Lionel Messi brace guides Barcelona to victory in Catalan derby

(CNN)A Lionel Messi brace guided Barcelona to victory over rivals Espanyol in Saturday’s Catalan derby. READ: Why Messi is the world’s best player Messi has now scored eight goals in his last four games for Barca. Such is his goalscoring form at the moment that his Barca teammate Luis Suarez is the second top scorer in La Liga, but he is 13 goals behind Messi. This was Barca’s sixth successive win and as Ernesto Valverde’s team extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Why the founder of Mother’s Day hated greetings cards

The UK, however, marks the day on the fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March this year – thanks to its revival of a medieval tradition called Mothering Sunday. But it took an American to give us the idea. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over the years Mother’s Day simnel cakes became elaborately decorated confections A later custom of live-in apprentices and domestic servants going home to visit their mothers, which started in 17th Century Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, also inspired Ms Smith’s Mothering Sunday revival. But these visits had a very practical purpose, says Prof Ronald Hutton, an expert in British ritual history at the University of Bristol. “It was one of the leanest times of the year, when …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …

Inquest for Radiohead stage death begins

He said they have been left with a sense of a “complete failure of the justice system” in the case. “The system has failed Scott, his family and other industry workers,” he said. Radiohead was set to perform a sold-out show in Toronto when the stage’s metal scaffold roofing – tens of thousands of pounds of steel and equipment – collapsed onto crew members on stage at the time. Johnson, a native of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was killed and three other people were injured. Image copyright Toronto Star via Getty Images Image caption An aerial view shows a collapsed stage in Toronto’s Downsview Park The inquiry heard on Monday from Mr Selway, Ken Johnson – the father of the deceased …

Firms drag their feet on gender pay gap

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for equality, said: “Most employers are leaving it until the last minute to report and it is disappointing that a significant proportion of those who have reported have got larger pay gaps. All British companies with 250 or more employees have to report their gender pay gaps. Last year 78% disclosed that they paid men more than they paid women. Barclays’ investment bank has reported a 44.1% pay gap, which is slightly higher than the pay gap it reported last year, 43.5%. Barclays acknowledged that it had a “historic gender imbalance” at senior levels, However, it had a target of increasing its percentage of female directors and managing directors to …

Reports: Man shoots dead 7 family members in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian media says a man has shot dead seven members of his wife’s family in the southwestern city of Dezful. The state-owned IRNA news agency said Sunday the shooter wielded a Kalashnikov rifle killing five men and two women, before shooting himself. The agency reported the shooter survived and is in hospital, but did not release his name.

Afghan official: vice president unhurt in Taliban ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says that Afghanistan’s vice president, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, has escaped unharmed after Taliban ambushed his convoy while traveling form northern Balkh to neighboring Zawzjan province. Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor of Balkh, said Sunday that a security guard in the convoy was killed, and two others wounded, in the attack. Farhad says Taliban militants attacked the convoy at two points, in the Char Bolak and then Faiz Abad district, Saturday afternoon.

Europe just passed sweeping new copyright rules that Big Tech hates

London (CNN Business)Europe is changing the internet again. The proposal was opposed by tech companies, which warned they would need to build expensive content filters and stop linking to publications. Internet activists argued that the changes would lead to censorship. On the other side of the two-year battle were record labels, artists and media companies. They said reforms were needed to update copyright protections for the internet age and to ensure they’re fairly paid for content. This is the latest flashpoint between tech giants and European officials, who have taken a much more robust approach than the United States over competition issues, data protection (think GDPR) and tax. Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, said the vote would …

Justin Bieber Calls Out Designer After Being Stopped By Police

Justin Bieber almost paid dearly for simply wearing a pair of designer sneakers.  told followers on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he was stopped by police for the tags on his The sneakers, designed by Virgil Abloh, come with a signature blue zip tie and a tag that, to the untrained eye, looks like a security tag from a store.  “I had to tell him, ‘Bro, it’s just fashion,’” the 25-year-old added. “I don’t know. He’s like, ‘It sure looks like a security tag.’ I’m like, ‘Nah, bro, you can check it out.’ It looks like it though ― but you’re getting me in trouble!”  A shot of the shoes in question.  stepping away from music for a bit to …

Mom diagnosed with cancer weeks after giving birth dies, support group says

Since her initial diagnosis, Cafferty has inspired a campaign to raise £134,000 (approx. $176,800) which was to be used for treatment in specialist centers around the world. WOMAN’S SUSPECTED ‘BABY BUMP’ WAS ACTUALLY MASSIVE OVARIAN TUMORS She was told no treatment was available on the NHS but had already visited a specialist unit in Mexico twice to try and prolong her life with husband Karl and newborn daughter Maya. But a Facebook group set up to share news of Cafferty’s battle with cancer has now announced to her legions of followers she has passed away. Cafferty was interviewed about her battle at the start of February to mark World Cancer Day. “The reason I am fighting so hard is for …

New Book Reveals Stunning Misconduct And Dysfunction At ABCs ‘The View’

For years, the public has known that the ABC television program “The View” is a show (and a workplace) filled with drama and chaos. But a new book alleges a breathtaking level of workplace misconduct, unethical behavior and dysfunction behind the scenes of the top-rated television talk show. The book, ,” written by Ramin Setoodeh, the New York bureau chief of Variety, is packed with details about the show, which premiered almost 22 years ago. Setoodeh conducted 150 interviews for the book and sat down with all 11 of the show’s major co-hosts except for Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg. The reporting also includes 2014 and 2016 interviews with legendary newswoman Barbara Walters, who created “The View” and held 50 …

This was thelastweek of the Trump presidency as we know it

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump has been president for 792 days. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been on the job — investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion between the Russians and members of Trump’s campaign — for 675 days. Mueller brought criminal charges against 37 people and entities. 6 of them were associates of President Trump: Campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, national security adviser Michael Flynn, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump ex-attorney Michael Cohen and political svengali Roger Stone 5 people have been sentenced to prison Trump has referred to the investigation as a “witch hunt” more than 170 times. Given the length of the Mueller probe, the number of charges it …