Shell’s stand on LGBT rights under scrutiny over Brunei’s anti-gay laws

London (CNN Business)Royal Dutch Shell’s stand on LGBT rights has come under scrutiny following the introduction of laws that punish gay sex with death in Brunei. The move was first reported by the Financial Times. Shell operates a joint venture with Brunei’s government that generates 90% of the country’s oil and gas revenue. It’s the most important company in a country where 61% of GDP comes from the oil and gas sector. The new laws run counter to corporate policies at Shell that are strongly protective of the rights of LGBT employees. The company has robust diversity and inclusion programs. It sponsors gay pride events in cities around the world, has long-standing LGBT employee support networks and regularly flies rainbow …

Brie Larson opts for slinky lilac gown at ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere

Brie Larson arrives at the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP) Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the series, also stopped to take pictures with adoring fans who dressed up in costume for the Los Angeles movie premiere. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Fan Bingbing reappears in public for the first time in almost a year

Beijing (CNN)Chinese superstar actress Fan Bingbing is back in the spotlight for the first time in almost a year, after she abruptly dropped out of sight in the wake of a massive tax evasion scandal. IQIYI Ninth Anniversary Gala, Beijing (22 April 2019) •Alexander McQueen 2019 Pre-Fall •Louis Vuitton 2019 Spring Summer Collection Petite Malle •De Beers jewels Stylist: @minruir A post shared by Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 (@bingbing_fan) on Apr 22, 2019 at 9:53am PDT Last October, Chinese authorities fined Fan almost $130 million after ruling that she used so-called “yin-yang contracts” to conceal her real earnings in the movie industry and dodge millions of dollars in taxes. The actress avoided criminal charges since she was a first-time offender, state …

England marks St George’s Day – or does it?

Image copyright PA Image caption Emsworth residents watch the parade from a window In the Worcestershire village of Bretforton, however, people held a double celebration, as St George’s Day coincides with National Asparagus Day – the start of the season in one of England’s major growing areas for the vegetable. Skip Twitter post by @BretVillage Happy National Asparagus Day (and St. George's day)! Join everyone at @TheFleeceInn from 11.30am for Aspara-antics – at 12.45 we wave the Gras off to be presented to the Chelsea Hospital, and the British #Asparagus Classic Car Run & Aspara-bike ride begin. pic.twitter.com/wmx5jWsIgm — Bretforton Village (@BretVillage) April 23, 2019 Coventry held celebrations in the city centre, with Morris dancers and an appearance by St …

Prince’s 5 best-selling albums

(CNN)When Prince died on April 21, 2016, he left behind an extensive catalog which could not to be confined to a single genre. ‘Purple Rain’ (soundtrack) 13x multi-platinum Released June 25, 1984 Singles: “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 You,” “Take Me With U” The first album credited to Prince and The Revolution, this was his blockbuster — and one of the defining albums of the ’80s. The soundtrack to his rock drama, “Purple Rain,” it was released a month before the movie and helped drive audiences to theaters. It also won Prince an Oscar for Best Original Song Score. ‘1999’ 4x multi-platinum Released October 27, 1982 Singles: “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and …

Campaign to tackle ‘botched’ cosmetic care

Botox party mishap left woman housebound Second Brit dies after ‘Brazilian butt lift’ Is ‘Brazilian butt lift’ surgery a risk worth taking? It said it also hoped to tackle the number of “botched” procedures, and the resulting impact on a person’s mental and physical health, as well as the cost to the NHS of treatment following such procedures. Nora Nugent, a member of the council of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), said she welcomed the government campaign in principle. She said the estimated increase in people seeking cosmetic procedures had not been matched by improved education on what the public should expect when accessing treatments, or what could go wrong. While the rise of celebrities and influencers …

Silencing Kate Smith is not the answer

(CNN)Oh for the love of James Weldon Johnson! So now they’re dragging out the corpse of singer Kate Smith to be pilloried because nobody in the upper reaches of popular culture had the humanity and common sense more than 80 years ago to acknowledge African Americans as anything but “darkies” and “pickaninnies.” To review: It was disclosed last week that two of the songs from the 1930s heyday of the Virginia-born Ms. Smith, who died in 1986 at age 79, contained racist imagery — even in their title: 1931’s “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” and 1933’s “Pickaninny Heaven.” (Trust me. The lyrics are even worse, and no amount of retrospective irony can shave off such an accumulation of sticky, rotten …

A Florida deputy is under investigation after viral video appears to show him slamming teen’s head into the ground

(CNN)A Broward County sheriff’s deputy is on “restricted administrative assignment” after a video surfaced that appears to show him slamming a teenage boy’s head into the ground and then punching the teen in the head. The video, which has since gone viral on social media, has sparked outrage over the deputy’s conduct. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony released a video statement Friday saying there would be a “thorough investigation” into the incident. “We will look at this as a fact-finding measure to ensure that we hold folks accountable,” said Tony, who was appointed to his position about three months ago. “I was appointed to this position exclusively about accountability and that accountability will be held not just for sake of …

Why we’re celebrating a three-month-old law

(CNN)You don’t have to be a hardcore sports fan to understand that no team should be celebrating victory after only the first quarter of a game. Reasonable people might ask, then, at this early stage, why did the Trump administration host a First Step Act celebration just three months after passing the landmark criminal justice bill? We formed an unlikely bipartisan coalition — made up of formerly incarcerated people, celebrities, corporate executives, pastors and grassroots leaders — and found ourselves working alongside Jared Kushner, whose father had been to prison. Together, we helped pass one of the most significant rewrites of federal prison and sentencing reform laws in decades. And in a move that surprised many, President Donald Trump endorsed …

John Singleton Hospitalized Amid Reports Of ‘Mild’ Stroke

John Singleton has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, his family confirmed in a statement.  “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues,” the statement continued. Variety reports that Singleton had checked himself into the hospital with leg pain. first African American ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director with his 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood.” which at the time made him the youngest director to be nominated in both of those categories. outpouring of concern for the influential filmmaker, including celebrities who have begun sending Singleton their well wishes: Download Original Article : HERE …

They were abused as children, but art is their therapy

“Upstairs just a bed. No sheets. And a mattress. It wasn’t a home, just a house”. Image copyright Tom Maddick/SWNS Image caption She uses primary colours to draw people in and then likes “seeing the looks on their faces when they realise what it’s about” Jemma’s abuser pleaded guilty and was jailed for five years for sexual activity with a child and child pornography charges. At the time of the court case, Jemma earned an A* in her GCSE art. Now 24, she has just finished a masters in textiles. At university, she started working with textiles – “it was the most expressive” – and also Aboriginal art, which uses symbols to tell tales and convey warnings. For her masters …

This Star-Studded Anthem About Climate Change Is Breaking The Internet

Lil Dicky’s new song about climate change? Benny Blanco-produced track “Earth” ― released this week in anticipation of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Miguel, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Meghan Trainor, Joel Embiid, Tory Lanez, John Legend, Backstreet Boys, Bad Bunny, Kris Wu and Psy. Even Hollywood movie star and activist And its animated music video, in which the celebrities appear as animals, is spreading its call to environmental action to millions and millions of people on YouTube. “next 12 years, the damage is irreversible and we’re screwed. Within our lifetime,” Lil Dicky, …

Olivia Jade spotted partying with YouTube celebrities amid college admissions scandal

Olivia Jade Giannulli was spotted partying in California amid the ongoing college admissions scandal. (Getty) However, YouTuber Heath Hussar posted a video of some hijinx in the home’s kitchen that show Jade in the background partying it up and having a good time. LORI LOUGHLIN TERRIFIED DAUGHTERS WILL HAVE TO TESTIFY AT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM TRIAL: REPORT Jade’s status is reportedly on hold at USC following her parents pleading not guilty to charges of money laundering and mail fraud related to their role in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Jade previously made comments about not really wanting to be in school in favor of fostering her career as a YouTube star. She has about 2 million followers on the site …

Activists glue themselves to London train on third day of climate protests

London (CNN)Climate change activists have demonstrated in London for the third straight day, as two protesters glued themselves to the roof of a train, others shut down major traffic routes and police confirmed they have made more than 300 arrests since Monday. Police officers then climbed up onto the train roof to unstick the protesters, who were put into harnesses and gently lowered by the police to the station floor. A third protestor, who had glued his hand on the side of a train, was also removed in a short-lived yet polite protest. Extinction Rebellion said that Wednesday’s transport disruption is called “The Pause,” which aims to “create moments in time when humanity stops and fully considers the extent of …

‘We made more than five billion teabags last year’

Image copyright Bettys and Taylors Group Image caption Yorkshire Tea makes billions of teabags every year So why is Yorkshire Tea so well loved? “Because it tastes so good,” says Lesley Wild, chair of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, the family business behind the brand. Image copyright Bettys and Taylors Group Image caption Frederick Belmont opened the first Bettys tearoom in 1919 It was set up by Swiss émigré Frederick Belmont, who came to England to further his career having honed his craft at bakeries and confectioners across Switzerland and France. Legend has it he only ended up in Yorkshire by accident, says Mrs Wild, whose husband Jonathan is Mr Belmont’s great nephew and Bettys & Taylors’ former boss. “On …

Tiger Woods seals fifth Masters title and 15th major

(CNN)Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title to seal one of the greatest comeback stories in sport after overcoming career-threatening back problems. Sunday’s thrilling victory puts the former world No.1 just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus. Only fellow American Nicklaus has won more Masters, with six. Woods also joins Nicklaus as the only player to have won the Masters in three different decades after he clinched his first as a 21-year-old in 1997. “It’s overwhelming just because of what has transpired,” Woods said in the Green Jacket ceremony in the Butler Cabin. “Last year I was very lucky to be playing again. At the previous Champions Dinner I was really struggling and missed …