City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity

Hong Kong (CNN)As dramatic images of tear gas being fired at protesters in Hong Kong campaigning against a controversial China extradition bill were beamed around the globe this week, it seemed that a city best known for its financial markets was fast gaining a reputation for its political protest culture. Hong Kong has a long and storied history of political protest, beginning in its days as a British Colony, and continuing past its handover to Beijing in 1997.

Here are 5 ways to show your patriotism on Flag Day 2019

(CNN)There are three weeks until the Fourth of July, but if you can’t wait til then to celebrate the Stars and Stripes, we have another patriotic holiday for you. 1. Learn the proper way to display and handle the flag Today is actually part of a larger patriotic celebration — Flag Week — during which police stations, fire departments and schools are urged to display the flag and government buildings are required to. Join in by flying the red, white and blue outside your home. Just be aware that flag etiquette requires that no other flag can be flown higher than the national flag and that the flag cannot touch the ground or any surfaces beneath it. For more guidelines …

‘The Boondocks’ is being rebooted with original creator Aaron McGruder on board

(CNN)The foul-mouthed Freemans are making a return to TV. McGruder revived the comic strip earlier this year on Instagram. #BoondocksBack The following message is from Aaron Mcgruder. “Did these for fun (and to see if I still could). More to come… exactly how much more is tough to say. These strips were only possible due to the enormous talent of my good friend Seung Kim, who did the animation for the old show – and he’s a busy guy. Thanks to him and thanks to Charlamagne for putting these out for me while I get my instagram act together.” AM A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Feb 5, 2019 at 8:15am PST Variety reports that the reboot “chronicles the …

‘Most dangerous’ gang leader thanks police

But having served his sentence at HMP Grendon – a therapeutic community prison – he said he has “another chance at life.” “I could have ended up dead,” he said. “I could have ended up killing somebody. Who knows what would have happened. “Without prison, I don’t think I would have found a way out.” Image caption Carlus said he feels the damage his gang caused is “irreversible now” Mr Grant admitted he “terrorised” Allenton but said he was “100% sorry” for what he did. “I feel in some respects the damage we caused the community is kind of irreversible now.” he said. “It’s far from a glamorous lifestyle. “I feel like I owe a debt of trying to help, …

Meryl Streep Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep. Father: Harry Streep Jr., pharmaceutical company executive Mother: Mary (Wilkinson) Streep, commercial artist Marriage: Don Gummer (1978-present) Children: Louisa, 1991; Grace, 1986; Mary Willa “Mamie,” 1983; Henry, 1979 Education: Vassar College, B.A., 1971; Yale University, M.F.A., 1975 Other Facts: Nominated for 21 Academy Awards with three wins. Nominated for one Tony Award, but did not win. Nominated for four Emmy Awards and won three Nominated for five Grammy Awards, but has not won. Took opera singing lessons as a child. Meryl is a combination of her first and middle names. Frequently plays roles of historical female figures. Has played Ethel Rosenberg, Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher. Timeline: 1971 – …

As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help

(CNN)There’s no question: The ongoing measles outbreak in New York is in a league of its own. New York’s effort thus far “doesn’t feel sufficient anymore,” a federal health official told CNN. “You’ve had eight months of sustained transmission and most people would agree you’re not ahead of it.” While observers said New York officials have worked long and hard at quelling the outbreak, they pointed out some areas where there have been missteps. First, public health experts criticized the state for allowing children to go to school even if they’re not vaccinated. Second, some say health authorities in the state waited too long before asking the federal government to send in help. Third, there are concerns state authorities botched …

She wants women to have good sex. So she started a website where they can talk about it (safely)

That was the question put to women in a blog post published earlier this year in a country that is deeply religious. “Within the international development discourse, whenever African women’s sexual and reproductive health is mentioned, they are spoken about as vectors of disease, or the conversation is about needing to control the fertility of African women,” she says. “This discourse leaves out so much, specifically, the importance of African women controlling their own bodies. Pleasure is connected to well-being and so comprehensive sex education is essential to a woman’s full development. If you don’t have control over your body, what can you really have control over?” Kobby Ankomah-Graham has been part of the Adventures community since the blog launched, …

Trust’s ‘decade of failure’ to be reviewed

“The lack of timely safety improvements following their deaths is completely unacceptable and it’s important the NHS understands why this happened and what lessons can be learned to prevent the same mistakes happening again.” The review, to be led by NHS Improvement, will consider whether to recommend a public inquiry. Related Topics Mental health NHS Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Pose’ has a potent message: don’t wait, just live

(CNN)The second season of the groundbreaking FX drama “Pose” takes place in 1990, but too many of its themes are painfully familiar in 2019. Transgender women are still disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Our community continues to face widespread employment discrimination, poverty and harassment. “Pose” continues to tackle these topics with sensitivity in its new slate of episodes. But what makes this series so powerful is its unapologetic depiction of transgender joy. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook In the season two premiere of “Pose,” a supportive nurse tries to encourage Blanca, a de facto mother to a crew of young LGBTQ people of color who is struggling with her own survival, to take her …

How One Of The NRA’s Biggest Foes Found Her Voice

On December 14, 2012, Shannon Watts was folding laundry in front of the television when she heard the news: Twenty little children had been shot to death inside their elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Watts, a stay-at-home mother of five, began to cry. But as she continued watching coverage of the tragedy, her emotions flipped from desolate to furious. The prevailing attitude, aired by resigned pundits, was that shootings were inevitable. The next day, she decided to act. Envisioning a group of moms working against gun violence, in the vein of Moms Against Drunk Driving, she created a Facebook page calling for action. At the time, she had 75 friends on the social media platform. Now seven years later, …

Trump reveled in visit with Queen, history and his family

Limerick, Ireland (CNN)It was the presidential version of what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation: Buckingham Palace to see bearskin-hatted guards; Normandy for the hallowed rows of fallen American heroes; and the west of Ireland for a round of golf on the Atlantic-facing links. Still, in the palaces and cabinet rooms the President leaves behind, there is relief among foreign officials that Trump’s European adventure ended without the kind of embarrassing episode that have colored some of his past jaunts abroad. Not to say it was all smooth cruising. Trump lashed out at left-leaning politicians in London and made little attempt to mask his preferences in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister. At times he seemed less-than-fully-aware of the issues that are being debated …

The ’embarrassing stain’ on history

“It’s a stain on history, a bit messy, embarrassing. There’s not a lot [of information] about, you really have to dig.” John Donovan, 33, and Mohammed Abdullah, 21, a fireman on a ship, died in Cardiff, while Frederick Henry Longman, a former soldier, died after being stabbed in Barry. Mr Abdullah died in hospital from a fractured skull after being attacked inside a boarding house in Bute Street. Mr Donovan, a former solider who worked on the railways, had been shot through his heart and lung at a house in Millicent Street – close to where the modern-day St David’s shopping centre now stands. It is claimed that there was a fourth victim, Harold Smart, 20. His throat was cut, …

Blanket free TV licence for over-75s scrapped

The number of households which could be eligible to apply for pension credit could number 1.5 million by 2020. The BBC Board said it was the “fairest option to help the poorest pensioners”. BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Clementi on the BBC’s decision to scrap blanket free licences for over 75s “We think it’s fair to those over 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of cuts that would have been necessary if the concession had been extended,” he added. “There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid …

What happens when women rule

(CNN)The Nevada legislature, which concluded its biennial session on Monday, is making history and not just statistically. At 52%, this state house is the first to become majority female, and what a difference that is proving to make, particularly when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. The penalties for having an abortion — or carrying one out — are worse. In Louisiana, a woman’s reward for being the victim of a sexual assault: bearing and raising her rapist’s child. In Alabama, abortion has been almost entirely banned, including in cases of rape and incest. In Georgia, once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the unborn child is considered a “natural person,” leaving women who get an abortion and doctors who perform …

People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the ‘sober curious’

New York (CNN Business)Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first “shrub” an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol. “It’s such a part of the culture, especially here in San Francisco that I would go out for dinner and have two to three drinks everyday,” Silicon Valley entrepreneur Justin Kan, the CEO of law-tech startup Atrium, told CNN Business. He said he has seen a shift recently within his tech circle. “I was at a dinner with a lot of tech people last night and probably half the people weren’t drinking.” Kan announced last month, in a post on Twitter, that he was giving …

How Phil Mitchell ended up on Time cover

Cold War Steve, whose real name is Christopher Spencer, tells BBC News he was shopping in his local Asda in Birmingham when the “incredible” email offer came through last week. “I was in the condiment section and saw it was from Time magazine in New York and I was like, ‘bloody hell! This is it… break the States!’” he says. “As with Brexit, America and the Trump administration is such a rich seam for my kind of work and we were thinking how on earth would we take this British brand of satire and humour to America?” Image copyright Cold War Steve/Time Image caption Bungle can be seen selling tea and chips next to Phil Mitchell Follow us on Facebook, …