiser out of the coffee shop she works at in Locust Valley, Karmic Grind.RELATED | Here's how to donate, help Ukraine amid Russian attacksEMBED More News Videos In this Eyewitness News special, we look at the local charities and heroes who are stepping up to help Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country. Johnstone was also able to raise more than $9,000, and she said people mailed checks to her from as far away as Upstate New York."I didn't realize how many people care, and how much they care," she...
    Over two million refugees have now fled Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s Russia continues its invasion of the country. The number of refugees who have left the eastern-European country of Ukraine has now reportedly surpassed two million, as Vladimir Putin’s Russia continues its conquest of the former Soviet satellite state. Poland has been taking the brunt of the exodus, with more than one million fleeing Ukrainians passing arriving there since the invasion began. According to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, the number of people fleeing the conflict exceeded two million on Tuesday. Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people. Two million. — Filippo Grandi (@FilippoGrandi) March 8, 2022 “Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people,” the UN commissioner wrote online, with Deutsche Welle also noting the commissioner as saying that the second wave of arrivals in Europe will likely be more vulnerable than the last. “If the war continues we will start seeing people that have no resources and no connections,” Grandi is reported as claiming during a press conference in Oslo. “That...
    ROME — Pope Francis employed his strongest rhetoric to date to condemn the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine, calling for an end to the assault and the establishment of humanitarian corridors for those fleeing. “Rivers of blood and tears are flowing in Ukraine,” the pontiff told crowds gathered in the Vatican Sunday for his weekly Angelus address. “It is not merely a military operation, but a war, which sows death, destruction and misery.” “The number of victims is increasing, as are the people fleeing, especially mothers and children,” he lamented. “The need for humanitarian assistance in that troubled country is growing dramatically by the hour.” “I make a heartfelt appeal for humanitarian corridors to be genuinely secured, and for aid to be guaranteed and access facilitated to the besieged areas, in order to offer vital relief to our brothers and sisters oppressed by bombs and fear,” he added. The pope went on to call for an end to the violence and for respect for international law, while also thanking those assisting the Ukrainian refugees and the journalists reporting on the...
    CBS Todrick Hall on 'Celebrity Big Brother.' Youtuber, musician, and choreographer Todrick Hall had a conversation with Cynthia Bailey on the “Celebrity Big Brother” live feeds about representation in the media on February 16. Todrick told Cynthia he has a “torn relationship with white people and whiteness” and recounted his experience as the only Black cast member in a run of “Beauty and the Beast.” He said that at the time, he viewed it as an honor to be the only Black person in the room, but is now not okay with being the “token” Black person in projects. Todrick also expressed that the 1997 film version of “Cinderella” inspired him to be a performer because it featured Black performers like Brandy and Whitney Houston in starring roles. The social media guru is close friends with members of the Cookout, the historic all-Black alliance from “Big Brother 23.” But while the “Big Brother” fan base largely supported the Cookout’s mission, Todrick has been criticized for his comments about race on “Celebrity Big Brother.”Todrick Said He Didn’t Want to...
    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, the team said. Beal opted earlier this week to have the season-ending surgery. A three-time All-Star, Beal averaged 23.2 points and a career-high 6.6 assists in 40 games before he suffered the torn scapholunate ligament on Jan. 29 at Memphis. Beal’s surgery was performed by Dr. Michele Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The Wizards had hoped to build around Beal after the departure of his backcourt mate, John Wall, but the team has not advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2017. Beal is due to make $36.4 million next season, after which he would become a free agent. “We all look at him as a foundational piece. He’s been here 10 years, he’s been the longest-tenured in this group,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “For me as a coach, you want a guy like Brad Beal in the foxhole with you.” While Beal has long been the subject of trade rumors, the Wizards were busy...
    Veteran Christian Broadcasting Network journalist David Brody faced a blizzard of criticism over a bizarre tweet that somehow connected driving in a snowstorm with… the Black Lives Matter movement? Brody was apparently among the many motorists who braved Monday’s snowstorms in the infamously unprepared-for-snow Washington, DC metro area. And while there were surely many frustrated drivers on the road, Brody found an unlikely target for his ire. Along with a photo of a barely-visible intersection obscured by snow, Brody tweeted “Today in DC. They knew a snowstorm was coming for days. Apparently ‘black lives matter’ but the lives of people driving in a snowstorm don’t.” Today in DC. They knew a snowstorm was coming for days. Apparently “black lives matter” but the lives of people driving in a snowstorm don’t. pic.twitter.com/ykIFTqnQbl — David Brody (@DBrodyReports) January 3, 2022 Brody — a journalist who has interviewed many presidents, hosts his own show on Real America’s Voice, and is an analyst for CBN — took a lot of heat for the strange tweet. Media and political figures and other verified...
    A BRIT who travelled to Afghanistan during the fall of Kabul and had to be evacuated has now fled war-torn South Sudan after being threatened with violence. Miles Routledge, 21, arrived in the North African country this week with a tent and tinned food to “teach memes”. 4Miles Routledge has to flee war-ravaged South SudanCredit: Instagram 4Miles had been evacuated from Afghanistan in AugustCredit: Facebook Despite the Foreign Office advising against all travel to the country, Miles said had planned on spending the next several weeks hiking and then crossing over to neighbouring Uganda. South Sudan has been embroiled in a savage civil war since breaking away from the Republic of Sudan in 2011 that has killed 383,000 people. His journey so far has been chronicled on Twitter and he claims to have been in the capital of Juba teaching locals about “memes” as well handing out cash to poverty-stricken people on the street. He has also helped starving animals — but he had to flee after being threatened with violence and the military has been closing roads. Miles...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — One man has made it his mission to find, and refurbish, strollers and other necessities for families fleeing war-torn Afghanistan and coming to Sacramento. Now, the need is greater than ever. Jon Ursino is on a mission to make sure Afghanistan families coming to Sacramento have the extra help they need. READ MORE: City To Vote On Project That Would Add Speed Bumps To More Sacramento Neighborhoods“I saw the suffering in people’s faces,” said Ursino. He and his wife started this work in 2015, when they recognized just how many Iraq and Afghanistan war-torn families were arriving in Sacramento as their safe haven. “We saw the anxiety, the PTSD, and the effects of war on people’s faces,” Ursino recalls. READ MORE: Massive Outdoor Recreation Area Nears Opening In Elk GroveUrsino and his wife set up a group called Community Alliance For Refugees with a mission to scour social media and thrift stores for lightly used strollers and blankets, and then deliver them to the resettlement agency Lao Family Community Development. “It’s been a really hectic time for...
    “Columbus Day” or “Indigenous People’s Day”, you have to choose. For the first time in the United States, the second Monday in October was traditionally observed as a federal holiday, Indigenous People’s Day, celebrating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the United States. Appreciated by the Amerindians who saw the identity of white colonialism in Christopher Columbus, the decision of the Biden administration caused waves among the conservatives, who condemned a new example. Woke up “From” Cancel the culture . “Colonialism and Genocide” Although Native Day has been around since the 1990s, Joe Biden was the first U.S. president to recognize it at the federal level. Technically, the White House did not cancel “Columbus Day.” Joe Biden’s Declaration recognizes two legal vacations. States and municipalities are free to observe one or both. A dozen states, including Alaska, New Mexico and Oregon, in particular, have set aside Christopher Columbus, and a dozen others are celebrating two holidays. “The nation of Navajo has long opposed Columbus Day, which celebrates colonialism, oppression, and injustice to Indigenous peoples. They fought to survive, ”said representatives...
    HE managed to leave David Brent behind him after two series of global comedy hit The Office. But Ricky Gervais is clearly finding it harder to live life without Tony Johnson, his grief-stricken character from his Netflix comedy drama After Life. 8Ricky Gervais has enjoyed massive success with After Life but the Netflix show is ending after its third seriesCredit: David Venni / Chilli Media 8Ricky broke boundaries with After Life, which tells the story of suicidal local newspaper reporter Tony, who feels he has lost everything after the death of his wife Lisa The 60-year-old comedian upset fans of the show when he revealed that the forthcoming third series would be the last. But appearing on stage at London’s Picturehouse Central cinema for a Q&A event, After Life: From Script To Screen, Ricky confirms he is torn. He asks fans: “Do you really think we should do another series?” He then adds: “I love this more than anything I have ever done, but I am getting older and I am menopausal. People do a terrible film because of their...
    MANY of us Brits like to start the day with a nice cup of coffee and a big bowl of cereal. But have you ever thought about putting your coffee in your cereal rather than drinking it separately? 2A young woman put coffee in her cereal and has divided the InternetCredit: elizabethmarasco/Tiktok Well, one TikTok user did just that and she’s sent the Internet crazy. Elizabeth Marasco posted the video of her making her bowl of cereal to her TikTok account, ‘elizabethmarasco’ and she’s left people very confused. Many were left torn as to whether her idea is genius or disgusting. Elizabeth uploaded the video with the caption ‘Anyone else put coffee in their cereal’. The video shows Elizabeth in her dressing gown, making her morning bowl of cereal. Instead of just adding milk to her cereal, she first adds COFFEE. Most read in FabulousLive Blog'BIG MISTAKE' 'Embarrassing' Meghan MOCKED for treating NY trip 'like a royal tour'Live BlogPAY IT OFF Andrew ‘selling’ £17m chalet as Palace ‘bent backwards’ to help MeghanTAP TIP You've been using your iPhone calculator wrong...here's...
    The owner of Black business empire Essence Ventures, who vowed to step away as the acting CEO of Essence magazine after being an awful boss during last year’s racial reckoning, is not-so-quietly asserting his power again—and Black influencers are torn. In the summer of 2020, a Medium article was published with damning accusations against Essence’s owner Richelieu Dennis. Under the pseudonym “Black Female Anonymous,” Essence magazine staffers demanded Dennis’ resignation—along with other leadership changes—after they said women were “systematically suppressed by pay inequity, sexual harassment, corporate bullying, intimidation, colorism and classism” and the company had been “hijacked by cultural and corporate greed and an unhinged abuse of power.” The staffers blasted execs for an ironic turn of events: A publication that was meant to empower Black women instead mistreated and abused the women who worked for it. A new CEO was named for Essence magazine and the company, which owns several other entities like Afropunk festival and hair care company Naturally Curly, promised that Dennis would be taking a step back. But this month, he was back. Essence Ventures swooped...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The FDA’s decision to reject Pfizer’s booster shot request for the majority of Americans may have surprised some, but one local nurse says he expected it. On Friday, the agency’s advisory panel took the major vote, saying no to booster shots for most Americans 16-years-old and older. They did approve booster shots for those 65 and over. READ MORE: Concord Mall Closed For Evening After Criminal Investigation, Delaware State Police Say The decision was not a surprise for nurse practitioner Dominic Marano, who treats COVID patients at Temple University Hospital. His reasoning? The vaccine is still working just fine without the booster. “A majority of the patients we’re seeing right now are unvaccinated,” he said, adding, “I think that cautiously waiting is probably in our best interest and as we get the data, to interpret and use it as we need to.” Many people told CBS3 they like the idea of getting a booster and some added protection. READ MORE: Billionaire Jared Isaacman Picks Eagles To Win Super Bowl In First Sports Bet From Space Kimara Jones...
    Dear Amy: I am the oldest of 13 first cousins on one side of the family. Many of these cousins are considerably younger than I (up to 21 years younger), and grew up many miles away from the extended family. As a result, these cousins are not privy to a lot of family history that I learned from the time I was quite young. Amy Dickinson  Now, two of these younger cousins have approached me to “fill in the blanks” for them. They do not know that in the early years of the Depression, my parent and two young siblings were abandoned by their father when their mother became gravely ill. My parent was placed with an uncle and his family who provided a loving home. The second sibling was put up for adoption and was adopted by a couple who sexually abused the child and ultimately returned the child to “the system.”  There was a subsequent non-family placement that lasted until that child reached the age of majority. Related Articles Ask Amy: Was I right to say...
    Twin 7-month-old babies were swept from their father’s arms during devastating flooding in rural Tennessee that left dozens more dead or missing. The Associated Press reported that at least 10 people were dead, while local outlets said the toll had risen to 21 by late afternoon. Record-setting rains on Saturday led to swollen creeks that unleashed flash floods in Waverly in Humphreys County, swamping homes and leaving residents clinging to debris in raging rapids. “They were washed away in the flood,” a relative of the twins wrote on GoFundMe. “The mother grabbed a tree and the father had the 2 twins the 5 year old and 19 month old and sadly the 2 baby’s left his arms!” The infants’ grandmother confirmed their death to local station WZTV. As the floodwaters receded on Sunday, emergency crews began searching for the dead—and survivors shared harrowing scenes. Kansas Klein, whose pizzeria was destroyed by 7 feet of water, told the Associated Press he saw two girls holding onto a puppy and a wood board sweep by her. He did not know their fate....
    Veterans are watching the rapid collapse of Afghanistan in horror — worried about their friends who served with them and the Afghan people who helped the U.S. "A knife stabbing into your chest. It's like your heart being torn out," said Marine Sergeant Nick Stefanovic. He spent two years in Afghanistan and was devastated to see the government fall so quickly. "I think it's going to be a rough few months for veterans of that war," he said. "I think this has got the potential to not only retraumatize but to bring veterans into a dark, hopeless place." Army Captain Dustin Elias, who was last in Afghanistan in 2012, said his largest fear is for "the Afghanis that helped us. The interpreters that risked their lives for us. Elias is in touch with one of his Afghan interpreters who is on the outskirts of Kabul and desperately trying to get out. Elias said the man fears for his life and the lives of his family. Elias said not getting people like this interpreter out of the country and to...
    (CNN)The UN World Food Programme said it expected to run out of food in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray on Friday, and that hundreds of thousands of people in the area were on the brink of famine. The agency confirmed that no food trucks have been allowed into the region for two weeks.They told CNN in a statement that 100 trucks need to arrive every day in order to address the "vast humanitarian needs in the region," and that the shortfall has left "400,000 people on the verge of famine."The situation comes a week after forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region mounted attacks in the neighboring Afar region, a move which marked an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area.David Beasley, the WFP's executive director, initially warned earlier this week that 170 trucks filled with food and resources for Tigray had been stuck in Afar and barred from leaving. "These trucks must be allowed to move NOW. People are starving," he tweeted Tuesday. Read MoreLast week, the deputy spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said the...
    GENEVA - The World Food Program warns Yemen's already alarming hunger crisis is worsening due to ongoing conflict and a rapidly declining economy that are sending food prices soaring.   Of Yemen's population of just over 29 million people, around 21 million need humanitarian assistance. The United Nations, which considers Yemen the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, reports 16.2 million people are extremely short of food and suffering from acute hunger.  Tobias Flaemig, the World Food Program head of Research, Assessment and Monitoring in Yemen, says people are resorting to desperate measures to survive, including cutting their food intake to just one meal a day.    "We recently visited a village where families were resorting to eating leaves to survive," he said via a video link from the capital Sanaa. "Traveling to work, to reach markets or even to seek medical care is almost impossible because the cost of fuel is too high. Hunger leaves people acutely vulnerable to the various public health risks facing the country, including COVID-19, cholera, dengue, malaria."  FILE - Children riding on...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As Philadelphia health officials recommend residents mask up indoors again, residents are split on returning to what was once a pandemic norm. The last two weeks in Philadelphia brought 64 new COVID cases a day, a small yet disturbing increase impacting its youngest residents. READ MORE: Man Firing Into Crowd Shot By Police Officers In Kensington, Police Say On Thursday, the city’s top doctors said they recommended masks in indoor public spaces – whether or not they are vaccinated. Some residents are mixed about the suggestion, with one resident telling CBS3, “I’m unvaccinated, and I don’t feel the need to wear a mask especially outside. I think that rule is just a little ridiculous.” Dr. Rob Danoff, the program director at Jefferson Health Northeast, says the Delta variant is cause for concern. READ MORE: Philadelphia Has Highest Murder Rate Per Capita Among Countrys 10 Largest Cities “It puts the vaccinated people at risk and it puts the people who cannot get vaccines at risk and at this point, it’s the kids 12 years of age and younger,”...
    As Abdi Abdirahman prepares for his fifth Olympic Games, there's one catchphrase in his conversation with Sportsmail that the 43-year-old keeps repeating.  'Age is just a number, but I don’t look at that number,' he insists from his home in Flagstaff, Arizona. 'I don’t look at myself as an old man. I want to win the gold in Tokyo - everyone should say that.' The Team USA marathon runner is eyeing up several records in Tokyo this summer. Not only will he become America's oldest Olympic runner in history, but he is part of a marathon team that is 50 per cent African American - never before have the United States put forward three BAME athletes for the race. Abdi Abdirahman, 43, is set to become the oldest Team USA Marathon runner at the Olympics The Tokyo Games will be Abdirahman's fifth Olympics after a stellar career in athletics  The old age tagline that is accompanying Abdirahman with these Games irks him a little, but not too much. The 43-year-old has enjoyed being counted out due to his...
    (CNN)Food and fuel is running out in the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports.A communications blackout in the region, in place since Ethiopian forces withdrew and announced a unilateral ceasefire last week, has made it difficult to determine the situation in Tigray and its capital Mekelle. But on Saturday, CNN was able to reach its producer on the ground who reports a blockade on Tigray by Ethiopian forces has been ongoing since June 25.All air travel into Mekelle has been halted by the federal government and eyewitnesses tell CNN that Amhara militia and Ethiopian government forces are obstructing roads out of the city. There has been a full services blackout there -- power, phone, internet -- for nearly a week, CNN's producer reports. Because of the power outage most homes have no running water. Banks cannot operate as their network is down, so people have no access to their own money, CNN's producer added. A destroyed bridge crossing the Tekeze River is seen in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia...
    UKRAINE star Ruslan Malinovskyi says their Euros success is bringing a little peace to the war-torn country. And Malinovskyi has warned England that “everything is possible” in tomorrow’s quarter-final in Rome, following earlier shocks in the knockout stages. 8 Ruslan Malinovskyi believes Ukraine are providing a ‘little bit like peace’ for his country’s people with their success at Euro 2020 8 Ukraine’s surprise run to the quarter-finals has helped unite the nation Getty 8 Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko leads celebrations after Ukraine beat Sweden 2-1 in the last 16 with a last-gasp extra-time goal Ukraine has been involved in conflict with neighbours Russia since 2014 and the midfielder, 28, said: “For Ukraine, football has been really special during this competition because we have not so good things in our country — like the war. “With Covid, a lot of people have lost their jobs. “With our results that we have, what we can give is a little bit like peace for the people of Ukraine. We play for them.” Fans who travel from England and Ukraine will...
    Sports journalist Jason Whitlock labeled recently erected statues paying tribute to George Floyd as “racist” and called for the “offensive” statues to be “torn down immediately.” “The deification of George Floyd harms black people and America,” Whitlock wrote in a Tuesday column. “George Floyd was a victim — of his drug addiction, self-destructive behavior, and Derek Chauvin’s misconduct.” JUNETEENTH PARTIERS GRIND AGAINST AND JUMP ON  TOP OF AN AMBULANCE RESPONDING TO DEADLY SHOOTING: VIDEO Whitlock argued that the narrative surrounding Floyd’s death while in police custody last summer in Minneapolis is part of a “Marxist overhaul” of American culture. “Floyd is not Jesus. He’s not Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or Medgar Evers, black men who died tragically in service of promoting racial fairness,” Whitlock added. “Floyd isn’t Crispus Attucks, the first man killed in America’s Revolutionary War. Floyd isn’t Emmett Till, an innocent victim of anti-black bigotry.” The veteran journalist then pointed to Floyd’s history of drug use and called for the statues of Floyd to be torn down. “I’m shocked the sculptor didn’t put a crack pipe in...
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