Friday, September 29, 2017
A school librarian has kicked the First Lady out.
Just like Sam from Green Eggs and Ham before her, Boston school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro took one look at the Dr. Seuss books Melania Trump donated to her school, and decided she "would not like them here or there."
The First Lady's office declared on Sept. 6 that Trump would donate Dr. Seuss books to schools across America that had been recognized for education excellence to celebrate National Read a Book day. Cambridgeport Elementary School was on the list, but the book slinger in charge there took issue with the gesture for two reasons — she didn't need free books, and they weren't right.
On Sept. 14, one week after Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean, a 32-year-old teacher named Hannah Upp left her apartment on St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands, to go for a morning swim at a nearby beach. According to a note she left for her friends, she then planned to go to the Virgin Islands Montessori School, where she worked as a teacher. It seemed as if she’d be home before the curfew the government had imposed in the wake of the storm.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Get ready for the next phase of Elon Musk's most fantastical idea.
Drivers crossing the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco witnessed an in-your-face political statement Monday morning.
CBS San Francisco reports a billboard that calls for the impeachment of was constructed along the roadway.
The digital ad bears a giant photo of a brooding Mr. Trump with the word "Impeach" in huge yellow letters. It also has a URL for an online petition.
The billboard is the work of a group called the Courage Campaign, whose president says it's time to get the country behind the removal of Mr. Trump. They want to pressure the Republican-controlled Congress, which has shown no inclination to impeach the president.
"We are a grassroots organization. If we are not calling for impeachment, given what has happened, who is?" asked the organization's president and executive director, Eddie Kurtz.
A lookalike of the Washington Post website emerged in China, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
The website used the Washington Post masthead and distributed content not just from the Washington, D.C.-based newspaper, but also stories from the state news agency Xinhua, which were tagged as Washington Post copy, the report added.
The website was operated by Sun News, a Chinese client of the Washington Post News Service, the report said.
That agreement called for allowing Sun News to republish a limited number of the Washington Post's stories and did not allow Sun News to use the newspaper's brand "in the way they did," the Financial Times reported, citing Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti.
She said the issue is believed to be a "simple misunderstanding about the contract," the Financial Times reported.
Sun Media told the Financial Times it had not breached its two-year contract with the U.S. news service. we could not reach Sun Media for comment.
The website has since been redesigned.
Washington Post did not immediately respond
Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate an island in Vanuatu where a rumbling volcano is threatening to blow.
Ministers in the Pacific archipelago decided they could not risk people’s lives and so ordered the compulsory evacuation of Ambae island, which is home to about 11,000 people.
Lilian Garae, who lives on the island, said she could see “smoke coming out from the hills” and hear regular booming noises from the Manaro volcano. She was waiting to hear when she might have to leave her home and where she might be sent.
Ambae is one of about 65 inhabited islands in the Pacific nation about one-quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii.
Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy magazine, died at his home, the Playboy Mansion, of natural causes at age 91, Playboy Enterprisessaid in a statement on Wednesday.
Playboy magazine was founded more than 60 years ago to create a niche upscale men's magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles, interviews and fiction by a variety of well-known writers.
Hefner reportedly founded the magazine with $600 and another $1,000 borrowed from his mother. The first centerfold, an iconic feature of the monthly magazine, was of Marilyn Monroe.
"My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprises' chief creative officer and Hugh's son, said in the statement.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
North Korea won't seriously engage in peace talks until it has satisfied itself with its missiles and nuclear warheads.
It doesn't really matter what the US offers right now.
Victory for North Korea doesn't mean battle, it means bullying and blackmailing the US into concessions.
Heated rhetoric from President Donald Trump pointed at North Korea has dominated news coverage and headlines for months now, but no tone or type of conversation can change the fact that North Korea doesn't want peace talks right now.
President Donald Trump accused Facebook on Wednesday of being “anti-Trump,” hinting without evidence that the social media giant colluded with “Fake News” organizations such as The New York Times and Washington Post.
“Facebook was always anti-Trump,” Trump alleged in a tweet. “The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?”
Saudi Arabian women awoke to news of a royal decree permitting them to drive starting next year - and some were already behind the wheel on Wednesday, even though licenses will not be issued for nine months.
"Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop," Manal al-Sharif, who was arrested in 2011 after a driving protest, said in an online statement.
Online videos showed a handful of women driving cars overnight, after King Salman's decree was announced late on Tuesday.
"I wish I could translate my feelings right now. I feel like no one can understand it fully but us," said Abeer Alarjani, 32, who plans to start driving lessons this weekend.
The move represents a big crack in the laws and social mores governing women in the conservative Muslim kingdom. The male guardianship system requires women to have a male relative's approval for decisions on education, employment, marriage, travel plans and even medical treatment.
Thailand’s Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison on Wednesday for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars.
Yingluck fled abroad last month fearing that the military government, set up after a coup in 2014, would seek a harsh sentence.
For more than a decade, Thai politics have been dominated by a power struggle between Thailand’s traditional elite, including the army and affluent Bangkok-based upper classes, and the Shinawatra family, which includes Yingluck’s brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was also ousted by a coup.
Yingluck had faced up to 10 years in prison for negligence over the costly scheme that had helped get her elected in 2011. She had pleaded innocent and accused the military government of political persecution.
Nine judges voted unanimously to find Yingluck guilty in verdict reading that took four hours, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
The court said Yingluck knew that members of her administration had falsified government-to-government rice deals but did nothing to stop it.
“The accused knew that the government-to-government rice contract was unlawful but did not prevent it ...,” the Supreme Court said.
'It' drives record September box office with Tom Cruise's 'American Made' ready to battle 'Kingsman'
Tom Cruise’s new action film “American Made” will battle “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and “It” for box-office victory this weekend, closing out what is on pace to become a record-breaking September at the domestic box office.
Movies this month have grossed $592 million so far in the United States and Canada, putting the month on track to easily exceed the record $616 million in September in 2015, not adjusting for inflation, according to comScore. The robust ticket sales, thanks largely to New Line Cinema’s Stephen King adaptation “It,” come as a morale boost for the industry after its worst summer season in years.
The remaining question is whether Cruise, Pennywise the Clown of “It,” or the profane super-spies of “Kingsman” will reign over the box office as the month ends. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures will release its sci-fi thriller “Flatliners,” and Fox Searchlight will broaden its release of the well-reviewed tennis film “Battle of the Sexes.”
Planes, cocaine and firearms
“American Made,” about a pilot and hustler recruited by the CIA for a massive international covert operation, is expected to collect $12 million to $15 million Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have reviewed pre-release audience surveys. The movie, released by Universal Pictures and financed by Cross Creek Pictures, is the latest stunt-fueled collaboration from Cruise and director Doug Liman, who previously made “Edge of Tomorrow” together. “American Made” is based on the true story of Barry Seal, who ran drugs for Pablo Escobar.
This year at the movies has been a roller-coaster ride when it comes to the box office.
It was on a high at the beginning of the year, with surprise performers like “Get Out” and “Logan” holding court until Disney’s live-action remake “Beauty and the Beast” flexed its muscles.
Then the summer came and was pretty disappointing (especially in August), though there were some standouts like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Wonder Woman.”
Now it's riding another high with the surprise September success of “It.”
It’s looking more and more like when 2017 comes to a close, the box office will match up to last year’s total gross and tickets sold (maybe even surpass it if “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” does beyond the monster business it's supposed to do).
Here are the 10 best box office earners so far this year.
Note: This selection is limited to only those titles released by the six major studios that have played in more than 2,000 screens for at least two weekends. Grosses below are all US earnings from Box Office Mojo.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Popular Kenyan actress Maureen Wanza has been confirmed dead - Wanza is well known for several coast based soap operas that have aired on Kenyan TV screens especially Sumu on K24
- She was reported to have died while giving birth to her child, the baby also died shortly after birth Mombasa-based actress Maureen Wanza popularly known as Sasha from the hit local show Sumu that airs of Citizen TV has passed on. The announcement of untimely demise of the popular actress shook the country who loved her good work.the super talented actress who was pregnant passed on while she was ushering a new soul into the world.
Wanza is a revered Kenyan thespian who has made appearances in a number of regional and national programs such as Kenya's favorite Moyo Series that airs on Citizen TV and Sum that airs on K24.
Pennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn't do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged.
The reason: People with the most messed-up genes often are the ones who do best on treatments that enlist the immune system.
"These are the patients we used to be very depressed about," thinking they couldn't be helped, said Dr. Razelle Kurzrock at the University of California, San Diego. "Now when we see those types of patients, we're really excited," because there are so many ways for the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as abnormal.
Terrified shopper dodges death TWICE as glass mall roof collapses during 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico
A shopper in Mexico is lucky to be alive following the earthquake which struck yesterday afternoon, as this heart-stopping footage shows.
Video captured in Angelópolis Lifestyle Center, in the city of Puebla, shows how the woman cheats death twice in 20 seconds as the 7.1 magnitude quake hits.
She can be seen panicking as the quake starts, unsure of where to run before making her way into a large open area.
But moments later the glass roof above her head comes crashing down, with some large shards missing her by centimeters.
Fortunately the woman gathers her senses enough to flee, moments before a large pane comes crashing down where she was just standing.
Puebla is located just 40 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, and 43 people are said to have died there.
A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 217 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a deadly temblor that struck less than two weeks ago.
Entire apartment blocks swayed violently in the center of Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma, crumbling balconies and causing huge cracks to appear on building facades.
Panic spread through the city's core; rescue vehicles raced toward damaged buildings, and neighbors took on heroic roles as rescuers.
Firefighters and police officers scrambled to pull survivors from a collapsed elementary and secondary school where children died.
"There are 22 bodies here — two are adults — 30 children are missing and eight other adults missing. And workers are continuing rescue efforts," President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Tuesday night.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
There is nothing quite like watching your favorite football team winning on a Sunday afternoon while your daily fantasy team is ALSO doing great. We're sure there is a chemical reason in your brain for those feelings but we're only interested in chasing and finding more of them. That is why daily fantasy sports have gotten so popular over the past couple of years. People want to watch football and win money. It's a simple thing. The rise of DRAFT, a daily fantasy site that opts for snake drafting rather than salary cap drafting, has gotten so popular in recent months. Still, winning is only a possible outcome when you know what you are doing. Today we are going to walk you through the steps to winning your first daily fantasy football contest.
Monday, September 18, 2017
President Trump has defied political conventions, challenged norms and upended traditions since he first rode down a gilded escalator at Trump Tower in mid-2015 and launched his improbable march to the White House.
On Sunday, he crossed another line: retweeting a doctored video from someone whose Twitter handle can't be repeated in a family newspaper, showing Trump striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball and knocking her down.
The reaction was predictable. Critics were outraged. Supporters were gleeful. And social media lit up like a Christmas tree.
Perhaps the morning broadside was just Trump’s way of hitting back, a reminder of his pugilistic instincts honed by the raucous ethos of reality TV. In recent days, Clinton has called him a “clear and present danger” to American democracy, and noted that she won 2.9 million more votes than he did on election day, as she touts her memoir of the 2016 election, “What Happened.”
When it comes to long term relationships,women go off the idea of having sex with their partners before men do, says the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle.
But you probably already knew that, right?
It’s one of those things that everyone has a low-level awareness of - yet no-one had confirmed it until now. But confirm it they have. So the big question is: why?
Let's be clear - women aren’t less inherently sexual than men. Women, contrary to what you might have been told, don’t find it satisfying to grit their teeth through sex until they’ve produced children and then spend the rest of their lives faking a headache. That’s not what we want.
But it seems that is what many of us are lumped with. The most shocking part? Just how quickly we get bored. The research found that women who had been in a relationship for more than a year were getting fed up.
Legendary pro wrestling manager Bobby “the Brain” Heenan died Sunday from cancer complications at the age of 73, the WWE announced. Heenan was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer in 2002 and spent the last several years battling the disease, including losing the ability to talk after multiple surgeries on his tongue and the reconstruction of his lower jaw.
Heenan, born Raymond Louis Heenan, is considered by most experts to be the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time.
Heenan came to nationwide prominence as the manager of Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel in the American Wrestling Assn. He also managed Bockwinkel when he became the league’s heavyweight champion.
Wayne Rooney, the former England captain, has apologised for an "unforgivable lack of judgment" after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
The Everton striker was given a two-year driving ban and ordered to carry out unpaid community work after being caught three times the legal alcohol limit on a night out while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.
After admitting the charge on Monday morning, Rooney was also told to pay £170 - made up of prosecution costs and a victim surcharge. It is a figure he can earn by working just 12 minutes of his reported £150,000-a-week earnings.
The 31-year-old was stopped by police while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle belonging to Laura Simpson - a woman the court heard he had met while socialising with friends - in Wilmslow, Cheshire, at 2am on September 1.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Eight people are known to have died in the Keys during or because of Hurricane Irma, authorities said Wednesday.
Two people died in Key West; the other six in other parts of Monroe County.
“The deaths are both storm-related and due to to natural causes,” said Cammy Clark, the county’s public information officer.
Also, 40 people were injured during the storm.
Irma ripped through Cudjoe and Big Pine with end-of-the-world fury, destroying homes big and small.
Trailers were shredded, ocean waters rushed through the ground floor of beach-side houses and RVs were overturned, leaving much of the area ravaged almost beyond recognition.
“It’s been a nightmare,” said Mark Lum, 57, who rode out the powerful storm on Cudjoe Key, huddled with his dog Cruzan inside a concrete bunker-like bath house in the Venture Out development. “You live here in a resort, everything’s nice and pretty, and the next day it’s all gone.”
Hurricane Irma has destroyed a quarter of the homes in the Florida Keys and badly damaged many more, federal officials said Tuesday.
What? A cellphone in the bathroom? Do people really do that? If you're honest, you have probably taken yours with you to read something on Facebook or watch a video while spending some quality time alone in the bathroom. What you probably don't know is that you weren't really alone, and that you were bringing hitchhikers out with you on your phone.
The unfettered use of smartphones is creating a new problem. Bacteria that is normally only found in the restroom is being seen more and more elsewhere. Studies are showing that these bacteria are on both cell phones and hands, raising concerns as to how the bacteria got there. Listed below are the four most commonly found bacteria on cell phones.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
The images of destruction and peril during Hurricane Irma have been hard to avoid, and the challenges are just beginning for those who evacuated or sheltered in place.
But there were also scenes of heroism and levity, many of which were shared widely on social media. These were some of the moments that offered people at least a small lift in difficult times.
The UN security council has unanimously ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and a ceiling on the country’s imports of crude oil.
The vote for the sanctions, the ninth package of measures imposed by the UN Security Council on Pyongyang since 2006 for its nuclear and missile tests, came as a relief to US diplomats who had feared a Chinese abstention, which would have considerably blunted the impact of the new sanctions.
In late night negotiations on Sunday, the US considerably diluted its initial draft sanctions resolution, which would have imposed a complete oil embargo and a partial naval blockade, in an effort to win support from China and Russia.The final resolution adopted by the security council on Monday imposed a ban on oil condensates exports to the regime, capped refined petroleum exports at 2m barrels a year – cutting existing export levels by half – and maintaining international exports of crude oil to North Korea at existing levels, about 4m barrels a year. China supplies most of North Korea’s crude.
Patty Jenkins will return to direct the 2019 sequel to this year’s hit superhero movie Wonder Woman, film trade publications have said, after she became the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood history.
Jenkins will once again direct Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the superhero in Wonder Woman 2, scheduled for release on 13 December 2019, publications including Variety and Hollywood Reporter said.Both publications, citing unnamed sources, said Jenkins would be paid around $8m and also receive profits from the film’s box office gross.