Queen’s speech: All pomp and pageantry in British Parliament

June 21, 2017

… of Maintenance and the Sword of State. A royal robing The Queen will arrive at Parliament’s Sovereign’s Entrance and proceed to the Robing Room, where she will put on the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, a red velvet number with a five-meter train. She will then lead the Royal Procession through the Royal Gallery to Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords. The Queen takes the gilded throne, with her husband, Prince Philip, usually seated on a lower …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

… Health and Human Services, and the race had become a proxy for the national political climate and a test of GOP might in the early months of the Trump presidency. Voters were inundated with phone calls and television ads like never before. Growing up in suburban Atlanta as a sports/political-news junkie, I remember “Hammerin’” Hank Aaron hitting number 715 in 1974, Newt Gingrich being sworn in as Congressman in 1979, and CNN launching the first 24-hour news channel in …

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A First-Grader’s Picasso-Like Painting Is Now Hanging At The Met

June 20, 2017

… vicinity of the work at the opening. When asked if there were any salient themes tying the sundry works together, Jackson-Dumont responded: There are a lot of portraits in the show, which I think communicates a sense of self-realization. PS Art This year marks the 15th iteration of P.S. Art and the 10th housed in The Mets hallowed halls. As the tradition continues and evolves, Jackson-Dumont hopes to expand upon the number of works selected and exhibited. Currently approximately one out of …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… Patagonia has taken on a number of national conservation efforts since environmentalist and rock climber Yvon Chouinard founded it in 1973. In 1988, the firm launched a campaign to restore the natural splendor of Yosemite Valley, which was being destroyed by cars and lodges. The company took on a more consumer-centric approach, launching an ad campaign in 2011 urging customers its jackets in an attempt to address rampant waste in the fashion industry. The company was relatively quiet for the …

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

… vessel intercepted that day. Together with the Italian Coast Guard, humanitarian organizations like Proactiva, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children are the only actors now running proactive rescue missions in the Mediterranean. As the number of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe reached new highs in the past few months, non-governmental organizations have come under fierce criticism from European politicians and officials, who accuse them of Its almost as if the smugglers …

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… The BBC understands those missing could number about 70, with the 30 likely to be among that number. Three of those who died have been identified. Image copyright PA Image caption A vigil has been set up near to the site of the disaster Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police surrounded a car outside the church and community centre Fragile government facing huge challenge Families appeal for missing relatives Sense of community shines through Requisition houses, urges Corbyn …

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What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Live updates and rolling coverage Who are the DUP? Can a Conservative and DUP pact work? Q&A: What is a hung parliament? How do minority governments work? Philip Hammond will stay as chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as foreign secretary and Amber Rudd – narrowly re-elected as an MP after a recount – will continue …

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

… release, Pence highlighted the importance of pollinators not only bees, but butterflies, birds and bats to Americas food supply. Bees aloneadd at least $15 billionin economic value to the countrys agricultural industry. The number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S., meanwhile, has plummeted from about 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today, according to the Agriculture Department. The decline has been attributed to several factors, including habitat loss, disease, the …

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Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack On Iranian Parliament, Mausoleum

June 7, 2017

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according to the state television website. In a separate incident, an armed man opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini and wounded a number of people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said. …

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Las Vegas Cop Charged In Chokehold Death Of Black Man

June 6, 2017

Officer Kenneth Lopera was charged on the same day the Clark County Coroners Office ruled the May 14 death of Tashii Farmer, 40, near the Las Vegas Strip was a homicide due to police restraint. The two charges of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office brought against Lopera, which could each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison if he is convicted, follow a number of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police in the United States that have spawned …

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Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… so they tested it on a small number of patients. But they found it significantly shrunk tumours in seven of the 15 patients who took the drug – all seven carrying a particular molecule that the drug was specifically designed to target. ONX-0801 is the first in a new class of drugs which work by mimicking the ability of folic acid selectively to latch on to cancer cells, while leaving healthy tissue alone, thus reducing the side-effects often seen with traditional chemotherapy, such as …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… responsible for the U.S. already shrinking its carbon footprint by 12 percent below 2005 levels. (The country committed to lowering that number to 26 percent to 28 percent under the Paris Agreement). Nothing in the accord prevented the U.S. from extracting fossil fuels. There are ways to extract oil and gas responsibly. The problem is the Trump administration doesnt seem keen on doing that. In one of its first moves, the Trump EPA requiring oil and gas companies to report leaks of methane, a …

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

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Trump Grants Ethics Waivers To 17 Top White House Staffers

June 2, 2017

… granted waivers in the past four months. His predecessor, Barack Obama, granted that same number ofover the course of his eight years in office. The waivers allow those covered under them to be exempt from some of the restrictions imposed by Trumps , which he signed just days after taking office. Most involve allowing contact with former clients and employers. According to White House lawyers, is justified because the administrations need for the covered employees services outweighs the …

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

… After he returned from Europe, the president also disparaged White House leaks and fake news from the media in a series of tweets, apparently in response to a number of damaging news stories last week, including the Kushner report. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a review of Kushnerssecurity clearance. …

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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

… set a 15,000 goal for the fundraiser, and donations have already surpassed that. The money will go toward the British Red Cross Society. Those affected by the tragedy are helping out in other ways as well: Manchester-area blood banks have received an overwhelming number of donors following the deadly attack. The suicide bombing Monday at Grandes concert at Manchester Arena left 22 people dead, including an 8-year-old girl and several teenagers. …

May 26, 2017
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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

… having sex, and even join in (singing!!!) the iconic final dance number. While it was nice to get a little more shading in of these characters, this plotline felt rushed. The lack of chemistry between Baby and Johnny Their whole part in the plot was subbed in with Katey Sagals character, a bungalow bunny, framing Johnny for stealing her Rolex. The Schumachers were robbed (pun absolutely intentional). ABC In the original, dancing was everything. In this version, Breslin although she …

May 26, 2017
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I Invited A Guy From Tinder Over, He Didnt Look Like His Pics

I know youre going to say Im an idiot. Rule number one of dating over the internet (or an app, in this case) is that you meet in a public place, at least for the first time. Youre supposed to make sure the other person isnt a serial killer before you give them your address. But that seems so . I wasnt looking for a boyfriend, I was looking for some really good sex. The whole formal date thing seemed unnecessary, a step that had to be taken by dumb people who weren’t as good as I was in …

May 25, 2017
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You Are Not Perfect, But You Are All Of These Things

… then he is not the one. You are quite good at loving others, better than you know, in fact. You may think the way you see the world and the way you love, with your lack of saying the actual four-letter word, may be dark. It may be fragmented, imperfect, all over the place, or even completely over the top. Maybe you are the friend who buys the gold number balloons for your friends birthdays. Conversely, maybe you are the friend who doesnt say much but never lets those who are important down. I …

May 25, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

May 24, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

May 22, 2017
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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and babies die. It’s the “pro-life” performance that matters …

May 20, 2017
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