Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …


London attack: Victim Melissa Cochran returns to US – BBC News

April 18, 2017

He added that Mrs Cochran, who was in a wheelchair when she joined a service for the families and survivors of the attack at Westminster Abbey on 5 April, was healing faster than expected. Victims of the London attack London attack: What we know so far In depth: Westminster terror attack The other people killed on the bridge were Aisha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, …


Dems Challenge Kushner’s Security Clearance Over Hidden Russian Meetings

April 15, 2017

… last week revealing that Kusher failed to disclose dozens of foreign contacts when he filled out an FBI national security form, as required for his clearance. Those contacts included at least two meetings with high-level Russians while Kushner was working on Trumps transition: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, an executive of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, which was under U.S. sanctions. Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, was a …


The Anti-Defamation League Is Offering Sean Spicer Remedial Holocaust Lessons

April 14, 2017

… historically inaccurate but they also were inappropriate and offensive. attempted several times to clarify his remarksand faced Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, called for Spicers resignationin a statement on Twitter, saying the press secretary hadengaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable. Later that day, Spicer offer an apologywhen he was interviewed by CNNs Wolf Blitzer. But for many critics, Spicers …


Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

April 13, 2017

… Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in a challenge to President Donald Trump. Barack Obama was no master of world affairs either when he entered the Oval Office. But Obamas form of hubris to lecture the world on its moral failings was less perilous, at least in the short run. Making snap judgments about world leaders with nuclear weapons or even claimingthat you are making such judgments can complicate things quickly, and do irreversible damage in societies …


Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

… a five-time Tour winner with two top 10s in majors, while Scott, Schwartzel and two-time runner-up Westwood form a formidable chasing pack. The 25-year-old Pieters, who played a starring role for Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup with four wins out of five matches, is bidding to become the first debutant since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters. In all, 14 players will go into Sunday within six shots of the lead, including grand slam-chasing Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, who needs the …


London attack: Royals to attend Westminster service – BBC News

April 6, 2017

BBC correspondent Peter Hunt said the service would attempt to offer hope rather than being a memorial. There will be a focus on the diverse nature of society, with prayers offered to protect the country from the forces of division and hatred, he said. The victims were Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London; and father-of-two PC Keith Palmer, 48. Home Secretary Amber …


Pill presses for counterfeit drugs seized in record numbers

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Machines used to make counterfeit pills are reaching the US border in record numbers. US Customs and Border Protection is seizing pill presses at a rate 19 times higher than in 2011. That’s the year the synthetic drug fentanyl exploded in the US drug market, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. While the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration deals with a national problem of synthetic fentanyl overdoses, these machines are playing a …


Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?

March 16, 2017

… Wittman (Virginia) — “I do not think this bill will do what is necessary for the short and long-term best interests of Virginians and therefore, I must oppose it.” 5. Dave Brat (Virginia) — “I can’t support.” 6. Andy Harris (Maryland) — Opposes in its current form 7. Darrell Issa (California) — Bill “not in a form I can approve of” 8. Tom Massie (Kentucky) — “Stinking pile of garbage” 9. Ted Yoho (Florida) …


Singapore Sling gets a makeover

March 15, 2017

… The gin is inspired by the hotel’s location but is also a nod to Sir Stamford, who developed Singapore as a port for the spice trade and who had an avid interest in botany. He even cultivated spices on Government Hill, now Fort Canning in Singapore. Six botanicals that would have gone into an original London gin, and that go into every Sipsmith bottle, form the base of Raffles 1915: juniper, coriander, orris root, angelica, cinnamon and lemon peel. On top of that Sipsmith has added …


Water Utility That Dared Challenge Farm Pollution Says Big Ag Is Trying To Destroy It

March 9, 2017

Des Moines Water Works CEO Bill Stowe says theres a word for an Iowa bill that proposes to dissolve the utility hes overseen for four years: retribution. But Stowe said Iowas mighty agribusiness interests are seeking justice of a different form by pushing legislation that would eliminate the utility altogether as revenge for the legal action. The legislation, introduced last month, would dissolve existing independent water utilities in Des Moines, as well as in the neighboring suburbs of West …


Oklahoma legislator’s questionnaire asks Muslims: ‘Do you beat your wife?’

March 6, 2017

(CNN)Three Muslim students who wanted to talk with an Oklahoma state legislator about Islam were told to fill out a questionnaire first, said a state leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “Do you beat your wife?” said one question on the form Rep. John Bennett’s assistant gave them. “Do you denounce the terrorist organization Hamas?” was another. The law student and two high school students were shocked and insulted because the 17 questions were …


CNN 10 – March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

… governmental power. It is required to, quote, “unswervingly adhere to the leaders of the Communist Party of China”. Our next topic today is slavery. Experts estimate there are more slaves today than there’d been at anytime in history. Forty-eight-point-five million people currently live in some form of bondage, according to the global slavery index. This includes people who are forced to work, forced in a marriage, bought and sold as commodities. The United Nations says human …