Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world – BBC News

July 5, 2017

“I think there would be a different sense of care. Definitely.” Image copyright BBC/Getty Images Image caption Director Vicky Featherstone (left) and writer Abi Morgan have helped create the show “But your question to me was, do you think the world would be a better place if women did [rule it]? “At the moment, it isn’t equal. It is men ruling the world. And I think it would be a…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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Steph Curry adds richest NBA contract ever to go with championships, MVP awards

July 2, 2017

Image:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The golden boy of the NBA’s champion Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry, is officially the best paid player in the entire league. Curry’s new contract, which was confirmed early Saturday morning during the NBA’s free agency period, will pay the two-time league MVP a whopping $201 million of the course of five years. SEE ALSO: ESPN launches new podcast series, bringing back TrueHoop cast to NBA…

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Police: Venus Williams at fault in car crash that led to fatality

June 30, 2017

(CNN)A police report says that Venus Williams is responsible for a car accident earlier this month in Florida, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died. According to the report, Linda Barson told police she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light. The report states that light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when…

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A catwalk show with real people instead of models – and it was beautiful – BBC News

June 30, 2017

They’re real people who are walking a catwalk in the middle of Manchester to create a live “self-portrait of the city” – an idea dreamed up by artist Jeremy Deller. Image copyright Getty Images It’s a simple idea. A platform that normally celebrates superficial appearance is instead used to celebrate the everyday brilliance and resilience of the people of the city. And it’s more beautiful than any fashion show. Beautiful,…

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Transgender firefighter marches as NYC Pride Parade grand marshal

June 26, 2017

(CNN)When Brooke Guinan joined the New York City Fire Department in 2008 she publicly presented herself as a man. She had no idea that on Sunday she’d be one of the NYC Pride Parade’s grand marshals while identifying as a transgender woman. Before joining the department, Guinan was unsure what her professional life would look like.

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was…

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

Image: mashable composite; hbo/shutterstock These days, it seems like everybody has the same old theories about Game Of Thrones. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Daenerys is Azor Ahai Jon Snow is half Targaryan Jaime is going to kill Cersei. Can you say boring? How have fan theories about our favorite show become so dull when there are still so many avenues left unexplored? As a huge GoT geek, I really…

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Amanda Bynes gives her first interview in 4 years, and it’s everything we could have hoped for

June 11, 2017

Amanda Bynes is back, everyone, and she’s better than ever. After almost four years away from cameras living it up as a fashion student, a lace-clad Bynes reveals in a new interview with Hollyscoop that she’s working towards a clothing line of her own as well as a return to the small screen. SEE ALSO: Teen fashionistas slay in their handmade Planned Parenthood dresses “I’m going to start acting again,”…

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Student asks T-Pain for a senior quote and gets an amazing response

June 10, 2017

Open up the average school yearbook and you’ll find a variety of choices for senior quotes. They can range from anywhere from the bizarre to the charming. However, few can boast that their senior quote was personally curated by a hip hop mogul and mid-2000s pop icon named T-Pain. Gabriel Silvan proved that it is, indeed, possible. Here’s the breakdown of what Silvan describes as “a series of very, very,…

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Police Tell Londoners to Run and Hide as Attack Underway in London

June 4, 2017

LONDONBritain came under terrorist attack for the third time in less than three months on Saturday night as Scotland Yard warned Londoners to run and hide after at least 20 people were killed or injured by a marauding gang of terrorists. Pedestrians were mowed down by a white van that swerved into a crowd on London Bridge. The vehicle continued to Borough market on the southern bank of the River…

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Justin Bieber’s Wednesday morning Instagram spam is full of mystery

June 1, 2017

Image: photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Since Just Bieber returned to Instagram, he’s used the platform to experiment with artistic expression, whether he’s announcing his conjunctivitis diagnosis of documenting his abs. Usually, he’s documenting his abs. This morning, Bieber was so inspired that he Instagrammed 26 times in a single hour, including a TMZ screenshot of himself getting into an altercation and a photoshop of his head on Halsey’s…

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Liam Gallagher: ‘I love you Manchester…’ – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright PA Gallagher once said that he would never go solo, as he was not an idiot (shall we say, as we can’t bring you the actual naughty word here). But things change, and eight new solo tracks from forthcoming album As You Were, like Wall of Glass – which was partially leaked last week – were greeted with warm cheers and applause. The most rapturous noises of the…

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Soccer official rides drone to fly game ball to Portuguese Cup Final referee

May 29, 2017

New rule: From now on, all sporting events must begin with an official bringing the game ball to the referee via the magic of drone-style hoverboard vehicles. That can be the only conclusion after watching the absolutely insane demonstration recorded at the Portuguese Cup Final on Sunday, which started with a man riding on air, Green Goblin style, and landing delicately in front of a ref to deliver the game’s…

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmateur footage shows armed police on Searby Rd, Gorton MI5 is to hold an inquiry into the way it dealt with warnings from the public that the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was a potential threat. Whitehall officials have acknowledged the security service will examine what assumptions had been made about the 22-year-old before last Monday’s attack. It has emerged it was…

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