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 …

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 …

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.”

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 …

Big university gender pay gap revealed

This is the second year that both public and private sector companies have been required to report their gender pay gap figures. Want to find out the gender pay gap where you work? Try the calculator below. How big is the pay gap at…? Type in a company name below …for every £10 the average man earns… …the average woman takes home [[PercOfMen]] Number of companies by pay gap >50 25 0% 25 >50 If you cannot see the calculator, please click here The public sector employs 5.3 million people, representing about one-sixth of the UK workforce. Many universities also report a high bonus gender gap – the difference between what men and women are paid in bonuses. The University …

TV GP ‘prescribes’ fortnight Fortnite ban

His message has been retweeted more than 350 times and liked by more than 3,000 people, with many commenting that they would like a similar prescription for their child. Skip Twitter post by @DrAmirKhanGP The best prescription I gave today was to an 11yr old lad “No Minecraft or Fortnight for two weeks, doctors orders!” Addictive computer games impacting his life I even wrote it on a prescription pad and signed it! Good luck to the pharmacist who gets that!😂#ThursdayThoughts — Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) March 28, 2019 Los Angeles-based Mr Adair set up Game Quitters after battling an addiction to gaming that saw him playing up to 16 hours a day. He said gaming addiction “can be devastating” …

Bookmakers pull new games after criticism

The Betfred game involved two cyclists on a screen in shops racing on a velodrome track with numbers on it. When the cyclist at the rear catches the one in front, the number they are on is the winning number. The numbers are 1 to 36, mirroring those on a roulette wheel, and other bets can be placed on odd or even numbers, colours, rows and columns. Customers could bet up to £500. Paddy Power’s game, with a maximum stake of £100 – the level before this week’s FOBT rule-change – also involved betting on numbers between 1 and 36. Act responsibly Ahead of the commission’s intervention, both firms drew fire from critics. Shadow culture minister Tom Watson described them …

Connie Constance: ‘British blood ain’t all the same’

“We’re all from these different cultures now really,” she explains, “but there are so many things that we’re so in line with, no matter where you are from, or whether you are left or right. “So that’s kind of my tune that represents how I’m feeling and how a lot of people I think are feeling about what’s going on with the Brexit thing,” adds Connie, in the type of plain-speak that has arguably been missing over at Whitehall. Report End of Youtube post by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Report End of Youtube post 2 by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Image copyright Getty Images & Sohpie Jones Image caption Watford’s finest: Sir Elton John, Connie and Anthony ‘AJ’ …

This TV Sitcom Broke New Ground By Portraying A Same-Sex Wedding In 1991

Fox sitcom “Roc” The series, which aired from 1991 to 1994, starred Charles Dutton as Charles “Roc” Emerson, a Baltimore garbage collector and family man, and Ella Joyce as his wife Eleanor, a nurse. Can’t Help Loving That Man” introduced audiences to Roc’s gay uncle Russell (played by Richard Roundtree), who surprised his family members when he revealed plans to tie the knot with his male partner, Chris (Stephen Poletti). In network television first, the 1991 episode concluded with the mixed-race couple’s wedding ― which, since same-sex marriage was still years away from being legal in any U.S. state, amounted to a symbolic commitment ceremony. Culture Cruise” video series, Seattle-based writer As Baume points out, the episode set itself apart from earlier portrayals of …

Lucy Flores Still Wants An Apology From Joe Biden

Lucy Flores, the former Nevada assemblywoman who on Friday said she felt uncomfortable during an encounter with then-Vice President “listen respectfully” to her story.  “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said. “And not once ― never ― did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.” wrote last week in an essay for The Cut that she met Biden Biden came up behind her, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair and kissed her head Four years later, the field is just different. There are qualified …

Demi Lovato Shames Article Body-Shaming Her: I Am More Than My Weight

Demi Lovato flipped the script on a body-shaming headline about her “fuller figure.”  “I am not my weight,” she wrote on Friday across a screenshot of the story with the headline “Demi Lovato Appears To Have Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA.”  “I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she wrote. “Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.” Lovato has been outspoken about her struggle with an eating disorder, which she sought treatment for in 2010. shared a photo of herself in the midst of her eating disorder …

Brunei defends planned embrace of extreme Islamic laws

The laws have been rolling out in different phases since 2014 and will be fully implemented next week, according to a statement on Saturday from the prime minister’s office. BRUNEI DEEMS GAY SEX AND ADULTERY PUNISHABLE WITH DEATH BY STONING Sharia law, apart from criminalizing and deterring acts that are against the teachings of Islam, “also aims to educate, respect and protect the legitimate rights of all individuals, society or nationality of any faiths and race,” the statement said, per Reuters. Hollywood icon George Clooney recently spoke out against the harsh penalties for homosexuality, urging a boycott of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel because its owner is Brunei’s leader. The sultan of Brunei, 72, has stayed in power for nearly 52 …

Lyft rises 8.7% on its first day of trading

(CNN)For years, Uber tried to bulldoze ahead of Lyft and other rivals through a mix of aggressive fundraising and dirty tricks. At one point in 2017, Uber’s former CEO, Travis Kalanick, was caught bragging on video that it was “a piece of cake” to compete with Lyft. “I’ve beaten them,” he said. Lyft priced its initial public offering at $72 a share on Thursday, valuing the company at around $24 billion. The amount was above its original proposed price range of $62 to $68 a share. In an unusual move, Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer joined other execs to kick off their Wall Street debut at a former car dealership in Los Angeles, thousands of miles from the …