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    SOME households will get their benefits on other days than usual due to Thanksgiving next week. This is because benefits typically aren't paid on federal holidays. 1We explain how benefit payment dates are affected by ThanksgivingCredit: Getty Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November, meaning it'll take place on November 25 in 2021. Many Americans are then off from work the day after on Black Friday too. If you're currently claiming benefits including Social Security, we explain if and how this will affect your payment during the holiday season. Federal law requires that all benefit payments, including Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits, are made electronically. If you currently receive benefits by check, you should switch to an electronic payment option, such as direct deposit. This means you'll get the cash quicker and you also avoid the checks potentially getting lost or stolen in the mail. Most read in MoneyPRETTY PENNY Lincoln pennies from early 1900s sell for $1,175 eachCASHING IN Families eligible for ‘surprise’ $8,000 payment after 'Thanksgiving' cash issuedIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as...
    Woke Generation Z workers are terrifying their millennial bosses with a series of woke and entitled demands, CEOs have revealed. Sex toy company Unbound's CEO Polly Rodriguez, 34, says she was stunned when her co-founder contacted her to say a younger social media manager had called on a Saturday to demand to know how the vibrator start-up would be supporting Black Lives Matter.  The Gen Z'er did so in June 2020, days after George Floyd was murdered, with both bosses surprised by the contact, assuming a staff member would only get in touch on the weekend in an emergency. Unbound duly hired a diversity, equity and inclusion officer to train staff and began a fundraiser for a group that supports sex workers of color.    Commenting on the attitude of Gen Z workers - those born between 1997 and 2021 - Rodriguez told The New York Times: 'When I was entering the work force I would not have delegated to my boss. Gen Z doesn’t hesitate to do that...  'Some young former employees are much more willing to burn bridges. 'To...
    VIRAL sensation Hasbulla Magomedov will be in attendance at UFC 267 to support his fellow Russian Islam Makhachev. And the social media star has sent a chilling message to his countryman's opponent Dan Hooker. 5Viral sensation Hasbulla Magomedov will be in attendance at UFC 267 5Hasbulla will be in attendance to support his fellow Dagestani Islam Makhachev against Dan HookerCredit: INSTAGRAM@HASBULLA 5The social media superstar sent a warning to Makhachev's opponent Dan Hooker on social mediaCredit: INSTAGRAM@HASBULLA The blogger and TikTok star from Makhachkala has gained a cult following in the MMA community after going viral earlier this year. Among the legions of fans of the 19-year-old is UFC lightweight contender Makhachev, although the pair have known one another for some time as they're both from Dagestan. And judging from the message he sent Hooker on Instagram, it seems Hasbulla has well and truly got Makhachev's back. In a since-expired Instagram story, he told the Kiwi: "Dan Hooker. Listen to me, my brother. "[I'll] smash you, be careful." The video went viral and prompted a response from Hooker, who claimed...
    AGE is nothing but a number, right? This TikTok has found fame on the platform by sharing videos of her life with her boyfriend who is 33 years older than her. 4Nicole Downs is just 21 years old and dating a 54-year-old manCredit: Instagram/Nicole Downs 4The two have been together since 2018Credit: Instagram/Nicole Downs Nicole Downs, 21, from Michigan has been with her much older boyfriend for over three years. In a series of TikTok videos, she gushed about all the things Michael, 54, has bought her since going public together. Their shopping sprees range from splurging on designer bags, like multiple Louis Vuitton bags, to purchasing bags full of Forever 21 clothes. Additionally, he has paid for her plastic surgery procedures, such as her Botox, lip injections, and most recently, a Brazilian butt lift. The couple first went public when Downs posted him on her social media account in August 2020. "So I've never really posted a pic of us, me and my boyfriend of over a year 10/20/18. Most read in LifestyleSLIM CHANCE Sarah Ferguson says...
    A group of activists followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into a bathroom at Arizona State University on Friday to demand that the Democrat address immigration issues. The activists, seemingly college-aged, confronted the senator outside the classroom where she teaches and followed her into the nearby bathroom, recording the incident as they walked. 'We knocked on doors for you to get you elected. Just how we got you elected, we can get you out of office if you don't support what you promised us,' one activist threatened. Another, who introduced herself as Blanca, attempted to pull at Sinema's heartstrings by sharing a personal anecdote. 'I was brought here to the United States when I was three years old and in 2010 my grandparents both got deported because of S.B. 1070 and I'm here because I definitely believe that we need a pathway to citizenship,' Blanca said. 'My grandfather passed away two weeks ago and I was not able to go to Mexico and visit him because there is no pathway to citizenship. And if we have the opportunity to pass it right...
    Congressional Black Caucus members are growing increasingly frustrated with Democratic lawmakers' presumed passivity and apathy where social injustice, police brutality, and systemic inequality are concerned, according to a new editorial published by The Root. "In numerous conversations with The Root, high-level staffers and members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed frustration with the Democratic Party's apathy or lack of urgency on police reform, voting rights and other political issues important to Black America," the publication reported. George Floyd's highly publicized death catapulted the civil rights movement across the United States as an unprecedented number of White Americans joined the fight to raise awareness about police brutality and racial inequality. While it initially seemed like the country was finally taking steps in the right direction, the publication is highlighting the results of a new poll by Pew Research Center that suggests otherwise. The Root offered a brutal assessment of the non-partisan think tank's findings, as it highlighted the notable decline of White allies supporting the civil rights movement over the last several months. The publication also breaks down...
    Ben & Jerry's is releasing a new ice cream flavor in support of a $10 billion bill by Rep. Cori Bush that would replace police officers with social workers and other first responders in incidents of mental health and substance abuse. The Vermont-based ice cream company announced the limited batch, Change is Brewing, in a press conference Monday featuring the company's 'head of activism', Jabari Pall, and Bush herself. The cold brew-flavored ice cream, complete with marshmallow swirls and fudge brownies, was developed in partnership with black-owned coffee and tea company Blk & Bold and New York's Greyston Bakery, known for its brownies. 'The flavor supports the vision of the world in which every community is safe and everyone including black and brown people can thrive,' Pall said.  The illustration on the pint features a black woman painting the word 'liberation' on an easel.  The limited batch cold brew, marshmallow swirl and brownie flavor 'Change is Brewing' was announced Monday in support of Rep. Cori Bush's (D-MO) People's Response Act The $10 billion bill would create a federal...
    24-year-old Cameron Herrin is the latest in a long line of criminals to gain a cult following online. State of Florida, TikTok, Stockton PD Cameron Herrin was sentenced to 24 years in prison following the death of a mother and daughter. He pled guilty to vehicular homicide in April, but has since gained a cult following on TikTok. People accused or convicted of violent crimes have a history of going viral on social media. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    MIKEL ARTETA believes Arsenal star Bukayo Saka's 'strong character' will help him withstand the racist abuse he has received online. The 19-year-old international was targeted with vile messages on social media along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho following England's Euro 2020 final heartbreak. 3Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has received support from the football world following his penalty miss against ItalyCredit: Getty 3Mikel Arteta believes Saka's 'strong character' will help him withstand the racist abuse he was sent on social mediaCredit: Getty All three players missed in the penalty shootout against Italy, with Saka's crucial spot-kick well saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Saka was immediately consoled on the pitch by Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who ran over to make sure his pal was alright. Following the sickening abuse, Gunners boss Arteta and club chief Josh Kroenke offered their support to Saka. And a number of Arsenal stars past and present showed their love for the brave teenage winger who stepped up to take a penalty despite never having taken one in his professional career. Prior to Arsenal's 2-1 pre-season defeat against Hibernian...
    Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google. 'Guys my dad is suing big tech!!!' Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram, an alternative social media platform. He added: 'you can click to link to donate to his PAC to help out!!!' The link directs supporters to a joint fundraising page for the Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC, which asks potential donors: 'Will you stand with President Trump and support him in this fight?' Trump Jr's fundraising appeal was largely met with supportive comments on his Telegram channel, with many vowing to donate and questions about how to join the class-action suit.  Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram asking for donations to his dad's PAC RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next No last minute nerves? Smiling Jeff Bezos arrives in...
    Modeling duo Bella and Gigi Hadid have come out against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians in the current Middle East conflict. After several years of relative calm during President Donald Trump’s term, and peace agreements between Israel and several Arab states in the region, Palestinians launched riots last week that escalated into rocket attacks this week, to which Israel responded by targeting Palestinian terrorists in airstrikes in Gaza. The UK Daily Mail noted that the sisters’ father, Mohammed, “is of Palestinian origin.” Bella Hadid posted several anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian images, including one that declared “Israelis are the oppressors and Palestinians are the oppressed.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Bella (@bellahadid) In her comments, she accused Israel of “apartheid.” Gigi Hadid posted an image that declared: One cannot advocate for racial equality, LGBT & women’s rights, condemn corrupt and abusive regimes and other injustices yet choose to ignore the Palestinian oppression. It does not add up. You cannot pick & choose whose human rights matter more.   View this post on Instagram   A...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have supported a New Zealand social enterprise which crafts knitwear for families in need for their son Archie's birthday.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14million home in the Santa Barbara neighbourhood of Montecito with their son Archie, two, bought 200 hats from Make Give Live. The organisation shared an image on Instagram revealing Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, reached out to the Auckland-based organisation - which works on a buy one, give one model - to buy the products in their son's name for his birthday last week, allowing 400 hats to be distributed to families in need next winter. It's not the first time this year that the royal couple have supported Make Give Live, having purchased 100 hats from the organisation at Christmas.  Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, have supported a New Zealand social enterprise which crafts knitwear for families in need for their son Archie's birthday The organisation posted a clip titled 'Archie's Birthday gift to kids in NZ', revealing: 'Thank you...
    In the last weeks we have analyzed the privacy labels of the App Store to see what applications do with your data. We have also seen how there are some applications, such as Facebook, which does not like the new privacy policy of Manzana. Twitter Now him CFO Twitter’s Ned Segal Says iOS 14 Privacy Changes Could level the “playing field” and that the social network could to compete better with rivals. Twitter would be delighted with the new tags At the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference, Segal stated that Twitter wants to take advantage of the growing demand with improvements in the app. He added that the changes in Apple’s privacy could allow the company to better compete against others platforms. «This change will level the playing field. We are in an industry where many were far better than Twitter at taking advantage of all the data that was available from users, from device ID to what people do on other websites. When we all have the same challenges, everything ends up being leveled and it will...
    Everyone knows that in Spain there is a housing problem, but nobody agrees on what is the most effective measure to solve it. Within the coalition government, the divergences continue: while the PSOE is committed to deduct the owners, Unidos Podemos demands bump rental prices in the future Housing Law. But the socialist government of the Balearic Islands has gone a step further and started the procedure on Tuesday to expropriate the use of housing to large owners and transfer them to social rent. A measure that has already received criticism from the opposition. These are the keys to the new project in the Balearic Islands, where last month the higher price per square meter of housing. By expropriation The Executive of Francina armengol announced this Tuesday that it was beginning the procedure to expropriate the use of 56 homes from large owners, to assign them in social rent. The measure is covered by the housing law that the Government approved in 2018, in which this procedure is foreseen when there is a deficit of social housing. Among other things,...
    The Duke of Cambridge has warned against 'rumours and misinformation' on social media about coronavirus jabs.  Prince William, 38, also urged people to keep on taking the Covid-19 vaccination so 'younger generations' will feel 'it's really important for them to have it,' as he and Kate Middleton, 39, talked by video call with two clinically vulnerable women who have been shielding since last March. His comments came after the Queen encouraged those hesitant about vaccination to 'think about other people rather than themselves'. Shivali Modha, who has type 2 diabetes, and severe asthma sufferer Fiona Doyle are both now eligible for the vaccine as part of priority group 6, and were preparing to have their jabs when they spoke to the royals on Tuesday. The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured), 39, spoke via video call on Tuesday to two individuals with long-term health conditions who have been shielding with their families over the course of the past year, and who are now eligible to receive the Covid19 vaccine Shivali Modha, who has type 2 diabetes, is eligible...
    IT has been an emotional and often difficult journey for Madison Beer in the run-up to her debut album’s release. She was discovered at the age of 12 by Justin Bieber after uploading a cover of Etta James’s song At Last to YouTube. Matthew Priestley 14 It has been an emotional and often difficult journey for Madison Beer in the run-up to her debut album’s release But the New York-born singer thought her dreams had ended when she parted company a few years later from Scooter Braun, the former manager of Taylor Swift, and was dropped by her record company. But today, at 21, she says the experience made her stronger and helped her grow into the artist she has become. 14 Madison has recorded songs inspired by her mental health battle and the effects of being trolled “I look back and it was so difficult for me to even wrap my head around it, as it hurt so much,” says Madison on a call from her home in Los Angeles. “Then, I was 16 and I thought...
    Elon Musk is occasionally the target of disgruntle customers and trolls on social media and with Tesla reportedly scrapping its PR department last year, the firm is looking for someone to diffuse such 'attacks' against the CEO.  A job posting on Tesla's websites is for hiring a remote, full-time 'energy customer support specialist.' 'Tesla Energy Support Specialists handle a variety of customer issues while delivering on world class customer service,' the listing reads. 'The role of a specialist is to resolve or escalate complaints through appropriate channels and address social media escalations directed at the CEO with critical thinking.' Requirements and qualifications include experience at a call center, ability to think outside the box and a team player attitude, but a salary range for the position is now shown.  Not only is Musk a frequent tweeter, but Tesla is widely known for its lack of quality control regarding its vehicles and customer service – and the billionaire sometimes gets the brunt of it. Elon Musk is occasional the target of disgruntle customers and trolls on social media and with...
    New York : Actor and singer Christian chavez has caused thousands of positive emotions in your account Instagram by being seen with a crop top, which included a design of the famous cartoon “Scooby Doo” and sporting a very worked lower abdomen. The artist, who has always attracted attention for his extravagant outfits, this time he did so in support of the “Fashion without gender”. The social movement seeks equality between men and women when it comes to dressing and, quite the contrary to what many might think, this trend is not recent at all. Some are the famous who have dressed in feminine clothes. The gallant of Brad Pitt He has done it on previous occasions, where he has even worn women’s dresses. The idea of ​​those who support the “Fashion without gender” is that people feel free to wear the garment they want, because it is just that, clothes. Despite the scandals he has starred in Chavez recent years and his most recent and successful meeting with his fellow RBD, always takes time to fight not...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us The pandemic hit Denver’s arts and culture scene hard, forcing many businesses, performance spaces, museums and galleries to close, at least temporarily, at the end of March. In the months since, artists and curators have rallied to keep culture alive, to comment on social injustice, and to inspire us all to appreciate essential workers and health-care providers. Along the way, the scene has shown its grit and ability to stay relevant through the toughest of times, though some longstanding cultural institutions have been wrangling with their own inner demons. Here are the ten biggest arts and culture stories in Denver in 2020:  Related Stories The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 Unsung Heroes: Denver Artists Celebrated Medical Workers Through 2020 Our Most Popular Arts Stories of 2020 COVID ClosuresFrom the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to the smallest artist co-op, cultural outlets hustled to...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have supported a New Zealand social enterprise which crafts knitwear for families in need. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who spent Christmas in their new £11million ($15million) home in the Santa Barbara neighbourhood of Montecito with their son Archie, one, bought 100 hats from Make Give Live. According to the New Zealand Herald, Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, reached out to the Auckland-based organisation - which works on a buy one, give one model - to buy the products in their son's name, allowing 200 hats to be distributed to families in need next winter. It's not the first time this year that the royal couple have supported Make Give Live since on New Year's day they shared a picture of baby Archie wearing a Cocobear hat from the label while being held by his father in Canada.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have supported New Zealand social enterprise Make Give Live which crafts knitwear for families in need. On New Year's day they shared a snap of baby Archie wearing a Cocobear...
    After Elliot Page announced on Tuesday that he is transgender, celebrities and fans took to social media to show support for the actor, whom many called brave. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in "Juno" and Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy," wrote in a long Instagram post that he felt "overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey." "So happy for and inspired by you, Elliot," comedian Ilana Glazer commented on Page's Instagram post.  "So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!" said the account for "The Umbrella Academy." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "Elliot rules!" Miley Cyrus wrote. Page's post was flooded with heart emojis and likes, and many other celebrities posted about him on their own social media accounts.  "Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty," Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. Celebrities Celebrities show support for Elliot Page Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears arguments in Bill Cosby appeal "Juno" star Elliot Page announces he is transgender Tributes to...
    (CNN)Across the nation, people are navigating a new normal: caring for ailing family members; supporting partners through unemployment; turning their living quarters into offices; tending to children between work calls or helping them learn at home. To be sure, the pandemic presents challenges for all adults, but the new reality has exposed the inequalities that place an outsized burden on women -- in Covid-19 times and in normal times. Jessica CalarcoWhen you really consider it, women do the work that a welfare state should do. They often become the fundraisers when school budgets don't meet kids' needs; the nurses when their elderly and ailing kin can't afford the high costs of health care; the mentors when employers fail to train or support new hires; the child care providers when center-based care is too expensive or can't cover the hours their friends and family need. Why must women take on these responsibilities? Because the government has systematically underinvested in our well-being, and as a result, people in the US -- especially those with limited power and resources -- are expected to...
    NEW YORK -- ABC7 proudly partners with the United War Veterans Council, helping at-risk veterans with mental health, homelessness, and other issues. To donate, go to https://uwvc.org/donate/LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UNITED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedInHere is much more about our slate of events for Veterans Day, 2020: A day which, despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, demands marking and honoring with socially distant, responsible live events as well as many virtual components.ON VETERANS DAYVeterans Day Motorcade- A procession of 120 vehicles will roll along the traditional Fifth Avenue parade route, featuring representatives from regular Parade participants. Learn moreVirtual Line of March - On Veterans Day, social media streams will roll out 200+ profiles of regular Parade participants, with a group "stepping off" every minute. Learn moreVeterans Day TV Special A 90-minute live broadcast on WABC, the most-watched station in the nation. Learn moreMotorcycle Ride - A special ride down the Parade route by veteran motorcycle groups. Learn moreThere will also be small, socially distant ceremonies at select locations throughout the...
    By now, the annual green chile harvest and selling season have nearly wrapped up, with tens of thousands of bushels of roasted peppers from both Colorado and New Mexico safely stored in freezers. But the fiery rivalry between the Pueblo growing region and the world-renowned Hatch Valley in New Mexico lives on. At Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden, the battle will take on liquid form today when co-owner Thad Briggs taps two different chile beers, one made from Pueblo chiles and one made from the Hatch version. "We do a Smoked Hatch Pale Ale every year," Briggs says. But this time around, when the brewery posted about it on social media, a regular customer "teasingly called us out for not representing Colorado's Pueblo chiles. We accepted the challenge and said if he could bring us some hot Pueblo chilies, we'd brew with them. So he did and I asked him what he thought the base should be, and he agreed that a light crisp pale ale would be best." We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of...
    Inevitable: Braves steal Dodgers thunder with their own case for juggernaut status Surprising personal facts about the Supreme Court Justices Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft 23 Gadgets That Could Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/32 SLIDES © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP / Shutterstock.com Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans’ star guard, and his wife Lauren, a former starter on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, recently pledged Holiday’s remaining game checks this season — worth up to $5.3 million — to launch a social justice fund....
    Burger fans didn't hesitate to dish up opinions about the imminent arrival in Denver of California fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger. Social media lit up with exclamations of both joy and disgust — but the discussion wasn't limited to the quality of the food. During a fierce and ugly presidential election season, people are also paying attention to the politics of restaurant owners. "’Bout time we get another conservative company out this way!!" said one fan on Facebook, while someone not quite as excited countered with "Mediocre christian burgers," a reference to the company's habit of printing Bible verses on its packaging. Talk of In-N-Out boycotts fired up in 2018, when media outlets reported that some of the company's executives were generous GOP contributors. Since In-N-Out had not publicly endorsed a specific candidate or party, did it matter who its management might support? Should private individuals steer clear of political statements that might be slapped on the public-wooing institution with which they are affiliated? Some people care about the politics of In-N-Out's executive team. Peter F. at Flickr Related...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama extended his well wishes to the current commander in chief Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after their coronavirus diagnosis. The 44th president offered his words of support for the Trumps late Friday during a virtual fundraiser with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris for the Biden-Harris campaign, according to CNN. He also shared the declaration on social media. (Photo: Twitter/Barack Obama) Read More: Trump going to military hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis “Let me start by the way, by just stating that we’re in the midst of a big political fight. And we take that very seriously,” Obama said. “We also want to extend our best wishes to the President of the United States, the first lady … Michelle and I are hopeful that they and others who have been affected by Covid-19 around the country are getting the care that they need, that they are going to be on the path to a speedy recovery.” Obviously, we’re in the midst of a big political battle right now, and while there’s...
    The Florida Gators and Ole Miss Rebels joined in a moment of unity to take a knee during the national anthem to support social justice efforts. The first SEC football game of the year began like so many other sporting events have begun in recent weeks and months, with the players taking a knee during the national anthem. Ole Miss and Florida released a joint statement via the Florida football Twitter account to express the reasoning behind the teams taking a knee, saying it is to acknowledge the unrest in the country surrounding the treatment of African Americans and want to amplify and support social justice efforts. “As members of the Florida and Ole Miss football teams, we recognize the impact of our personal platforms and are choosing to amplify the issues that directly impact us. Together we have chosen to take the opening series of today’s competition to acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans. We will continue to support social justice efforts and members of the Southeastern Conference and members of our respective...
    QUEENS PARK RANGERS director of football Les Ferdinand has revealed that the R's did not take a knee against Coventry on Friday night as the impact has been "diluted". The match was the first live televised game broadcast in this country since the death of George Floyd not to feature either side taking a knee prior to kick-off. 5Les Ferdinand has explained QPR's stance on taking a kneeCredit: PA:Empics Sport 5Coventry and QPR did not take a knee ahead of their televised match on Friday nightCredit: Sky Sports QPR have now released a club statement in order to fully explain their stance. It reads: "In light of comments made across the media following the decision for Coventry City and QPR not to 'take the knee' ahead of our EFL Championship fixture on Friday night, the club would like to make the following statement. "We have noted with great interest a number of people within football and media questioning our decision not to take the knee before the game. "The decision - which was made jointly with Coventry City and the...
    Reuters September 2, 2020 0 Comments With the start of the National Football League season just nine days away commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, outlined a long list of initiatives that will be rolled out to put the spotlight on social and racial injustice. The NFL, which earlier said it would commit $250 million over 10 years to support social justice causes, said it was continuing discussions with all 32 teams about opening up their stadiums as polling centers for November’s election, while endzones will be stenciled with the phrases, “End Racism” and “It Takes All of Us”. Goodell said players would also wear decals on their helmets with names of victims of systemic racism and police brutality. “The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs, the fans and confronting systemic racism with tangible productive steps is absolutely essential,” said Goodell during a conference call. “We will not relent in our work, will redouble our efforts to be catalyst for urgent sustainable change that our society and communities so desperately need.” Tensions rose in the U.S. last...
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Friday said he “wholeheartedly supports” NBA and WNBA players’ commitment to highlighting issues of social justice — demonstrated this week by boycotting games. Silver, in a letter penned to league employees and which was acquired by The Athletic and Stadium, said he, players and team governors were part of a “candid and productive conversation” on Thursday to further support social justice and racial equality in America. Some of the key issues discussed included increasing voting access, civic engagement and advocating for police and criminal justice reform. “First, let me say that I wholeheartedly support NBA and WNBA players and their commitment to shining a light on important issues of social justice,” Silver wrote. “While I don’t walk in the same shoes as Black men and women, I can see the trauma and fear that racialized violence causes and how it continues the painful legacy of racial inequity that persists in our country.” MORE: NBA players to end boycott, resume playoffs with plan for ‘improved ways to make social justice statements’ Silver also said he...
    The owners of FC Dallas came to the defense of player Reggie Cannon after he expressed disgust at the fans who booed players who knelt during the national anthem — and then faced a backlash on social media that included threats. Cannon made comments following the game between Dallas and Nashville SC on Wednesday night. Players from both sides as well as the officials took a knee during the anthem at Toyota Stadium, prompting a smattering of boos. “I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said. “You’ve got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in?” The response against Cannon was swift on social media, including comments that were racist and threatening. That prompted a statement from team owners Clark and Dan Hunt. “We want to be clear: We love and support Reggie Cannon. The racist comments and death threats he has received are repulsive and unacceptable,” the Hunts said in the statement. “There is no place in our sport, or in our country for that matter, for the kind of horrific vitriol Reggie has...
    Actress Rakul Preet Singh has garnered 15 million followers on Instagram, and she thanks her fans for their constant love and support, right from the days when she had little knowledge about her work or skills. Rakul Preet posted a thank-you note for her fans on Wednesday, on the video-sharing app. “I started working really young without much knowledge about my work, skills and social media. Thank God: Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh, Sidharth Malhotra To Begin Shooting Of The Comedy Drama In September? But all of you have supported me and showered upon me immense love for which I am forever grateful. I may not be perfect but I promise to keep working hard to entertain all of you. Here is a big hug to my Insta fam without whom I wouldn’t be where I am. Here is to many more millions and sharing lots more laughter and joy .. love you all,” she wrote. Rakul Preet Singh Is Waiting for the World to Be Normal, Shares Her Expression for the Same (View Post) Rakul Preet Singh’s IG Video...
    Crystal Cox/Insider People who are "disgust sensitive," meaning they're especially sensitive to the threat of contamination, are more likely to take precautions against the coronavirus like wearing masks, a new report shows.  The trait interacts with political affiliation to help shape people's support or opposition to such public-health interventions, the report also found.  Republicans high in disgust sensitivity, for example, may feel more of a tug toward mask-wearing than those without the predisposition.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. People who possess a biological trait known as "disgust sensitivity" are more likely to take and support precautions that help control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a new report out of the Democracy Fund's Voter Study Group shows. Political affiliation matters too, with Republicans less likely than Democrats to endorse public-health precautions like social distancing and mask-wearing since both take cues from party leaders, the report found.  The two factors — one innate, one external — interact in ways that can enhance some people's beliefs and actions while complicating others. For instance, it's a no-brainer for a...
    Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. They’ve chanted messages about injustice and how they want to see police reformed. Outside of the demonstrations, their work also continues in their communities. These are the stories of four people who live in or near St. Paul — Toshira Garraway, Martín Hernández, Marsha Magdalene and Noah McCourt — and the changes they want to bring about. They include support for families of people who’ve died in police encounters, funding more social services and less policing, building economic opportunities for young people, and mandating training for officers on interacting with people who are autistic. They spoke to the Pioneer Press, in their own words, which have been edited for length and clarity. Toshira Garraway, 34, marches for support for families whose loved ones died after police encounters. Her fiance, who was the father of her now-14-year-old son, died in 2009.   Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, a group in Minnesota, gathered in unity in June 2020. (Courtesy photo) Do you...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — 3M Open officials on Wednesday announced its 2020 charitable giving efforts will be directed largely towards supporting COVID-19 and social justice initiatives. The tournament will take place July 23-26 at TPC in Blaine. Last month officials announced that no spectators will be allowed to attend due to the coronavirus. The 3M Open Fund will donate funds raised to select Minnesota charities throughout the event. “Thanks to the support we receive from so many, including our volunteers and corporate partners, the 3M Open Fund has this opportunity to partner with local organizations to assist others through awareness and financial means.” said Mike Welch, 3M Open tournament director. “One of 3M Open Fund’s primary goals is to make this community stronger and it is a mission our tournament staff takes seriously throughout the year, not just one week.” The 3M Open will also run a social media campaign designed to honor essential workers. The public is asked to recognize an essential worker in their life by posting a video to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #3MOpen from July...
    NBA players have actively participated in protests against racism | Michael A. McCoy / . The NBA and Players Association plan to post the “Black Lives Matter” message on the courts it will use at the Disney complex when the 2019-20 season resumes at the end of next month in Orlando. The initiative has led to the WNBA also discussing painting this message on the court when its 2020 season begins at the IMG Academy in Bradenton; Florida. The NBA is planning to paint Black Lives Matter on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas it will use at Disney in Orlando when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month, ESPN’s @ZachLowe_NBA and @RamonaShelburne report. https://t.co/14PnyPnC1Q – Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2020 Some WNBA players have suggested in conversations the use of warm-up shirts with the sentence “Say your name” in an attempt to keep the attention on women who have been victims of police brutality. NBA players will carry social justice messages on their shirts https://t.co/de3bvLLWOP pic.twitter.com/3pwpJc0DPl – YUCATAN AL MINUTO (@YUCATANALMINUTO) June 30, 2020...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further social support measures and incentives for businesses will be introduced as he hailed the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the run-up to a vote that could extend his rule until 2036. Speaking in a televised address, Putin declared that Russia has successfully gone through the most dangerous phase of the outbreak. “Together we have proven that we are capable to fulfil the most difficult tasks,” he said. Putin said the early introduction of stringent sanitary controls on the border, travel restrictions and a sweeping lockdown allowed Russia to win time and slow down the pace of contagion. In late March, Putin introduced a nationwide partial economic shutdown that remained in place until May 12, and most Russian regions imposed tight lockdowns. “We won time and achieved the main thing — to protect human lives,” Putin said. Russia has registered nearly 600,000 infections as of Tuesday, the world’s third-largest caseload following the United States and Brazil. However, its coronavirus death toll 8,359 is significantly lower than in many...
    Would you double your social “bubble” as the pandemic continues? Support bubbles, or quarantine pods, might be just the cure for loneliness, depression and anxiety after months of social distancing and isolation amid the coronavirus health crisis, some experts say. KIDS ARE DEVELOPING PTSD FROM CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, RESEARCHERS SAY An idea originated in New Zealand, the “social bubble” concept calls for two people or households to commit to exclusive in-person socializing with one another, the Associated Press reports, to limit the risk of potential infection. Support bubbles, or quarantine pods, might be just the cure for loneliness, depression and anxiety after months of social distancing and isolation amid the coronavirus health crisis, some experts say. (Illustration by Peter Hamlin via the Associated Press) Support bubbles are only recommended, however, if all participants agree to truly heed safe social distancing guidelines beyond it. "You are now swimming in the same pool with not just that person, but all the people those people are interacting with," Dr. Aaron Milstone of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said of the idea. FOLLOW...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that further social support measures and incentives for businesses will be introduced as he hailed the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the run-up to a vote that could extend his rule until 2036. Speaking in a televised address, Putin declared that Russia has successfully gone through the most dangerous phase of the outbreak. “Together we have proven that we are capable to fulfil the most difficult tasks,” he said. Putin said the early introduction of stringent sanitary controls on the border, travel restrictions and a sweeping lockdown allowed Russia to win time and slow down the pace of contagion. In late March, Putin introduced a nationwide partial economic shutdown that remained in place until May 12, and most Russian regions imposed tight lockdowns. “We won time and achieved the main thing — to protect human lives,” Putin said. Russia has registered nearly 600,000 infections as of Tuesday, the world's third-largest caseload following the United States and Brazil. However, its coronavirus death toll 8,359 is significantly lower than in many...
    Conservative commentator and pro-Trump activist Candace Owens speaks at an event for the Black Youth Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington on October 4, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick / The New York Times) Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, also announced that his company would donate $ 10 million to racial justice organizations. A similar show of support was posted on Twitter, in which the company traded its official biography for a tribute to Black Lives Matter, and Jack Dorsey, the company’s chief executive, promised to donate $ 3 million to an organization fighting the racism founded by Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback. YouTube also joined the protests. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the company, wrote on a blog: “We believe that black lives matter and that we all must do more to dismantle systemic racism.” YouTube also announced that it would start a $ 100 million fund for black creators. Very good for a group of tech executives who supposedly have no heart, right? Well more or less. The problem is that while these displays of support...
    A college athlete-driven fundraiser in California raised nearly $80,000 for Black Lives Matter earlier this month. The premise of the fundraiser was simple: Athletes around the country would walk, run, bike or swim 8.46 miles to signify the 8 minutes, 46 seconds in which a Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd last month, killing him. Blake girls soccer coach Kelsey Hans caught wind of the fundraiser when the UCLA women’s soccer program announced it was joining the effort. Hans immediately thought to ask her team’s captains — Amelia Reyes, Cate Moe, Bailey Abraham and Rachel Winkey — if they would like to do something similar. They were in. “We went from there pretty quickly,” Reyes said. The team decided to do 8.46 miles Wednesday — by walking, running, biking or swimming — with a goal of raising at least $8,460. They had nearly hit the $5,000 by mid-Tuesday afternoon. While Hans sprouted the idea and helped set up the GoFundMe page, her players have since taken the reins. ...
    Josh Okogie, D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have attended rallies and protests. . Okogie helped organize and promote a giveback event that provided essential goods for those in the South Minneapolis community. Malik Beasley was among those at the event, distributing goods to those in need. Jake Layman was packing meals at a Timberwolves and Lynx event this week. Timberwolves players have been on the front lines in the battle for social justice and racial equity and effort to rebuild communities damaged in the past few weeks following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. “The biggest thing we want to do is we want to help our community,” Okogie said last week. “The events that happened in the past week, it’s very unfortunate, and it’s unacceptable, but we have to start making a change one neighborhood at a time.” The Timberwolves and Lynx recently joined up with the Sacramento Kings for a PSA speaking out against social injustice, racial inequity and systemic racism, packed meal and snack packs to give back to...
    Wendy’s has announced it will be donating $500,000 to show its commitment to supporting the black community, one day after it received substantial backlash on social media over reports that James Bodenstedt, the CEO of a company that franchises hundreds of Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations, had donated more than $440,000 to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The initial reports led to a trend on social media of users attempting to “cancel” Wendy’s. CHICK-FIL-A CEO ADDRESSES GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS, CALLS FOR 'DIALOGUE AND HEALING' Wendy’s social media presence – which is usually known for its funny quips and sarcastic retorts – took a moment to be sincere amid the George Floyd protests. (iStock) The fast-food chain took to Twitter after the backlash to make its latest announcement, saying that it would be “putting our money where our mouth is” and donating $500,000 to support “social justice, the youth and education in the Black community starting with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.” Wendy’s social media presence — which is usually known for its funny quips and sarcastic retorts — took a...
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