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(CNN)US officials met secretly with Venezuelan military plotting coup against Venezuelan President Maduro

Washington (CNN). According to CNN, United States officials met secretly with Venezuelan military officers who were plotting a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, both a current and a former US official confirmed to CNN. American officials met with the renegade Venezuelan military officers several times over the last year after the Venezuelan officers made contact, but Washington ultimately decided against supporting the coup, the two sources said. The US did not provide the Venezuelan officers with any support and the plans for the coup ultimately fell apart, the sources said.

On August 5th/ 2018, the Venezuelan government alleged that opposition factions conspired with assailants in Miami and Bogota in an assassination attempt to kill Maduro.

"This was an attempt to kill me," he said.

Maduro said the "far right," working in coordination with others in Bogota and Miami, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, were responsible. Colombia's government has vehemently denied Santos had any role in the drone attack. Maduro, who also says that Washington supports his political opponents, called on U.S. President Donald Trump to hold the "terrorist group" accountable.

Could Venezuela be Trump's war?

Friday August 11, 2017-President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a "military option" in Venezuela as the ruling regime there consolidates power.

"We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Friday.

The reporter asked whether this military option would be led by the United States, Trump responded: "We don't talk about it. But a military operation, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue," he responded.  Reuters reported later Friday that the Pentagon said the White House hadn't given it any orders on Venezuela.

In response, Venezuela's defense minister said that Trump's threat of military intervention was "a crazy act." In an address to that assembly, Maduro expressed a desire to have a dialogue with Trump.

"Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand," he said- — CNBC, Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

The White House declined to comment on the meetings between US officials and Venezuelan military officers, but said in a statement the US continues to support "a peaceful orderly return to democracy in Venezuela."

"U.S. policy preference for a peaceful, orderly return to democracy in Venezuela remains unchanged. The United States government hears daily the concerns of Venezuelans from all walks of life -- be they members of the ruling party, the security services, elements of civil society or from among the millions of citizens forced by the regime to flee abroad. They share one goal: the rebuilding of democracy in their homeland," said National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis. "A lasting solution to Venezuela's worsening crisis can only arise following restoration of governance by democratic practices, the rule of law, and respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms."-CNN.

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“I have never cheated”. Controversy as Serena lose Tennis final to Japanese newcomer Naomi Osaka.

Flushing Meadows, New York-The normally well-behaved Tennis games had erupted in controversy of cheating and accusation of sexism as Serena Williams lost the 2018 US Open final to Japanese newcomer Naomi Osaka.

Saturday 8th 2018 Serena faced off with twenty years old Naomi Osaka.  This is Osaka's first Grand Slam Title. She admits to love and idolizes the tennis super star. When asked by the reporter, what is her message to Serena before they face each other in the US Open final, she replied, "I love you."

The controversy began when Serena was penalized by umpire Carlos Ramos when he accused her of getting coaching  from the stands.

Ms. Williams was given her first code violation in the second game of the second set after Ramos adjudged her coach Patrick Mouratoglou of coaching from the stands – something which is currently banned in tennis. Williams claimed she didn’t see any gesture from Mouratoglou but he later admitted to ESPN that he had been – or at least had been trying – to give her signals. “I was coaching but I don’t think she looked at me,” Mouratoglou said. “Sash [Osaka’s coach Sascha Bajin] was coaching as well. Everybody does it.”

The umpire then handed out another code violation and docked a point after Serena Williams smashed her racket in anger after losing on her serve in the second set. At the next changeover, Ms. Williams decided to confront Ramos.

Serena Williams argued with umpire Carlos Ramos during the final

After being penalized for throwing her racket early in the second set Serena confronted the umpire: 'This is unbelievable. Every team I play here I have problems.

'I didn't get coaching, I didn't get coaching. I didn't get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I didn't get coaching. I don't cheat, I didn't get coaching. How can you say that?

'You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right for her and I've never cheated. You owe me an apology".

After being broken to trail 4-3 in the second set:

'I never got coaching. I explained that to you and for you to attack my character then something is wrong. You're attacking my character. Yes you are. You owe me an apology.

'You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology.

'Say it, say you're sorry. Then don't talk to me, don't talk to me. How dare you insinuate I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You're a thief too.'

After being docked a game:

'Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Because I said you were a thief? You stole a point from me. I'm not a cheater. I told you to apologise to me. Excuse me I need the referee, I don't agree with that.'

With tournament referees:

'This is not right... [INAUDIBLE]... He said I was being coached but I was not being coached. That's not right. You know me. You know my character. This is not fair. This has happened to me too many times. This is not fair. To lose a game for saying that is not fair. Do you know how many men do things that are much worse than that? This is not fair.

'There are a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are a man it doesn't matter. This is unbelievable. No I don't know the risk because if I say a simple thing, a thief, because he stole a point from me.

'There are men out here that do a lot worse and because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me. That is not right. And you know it and I know you can't admit it, but I know you know that is not right. I know you can't change it but I'm just saying that is not right.

'I get the rules but I'm just saying it's not right. It happens to me at this tournament every single year and it's not fair. That's all I have to say.'

Post-match press conference:

'I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me.

'But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief". It blows my mind.

'I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman.

'They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person.'~

Serene accused the umpire of sexism. Some fans agreed with a mix reaction

'I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me. 'But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief". It blows my mind, she said.

Serena ending losing the match to Osaka won 6-2 6-4. There were cheers and boos and both athlete were left in tears. In the end Serena bowed out gracefully as she asked the crowd to support Naomi Osaka

Courtesty of ESPN~From boos to cheers. An emotional and powerful moment for Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams at the US Open podium.

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Floridians are told the last thing they want to do is “monkey this up” by electing the first ever black governor

Floridians are told the last thing they want to do is “monkey this up” by electing the first ever black governor. Florida made history in nominating the first ever Democratic black governor, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, upsetting former Representative, Gwen Graham to capture the Florida Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Given today's racially charged political climate, Florida definitely sets the stage for one of the races to watch by all, including Democratic, Republican voters, Neutrals and Independents alike. According to reports by the Washington Post and CNN, Rep. Ron DeSantis spurred controversy and cries of racism Wednesday, when he declared voters would "monkey this up" if they elected his African-American opponent, Andrew Gillum, to be governor. The republican candidate's allegations came less than 24 hours after his victory in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary.

Florida Republican Nominatee Ron DeSantis (left) and Democratic Nominatee Andrew Gillum (right).

The Sunshine State of Florida in the United States took a huge step to electing its first black governor, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, upsetting former Representative, Gwen Graham to capture the Florida Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Tuesday night.

The shock result came ahead of November's eagerly anticipated mid-term elections, already being billed as a bitter fight for power between an invigorated Democratic Party and the Donald Trump, led Republican Party. At 39, Gillum's victory seems to represent a younger generation of leaders, while riding to victory as Florida Democratic Party's nominee. The former Florida A&M University Graduate and Gainesville, Florida resident won what is considered by many as a surprise victory over a competitive field of over five candidates, including former U.S. representative Gwendolyn Graham (age 55), who served as U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd district from 2015-2017.

Gillum will be expected to face Republican, Ron DeSantis in the general election of 2020. DeSantis, also 39 years of age assumed office in 2013. He is a native of Jacksonville, FLA. Gillum, turning to the camera, in one of his only campaign ads, asked prior to Tuesday's vote, "What's impossible? The son of a bus driver becoming Mayor of the capital city? Is it impossible to come from nothing, be outspent 10-to-1 and win?" Meanwhile, Gillum's selection seems, for some, the clear choice of liberals in Tuesday's race, given he had garnered support from certain liberal leading figures in the Democratic party, including Wealthy California businessman Tom Steyer, who reportedly sponsored ads nationally calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached. He was also supported by George Soros and Vermont, Democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders. Gillum's successful campaign ran on issues advocating for single-payer health insurance and calling for Trump's impeachment.

Ron DeSantis Interview on Fox News declaring the last thing Floridians want to do is "monkey this up"

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Jury agrees that Monsanto Roundup Weedkillers link to cancer. Awarded man $289.2 million dollars

In a landmark verdict in the case against Monsanto on Friday, a jury awarded a former Benicia School District groundskeeper with terminal cancer.

Dewayne Lee Johnson, 46, is a father of three and began job began in 2012. He worked as a groundskeeper and pest manager for the school district in Benicia, a suburb just north of San Francisco. A large part of his job was to spray these products in bulk 30 times a year.

Mr Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014.

Jury awarded a former Benicia School District groundskeeper Dewayne Lee Johnson, 46 with terminal cancer $289.2 million dollars

He testified that it involved him spraying herbicide to control weeds on school grounds, sometimes for several hours a day. After two and a half years into the job, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He argued that his exposure to the chemicals caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a blood cell cancer.

Johnson’s case was particularly significant because a judge allowed his team to present scientific arguments. The dispute centered on glyphosate, which is the world’s most widely used herbicide.

During the lengthy trial, Johnson’s attorneys brought forward internal emails from Monsanto executives that they said demonstrated how the corporation repeatedly ignored experts’ warnings, sought favorable scientific analyses and helped to “ghostwrite” research that encouraged continued usage.

Dewayne Lee Johnson before his cancer diagnosis

The jury verdict, in San Francisco Superior Court, is the latest setback for Monsanto, now part of Bayer AG BAYRY, -3.66%   , as its flagship weed killer Roundup comes under increased scrutiny following the 2015 determination from the World Health Organization that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides, is probably carcinogenic.

On Friday August 10th, in the first of thousands of lawsuits to go to trial, the jury unanimously found that the company’s Ranger Pro and Roundup products presented a “substantial danger” to consumers, and that Monsanto knew or should have known of potential risks and failed to warn consumers like Dewayne “Lee” Johnson.

"I think it's exactly like the tobacco trials. Monsanto, for 40 years, has been taking the playbook from the tobacco industry, ghostwriting science, buying science, using all the different PR strategies and the legal strategies to confuse the science to blur the science and I'm so glad that this jury held them accountable," said Johnson's attorney, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

When he took the Stand, he talked about his pain and suffering as skin lesions took over his body.

“I’ve been going through a lot of pain,” Johnson, who goes by the name Lee, testified weeks earlier. “It really takes everything out of you. I’m not getting any better.”

He also testified that Monsanto should not have let him use the herbicide near schoolchildren, saying: “I never would’ve sprayed that product on school grounds or around people if I knew it would cause them harm.”

Johnson's attorneys says that $289 million verdict means he will be able to afford some cutting edge treatments. Johnson may have just months to live, according to his doctors. His wife testified that she has had to work two jobs, sometimes with 14-hour days, to help pay for the medical bills.

Monsanto VP Scott Partridge said, "No, it's not a fair analysis at all. We all know tobacco causes cancer, glyphosate does not cause cancer. It's been perfectly safe and that's been demonstrated for more than four decades. I don't know how they got it wrong but they did, they got it wrong."

He said they will appeal this case. He also said they have no plans to settle future cases in light of Friday's verdict.

Monsanto's VP Scott Partidge released a statement regarding Friday's verdict:
"We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family. Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews - and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world - support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson's cancer. We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others."

Monsanto is a US based Company initially founded as a chemical company. It later moved into agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology.

Monsanto developed Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide in the 1970s, and became a major producer of genetically engineered crops. Monsanto was one of four groups to introduce genes into plants (1983), and was among the first to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops, (1987).

It is the world’s largest distributor of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is an herbicide. It is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. The sodium salt form of glyphosate is used to regulate plant growth and ripen fruit.

Glyphosate was first registered for use in the U.S. in 1974. Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. People apply it in agriculture and forestry, on lawns and gardens, and for weeds in industrial areas. Some products containing glyphosate control aquatic plants.

What are some products that contain glyphosate?

Glyphosate comes in many forms, including an acid and several salts. These can be either solids or an amber-colored liquid. There are over 750 products containing glyphosate for sale in the United States.

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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump called NOT ACCEPTABLE

President Donald Trump has repeatedly and forcefully denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

On Thursday August 9th, Melanie Trump's Slovenian mother and father, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program. When asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through “chain migration,” their lawyer, Michael Wildes, said, “I suppose.”

Melania Trump’s parents, Amalija and Viktor Knavs, flank their lawyer, Michael Wildes, heading to their naturalization ceremony in Manhattan on Thursday. Credit: Holly Pickett for The New York Times

The conservatives have been trying to end the family-based immigration category for years. Their arguments often cite incidents of terror suspects sponsoring family members to come to the US, such as the attempted suicide bombing in New York City in December.

Trump is dead-set on ending 'chain migration' in the immigration deal

Family-based petitions may soon end as US President Donald Trump said he wanted to rein in "chain migration," the ability of legal immigrants to bring a wide-ranging number of family members into the country.

During the State of the Union Address to United States Congress in January 2018, Trump bared the four pillars of immigration reforms that he said should be supported by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives," Trump said.

Under United States immigration laws, a US citizen can file an immigrant visa petition for spouse, children, parent or siblings. A permanent resident or a greencard holder on the other hand, can file for immigrant visa petition for spouse and or unmarried son or daughter.

Under Trump’s administration’s plan, he said they will now only focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children only. Breaking chain migration is under Trump's fourth pillar.

President Trump vows to end 'green card lottery,' 'chain migration'

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Venezuela President Maduro blames Colombia and the U.S. State of Florida as 6 terrorist detained in failed assassination attempt


According to reports, assailants flew two drones each packed with 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of C-4 plastic explosive toward Maduro, his wife and other top leaders as he spoke Saturday evening at an event celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard, said Interior Minister Nestor Reverol. One of the drones was to explode above the president while the other was to detonate directly in front of him, he added.

The long running political crisis has been taking place in Venezuela since 1999 under the presidency of Hugo Chávez and has continued into the current presidency of Nicolás Maduro. Since the death of Hugo Chavez the situation worsened. The current situation is the worst economic crisis in Venezuela's history.

After Chavez came to power in 1999, Maduro participated in an assembly that drafted a new constitution. He served as a congressman until 2006, when he was tapped as foreign minister. In 2013 former President Hugo Chavez appointed Nicolas Maduro as Vice President. That appointment led the way for Maduro to be Chavez successor after his death.

Nicolas Maduro (shown in 2007).

Many see the Maduro presidency as a continuation of the the Chavez leadership and believe this is a stronghold on Venezuela by the left wing Socialist government. This did not sit well with the United States and many in the West.

Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, estimated at around 302 billion barrels.

United States–Venezuela relations are the bilateral relations between the United States of America and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Relations have traditionally been characterized by an important trade and investment relationship and cooperation in combating the production and transit of illegal drugs. Relations were strong under traditional governments in Venezuela, such as those of Carlos Andrés Pérez and Rafael CalderaHowever, tensions increased after the socialist President Hugo Chávez assumed elected office in 1999. Tensions between the countries further increased after Venezuela accused the administration of George W. Bush of supporting the Venezuelan failed coup attempt in 2002 against Chavez, an accusation that was partly retracted later. Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations with the U.S. in September 2008 in solidarity with Bolivia after a U.S. ambassador was accused of cooperating with violent anti-government groups in that country, though relations were reestablished under President Barack Obama in June 2009. In February 2014, the Venezuelan government ordered three American diplomats to leave the country on charges of promoting violence.

After Hugo Chávez was first elected President of Venezuela by a landslide in 1998, the South American country began to reassert sovereignty over its oil reserves. This action challenged the comfortable position held by U.S. economic interests for the better part of a century. The Chávez administration overturned the privatization of the state-owned oil company PDVSA, raising royalties for foreign firms and eventually doubling the country's GDP. Those oil revenues were used to fund social programs aimed at fostering human development in areas such as health, education, employment, housing, technology, culture, pensions, and access to safe drinking water.

Chávez's public friendship and significant trade relationship with Cuba and Fidel Castro undermined the U.S. policy of isolating Cuba; moreover, on Chavez's initiative, long-running ties between the U.S. and Venezuelan militaries were severed. During Venezuela's presidency of OPEC in 2000, Chávez made a ten-day tour of OPEC countries. In the process, he became the first head of state to meet Saddam Hussein since the Gulf War. The visit was controversial both in the U.S., although, Chávez did respect the ban on international flights to and from Iraq as he drove from his previous stop in Iran.

Assassination attempt against Venezuelan president Maduro. Auguest 4, 2108

The political conflict between Venezuela and the United States created a dire economic crisis in the country. Multiple US sanctions caused the Venezuela dollar to hit a record low.

In an article titled, "Venezuela's Deepening Crisis Triggers Mass Migration Into Colombia", NPR wrote: Venezuela's downward economic spiral has led to widespread food shortages, hyperinflation and now mass migration. Many Venezuelans are opting for the easiest escape route — by crossing the land border into Colombia. The articled continued, there were more than half a million Venezuelans in Colombia as of December, according to the Colombian immigration department, and many came over in the last two years. Their exodus rivals the number of Syrians in Germany or Rohingya in Bangladesh. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, calls it the world's "least-talked-about" immigration crisis.

There have been mass anti-government protest, looting and deadly violence.

According to The Atlantic, beginning on April 1, anti-government demonstrators have staged daily protests across Venezuela that continue to devolve into violent clashes with riot police, leaving thousands arrested, hundreds injured, and 66 dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. The head of the Venezuelan military has warned troops not to commit "atrocities" against protesters, while Maduro’s government continues to work toward rewriting the constitution, defying those accusing him of clinging to power.

Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials said Sunday.

The government alleged that opposition factions conspired with assailants in Miami and Bogota, although they offered no specific evidence. Opposition leaders decried Maduro for broadly singling out his political opponents, and they warned he may use it to further suppress his critics.

"This was an attempt to kill me," he said.

Maduro said the "far right," working in coordination with others in Bogota and Miami, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, were responsible. Colombia's government has vehemently denied Santos had any role in the drone attack.

Maduro, who also says that Washington supports his political opponents, called on U.S. President Donald Trump to hold the "terrorist group" accountable.

The United States deny any involvement in the assassination attempt.


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LeBron James opened school for underprivileged kids and responded to presidential run. President Trump insults Lemon and James in one Tweet.

Basketball superstar LeBron James opened school for at-risk students in his hometown, Akron, Ohio. He invested in the newly opened I Promise School.

LeBron James focused on helping Akron Public Schools, which is the fifth-largest district in Ohio with about 22,000 students and where he attended school. Born to a teen mother who raised him alone when he was young, James famously missed a lot of school and has spoken about wanting to use his wealth to help underprivileged children have a better educational experience. Though James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and moving to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, his roots have always been in Akron. Money for public education comes primarily from local funds, supplemented by state and federal sources. Though the percentages vary state to state, the largest chunk of public education money comes from property taxes, which perpetuates unequal resources for schools depending upon the wealth of an area. Federal funding is available to help close the gap but doesn’t come close.

There is no doubt that this public school is and will be different as it was built by LeBron James. In fact, LeBron choose to build a public school instead of a charter school because he wants to revamp the image of public schools and especially in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

LeBron James Interview with CNN Don Lemon

In an interview with CNN Don Lemon, James explained that he wanted to give the children in his hometown a different experience at school. He made the school day longer from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm because he want them to know the school cares and "we want them there". The school will offer athletics, arts, mathematics, reading, gym science, social studies and music. He said, he wants every kid that walk through that door to be inspired and come away with something they can give back. All 240 kids from Akron, Ohio.

James explained that the Trayvon Martin situation hit home for him. He said he have boys of his own and if his boy left home and never returned, that kind of hit a switch for him. He went on to say, that since then, he knew he wanted and had to use this voice and platform for more than just sports.

He argued that no matter how successful you could become, no matter who you are, when you are an African American kid, man or female you will go through obstacles. "There are one or two things you can do", you cannot allow it to affect you and for you to degrade?  Or you can allow it to empower you even more and rise above it.

He said, he have the conversation with his boys that no matter how much money you have once you are a black person you will always be the N-word. Being African American in America is always tough.

Don Lemon asked James if there was no other person to run against Trump for president, if he would run-he was pushed to answer the question from Lemon. He responded with a smile and said, "in that cause I may".

He also defended his words of calling President Trump a bum.

He agrees Trump is using black athletes as scapegoats and believe America is a country of great opportunity and this should not be happening.  LeBron explained he called President Trump a bum in respond to what he said about other black athletes. He went on to say, that it makes him sick that being the President of the United States is the most powerful position of the world-children and youth look up to him and he have no recollection to that or he does not care.

He said he does not want to sit across from Trump.

Following the Interview President Trump went to Twitter to respond with an insult

LeBron James responded to Trump's with a tweet of his own and it is all about the kids

LeBron James full speech at opening of I Promise School in Akron, Ohio

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Light up a spliff in Manhattan-no problem. Manhattan decriminalises smoking marijuana

As of today August 1, 2018 if you are found smoking a small amount of Marijuana on the streets of Manhattan you may be stopped but most people will not be prosecuted.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has announced the new policy that will end the prosecution of marijuana possession and smoking in the borough, except in cases where the drug is being sold or if it poses a significant threat to public safety or people who are under investigation for violent crimes.

The policy, announced Tuesday, could reduce marijuana prosecutions in Manhattan by as much as 96 per cent, which would account for a drop from 5,000 cases a year to 200 a year, according to a statement from Mr Vance’s office.

“Every day I ask our prosecutors to keep Manhattan safe and make our justice system more equal and fair,” Mr Vance said in a statement while making the announcement. “The needless criminalisation of pot smoking frustrates this core mission, so we are removing ourselves from the equation”.

“Our research has found virtually no public safety rationale for the ongoing arrest and prosecution of marijuana smoking and no moral justification for the intolerable racial disparities that underlie enforcement” said DA Vance, in a statement.

Major de Blasio says this comes out of four years of having a different conversation between the police and the community.


The new policy only applies to Manhattan for now. Each borough have their own set of rule.

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Former cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan’s election

Former cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan's election.

Khan joined Pakistan's national cricket team in 1976, and played until 1992. Khan also served as the team's captain intermittently throughout 1982–1992. He, notably, led Pakistan to victory at the 1992 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan's first and only victory in that competition. Khan retired from cricket in 1992 as one of Pakistan's most successful players. In total he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an 'All-rounder's Triple' in Test matches.

After retiring from cricket, Khan became and philanthropist and then In 1996, Khan founded a political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).



In a television address, he said: "We were successful and we were given a mandate."

His PTI party is still expected to fall short of an overall majority, so it would have to seek coalition partners in order to form a government.

Mr. Khan's victory is not without controversy. There are allegations of voter rigging and the Campaign has been marred by violence. On voting day a bomb killed 31 people at a polling station.

In his address, Mr Khan said: "I think this has been the clearest, fairest election Pakistan has ever had." He added that he would investigate any claims to the contrary.

He also appealed to his rivals to join hands with him to develop Pakistan. And he vowed to hold talks with India to seek a resolution to the dispute over the Kashmir region, a key flashpoint between the nuclear-armed countries.

He also called for "mutually beneficial" ties with the United States, despite being an outspoken critic of that country's anti-terrorism measures in the region, such as drone strikes.

After twenty one years of trying to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan has finally got his wish


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Ibuprofen link to Male infertility

January 9. 2018

A study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), monitored 31 healthy white men aged 18 to 35. The volunteers were interviewed, completed a questionnaire assessing their physical activity, and gave a blood sample. The men were then divided into two groups, 14 in an ibuprofen group and 17 in a placebo group.

Those in the ibuprofen group were given two doses of ibuprofen a day. Each dose was 600 mg, equivalent to three over-the-counter pills.

Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism

Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the reproductive systems of young men

The researchers, from Denmark, France, and China, concluded that taking ibuprofen increases the risk of a condition known as compensated hypogonadism. The condition, generally associated with elderly men and linked to reproductive and physical disorders and including infertility.

Read the full research here:

Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism.

Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the reproductive systems of young men

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