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Survivors of Florida school shooting plan march on Washington to demand gun control -

Survivors of Florida school shooting plan march on Washington to demand gun controlYoung survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting say they will march on Washington next month to demand action on gun control. On Sunday they spoke out angrily against President Donald Trump as he tried to blame Democrats for failing to pass legislation when Barack Obama was in power and rebuked the FBI for failing to act on warnings that Nikolas Cruz was a danger. Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder after being arrested in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale. Students said they will make Wednesday's shooting a turning point in America’s gun debate. Survivors appeared on Sunday morning political talk shows where they announced their March for Our Lives campaign. David Hogg a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks at a rally calling for more gun control in Fort Lauderdale Credit: Reuters Emma Gonzalez named Mr Trump and Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, demanding they think again about their alliance with the National Rifle Association. "Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet," she said on NBC’s Meet the Press. The students have promised to become the face of a national movement for stricter gun control. They plan to travel to the state capitol in Tallahassee this week and are organising anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24. Several condemned Mr Trump after he said on Saturday that the FBI may have been too distracted by the Russia investigation to follow up tip-offs that may have prevented the slaughter. He repeated his comments on Sunday despite the outrage. HUGE outrage over my response to #ParklandSchoolShooting & #Russian cyberattacks. If protecting #Russia & #NRA while blaming #FBI & school kids is treason, then I’m #TreasonousTrump! Oh, that’s the EXACT definition of treason? #FakeNews! #TrumpRussia#Trumpswamp— Donald J. Trump (@Trumptweets2020) February 18, 2018 "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," David Hogg, an 18-year-old Douglas senior, told NBC. "How dare you!" The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a warning that Cruz owned a gun and had threatened to kill. Couple who looked after Florida shooting suspect The students' outrage over Mr Trump's comments came a day after hundreds of gun control advocates rallied at the Broward County federal courthouse with students who survived the attack, parents and community leaders to demand a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the state.


Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:26:16 -0500

Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in Syria -

Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in SyriaTurkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, its foreign minister said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region. Turkey has never used any kind of chemical weapons," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at the Munich Security Conference.


Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:00:06 -0500

Duchess of Cambridge wears green with black sash in nod to Time's Up movement as Bafta stars turn out in black -

Duchess of Cambridge wears green with black sash in nod to Time's Up movement as Bafta stars turn out in blackThe Duchess of Cambridge has given just a nod to the Time’s Up movement in a sombre dark green dress with black sash, as she eschews an unofficial all-black dress code for this year’s Bafta ceremony. The Duchess has been presented with a difficult dilemma ahead of the awards, after actresses and industry leaders circulated a letter asking attendees to wear black. Members of the Royal Family are supposed to avoid all political statements, leaving the Duchess with a stark choice between being accused of overstepping her position or being the only woman wearing colour. In the event, she took the middle ground, wearing a dark green Jenny Packham gown with a black sash to blend in with the dark dress code. Neither the Duke or the Duchess appeared to be wearing the Time’s Up lapel pin, which many others had donned to walk the the red carpet. A spokesman for Kensington Palace did not comment on the choice. The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a dark green gown and a black sash at the Baftas this evening Credit: James Whatling Amanda Berry, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Credit: James Gourley/BAFTA//REX/Shutterstock It comes after nearly 200 women in the film industry have already signed an open letter demanding the eradication of sexual harassment from across all industries, using Bafta as a moment to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity”. Signatories including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, and Jodie Whittaker called on women to use their “collective power” to propel the Time’s Up movement, arguing high-profile stars "need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us". The letter reads: "In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman. The Royal couple arrived shortly after 6.30pm this evening Credit: Yui Mok/PA "It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone." A letter circulated to female nominees weeks ahead of the awards show urged stars to follow the example of the Golden Globes, to leave a room full of women in all-black as a “strong, unifying and simple statement". The protest was not reserved for dresses alone: in a move mirroring the Golden Globes last month, actresses including Arterton, Harris, Andrea Riseborough, Gemma Chan, and Tessa Thompson were accompanied by campaigners. Gemma Arterton is one of the many actresses who signed the letter Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision Their guests include Laura Bates who founded the Everyday Sexism project, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder of UK Black Pride, and Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the 'Dagenham Girls' who walked out of a Ford Motor Company plant after learning they were being paid less than their male counterparts in 1968. The evening is expected to be highly politicised, with award winners using their speeches to campaign for their favourite causes. Gary Oldman is nominated for a Bafta Credit: Yui Mok/PA Kristin Scott Thomas, nominated for her portrayal of Clementine Churchill in Darkest Hour, said of Time’s Up: “We need equality now - I think their slogan is absolutely right. I haven’t stopped talking about this since it all started. Now it’s a question of moving it from conversation to action.  "I think I'll be optimistic once this is over and the conversation keeps going and the conversation gets bigger and bigger and bigger and actions start happening, words turn into actions, that kind of thing. Then I'll be allowed to be optimistic." She added that, looking back over her career: “I pinch myself, looking back. Why did I let myself do that? I get cross and angry, retrospectively.” Andrea Riseborough, who walked the red carpet with activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said those backing the Time's Up movement hope to get across "the idea that when all of this stops we all remember that this is an important cause and that we should carry on the conversation". She added: "From my perspective, when we get to do anything like this it kind of makes these things worthwhile. I'm here tonight to stand in solidarity with every woman, every person in the world who has suffered sexual abuse in the workplace." Angelina Jolie wore a black gown to the event Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage Gemma Arterton walked the red carpet with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the 187 "Dagenham Girls" who walked out of the Ford Motor Company's Dagenham plant in June 1968 after learning their work was classified as unskilled - leaving their pay 15 per cent below that of their male counterparts. Arterton, who starred in a musical version of their story, said: "They're amazing because they really started the equal pay movement in the UK. "I thought it was really fitting and I'm really happy and proud that I'm with Gwen and Eileen because they represent a normal person speaking up for what is actually right. The main thing we want to say tonight is we're here, we're here for you and we will listen." Pippa Harris, the vice chair of Bafta, said the ceremony would be different this year, thanks to the unofficial black dress code and Joanna Lumley, its first solo female presenter in more than 20 years.  Harris, who signed the open letter herself, said: “I'm personally delighted that they have used the ceremony to bring more attention to what we're doing, it's entirely laudable that they're doing that.” Amanda Berry, CEO of Bafta, has previously indicated that awards organisers are braced for speeches about the Hollywood harassment scandal. "It often has [been used as a platform] in the past, I think in different years there have been different issues,” she said after nominations were announced. “People obviously feel it's a very powerful platform. The film awards go out globally so that makes it even more powerful, so we never say to people don't say anything, please just thank the crew or whatever it is. “Because if somebody feels passionately about it, they are going to say it. "There has been a lot of conversation to date and obviously that conversation continues, awards season shines a very bright spotlight on that conversation."


Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:02:42 -0500

Tabloid, Trump and a Playmate -

Tabloid, Trump and a PlaymateNational Enquirer accused of buying her silence.


Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:51:38 -0500

Olympic Analyst Laments Hockey Player's 'Unfortunate' Domestic Abuse Incident -

Olympic Analyst Laments Hockey Player's 'Unfortunate' Domestic Abuse IncidentNHL analyst Mike Milbury referred to one hockey player’s domestic abuse conviction as an “unfortunate incident,” as he offered commentary for NBC’s coverage of the men’s match between Team USA and the Olympics Athletes from Russia on Saturday.


Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:03:45 -0500


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