France’s Macron forced to curb his ambitions for Europe

Macron wanted the May 23-26 European Parliament elections to be the key moment that he could push his ambitions for a stronger Europe — but instead, nationalists and populists who criticized the 28-nation bloc could achieve unprecedented success. They argue that EU leaders have failed to manage migration into the continent and remain out of touch with ordinary workers’ concerns. “We have a crisis of the European Union. This is a matter of fact. Everywhere in Europe, when you look at the past five to six years, in our country but in a lot of countries, all the extremes, extreme-rights, are increasing,” Macron said Thursday, making an unexpected appeal for European unity on the sidelines of a technology trade show. …

‘I wrote a crime novel and went to prison’

Having never been inside a prison before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. It was a lot like the buildings you see in films and on TV; a maze of tall brick walls, barbed wire, and thick metal bars. It was also noticeably cold, in more ways than one, and the guard behind the reception desk did not look happy to see me. My fingerprints were scanned, my details were put into “the system” and my belongings were locked away. No phone. No liquids. No sharp objects. Image copyright Alison Feeney My footsteps echoed on the stone floor, and prisoners stared at me as we passed. Eyes full of suspicion and intrigue followed me down the hall, and a …

Constance Wu Is ‘The Most Hated’ Person On ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Set – & Her Diva Behavior On ‘Hustlers’ Is Rivaling J.Lo & Cardi B! – Perez Hilton

Things aren’t looking so great for Constance Wu‘s reputation… Following all the drama involving her social media “f**king hell” comment and apology after Fresh Off the Boat‘s season six renewal, the Crazy Rich Asians actress is building herself up to be quite the difficult personality to work alongside. That’s if you believe new Page Six sources with eyes and ears inside the Hustlers and FOTB sets! Pulling a full Katherine Heigl, are we now?? Insiders claim the behavior is so bad, she’s been dubbed “the most hated person” on her TV series! And Wu’s diva stance is even rivaling her film costars Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B! Related: The Bachelorette Is BACK On ABC!! Hannah Beast Is In The Building! The actor’s team is now …

Attorney and police union question doctor’s view a chokehold killed Eric Garner. She isn’t backing down

New York (CNN)A defense lawyer and a New York City police union have cast doubt on her findings that an officer’s chokehold led to Eric Garner’s death, but the medical examiner stood by her conclusion during Wednesday testimony. The chokehold, she said, was “part of the lethal cascade of events.” Explaining that “application of pressure to the anterior neck is a painful phenomenon,” Persechino said Garner’s neck displayed fresh hemorrhaging when she examined him. Eric Garner’s family makes music video The medical examiner’s testimony comes a day after Inspector Richard Dee, the commanding officer for the New York police’s training section, saw a still from the arrest video and testified that the move meets the definition of a chokehold. Whether …

Abortion bills push women’s reproductive rights into political spotlight

(CNN)Eight months after the contentious hearings over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressives fear that the most dire warnings of abortion rights groups are now coming to fruition. “We think that women understand their rights are under fire and that there is a dire need to ensure that the right policymakers are making the decisions,” said Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY’s List. “What we’ve seen is a bunch of mostly male Republicans making really bad decisions on behalf of the women in this country.” “This is a deliberate Republican effort to end abortion altogether and to take away this right,” Reynolds said. “I think a number of us thought this was coming. For those of us who …

Australia’s ruling Coalition claims election victory in major upset

Scott Morrisons government set to hang on to power despite polls predicting his demise It was billed as the climate change election, and the climate lost. Despite enduring its environmental calamities that have brought the climate emergency into sharp relief, Australia has voted for the centre-right Liberal party and its coalition partner, and against taking forceful action on the climate crisis. The ruling Coalition looks set to be returned to government, albeit possibly with the support of independents, in a remarkable victory given that the Labor opposition has won every opinion poll since mid-2016. The election was framed by many as a climate solutions fund that pays polluters to lower their emissions. Experts have questioned whether this will achieve Australias …

Dallas police raid Catholic diocese properties in investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy

(CNN)Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. The diocese said in a statement that Paredes and the other four priests who were the subjects of Wednesday’s search warrant were on a list of accused clergy that Bishop Edward Burns released in January. Burns said the diocese has been cooperating with investigators even before the list was made public. “We recognized throughout our collaboration with the police there are some who are not satisfied and want to look for themselves,” he said. “We know we have given them the files. And so we say by all means look.” The …

The riddle of Winchester Cathedral’s skeletons

Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbis said the project focuses on three main areas of research: DNA extracted from a small sample cut from the bones from each individual Radiocarbon dating which indicates when each individual lived and died Historical records She said: “We will be trying to tie these three stands of evidence together to add another piece to this puzzle.” ‘Royal blood’ Twelve names are inscribed on the caskets – nine kings, one queen and two bishops but many others are thought to have been buried at Winchester Cathedral, or the Old Minster, which was demolished in 1093 after the new cathedral had been built. Radiocarbon dating has confirmed that the bones date from the same periods as the names on …

How can wine be worth 4,500?

So for those of us who would struggle to justify spending quadruple figures on anything, let alone a single bottle of wine, how does this one – a Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001- actually taste? “It’s really, really good,” enthuses Fattorini. “I haven’t had the 2001, which is quite hard to get hold of. But it’s the epitome of their house style. “It’s glossy, rich and voluptuous with lots of cherries and leaves your mouth coated with a glycerine feel. It’s exceptional.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A vineyard in Bordeaux – the one owned by Le Pin occupies just one acre He adds of the Le Pin 2001 wine: “It’s also very exotic. It’s a really good vintage …

Dual Function Power Generator Can Make Electricity From Seawater

Devices needing to operate remotely for long periods underwater, like subs and diving robots, are currently limited by their batteries. That could change with the announcement of a device that can produce electricity from seawater in two ways, one offering slow sustained power, the other can be used for short bursts where the need is higher, and can autonomously switch between the two when needed. Humans rely on aerobic production of energy for light to medium exercise, using oxygen from the air to burn carbohydrates. For short sprints or power-lifting, our bodies turn to fast twitch muscles that metabolize anaerobically. Similarly, marine organisms run for long periods on the energy produced by reacting molecules with oxygen dissolved in water, but …

Tiger Woods hunt for more majors guarantees high drama at US PGA

Tiger Woods is examining his 2000 triumphs at the US Open, the Open and US PGA for a boost as he prepares for Bethpage The golf world developed such a frenzied state as Tiger Woods claimed the Masters that the helpful vagaries of a new schedule were forgotten. Woods was due to go in pursuit of a 16th major within weeks, even before he took the surprising decision to skip the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Bethpage Black has been afforded the perfect storm: Woods, in his first start since winning in such the Wells Fargo. Sightings of the 43-year-old walking gingerly added to a typically fevered rumour mill. In Woodss defence, even before the exertions attached to winning his …

She let a student take lunchroom food without paying. Then she was fired

(CNN)When a student at a New Hampshire high school put items on his tray that he didn’t have the money for, lunchroom employee Bonnie Kimball didn’t think it was a big deal. A photo of her termination letter provided to CNN shows that the company accused her of violating its procedures as well as federal and school policies. The letter was dated April 9 and said Kimball was fired on April 4. “On March 28, a District Manager was on-site and witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items that you did not charge him for. This in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals,” the letter …

Disappointed Game Of Thrones Fan Illustrates What Scenes Season 8 Should Have Had And We Absolutely Agree

“I am a sucker for fantasy in general but I especially love when stories build their momentum from the nature of their characters,” the artist said. “I like a spectacle as much as anyone but I tend to dislike it if it’s just for its own sake. George R.R. Martin understands that the fantastical should be pressed into the service of illuminating the tragedies and triumphs of everyday life.” A Song of Ice and Fire.” Benjamin believes that a huge reason why the last season of the TV show is declining is story compression. “It’s just what happens sometimes. Actors get older, budgets are set, contracts run out and shooting locations become unavailable. George R.R. Martin wants to do two …

Chelsea Manning To Ask Court To Quash New Grand Jury Subpoena

Spokesman Andy Stepanian also said Manning’s lawyers have asked the court to order the government to disclose any evidence it has that Manning was targeted by U.S. agencies for electronic surveillance. Earlier in May, Manning was freed after spending 62 days in a Virginia jail after being found in contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, where Thursday’s hearing on the latest subpoena will be heard, recently unsealed an indictment issued in secret in late 2017 against Julian Assange, the Australian-born hacker who founded and led WikiLeaks. U.S. prosecutors publicly released the indictment against Assange after the WikiLeaks founder was forcibly evicted from Ecuador’s London Embassy, where he took refuge in 2012 fearing extradition to the …

Lia Marie Johnson and Me! Trisha Paytas vs Nikocado Avocado! Jeffree Star Comes For James Charles AGAIN! And… | Perez Hilton – Perez Hilton

This is for you, Lia Marie Johnson! The singer and media personality is going through a very hard time right now! And this is for YOU too! Plus, praying for Britney Spears! YouTubers Trisha Paytas and Nikocado Avocado are at war. But they are both winners here! This Maluma story with his mom won’t die down – and I think it’s brilliant! Beauty guru Nikita Dragun makes a fool of herself! Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans had her kids taken away!! Former MySpace celeb Jeffree Star sticks it to James Charles one more time! Madonna throws her own daughter under the bus! And more of today’s hottest topics, including Constance Wu, Kylie Jenner, Felicity Huffman, NeNe Leakes, John Mayer, ProJared …

Demi Lovato Thanks BFFs For Sticking By Her Side Through Life’s ‘Darkest Moments’ – Perez Hilton

The future is looking bright for Demi Lovato! Less than a year after she suffered what reports call a near fatal drug overdose, the Sober singer looks better than ever these days while celebrating life and a fresh journey for her career under the tutelage of new manager Scooter Braun. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old gave a special shout out to two of her best friends who’ve stuck by her side on the journey to recovery. Lovato shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram thanking her besties #ThreeCourseMeal… just me and my best friends living our best lives.. Thank you for never leaving me in my darkest moments, for always drying my tears.. even when they’re from watching Moana.. thank you for being loyal, …