Bougainville independence vote delivers emphatic demand to become world’s newest nation

(CNN)An autonomous region of Papua New Guinea has voted overwhelmingly to leave the country and form a new independent nation, authorities announced on Wednesday. The vote is a significant indicator of public sentiment, but is non-binding, and will now need to be approved by the Papua New Guinea parliament before Bougainville can become its own country. Bougainville independence campaigners are bracing for this next step; the copper mine, estimated to be worth $58 billion, has long been a point of territorial contention. The civil war had in part been over a dispute about the mine’s management, and some predict Papua New Guinea will be reluctant to lose access to the region’s valuable natural resources. The referendum has been a long …

The Best & Worst Influencer Beauty Collabs Of 2019 | Betches

/ˈinflo͝oənsər/  noun: influencera person or thing that influences another. Influencer collaborations are a dime a dozen nowadays, and only the strong survive. With a million and one launches being not-so-subtly shoved in our faces every time we open any form of social media, it’s important to narrow down which collaborations are actually worth the purchase, and which are a major skip.  Jeffree Star, punk singer-turned-YouTube beauty influencer-turned-mega millionaire business owner, recently launched his cosmetics line collaboration with YouTuber Shane Dawson. A simple Instagram campaign was not enough, so the two partnered for a YEAR to put together a seven-piece docuseries View this post on Instagram A post shared by TRENDMOOD (@trendmood1) on The seven-hour long series averaged 18.7 million views …

What time will we know who won? Hour-by-hour election night guide

What to look out for overnight, including results for key marginal seats, potential upsets, and how to tell who is doing well Conservatives ended up with majorities on both occasions. The fieldwork for Thursdays exit poll will be conducted by Ipsos Mori, with tens of thousands of interviews conducted at 144 polling stations across the country. For the first time there are plans to make constituency-level exit poll projections available on the BBC website from shortly after 10pm, with seats called for each party on a likely, possible, or too close to call basis. This could enliven the first hour of coverage by giving a local dimension to the headline exit poll figures.

How the Daughters of the Confederacy Spoiled Christmas

For several years, the town of Garner, North Carolina, has held a Christmas parade featuringalong with traditional marching bands, dance troupes and local politiciansfloats sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The same is true of the nearby town of Wake Forest, where for more than two decades, SCV and UDC members in antebellum hoop skirts have marched along the Christmas parade route while waving Confederate flags. That tradition was suddenly halted this year, after the activist group Move Silent Sam posted video and photos of the neo-Confederate groups in past parades, along with the question: Is the Town of Garner trying to send the message that racism is welcome in the community? …

Get To Know Inayah, The Body-Positive Singer Who’s Going Viral | Betches

Body positivity is having a moment this year. With the rise of actors like Jameela Jamil who waste no time calling out harmful diet products and toxic beauty ideals to musicians like Lizzo who unabashedly flaunt a body that does not conform to conventional standards, and preach self-acceptance, body acceptance is at the forefront of cultural conversation in a way it hasn’t been before. And hopefully, it lasts longer than a passing fad. Because if there’s one 2019 trend I can get behind—since clear plastic shoes and the comeback of low-rise jeans are not it—it’s spending less time injecting, chemically altering, and sweating our way into a different body and just being happy with the way it is instead. Enter …

Israel heads for unprecedented third election in a year as stalemate continues

Israels parliament votes on Wednesday to dissolve itself in a fresh bid to break political deadlock Israel is set to hold a third round of elections within 12 months, after a deadline to form a government passed with no politician able to bring together the disparate parties. A time limit to forge a majority coalition in the countrys parliament, the Knesset, expired at midnight on Wednesday, automatically triggering a fresh national ballot. By law, the poll cannot be held for three months, extending a political deadlock that has paralysed the country deep into next year. Lawmakers were debating late into the night on holding the vote on 2 March. Israel has been gripped by political paralysis for the best part …

The Panthers and Cam Newton were indestructible until they weren’t

Ron Rivera led his team to Super Bowl 50, with a quarterback who looked almost unstoppable. Now both men have uncertain futures The Carolina Panthers are at a crossroads. On Wednesday an injured quarterback; an subsequent sale; a from his dab to his raucous celebrations. Pearl clutching ensued. The fact that he was a 6ft 5in black man playing quarterback, dressing every gameday Letters to the editor came thick and fast, and the talking heads beat the same old drum. Quarterbacks dont act like that. He is too much of a diva. He dances too much. He sets a bad example. He should spend less time thinking about fashion and more about football. Some of that was the generational gap …

Calvert-Lewins double gives Ferguson dream start at Everton against Chelsea

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice after Richarlisons early opener for Everton in a 3-1 victory against Chelsea in Duncan Fergusons first match as temporary manager Unable to sleep after taking the reins from Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson lay in his bath at 2.30am on Friday and dreamed of the perfect day. It looked like this. There was a towering header to start the show, two more goals from a marauding Everton No 9 and a fist-pump celebration in front of the Gwladys Street End after leading his beloved club out of the relegation zone. The Scot has some scriptwriter. Chelsea were beaten by emotion, fight and character on Fergusons big day. Frank Lampards team played well but defended poorly. They were …

Buttigieg and Warren’s clash over transparency results in more disclosures

(CNN)South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are engaged in a full-blown competition over which candidate is more transparent. The conflict has dominated the 2020 news cycle in recent days and shows how the two Democrats view each other’s as threats to each other’s paths to winning the party’s presidential nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the two other candidates in the top tier in early voting contests — have largely stayed out of the scrum as Buttigieg and Warren try to land damaging blows on each other’s campaigns. Buttigieg surged ahead last month in the Iowa polls conducted by both CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom and Monmouth University. When Buttigieg rose …

The 50 greatest Christmas songs ranked!

From John Fahey, the Sonics and the Waitresses to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey, we count down the best festive numbers 50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Emmy the Great and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isnt cold. So long as its not alone. 47. Little Joey Farr RocknRoll Christmas Rocknroll and rockabilly are a treasure trove of Christmas novelty numbers (try Marlene Paulas I Want To …

In Pantene’s new video series, transgender people talk about what it’s like to go home for the holidays

(CNN)For many, the holidays offer a home swelling with cheerful celebration, the warm embrace of family and shared time with loved ones. “While every LGBTQ+ person has their own unique story about going home for the holidays, everyone is seeking the same thing — to be surrounded by people who love and accept them,” said Procter & Gamble, the parent company of Pantene, in a news release. The series begins with a video of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles singing an a cappella version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” while viewers get flashes of the chorus members preparing to go home. “137 million Americans will travel home this holiday season,” the video says. “44% of LGBTQ people feel …

In honor of Jennifer Lopez’s Golden Globe nomination, fan urges passengers on JetBlue to watch ‘Hustlers’

(CNN)There was a party in the skies for Jennifer Lopez following her Golden Globe nomination on Monday. Longo, whose Twitter bio also jokingly says he is one of Lopez’s backup dancers, followed up his original tweet writing, “Hey @JetBlue, there are definitely Oscar voters on this NY to LA flight. Please let me make an announcement!” The tweet caught the attention of the plane’s pilot, who made an announcement to tell passengers that “Hustlers” was one of their inflight movie options and to help Lopez win an Oscar. It wasn’t long before Lopez weighed in — making Longo’s day. “This is amazing!!!!!!! You can be my backup dancer any day. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!” she tweeted. Moral of the …

Disney warns its new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures in people with epilepsy

(CNN)“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the highly anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker saga, could trigger seizures in photosensitive people, Walt Disney Studios said. People with photosensitive epilepsy can still watch the film Flashing lights at certain intensities and certain patterns can trigger seizures in about 3% of people with epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Anything from the flashing strobe of a fire alarm to flickering computer monitors can trigger seizures in photosensitive people. Photosensitive epilepsy happens to be more common in young people, the foundation says, and happens less as those with epilepsy age. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting about 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The warning doesn’t …

Golden Globes list looks like ominous backlash

(CNN)The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and leading the pack are “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour Jimmy Hoffa epic, and “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical divorce drama (with five and six nominations, respectively). It’s also well worth noting that in a year when Netflix scored such an impressive yield of nominations for “The Irishman,” another electrifying work they produced, “When They See Us” — a work from Ava DuVernay that transformed how our society sees the plight of the Central Park Five — was completely shut out. And Regina King, who’s delivering one of the year’s best TV performances on HBO’s “Watchmen,” is also absent on the nominee lists, as is any mention of the critically-raved-about show. (This …

Its Great The L Word Is Back. But What Does Generation Q Want to Say?

What is it like to have The L Word back? The answer is: very welcome, though with reservations. But at least televisions only all-The L Word: Generation Q begins, 10 years after Ilene Chaiken has passed the baton to playwright-turned-screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, who has had many tough decisions to make (one: get rid of that god-awful Betty theme song). While the original show had many fans, it also had just as many criticssome, like this reviewer, serving as both. Like the original, Generation Q centers on a group of friendsin this case, returning leads Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig) as well as a younger, queerer cast of newcomers, namely androgynous fuckboi Finley (Jacqueline Toboni); Latinx …

Trump Stomps Home From NATO Meeting After Two-Faced Trudeau Was Mean to Him

Its fair to say the NATO leaders meeting in Britain is not going terribly well. Donald Trump hit out at Justin Trudeau on Wednesday after a candid video emerged of the Canadian prime minister ridiculing the U.S. president to the obvious delight and amusement of other world leaders. A fed-up Trump then canceled his scheduled press conference and said hed fly straight home. The video shows Trudeau with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a gathering at Buckingham Palace. Trudeau mocked Trumps unexpected Monday press conferences, and said he watched [Trumps] teams jaws drop to the floor when the president made an announcement, which wasnt specified in the video. Trudeau later confirmed the leaders were …