Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit hard at the news media at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days, striking a tone both divisive and determined as he played to the populist sentiments of a cheering crowd. “It’s time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny, and that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, and we all share the same glorious …

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson case: ‘Hundreds’ of other victims – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… Paterson carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients, with a hospital trust paying out 17.8m in damages and legal costs. He was granted bail and is due to be sentenced in May. ‘He stuck a knife in me unnecessarily’ media playback is unsupported on your device media captionJade Edgington said the experience left her feeling “violated”. Jade Edgington was 16 when she found a lump in her breast and had four operations by the time she was 19. She …

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Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

April 29, 2017

(CNN)Ciara and Russell Wilson’s baby girl is here. The singer and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband welcomed their new baby Friday, the couple announced on their social media accounts. “Dear Sienna Princess Wilson. No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm. We Love You,” Ciara wrote on Instagram under a picture of her at the beach. …

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Arkansas executes Kenneth Williams, 4th inmate in a week

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in a week, ending a frantic schedule caused by the looming expiration of the state’s supply of lethal injection drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 killing of a university cheerleader. He was later convicted of capital murder after he escaped from prison and killed a man. “I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless,” Williams said in his last words …

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Would visiting Parliament inspire you to vote? – BBC News

April 27, 2017

media playback is unsupported on your device media captionCan you convince people to vote in one day? With a general election weeks away, figures suggest voter apathy remains unchanged. Two women who don’t like politics paid a visit to Parliament, but did it convince them to vote? “I feel like politicians make decisions for people they don’t know anything about,” says LaTifah Atkinson, a 26-year-old woman from north London. She is a university graduate who runs her …

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Three key lessons from the Pope’s TED talk

April 26, 2017

(CNN)For all the talk about Pope Francis’ techno-savvy — and 10 million Twitter followers ain’t bad for a 80-year-old churchman — he doesn’t seem sold on Silicon Valley’s endless promises. As he wrote in his 2016 encyclical, Laudate Si, all those tweets and selfies and vlogs can add up to a whole lot of “mental pollution” that distracts us from what is really important. “When media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence …

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China launches its first homegrown aircraft carrier

April 26, 2017

(CNN)The first aircraft carrier designed and built in China was launched Wednesday amid streamers and champagne. The as-yet unnamed vessel isChina’s second aircraft carrier. Early on Wednesday morning it was towed from Dalian Shipyard, Liaoning, to a nearby wharf, China’s Ministry of National Defense said. China first announced the construction of its new carrier in late December 2015. State media said it would be “independently designed in China.” Replay …

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An artist creates a mural of Michelle Obama and nobody’s happy

April 26, 2017

(CNN)A new mural of former first lady Michelle Obama, painted on a building in the Chicago neighborhood where she lived as a child and remains popular, would seem like an innocuous project. But the mural, by Chicago artist Chris Devins, has sparked intense debate — and not for the usual political reasons. Shortly after Devins finished the mural last Friday, criticism began bubbling up online. People accused him of copying the image from Rhode Island art student Gelila Mesfin, who had …

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

April 26, 2017

… her scheduled peppered with roundtable discussions and panels. Her first media interview came earlier this month, when she told CBS’ Gayle King that she (hoped) to make a positive impact” in her new role. She has long been a key trusted adviser to her father, through her young adulthood to her time as executive vice president of real estate development and acquisition at the Trump Organization, and, ultimately, to his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has made women’s …

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Anti-Semitism Soared Last Year: ADL Study

April 25, 2017

… Feb. 26, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA. Police say more than 100 tombstones were vandalized a week after a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was desecrated. The ADLs analysis excluded most bigoted acts on social media.However, it included theharassment of Jewish residents in Whitefish, Montana, because the coordinated abuse rose above typical taunting and hate speech online, an ADL spokesman said. Supporters of alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer targeted town activists and Jewish residents after …

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Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize – BBC News

April 24, 2017

media playback is unsupported on your device media captionNafisah Baba performs “Inescapable” in the grand final Nafisah Baba has won the BBC’s Young Dancer 2017 prize, beating four other finalists. Baba, 20, a contemporary dancer from London, was crowned at Sadler’s Wells theatre in the capital by ex-Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell. Baba – who started ballet aged three – is a company member with post-graduate dance company Chrysalis London. The …

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FGM: The mother trying to protect her daughters – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… away people would have told her she was unclean, the community would have despised her and she would have been told she didn’t belong. media playback is unsupported on your device media captionFGM survivor describes witnessing her sister being cut That day, the cutter had already been to see other girls. The cutter lay a small mat down in the back yard of our house and had pieces of broken bottles, razor blades to do the cutting. They were not clean, they had blood on them already. …

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Around the world in seven years… on a bike – BBC News

April 23, 2017

media playback is unsupported on your device media captionLeigh Timmis ran out of money. But he didn’t go home. He kept cycling. Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of 5 (6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks back over the previous 43,000 miles …

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Why Staffordshire oatcakes are being eaten in Arizona – BBC News

April 22, 2017

… other Stoke-on-Trent expats, an old recipe was discovered and Jeff began making his own. Such was his desire for the perfect oatcake, special frying pans were bought. When work saw him move again, this time to Aberdeen, he took his special recipe with him and the advent of social media sent it global. Requests have come via Facebook from folk as far afield as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai, he says. A global phenomenon? It appears the Staffordshire oatcake’s appeal has truly …

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Was ITV’s The Nightly Show a success? – BBC News

April 22, 2017

… “And you’ve got keep doing that, and we will.” Social media presence Image caption Fleabag’s strong online following helped it build an audience “Now you get such a snap decision with everything,” says Taylor. “If something isn’t immediately funny, you see people all over Twitter saying ‘this is rubbish’. “Social media can be great because you can build an audience for a show and make it an underground hit, like Fleabag. …

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French presidential candidates halt campaigns in wake of Paris attack

April 21, 2017

Paris (CNN)French police are hunting a man identified by Belgian security services in connection with an attack on police officers in Paris Thursday, a French interior ministry spokesman said. A gunman, who shot three police officers on the Champs-Elysee, killing one, was later claimed by ISIS through its media wing Amaq as an Islamic State “fighter” they dubbed “the Belgian.” French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France’s Europe 1 radio …

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Jake Tapper Nails The Hypocrisy In Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Order

April 20, 2017

The president just signed an executive order to buy American, CNNs Jake Tapper said on The Lead on Tuesday in a clip posted online by media Matters. So wait, does that mean that he wants me to stop buying Trump products? The presidents executive order includes a review of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers. It does not include a review of the H-2B program, which Trump companies have used to hire more than 1,100 foreign workers since 2000, according to Reuters. More …

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‘Randamoozham’: India to produce its most expensive film ever

April 19, 2017

… tapping into Indian VFX companies for Oscar-winning productions like “The Jungle Book” and “Life of Pi” as well as HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Indian filmmakers are now making use of the home advantage. According to the KPMG FICCI media and Entertainment Industry Report 2016, India has nearly 300 animation, 40 VFX and 85 game development studios with more than 15,000 employees between them. Since 2010, the country’s animation and VFX sector has …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

… post-referendum haze — looking for answers to a referendum tainted by complaints during the campaign, the voting and preliminary results. Erdogan declared victory on Sunday night after state-run media Anadolu reported 51.4% voted for his “Yes” campaign. The razor-thin majority of votes had opponents crying fraud and saying the “Yes” side would not have had so many votes and even could have lost, if the Turkish Supreme Board of Elections had followed its …

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Theatre director Michael Bogdanov has died aged 78 – BBC News

April 18, 2017

He was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre for eight years, directed eight productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founded the English Shakespeare Company in 1986 with actor Michael Pennington. He was chief executive of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany’s largest national theatre, from 1989 to 1992. In 1982, he went on trial at the Old Bailey for staging an act of simulated male sex in the play The Romans in Britain. media playback is …

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Dogs trained in Wales help fight rhino poaching in Africa – BBC News

April 16, 2017

media playback is unsupported on your device media captionDogs trained in Wales are now working in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe Dogs trained in Carmarthenshire are helping fight the slaughter of rhinos and elephants by poachers in Africa. Extremus Dog Training in St Clears works with charity Animals Saving Animals in the conservation effort. It has seven dogs in Africa and is training puppies Badak, Murwi and Diego to join them. Director Darren Priddle said: “Dogs are a …

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Green groups warn of ‘race to the bottom’ – BBC News

April 16, 2017

Newspaper reports based on leaked documents have suggested that trade and growth would be prioritised at the expense of efforts to tackle global warming and the illegal trade in wildlife. The letter says: “We are alarmed by recent media reports suggesting that the UK’s commitments to tackling climate change and ending the illegal wildlife trade could be watered down to secure post-Brexit trade deals.” It added: “To be a great, global trading nation, the UK must …

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Chinese Media Can’t Stop Making Fun Of Donald Trump

April 15, 2017

One of Trumps reversals came on the issue of Chinese monetary policy. While he had previously accused Beijing of being world champions of currency manipulation, he reversed that position after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chinese media has referred to Trumps election a democracy malfunction, compared him to Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, called himas ignorant as a childandmocked his spelling problems.During the presidential campaign, media in the country called Trump …

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New traditions: Japan’s 700-year-old ‘oke’ craft gets a modern makeover

April 11, 2017

(CNN)It’s hard to imagine the humble bucket being a work of art, but those made by Shuji Nakagawa in his Kyoto studio go for thousands of dollars and have a loyal following. Smooth, tactile and fragrant with the heady smell of hinoki — the Japanese cypress they are constructed from — “ki-oke” are used for a variety of purposes from storing rice and miso paste to holding water for bathing. The level of craftsmanship, honed over a century of teaching and built on …

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