She dedicated herself to covering Northern Ireland. Murdered investigative journalist ‘tirelessly pursued the truth’

(CNN)Lyra McKee, the young investigative journalist shot dead during violence in Northern Ireland on Thursday, had been widely viewed as a rising star within the industry. McKee, who was 29, dedicated herself to journalism aged 14, starting a newspaper while still at school in Belfast. Her work as an investigative reporter explored the aftermath of The Troubles, the decades-long conflict between Irish nationalists and British unionists in Northern Ireland that left more than 3,500 people dead. The reverberations of the sectarian struggle was the setting for McKee’s murder in Londonderry, also known as Derry. McKee had an affection for the region she frequently covered, referring to it in a TEDx talk as “Legend-derry.” “Avoid that Londonderry/Derry thing. I hate that,” …

30 Artists Tributes To The Iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral

Scroll down to see the list of these beautiful tributes to the beloved cathedral. #1 The construction of Notre-Dame started back in 1163 and it was finished almost 200 years later in 1345. It’s important to mention that the iconic spire was added only in the 19th century. Notre-Dame isn’t only known for its incredible architecture, it was also the cathedral in which Napoleon’s coronation by Pope Pius VII took place in 1804. #10 #11 Recent news declare that there have been €1 billion donated to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has caused some controversy online. Many people claim that during the past few years there have been many tragic losses around the world, with many people losing …

Someone Great review – another run-of-the-mill romcom from Netflix

Despite fine performances from Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield, the debut film from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson never strays from the genres cliches Someone Great, a new Netflix original comedy written and directed by the first-time film-maker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, is the kind of movie thats both undeniably of its time and still curiously rote. At times it plays like an uninterrupted torrent of memes and millennialisms, as though its attention to the parlance and particularities of contemporary urban life might disguise the fact that its otherwise a standard, paint-by-the-numbers buddy-romcom, in which three girlfriends two are on the heels of a breakup; the third has sworn off committed relationships ring in their sisterhood and their sorrows at a trendy music …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …

Why are the gorillas in this super-cute viral selfie posing like humans?

A photo of two gorillas at a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo has gone viral because they posed just like humans. In the selfie taken by a park ranger, female gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze have a laid-back stance with their arms at their sides and look like they’re posing for the cover of an indie rock album. ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE… Photo: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu (c) NOTE: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THIS PHOTO WILL BE REPORTED TO FACEBOOK Posted by The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 “Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” Virunga National Park said in a Facebook post. “Also, it’s …

Why was Natalie Portman at the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere?

WhileMarvel is keeping a tight lid onAvengers: Endgamespoilers, last night’s premiere gave fans plenty to talk about. The film’s all-star cast turned out to celebrate the biggest superhero franchise of all time, kicking off with what may be Robert Downey Jr.’s final Tony Stark entrance to the red (actually purple) carpet. It was an emotional night for many, with Chris Evans admitting that he cried “like six times.” Our spoiler-free review will arrive soon, but in the meantime, here are the top three things we spotted at theEndgame premiere—including one genuinely surprising guest. 1) Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson wore Infinity Gauntlet jewelry Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson are both known for choosing great red carpet looks, and this time …

Literary Twitter calls out Dzanc Books for Islamophobic, racist novel

for releasing a book that includes inaccuracies about the Middle East and racist narratives about Islam. WriterNathan Goldmandescription The book description immediately stirred up a conversation on Twitter, with many saying the language in the description was blatantly racist and Islamophobic, as well as an inaccurate portrayal of Iran as an Arab nation, which is . This is clear from the copy’s misidentification of Iran as an Arab nation, the stated premise of a broad multinational Islamic conspiracy to wipe out the Jews, the use of the pejorative spelling ‘Moslem,’ the link drawn between the ‘Moslem armies’ and Nazis, and the promise of fun and humor in justified Israeli retribution against Muslim oppressors, Goldman said in an email. I found …

Chlo Grace Moretz: ‘People said: You’re going to lose your career over this’

She shot to fame with Kick-Ass, then was almost derailed by a film co-starring Louis CK. Now shes back with the bold film Greta and a desire to remain the outspoken girl Kick-Ass and her latest movie, Greta, says: At the age when children shouldnt even act, she was kind of extraordinary. The remake of Let the Right One In, the San Vicente Bungalows, a swanky new private members club: invitation only, strictly no cameraphones. Its kind of how Soho House was, I guess, before it became big back in, I dont know, the 80s? she says, with a shimmer of a laugh (In fact, the Los Angeles branch opened in 2010, the London original in 1995.) Her new film …

This Artist Spent 10 Years Creating Tallest Bird Sculpture In The World (200ft)

You can ask any traveler to name a few countries you must visit in your lifetime, and most of them will name India as the country everybody has to experience – from extraordinary cuisine to mind-blowing history, culture and sacred temples, India is definitely written in many bucket lists. Now, there are even more reasons to visit this magical country, and one of them is the mind-blowing statue of an eagle that brings an old myth back to life created by a famous filmmaker Rajiv Anchal. After 10 years of hard work, Indian artist Rajiv Anchal has opened his unique landmark to the public Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: When we say that is the biggest sculpture …

Government in email privacy blunder

In the email sent on Wednesday, the department said new rules would offer “robust data protection conditions”, adding: “Government has listened carefully to privacy concerns.” A DCMS Spokesperson said: “In sending a news release to journalists an administrative, human error meant email addresses could be seen by others. DCMS takes data privacy extremely seriously and we apologise to those affected.” It is the second time this month a government department has made a mistake of this kind. Exam result details now obtainable for free under GDPR Image Copyright @alexhern @alexhern The Home Office previously admitted breaching data protection rules when it launched the Windrush compensation scheme. It shared the contact details of Windrush migrants in an email about the scheme. …

Jeopardy! Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: ‘It’s Absolutely Insane’

In his 11-game run, James Holzhauer has dominated Jeopardy! like no one before. That’s no exaggeration. He already holds the four highest-scoring games in the show’s history, and his $771,920 regular-season winnings surpass all but one player in the Jeopardy! firmament: Ken Jennings. You remember Jennings. In 2004, he went on a 74-game, $2,520,700 romp, shattering Jeopardy! records along the way. No one since has lasted more than 20 games, and no one has come anywhere near as close to the money record, especially not this quickly. In fact, at this same point in his own streak, Jennings had accumulated less than half of Holzhauer’s haul so far. At this rate, Holzhauer will surpass Jennings by the end of May. …

The Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers | Editorial

Editorial: Across much of the world, millions of people are persecuted for their beliefs The massacre in churches in Sri Lanka forms part of a global pattern of religious persecution and hostility. To target Christian churches on their holiest day of the year is not only an attempt to kill as many families as possible, but also to maximise the shock and demoralising effect of the attack, a tactic familiar from the sectarian wars in Iraq. If this atrocity was perpetrated by jihadis, as seems likely, it is also an attempt to bring about a clash of civilisations. This is not the pattern of most religiously inspired murder, not least because it is an assault by a minority on a …

Far-Right Activists Are Taking Their Message To Gen Z On TikTok

Facebook banned Faith Goldy, a Canadian white nationalist, from its site earlier this month for posting xenophobic and racist content. But on TikTok, where Goldy still has an active account, she freely posts xenophobic videos about undocumented immigrants and calls for them to be physically ejected. Her message is the same on the two platforms, but the presentation is different: In her sarcasm-laden TikTok videos, Goldy draws on meme culture to appeal to the app’s younger audience. Although its intended purpose was for users to create music videos, TikTok has allowed more sinister content to flourish, demonstrating a failure to enforce its own policies as a growing number of users ― many of them young ― flock to the app. …

Here’s the plan to erase student debt for more than 42 million Americans right now.

There are two things that most of us can reasonably agree on: That education is important and should be provided to any American that needs, wants, or otherwise shows interest in obtaining it. That paying for that education has become catastrophically difficult. And though it used to be that one could go to college, get a good job upon graduating, and then buy a nice house complete with a fenced-in backyard in which to raise 2.5 children, that’s now a pipe dream many university students can’t even afford to think about. So what do we do? Some cities, including San Francisco, have already made their community colleges free for residents. But that’s just one small step towards a future where …

How to identify a body: the Marchioness disaster and my life in forensic pathology

The long read: In my career, I have investigated many of the UKs worst disasters. Few cases were as harrowing as the sinking of the Marchioness in 1989, which left scores dead and almost impossible to identify I took a call early one Sunday morning in August 1989 to warn me that there had been a disaster. It was during the summer holidays and I was the forensic pathologist in charge of London and the south-east of England. At this stage, no one knew how many bodies there would be but one thing was certain: there would be bodies. The catastrophe had occurred on the River Thames. I waited for more news before setting off; my first stop was the …

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

Just past the intersection of Centre and Locust in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the microbiologist Tammy Tobin turned the wheel of her aging Prius sharply to the right. As the windshield wipers whipped furiously back and forth to fend off the driving sleet—a reminder that winter had yet to bid farewell—Tobin announced, “We’re here.” We were at the base of a grassy slope nestled behind the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. It looked like any of the other countless knolls tucked in the anthracite hills of eastern Pennsylvania. But almost 50 meters beneath our feet lurked a hidden menace. Centralia was burning. Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. The coal has burned …