Why Japanese women rebel against Valentine’s day, but still buy chocolate

Hong Kong (CNN)Japanese women are rebelling against a decades-old Valentine’s Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolates to men. A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine’s Day. Only 35% planned to offer chocolates to their male colleagues. A boon for chocolate makers Japan began celebrating Valentine’s Day in 1958, after Japanese confectionery firm Mary Chocolate ran a campaign suggesting that women give men chocolates. That upended the West’s version of February 14, when men typically buy their loved ones flowers and chocolates and take them out for dinner. In the 1980s, chocolate companies attempted to redress the chocolate buying balance. White Day was introduced on …

New York synagogue vandalized in possible hate crime, police say

The synagogue released a statement early on Sunday morning addressing the incident, which they say was fueled by “hate and prejudice.” “We face this unfortunate experience not with discouragement, but with solid determination: to continue celebrating our faith, sharing our rich heritage, and offering our culture in an inclusive and warm environment,” the statement posted to Facebook begins. “ SNOW PLOW TRUCKS SABOTAGED WITH LATEX GLOVES IN NEW YORK TOWN At the same time, we acknowledge the disturbing and increasingly frequent incidents of hate and prejudice in our New York community and its destructive and divisive effects, especially on young people. We encourage each other and the public to stand up against it, whenever it occurs, whatever form it takes, and …

Regulate Facebook now, say UK MPs

The inquiry into fake news, which lasted more than a year, was conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, with much of the evidence focusing on the business practices of Facebook before and after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cambridge Analytica was a political advertising firm that had access to the data of millions of users, some of which was alleged used to psychologically profile US voters. The data was acquired via a personality quiz. How such data, particularly in terms of political campaigning, was shared by Facebook was at the heart of the inquiry, alongside the effects of fake news. “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ …

To Be A Man: My Portrait Series Challenging The Concept of Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity, a variation of masculinity, refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. It restricts the kinds of emotions and characteristics that are socially acceptable for boys and men to express. Toxic masculinity is a variation of masculinity that has become the standard upon which the “real man” is defined but also by which ones masculinity can be challenged (The Good Men Project). This topic is no more relevant today than it has been in the past, the only difference is that now it is being discussed more openly. My intent with this photo series is not to create anti-male sentiments or attack masculinity but, show that it’s …

Pension contribution hike to see pay fall

“This is going to affect up to 10 million people who’ve been auto-enrolled in the past few years, so the potential impact of this change is quite substantial.” The analysis carried out for the BBC by Hargreaves Lansdown suggests the annual take-home pay of someone earning £15,000 will typically be £49 lower, if they pay contributions on their entire salary. Someone on £30,000 will take home £253 less according to the calculations. The hit to net pay could have been bigger but a tax cut for most earners will soften the blow of higher auto-enrolment contributions. The personal allowance is due to increase to £12,500 from April. ‘Auto-enrolmaggedon’ Some in the industry worry lower take-home pay could lead people to …

Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page’s claim his church is anti-LGBT

(CNN)Chris Pratt is denying he attends a church that is anti-LGBTQ. On the talk show, Pratt told host Stephen Colbert that he was inspired to complete a 21-day fast by his pastor. “Oh. K. Um,” Page said on Twitter. “But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” The “Juno” star who married her wife, dancer-choreographer Emma Portner, last year, later tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides,” she tweeted. “The damage it causes is severe.” According to Vox, Pratt attends Zoe Church in …

Obituary: Andrea Levy

Image copyright Daily Herald Archive Image caption Levy’s father was aboard the Empire Windrush when it docked at Tilbury in 1948 Andrea Levy was born in London on 7 March 1956. She grew up in a council flat in north London, in the shadow of the Arsenal stadium. Both parents, Winston and Amy, were Jamaican-born of mixed descent. With both black, Scottish and Jewish grandparents, Levy knew she wasn’t white but didn’t think of herself as black either. Her light-skinned parents wanted to integrate and rejected a black identity. Andrea simply saw herself as “a bit dark” and knew “she needed to be careful”. Childhood was spent, she said, eating sweets and watching soap operas. She passed the 11-plus and, …

Matthijs de Ligt: Ajax’s latest homegrown hero

(CNN)There are few football clubs like Ajax. There are even fewer, perhaps, with as clear a pathway between academy and greatness. Matthijs de Ligt is the latest — not so much a cab off the rank as a Rolls Royce. He might just be the ultimate product of his environment. Ajax All-access: The Past They are the words of a natural leader, albeit one who was still four years from birth when Patrick Kluivert scored to clinch Ajax’s most recent European crown in 1995. The notion that age is but a number, perhaps, rings true nowhere more than at a club spearheaded by this impressive teenager. “Of course it’s an extra responsibility being captain of a club like Ajax,” he …

Many black pupils’ education ‘dumbed down’

Prof Steve Strand analysed data on six million children in England’s schools between 2005 and 2016. Social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) are a type of special educational needs that covers support with mental health problems and challenging behaviour. Motor maintenance Challenging behaviour is a big factor in pupil exclusions and shifts to alternative provision. Prof Strand said: “Black Caribbean children may be suffering an inappropriate and narrowed curriculum, from unwarranted over-identification, particularly [in] secondary schools. “This might mean they get less academically challenging, more vocationally orientated work perhaps,” he said, “like being shifted from maths to motor maintenance, or experience a lowered expectation of what they can do. “From the factors that we have measured – socio-economic background, …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

This AI Text Generator Is So Terrifyingly Good At Creating Fake News, Its Creators Dont Want To Release It

Artificially intelligent tech can be phenomenally (and hilariously) terrible at completing the tasks it sets out to accomplish. Think of the InspiroBot, an algorithm that infamously creates inspirational posters with questionable nuggets of wisdom along the lines of “before inspiration, comes the slaughter” and “if you want to get somewhere in life you have to try to be dead”. Or the AI-written Harry Potter novel (Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash), in which Ron performs “a kind of frenzied tap dance” before eating Hermione’s family. But now, researchers at San Francisco-based OpenAI have announced the development of a text generating algorithm that is so terrifyingly, mind-bendingly brilliant at its job that they’ve decided to keep …

Why you should use the local SEO Engine and TigerPress themes for affiliate offers or local pages ?

Do you build websites for yourself or local business clients using WordPress? Do you want to dominate the local search engine results for your local business, product or service? If so are you sick and tired of having to build a site from scratch and then do all that onpage seo, geo location and schema markup stuff that you don’t really understand or have the time to do, but you know is important and must be done so your site will rank high in the search engines. What if i told you that their was a NEW kind of WordPress theme where you could install the design with one click, that will automatically do all the onpage seo stuff for …

The Lover And The Fighter: Cory Booker And Elizabeth Warren Embody The 2020 Divide

LAWRENCE, Mass. ― As Sen. Democrat wants voters to know about her, it’s that she’s a fighter. The word “fight” is in the title of both of the books she’s written while in the Senate (A Fighting Chance and This Fight Is Our Fight). In the 40-minute speech she delivered Saturday, she used the word 28 times. “This is the fight of our lives,” Warren said to the crowd of 3,500 who gathered at a historic mill in freezing temperatures here, after telling a story about immigrant women striking for better pay and working conditions. “The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way.” Warren’s team …

India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020

New Delhi (CNN)There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care. By 2017, the number of arrivals more than doubled to 495,056, government figures show. Visa rules have also been changed to encourage applications. “The e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and medical attendant visas have been introduced to ease the travel process of medical tourists. The maximum duration of stay in India under the e-medical visa is a longer duration of six months,” Alphons said. Still, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to predictions, said Johanna Hanefeld, an associate professor of health policy and …

Gov. Ralph Northam Responds To Criticism Over ‘Indentured Servants’ Remark

While speaking with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King, the embattled Democrat was prompted to discuss his experience in dealing with his own public admission to having worn blackface in 1984. “Also known as slavery,” she said. Indentured servants were men and women who signed a contract that stipulated they would come to America and work for a certain number of years in exchange for passage, room, board and freedom dues. Northam, in a statement Monday, noted that a historian had told him the use of “indentured” to describe the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia was more “historically accurate.” “Virginia needs someone that can heal,” Northam said he’s learned several things since the controversy began unfolding, including that he …

Guy Makes Eminem Smile By Photoshopping His Pics And They Look Better Now (14 Pics)

Ever Since Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem (amongst other names) exploded on the scene in the late 90s, he has become a firmly established part of our pop culture. From his controversial, and often humorous beginnings under the persona Slim Shady, he evolved over time into a more serious, introspective figure that made us think more deeply about social and psychological issues such as poverty, inequality and addiction. Photoshop funster Hide The Pain Harold‘ meme. “I have always manipulated faces, it’s just funny to me,” Mike told Bored Panda. “I always look for new manipulations, and ways to go about it. I came across a plugin that allows photoshop to scour the web for close matches.” “Although I had some success, …