Johnson and Symonds adopt Jack Russell cross abandoned by puppy farmer. A momentary distraction from what is likely to be a hugely turbulent week in politics has arrived at Downing Street, in the form of a 15-week-old puppy. The Jack Russell cross, which has been named Dilyn, was chauffeured into the prime minister’s residence in a different kind of red box on Monday morning. The dog has been adopted by Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, from Friends of Animals Wales in Rhondda; it was abandoned by a puppy farmer because of its undershot and misaligned jaw. The TV vet Marc Abraham, who has worked with the charity’s founder, Eileen Jones, said he made the couple aware of the shelter. “It was important to shine a light on the work she’s doing,” he told the BBC. “It’s entirely voluntary with huge vets’ bills so they only rescue and rehabilitate the ones with the most problems.” The arrival of the dog may come as a shock to 12-year-old Larry, the No 10 cat which has served three prime ministers. However, according to Abraham, the puppy has been living in a foster home with a cat, is house-trained and “is doing the basic commands already”. Under “Lucy’s law”, which is aimed at cracking down on puppy farms in England, the sale of kittens and puppies from third parties will be banned from next spring. The Welsh government has also confirmed it will adopt the law at a later date.
Politicians in our country do not overstep the line when it comes to dressing for work. What they wear is actually an effort to reinforce the idea that they are no different from the women or men who vote for them. Image consultants say clothing is a powerful tool in shaping public opinion and sending out key political messages.This election season, we followed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who has caught our attention with her signature style — crisp saris paired with long-sleeved blouses while sporting a bob cut and minimal accessories. She is almost never seen wearing shades despite the blinding sun on the campaign trail. In fact, the newly appointed Congress general secretary can be easily described with that oft-used fashion phrase: ‘effortless, yet elegant’.
Roger Scruton denied that he was antisemitic or Islamophobic. Photograph: Awakening/Getty Images The government has sacked its housing adviser Roger Scruton after he appeared to repeat antisemitic statements and denied Islamophobia was a problem. A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing said: “Prof Sir Roger Scruton has been dismissed as chairman of the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission with immediate effect, following his unacceptable comments.” In an interview with the New Statesman, the rightwing philosopher was unrepentant about his views on George Soros, the Hungarian-American philanthropist, who is frequently cited in antisemitic conspiracy theories and attacked by Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orbán. “Anybody who doesn’t think that there’s a Soros empire in Hungary has not observed the facts,” Scruton told the magazine. Scruton, who has been a friend of Orbán for more than 30 years, denied that he was antisemitic or Islamophobic. He said Islamophobia had been “invented by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue”. Scruton also said: “Hungarians were extremely alarmed by the sudden invasion of huge tribes of Muslims”, and accused the Chinese of “creating robots out of their own people”. Scruton’s sacking follows Labour-led calls for his dismissal. His comments came at an especially awkward time for the Conservatives as the party has been coming under increasing scrutiny over its stance on Islamophobia while continuing to attack Labour for antisemitism. Last month the party suspended 14 members for allegedly making Islamophobic comments after a string of abusive posts were uncovered on social media. Theresa May’s spokeswoman said the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, had sacked Scruton in a phone call. She said: “These comments are deeply offensive and completely unacceptable, and it is right that he has been dismissed.” Asked why Scruton had been given the unpaid role in the first place, given earlier similar comments, the spokeswoman said: “He was appointed because of his expertise in the built environment. His comments are clearly distracting from the important work of the commission and so it is no longer right for him to act as a government adviser.” Earlier, the ministry said: “It’s very clear from the interview Prof Sir Roger Scruton is not speaking for the government.” The interview prompted Labour to repeat its call from five months ago for Scruton to be sacked after it emerged that he had described Jews in Budapest as part of a “Soros empire”. Dawn Butler, the shadow equalities secretary, said Scruton’s new comments were “despicable and invoke the language of white supremacists”. She added: “His claim that Islamophobia does not exist, a few weeks after the devastating attack in Christchurch, is extremely dangerous.” When Labour first called for Scruton’s dismissal, Brokenshire defended him as a “champion of freedom of speech”. He said: “He is one of the most qualified people in this particular field, so I am pleased that he has accepted that role. As a public intellectual of renown and author of over 50 books, as well as countless articles and public lectures, Sir Roger is engaged in a variety of topics, often expressing – yes – strong and controversial views.” Andrew Gwynne, the shadow communities secretary, said Brokenshire “should apologise for defending Mr Scruton as a ‘champion’ of free speech and for saying our criticism of him was ‘misinformed’ and ‘ill-judged’”. He added: “Mr Brokenshire also said ‘due diligence’ had been conducted on Mr Scruton’s appointment, so he must explain what this entailed, what processes he followed and how he reached his decision. The government should also strip him of his knighthood.” Tell Mama, the anti-bigotry campaign, welcomed Scruton’s dismissal but raised questions about why he had been appointed in the first place. Its director, Iman Atta, said: “Such dehumanising language falls far below the standards of those who advise government and undermine the struggle against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred, antisemitism and racism. Concerns were raised about Scruton’s opinion on homosexuality and Islamophobia before his appointment and that shouldn’t be overlooked.” Tory MPs including Tom Tugendhat and Johnny Mercer had joined calls for Scruton’s dismissal. A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said: “As the Conservative party faces its latest crisis on Islamophobia, it cannot continue with false promises to take the issue seriously … The reality is that these concerns will continue to recur until trust is rebuilt through – in part – an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.”
At the mahurat of Chachi 420 (1997), people were surprised to hear the soulful strains of the nadaswaram, a double-reed wind instrument from Tamil Nadu, emerge from nowhere as the film’s leads Kamal Haasan and Tabu performed a scene. The setting was a temple and Haasan and Tabu’s characters had just gotten married. Later, to the surprise of everyone present, it was revealed that the music was provided by Haasan himself, who had trained in ventriloquism for a role.
"Thalaivaa" Rajinikanth can stop a speeding train with a flick of a finger, send fifty goons flying with just a look, and create a planet in his spare time, he's not as daring off the screen.
In a video at the 2018 MAKERS Conference, retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath talked about the letter from former Rep. Pat Schroeder that encouraged her as a child to follow her dream of flying fighter jets.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the President of the United States, wore a tartan dress by Oscar de la Renta to the State of the Union address last night.
Rosie O'Donnell wants to know why Washington Sen. Patty Murray "is always frowning" — and the internet has answers.
India is a diverse country with many powerful people.“Power is changing hands, from dying hierarchies to living networks” – Marilyn Ferguson; power will forever change hands in any country.
Society is on "the cusp of fundamentally changing the culture" because "so many brave women came forward and knew they would be vilified," Biden said Monday.
Melania Trump sits with students in Michigan. On Monday, Melania Trump headed to Michigan to meet with middle school students. Accompanied by the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who is from the state, the pair kicked off the White House’s “Week of Inclusion” as part of National Bullying Prevention Month and the first lady’s anti-bullying campaign.
While Rajinikanth tweeted his support for the PM’s ‘Swacchata Hi Seva’ campaign, adding to the speculation that he might be BJP’s hope for the Chief Ministerial position in Tamil Nadu, his counterpart, actor Kamal Hassan has also confirmed his political ambitions by saying that he wants to be the ‘Chief Minister of the people’.With the kind of mass following and adulation they receive, it becomes quite easy for celebrities and actors to make the switch from cinema to politics. While the film industries of the south have been the breeding grounds of many successful politicians – from M.G Ramachandran and NT Rama Rao to M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalitha and Chiranjeevi, the Hindi film industry has also seen quite a few actors jumping on the political bandwagon – some successful, others not.We take a look at Bollywood actors who took the plunge into politics.Pictures credit: Bollywoodhungama.com via Wikimedia Commons
Melania Trump hosted her first event at the White House Kitchen Garden on Friday, inviting members of the Boys and Girls Club to help her harvest fruits and vegetables.
From Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Donald Trump Jr. to Mr. President himself, we’ve Insta-stalked and demystified the First Family’s eating habits. Ivanka Trump has said that she wants to be a moderating force for good in her father’s administration. President Trump is a 6’2”, 260-pound man with a body mass index of 33.4—which, unfortunately, puts him squarely in the category of “obese.” (He’s also 70 years-old, and guys north of 70 with BMIs that high are more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and developing heart disease.) Yes, he famously eats meatloaf, KFC, and taco bowls.
Anyway, if you are done googling Ram Nath Kovind’s caste, here are some more important and relevant facts about the man. 1. Born in Paraukh Kanpur in 1945, Kovind is a married to retired government employee, Smt Savita Kovind, and his family is complete with a son, Shri Prashant Kumar, and daughter, Smt Swati. 2. Ram Nath Kovind, an advocate by profession, after practicing at Delhi high court from 1977 to 1979, went on to be a member of the Central Government Standing Counsel in the Supreme Court for the next 13 years.
Almost a decade ago as Sonam Kapoor graced the cover of Vogue magazine, Shobhaa De didn’t wait to tweet, “Sonam just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”. In another equally mindless tweet, Shobha types, “Never understood what the beautiful, intense, sensitive Smita Patil saw in the Blabbering Babber. Maybe he fed her 12 rupee meals?” The tweet came off as an unsavory one as Smita Patil isn’t amongst us to provide a well-deserved retort to the author’s insensitive rant.
On Monday, Ivanka Trump attended the Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative briefing in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. The assistant to the president dressed for the workday event in a $35 silky satin dress — from Target. The black shift with a calla lily printed on the front comes from Victoria Beckham’s collaboration with the retailer and is described as a “chic option for work or the weekend” and the “perfect combination of classic and fashion-forward.” The piece is also currently on clearance for $17.50. The affordability of the ruffle hem dress prompted many to speculate as to how the first daughter is potentially using fashion to make a political statement.
Melania Trump might have been born in Slovenia, but through her fashion she’s proved to be a true New Yorker. On Thursday evening at the Royal Castle of Laeken in Brussels during a spouse and partner event, the first lady of the United States wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress.
Melania Trump covered up as she stepped off Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia on Saturday — but not in the traditional Islamic way. The first lady, following in predecessor Michelle Obama’s footsteps, opted to forgo a headscarf in the conservative country that is governed by Sharia law and expects women in public to be fully covered, including their heads. The black look was decidedly more modest than the ensemble she wore departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Friday.
Love them or hate them, our politicos never fail to entertain us with their (often) unintentional slips-of-the-tongue.