Police cannot ‘arrest’ violent crime away – PM

The youth violence summit, which focuses on England and Wales, will involve more than 100 experts, including Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Baroness Newlove, the victims’ commissioner for England and Wales. Opening the event, the PM said: “In recent months we’ve seen appalling number of young lives cut short or devastated by serious violence crime including a number of horrifying incidents this weekend. “In many cases the perpetrators of these crimes are as young as their victims and this is something that has to be of deep concern to us all.” The prime minister has previously faced criticism after insisting there was “no direct correlation” between police cuts and a rise in violent crime. Plans for teachers to tackle …

Small garden birds ‘hit by Beast from East’

In the last 10 years however, their numbers appear to have increased by 10%, suggesting at least a “partial recovery” is happening over time, experts said. An RSPB spokesman said: “Over its long lifetime, the survey has shown the increasing good fortunes of birds such as the goldfinch and wood pigeon and the alarming declines of the house sparrow and starling. “But there appears to be good news for one of these birds.” He said the figures for sparrows over the past decade gave experts hope that “at least a partial recovery may be happening”. Top three Big Garden Birdwatch birds 1. House sparrow: Cheerful exploiters of human rubbish who have managed to colonise most of the world. Image copyright …

This teacher’s viral ‘check-in’ board is a beautiful example of mental health support.

Update: We have found the teacher who originate the mental health check-in board! Kudos to Erin Castillo for the brilliant idea and for sharing how she’s using it to help kids. She is offering a free download of the board as a poster along with instructions for utilizing it on Teachers Pay Teachers. Thanks, Erin! This teacher is making a difference in her students’ lives, one simple Post-it Note at a time. Excellent teachers do so much more than teach. They can be mentors, role models, guides, and even confidants. Sometimes a teacher is one of the only trusted adults in a child’s life—a fact that drives home the immense responsibility educators hold in their hands. Perhaps that’s why a …

Carlos Ghosn joins Twitter and vows to ‘tell the truth’

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Carlos Ghosn has joined Twitter and promised to unveil “the truth” behind his stunning downfall. Ghosn was released from prison on bail of 1 billion yen ($9 million) last month, after spending more than three months in a Japanese jail cell. The auto executive is awaiting trial on charges he understated his income and abused his position by transferring personal investment losses to Nissan. Ghosn, who is not permitted to leave Japan, denies all the charges. If found guilty, he could face as many as 15 years in prison. The conditions of Ghosn’s bail include monitoring by surveillance cameras and restrictions on his use of computers. Ghosn’s spokesman said the Twitter account complies with his bail conditions. …

My Adoptive Parents Hid My Racial Identity From Me For 19 Years

Twenty-six years ago, a well-intentioned white couple adopted a baby from Bogota, Colombia. However, it wasn’t until the baby was 19 years old that she discovered that fact. They always had answers. I was told that my great-grandparents had skin darker than mine, but black-and-white photos didn’t show it well. That my parents went on vacation and unexpectedly had me in Colombia. I looked down at my brown skin, and didn’t know what to say. It wasn’t the first time something like this happened and unfortunately, it wouldn’t be the last. She knew I didn’t quite belong. As I hit puberty, everyone assumed I was Latina, but I denied it. My parents may have lied to me. My family may …

Black People Asked White People About Things They Dont Understand About Them And Actually Received Frank Answers

A few years back, when social media was in its infancy and people were thinking about its potential to change the world, we imagined all the ways that it would help to bring us together. Easy and instant communication with people from all over the planet would surely break down the artificial borders constructed between us, and lead to greater cultural exchange, mutual understanding and a shared humanity that could help us to solve the bigger global problems that affect us all. Sadly, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sure, there are some great examples of social media being a force for the common good, but ultimately we are a tribal species, and we seem to prefer segregating ourselves …

Hail to the Veep: the best and most brutal comedy of the century

Over seven seasons, Veeps bipartisan skewering of the bozos of Beltway political culture has made it unimpeachably perfect. It will be missed As HBOs Veep enters its seventh and final season, we should reflect on the maxim that all political careers end in failure. Selina Meyers career started with failure and she has been failing spectacularly ever since. When we first encountered her, in the series premiere in 2012, she had failed to secure her partys presidential nomination after casually referring to one of her staffers as a retard at a fundraiser. Such a defeat would end a lesser woman, but wood-chopping campaign commercial. If The West Wing often felt like a homily from an out-of-touch pastor, Veep is the …

Demi Lovato and Jameela Jamil tag team a take down of a body-shaming headline because size does not matter.

Demi Lovato was body-shamed last week by a publication that called attention to her “fuller figure.” They had no idea who they were messing with. “Demi Lovato Appears To Have A Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA,” read The Inquisitir’s incredibly inappropriate and insensitive headline. Being the body image queen that she is, Lovato, who has struggled with an eating disorder throughout her life, didn’t let the incident go unnoticed. “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” she wrote in all caps in an Instagram story. All photos via Demi Lovato/Instagram But she didn’t stop there. “Unlike in the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that …

Black Panther‘s Shuri Is Getting a Show. Sorta

Hello, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's happening this Monday? Well, Dumbo had a kinda OK weekend at the box office. Also, Marvel has some new animated offerings on the way, and there's another weird comedy coming from Netflix. It's April Fool's Day, but none of these stories are jokes. Promise. Shuri Gets a Show—Sorta Over the weekend at the fan convention WonderCon, Marvel announced a handful of new chapters in its Marvel Rising animated series. Among them: Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri. The 22-minute special, which will stream on Marvel HQ, features the Princess of Wakanda learning how to be an average teenager from some of the Secret Warriors (Ms. Marvel, …

How to watch ‘Jesus: His Life’ for free

You may think you know everything about Jesus, but a new four-week-long series wants you to consider some alternative perspectives.  In eight chapters, Jesus: His Life explores the Christian figure through the lens of Mary Mother of Jesus, Joseph, John the Baptist, Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, and Peter and by the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, faith leaders, historians, and theologians. It shares views across the ideological spectrum to offer as much context as possible. His Life seeks to shed light on Jesus and the turbulent era in history that he lived in and eventually defined. Here’s everything you need to know to watch Jesus: His Life online for free. History Channel Jesus: His Life cast Below are the …

Japanese Illustrator Imagines A World Where Humans Live Among Giant Animals (30 Pics)

It seems the artist likes to indulge himself with illustrations that depict soft and cuddly animals – pandas, rabbits, dogs and the like – although, it’s pretty evident that the cats are the apples of the artist’s eye. The atmosphere in the pictures is almost always etherial and peaceful, complete with story-telling elements in their compositions. Many of the illustrations are marked with soft sunshine filtering through various objects, including leaves and windows. #2 A world where you can surrender yourself to sleep on a giant ball of fur is a world where you wouldn’t be able to get any work done. A perfect world. Fun fact: did you know that in traditional Japanese architecture, a door, window or room …

Joe Biden just revealed his biggest 2020 weakness

(CNN)On Tuesday in New York, Joe Biden talked openly about the regret and frustration he feels for the way in which the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation of Clarence Thomas — which the then Delaware senator oversaw as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — played out. “We knew a lot less about the extent of harassment back then, over 30 years ago. She paid a terrible price, she was abused for the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something. To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved, given the courage she showed by reaching out to us.”

Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ revival is as brilliant as you hoped

This review is spoiler-free. It’s not a huge surprise that Jordan Peeles Twilight Zone revival is astoundingly good. This is the man who brought usGet Out(and its wholly unique follow-up), after all. He didn’t write or direct this anthology, so there was potentially some room for disaster, but as the host and creator, he evidently has good taste in collaborators. Two of the show’s early episodes put a sharp, contemporary spin on an old favorite, sending a promising message for the rest of the season. The Twilight Zone RELEASE DATE: 4/1/2019 DIRECTOR: Alvin Ganzer, Gus Trikonis STREAMING: CBS All Access Jordan Peeles ‘Twilight Zone’ revival puts a contemporary spin on an old classic. The originalTwilight Zone format is familiar, even …

Shane Warne ‘expecting huge things’ as Australian ball-tampering bans come to an end

(CNN)It was the scandal that damaged a proud cricketing nation. A year on, though, from the bans, the resignations and the outrage, Steve Smith and David Warner are back. Follow @cnnsport The good news, however, is that when they do eventually return, Australian cricketing great Shane Warne expects both men to “be on fire.” “They love the game,” Warne told CNN. “To have that taken away from them for a year is pretty tough. I expect some huge things from them this year. I think with the year off, it will have freshened their minds up, they will be fit, raring to go.” In a sense, neither Warner nor Smith have truly disappeared from the cricketing landscape; they have both …

Jussie Smollett, who fooled the media and faced the backlash, beats the system

But what happened in Chicago was an absolute travesty of justice. Axios is calling it “one of the biggest non-Trump stories of 2019.” But like so much else in our culture, it is very much a Trump story. It was no minor detail that the “Empire” actor claimed he was beaten up on the street by two thugs proclaiming the neighborhood “MAGA country.” That, along with their supposed noose, was central to depicting the incident as an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime perpetrated by Trump zealots. And it was all a lie, of course. But now Smollett will never be prosecuted. He will never be held to account for how he traumatized his city and betrayed his supporters. READ THE CHICAGO …

Jussie Smollett, who fooled the media and faced the backlash, beats the system

But what happened in Chicago was an absolute travesty of justice. Axios is calling it “one of the biggest non-Trump stories of 2019.” But like so much else in our culture, it is very much a Trump story. It was no minor detail that the “Empire” actor claimed he was beaten up on the street by two thugs proclaiming the neighborhood “MAGA country.” That, along with their supposed noose, was central to depicting the incident as an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime perpetrated by Trump zealots. And it was all a lie, of course. But now Smollett will never be prosecuted. He will never be held to account for how he traumatized his city and betrayed his supporters. READ THE CHICAGO …