A British Council employee has come under fire for posting a number of harsh comments about Prince George to social media.
Angela Gibbins, who works as a senior employee at the charity, verbally attacked the three-year-old on her Facebook page following the release of his picture for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The news was first reported by The Sun in the U.K.
When a Facebook user shared the above image with the caption, “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f***** d***head,” Gibbins responded by saying, “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantaged and will never know ANY difficulties or hardships in life.”
She continued with: “Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”
Photos released to mark Prince George’s 3rd birthday
Photos released to mark Prince George’s 3rd birthday
Prince George joins 4 generations of Royal Family on new stamp to celebrate Queen’s 90th birthday
See what Prince George and Princess Charlotte look like as adults
Royals fed up with paparazzi taking pics of Prince George and Princess Charlotte
According to several reports, the 52-year-old’s “friends” were upset by her comments, saying, “You are a total idiot Angela, to look at the picture of a child and be filled with nothing but hatred for them. You are a disgrace to humanity.” Another person added, “You look at a smiling child and this is the kind of stuff you think? You need some time off the internet.”
The British employee stood by her opinions, though, adding, “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and Republican opinions.”
She added, “I don’t believe the royal family have any place in a modern democracy, least of all when they live on public money. That’s privilege and it needs to end.”
READ MORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton are headed back to Canada
Gibbins’s comments have since prompted an investigation by the British Council, which released the following statement:
“This comment was made on a private social media account. It has absolutely no connection to the British Council and does not represent the views of the British Council… That said, we expect the highest standards of our staff and we will be investigating the matter further.”
Those on social media were also quick to react to the news:
This woman is funded by the taxpayer, but slams Prince George for “taking public money”. Should she lose her job?https://t.co/kXGiJZcBDP
— Jon gaunt (@jongaunt) July 26, 2016
Taxpayer-funded white person on 3x average salary attacks 3-yr-old for “white privilege” + living “on public money” https://t.co/JrEBWDalsq
— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) July 26, 2016
Another vile socialist! How can you look a photo of a child and be filled with nothing but hatred for them…?https://t.co/OtKUrgXGaN
— Lady Durrant (@LadyDurrant) July 26, 2016
United Kingdom Overview | FindTheData
Bradley Cooper, who played conservative hero Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in 2014 movie American Sniper, has riled up Republicans by making an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Cooper attended the convention with his Russian model girlfriend, Irina Shayk.
READ MORE: Chris Kyle, American Sniper, lied about his military records
Some irate 桑拿会所 users plan to boycott Cooper’s future films over his presence at the convention. Another commented that they thought his experience playing Kyle would have rubbed off on him.
I have a list of celebrities that support Socialism I refuse to spend another $ on. Add this one. Boycott them all. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/uOFMkxSvRY
— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) July 28, 2016
@Jonesdc I guess American Sniper was just an acting job to #BradleyCooper
— Biracial Brother (@Jonesdc) July 28, 2016
People are upset that Bradley Cooper who played Sniper Chris Kyle is a democrat 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter长沙桑拿/brxNyaZOPP
— Yukio Strachan (@boldandworthy) July 28, 2016
Bradley Cooper is promoting Hillary? Too bad. He’s dead to me now. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/gXJ4ahO8YK
— David O’Neill (@garlicfries95) July 28, 2016
The complaints have been mocked by others who say Cooper was simply acting a role when playing Kyle, and conservatives shouldn’t be surprised.
“How can Bradley Cooper be a democrat when he played Chris Kyle?!” pic.twitter长沙桑拿/6rRIkRVwOn
— Caitlin (@CJMasessa) July 28, 2016
People being upset Bradley cooper who played the American Sniper is not a republican is like me being upset he is not a real space raccoon.
— Stephen Williams (@siavm) July 28, 2016
Left-Bradley Cooper. He is an actor, not a sniper. Right-Paul Giamatti. He is an actor, not John Adams. We good? pic.twitter长沙桑拿/4V4INebX4d
— Civic_Thoughts (@Civic_Thoughts) July 28, 2016
I’m done. Stupid Republicans think just because Bradley Cooper PLAYED Chris Kyle, he really THINKS like Chris Kyle. Um…it’s called ACTING.
— (((DemsUnite2016))) (@IslandGalObama) July 28, 2016
Cooper earned an Oscar nomination for American Sniper, which became a blockbuster partially because of an enthusiastic reception among conservative moviegoers.
Cooper was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and before this convention appearance has not been very vocal about his political leanings.
With files from The Associated Press
Bradley Cooper Timeline | PrettyFamous
WASHINGTON – It’s hot out there, politically speaking, with Hillary Clinton’s convention going full steam and Donald Trump refusing to stay quiet while Democrats put on their big show. Reality is sometimes getting warped in the process.
FULL COVERAGE: U.S. Presidential election 2016
A look at some claims Wednesday and how they compare with the facts, on a day packed with a lengthy news conference by Trump and evening convention speeches by high-powered Democrats, capped by President Barack Obama:
OBAMA: “After a century of trying, we declared that health care in America is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody.”
THE FACTS: Obama’s health care overhaul does guarantee that people with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied health insurance, but it also made coverage an obligation for everybody. People must have coverage or face fines from the IRS. That mandate remains highly unpopular.
The law provides subsidies to help low- to middle-income people purchase a private plan. But even so, some find their premiums too high. And nearly 29 million remain uninsured, according to government estimates. Health care as a “right for everybody” may better describe Bernie Sanders’ idea of a government-run system for all. That system also entails obligations: the higher taxes that would be collected to pay for it.
WATCH: Obama backs Hillary Clinton at DNC
VIRGINIA SEN. TIM KAINE, Clinton’s running mate: “You can go to HillaryClinton长沙桑拿 right now and find out exactly how she’ll make the biggest investment in new jobs in generations.”
THE FACTS: It’s the biggest in generations only if you don’t count Obama’s $814 billion 2009 stimulus, a curious omission for a Democrat.
Clinton promises to spend $275 billion over five years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Obama’s stimulus was more of a hodge-podge and included tax cuts as well as aid to state and local governments. But all of it was intended to boost the economy and hiring.
TRUMP: “I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is. … I’ve never spoken to him.” – Miami news conference, during a discussion of whether Russia had hacked into emails of the Democratic National Committee.
THE FACTS: Not so long ago, Trump bragged about how well he knew Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now he says he doesn’t know him at all. That appears to be closer to the truth.
In November, when he was trying to burnish his foreign-policy credentials during a GOP primary debate, he said of Putin, “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night. “
That claim was debunked at the time because Trump’s only connection to the Russian leader was that they both appeared on the same show. He was interviewed in New York, Putin in Moscow and they weren’t even in the same segment on the program.
WATCH: ‘Putin does not have respect for Clinton, Obama,’ says Trump
OBAMA: “By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.”
THE FACTS: That progress doesn’t include much of an increase in household income, the yardstick people generally consider their most important measure of prosperity. The typical household now earns $57,206 a year, according to Sentier Research. That’s 2 percent higher than in June 2009, when the recession ended and six months into Obama’s term. (All figures are adjusted for inflation). But it has barely budged since it was $57,147 in December 2007, when the recession began.
KAINE: “I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton. First, she’s consistent.”
THE FACTS: Not always – not on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for example. She promoted the deal as the “gold standard” of trade agreements when she was secretary of state, then turned against it as a candidate who was facing a stiff contest from a primary rival who fiercely and consistently opposed the deal, Bernie Sanders.
Clinton hasn’t been consistent in her explanations of why she had her own email server as secretary of state, changing her story as investigations revealed more about her email practices. That issue has contributed to public distrust of Clinton, a problem Kaine was trying to address in broaching the subject of trust in his remarks.
WATCH: Trump ‘hopes’ Russia will find missing hacked DNC emails
TRUMP: “I never had a second thought in my life.”
THE FACTS: He may want to have a second thought about that thought.
In April, Trump told The New York Times that he should not have retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, wife of GOP primary rival Ted Cruz. “Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it.”
Then in May, he had a third thought.
READ MORE: True or False? Fact checking Trump and other GOP candidates dubious claims
He told Fox News that “I’m not walking it back” after all, and Mrs. Cruz was fair game because she was so involved in the campaign.
Then in the same interview, he had a fourth thought that was much like the second one: “I wish I didn’t do it.”
KAINE: “She’ll make it possible to graduate from college debt-free.”
THE FACTS: Hillary Clinton’s plans would certainly reduce costs, but many students would probably still have to borrow. She has proposed that families who earn less than $125,000 a year will be able to go to in-state colleges and universities tuition-free. Yet many students would still have to pay for room and board, which can make up at least half the cost of attending college.
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, on Trump: “I know he’s trying to be tough but he’s going to go out and carpet bomb. You want to make friends and influence people in the Middle East? So you’re going to go carpet bomb innocent people and bad people at the same time, and that’s going to help us fight against ISIS?” – on MSNBC.
TRUMP: “I never said I wanted to carpet bomb. That was Ted Cruz.”
THE FACTS: Trump is right. It was his former Republican rival who said repeatedly he would carpet bomb Islamic State targets.
Carpet bombing, by its nature, risks killing large numbers of innocent civilians because it is indiscriminate.
Trump has indeed talked tough about IS, vowing to “bomb the hell” out of the group, level the oil facilities it controls and “blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.” He didn’t say what there would be nothing left of: an IS encampment, for example, or a city? But he did not call for carpet bombing; Biden put Cruz’s words in Trump’s mouth.
LEON PANETTA, former CIA director: “Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has laid out a comprehensive plan to defeat and destroy ISIS and keep America safe.” – Democratic convention speech.
THE FACTS: Clinton has been touting her plan for months. It’s hardly comprehensive.
The three-part strategy, as described in November, involves crushing IS “on its home turf” in the Middle East, disrupting terrorist infrastructure on the ground and online, and protecting America and its allies. All are elements already included in Obama’s anti-IS strategy. And none addresses the biggest gaps in the U.S.-led response to the Islamic State over the last two years, such as the lack of effective local troops to defeat IS in Syria.
WATCH: Leon Panetta says ‘it’s inconceivable to me that a presidential candidate could be so irresponsible’
At what point should U.S. ground troops step in? What levels of civilian deaths are acceptable? How exactly does she propose to end Iraq’s age-old Shiite-Sunni divisions?
She hasn’t said. She’s expounded further, but mostly to reject suggestions by Trump and other Republicans.
TRUMP: “I am a person that believes in enhanced interrogation, yes. And by the way, it works.”
THE FACTS: While some intelligence officials still maintain the torture of terrorist suspects thwarted plots, none has pointed to a specific instance. The Senate intelligence committee’s report in late 2014 concluded that no actionable intelligence was gained from the detainees who were put in ice baths, threatened with death, kept in cages, waterboarded and subjected to sleep deprivation, booming music and other forms of psychological torture.
READ MORE: Obama explains what scares him about a Donald Trump presidency
TRUMP: “Hundreds of people walked out of the Democrat convention last night. I didn’t even hear about it. Nobody showed it. “
THE FACTS: If he didn’t hear about it, how does he know about it?
The walkout by disenchanted supporters of Bernie Sanders was widely reported at the time.
Did hundreds walk out in protest? That’s conceivable but impossible to know with precision because this happened at the same time as people were leaving for dinner.
KAINE: “Don’t take it from me. Take it from … John McCain’s chief economic adviser in the ’08 race, who estimates Trump’s promises would cause America to lose 3.5 million jobs.”
THE FACTS: That’s a reference to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, who did advise McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, though in only a minor role. His analysis concluded that Trump’s tax cuts and trade policies would plunge the U.S. into recession and eliminate 3.5 million jobs. But Zandi has supported other presidential campaigns: In this election cycle, he donated to Clinton.
KAINE: Contractors Trump hired to build his casino in Atlantic City “did the work, hung the drywall, poured the concrete. But a year after opening, Trump filed for bankruptcy. He walked away with millions. They got pennies on the dollar.” And people in Florida paid deposits on condos, “but the condos were never built. He just pocketed their money and walked away.”
THE FACTS: Trump did stiff contractors on the casino. In Florida, he licensed his brand to a condo developer and appeared in marketing materials, attracting buyers. He was paid licensing fees, but condo buyers lost their deposits when the actual developer canceled the project.
WATCH: Kaine pokes fun at Trump during DNC speech
TRUMP: “I have nothing to do with Russia, yes… I built an unbelievable company but if you look there you’ll see there’s nothing in Russia.”
THE FACTS: Trump staged the Miss Universe competition in Russia, traveled there for it and boasted that it drew “almost all the oligarchs.”
There’s no evidence, though, that he has financial ties to Russia. He has neither developed properties nor licensed his name to buildings there, though he’s tried.
He has sold property to Russians, such as a $100 million Palm Beach, Florida, home in 2008.
– Associated Press writers Ricardo-Alonso-Zaldivar, Deb Riechmann, Jim Drinkard, Bradley Klapper and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.
WASHINGTON – Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences.
Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers.
While cities continue to add cameras at intersections with traffic signals, at least 158 communities have ended their red-light camera programs in the past five years, the study said.
READ MORE: Calgary photo radar tickets up 47% since 2014: cash grab or useful tool?
Researchers compared trends in annual crash rates in 14 cities that had ended their camera programs with those in 29 cities in the same regions that continued their camera programs.
They found that, after adjusting for other factors, red-light-running crashes went up 30 per cent.
Further, all types of crashes at intersections with traffic signals went up 16 per cent. That finding suggests that red-light cameras deter other behaviour by motorists, not just red-light running, said Wen Hu, co-author of the study.
WATCH: Red light tickets increase in Saskatoon
A second part of the study compared fatal red-light-running crashes in 57 cities with camera programs to 33 cities that haven’t introduced cameras, finding that the rate of such crashes was 21 per cent lower in cities with cameras. The rate of all types of crashes at intersections with traffic signals was 14 per cent lower when cameras were present.
“Debates over automated enforcement often centre on the hassle of getting a ticket and paying a fine,” said the institute’s president, Adrian Lund. “It’s important to remember that there are hundreds of people walking around who wouldn’t be here if not for red-light cameras.”
Dozens of communities have ended their red-light camera programs in recent years amid complaints that they are designed primarily to raise money through tickets rather than to enhance safety. Courts in some states have sided with motorists against camera programs.
Jake Nelson, the AAA automobile club’s research director, said the club supports the use of red-light cameras if they’re used properly, meaning data show the need for them at particular intersections – usually, a high number of fatalities. And money collected through the program should be used exclusively for traffic safety programs, he said. But when those tests aren’t met, AAA has joined with opponents in some communities to oppose them.
READ MORE: Photo radar ticket increase expected to boost revenue for Winnipeg police
Otherwise, Nelson said, “you have to question what are we really doing here? Are we saving lives or are we raising money?”
A motorist who runs a red light risks a T-bone crash where the front of one vehicle slams into the side of another. Those crashes are among the most likely to result in death or serious injury.
Other studies have shown that red-light cameras increase the likelihood of rear-end crashes as motorists race through yellow lights only to run into the back of a vehicle on the other side of the intersection. But rear-end crashes are more likely to be minor, with far fewer fatalities and injuries than T-bone crashes.
It’s not surprising that the institute study found a large increase in fatal crashes after cities turned off their cameras, given the lethality of T-bone crashes, Nelson said.
Researchers in China have declared a blue hole off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea to be the world’s deepest.
Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection researchers used an underwater robot and depth transducer to determine the depth of the underwater sinkhole hole, named “Dragon Hole.” Its depth? About 300 metres.
READ MORE: Massive sinkhole forms in Oregon town
Traditionally known as Longdong, locals call the phenomenon the “eye” of the South China Sea.
In areas beyond the reach of the divers, the robot was able to measure the temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen level of the water.
Though the robot found more than 20 fish species and other marine organisms present in the first 100 metres, no oxygen was detected further than that, meaning life below is unlikely.
The 202-meter-deep Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas was considered the world’s deepest known blue hole prior to the new findings.
Visualization by Graphiq
A blue hole is a circular sinkhole, with the name reflecting the colour contrast between the dark blue inside the hole compared with the light blue water surrounding it.
The Paracel Islands are claimed all or in part by China, Vietnam and several other Asian countries.
Visualization by Graphiq
Concrete poured into Ottawa sinkhole that swallowed 3 lanes of traffic
Ottawa sinkhole takes on life of its own with memes, 桑拿会所 accounts
Caught on Camera: Massive sinkhole forms in Oregon town