Thursday, May 31

kiddiespost: Active Shooter! a video game that let children play the role of a school gunman triggers a furious backlash.

Players in 'Active Shooter' were set to be shown a tally of the number of civilians and police officers killed during their simulated school shooting spree. However, the distributor for the controversial video game has since pulled the title 
A blood-thirsty video game that encouraged players to take part in a school shooting has been pulled by the publisher after it triggered a furious backlash.'Active Shooter' was marketed on its ability to allow players to take on the role of a gunman on a murderous rampage inside a school, as the lone gunman, players would be shown a tally of the number of civilians and police officers they managed to kill during their simulated shooting spree. As well as a SWAT team member trying to stop the bloodshed. Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust described the game as 'horrendous' and in bad taste' given the recent mass shootings in the US. An online petition calling for the game to be scrapped gained more than 194,700 signatures. In response to the backlash, Valve the company behind the Steam online games marketplace, where Active Shooter was due to launch on June 6 has dropped the title. In a statement, Valve said: ‘This developer and publisher is, in fact, a person calling himself Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been removed last fall when he was operating as “[bc]Interactive” and “Elusive Team”.
The developer had promised to add a ¿civilian survival mode¿  after launch, which would challenge players to survive for as long as possible inside an active school shooting 
Ata is a troll, with a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation.‘His subsequent return under new business names was a fact that came to light as we investigated the controversy around his upcoming title. We are not going to do business with people who act like this towards our customers or Valve.'The broader conversation about Steam's content policies is one that we'll be addressing soon.'In response to the decision to pull Active Shooter, the publisher, who used the name Arthur Belkin in correspondence, told the BBC: 'Ata is my good friend, but past games I've created are mine.'I'm still waiting for Steam's reply regarding the whole topic.'The developer had previously promised to add a ‘civilian survival mode’ shortly after the launch of Active Shooter, which would challenge players to survive for as long as possible inside a school environment with a gunman on the loose. Plans to add children into the virtual school environment were also discussed by the developer in the forums for the game. Anti-gun violence charity Infer Trust told the BBC: ‘It's in very bad taste.'There have been 22 school shootings in the US since the beginning of this year. 
'Active Shooter' was designed to also enable players to take on the role of a SWAT team member tasked with trying to stop an ongoing school shooting
‘It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children?‘We're appalled that the game is being marketed.’ The controversial video game was set to launch less than a month after 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed eight students and two substitute teachers with a shotgun in Santa Fe High School, Texas. Following the shooting in Santa Fe, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick blamed the creators of violent video games and films for promoting a ‘violent culture where we’ve devalued life’.Patrick told ABC News: 'Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence, have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of violent video games.'
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The developer behind Active Shooter, known via the moniker ‘ACID’ on the Steam online store, published a statement in response to the backlash earlier this week.‘Since this games storefront has been live, I have been stormed with accusations and heavy critics from people across the globe,’ it read. The developer claimed the game would not ‘promote any sort of violence’ before highlighting the description of the title as a ‘dynamic SWAT simulator’. 



Wednesday, May 30

Why I Wake Up Early.


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I know you work hard. Sleeping early and rising early can dramatically uplift your mood, energy and mind. In this episode, I explain the reasoning behind why I wake up early every day. I also know some of you wake up much earlier than I do 🙏

kiddiespost: NEVER SAY NEVER first degree at 89!

Unstoppable 89-year-old woman earns her first degree
Ella proudly walked across the graduation stage on Saturday, May 26, to receive her associate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She was born in rural North Carolina. As reported by CBS News reports, in order to help with her family’s farm, Washington dropped out of school in the sixth grade. After getting married, she moved to Washington D.C. Her plans for the future is to pursue her bachelor’s degree in history from the same university in Virginia. She enrolled in Liberty’s online program back in 2012. It took her six years to complete her degree. Washington said: “Education will help you make the best life for yourselves and those who come after you." Ellen Mitchell, her daughter gave testament to her mother’s passion for learning. "Her desire for learning and for pursuing an education became a family tradition," Mitchell says in a statement. She added that: "She taught all of her children how to read, write, and do math prior to their beginning school, just as her grandmother taught her and her siblings." In order to provide for her 12 children, Ella worked a variety of jobs which included being a custodian at the Pentagon to an office assistant to a certified nursing assistant at an adult daycare. In 1978, at the age of 49, Washington enrolled in an adult education program to obtain her GED diploma. Never giving up, she is on her way to getting her Bachelor’s degree. "My mother is a remarkable woman," Mitchell said to CBS News. "I learned how to be strong because of her example. Now, she has set the bar for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren." 

Tuesday, May 29

kiddiespost:TAIWO AKINKUNMI THE DESIGNER.OF NIGERIA'S NATIONAL FLAG.


The history of Nigeria will never be complete if the flag is not mentioned, talkless of the person who took his time to design the country’s logo. History records that the Nigerian flag was designed in 1958 by one Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi who was just 23-year-old at that time. After his design was accepted by the government, it was officially launched on October 1, 1960. Looking at the flag from then till now, the country’s logo has maintained its official colours green and white for many decades. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth, while the white in the middle represents peace.82-year-old Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi. Source: Al Jazeera could be recalled that Akinkunmi who is now 82-year-old, was a 23-year-old student studying at Norwich Technical College in London, England. The young man came across an advertisement in a newspaper that submissions were being accepted for the design of a new national flag of Nigeria. He began to show o his skills and he finally came up with his original submission which had a red radiating sun badge in the central white vertical band with a green vertical band on each side. Akinkunmi’s design was accepted but the judges removed the red sun badge in the middle and the flag has remained unchanged ever since.
The original flag designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1958. Source: Wikipedia. The flag was then launched on October 1, 1960, the year Nigeria was granted its independence by the United Kingdom (UK). He was paid the sum of £100 which was equal to $281 (N42,150) in 1959. Now, Akinkunmi is a retired Nigerian civil servant who was born in Ibadan, Oyo state. He lived with his father until he was 8-year-old before relocating to the Northern part of the country where he began his early education. After his father’s retirement, he came down to the west and was re-enrolled at Baptist Day School, Idi-Ikan in Ibadan. He finished from there in 1949 and proceeded to Ibadan Grammar School (IGS) in 1950 where he enjoyed a very good education. He left IGS in 1955 and took an appointment as an agriculturist at the Western Region Secretariat in Ibadan as a civil servant. In 1963, Akinkunmi returned to Nigeria and went back to the agricultural department at the secretariat in Ibadan to continue from where he stopped. He worked as a civil servant until 1994 and retired as assistant superintendent of agriculture.On September 29, 2014, he was honoured with Officer of the order of Federal Republic (OFR) and honorary life presidential adviser at the conference centre in Abuja.

Man scales 4 storeys in 30 seconds to save child from balcony.


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A Malian migrant who rescued a four-year-old child hanging from a balcony has been hailed as a hero and “real-life Spider-Man”. Mamoudou Gassama climbed up four floors to reach the child on Saturday evening in northern Paris. Footage on social media showing the 22-year-old climb up the block of flats has gone viral with one post having been watched over seven million times. President Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally, according to his office. And it has now been confirmed that Mr Gassama is to be made a French citizen. After meeting him, President Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen. He personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be made a fireman.“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child,” Mr Gassama told reporters after the event. ‘An example for all citizens’ Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo congratulated the young man in a tweet and said she had called him to thank him for his actions. “Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Ms Hidalgo said. “He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here. “I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added. 

kiddiespost: Snapchat a Popular App for Teens But With a Dark Side.

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Snapchat is an application for mobile devices that allows subscribers to send photos to other subscribers. However, unlike sending photos or text messages in other ways, Snapchat allows users to set a 1 second to a 10-second expiration of the photo. So, users can send time-limited photos that might be embarrassing or just silly without a significant fear that it will find its way to other social media sites where it might live forever.

The Origins

Snapchat was developed by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, two Stanford University students who were convinced that emoticons were not enough to transmit the emotion that a person might be wishing could be sent with a text message. But they were also nervous that a quick snap of a cell phone camera showing a particular emotion might end up being inappropriate for a social media site where the picture could be posted for all the world to see. So the concept of a time-limited photo-sharing application was born.

How it Works
Once the Snapchat application is downloaded from the App Store or from Google Play, the user registers and sets a password. It then accesses your contacts on your cell phone to load friends to the application, or you can add other friends beyond your contact list. Once you load the app and log in, you can take a photo, edit it, add a caption or other "doodles." Then you select the friends to send the photo to and set a timer from 1 to 10 seconds. Once the photo message is sent, the receiver has the time set by the timer after they access the app to look at the photo before the message "self-destructs."Friends can then take their own photo to reply or just send a message back. The app obviously works well when all parties have immediate access to their phones. It is important to use Snapchat for its intended purpose and remember that not all the recipient parties will be able to respond quickly enough to see the message.
The Discover Feature
Snapchat also has what is known as Discover, which has created some really serious concerns for children and parents.  When in the Snapchat app, a subscriber can click on Discover and see channels from content publishers with high ranking Snapchat channels.  The problem is that many of these high ranking channels offer sexually oriented content.  Although Snapchat's terms of service discourage explicit content, these channels include images posted from magazines, television stations and other content providers that can be inappropriate for children.  For example, some of the popular channels featured on Discover include MTV, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed.  Kids using Snapchat with the Discover feature need to scroll past the age-inappropriate snaps to see the posts from their friends. A lawsuit filed in California in 2016 cited some of the offensive Snapchat Discover content including "people share their secret rules for sex" and "10 things he thinks when he can's make you orgasm."  Not many parents would be comfortable with their tweens and teens having immediate access to articles like these.
Parental Concerns
First of all, for parents who monitor their children's smartphone use, Snapchat does not save pictures and messages sent so that you can see them later. If you have a software package that allows you to see the content of your child's phone remotely online, you will not be able to see what was sent and then automatically deleted. That may raise some concerns while the photo message disappears from the phone after a few seconds, it does not prevent the receiver from snapping a screenshot of the photo while it is life. To Snapchat's credit, if a receiver takes a screenshot of the photo, the sender is notified, but that may not be enough to prevent the photo from being shared later with others.In addition, if a receiver knows that a message is coming, he or she could take a photo of the screen with another phone or digital camera and the sender would never know that their supposedly "evaporating" photo would be alive and well on someone else's device. Snapchat could also be a temptation for teens to use it for "sexting" because the risks of having the photo eventually making the rounds of the Internet are lower. But as indicated above, a snap disappearing is not an absolute certainty. Parents who allow their children to have Snapchat need to have a real, live, one-on-one chat with their children about the risks associated with the false sense of security that Snapchat may provide.
The Bottom Line
Snapchat can be a fun and engaging app when used appropriately. But it should be used carefully and with very specific ground rules or not used at all. Apps like Snapchat remind parents that we need to be vigilant about our children's smartphone use and to monitor their activity to prevent problems like sexting, cyberstalking, cyberbullying or other elements of the "dark side" of smartphone use by our children.

Monday, May 28

Ariana Grande is pictured surrounded by family at vigil on the anniversary of concert attack.

Surrounded by family: Ariana spent the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing with friends and family. This picture taken at their home on Tuesday evening was posted by her mother Joan
Ariana Grande's mother has sent her love and gratitude to the people of Manchester, one year after a terror attack at her daughter's pop concert killed 22. Joan Grande indicated that the singer, 24, was surrounded by her closest family and friends on the anniversary, as she shared a picture on Twitter taken on Tuesday at their home. The family lit 22 candles on a grand piano for the children and adults killed when a bomb was detonated at Manchester Arena on the same day in 2017.
Support: Ariana's mother Joan (here together in 2011) is her 'mom, dad and best friend' the pop singer previously said
'It is unbelievable how May 22, 2017, started last year in Manchester!' Joan wrote on Twitter.'Who would ever have imagined the horrors that awaited us all.. one year later I look to the strength of Manchester with a bowed head, and love in my heart! At home, last night, all together & grateful!' Joan is pictured leaning on the piano in the foreground, while Ariana gets a cuddle from a friend in the background. Earlier this month, Ariana credited Joan as her 'mom and dad, a best friend, an inspiration, a comedian, a healer, a genius and a brilliant example of a woman.'
Tribute: Ariana's mother Joan also paid tribute to the victims of the terror attack 
On Tuesday, Ariana's mother paid a simple tribute, writing: 'All my love, Manchester...' The singer herself also posted a special message on Monday night to mark the first anniversary the following day. The singer, 24, tweeted: 'Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.'
Remembering: One year ago, Ariana's concert was targeted in a terrorist attack, killing 22 people
In an interview with Time magazine published last week, Ariana described the Manchester terror attack as the 'worst of humanity.'On May 22 of last year, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving her concert in Manchester - killing 22 people and injuring more than 500. Recalling the tragic incident, she admitted that she didn't want her fans to think that 'something like that had won' - yet still found it 'very painful' herself.  'Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day,'she said.
Still traumatized: The singer, 24, told her fans she was thinking of them 'on this challenging day'



Mourners console each other as they attend vigils around Manchester to remember the murdered concertgoers
Speaking to the Big Questions with Cal Fussman podcast, Scooter revealed the singer 'cried for days' and she struggled with the decision of keeping her Dangerous Woman tour going.'When she found out that fans of hers had died she was so sad,' Scooter recalled.'She cried for days, she felt everything - every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is.'Following the devastating terror attack, Ariana took to the stage in Manchester at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground to host her star-studded One Love benefit concert.
Defiant: Following the devastating terror attack, Ariana took to the stage in Manchester at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground to host her star-studded One Love benefit concert
It was held in aid of the victims and all families that suffered in the wake of the bombing that took place moments after Ariana had finished her performance that fateful night. Ariana was joined by a slew of global superstars for the benefit gig, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, the Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and Robbie Williams. All artists performed for free, while Live Nation has covered the costs of the concert.
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 In Manchester on Tuesday, bells rang out at 10.31pm to mark the exact moment 22 lives were snuffed out one year ago. Earlier, tens of thousands joined in song to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, and in the afternoon Manchester came to a standstill for minute's silence a year after the tragedy.
The victims  were (top row left to right) Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, (second row left to right) Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, (third row left to right), Chloe Rutherford, 17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, (fourth row left to right) John Atkinson, 26, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, (fifth row left to right) Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43 (fifth row left to right) Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51
The victims were (top row left to right) Elaine McIver, 43, Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, (second row left to right) Nell Jones, 14, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, Megan Hurley, 15, Georgina Callander, 18, (third row left to right), Chloe Rutherford, 17, Liam Curry, 19, Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, (fourth row left to right) John Atkinson, 26, Martyn Hett, 29, Kelly Brewster, 32, Angelika Klis, 39, (fifth row left to right) Marcin Klis, 42, Michelle Kiss, 45, Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43 (fifth row left to right) Wendy Fawell, 50 and Jane Tweddle, 51.



Sunday, May 27

Terminally-ill man begins appeal against ban on assisted dying.

Terminally-ill Noel Conway, 68, arriving at Telford County Court with supporters to view a video link of his High Court case on assisted dying (PA/Aaron Chown)
A terminally ill man is to begin an Appeal Court challenge against a “blanket ban” on assisted dying. Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway, who says he feels “entombed” by his illness, is fighting a legal battle for the right to a “peaceful and dignified” death. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury wants to be able to enlist help from medical professionals to bring about his death – which the law currently prevents – when he has less than six months left to live and still has the mental capacity to make the decision.
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''I am pleased that my case will now proceed to the Court of Appeal. I bought this case not only for myself but on behalf of all terminally ill people who believe they should have the right to die on their own terms. Our voices deserve to be heard."

He previously asked the High Court for a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which relates to respect for private and family life, and Article 14, which protects from discrimination. His case was rejected in October last year, but a full appeal against that ruling will begin on Tuesday. Mr Conway is too unwell to travel to London for the hearing but will watch proceedings over a video link from Telford Crown Court. In a statement ahead of the hearing, he said he is now dependent on a ventilator for up to 23 hours a day and only has movement in his right hand, head and neck. He said: “I know this decline will continue until my inevitable death.“This I have sadly come to terms with, but what I cannot accept is that the law in my home country denies me the right to die on my own terms.“Why can I not be given the chance to say goodbye to my loved ones and go with dignity, in my own home, when the time is right for me?“I’ve been touched by the outpouring of support and well wishes I’ve had from members of the public, others nearing the end of their lives and people who have seen just how much damage our broken law can do.“For all of these people, I will keep on fighting.”
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Mr Conway said his current options are to “effectively suffocate” by choosing to remove his ventilator or to spend thousands of pounds travelling to Switzerland to end his life and have his family risk prosecution. He is being represented by law firm Irwin Mitchell and supported by campaign group Dignity in Dying. His appeal will be opposed by the Secretary of State for Justice, with Humanists UK, Care Not Killing and Not Dead Yet UK also making submissions. Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care for  Not Killing, said: “The blanket ban on assisted suicide is necessary democratic society in the interests of public safety for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”Granting permission for the appeal hearing in January, Sir Ernest Ryder said there was a “serious question” as to whether the High Court gave enough consideration to the evidence before it. He said there was also an issue as to how it resolved “serious disagreements” between experts. The judge added that it was important to distinguish Mr Conway’s case, which is concerned with assisted suicide, from euthanasia. The appeal, which will be heard by Sir Terence Etherton, Sir Brian Leveson and Lady Justice King, is expected to last three days.



kiddiesinspiration:Secondary school student is crowned Miss Donegal 2018.

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On Friday 25th of May 2018a secondary school pupil is the new Miss Donegal. Seventeen-year-old Sophie Devlin from Letterkenny will now represent the county at the Miss Ireland final. She was crowned at the Miss Donegal final held in Dillon's Hotel, Letterkenny. on Friday night."I am over the moon," she said, just minutes after being crowned on stage by the current Miss Ireland, Lauren McDonagh, who is from Buncrana. Sophie is a student at Loreto Secondary School and works part-time in the Honeypot Coffee House on Letterkenny's High Road. Familly and friends flocked to the stage to congratulate her. The other finalists were: Nicole Gallagher, Carla Wylie, Jessica Wood, Rebekah Coyle, Niamh McCarry, Sophie Devlin, Chloe Montgomery, Ayesha Aiken, and Robyn Boyle. Marty Friel was the MC. The clip below shows the moment when Sophie was named as the new Miss Donegal.


kiddiespost: Kids recreate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding

Adorable kids recreate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Kids were made to recreate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding looks as well as American Bishop Michael Curry, who gave the sermon and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who played at the star-studded nuptials.The adorable work was all put together by New York City-based photographer Tricia Messeroux for her yearly ToddleWood project.
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kiddiespost:Black British tourists accuse KFC in Berlin of racism after being kicked out f or laughing.

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KFC has been embroiled in a racism row after police were called to eject a group of black British tourists from one of its German stores following an argument with staff over the noise. The aggrieved customers say they were told to leave for laughing and talking too loudly during a meal but claim they did nothing wrong and were targeted because of their skin colour. Staff said the tourists had been throwing food and insulting employees, leaving the manager no choice but to call the police to 'protect staff and guests'.Berlin Police strenuously denied the accusation of racism and said it planned to press charges against the person who uploaded the video for violating the officers' privacy. 

One of the police officers who went to the KFC restaurant after the manager asked them to eject the customers 

A total of five police vehicles were sent to the branch in the Mitte district of Berlin on Monday afternoon as officers surrounded the group's table and ordered them to get out while they were in the middle of eating. A row ensued as the customers vehemently protested their innocence and they branded the officers 'racist' as they were escorted outside and forced to produce their passports. A video of the confrontation - filmed by a female member of the group who asked to remain anonymous - shows several police officers telling them to 'go out right now'.They ask what they have done wrong and insist they were just 'laughing and chatting' but are told the restaurant has the right to remove them. A male member of the group says: 'I'm eating my food at KFC and someone says to me I have to leave. Basically, they're tryna tell me that I have to take it outside.'

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A total of five police vehicles were sent to the branch in the Mitte district of Berlin on Monday afternoon as officers surrounded the group's table and ordered them to get out while they were in the middle of eating. A row ensued as the customers vehemently protested their innocence and they branded the officers 'racist' as they were escorted outside and forced to produce their passports. A video of the confrontation - filmed by a female member of the group who asked to remain anonymous - shows several police officers telling them to 'go out right now'.They ask what they have done wrong and insist they were just 'laughing and chatting' but are told the restaurant has the right to remove them. A male member of the group says: 'I'm eating my food at KFC and someone says to me I have to leave. Basically, they're tryna tell me that I have to take it outside.'
Two officers were initially sent to the KFC branch in the Mitte district of Berlin
An officer responds: 'Yes.'The woman filming asks: 'Even though we paid to eat inside?'The officer then points to the camera and says: 'Stop filming.' She refuses, saying she has a right to film for her own safety. Reluctantly, the group get up and head towards the exit - leaving behind their uneaten food at the table.Outside, the woman tells shocked diners they are being kicked out 'because we're black' - but nobody says anything. An officer tells the group: 'You wait here. Nobody goes home. I want a passport off everybody.'When one man claims his passport is in his hotel room, the officer replies: 'I don't believe you. You will get searched.'
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Tempers begin to flare, with one of the men telling officers: 'You've been one-sided and it's called racism.'The group are eventually released after handing over their passports for inspection and are told: 'Don't go back.'Berlin Police said restaurant staff reported that the group had been throwing food. Kellon Pierre, 38, who was with the party of eight, said that allegation was 'a huge lie' and accused the police of 'gross overreaction'.He told Die Welt: 'We ordered food for 118 euros. Other guests around us also chatted and laughed. That's why I asked: "Why are you only speaking to us?"'We were the only black people in the restaurant and we were the only ones asked to be quieter, even though other people laughed too.'KFC Germany stood by the manager's decision to call the police, saying the group had behaved 'inappropriately'.
The customers outside the restaurant after being asked to leave by the police 
In a statement, the company said: 'After failed attempts at conciliation, he was forced to inform the police to protect his staff and guests.'The wellbeing of our guests is our highest priority. We sharply reject any allegations of discrimination and distance ourselves from any form of racism.'The controversial footage divided opinion on social media.Rainer Woltmann wrote: 'I am German and I am pretty shocked about my fellow countrymen. I'm sure there were lots of people watching. Why is there nobody standing up to help?'
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Eleanya Philip said: 'This is racism of the highest level. Makes me sick to my stomach.'But Johannes Baranski argued: 'If KFC asked them to leave because they were too loud, they have every right to enforce their privileges as owners of the establishment. Works just like asking someone to leave your house.'Filip Vavra added: 'You don't behave, you go. Simple.'The incident comes just one month after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia and charged with trespassing for sitting in the store without ordering anything. Charges were dropped after a video of the arrest went viral. Starbucks later apologised and announced it was closing 8,000 of its stores for one afternoon to carry out racial bias training.



kiddiespost:Police officers surprise the son of fallen cop

The Boynton Beach Police posted several photos of the day on their Facebook page, including all of them posing with the graduate
A boy whose police officer father died suddenly got a huge surprise when his dad's former colleagues showed up to support him at his fifth-grade graduation. Kaleb Crowder's father police officer father Joe died suddenly of a heart attack aged 44 in December 2016 while he was out jogging. Officer Crowder had served nearly 14 years in the Boynton Beach Police Department and was also a staff sergeant in the Army Reserves.After his death, his colleagues vowed to always be there for Kaleb and his brother and on Friday they did just that by showing up at the Northboro Elementary School graduation ceremony.'It meant everything to us to be there. We all felt like proud parents,' Stephanie Slater, the police department's spokeswoman who also attended Kaleb's graduation told the Palm Beach Post. 
Members of the Boynton Beach Police Department waiting to watch Kaleb Crowder graduate 
We are so proud of the fine young man that Kaleb is and we know that Joe was smiling his giant smile this morning watching Kaleb, too.'When he was walking down the red carpet and he saw us his face just lit up. He sat two rows in front of us and kept looking back at all of us. There were lots of hugs and smiles.'Nine officers attended the ceremony and after the event, the department posted a video and a message to Kaleb on their Facebook page. It read: 'Congratulations, Kaleb! We are so proud of you, and we know your dad is too. We love you.'

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kiddiespost:Bar runs 'Reparations Happy Hour'asks white people to donate money to black, brown and indigenous patrons

The 'Reparations Happy Hour' was thrown by local Portland, Oregon, activist group Brown Hope. About 40 people were said to have attended and more than 100 people donated money



An Oregon activist has created a 'Reparations Happy Hour,' asking white people to donate money — as a symbolic gesture — to be doled out to people of colour.Reparations Happy Hour' creator Cameron Whitten, 27, of Portland, Oregon, threw the inaugural event on May 21 at local bar Backyard Social. The event's invitation, which was shared on social media, stipulated 'Reparations for black, brown and indigenous people. Paid for by whites folks
Black, brown and indigenous people attending a 'Reparations Happy Hour' in Oregon were given $10 in 'reparations,' culled from donations made, in part, by white people
According to event organizers, $10 cash would be given out to attendees as 'reparations,' paid for in part by the donations of white people who were specifically not invited to attend the happy hour. 'White people can show up and support by GIVING reparations. Instead of physically attending, your presence will be felt through your active financial support for healing, leadership, and community building within Portland’s black, brown, and indigenous community,' the event's listing stated. 
Local activist Cameron Whitten, 27, of Portland, Oregon, is the brains behind the 'Reparations Happy Hour' 
'It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up,' Whitten told the New York Times. 'What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.'Forty people attended the happy hour, which was thrown by the local activist group, Brown Hope, according to The Oregonian. Whitten also tapped seven white people to help defend the event against any potential interference from alt-right groups in the area. The desire to limit the happy hour's attendees to people of black, brown and indigenous descent was based on the notion of creating an 'intentional' and safe space for them.  While $10 might not seem like much in reparations — the idea that money should be given to black people for generations of trauma suffered and the continuing impact of slavery — it's just meant to be a symbolic gesture. How often do we actually recognize and acknowledge someone's suffering? We're so used to being denied any sort of justice that $10 is a respite,' Whitten said.   
The $10 in reparations were meant to be a symbolic gesture, acknowledging the suffering of people of color, according to the event's creator
$10 in reparations were meant to be a symbolic gesture, acknowledging the suffering of people of colour, according to the event*s creator
Interest in May's happy hour has led organizers to plan a second happy hour to be held in June
The 'Reparations Happy Hour' was met with skeptical reactions on social media

Although the 'Reparations Happy Hour' was warmly received by those who This belittles the whole argument for reparations. It’s not a joke or a happy hour. It’s a legitimate demand of an oppressed people who were ENSLAVED,' wrote @MsChaunceyKR on Twitter.   'What is a special hell,' wrote tweeter @Keedinah. 'Reparations Happy Hour? Really?? How about addressing inequalities in pay, housing and education? You know, something that'll make a meaningful difference. How about stop shooting/arresting us for just going about our business trying to live our best life?' Whitten said that more than 100 people — white and non-white people alike — donated money for the 'Reparations Happy Hour' and that it would become a regular event. A second happy hour is being planned for June 20 at Portland bakery Back to Eden, where, in early May, a black woman was apparently denied service after closing time, even though bakery employees continued to serve several white people who also entered the establishment after closing. The two employees were since fired. 

             



















Saturday, May 26

kiddiespost:One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

Photo taken in August  2015 shows Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki (2nd L) accepting a permit to climb Everest and a Nepalese flag from Nepal's tourism minister Kripasur Sherpa
A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world's highest peak."Kuriki stopped responding to radio communication and we couldn't see his headlamp when we looked up from the bottom in the dark," his team posted on Facebook."The team near Camp 2 climbed up his route to search for him and discovered Kuriki who passed away due to low body temperature."Late Sunday Kuriki had reached 7,400 metres, pushing beyond three of the four camps that mark the route to the 8,848 metre (29,029 foot) summit."Now I feel the pain and difficulty of this mountain. I appreciate it and I am climbing," he wrote on Facebook. The conquest of Everest always eluded the experienced mountaineer, who had achieved solo ascents of two other 8,000-metre peaks without the use of bottled oxygen. On his fourth attempt to reach the top in 2012, Kuriki suffered severe frostbite and lost nine fingers. He returned three years later in September 2015, months after an earthquake hit Nepal and triggered an avalanche that killed 18 people at Everest's base camp. Bad weather forced him to call off that expedition. He tried again in 2016 and 2017 but inclement conditions again frustrated his quest. Man Bahadur Gurung of Bochi-Bochi Treks, who organised Kuriki's expedition, said they were trying to arrange for his body to be flown back to Kathmandu. More than 400 people have reached Everest's summit during this spring climbing season when a period of calm weather typically opens the route to the top of the world. Nepal is home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks and foreign climbers who flock to its mountains are a major source of revenue. Apart from the three deaths on Everest, at least three other climbers have died on separate mountains in Nepal this month.The body of a Malaysian climber was found over the weekend, five days after he went missing on the 6,812-metre (22,349 ft) Ama Dablam -- a lower but technically difficult climb.

Mural for Savita Halappanavar.

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People have been paying their respects at a mural of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin, as Ireland looks set to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. TOGETHER FOR YES has said it supports the call by Savita Halappanavar’s parents to name Ireland’s abortion legislation after their daughter. Savita, who died at University Hospital Galway in 2012 while 17 weeks pregnant, became a central figure in the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Ireland on Friday voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to remove the amendment from the Constitution, paving the way for the legalisation of abortion in some circumstances. Speaking at their final press conference today, Together for Yes called for the legislation to be enacted without delay. Orla O’Connor, co-director of the campaign, said the government should consider a special sitting of the Oireachtas so that the legislation can progress over the summer.“We’re calling on the government to start the process now, next week. The people have spoken and they’ve spoken very loudly.
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When asked about the possibility of a special sitting of the Oireachtas, Fine Gael
minister Regina Doherty told RTÉ Radio 1′s This Week: “I don’t think it’s a bad idea.”She added that she doesn’t believe enacting the legislation “will take long”, noting the landslide Yes vote in the referendum has given the government “a clear mandate … to do this and do it fast”.The legislation is expected to be drafted in the coming months and tabled in the Oireachtas after the summer recess, potentially become law by the end of the year.
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Orla O’Connor, Gráinne Griffin and Ailbhe Smyth at the Together for Yes conference in Dublin today. Source: Órla Ryan reacting to the result of the referendum, Savita’s parents yesterday told The Irish Times they were “really, really happy”. Her father Andanappa Yalagi, speaking from the family’s home in southwest India, asked that the legislation is called ‘Savita’s Law’ in honour of his daughter. Gráinne Griffin, another Together for Yes co-director, today said the group would support this.
Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the St George’s University of London, oversaw an investigation into Savita’s death and concluded that the Eighth Amendment had played a role. He too called for it to be repealed. Members of the public have been paying their respects to Savita at a mural in Dublin city in recent days. Speaking at today’s conference, fellow co-director of Together for Yes Ailbhe Smyth thanked the people of Ireland for so emphatically removing the “terrible, obnoxious, odious” Eighth Amendment.“The people we really want to thank are the people of Ireland who, when the question was put to them fair and square, absolutely rose to the occasion with what I can only describe as magnificent determination and firmness,” she said. Smyth also thanked the thousands of volunteers and canvassers, as well as members of the medical profession, who supported a Yes vote.
She said young people all over Ireland were “very involved” throughout the campaign, stating: “There is no question of any ‘snowflaking’ going on with young people in this country, they are absolutely extraordinary.”Smyth also stressed how much the campaign owes to the women and families who shared their personal experiences of how the Eighth Amendment affected them.“I know how very difficult this is to do … none of us goes around speaking about our health and very private matters in the public arena. And they did this because they believed so passionately in the importance of repealing the Eighth Amendment.”
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