Women to head top EU institutions for first time

Ursula von der Leyen to head European commission and Christine Lagarde to lead ECB Two women have won the backing of the EUs leaders to head the European commission and European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance at the top of the blocs institutions. After three days of tortuous negotiations, Germanys defence minister, improved maternity and paternity benefits as Germanys family affairs minister and drove forward boardroom gender quotas. She has been working to increase funding for the countrys armed forces in her most recent government role although she has been mired in controversy over the awarding of contracts and has faced criticism about gaps in military readiness. On Brexit, she has fully supported the …

Trump says he is ‘extremely angry’ about Khashoggi murder, but defends MBS relationship

Osaka, Japan (CNN)President Donald Trump said Friday he was “extremely angry and very unhappy” about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but claimed that “nobody has directly pointed a finger” at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite the conclusions of the CIA and a United Nations report. And despite Trump’s claim that “nobody has directly pointed a finger” at bin Salman,his own CIA, according to a senior US official and a source familiar with the matter, concluded the Saudi ruler authorized the brutal murder, CNN reported in November 2018. A United Nations report released last week also implicated bin Salman. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told CNN earlier this month that the UN report …

The Field Trip From Hell: The Handmaids Tale Recap Betches

Blessed be the fruit! This week on the Handmaid’s Tale, the Waterfords take June on a field trip to Washington D.C., which is now the scariest place on Earth apart from the inside of Fred Waterford’s mind. Fab. We open on a group of Marthas who are all praying for Nichole as a result of Mr. Waterford’s extended prayer/PR campaign. It’s this campaign that has gotten the Waterfords invited to D.C., where Mr. Waterford will be hosting a national prayer-a-thon. June also has to come because they need to present an image of a perfect Gilead family—man, woman, and sex slave. Just as the Lord intended. June takes the Amtrak down to D.C. with Aunt Lydia (I’m assuming they sat …

Ali Smith: Toni Morrisons writing changes my life every time I read it

The novelist on Muriel Spark, Katherine Mansfield and learning to read with the Beatles The books I am currently readingVolume 1 of a really good new collection of Katherine Mansfields letters, still in manuscript; Isabel Colegates Orlando trilogy; a tiny book of Camuss speeches called Create Dangerously; and Arundhati Roys new essay collection, Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye but all of her writing does this every time and her profound understanding of what books do and what theyre for. The book I wish Id writtenThis changes by the week, month, day. Right now its Namwali Serpells The Old Drift, her debut novel and a sprawling lifeforce, a history of Zambia partly told by mosquitoes. The book that influenced my writingLewis …

How pop divas dominated Glastonbury’s last day

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristine and the Queens on equality in music The Cure might have been headlining the Pyramid Stage, but Glastonbury’s final day was all about envelope-pushing pop divas. Billie Eilish, Janelle Monae and Christine And The Queens played across the site, bringing with them messages of liberation, empowerment and acceptance. Monae, who headlined the West Holts stage, delivered a potent mix of sex and politics, encouraging the crowd to embrace their sexuality by declaring: “Say it loud, I’m dirty and proud”. A field away, Christine and the Queens’ Heloise Letissier was also preaching tolerance, pronouncing the Other Stage “a safe space – because if there’s no judgment, then anything can happen”. Both artists …

Woman Buys An Uruk-Hai Sword, Shows The World How Helpful It is In Daily Life (17 Pics)

For those of you not in the know, the Uruk-Hai are an advanced breed of Orcs from fictional universe of Middle-earth. We don’t know a great deal about them except that they are soldiers of ultimate evil, a cut above your average Orc, and they carry a mean-looking scimitar that, it turns out, has far more uses than slashing, cutting and raiding Gondor. So when Tumblr user “Such as making the bed” “Getting things off high shelves” “Reaching the remote when it’s too far away” “I don’t know how I survived life without it” “We hang up lights” “Wrap presents” “My roommates came home early” “We’ll meet you at the altar” Pretty much exactly what anyone should do if they find themselves in …

This Is How 8 Different Locations Around The World Look Across The Four Seasons

Nature’s extraordinary ability to change shows it’s alive and always ready to surprise. Each season is painted with fascinating contrasts, vivid colors and magical atmospheres, and although there are four official seasons, none of them look the same in different corners of the world. If you don’t have to change wardrobe every quarter of the year, you can only recognize two – wet and dry – seasons or your surroundings look a bit monochromatic, this is a perfect opportunity to experience, explore and compare the four seasons across the world! #1 Bethesda Terrace (New York, USA) You may think of New York as back-to-back buildings and hustle, and that’s certainly part of the appeal for New Yorkers and visitors alike. …

How A Policy To Stop Abortions Led To 40 Percent More Abortions

Over the last 25 years, the USA has swung backwards and forwards on the Mexico City policy, also known as the “global gag rule”, depending on the party in power. The policy is intended to reduce the number of abortions, not in America but in places poor enough to receive American aid. Opponents describe the policy as cruel and harmful to women, while supporters believe it’s a totemic protection of the unborn. Medical scientists have shown it has the exact opposite effect to its intent. First introduced by Ronald Reagan in 1984, the Mexico City policy not only bans American aid going to the performance of abortions but prevents federal funding going to other activities run by agencies that perform abortions. Even …

‘Unless we do something pretty miraculous’: Trump expects ICE raids to happen after July 4

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said that his administration still plans to launch a series of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids starting in about a week, sometime after the July Fourth holiday. He said that the raids would come “starting in a week after — sometime after July 4th,” later adding that “at the end of the second week we’ll be removing people, legally removing (them).” On Thursday, the Democrat-led House passed a $4.6 billion emergency border funding bill that originated in the Senate and will go to the White House for the President’s signature. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed down from an effort to alter the legislation, saying instead that the House would “reluctantly” take up the Senate bill “to …

‘Sad And Grossed Out’ Taylor Swift Calls Out Scooter Braun, Kim Kardashian, & Kanye West – MUST Read! – Perez Hilton

Early this morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that talent manager Scooter Braun purchased Big Machine Records — and with it, the entire catalogue of pop superstar Taylor Swift‘s old material. It was a hell of a surprise to some, especially since Swift has long desired to own her own music — be it with a more fair record deal than the one she signed as a teenager with Big Machine’s previous owner, Scott Borchetta, or by purchasing her catalogue out from under the sale here. Regardless, that’s impossible now, as Braun owns the entire thing — and Swift is NOT happy about it. Hours ago, Swift took to Tumblr to post her dissatisfaction at the fact that Braun now owns her entire music catalogue — and …

We need law enforcement’s help to keep gun silencers from falling into the wrong hands

(CNN)Gunfire is loud — it can even be louder than a jet engine at takeoff. In an active shooter situation, being able to hear the distinct sound of gunshots can mean the difference between life and death. Silencers — or suppressors, as the National Rifle Association likes to brand them — serve a single purpose: to diminish the sound of gunfire. In the wrong hands, they are not only a serious safety risk to the public, but also make it more difficult for law enforcement to locate armed individuals, putting more innocent lives at risk. That’s why I introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement for Safer Firearm Transfers Act to bring law enforcement to the table when evaluating who should be …

Giant Flightless Bird Standing 11 Feet Tall Unexpectedly Roamed Europe Alongside Early Humans

The fossilized remains of a giant bird – three times the size of a modern ostrich and weighing twice as much as New Zealand’s extinct giant moa – has been discovered unexpectedly in a cave in eastern Europe, half a world away from where all previous known giant extinct birds lived. This is the first evidence that early Europeans lived alongside huge birds, and most likely hunted and ate them. It had been thought that gigantism in birds only developed on island landmasses such as New Zealand, Australia, and Madagascar. The newly described species, Pachystruthio dmanisensis, was previously known to researchers through a few samples of bones but no one had calculated the size of the creature, and they were stunned …

5 Side Effects Of Pregnancy That Don’t Suck Betches

We have all heard about the atrocious things that happen to your body (and mind) once you get pregnant. Your bones ache as they move to accommodate the human tapeworm inside of you. Your hair falls out. You break out into zits from your back to your butt all the way up to your forehead. You’re moody. You’re emotional. You eat everything and can’t stop. This little miracle takes over your whole body and, like a terrible tenant, leaves it in way rougher shape than he or she found it. They didn’t even have to pay a security deposit, which is so rude. But what about all the good “symptoms” of pregnancy? Did you know you may actually lose weight? …

Trump Immigration Official Blames The Dad In Viral Border Drowning Photo

During an interview, Óscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old child, Valeria, can be seen face down in the water of the Rio Grande. The pair had fled El Salvador, hoping to apply for asylum in America. The photograph set off a renewed firestorm over Trump’s immigration policies. The White House has faced sharp criticism over the treatment of young children at border detention facilities this month, including one site that was found to have filthy conditions and a lack of basic toiletries like toothbrushes and soap. Trump has replaced many of the nation’s top immigration officials in recent months, dissatisfied with their efforts to rein in migration across the U.S.-Mexico border. Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia and an …

Poisoned by their homes: how the US is failing children exposed to lead

Hundreds of thousands of children in the US remain at risk of exposure to lead, which causes cognitive and behavioral deficits Antoinette Catholdi-Dow, a 30-year-old mother of two, first started noticing little bite marks on the window sills in 2015, when her son was about two and a half years old. The window sills were the perfect height to help her toddler pull himself up to stand and walk. Eventually, Catholdi-Dow would enter the room and catch her son nibbling along their edges. By this point, her son had already been diagnosed with both autism and pica, which is an eating disorder that causes a person to crave and eat non-food items. After a few months of this behavior, her …