Month: June 2018

Chris Broussard on reports Lakers will reopen Kawhi trade talks | NBA | FIRST THINGS FIRST

In his discussion with Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe, Chris Broussard reacts to reports the Los Angeles Lakers will reopen Kawhi Leonard trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs. Will signing Kawhi help the Lakers land LeBron?

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KFC is selling winglets‚ not chicken wings: ASA

KFC is selling winglets‚ not chicken wings: ASA

A KFC customer has complained about the size of the fast food restaurant’s chicken wings.
Shaakir Ismail complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about a KFC advertisement on its website promoting its Zinger Wings . It shows a photograph of four chicken pieces and states: “Four Hot Zinger Wings. Four Succulent winglets breaded in our hot Zinger breading to give you the delicious hot flavour you love cooked to crispy-brown perfection.”
Ismail said it should be advertised as “Two Zinger Wings”‚ because the photograph shows two chicken wings cut into four pieces.
KFC said it would not change the advertisement‚ because it consists of four wing pieces made from two full chicken wings. The fast food restaurant told the ASA it is the industry norm to advertise “individual wing pieces as wings” and referred to Chicken Licken’s Hot Wings‚ Hungry Lion’s Zamba Wings‚ Spur’s Buffalo wings and Burger King’s Chicken Wings.
Why can’t I WhatsApp for free anymore‚ Telkom? I have used all my data‚ but why can’t I WhatsApp anymore‚ Telkom? News 2 days ago FlySafair made more than 30‚000 tickets available in their R4 per flight promotion FlySafair made 32‚755 one-way flights available and not just 30‚000 as part of their R4 per flight promotion earlier this year. News 2 days ago The ASA referred to a similar complaint against KFC in 2006. It ruled at the time: “Although the advertising states ‘HOT & SPICY WINGS’‚ it has been established that [the] Department of Health does not have a definition [of] a ‘wing’.”
In their latest ruling‚ the ASA said it is clear KFC is selling half wings as the description below the photograph states.
“The hypothetical reasonable person viewing the advertisement would not be misled into thinking that he/she is getting full wings when the illustration and the descriptor all point to the fact that it is half wings.”
The ASA dismissed the complaint on Wednesday.

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Julius Malema wants to be king: Mngxitama

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama has defended the Ingonyama Trust and Zulu tribal land – insisting that calls to dissolve the body were born of jealousy and hatred for the Zulu people.
Mngxitama was speaking at a press conference on Friday‚ called by a conglomerate of civic organisations‚ business forums and religious bodies under the banner of “Radical Economic Transformation Defenders” who are pro Jacob Zuma.
The organisation has now rallied behind the Zulu monarch‚ King Goodwill Zwelithini‚ who issued a call to protect the autocracy of the trust and the tribal authority.
This after a high-level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and Fundamental Change recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act should be repealed or amended and the Ingonyama Trust should be collapsed‚ ceding control of traditional land to the state.
Mngxitama used the platform to lash out at EFF leader Julius Malema‚ saying that he harboured a deep-seated jealousy of Zwelithini.
Zuma’s backers vow to fight for Zulu king’s land Former president Jacob Zuma’s closest allies – church leaders and business forums operating under the banner of “RET Defenders” – have vowed to stand … Politics 2 days ago “The ANC and Malema are driven by envy. They are jealous of the king. They look at the king and the respect that he has and they want that. That is why they want to take the land away‚” he said.
“Malema wants to be king of South Africa and that is why he says they want to take land and give it to the state…this is about hating Zulu people‚” he added.
Mngxitama said that Malema‚ as well as the ANC in power‚ misunderstood expropriation of land without compensation.
“Land expropriation seeks to address the issue of black people‚ who are landless‚ not dispossess them all over again‚” he said.
Zwelithini has called on all his subjects to amass in Ulundi on July 4‚ when he will address the “attack” on the trust and his authority.
Nkosentsha Shezi‚ of controversial funeral parlour body Nafupa SA‚ said their support of Zwelithini and the tribal authority was unequivocal.
“Our uniting principle is to fight for radical economic transformation and to wrest control of the economy of white monopoly capital. This economy still belongs to those who also dispossessed our land‚” he said.
He said that they would be gallant in their fight to protect the tribal land and the Ingonyama Trust‚ and that their efforts would be guided by the monarch.
This comes as public hearings into land expropriation begin across the country. Malema could not immediately be reached to respond to Mngxitama’s claims.
READ MORE Ban racist ‘Zulu’: UK activists try to halt screening of war movie Activists in a British town are trying to halt a charity screening of the 1964 film “Zulu”‚ saying it is racist. News 4 days ago IFP warns dissolving the Ingonyama Trust would disempower traditional leaders IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi warned that scrapping the Ingonyama Trust would be the first stage of disempowering the authority of traditional … Politics 3 days ago Squatters square off with municipality over evictions Shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo approached the Durban High Court on Monday to stop the eThekwini municipality from carrying out … News 12 days ago

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The ‘Resistance’ Is Turning into a National Lynch Mob | Trending

chat comments The ‘Resistance’ Is Turning into a National Lynch Mob Karl Marx once acidly quipped that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. But that’s not even right. When violent ideologies shred the fabric of common life, as is happening right now, there’s nothing funny about it. Not for those of us who have to live through such “interesting times.” No doubt you’ve read the headlines. A Latin American-style socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has just effectively won a seat in the U.S. Congress, defeating a long-time Democratic Party boss. One of her close campaign associates is a Jew-baiting demagogue , who whipped up votes by denouncing “greedy Jewish landlords.” The president’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, and her family were evicted from The Red Hen restaurant by an owner who disapproves of her politics. Then that owner led a mob to follow some of the Sanders family and harass them at the next place they went to eat. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tried to eat at a Mexican restaurant, only to face a mob of protestors inside the eatery screaming “Shame” amidst profanities and insults. Florida Attorney General (and frequent defender of President Trump on Fox News) Pam Bondi was identified, harassed, and spat on when she tried to watch the new Mr. Rogers movie. These courageous radicals seem to enjoy picking on women. But let’s be fair. When there are enough of them, they are willing to go after men. Remember the cast of Hamilton taking the stage to humiliate Vice President Pence? A menacing mob gathered outside presidential speechwriter Stephen Miller’s apartment, just this week. Or if they have the weapons: It was only a year ago that a Bernie Sanders volunteer tried a one-man military coup, attempting to murder the entire Republican leadership of our Congress. In the midst of this unhinged, overheated environment, a member of Congress is pouring gasoline on the fire. Rep. Maxine Waters urged protestors to harass government officials and presidential staffers in every sphere of life. Don’t forget that Rosie O’ Donnell called for a military coup to prevent Trump’s inauguration. Madonna spoke of “blowing up the White House.” Kathy Griffin posed like an ISIS terrorist, holding a wax version of the president’s bloodied head. One-time actor Peter Fonda opined that Trump’s young son Barron ought to be thrown in a cell and gang-raped. To its credit, the Republican National Committee has taken notice of these scary trends. The montage it produced has already gone mega-viral: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eFRHX6glTSM We’ve seen this kind of rhetoric just once before since America was founded — in the build-up to our Civil War. Southern leaders who dreaded the end of their “peculiar institution” outlawed abolitionist newspapers and books, defying the First Amendment. They drove out preachers and political activists with threats of violence. They even outlawed the practice of setting slaves free, as George Washington once had in his last will and testament. Pro-slavery radicals had long spoken of black people as part of a lesser species. By the 1850s, they started dehumanizing anti-slavery whites — and even all Yankees. Unwilling to simply hold onto their slaves and exploit them, slavery advocates insisted on expanding that practice to the Pacific and dreamed of creating a “slave empire” that annexed Cuba and Mexico.
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White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to step down sometime this summer

The Trump administration is prepping for another departure.
Advertisement White House chief of staff John Kelly is ready to leave his post and could step down as early as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Kelly may stick around until after President Trump’s upcoming European trip, but he doesn’t intend to remain with the White House past July 31. The former Marine general replaced Reince Priebus on that date last year.
Trump is already looking at replacements and has zeroed in on Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, and Mick Mulvaney, who currently heads the Office of Management and Budget and is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Kelly was initially touted for his military background and seen as a force of order and calm in a chaotic West Wing. But he has often found himself at the center of the myriad controversies that have embroiled the Trump administration.
Kelly’s credibility took its biggest hit in February when domestic abuse allegations emerged against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Kelly defended Porter amid concerns over security and other issues.
Trump and Kelly have reportedly grown distant in recent months. In April, Kelly denied reports that he called Trump an “idiot” and mocked his lack of policy knowledge.
The White House has been plagued by turnover as top staffers have made their way to the exits faster than past administrations. Roughly half of the people who have held top spots within the West Wing have departed.
Numerous outlets confirmed that Trump has been weighing replacements. A White House spokeswoman said Trump dismissed the report as “absolutely not true” and “fake news.”

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Sam Smith & Brandon Flynn Split After 9 Months of Dating (Report)

Tweet Sam Smith & Brandon Flynn Split After 9 Months of Dating (Report)
It looks like things might be over for singer Sam Smith and 13 Reason Why ‘s Brandon Flynn .
The pair were last seen out together on June 15 , but appear to have unfollowed each other on Instagram. In addition, Sam has deleted all photos of Brandon on his Instagram account.
They were first linked in October of 2017, and made frequent appearances on each other’s social media.
Neither Sam nor Brandon has made any official statement confirming or denying the news.
The Sun was first to report the news. We’ll update with more information as it becomes available. Just Jared on Facebook Duchess Meghan Markle ‘s dad is upset he hasn’t met Queen Elizabeth yet – TMZ Brooklyn Beckham checks out the Michael Jackson ‘s exhibition in London – Just Jared Jr Whoopi Goldberg & Joy Behar slam Sarah Huckabee Sanders on The View – TooFab Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t think Roseanne Barr should have been fired over racist tweet – The Hollywood Reporter This Olympic winner is officially a high school graduate – Just Jared Jr Moe Grayson
Careers come first! They are still young and could always get back together. Gina
I guess they both realized that they got as much PR from the relationship as they could. Lexi
Thank god. That means no more staged pics of them randomly kissing in the middle of the street in perfect view of the camera.

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Paul George, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard headline wild day in NBA free agency | The Jump | ESPN

Rachel Nichols kicks off The Jump by recapping the wild day in NBA free agency headlined by Paul George, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

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Decade on from Ben Kinsella's brutal murder has anything changed?

Decade on from Ben Kinsella’s brutal murder has anything changed?

29 June 2018 at 10:30am A decade on from Ben Kinsella’s brutal murder has anything changed?
Ten-years-ago today a 16-year-old boy was chased by a group of men following a misplaced glance in a pub, cornered and stabbed 11 times in five seconds.
He died hours later in hospital.
The teenager who had been out in Islington, north London, celebrating the end of his GCSEs with friends was Ben Kinsella. Ben’s friends held a march following his death. Credit: PA
For a generation, Ben Kinsella’s name has become synonymous with knife crime and the devastation of lives and families that follows in its wake.
In 2008 Ben was the 17th teenager to die violently that year, yet in 2018 there have been 51 fatal stabbings in London alone.
In the last year, knife crime has gone up by 22% across England and Wales. Ben Kinsella was the 17th teenager to die violently in 2008. Credit: PA
ITV News spoke to young people in Birmingham who readily admitted to carrying knives, saying that the need to be armed was “simple”.
“It’s either kill or be killed,” one said.
“If somebody backs out a knife to me, I’m going to have something bigger.” A Birmingham teenager shows off the huge machete he often carries around with him. Credit: ITV News
Others have told that a lack of fear of punishment is making young people more likely to carry weapons.
In a bid to stamp out what is fast becoming an epidemic, the Government announced a new crime strategy in April to make it harder for young people to arm themselves.
Others say the issue lies with the way in which knife crime is policed.
Yet it is the people in the communities that are blighted by knives who feel that there remains a disconnect between the powerful and the powerless.
They argue that until politicians truly understand the reality of life in an area where the wrong type of look can leave you dead, little will be changed. Watch our feature video on the decade since Ben’s death and the situation we find ourselves in 10 years on Last updated Fri 29 Jun 2018

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China cannot lose ‘any inch’ of territory, Xi tells Mattis – Nikkei Asian Review

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As well as being able to load content faster than ever before, you’ll now find it’s much easier to find all the content you need about the Asian business world. Visit our improved website China cannot lose ‘any inch’ of territory, Xi tells Mattis Trust and communication focus of Beijing talks amid trade tensions OKI NAGAI and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers June 28, 2018 06:24 JST Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, told U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis that Beijing would not budge on territorial matters. (From CCTV footage/Kyodo)
BEIJING/WASHINGTON — President Xi Jinping told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that China will not concede “any inch of territory” in a meeting on Wednesday, while stressing that areas of cooperation far outweigh differences.
The visit came amid rising trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. At the meeting held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi said that “China will neither pursue the path of expansionism and colonialism, nor cause chaos to the world.”
Yet, when it came to sovereignty and territorial issues, the Chinese leader said, “Any inch of territory passed down from ancestors can not be lost while we want nothing from others,” according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
Xi’s comments echo a statement he made at the high-level Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs held last Friday and Saturday for the first time since 2014. There, Xi insisted that China would draw a red line around its “core national interests” and defend its sovereignty, security and development.
China considers areas such as the South China Sea, Taiwan and Tibet as its core interests. But in both Wednesday’s meeting with Mattis and in last week’s conference, Xi also emphasized the need to manage relations with the U.S., signaling a compromise can be reached as long as the U.S. respects its boundaries on what China sees as core issues.
Mattis, in comments in front of reporters, told Xi the talks had been “very, very” good.
Xinhua reported that Mattis conveyed U.S. President Donald Trump’s greetings to Xi, while Xi asked Mattis to convey his greetings to Trump.
Mattis told Xi that the U.S. is willing to strengthen strategic communication, increase mutual trust, and “promote military ties to be a stabilizer of bilateral relations,” according to Xinhua. Mattis, left, spoke Wednesday with Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in his first official China visit. © Reuters
Prior to meeting Xi, Mattis met with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe. “The military-to-military relationship is critical to the broader relationship between our two countries,” Mattis said. Mattis arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, intending to stay through Thursday before heading to South Korea and Japan.
The defense secretary invited Wei to visit Washington, and he also expressed hope of bolstering ways to share opinions with China so as to manage risk better.
Wei, who serves both as defense minister and state councilor, responded that China and the U.S. could develop together only if they avoided confrontation and behaved with mutual respect and cooperation. He also laid out Beijing’s position on issues that have sparked friction with Washington, namely those regarding the South China Sea, North Korea and Taiwan.
China’s continued buildup of military bases in the South China Sea despite repeated international complaints likely led to Beijing’s exclusion from this summer’s U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific military drills. The U.S. this year accelerated the pace of its “freedom of navigation” operations — in which it sails warships through the South China Sea — to about once every two months. Mattis may have warned Wednesday that stricter measures were on the table. See also US and China trade barbs over South China Sea island-building
At the international Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in early June, Mattis said the U.S. would continue selling arms to Taiwan, prompting Beijing to increase activity by its naval ships and aircraft in waters around the island. The two defense chiefs may have discussed that matter as well.
Mattis appears to have conveyed Washington’s intent to keep pressure on North Korea until the rogue nation gives up its nuclear arms — even while the U.S. puts military drills with South Korea on hold. The secretary likely sought China’s cooperation in continuing to follow sanctions on Pyongyang.
Mattis said at the Shangri-La talks that the U.S. will stick to its “One China” policy, which regards mainland China and Taiwan as part of one country. China, for its part, has not openly begun building a military installation at Scarborough Shoal, a key South China Sea strategic point, possibly because former U.S. President Barack Obama warned that doing so would trigger a response.
Also on Wednesday, officials from Association of Southeast Asian Nations members gathered in Changsha, Hunan Province, to discuss the South China Sea issue. The forum, timed with the visit by Mattis, likely represents an effort by China to show off its dialogue-based approach to the matter. See Also

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North Korea still secretly enriching uranium, say US officials | World news | The Guardian

North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at secret sites in recent months, contrary to Donald Trump’s claims that it was “ no longer a nuclear threat ”, according to a new report.
NBC News quoted more than a dozen US officials familiar with the intelligence assessments. Coming soon after satellite images showed rapid improvements being made to a North Korean nuclear research facility at Yongbyon, the developments will make it harder for Trump to claim that his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore this month was a success. Neither of the concessions the US president claimed Kim had delivered – the destruction of a missile engine testing site, and the repatriation of the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean war – has materialised so far. Meanwhile Trump has already made a significant US concession: suspending joint exercises with South Korea that had been due to start in August. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is reported to be planning a trip to Pyongyang in early July to continue negotiations with the North Korean government, in the hope of persuading the regime to make specific commitments on nuclear disarmament. Over the past seven months the North Koreans have conducted no new missile or nuclear tests. But NBC quoted a US official briefed on the latest intelligence as saying that uranium enrichment had been stepped up. “There’s no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production,” the official said. “There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the US.” It has long been suspected that the North Koreans have established a uranium enrichment plant in at least one secret site apart from Yongbyon complex. “There are lots of things that we know that North Korea has tried to hide from us for a long time,” a US intelligence official told NBC. The joint statement signed by Trump and Kim in Singapore was vaguely worded. Kim promised “complete denuclearisation” but that has been Pyongyang’s theoretical policy since 1992, and the regime interprets it to mean a long-term mutual process in which the US would also disarm. Pompeo was due to start follow-on negotiations with the North Korean leadership within a week of the 12 June Singapore summit. But Pyongyang appears to have dragged its heels. The secretary of state is now hoping to visit Pyongyang during a trip to the far east in the second week of July, as first reported by the Financial Times. “There was a delay but I think he has now got the agreement to go,” said Victor Cha, a former director of Asian affairs at the National Security Council. “They have to put meat on the bones of the Singapore statement. Pompeo is under pressure to get something before August, when the exercises were going to start,” said Cha, now at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. It the visit goes ahead it is possible Kim would order the repatriation of the remains of between 100 and 200 US service personnel killed in the 1950-53 war, to coincide with Pompeo’s arrival. It is a gesture that US officials had been predicting would take place last week. Trump told a rally in Minnesota last week that the repatriation had already happened. “Pompeo needs to get the remains of the POWs and MIAs [missing in action] but it’s not enough,” Cha said, arguing the secretary of state would have to extract a concrete commitment on disarmament to live up to the administration’s claims for the Singapore summit.

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Wayne Rooney completes move from Everton to MLS with D.C. United

1 day ago Wayne Rooney completes move from Everton to MLS with D.C. United Former MLS coach Steve Nicol lends his advice to Wayne Rooney, highlighting the mentality he needs to bring to be successful at D.C. United. Wayne Rooney has joined DC United from Everton on a three-and-a-half year deal. Wayne Rooney insists he joined the MLS side to play regular first team football and win trophies. David Beckham lauds Wayne Rooney’s move to Major League Soccer and how much of an impact he’ll have on and off the pitch for D.C. United. ESPN FC’s Taylor Twellman explains why the onus is on D.C. United and not Wayne Rooney to make his potential move to Major League Soccer a success. The FC panel analyse the challenges facing Wayne Rooney, how he might be received at D.C. United and why he might love or hate the MLS experience. Sebastian Salazar joins the FC panel to voice his disapproval of a Wayne Rooney move stateside, and explains why he wouldn’t thrive at D.C. United.
Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney has completed his move to D.C. United, after the MLS club and Everton confirmed on Thursday that a transfer agreement has been reached.
The announcement comes after Rooney, 32, posted a picture showing himself flying to the United States earlier in the day. D.C. United confirmed Rooney has signed a multiyear deal shortly after Everton announced an undisclosed transfer fee had been agreed.
Rooney will wear the No. 9 shirt and make his MLS debut when D.C. plays its first game in its newly constructed stadium, Audi Field, on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. — D.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018
“It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a statement. “Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.
“When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field. Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”
D.C. United did not reveal any contract details besides confirming he would be a designated player. The Washington Post reported that Rooney will become the franchise’s highest-paid player after signing a two-and-a-half year contract that will pay him about $13 million in total.
In Everton’s statement announcing the transfer, the Premier League club suggested Rooney was going to sign a deal for three-and-a-half years.
Rooney could start training with his new team by the end of this week, according to the Post, which reported that he has already secured his U.S. visa and work permit. An introductory news conference has been scheduled for Monday morning.
“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is a world-class player, and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber, and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.” — Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 28, 2018
D.C. United is in need of help, with the team in last place in the Eastern Conference on an MLS-low 10 points after 12 matches, all but two of them away from home. Manager Ben Olsen said Rooney can help the team course-correct.
“He is coming here to win,” Olsen told WTOP. “That was one of the first things that stood out when I first talked to him. He is not coming here to wind down his career but to help us become a team that will contend for a title.”
Rooney spent last season with his boyhood club, Everton, after leaving Manchester United in the summer of 2017, scoring 11 goals in 40 matches across all competitions as the Toffees finished eighth in the Premier League.
Rooney still had one year left on his deal with Everton, but the club did not stand in the way of England’s record goal scorer leaving to play in the United States.
“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three and a half years with D.C. United,” an Everton statement said.
In 2004, Rooney signed with Manchester United, leaving Everton as an 18-year-old in a £25.6m deal. He went on to score 253 goals in 559 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League title five times.
Rooney, fifth on United’s all-time list of appearance-makers, also won the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cups during 13 seasons at United.
Rooney retired from the England national team a year ago, ending his international career as the nation’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances, which is also the most for an outfield player.
David Beckham, who made a splash by moving to MLS in 2007, supported his former England’s teammate’s move to the United States, saying “I think he’ll do really well.”
“I think it’s great for Wayne. I also think it is obviously great for the league, but I think for Wayne personally,” Beckham told MLS. “He’s played for one of the biggest clubs and been successful at one of the biggest clubs in the game, with Manchester United.
“I think when he moved back to Everton after United, I felt that he was going to firstly go from United and play in the U.S. or play in China or Japan.
“But obviously he decided to go back to his boyhood club, which was great for him, it was a great occasion to spend the time he spent back at Everton. But I think it’s the right move for him. I think it’s exciting for the fans.”
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At least five dead after shooting at newspaper office in Annapolis: officials

Open this photo in gallery Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in Annapolis, Md., on June 28, 2018.
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A man brandishing a long gun walked into the office of a small newspaper in Maryland on Thursday and killed at least five people in an attack that led police to beef up security at media outlets in other cities as a precaution, authorities said.
Police officers in the Maryland capital city of Annapolis responded within minutes to a 911 call about a shooting in progress at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper group and apprehended the suspect hiding under a desk, authorities said.
Police have said nothing about a possible motive for the attack, in which at least three other people were wounded, but authorities are treating it as a local incident, with no links to terrorism, a law enforcement source told Reuters.
The newsroom looked “like a war zone,” Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.
He said he was hiding under his desk along with other newspaper employees when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported on its website.
Gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can’t say much more and don’t want to declare anyone dead, but it’s bad.
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018 There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload
— Phil Davis (@PhilDavis_CG) June 28, 2018 “I don’t know why he stopped,” said Davis, who later said he was safe. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”
When police found the suspect, his weapon was on the ground and “not in his immediate proximity,” Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel county executive, told cable news station CNN. Police said they recovered what they thought might have been an explosive device.
One law enforcement source told CBS News the suspect was a male in his 20s who had no identification on him. Two law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect used a shotgun.
The suspect appears to have damaged his fingertips to try to avoid detection and is refusing to co-operate with law enforcement, Baltimore TV station WJZ and other local media reported.
None of the victims or the suspect have been identified by authorities. Anne Arundel County police said on Twitter the name of the suspect will be released at a later time.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene assisting local authorities, the official said.
Capital Gazette, owned by the Baltimore Sun, runs multiple newspapers out of its Annapolis office and the group includes one of the oldest newspapers in the United States – the Gazette, which traces its origins back to 1727.
Capital Gazette publishes a stable of newspapers in and around Annapolis, home of the U.S. Naval Academy. The papers have thrived by focusing on local news in the shadows of two much larger competitors, the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.
Law enforcement in Baltimore and New York City deployed extra officers to the office of the New York Times and other major media outlets as a precaution, authorities said.
“There is no active threat at this time,” said Officer Andrew Lava, a New York police spokesman.
Although a motive is not yet known, the shooting drew the attention of media groups, including Reporters Without Borders, which said it was deeply disturbed by the events that unfolded in Annapolis.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene,” Trump said in a tweet.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter: “A violent attack on innocent journalists doing their job is an attack on every American.”
As a presidential candidate and after his election, Trump has repeatedly criticized the press, referring to several major news organizations as “fake news” and calling a group that included the New York Times, CNN and CBS “the enemy of the American people.”
]Live video images showed people leaving the building, walking through a parking lot with their hands in the air. Scores of police vehicles were on the scene. About 170 people were evacuated.
Jimmy DeButts, an editor at the Capital Gazette, tweeted that he was devastated, heartbroken and numb.
“I’m in no position to speak, just know @capgaznews reporters & editors give all they have every day. There are no 40 hour weeks, no big paydays – just a passion for telling stories from our community,” he wrote.
One of the group’s flagship papers, the Capital, plans to publish a Friday edition, several reporters with the group said.
“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” reporter Chase Cook wrote on Twitter.
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News24.com | No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

News24.com | No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

Executive deputy mayor Alderman Ian Neilson said on Thursday that dam levels have risen consistently over the last six weeks and the City is already in a much stronger position than it was at the end of winter last year.
News24 reported this week that recent winter rains had pushed the overall level of the City of Cape Town’s supply dams up to 42.7% full on Monday – higher than it was for the same period in 2017 or 2016.
“Provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, the City is confident that there will be no prospect of reaching Day Zero in 2019,” Neilson announced.
The City has managed to avoid Day Zero in 2018 and is confident it will safely get through summer in 2019. “This is due to the amount of water already in the dams, our intense water demand management programmes, our unrelenting communication, awareness and behavioural change it has effected over the past two years, as well as the continued support and sacrifice of Team Cape Town,” he said.
The drought, however, is still ongoing, and the City also announced that its stringent water re
“While we hope to reduce the current water restrictions in the near future, and the tariffs associated with them, this decision is dependent on national government relaxing restrictions on releases from the water supply system,” Neilson said.
This means that the level 6B water restrictions, which has been in effect since January, will remain in place.
Under the 6B restrictions, water consumption was limited to 50l per person per day in the hope that Day Zero – the day the taps will be closed – can be avoided. Neilson: City in process of reassessing its new water programme, particularly its future water mix and the role of permanent desalination in supply mix. #CapeTownDrought @TeamNews24 — June 28, 2018 Neilson: Good news to share. Dam storage 43.7%. More than 2 months expected winter rainfall ahead of us. Favourable situation: last year dam levels were at 38%. #CapeTownDrought @TeamNews24 — June 28, 2018 We have avoided #DayZero for this year and 2019 says Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson. Halala!!! pic.twitter.com/8nyXHy6edg — Priya Reddy (@Priyared) June 28, 2018 Deputy mayor Ian Neilson to brief the media regarding the #CapeTownDrought . The City of Cape Town will provide a “water overview and assessment”. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/KpPnzCgS2L — June 28, 2018

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Kenya fire: ‘Several dead’ in Nairobi market – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel At least 15 people have been killed in a fire in a market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, local media say.
More than 50 people were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties.
The Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper says.
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Punk bassist Steve Soto, who played in the Adolescents and Agent Orange, dies at 54

By Associated Press Jun 28, 2018 | 7:30 PM Steve Soto, second from left, founded punk band Adolescents. Other members, from left: Tony Cadena, Frank Agnew Jr., Derek O’Brien and Frank Agnew. (Erin Williams) Steve Soto, who founded punk rock stalwarts the Adolescents and played in a series of bands during nearly 40 years in the Southern California music scene, has died. He was 54.
Adolescents singer Tony Reflex shared the news on the band’s Twitter page . The coroner’s office says Soto died of natural causes Tuesday at home in Orange County. Advertisement
A multi-instrumentalist, Soto played bass in Agent Orange, which he co-founded in 1979. The band was one of the first to combine punk rock and surf music.
He left a year later to start the Adolescents, which went on to release eight albums, including 2018’s “Cropduster,” and recently completed a U.S. tour The band The Adolescents in 1981. Frank Agnew, left, Steve Soto, Casey Royer, Tony Cadena (center front) and Steve Roberts. (The Adolescents Archives)
Soto was also a member of Manic Hispanic and Joyride.
Fellow Orange County rockers The Offspring tweeted that Soto was “an inspiration.” Also, the band Social Distortion tweeted that Soto will go down as “one of the pioneers not only in the Orange County music scene, but the world.” We are devastated by the news of Steve Soto’s passing. He played in so many great bands, was a great bass player, guitar player, & singer, but mostly he was just an honest & sweet guy. He was our hero in the Adolescents and an inspiration to us as musicians. #heartbroken

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Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine – BBC News

Nigeria fuel truck blaze kills at least nine 29 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fuel truck is believed to have lost control after its brakes failed A petrol tanker has caught fire in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, killing at least nine people, officials say.
More than 50 vehicles, including five buses, were set ablaze after the truck lost control and spilled its contents on a busy motorway during rush hour.
The tanker is said to have crashed after its brakes failed.
Fuel explosions are common in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer. Petrol is transported via badly maintained roads and vehicles.
The incident on Thursday occurred at about 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT) on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of the main motorways into the city. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident occurred during rush hour on a busy motorway
A representative from the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) told the BBC that the tanker lost control as it approached a bridge, and ended up falling on its side.
Petrol then began pouring from the tanker and a fire erupted. The blaze quickly spread from vehicle to vehicle.
Images later showed black smoke rising from the road and the shells of several burnt-out cars. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Lagos-Ibadan expressway is one of the main routes into Lagos
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives”.
“Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times,” he said in a statement.
Government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan said it was time “to find ways of ensuring that tankers are driven by drivers who have more responsibility”.
“We need to work more with federal agencies so we don’t have these crises all the time,” he said. Related Topics

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The next bear market in stocks will spark a retirement crisis

Almost lost amid the torrent of recent news was a sobering item that will surely have far-reaching consequences.
The U.S. government announced that for the first time since 1982, it is tapping into Social Security trust funds to pay current benefits to recipients and it is dipping into Medicare’s reserves to cover the costs of that program.
The trustees also projected that the trust fund will run out of money by 2034 and that Medicare’s fund for paying costly hospital bills will be depleted by 2026 .
That may ultimately force a cowardly Congress to cut benefits, raise taxes, increase the eligibility age, or some combination of the three. For the 52% of Americans who rely on Social Security for more than half their retirement income and the 25% of retirees who get more than 90% of their income from the program, that would be a disaster.
Read: Fixing Social Security starts with us, the voters
But the 10,000 baby boomers who will turn 65 every single day from now until 2029 face an even broader retirement crisis that could cause big social and political fallout.
Over the next few years, we will almost surely confront a bear market and recession that could decimate even substantial retirement portfolios, not to mention financially dicey state and local pension plans and the federal government itself. And those governments will have few tools to fight it. Consider:
• We are in the 10th year of an economic recovery and bull market in stocks. The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% has more than quadrupled from its March 2009 bottom, for a compound annual growth rate of 17.5% during that time. Since the S&P 500 has averaged a 10% annual gain over the past 89 years, at some point there has to be a reversion to the mean.
In fact, major investment firms like Morgan Stanley MS, +1.61% Vanguard and Charles Schwab SCHW, -1.13% are increasingly cautious about stocks over the next 10 years. We may not experience a “lost decade,” as we did in the 2000s, but subpar returns—and another bear market—appear highly likely.
• That would mean a big hit even to retirees who have saved and invested well. (The average bear market lasts 15 months and its average decline in stocks is 32%.) Although the booming stock market pushed average balances for IRAs and 401(k)s at Fidelity to $100,000 each earlier this year , that same firm said almost half of boomers won’t be able to afford basic expenses in retirement .
• It also would mean a big hit to state and local government pension funds, which according to Wilshire Consulting had about 65% of their holdings in equities as of 2016 . State and local pension funds had around $4 trillion in assets in 2017 and nearly $1.8 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Managers of those funds now count on returns of over 7% a year. A bear market or years of subpar performance would especially squeeze states like Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut and New Jersey, which have the biggest liabilities .
Read: This is when U.S. interest payments are projected to match Social Security spending
• The deep corporate tax cuts and go-for-broke spending plans passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Trump all but guarantees trillion-dollar budget deficits as far as the eye can see . This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said total federal debt was on track to be the highest as a percentage of GDP since World War II . As interest rates rise and interest expenses take up a bigger chunk of federal spending, Washington will have much less maneuvering room to make Social Security and Medicare sustainable.
• The Federal Reserve, which has raised short-term rates several times and is just beginning to unwind the nearly $3 trillion it added to its balance sheet to combat the last recession, won’t have many arrows in its quiver to fight the next one. The current federal-funds rate is around 2%, and the Fed projects it will rise to 3.5% by 2020. (It got as high as 6.5% in 2000 and 5.25% in 2007.) That means the central bank won’t have much room to cut rates or buy trillions of dollars of bonds as it did the last time. So, don’t count on a “ Powell put ” to prevent a nasty bear market in the 2020s.
Many retirees have prepared themselves well for whatever the economy and market may bring. But far too many others have not, and their retirement may be in jeopardy if today’s bull market and strong economy become the opposite.
I know we usually manage to survive these things, but it looks like there’s an awful lot to muddle through in the years to come.
Howard R. Gold is a MarketWatch columnist. Follow him on Twitter @howardrgold .
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Opioid Marketing Payments To Doctors Fall, ProPublica Reports : Shots – Health News : NPR

Opioid Marketing Payments To Doctors Fall, ProPublica Reports : Shots – Health News : NPR

Enlarge this image Marketing payments to doctors by makers of opioids have declined. Wallace Garrison/Getty Images hide Wallace Garrison/Getty Images Marketing payments to doctors by makers of opioids have declined.
Wallace Garrison/Getty Images The past two years have been a time of reckoning for pharmaceutical manufacturers over their role in promoting opioid drugs that have fed a national epidemic.
Lawsuits and media reports have accused Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, of aggressively marketing the powerful narcotic even after it knew the drug was being misused. Prosecutors have charged the founder of Insys Therapeutics and several of the company’s sales representatives and executives for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors to use its fentanyl spray for unapproved uses. State and local governments have sued a host of drugmakers, alleging they deceptively marketed opioids and seeking to recoup what it costs to treat people addicted to the drugs.
But as public attention increases, the marketing tide may finally be retreating, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Pharmaceutical company payments to physicians related to opioid drugs decreased significantly in 2016 from the year before.
In 2016, drugmakers spent $15.8 million to pay doctors for speaking, consulting, meals and travel related to opioid drugs. That was down 33 percent from $23.7 million in 2015 and is 21 percent less than the $19.9 million spent in 2014. Companies are required to report the payments publicly under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
ProPublica analyzed these payments in conjunction with our update of Dollars for Docs , an online tool that allows users to view and compare promotional payments to doctors from drug and medical device companies. We updated the tool Thursday to add payments to doctors for 2016. It now includes more than $9 billion in payments since 2013 to more than 900,000 doctors.
Among opioids, the biggest decreases in spending were for Subsys, the fentanyl spray that has spawned criminal charges against officials and sales representatives at drugmaker Insys, and Hysingla ER, an extended-release version of hydrocodone made by Purdue Pharma.
Payments related to Subsys decreased from more than $6 million in 2015 to less than $2.4 million in 2016. Payments for Hysingla dropped from about $6.3 million in 2015 to $2.2 million in 2016.
Dr. Scott Hadland, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine who has studied opioid marketing, said the decreases were “impressive” but not surprising given the growing awareness and concern about pharmaceutical companies’ marketing of opioids.
He said it’s difficult to pinpoint a single reason behind the drop, but “it’s possible that the pharmaceutical companies voluntarily reduced their marketing, realizing that they may have been contributing to overprescribing.”
A number of studies have shown a correlation between marketing of opioids and doctors’ prescribing of the drugs. Hadland and his colleagues reported in May that for every meal a physician received related to an opioid product in 2014, there was an increase in opioid claims by that doctor for Medicare patients the following year. And a report from the New York State Health Foundation published this month found that physicians who received payments from opioid-makers prescribed more opioids to Medicare patients than doctors who didn’t receive the payments.
The sharp drop in marketing is more pronounced than the much-slower reduction in the use of prescription opioids. The number of opioid prescriptions in Medicare, the public health program for seniors and the disabled, peaked at 81.7 million in 2014, and then dropped to 80.2 million in 2015 and 79.5 million in 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Enrollment in Medicare’s prescription drug program continued to grow during that time, so the rate of opioid prescriptions per beneficiary dropped even more.)
Shots – Health News Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened Still, the toll of opioid overdoses continues to grow. Some 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016, the most recent year available, and about 40 percent of those involved a prescription opioid. The epidemic has shifted somewhat away from prescription drugs as more people die of heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The public attention has prompted the makers of prescription opioids to revamp their marketing practices.
Purdue Pharma, which has received the most attention because of its one-time blockbuster OxyContin, has ratcheted back its spending on doctors, especially for programs in which doctors talk to their peers over lunch or dinner to help companies market their products. Purdue ended its speaker program for OxyContin at the end of 2016 and for Hysingla ER in November 2017. Earlier this year, it ended all direct promotion of its opioids to prescribers and last week, the company laid off its remaining sales representatives.
Purdue spokesman Robert Josephson said in an email that payments to doctors related to opioids have decreased since 2016 and that there would be very little such spending in 2018.
In 2007, Purdue and three of its executives pleaded guilty to charges of “misbranding” OxyContin and collectively agreed to pay more than $634 million in penalties. In more recent years, though, the company has pushed back against allegations that it has fanned the opioid epidemic, saying it has worked to be part of the solution.
Insys also has been the subject of multiple federal and state investigations related to its marketing of Subsys. The company ended its speaker program for Subsys earlier this year and said it has refocused its sales staff primarily on oncologists who treat patients with severe cancer-related pain, what the drug was initially approved to treat. “Insys is a new company in important aspects, comprised of people who are firmly and sincerely committed to helping patients in need and doing the right things in the right way,” company spokesman Joseph McGrath said in an email.
Insys’ founder John Kapoor has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud. Some former sales representatives, managers and doctors have pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy detailed by federal prosecutors; others are awaiting trial.
Shots – Health News How A Painkiller Designed To Deter Abuse Helped Spark An HIV Outbreak One product that saw increased promotion in 2016 was Opana ER, a pain medication made by Endo Pharmaceuticals. The company pulled the drug from the market in late 2017 at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, after it was linked to a 2015 outbreak of HIV in rural Indiana among intravenous drug users who crushed Opana and injected it with shared needles.
Endo spent about $121,000 on payments to doctors related to Opana in 2015 and $229,000 in 2016.
“Pharmaceutical manufacturers are legally permitted in the U.S. to promote all FDA-approved products to physicians in accordance with the subject product’s label,” Endo said in a statement. “This includes opioid products, which are safely used by millions of Americans to improve their quality of life.”
That said, Endo said it stopped promoting Opana ER in the United States in January 2017 before voluntarily withdrawing the drug in September. “Today, Endo does not promote any opioid products to U.S. physicians,” the company said in a statement.
Some opioids that contain the drug buprenorphine also bucked the downward trend in payments to doctors. Companies spent more than $4.4 million in 2016 promoting the drugs Belbuca, Butrans and buprenorphine, which experts say are less prone to abuse and carry a lower risk of overdose. That was nearly double the amount spent on those drugs in 2015. Almost the entire difference was attributable to Belbuca, which was approved by the FDA in late 2015.
Purdue, which makes Butrans, stopped its speaker program for the drug at the end of 2016. Endo marketed Belbuca until December 2016 and then returned its license to BioDelivery Sciences International Inc., which has marketed the product since then.
Dr. Michael Barnett, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Harvard School of Public Health, said it’s hard to say for certain why marketing has decreased for opioids.
“Given the deluge of media attention with the opioid epidemic, I think we’ve seen the pendulum swing in the opposite direction,” he said, from opioids being seen as a compassionate way to treat pain to “being viewed as pretty toxic and only to be used as a last resort.”
Barnett said if marketing of opioids continues to decline, “it’s potentially good news.”
“If this is actually a result of manufacturers actually saying, ‘Holy crap, people actually care about opioids being used responsibly’ and they’re aware that their advocacy and payments to physicians could be seen as pushing these medications in a way that is ethically dubious, then that’s a beneficial development and something I’d like to see more of.”
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Jahi McMath, Teen At Center Of Medical And Religious Debate On Brain Death, Has Died : NPR

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Nailah Winkfield (left) and Omari Sealey, the mother and uncle of Jahi McMath, listen to doctors speak during a news conference in San Francisco in 2014. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption toggle caption Eric Risberg/AP Nailah Winkfield (left) and Omari Sealey, the mother and uncle of Jahi McMath, listen to doctors speak during a news conference in San Francisco in 2014. Eric Risberg/AP
Jahi McMath, the teenager who was at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death, has died, according to her family’s lawyer. She was 17.
McMath died June 22 at a hospital in New Jersey, the family’s lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said in a statement . He said a hospital doctor listed the preliminary cause of death as bleeding due to liver failure.
Nailah Winkfield, McMath’s mother, said in the statement that she is “devastated by the loss of her daughter” but that Jahi ultimately “has forced the world to rethink the issue of brain death.”
McMath had been on a ventilator since 2013. In December of that year, she had a tonsillectomy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in California, which resulted in complications. Doctors there said McMath had irreversible brain damage, and a coroner issued a death certificate. Why Hospitals And Families Still Struggle To Define Death
But Winkfield refused to agree with that assessment and took the battle to court to keep McMath on life support. She cited her Christian beliefs and that her daughter still sometimes moved her toes and fingers. Winkfield believed that her daughter was not dead.
A judge extended life support for McMath, who was 13 at the time.
Eventually, Winkfield transferred her daughter to a hospital in New Jersey. According to a New Jersey statute , death can’t be declared “in violation of individual’s religious beliefs.”
This legal battle spurred a nationwide debate over brain death — and what constitutes death.
The Uniform Declaration of Death Act , which has been in place since 1981, defines death as the “irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.”
In the world of medical ethics, as NPR’s Maanvi Singh reported in 2014 , there are varying views on death.
“There’s the commonly accepted view that a person is dead when all brain functions cease,” Singh wrote. “But there’s also the view that a person is only dead after their heart stops beating.”
And another view, according to Singh, holds that “a person can be brain-dead even if certain minor functions of the brain remain. For example, if a patient shows a gag reflex, but no other signs of life, they should be considered brain-dead.”
Winkfield continues to assert that her daughter died June 22, 2018 — not in 2013.
“Jahi McMath was not brain-dead or any other kind of dead,” Winkfield said in a statement. “She was a little girl who deserved to be cared for and protected not called a dead body. When she finally was treated like a human being, she got better.”
Winkfield said the way she communicated with her daughter might not have been like how other parents communicate with their children. But she said that her daughter’s heart rate would increase when Winkfield walked into the room, and that her daughter could respond to Winkfield’s voice with slight body movements.
Dolan, the family’s lawyer, said, “The fight to hold the negligent doctors who allowed Jahi to suffer a severe brain injury will continue.” He has filed a wrongful death suit in California Superior Court in Alameda County, as well as a federal lawsuit seeking to have her 2013 death certificate reversed and her date of death marked as June 22, 2018.

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Top US court rules public sector union fees violate first amendment – BBC News

US Supreme Court rules public sector union fees violate first amendment 27 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists at the Supreme Court earlier this year when the case was heard The top court in the US has ruled that states and public sector unions may no longer collect fees from workers without their consent, a defeat for supporters of organised labour.
The US Supreme Court said such fees are unconstitutional and force people to support ideas they may not believe.
It said that violates first amendment rights under the US constitution,
The 5-4 decision is expected to undermine the public unions’ financial stability.
While the power of private sector unions have shrunk in recent years, more than a third of public sector workers remain represented by a union.
The organisations are a major force in political campaigns, typically offering support for the Democratic Party. Under-30s turn away from unions despite wage stagnation
The case was brought by Richard Janus, an Illinois state employee who was represented by a union, but did not want to be a member because he objected to many of its positions.
Under prior law, public sector unions could collect a fee from non-members for their services, provided the money was not used toward political activities and other ideological work.
An estimated five million non-union workers currently pay such fees.
In Mr Janus’s case, the fee represented about 78% of the total dues, or more than $500 annually. ‘Judicial disruption’
Unions have said such fees are important, arguing they are essential due to “free riders” who would benefit from the pay and other perks secured by unions on behalf of their members.
In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said concerns about free riders could not override considerations for the first amendment, and overturned a prior ruling allowing the fees.
The decision was opposed by the court’s liberal justices.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote: “Across the country, the relationships of public employees and employers will alter in both predictable and wholly unexpected ways…Judicial disruption does not get any greater than what the Court does today.”
Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, which includes the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, said the decision showed the court “has conceded to the dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who wish to take away the freedoms of working people”. A look at the UK
Analysis by Natalie Sherman
The Supreme Court’s decision, which limits labour union’s rights to collect fees, is viewed as dealing a potentially fatal blow to the organisations.
A look at the UK, where trade unions collect a separate levy from members to fund political activities, is instructive.
In 2015, the government proposed to change the rules so that members would have to opt in to paying the political levy, rather than – as it currently stands – leaving them to opt out if they choose.
Opponents decried the plan as an attempt to undermine Labour Party finances. Indeed, a previous experiment with such a change had triggered a precipitous decline in contributions.
This time around, the plan was defeated.
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AL Attorney General Opens Up About Late Wife’s Mental Health And Dependence Struggles : NPR

Enlarge this image Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, pictured earlier this month on Capitol Hill, spoke Wednesday about the recent suicide of his wife after a long struggle with depression, chronic pain and opioid dependence. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption
toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, pictured earlier this month on Capitol Hill, spoke Wednesday about the recent suicide of his wife after a long struggle with depression, chronic pain and opioid dependence.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP “This is tough,” Attorney General of Alabama Steve Marshall said through tears on Wednesday as he stood at the lectern of his hometown Baptist church in rural Alabama, facing news cameras and dozens of people, three days after the sudden death of his wife, Bridgette Marshall, 45.
The cause, Marshall said, was suicide. But that was not his focus.
“What we want to be able to focus on is the story of her life,” he said flanked by family members, who sometimes stood with their heads bowed, quietly crying.
In fact, he said he was “forced to be here today” after his family had come across news accounts describing his wife’s death Sunday in Tennessee.
Marshall said those reports angered him. But then he and his family came to a realization.
“Maybe being transparent about how we got to the point where we did last Sunday could be helpful,” he said. “Because we know that we are not the only family that has had to deal with a family member who’s suffered from mental health issues. And we know that Bridgette is not the only person that ever considered suicide.”
Marshall began by describing his wife’s suffering from debilitating migraines from an early age.
She sought medical help and was eventually prescribed Oxycodone, then Fentanyl — “an amazingly powerful drug,” he said.
“And Bridgette became dependent.”
Again, she sought help and went to inpatient treatment.
“But even to the time of her death, (she) did not always handle her medication the way that she should,” Marshall said. “It’s one reason why, professionally you hear me talk about opioids, it’s personal.”
Marshall serves as co-chair of Governor Kay Ivey’s Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.
In recent years, Alabama has ranked first in the nation per capita for opioid prescriptions. In 2016, there were 121 prescriptions per 100 people, according to a council report. That’s more than one prescription for every man, woman and child in Alabama.
The Council — and Marshall — are working to stem those numbers through a multi-pronged approach that includes prevention, treatment and community response.
Still, as the report concedes, substance abuse disorders are complex.
“I’ve lived it and I’ve watched it and I’ve seen how it has destroyed her in many ways,” he said of his wife’s battle.
Under the Trump administration , the Department of Justice has made the national opioid epidemic a centerpiece issue.
Law Federal Prosecutor Takes On New Case As DOJ Point Person For Opioid Crisis On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced progress the DOJ has made in a nation-wide “opioid takedown” related to health care fraud.
Since January 2017, more than 400 doctors and other medical personnel have been charged with opioid-related crimes, according to Sessions. 16 of those doctors prescribed more than 20.3 million pills illegally.
Marshall did not go into details about his wife’s history of opioid use.
The Centers for Disease Control notes that substance abuse can be a contributing factor to suicide.
Earlier this month, the CDC released stark figures about suicide, saying rates have risen in nearly every state in recent years.
Some 45 thousand people lost their lives to suicide in 2016.
Recent high-profile deaths ruled as suicides, including chef and television host Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade , have also brought the issue to the forefront.
“Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide,” the CDC said, “but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor.”
In fact, many people who have taken their own lives had no diagnosed mental health conditions, according to the CDC.
Marshall said his wife also, “suffered from a depressive disorder and anxiety.”
He said that because she was anxious, being in the public eye was difficult and he wondered whether things would have been different if he hadn’t become Attorney General.
“I will be haunted (by) that for the rest of my life,” he said.
Bridgette Gentry Marshall was born June 6, 1973, in Boaz, AL, according to the obituary on the McRae Funeral Home’s web site.
She was a homemaker and worked as a hospice volunteer.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday.
Marshall said he felt compelled to make public the story of a woman who never wanted to be a public figure.
“And we don’t share that lightly, because it’s the most personal secret this family has,” he said.
“It is our hope today to share our story to also give strength to those families who have endured what we have endured, and maybe for that person who felt like (doing what) Bridgette did on Sunday morning, to know that there is hope and that there are people that love them.”
STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL: We are saddened to report that Bridgette Marshall, wife of Attorney General Steve Marshall, passed away this morning after a long struggle with mental illness. (1 of 2)
— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) June 24, 2018 Bridgette was a devoted and much beloved daughter, wife and mother. We ask that the people of Alabama keep the Marshall family in their prayers during this most difficult time. (2 of 2)
— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) June 24, 2018

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Marco Rubio complains about state of media after Capital-Gazette reporter says f**k on CNN

Marco Rubio (AP/Susan Walsh) Marco Rubio complains about state of media after Capital-Gazette reporter says f**k on CNN “Sign of our times”: The Florida Republican has tweeted his criticisms of the media several times this week June 29, 2018 1:26pm (UTC)
Sen. Marco Rubio’s morning Twitter routine is starting to resemble Donald Trump’s.
The Florida Republican woke up nearly every morning this week and fired off a tweet critiquing the media , often d eflecting responsibility for any breakdown in public discourse and civility away from the president. On Friday, less than 24 hours after a gunman opened fire in a Maryland newsroom and killed five staffers , the largest number of journalists killed on any day in the U.S. since 9-11, Rubio again directed his morning critiques at the media.
“Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???,” he tweeted. Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 29, 2018
It is unclear what media coverage exactly set Rubio off, but hours before a griefing staffer of the Capital Post-Gazette used the f-word on CNN. The curse word was left uncensored.
“Our whole lives have been shattered. So thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else,” Selene San Felice, staff writer for the Capital Gazette, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’ve heard that Pres. Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political right? But we need more than prayers… I want your prayers but I want something else.”
Capital Gazette writer Selene San Felice says her life has been “shattered” after witnessing the attack pic.twitter.com/mUwVZBjpmo
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 29, 2018
San Felice told Cooper that the attack had left her “shaken” and she recalled her thoughts while covering the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Rubio’s state of Florida.
“I remember being so upset hearing about the victims who were texting their families,” she said. “And there I was sitting under a desk texting my parents, telling them that I love them.”
After yet another mass shooting in America, this one leaving several of her own colleagues dead, San Felice said she has little patience for the typical politicians’ empty platitudes and prayers. Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
“I’ve heard that President Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political, right? But we need more than prayers. I appreciate the prayers. I was praying the entire time I was [hiding] under that desk. I want your prayers but I want something else,” San Felice said.
It should be noted that Rubio, whose most memorable contribution to civil discourse was making dick jokes about Donald Trump on the 2016 campaign trail, has yet to tweet about Thursday’s deadly mass shooting. Instead, he’s used his platform to blame the media for causing “no space for nuance or 3rd way on any issue.” Re-upping this tweet from 2 days ago. GOP voters defend Trump when attacked by media,OFTEN DESPITE NOT LIKING WHAT HE DID OR SAID,because they view media as unfair & biased. And generally,elected Republicans &elected Democrats for that matter don’t like being crossways with base https://t.co/sw9P3SEGGZ
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 28, 2018 As expected,the reaction of the “usual suspects” to this tweet yesterday either proved my point or missed it. Many in the media & Trump bashers are not self aware enough to realize how biased & dishonest a very large % of GOP voters & officeholders view them & the impact it has https://t.co/4Nnlh6OxoV
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 28, 2018 BTW I’m not happy about this reality. It’s terrible for country. Lack of trust in reporting leaves us vulnerable to conspiracy theories & unable to have debates b/c we can’t even agree on baseline facts. We are all ALL to blame for this mess. Sorry, that includes many in media https://t.co/rYLKtjCezU
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 28, 2018 McCain is hero & patriot. But in 2008 “journalists” who now extol his virtues portrayed him as a madman & the @nytimes smeared him the day after he sealed GOP nomination. Romney behaved with respect & dignity. But in 2012 media savaged him & portrayed him as a misogynist #BIAS
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Mormon Church must end children's sexual interviews, members say – BBC News

Mormon Church must end children’s sexual interviews, members say – BBC News

Mormon Church must end children’s sexual interviews, members say By Jo Adnitt and Joice Etutu BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 29 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption David Sheppard: ‘My teenage years were coated in shame’ Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews by church officials.
“I suffered with a lot of guilt, because I did things we weren’t supposed to do,” 27-year-old David Sheppard told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“They teach us masturbation is just below murder, and I felt like I was some sort of sexual deviant or pervert for doing it.”
Mr Sheppard, from London, was brought up within the Mormon Church.
From the age of 12 he was interviewed alone in a room by a bishop for what is known as a “worthiness interview”.
The Mormon Church is divided into wards, similar to parishes, with the bishop being the spiritual head of a local ward.
The worthiness interviews, the church says, are designed to prepare children and teenagers spiritually and ensure they are obeying the commandments.
They often start around a child’s eighth birthday, when Mormon children are baptised, and then again at the age of 12.
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The most controversial element of the interviews relates to something known as “the law of chastity”, though some bishops choose not to ask questions about sex.
In the Mormon Church – officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – sex outside of marriage, pornography and masturbation are banned.
Mr Sheppard says between the ages of 16 and 19 he had “a few girlfriends” with whom he had intimate relationships, without having sex.
“I decided to confess to what I had been doing and it resulted in six hours of interrogation,” he adds.
“They asked questions like, ‘Did you touch her?’ and ‘Did you make her orgasm?’.
“They even tried to get me to give up the names of the girls so that she could be dealt with.
“At one point during the interview I felt sick from anxiety and asked to leave and go to the toilet but they wouldn’t let me do that.
“I felt as though I had a total loss of control.” Image copyright David Sheppard Image caption Mr Sheppard in Germany in 2011, while doing missionary work
The interviews are conducted in a closed room, one-on-one with an older male bishop, unless the child or teenager requests another person to be present.
They have caused controversy in the US, and now in the UK – where the church says there are 190,000 believers – a campaign to stop the practice is gaining ground.
“As a person, the bishop was a good man,” says Mr Sheppard.
“He was just doing what he was told to do, but I think the interviews should be consented to by the child, and they should have someone else in the room.
“The bishops aren’t even trained to do this sort of thing.”
The Victoria Derbyshire programme has also heard first-hand accounts of a woman who says that as a teenage girl she was told not to use contraception, and a man who says a bishop spoke to him about “praying the gay away”.
The Mormon Church said it “condemns any inappropriate behaviour regardless of where or when it occurs”.
It added: “Local church leaders are provided with instructions regarding youth interviews and are expected to review and follow them.
“A caring, responsible spiritual leader plays a significant role in the development of a young person by reinforcing the teaching of parents and offering spiritual guidance.” Pornography ‘satanic’
Stephen Blomfield, from Bedford, was on the church’s Stake High Council until 2011 and is still a member of the Mormon Church. He did not conduct interviews but acted as an advisor to people who did.
But he also now believes the interviews must be scrapped.
“At my first youth programme aged 12 or 13,” he says, “we were told kissing was bad, and touching was bad.
“So I adopted huge feelings of guilt, because I had already kissed girls.”
Masturbation and pornography, he adds, were described as “satanic”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Mormon Church has an estimated 12 million members worldwide
Mr Blomfield – whose father was a bishop – says, in his experience in the 1980s and 90s, how intrusive the questions were during interviews depended on the bishop.
“Some leaders asked really explicit questions… whereas others never asked unless you confessed first.
“The interviews could be really embarrassing, exposing and stressful.”
Mr Blomfield now has children of his own, but says he has informed his local church they will not be interviewing them.
“If they want to, they need to discuss it with me first or make sure I’m present.
“I’m of the opinion the interviews should be scrapped.
“They’ve been around since the religion began, but they should have never been set up.
“They’re intrusive and ask private questions, and I think they’re the reason some Mormons can suffer shame- because they can’t live up to the standards set.”
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‘Stop shagging men’: Sarah Hanson-Young accuses senator of ‘sexist slur’ | SBS News

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NSW senator David Leyonhjelm has been accused of telling the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men” and then swearing at her when she confronted him in federal parliament.
Senator Hanson-Young told the Senate the Liberal Democrats senator made the remark on the floor of the upper house during a division on a motion about arming women with tasers to combat violence. READ MORE:
“I asked whether I heard him correctly. He confirmed he yelled, ‘You should stop shagging men, Sarah’,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“Shocked, I told him he was a creep. His reply was to tell me to ‘f… off’.”
She said Senator Leyonhjelm refused to apologise for the comments, which she says are offensive and sexist.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has approached Senate President Scott Ryan over the incident.
Senator Hanson-Young said it was a sexist slur against her.
I have formally put this event on the record in the Senate and asked Senator Leyonhjelm to withdraw his comment and apologise directly. — Sarah Hanson-Young (@sarahinthesen8) June 28, 2018
“This slur was yelled across the chamber during a vote on a motion about violence against women – namely, to arm women with pepper spray and tasers to prevent men from raping them,” she said in a Facebook post.
“This is sexism, and it’s wrong.”
Senator Leyonhjelm said he was responding to Senator Hanson-Young’s interjection, which was “along the lines of all men being rapists”.
“I responded by suggesting that if this was the case she should stop shagging men. I did not yell at her,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.
“Following the division, Senator Hanson-Young approached me and called me a creep. I told her to f*** off.”
He said if the Greens senator took offence, it was an issue for her.
“I am prepared to rephrase my comments. I strongly urge Senator Hanson-Young to continue shagging men as she pleases,” Senator Leyonhjelm said. Source: AAP – SBS

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Scotland could see hottest June day on record – BBC News

Science Centre roof ‘melts’ on hottest ever June day in Glasgow 28 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption The roof of the Glasgow Science Centre started leaking a pitch-like substance as temperatures soared on Thursday Scotland’s largest city has enjoyed its hottest June day in history.
The mercury hit 31.9C in Glasgow, which weather forecasters round up to 32C. Thursday beat Wednesday’s record as Scotland’s hottest day in 23 years.
Temperatures triggered speed restrictions on rail routes in central Scotland and roads melted in Aberdeenshire, Moray and Fife.
The “weatherproof” membrane on Glasgow Science Centre’s roof melted and dripped black “goo” down the building.
Thursday has become Scotland’s warmest day of 2018 so far.
Forecasters thought the day’s temperatures might get close to Scotland’s record highest June temperature of 32.2 recorded in Ochertyre in Perth and Kinross in 1893. Image copyright BBC weather watchers/Graham Image caption People soak up the sunshine in Glasgow’s George Square Image copyright Camperdown Wildlife Centre Image caption Brumma the bear enjoys a giant ice lolly to stay cool at Camperdown Wildlife Centre
While the heat did get close, the record still stands.
The high temperatures caused problems across the country. ‘Black goo’
Sharon Lyons from Glasgow Science Centre said: “As Scotland enjoys ‘taps aff’ weather, the weatherproof membrane from our roof is quite literally melting.
“The structural integrity of the roof is completely sound, but we are left with a bit of an unsightly black goo on the roof.
“When we return to typical Glasgow colder climes, we shall set about cleaning it.” Image caption The “weatherproof” membrane melted in the sun
Gritters were sent out after roads were reported to be melting in high temperatures.
Poor conditions were encountered on the A920 between Huntly and Dufftown and on the A916 Craigrothie to Cupar road.
On Wednesday, Aviemore reached 31C, making it the hottest single day in five years before the record was surpassed 24 hours later. Staying safe and cool in UK heatwave conditions Image caption There were delays at Central Station as hot rails caused speed restrictions
Train services between Glasgow Central and Lanark faced disruption for most of Thursday, the morning after major signalling problems caused issues on commuter routes. ‘Rails buckling’
ScotRail said this was because of speed restrictions due to high track temperatures.
Speed limits were also put in place between Bathgate and Edinburgh and were expected to last until about 19:00.
Services between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High were reduced to a half-hourly service and journeys between Edinburgh and Dunblane were cut to hourly.
Network Rail activated its “extreme weather action team” (EWAT). Image caption Temperatures across Scotland were expected to climb throughout the day
David Dickson, Network Rail’s infrastructure director for the ScotRail Alliance, said: “On very sunny days, rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20 degrees centigrade above air temperature causing the steel to expand markedly and could, if not carefully monitored and action taken, buckle causing travel disruption.
“Our engineers and specialist extreme weather teams are monitoring track-side temperatures and vulnerable locations and will, if necessary, introduce temporary speed restrictions during the hottest part of the day to keep trains running, albeit more slowly than normal.”
Some rails have been painted white to absorb less heat. Because of rising rail temperatures we have imposed a number of speed restrictions at locations across west central Scotland and Fife as a precautionary measure. We will continue to monitor through the afternoon. Please follow @ScotRail for service updates and information pic.twitter.com/u0UY4dzquu End of Twitter post by @NetworkRailSCOT
Other warnings have also been issued ahead of the increase in temperature.
Police have reminded people to be careful around water, particularly quarries.
They issued a warning on Twitter, saying: “Some quarry lakes may look inviting on a hot summer’s day, but there are a number of hidden dangers! Deep water, submerged abandoned machinery & car wrecks, underwater recesses, hidden currents, dead animals, pollution.”
The message added: “More dangers of quarry swimming are sheer faces, falling rocks, quick sand, and believe it or not hypothermia – despite the weather, water deeper than a few inches will be cold enough to cause cold shock!” Image copyright PA Image caption Even pets have to stay cool and safe in the sun
NHS Dumfries and Galloway sent out guidance on the risk the heat may cause to health.
Dr Nigel Calvert said: “It’s important to remember though that, for some, temperatures like these, over more than a day or two can be really uncomfortable and pose a risk to health.
“People who may be at risk include the over 65s, young children and those with heart and lung conditions.
“It’s important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk, and chances are we’ll all know someone who may fit into these at-risk groups.”
A reminder of the dangers of hot cars to dogs was also sent out on social media by Police Scotland, after officers smashed a car window in Fife yesterday to rescue a dog which was inside in record-breaking heat .
It read: “Please DO NOT leave your pets in the car, even if only popping into the shops – cars heat up extremely quickly.
“The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with partly open windows can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or kill your pet.” Image caption The high temperatures have attracted sun worshippers to The Meadows in Edinburgh Image copyright PA

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Karamo Brown: Queer Eye host urges Netflix subtitle change – BBC News

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She wants Netflix to be more transparent about how it handles complaints, so that users can check in whether action has been taken.
Student Chrissy Marshall, 18, studies film at the University of California and runs a YouTube account trying to raise awareness about deaf culture, accessibility and sign language.
She was one of many who took to Twitter to complain about inaccuracies in Queer Eye’s subtitling.
For her, online streaming still remains one of the best entertainment options available.
“I don’t watch cable or normal TV because captioning is always messed up or lagging. As for movie-going in theatres, the experience normally sucks,” she told the BBC. Image copyright Chrissy Marshall Image caption Chrissy Marshall says she finds it offensive when she can lip-read differences with captions
“Netflix is what I use as a primary source for streaming because typically it is the most accessible, but even the most accessible has its issues.
“Captioning as a job is not to ‘clean up’ language, it’s to provide accessibility, full accessibility.
“We don’t care if it’s a bad word, vulgar, or maybe inappropriate, if hearing people get to know what is being said, we deserve to know as well.”
This is not an issue isolated to Netflix itself. While regulations are in place for closed captioning (user-activated) subtitles on typical television services, many on-demand services still lag behind.
One YouTube vlogger, Rikki Poynter, has dedicated years to working on accessibility on the platform, lobbying it to improve its automatic subtitle service using the hashtag #NoMoreCRAPtions. ‘Second-class service’
In the US, the Federal Communications Commission has strict regulations which specify that captions “must match the spoken words in the dialogue and convey background noises and other sounds to the fullest extent possible” – but it only requires the regulations on shows on television, which means that Netflix-exclusive original series may not qualify.
The National Association of the Deaf sued and made a four-year agreement with Netflix in 2012, where it committed to ensuring all its programmes were subtitled.
Although the four-year decree has now run out, on Thursday the group told the BBC it was “disappointed that Netflix appears not to be providing captioning at the level that was promised” and said it hoped it would ensure it was using verbatim and accurate captions.
In the UK, Action on Hearing Loss has spent three years on a Subtitle It! campaign aiming to get the UK government to extend regulation to captioning of video-on-demand content.

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Syria war: Air strikes knock out hospitals in Deraa – BBC News

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that at least 14 civilians were killed on Tuesday as pro-government forces stepped up their bombardment of rebel-held areas, which brought the number of civilians killed since the offensive began on 17 June to 46.
At least 39 rebels and 36 pro-government fighters have also reportedly died.
On Tuesday, Syrian state media reported that the army and allied militias had captured two key towns in north-eastern Deraa province and cut in half a strip of rebel-held territory running north from the Jordanian border. Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel forces have vowed to repel the government offensive but lost ground in recent days
Troops also shelled south-eastern districts of Deraa city, which has long been divided between rebels and the government, ahead of an all-out assault.
The United Nations said the government’s artillery and air strikes had prompted between 45,000 and 50,000 people to flee their homes in Deraa province and head towards Jordan and the Golan Heights.
It warned that the displaced population was in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, and that southern border communities would soon be overwhelmed because Jordan had said it would not allow in any more refugees.
The kingdom has said its financial resources and infrastructure are already strained by hosting close to 1.3 million Syrians who have arrived since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, including 666,000 refugees registered with the UN.
The Norwegian Refugee Council said those displaced in Deraa province had “nowhere else to turn” and urged the international community to “urgently step up and offer substantial support” so Jordan could cope.
Jordan has joined the US in calling for the “de-escalation” agreement to be preserved in order to prevent a wider confrontation between Israel and Iran, which backs Mr Assad and supports thousands of Shia militiamen fighting in Syria. But neither Amman nor Washington have said they will intervene to protect civilians. Related Topics

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