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What you do for a living versus what your mum tells people you do

KELLY Brook feels more ‘body confident’ than ever because her husband loves her ‘big bum and boobies’. It’s a confusing message, but not the first from an ‘empowered’ celeb. Such as these. Kim Kardashian Kim finds stripping off ‘empowering’, which is just as well – anything else would be like a bear saying they find shitting in the woods ‘painfully embarrassing’. In fact she overused the word so much that even Cosmopolitan criticised her for it, and this is a magazine mainly concerned with telling women how to make sure their blowjobs are up to scratch. Kelly Brook If you ignore the fact that Kelly’s entire career was based on being pretty with big tits, it’s good that she no longer feels the need to pander to other people’s standards of beauty. Unfortunately her rationale for this isn’t a great example of progressive thought. ‘[My husband] Jeremy is Italian so he likes he likes a big bum and boobies,’ she said, in a novel synthesis of female empowerment, baby talk and casual racism. Geri Horner Very much the Karl Marx of Girl Power, Geri was the theorist behind the philosophy of shouting ‘GIRL POWER!’ a lot. Cynics might argue that Girl Power has done little to smash the glass ceiling or address institutional misogyny, but you can’t disagree with its powerful central message of not ignoring your friends because boys just want to finger you. Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth’s vagina candle is ‘a really strong feminist statement’ because it helps women who are ashamed of the smell of their lady parts, apparently. Fair enough, but maybe have a shower if it’s that noticeable? The problem with Ms Paltrow generally is that her Goop sideline is based entirely on horribly overpriced products, eg. ‘super nutrient’ face oil ($98) or a ‘smart fridge’ ($1,295). Maybe Germaine Greer wrote another classic of feminism after The Female Eunuch, called Make $$$s With Feminism FAST!!!. Emily Ratajkowski The Blurred Lines model talks about feminism a lot, but entirely in connection with herself. It’s the equivalent of calling a plumber who tells you: ‘As a plumber, I’m comfortable with where my plumbing career is now, and as a member of the wider plumbing community…’ for two hours without actually fixing your f**king toilet. Miley Cyrus You’ve got to hand it to Miley for simply making up her own definition of feminism: ‘I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything.’ It might have been worth adding a few caveats, eg. sharks, raw chicken, unshielded plutonium, etc. However it definitely takes some courage to discuss feminism after sitting naked on a wrecking ball and, in the same video, hungrily licking a large hammer. Meghan Markle You could fill a bottomless pit with Meghan’s vague and incredibly obvious comments about feminism, eg. ‘You can be feminine and a feminist’, ‘Feminism is about fairness’, etc. Back in 2019 she made a big deal about bringing up her unborn child, who is now four-year-old Archie, to be a feminist. We’re sure Harry is looking forward to those gripping conversations.

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Do unto others lesson needs retelling

What do you hope for each morning as your tired eyes read the news? You try to be a positive person, but day by day, things are getting worse. The world is in an awful mess. If there is a God, how cruel a deity to let suffering continue. Is it sacrilegious to ask, what exactly will it take to have the Second Coming of Christ? How much bloody war, climate chaos, and civil disintegration is required before we learn to follow a simple and sane edict? “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” The problem is times have changed. The only Christ we can anticipate in 2024 is a “deep fake”. The dumbing-down of social media preys upon any remnants of a moral compass among our political and business elite. How can we teach our children the golden rule when public leaders never abide it? What are we to do? This Gifford-Jones father-daughter team is running out of creative suggestions. It’s a return to common decency that’s needed. We say, let’s load up on basic human kindness. Let’s utilize this feature of our abilities to a far greater degree than whatever unfortunate leanings we may have toward indecency and unkindness. And until we welcome back the Messiah, could enough of us doing the right thing make enough of an impact to keep the planet from an early end? This week includes Valentine’s Day. It’s a telling fact that this day to celebrate love, although recognized in many ways around the world, is nowhere a public holiday. It’s a day rich in history, but poor in meaning to us. Like most other things, the concept of love has been commercialized, and therefore cheapened. But love is synonymous with hope. It is enduring, forever resistant to evil by those who will not relinquish it. Shakespeare’s eloquence on love is plentiful. But he got straight to the point with this sound advice, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” It’s not hard to do, but why do so few people live by it? Here are a few suggestions to help get things started. One, you will do yourself and others a world of good if you “shower the people you love with love” as James Taylor sang. Use this Valentine’s Day (and every day that follows) to let your love rain! For those who can do it, a switch to a more generous mindset can be life-altering when fighting the downward spiral of depression, for example. Two, if you adore sharing a chocolate treat, make it high-quality dark chocolate. Cocoa contains fiber, iron, and other important minerals. The antioxidants in chocolate help protect blood vessel walls and inhibit inflammation. But moderation is the key, as chocolate is also a high-fat, high-sugar food and packs a big caloric wallop. Three, there’s nothing wrong with random acts of kindness, and doing them has been shown to be extraordinarily good for your health. One study showed that the more people spend money on other people, the lower their blood pressure. Another study provided hypertensive people with $40 to spend. Half were asked to spend it on themselves; the other half were instructed to spend the money on someone else. If you guessed the later group had lower blood pressure at the end of the study, you are right. It was equivalent to the effects of being put on an exercise program! Perhaps we have gotten angry with frustration about the world. It’s understandable. But what we all really need is for someone to tell us, “I love you.” Sign-up at www.docgiff.com to receive our weekly e-newsletter. For comments, contact-us@docgiff.com. Follow us on Instagram @docgiff and @diana_gifford_jones.

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Mustangs lose pair of games, Hawks and Ice Wolves earn weekend splits

The Melfort Mustangs lost a pair of games and the Nipawin Hawks and La Ronge Ice Wolves each earned splits as the SJHL season reaches the home stretch. The Flin Flon Bombers still lead the SJHL and Sherwood Division with 78 points as of Feb. 12. As of Feb. 12 the Mustangs are still in second place with a record of 29-13-3-0 with 61 points, the Hawks are in third place with a record of 17-23-0-4 with 38 points and the Ice Wolves are in fourth place with a record of 15-26-2-2 with 34 points. The Mustangs were swept in a home-and-home with the Broncos after losing 6-4 to the Broncos in Humboldt on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Broncos led 3-1 after the first period and 4-3 after the second period. Zac Somers, Logan Belton, Clay Sleeva and Leith Olafson scored for Melfort. Spencer Bell and Landen Stromme each had a pair of goals for Humboldt. Maddox Amaral and Matthew Van Blaricom added the other Broncos’ goals. James Venne made five saves in just under 10 minutes of action for the Mustangs before he was replaced by Kristian Coombs who made 13 saves. The Broncos’ Benjamin Motew made 30 saves. Melfort opened their home-and-home with the Broncos with a 5-1 loss in Melfort on Friday, Feb. 9. The Broncos led 4-1 after the first period and 5-1 after the second period. Somers scored the lone Mustangs’ goal. Bell had a pair of goals for Humboldt; Amaral, Patrick Lanthier and Connor Miller scored the other Humboldt goals. Venne made 19 saves for Humboldt; Benjamin Motew made 32 saves for Humboldt. The Mustangs opened their week with a 6-5 win over the Red Wings in Weyburn on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Melfort led 5-3 after the first and second periods. Brayden Westerlund had a pair of goals for the Mustangs; Ryan Duguat, Leith Olafson, Zac Somers and Logan Belton added the other Melfort goals. Cade Meiklejohn had a pair of goals for Weyburn: Blake Betson, Jerome Maharaj and Nicholas Kovacs scored the other Red Wings goals. Coombs made 33 saves for the Mustangs; Angelo Zol made four saves in 15 minutes of action before being replaced by Ryan Hicks to finish the first period. Zol returned in the second period and made 25 saves to finish the game. The Bombers were in Melfort to play the Mustangs on Wednesday, Feb. 14, results were not available. Nipawin earned a split in a two-game set with the Klippers in Kindersley with a 2-1overtime win on Saturday, Feb. 10. Alex Bernauer scored the winner for Nipawin just under two minutes into overtime. The Hawks led 1-0 after the first period and the game was tied 1-1 after the second period. Maguire Ratzlaff scored the lone Hawks’ regulation time goal. Alex Mack responded for Kindersley in regulation. Tyson Endall made 29 saves for Nipawin; Cody Jaman made 25 saves for Kindersley. The Hawks opened their two-game set in Kindersley with a 4-3 loss to the Klippers on Friday, Feb. 9. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second period. Chase Visser, Evan Forrest and Dallyn Peekeekoot scored for the Hawks. Easton Inglis, Cobe Perlinger, Cam Perlinger and Zakery Anderson responded for Kindersley. Cunningham made 33 saves for Nipawin; John Macpherson made 30 saves for Kindersley. The Melville Millionaires were in Nipawin to play the Hawks on Wednesday, Feb, 14, results were not available. The Ice Wolves earned a split with the Melville Millionaires in a two-game home stand with a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday, Feb. 10 in La Ronge. Dylan Handel and Mason Bueckert both scored for the Ice Wolves in the three round shootout. Melville led 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after the second period. Parker Layton had a pair of regulation time goals for La Ronge with Cole Thomas adding the other Ice Wolves’ goal. Bradley Banach, Hudson Norris and Matt Kjemhus responded for Melville in regulation. Topher Chirico made 41 saves for La Ronge; William Dyke made 34 saves for Melville. The Ice Wolves opened their two-game home stand against the Millionaires with a 2-1 loss to Melville on Friday, Feb. 9. Melville led 2-1 after the first and second periods. Cole Thomas scored the lone Ice Wolves goal. Jadon Iyogun and Caden Drury responded for the Millionaires. Topher Chirico made 37 saves for La Ronge; William Dyke made 32 saves for Melville. La Ronge was in Wilcox to play the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and in Weyburn to play the Red Wings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, results were not available. The Mustangs are in Estevan to play the Bruins on Friday, Feb. 16 and in Weyburn to play the Red Wings on Saturday. Feb.17. The Kindersley Klippers are in Nipawin to play the Hawks on Friday, Feb. 16. The Ice Wolves are in Melville to play the Millionaires for a two-game set on Friday, Feb, 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Edinburgh roads: Emergency services race to multi-vehicle City Bypass crash

Emergency services raced to the A720 this morning following a rush-hour crash. The collision involving five vehicles happened just before 9am. Traffic Scotland reported that the A720 Gilmerton slip was closed eastbound after the collision, which saw heavy delays and closures. Police said there were no reports of anyone injured. Drivers faced heavy delays following the crash. Traffic Scotland said on X: “The #A720 at the Gilmerton slip has CLOSEDeastbound due to a multi-vehicle collision. Police and TRISS are on scene. Updates to follow. #PleaseUseAlt routes” One lane reopened around 10am. Both lanes were reopened by 10.38 as drivers were urged to take care. A Police spokesperson said: “Around 8.35am on Tuesday, 13 February 2024, police received a report of a crash involving five vehicles on the A720 at the Gilmartin Junction eastbound. There were no reports of anyone injured. Officers attended and diversions were put in place.” Edinburgh stabbing: Victim or Royal Edinburgh Hospital attack speaks out about ordeal

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Venezuelan VP calls Lacalle Pou “a lackey” — MercoPress

Venezuelan VP calls Lacalle Pou “a lackey” Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez said Monday Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou had “the face of a lackey” after the latter insisted the Bolivarian regime was a dictatorship with no free elections. “It is clear. It breaks the eyes that it is a dictatorship, that [in Venezuela] there are no free elections. Today they found out about another person unjustly detained. Whoever does not want to say it has a reason. If he barks, has four legs, and wags his tail, if someone does not tell me that he is a dog, there must be a reason,” Lacalle had said. Rodríguez replied on social media that Lacalle “has the face of a lackey, he bends and wags his tail when his masters in the north give him orders. Can anyone deny to me that he is Lacalle Pou? It would be better for him to attend to the problems of the people of Uruguay instead of meddling in the affairs of Venezuela. The coup and extremism will not pass. No matter who it hurts. Venezuela is to be respected!!!” Lacalle Pou also explained Uruguay’s Ambassador in Caracas Eber Da Rosa had been summoned back to Montevideo for a first-hand report on the ongoing events there. “When something happens in a country, I read what is going on, I get informed, but above all, I call the Uruguayan representative to tell us what is happening there, how people live there, to tell us the daily reality, in this case, of Venezuela, which is not very difficult to imagine”, he added. Upon taking office in March 2020, Lacalle Pou recognized the so-called “interim” government of Juan Guaidó, who eventually vanished from the public sphere and became a fugitive of the Bolivarian administration. Rodríguez argued Lacalle was still looking for someone to replace Guaidó in the Venezuelan scene.

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Milei says he has built a positive bond with Pope Francis — MercoPress

Milei says he has built a positive bond with Pope Francis Argentine President Javier Milei, who once called Pope Francis “nefarious” and other epithets, admitted Monday that he had to “reconsider some positions” after meeting in person with the leader of the Catholic faith and fellow Buenos Aires native. But after calling the Pontiff “the most important Argentine” on Italian TV, he went on to rant against the role of the State and Communisim. Milei admitted in his interview that “in a country like Argentina, which has so many Catholic roots” he “had to reconsider some positions and, from that moment on, we began to build a positive relationship” with Francis, with whom he spent over an hour in a private meeting, which far exceeded the length of most encounters with any foreign leader. The Argentine president described the State as a criminal association and defined Communism as a sickness of the soul. He said that “when socialism has been well applied, they have murdered more than 6 million human beings.” “Philosophically I am an anarcho-capitalist and therefore I feel a deep contempt for the State. I believe that the State is the enemy, I believe that the State is a criminal association,” he sentenced. “The method used in the market is an investment, trade, and the method of the State is precisely theft, and therefore the State is not only the largest criminal organization in the world but also the largest stationary thief in the world.” “A thief attacks from time to time, but every time you go to buy something in a place, you are being robbed by the State through taxes; therefore, the State robs you every day,” Milei went on. “The State has the power to arrest people, politicians are not affected, they don’t see their power at stake. But in this, I realized that the only way to enter the system was to dynamite it,” he added. Regarding the failure of his so-called Omnibus Law bill to pass through Congress, Milei insisted most of the draft consisted of structural reforms aimed at “giving power and freedom back to Argentines.”

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Milei holds meetings with Meloni and Mattarella in Rome — MercoPress

Milei holds meetings with Meloni and Mattarella in Rome In addition to meeting with Pope Francis, Argentine President Javier Milei seized his presence in Rome for an encounter with Prime Minister Georgia Meloni and President Sergio Mattarella to round up his first official trip abroad which also included a stopover in Israel. After both encounters, sources close to the Argentine President quoted by Buenos Aires media spoke of “a sign of trust” and “the beginning” of a new stage in bilateral ties. Meloni and Milei discussed at the Roman Palazzo Chigi ways to “deepen the bilateral relationship,” it was reported. The Italian leader also highlighted the “positive meeting in which we discussed the development of new partnerships in key sectors for our economies such as energy, infrastructure, and the agri-food sector.” “Italy and Argentina are proud to have a deep historical and cultural bond and we hope that it can continue to move forward for renewed cooperation in various fields,” Meloni also highlighted on X. “Argentina is a nation to which we are linked by deep historical and cultural ties and where the largest community of Italians abroad resides. Rome and Buenos Aires share common values that define our foreign policy action in the current international context,” the Italian head of government said in a statement after Milei won the Nov. 19 presidential runoff. After that, Meloni highlighted Milei’s “fascinating personality.” Earlier Monday, Milei and Mattarella met at the 1583-built Quirinal Palace which once served as a papal building. Also joining Milei were Ministers Diana Mondino (Foreign Affairs), Guillermo Francos (Interior), and Sandra Pettovello (Human Capital), in addition to Presidential Secretary Karina Milei.

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Restaurant featuring 100 draft beers advances for final approval as part of Hawthorn redevelopment in Vernon Hills

Final details are being worked through as a restaurant featuring 100 draft beers on tap as part of the Hawthorn mall redevelopment in Vernon Hills is nearing official approval. Yard House, which touts the world’s largest selection of draft beer, would be built on the southernmost of three out-lots along Milwaukee Avenue on the mall perimeter. The lots were created specifically for new restaurants on the eastern part of the Hawthorn campus, which is being reinvented with luxury apartments, new shops and stores and other features. Texas-based Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has been under construction since last year on the northernmost lot and will be the first of the trio to be completed with an opening anticipated in spring. A potential user for the middle spot has not been announced. Yard House is one of nine brands, including Olive Garden and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse operated by the Darden restaurant group. There are about 80 Yard House locations nationally, including Glenview and Lombard. Darden pitched the concept to the village board last summer and it was forwarded for detailed staff review and a public hearing, held Jan. 31 by the advisory planning and zoning commission. The restaurant is planned for about 290 indoor seats and 80 seats outdoors with a seasonal patio and beer garden. “While the underlying details have been fleshed out over the course of the last five months, the overall concept remains very consistent with what you previously saw,” Community Development Director Andrew Jennings told the village board last week. The first Yard House opened in 1996 in southern California and became known for its extensive beer collection and equipment systems to keep it fresh and chilled. The full-service menu features steaks, chops, chicken, seafood, burgers, pizza, salad and other offerings inspired by California roots. According to Jennings, the commission generally was in favor of the facility and recommended approval with conditions related to the sign and landscape plans, parking and pedestrian safety. The village board agreed to have ordinances drafted for official approval at a future meeting with the condition the staff work with the developer, Consolidated Development Services, regarding the location of a sidewalk. All details will need to be addressed before a site development permit is issued. The mall redevelopment, known as Hawthorn 2.0, was launched in 2019. Construction is underway for Sephora, Anthropologie, FP Movement and Lovesac as ground-floor tenants on Hawthorn Row, the gateway to The Domaine, a 311-unit, high-end apartment development. Another 250 apartments, 3-acre outdoor plaza, new food gallery on the upper level inside the mall and more development for parcels along Ring Road are planned in the next phase.

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Prime Minister to visit Torrevieja desalination plant tomorrow

The announcement occurs in the context of the serious drought that Catalonia and areas of Andalusia are going through that currently lack such plants. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, plans to visit the Torrevieja desalination plant tomorrow, Wednesday, to check learn, first hand, about its operation. The visit take place in the midst of a drought in Catalonia where there is a proposal to increase the capacity to send water for urban consumption to Barcelona through the Sagunto plant in the province of Valencia. The visit to the Torrevieja facility is scheduled for eleven in the morning with Sánchez arriving by Falcon at the San Javier military airport. The Torrevieja plant can produce the largest volume of water in Spain with 80 cubic hectometers, although it only came close to that figure in 2019. Currently, the bidding phase of the award of a new project is underway, which will allow this capacity to be expanded up to 120 hm³, with an investment of 108 million euros. Although it was designed to produce equal parts of water for both urban consumption and for agricultural irrigation, when it was first opened in 2014, most of the flows have been allocated to agriculture. Currently, around 80% of the water produced by the Torrevieja plant is destined for irrigation in the neighbouring Region of Murcia, particularly for intensive farming farms in the Campo de Cartagena-Mar Menor.

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Myanmar junta kills 4 civilians in tea shop shelling

Junta shelling killed four civilians and injured seven others in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, locals told Radio Free Asia on Tuesday. The army turned its big guns on Monywa township, where junta troops were accused of burning homes and bodies, as well as arresting children and elders last December. All the dead and injured in Hta Naung Taw village are men, said one local, declining to be named for security reasons. The injured are stable and their wounds are not life-threatening, he added. A shell exploded directly on a crowded tea shop in the village center, he said, adding that it was fired by a junta battalion based in Ma Au village on the Monywa-Mandalay road. “It dropped straight on the tea shop. The dead include a cattle broker from Kya Paing village and two brothers from Hta Naung Taw tea shop. Another one is a passenger who was having some tea,” he told RFA Burmese. RFA contacted Sagaing region’s junta spokesperson Sai Naing Naing Kyaw for more details about the shelling, but he had not returned the calls at time of publication. The army opened fire on the village in retaliation after a battle in Hta Naung Taw 10 days ago between local defense forces and junta troops, residents said. Press-gangs in Monywa Elsewhere in Monywa, locals claim the junta’s conscription efforts have increased after regime leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing announced on Saturday he would immediately enforce the country’s People’s Military Service Law. The law forces men aged 18-35 and women aged 18-27 to serve for two years in the regime’s military. Professionals from a larger age bracket must serve for three to five years. Following the announcement, junta troops seized nearly 50 men on Sunday, locals said. Soldiers arrested roughly 20 people in Monywa’s Myawaddy neighborhood, including some sitting in a teashop on Sunday morning, witnesses said. They rounded up 28 more from public areas around the city. A Monywa resident who requested anonymity for security reasons said soldiers have been roaming the city in plain clothes, preying on locals, and conducting checks and arrests. Given that those arrested are between the ages of 18 and 35, some locals in the same age range have gone into hiding for fear of being conscripted, he said. “They often wander around the city and catch people. There are four to 10 soldiers in one place spreading out all over the city and conducting checks and arrests,” said the man. “They could be held at Monywa City Hall. I heard that some of them were being released after paying money. I don’t know how much.” Another Monywa resident said the city remained quiet until Monday morning, when people came out to do their shopping. Military-backed channel Myanmar Radio and Television called the reports fake news. Also Sunday morning, nearly 40 passengers traveling on the Mandalay-Monywa road near Lel Gyi village, Sagaing township, were held by troops for interrogation, residents said. RFA has been unable to find out whether they have been released. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 26,000 people have been arrested in the three years since the coup, as of Tuesday. Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn.

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