Greek baker who gave bread to arriving refugees dies at 77

ATHENS, Greece – Dionissis Arvanitakis, a Greek baker who provided free bread to refugees who arrived on a Greek island, has died of unspecified causes. He was 77. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released a statement Sunday expressing his respect “for an exemplary European citizen” who showed “rare generosity and sensitivity towards the hundreds of unfortunate immigrants.” Juncker said: “My Europe is the one Dionissis Arvanitakis symbolized.”

Concern over Universal Credit council cost

What is universal credit? Rudd links food bank rise to benefit mess Universal credit mental health warning Universal Credit has to be applied for online, and will eventually replace housing benefit, income support and other payments. At the moment councils can reclaim some money for each person they help who needs support with digital skills and budgeting to cope with the new system. Wales’ 22 councils estimated the total bill for providing that help was more than £1.2m last year – even after claiming payments from the DWP. ‘Frustrating’ Related Topics Benefits Universal Credit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Lorena’ goes beyond tabloid trappings and to the heart of Bobbitt case

(CNN)The Lorena Bobbitt story launched a thousand jokes, from late-night comedians to Howard Stern. The four-part documentary “Lorena,” however, goes beyond the headlines about the woman who cut off her husband’s penis, yielding a thoughtful, comprehensive look at domestic abuse and how the media covers high-profile stories. At first glance, four hours seems like a lot of time to devote to the story. But “Lorena” uses that time to contextualize events that surrounded the case, from Anita Hill’s testimony to the Tailhook convention to the O.J. Simpson trial, all of which touch upon sexual politics and how the media processed sexual-assault and harassment allegations, including the question of marital rape. Nobody covering the story comes off particularly well; still, a …

Chicago police say person questioned in connection with Jussie Smollett attack has been on ‘Empire’

Chicago (CNN)One of the two men investigators have questioned as persons of interest in the alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett has appeared on the show “Empire,” Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said that Uber and Yellow Cab were helpful in tracking the men’s whereabouts on the night of the attack. Smollett, one of the stars of “Empire,” told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who yelled “racial and homophobic slurs.” Smollett alleged that one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him before running away.

America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world’s 5G plans

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The US-led offensive against Chinese tech firm Huawei is creating big problems for mobile operators as they start building the next generation of wireless networks. The international rollout of 5G has become a front line in the broader clash over advanced technology between the United States and China that is reshaping the relationship between the world’s top two economies. The United States doesn’t have a heavyweight globalcompetitor to Huawei in telecommunications equipment. The Chinese firm’s biggest rivals are Ericsson (ERIC) of Sweden and Nokia (NOK) of Finland. But they have struggled for years with losses and job cuts while Huawei has powered ahead, generating annual revenue of more than $100 billion, building a strong base in China …

Crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 die from toxic hooch in India

New Delhi, India (CNN)Indian police have launched a crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 people were killed drinking toxic moonshine in the country’s north, police said. In a press conference Tuesday, Khanduri said police have arrested two suspects accused of selling the illicit liquor. Indian moonshine deaths raise concerns over food safety “From our investigations, we have found that the chemical was transported from Haridwar to Saharanpur,” he told CNN, adding that authorities were waiting for test results to confirm the chemical used. The investigation into the poisonous liquor is ongoing and eight people, including the two sellers, have been arrested, police spokesperson Shalin Sharma said. About 400 liters of illicit booze was seized during joint operations by police in …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

‘Know your heart risk like your Pin code’

Poor heart and artery health can also lead to heart failure, kidney disease, arterial disease and vascular dementia. So, health bodies are leading efforts to improve the detection and treatment of three conditions that contribute to CVD – atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – over the next 10 years. These conditions often have no symptoms, which is why health experts are recommending people take up free NHS health checks for all over-40s at GP surgeries, some local pharmacies and shopping centres. They also urge people over 30 to take the Heart Age Test. Related Topics NHS Heart disease Strokes Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Feds charge Rikers Island guard with smuggling drugs to jail

NEW YORK – Federal authorities have charged a Rikers Island correctional officer with smuggling drugs into the New York City jail. Court records unsealed this week show 23-year-old Simon Gordon faces bribery and drug charges following an investigation by the city’s Department of Investigation. Gordon was released Monday on $25,000 bail. His defense attorney declined to comment Wednesday. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Lady Gaga Performs ‘Shallow’ Without Bradley Cooper At Grammys And Delivers

Lady Gaga’s performance at the The singer took the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday night to showcase her duet from the hit romance “A Star Is Born.” Gaga performed sans co-star Bradley Cooper, but the number was all the more extra for it. picked up three awards for her album “Joanne” and the record-breaking song from the film. a surprise appearance with Michelle Obama was certainly a highlight for all the Little Monsters at home, nothing could compare to a solo Gaga gig, especially considering her outrageous dance moves. Gaga is set to perform the duet live with Cooper at the Academy Awards later this month, where she’s nominated in multiple categories. manage to impress an audience …

Virginia Lawmaker Backs Off Plan To Seek Impeachment Of Lt. Gov. Fairfax

Democratic Del. Patrick Hope had said he wanted to introduce articles of impeachment Monday against Fairfax after two women recently accused the Democrat of sexual assault in the 2000s. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. said on Twitter early Monday that he had circulated a draft of the impeachment action with his colleagues and received what he called “an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful feedback.” Hope now says “additional conversations … need to take place before anything is filed.” Impeachment was always unlikely to happen during this legislative session, but lawmakers could revisit it later this year if the political crisis continues.

Brandi Carlile Recalls Coming Out Struggle In Emotional Grammys Speech

Brandi Carlile emerged triumphant from the 2019 Grammy Awards Sunday, but she made it clear her early struggles coming to terms with her sexuality continue to influence her music.  By the Way, I Forgive You” and Best American Roots Performance for that LP’s first single, “The Joke.” Her most poignant remarks came after picking up the award for Best American Roots Song for “The Joke,” which “Americana music is the island of the misfit toys [and] I am such a misfit,” Carlile, who wore Libertine’s “Chandelier” suit, told the crowd. “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties.” Watch Carlile’s full speech below.  …

ISIS has stashed away millions to fund new wave of attacks against the West, UN experts warn

This frame grab from video posted online Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, by supporters of the Islamic State group, purports to show a gun-mounted Islamic State group vehicle firing at members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour, Syria. (Militant Photo via AP) On Monday, Kurdish-led coalition forces battled to clear the village of Baghouz, where the remaining jihadis are holed up in fortified positions. TRUMP: ISIS COULD LOSE REMAINING TERRITORY WITHIN WEEK But the operation was slowed by landmines and sniper fire as fighters desperately battled to hold off the onslaught. A U.N. Security Council report into the threat posed by ISIS warned the group still has up to 18,000 armed terrorists ready to …

Nearly 60 percent of Virginia’s African-Americans want Gov. Northam to remain in office: poll

This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. (Eastern Virginia Medical School via AP) “He’s been a good governor, and he’s been good, as far as I know, to black people,” Butler said. In an interview Saturday, Northam said he wants to heal the wounds that some feel after the racist photo emerged. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity. … There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entre­pre­neur­ship,” he said. “And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia. It has really raised the …

New Pentagon report warns of Russian and Chinese laser threats to US satellites

(CNN)A new Pentagon report on threats in space warns that China and Russia are both developing capabilities to threaten the US’ preeminent position, including lasers that could target and destroy US satellites. They also house sensors involved in detecting enemy missile launches. The report comes as the Chinese government has been increasingly stepping up its space program, becoming the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the moon in January. The growth of China’s space capabilities and the need to help safeguard US satellites have been cited by the Trump administration as a reason why the US needs a Space Force. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to respond to the new US report. Anti-satellite …