‘Bullying culture’ at baby deaths trust

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford Staff at a hospital trust being investigated over baby deaths say there is a “culture of bullying and harassment”, a report has revealed. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH), which is already in special measures, has now been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Emergency and maternity services at its two hospitals were deemed unsafe. Trust chief …

The Tribe That Killed An American Missionary Are Deeply Hostile To Outsiders. This Is Why

A week has passed since US-born missionary John Allen Chau was killed with bow and arrows by an isolated community of hunter-gatherer people living on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal. This attack was not, as some have unsoundly suggested, the symptom of these people’s so-called “savagery”. Their hostility towards outsiders is very, very well-founded. Much of this paranoia can be traced back to a certain Maurice Vidal Portman, a British naval officer, and his colonial cronies who …

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead At 57 – Perez Hilton

The former marine biologist revealed he had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease last March, saying in a statement that he would keep working on the beloved Nickelodeon series for as long as he was able to. VOTE: Which Nickelodeon Reboot Do You Want Next? amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, AKA Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. Needless to say, fans are absolutely gutted by this news. Thousands took to social media to pay tribute to …

Otter Breaks Into Landmark Garden, Steals Expensive Fish, Has Delicious Time

For over 3,000 years, the tradition of the “scholar’s” garden has grown into a central part of Chinese culture. Each feature has a significance established through centuries of Confucian and Daoist tradition: artificial mountains represent strength and power, while flowers and trees are carefully selected for their symbolic and aesthetic qualities. And at the heart of the Chinese garden, there is water, and fish. Fish have long been associated with wealth and abundance in Chinese culture thanks to a piece of mystical wordplay: …

How Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi got comfortable with reinvention

(CNN)As a child, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wasn’t a fan of his own last name. Khosrowshahi, who was born in Iran, would introduce himself to people as his alter ego Darren K. But, Khosrowshahi says, his own experience as part of a family that fled Iran in 1978 has helped him understand reinvention. “When you personally experience rebuilding from losing everything, you realize that fear isn’t gonna help you one way or the other. And, you don’t get that many …

Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director of ‘Last Tango in Paris,’ dies at age 77

Rome, Italy (CNN)Bernardo Bertolucci, the award-winning movie director, has died aged 77 following a battle with cancer, Italian officials confirmed Monday. By 15, the aspiring auteur had created two short films. But it was as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the controversial “Accattone” in 1961 where Bertolucci cut his teeth in the world of film. Bertolucci’s first feature “The Grim Reaper” marked him as a young director to watch despite being something of a box office failure. …

Saudi entrepreneur and Amish farmers bring camel milk to US

(CNN)When Walid Abdul-Wahab met the Amish and Mennonite farmers he now works with, they didn’t suspect he was a Muslim from Saudi Arabia. “They assumed I was Amish because of my beard,” he says. As a result, the market is awash in dairy alternatives including almond, oat, coconut, rice and soy milks. But none of these options is an ideal substitute, says Abdul-Wahab, because they are either nutritionally suboptimal or less tasty than cow’s milk, in his opinion. Camel milk …

In 2008, there was hope. In 2018, there is hurt. This is America’s state of hate.

(CNN)On Election Night in 2008, Americans gathered in Grant Park, Chicago. They cried tears of joy knowing Barack Obama would become the first black president. Has anti-Semitism returned with a vengeance? The era that started with hope and change had now become one of unapologetic hate. Very different rallying cries Most African-Americans polled immediately after the 2008 election called Obama’s victory “a dream come true,” one they never expected to see in their lifetime. Not all Americans saw it that …

Melania Trump’s Red Christmas Trees Conjure ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ For Twitter Users

Melania Trump’s  The first lady posted a video on Twitter on Monday showing how the Put it this way: The first family’s home is, pardon the pun, in a very red state, including the trees, which have a definite crimson theme.  The blood red trees reminded many Twitter users of one thing: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s dystopian drama about a society that subjugates women. Others were reminded of a different but just as horrifying pop culture reference. Others felt pity …

South Sudanese man responds to international backlash to his marriage

(CNN)The South Sudanese man at the center of a row over his recent wedding says the marriage process conformed to the traditions of his country and denies that an “auction” for the bride took place, as was alleged by a UK-based child advocacy organization. “I’m personally disappointed, and many people who know how our tradition works are most disappointed,” he said. “There is no human that can auction another human. South Sudan is a country with a high level of …

Facebook to send VP instead of Mark Zuckerberg to international committee on disinformation

London (CNN Business)Facebook is sending a vice president of public policy to face questioning from a first of its kind international committee on disinformation and “fake news.” Instead Facebook will send Richard Allan, the company’s VP of policy for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Facebook has come under international scrutiny over data breaches, data gathering, the spread of misinformation and Russian interference in elections. The company is again under fire after a New York Times investigation last week suggested …

MPs begin debate on ‘gender recognition’ laws

Do trans rights affect women’s rights? The answer from some is an emphatic yes. The leading LGBT campaign group Stonewall is among those calling for a simpler, more streamlined process. The Scottish government has also said it is committed to reform and has just published some analysis following its own consultation. To change a birth certificate a person currently has to: Provide two medical reports, one showing a diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” and the other outlining details of treatment received …

Global Catholic nuns urge reporting of sex abuse to police

ROME – The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors. The International Union of Superiors General, which represents more than 500,000 sisters worldwide, vowed to help nuns who have been abused to find the courage to report it, and pledged to help victims heal and seek justice. The statement was …

Weird Christmas Gifts That Even Normal People Will Love

Christmas gifts can be a weird experience. That is, if you do it right. That’s where And yes, some people really do want a phone shaped like a banana. Thanks for asking. Beardaments Help! A Dinosaur Is Stuck In My Christmas Sweater! shop.hiddenvalley.com Want a lawn display that looks good all year round? Well, while you wait for that one, you can always get this giant inflatable of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Trust me, it will be worth it just to …

CBS staffers want answers after year-long Charlie Rose investigation

However, what was initially an investigation at CBS News is now companywide, following the dismissal of CBS CEO Les Moonves in September amid claims against him. This was followed by the firing of Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes,” for violating company policy. “It’s safe to say that everyone within the news division is upset. It’s been a very long year and we want to know what’s going on. No one’s telling us anything,” said a source. “It’s safe to say …