Council investigates band parading in City Hall

‘Unacceptable in shared space’ Ciarán Beattie of Sinn Féin said he had contacted the council’s chief executive to “demand answers as to how and why this was allowed to happen”. He said the incident was “disgraceful”, adding: “This sends out the wrong message of the changing Belfast and City Hall which is supposed to be a shared space and open to all.” He said that the council was investigating whether there had been a “breach of protocol”. The Alliance Party’s Michael Long said the videos appeared to show “completely unacceptable conduct in the shared space that is City Hall”. “There’s absolutely no problem with people using [City Hall] to celebrate events,” he told BBC News NI. “But it shouldn’t be …

Deal reached ‘in principle’ for Wrightbus sale

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWorkers at the troubled bus manufacturer Wrightbus celebrated after a deal for its sale was agreed A deal has been reached in principle for the sale of Wrightbus. Bidder Jo Bamford said agreement had been reached with “the Wright family for the Wrightbus factory and land”. “We are still to conclude a deal with the administrators but are pleased to report this important step in the right direction. “I would like to thank Ian Paisley for his hard work and diligence in helping to mediate what has at times been a tricky negotiation.” Wrightbus: From driving seat to financial failure Wrightbus future ‘in the balance’ says DUP MP George Brash from the …

Ecuador protests end after deal struck with indigenous leaders

President cancels austerity package that sparked weeks of violent street demonstrations Ecuadors president, Lenn Moreno, has struck a deal with indigenous leaders to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralysed the economy and left seven dead. Under the agreement, Moreno will withdraw the International Monetary Fund-backed package, known as Decree 883, that included a sharp rise in fuel costs. Indigenous leaders, in turn, will call on their followers to end protests and street blockades. Comrades, this deal is a compromise on both sides, Moreno said. The indigenous mobilisation will end and Decree 883 will be lifted. The two sides will work together to develop a package of measures to cut government spending, …

Not everything you learned about Christopher Columbus is true

(CNN)We grow up learning all kinds of history about the founding of America, and one of the explorers taught in every classroom is Christopher Columbus. But how much do we actually know about him as an explorer and his famous journey? False: Scholars believe it was Viking Leif Erickson who first came from overseas to America. In fact, they believe Columbus wasn’t even the first European to discover what we know as the Americas.

These Super Easy Halloween Costumes Are Anything But Boring

Shutterstock 10 Easy Halloween Costumes For 2019 That Are The Life Of The Party By Cianna Garrison Oct 13, 2019 Sometimes I want to dress up for Halloween, but I hate when a costume is super complicated. There have been times when I went all out and it took me too long to get ready for a party or gathering. Or other times, I was on a time crunch an was left trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween with little time to plan. In those scenarios, you can get rid of a lot of the pressure by choosing a no-fuss Halloween costume. These 10 easy Halloween costumes for 2019 are a ton of fun and make getting …

Cardinal Newman declared a saint by the Pope

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince of Wales attended the Mass to canonise 19th-century cardinal John Henry Newman Mother Mariam Thresia from India, Swiss Marguerite Bays, Mother Giuseppina Vannini from Italy and Brazilian-born Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes were also made saints at the Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis in Italian. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Henry Newman is the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs, who were executed under laws enacted during the English Reformation and canonised in 1970 Thousands of Britons travelled to Rome to join the celebration. Cardinal Newman: How did he become a saint? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBirmingham Oratory’s “pride” at Cardinal Newman’s canonisation Carol Parkinson, the secretary of …

Francia Raisa Teases Selena Gomez’s New Music Following BFF Feud Rumors! – Perez Hilton

There’s nothing but love between Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa! ICYMI, rumors of a rift between the two began to circulate in August, shocking and saddening many because Raisa ET caught up with The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum at WWE SmackDown‘s 20th anniversary celebration, who opened up about the decision she and her friend made: “It was a decision that was very faith-based and… she and I have talked about before. It just kinda happened coincidentally, but I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe that that’s God’s way of remaining anonymous. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.” And if there was still any doubt the two were in contact as of lately, the 31-year-old spilled she has heard …

Bella Hadid Got A Surprise Birthday Message From The Weeknd – But Did They Meet Up?? – Perez Hilton

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd can’t quit each other! According to E! News sources, the Can’t Feel My Face singer reportedly sent his ex a sweet message in honor of her But did the two meet up?? It depends who you ask! Per the first insider, the musician reached out to the supermodel — but this does NOT mean the two are getting back together: “The Weeknd did reach out to Bella during the day to wish her a ‘Happy Birthday’ and they have been in touch… There is no bad blood between the two and they are on good terms right now. There isn’t any chance of them getting back together right now but Bella never wants to have …

Offset Goes Over The Top To Celebrate Cardi B’s Birthday – LOOK AT THIS BLING! – Perez Hilton

Cardi B truly celebrated her birthday in style on Friday, turning 27 with Offset by her side along with some VERY memorable gifts! The Bodak Yellow rapper also had their daughter Kulture in tow for the celebration, too. And fortunately for all of us, it was copiously filmed for social media — so we know exactly what went down with the extravagant event on Friday night! Yay!!! First things first, the spread: it appears the huge dinner spread at the birthday event featured lobster, a seafood tower, steak, and truffle mac ‘n cheese, which… you’d have us right there. Those incredible combinations of food alone would be an incredible birthday gift for us — not to mention all the rose petals everywhere that …

This “capsule” Scotch whisky doesn’t require a glass

(CNN)After the Tide pods craze, now we have Scotch pods, or “glassless cocktails” for drinkers who can’t be bothered to pour. “A first of its kind for a spirit brand, the edible capsules are 23ml in size, fully biodegradable and provide the perfect flavour-explosion experience,” read the Scottish brand’s promotional materials. “Enjoying them is simple, the capsules are popped in the mouth for an instant burst of flavour, and the capsule is simply swallowed.” Judging from Twitter posts, some whisky-lovers, aren’t so thrilled. “Ummm, whisky cocktails are for sipping & savouring, not exploding in your mouth all in one go,” wrote Susie Mac. “Jello shots. You reinvented jello shots,” tweeted Jodran Weissmann. “Just put it in an IV bag. Let’s …

Explosion at Oktoberfest celebration in California injures 5

(CNN)An underground electrical vault exploded at a restaurant on Saturday in Huntington Beach, California, injuring five people. The first explosion took place around 8:20 p.m. when firefighters “had just barely walked up to the area involved,” Lopez said. “Two additional explosions occurred within minutes,” he said. “Once the other fire crews arrived, they worked to ensure that the fire was isolated to the vault and to search the structure for any remaining occupants.” Video from witnesses shows a giant ball of fire erupting into the night sky. Witness Kyle Nelson told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV that he heard and saw three large explosions in rapid succession emanating from the festival. He managed to catch one of them on camera. At the …

Tampa’s Conversion Therapy Ban Is Struck Down By Federal Judge

The victory that U.S. District Judge William Jung handed the Christian evangelical legal advocacy group, which had challenged Tampa’s ban, came down to jurisdiction. The judge noted that the state of Florida already has  “The State, not localities, occupies this field,” Jung wrote in a 41-page ruling that prevents Tampa from enforcing the ban. Experts Under the ordinance, Tampa therapists would have been fined $1,000 fine for a first offense of practicing conversion therapy and $5,000 for subsequent violations. “Substantive regulation of psychotherapy is a state, not a municipal concern,” Jung wrote. Daily Beast reported, so activists are instead trying to push the ban in counties, cities and municipalities. Jung was Conversion therapy has been The Liberty Counsel, a conservative …

Robbie Robertson: I didn’t know anybody who didn’t do drugs

Guitarist Robbie Robertson helped to change music history with Bob Dylans backing group the Band. He remembers how the brotherhood ended in heroin addiction and self-destruction In 1965 Robbie Robertson was living in the room next to Blonde on Blonde. The television was on. There was music playing. The phone was ringing. There were people coming and going and he was writing away on his typewriter. I thought, I dont even understand how somebody can close off the outside world like that and concentrate. This guy is from another planet, Robertson says. But for a while he shared that planet, or came as close to sharing it as any musician did at the time. Robertson was the lead guitarist of …

NBA postpones media sessions in China as rift over Hong Kong tweet simmers

The NBA has postponed media sessions in Shanghai for the Nets and Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled The NBA has postponed Wednesdays scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were training in Shanghai on Wednesday, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of o Silver saying NBA employees were entitled to free speech. He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we …

This $15 Aldi Advent Calendar Is Filled With 24 Imported Cheeses

Courtesy of Aldi Aldi’s 2019 Cheese Advent Calendar Features So Many Tasty Bites By Daffany Chan Oct 7, 2019 There are so many awesome boozy advent calendars available this year. From red wine to sparkly prosecco, you can get an alcohol-filled calendar that fits whatever beverage you like best. But don’t stop there, because everyone knows that whenever there’s vino, you’ve got have cheese. To complete your countdown to Christmas experience this year, you’ve got to get your hands on Aldi’s Cheese Advent Calendar. Aldi’s 2019 Cheese Advent Calendar is the perfect holiday wine pairing. Since Aldi’s Cheese Advent Calendar was a huge hit last year, the company is bringing it back this season, and fans are rejoicing. The brand’s …

‘Thirty years of freedom!’ Why David Hasselhoff remains an icon for German unity

At his recent Berlin concert, the Hoff once again recalled his part in the fall of the Wall. His obsession with reunification is gauche but his message of hope is still necessary Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! David Hasselhoff chants as he snakes his way through the Max-Schmeling-Halle, a basketball stadium erected near where a section of the Berlin Wall once stood. Its German Unity Day, Thursday 3 October, and Hasselhoff is here to promote his 14th album Open Your Eyes. The date is no coincidence. As the show begins, the actor and singer is raised on a hydraulic platform above the crowd, and its hard not to recall how, on New Years Eve 1989 less than two months after the Wall …