Trump personally kept pressure on Ukraine, says impeachment inquiry witness

David Holmes, diplomat at the US embassy in Kiev, says Trump did not give a shit about Ukraine and only cared about what would benefit him politically Donald Trump personally kept up pressure on Ukraine to carry out investigations he had requested in a phone call with a senior US diplomat, who then observed the president did not give a shit about Ukraine and only cared about what would benefit him politically, according to dramatic new testimony in congressional impeachment hearings. In a deposition to the House committees investigating the Ukraine scandal, David Holmes, a diplomat at the US embassy in Kiev, described an extraordinary phone call between Trump and the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, on …

Sondland points the finger at Trump and damns others for good measure

The EU envoy was emphatic that the shakedown scheme to hold back Ukrainian aid involved Trump and his top deputies When Gordon Sondland walked into the congressional impeachment hearing shortly after 9am, reports were circulating that the Trump administration and the Republican party was going to throw him under the bus for his part the Ukraine scandal, painting him as a hotelier turned diplomat who went rogue. The question was whether Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, would take the fall. In his eagerness to please the president, had he coordinated a parallel Ukraine policy to convince the Ukrainians to investigate Trumps political opponent, Joe Biden? But Trump and his allies were in for a shock. Any doubt …

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X top 2020 Grammy nominations

Lizzo scores eight nominations with Eilish and Lil Nas X on seven, but British artists largely snubbed in major categories The 17-year-old pop sensation Billie Eilish has become the youngest artist to be nominated in all four of the most prestigious Grammy award categories: record, album and song of the year, and best new artist. Her gothic, innovative single When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is nominated for the album prize. She completed a sweep of the top categories with a best new artist nomination, and has six nominations in all. Her album engineers got a nod in the best engineered album category, including her brother and collaborator Finneas, who received three nominations. The most nominations were …

5 men are arrested after a shooting at high school football game injures 3

(CNN)Police have charged five men in connection with a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that injured one adult and two minors. “As a result, an innocent child was caught and injured in their crossfire. Our community will not be held hostage by a few idiots intent on jeopardizing our safety and the safety of our children.” Several Pleasantville players told CNN affiliate KYW-TV they initially thought the gunshots were fireworks, but once they realized what the sounds were, they ran through a fence. “We just saw everybody from the crowd running,” Keon Henry, a senior, told KYW. “Coach was telling us get down, but we didn’t want to get down. We wanted to get somewhere safe …

Nan Goldin review Gut-wrenching, brilliant and beautiful. I cannot turn away

The artists first UK show in 20 years is a knotty elegy to youth and the people we leave behind Nan Goldin photographs her life, her friendships and loves, her losses and addictions, good times and bad times. Little, if anything, is off-limits. The first large show of Goldins work in the the sky on the twilight of erthur, Switzerland. This large-scale print gives us a bilious dirty orange sky, a silhouetted chimney, a sodium-yellow streetlight glowing in the dusk. The world heaves in this image, its emotional weather, the uncanny light. Greer Modeling Jewellery (1985) Photograph: Nan Goldin Threaded through the exhibition are warm photographs of Goldins friends and lovers, the drag queens, cross-dressers, transexuals and third sexers. These …

Coca-Cola country in southern Mexico photo essay

Photographer Diana Bagnoli finds out how Coke has become a key part of indigenous ceremonies and a staple source of hydration To enter the highlands of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, is to enter a world of vibrant indigenous culture, breathtaking natural beauty, entrenched racism and grinding poverty. It is also to enter the territory of Mexico than in any other country, and some studies suggest the indigenous communities of the highlands, or Los Altos, may be the soft drinks most loyal customers on the planet. A Coca-Cola van in the narrow streets of San Cristbal The signs are everywhere. Red trucks emblazoned with the curly white logo are familiar sights in towns and far-flung villages and on the winding, mist-shrouded …

The case against Grace Hopper Celebration

Raksha Muthukumar We’ve heard the criticisms that there were fewer black women speakers than white men and new grants for “women of color from underrepresented groups and women from untapped pathways.” study done by the Kapor Center. Unfortunately, it’s hard to make a case to allocate resources any other way when these events rely on corporate sponsorship and attendance and a business case must be made for return on investment (re: tech talent pipeline). The following is a (non-comprehensive) list of recommendations for improving the way we build power as women in tech: 1. Increase economic accessibility by supporting smaller conferences Attending a conference costs more than its ticket price, so increasing accessibility must be more comprehensive than offering scholarships. …

Amber Wright’s @dilfs_of_disneyland Account Is The Happiest Place On Instagram

Courtesy of Amber Wright Amber Wright’s @dilfs_of_disneyland Account Is The Happiest Place On Instagram By Cianna Garrison Nov 13, 2019 Life Behind The Likes. The combo of Disney theme parks and Disney-going dads is the special niche that’s helped 30-year-old Amber Wright dominate the “hot dads pushing babies in strollers” category on Instagram. Wright, who lives in Long Beach, California, wasn’t thinking of going viral when she started the @dilfs_of_disneyland Instagram account, but two of her favorite things — Disney and good-looking men — happened to turn it into a must-follow on the app. It all started five years ago with a funny idea: taking photos of hot dads spotted at the theme park. Wright’s friends would tease her about …

Everybodys Everything: Remembering Emo-Rap Icon Lil Peep

The day before Lil Peep filed a wrongful death lawsuit against First Access Entertainment. The suit accuses her sons managers of forcing him onto stage after stage in city after city, plying and propping him up with pills. This is something that I must do as mother, Womack told the New York Times. What Gus had to live through is actually horrifying to me, and Im sure hes not the only person his age in this situation. First Access Entertainment vehemently denies claims that its employees contributed to Peeps death. Everybodys Everything is out now in select theaters, along with a posthumous album of the same name. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

120,000 Ribbons Hover Where The Berlin Wall Once Stood To Mark The 30-Year Anniversary Of Its Fall

During a time when it seems like walls between individuals and nations are popping up left and right, we are also reminded of when walls were torn down and people were once again reunited. On November 9th, Berlin celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The highlight of the celebration was Patrick Shearn’s and his Poetic Kinetics team’s colorful motion art installation comprised of 120,000 colorful fabric ribbons. Berlin hosted an open-air art installation commemorating the Peaceful Revolution’s 30th Anniversary Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Poetic Kinetics on Instagram Around 9,500 feet of rope was used for the installation with more than 1,250 hand-tied knots. The work of art swayed majestically …

The Busiest Travel Days For Thanksgiving 2019 Will Make You Plan Ahead

kajakiki/E+/Getty Images The Busiest Travel Days For Thanksgiving 2019 Will Make You Plan Ahead By Cianna Garrison Nov 17, 2019 Traveling during the holiday season is tough, but if you know when to book your flight or when to hit the roads, it might not have to be. Knowing what the busiest travel days for Thanksgiving are can save you a headache. Once you plot out your itinerary keeping the peak travel days in mind, you’ll be ready for a stress-free celebration. First, let’s take a look at when you should stay of the roads. Google Maps warns against “using everyday traffic trends in your area as a baseline” in its Mapping Thanksgiving analysis. Using data from the 2018 holiday …

What Not To Do If You Have A Pregnant Bridesmaid | Betches

And then it happens. The phenomenon that occurs when a bride is of moderate popularity and child-bearing age: One of your 4-12 bridesmaids has the AUDACITY to get pregnant.  this is why I’ll be eloping instead. @luvvie Sep 28, 2019 at 5:08am PDT accidentthrow her out of your wedding and wish ill upon her unborn child, take a deep breath and do your best not to jeopardize your entire friendship over something as small as bringing another human life into the world. If you want to ensure your friendship lasts beyond the second trimester, heed our advice and remember: Pregnant friends now make for great babysitters if you pop out a few of your own in the future. So if …

Blac Chyna & Rob Kardashian Throw Dream Competing B-Day Parties – But Kylie Jenner Defeats Them Both! – Perez Hilton

Over the weekend, Blac Chyna celebrated her daughter’s big day with an Aladdin-themed birthday bash. Both the 31-year-old model and her tiny tot were dressed up as the film’s fierce heroine, Princess Jasmine, wearing different versions of the character’s turquoise ensemble. The shot (above) was shared to Chyna’s Instagram page, with the “Happy 3rd birthday Dreamy 💕”  Happy Birthday sweet Dreamy! We all love you so very much! Going through my phone and see so much of you and Saint makes my heart so happy that you all are so close and have each other 💕. A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Nov 10, 2019 at 11:45am PST  including her d and son, Psalm’s daughter True Thompson — on her …

Black-throated finch wins 2019 bird of the year with tawny frogmouth second

Highly endangered finch, which is under threat from the Adani Carmichael coalmine, harnessed support of conservationists The black-throated finch has been voted Australian bird of the year for 2019, beating the tawny frogmouthin a landslide. The highly endangered finch, which is under threat won the inaugural Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2017 bird of the year, slumped to fourth, with 2,725 votes, and the a sophisticated voter fraud operation in favour of the sulphur-crested cockatoo. Thousands of votes were added in minutes for the cockatoo all automated and from the same origin with other votes added to the finch and the rainbow lorikeet in an attempt to disguise the ruse. All fraudulent votes were promptly identified and removed. Drama also erupted on the …

Former porn star Jonathan Agassi: I’d be dead if they hadn’t made a documentary about me

An unnerving and acclaimed new film about an Israeli actors meteoric career in adult movies and horrifying descent into drug addiction saved his life, he says The documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life begins with the fresh-faced gay Israeli porn star winning a top industry award in Berlin, and ends with him high on drugs, writhing around on the floor, his life in tatters. Playing out like a bleak Boogie Nights, the film, shot by Israels Tomer Heymann over eight years, catches Agassis swift climb to the top then sticks with him through a slow, ugly decline. Sex and drugs abound, with unnervingly intimate footage, but it is sensitive and compassionate. Agassi, now 35, doesnt work in porn any more. …

LGBT teaching an abomination, Jewish judge says

Manchester has a gay village area and hosts an annual Pride celebration. The LGBT teaching row explained Government issues advice on LGBT school protests Why gay dads worry about starting primary school Mr Krausz was angered by an Ofsted decision to give Beis Yaakov, an orthodox Jewish girls’ school in neighbouring Salford, a “requires improvement” rating partly because pupils were not being taught about sexual orientation and gender identity. As reported in the Jewish Chronicle, it prompted him to send leaflets to Jewish faith schools declaring all Jews were “obliged to give up one’s life rather than comply” with the guidance. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Manchester has a gay village area and hosts an annual Pride celebration Rabbi Charley …