Grime music being ‘stifled’, MPs say

They called on the government to come up with new guidelines for police and local authorities, which would “ensure that urban music acts are not unfairly targeted”. As part of its investigation, the committee invited rapper ShaoDow to tell them about his experiences and he explained that he had faced frustrations when attempting to put on shows in London. “I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there,” he said. “I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, ‘I am on my way’, and they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop’. “I said, ‘Yes’, …

Chinese buyer bids record $1.4 million for racing pigeon

(CNN)A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. Jiangming Liu, who works for PIPA in China, said the company was expecting Armando to fetch a high price but “multiple times less” than what he actually got. “We’re all surprised,” Liu said. PIPA said Armando is the most expensive bird ever to be sold at auction by a huge margin. The next most expensive is believed to be a bird called Nadine, which fetched more than $450,000 at auction in 2017. The buyer was a Chinese fancier named Xing Wei, according to media reports at the time. Joel Verschoot, the Belgian breeder who …

Prosecutors offer Patriots owner Kraft plea deal over massage parlor charges

Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots sixth NFL championship under his ownership. NFL has not taken any action against him but has said its personal conduct policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL and it will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. Krafts wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander …

Ja rules!: Morant spirits Murray State in Marquette upset as NCAA tourney tips off

Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA tournament history as Murray State trounced Marquette in the first major upset of March Madness Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in the NCAA tournament since 1987 as Murray State trounced fifth-seeded Marquette in the first round of the West Region. Murray State continued a trend of a No. 12 seed winning at least one game in all but three tournaments since 2001 including last years but this looked nothing like an upset. Morant had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds as he sliced through Marquette and showed the Racers (28-4) were better in every way than their opponent from the Big East. The Ohio Valley Conference champions face fourth-seeded Florida …

NCAA tournament: Auburn, Gonzaga, Purdue reach Sweet 16 as Villanova crash out

LSU, Michigan State, Kentucky, Florida State and Michigan also punched their Sweet 16 tickets with second-round victories in Saturdays action It was the most lopsided NCAA tournament loss for a defending champ in nearly three decades. Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, and Purdue knocked defending champ Villanova out of the tournament with an 87-61 rout. The last time a defending champ was beaten that badly was when Loyola-Marymount ran past Michigan 149-115 in 1990. Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16. Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third national title in the last four seasons fall short. Fellow …

It’s Mueller time but don’t forget: Trump has undermined the very idea of America | Robert Reich

Partisan fury over the special counsels report may obscure the ways the president has damaged our democracy We may report, whatever it shows, will almost surely be overwhelmed by a fog of alt-interpretation and epistemological confusion. Whats collusion? Whats illegal? Whats unethical? Has Trump been vindicated or not? The real danger is that as attention inevitably turns to the 2020 campaign, Douglas Southall Freeman, explained, the first president believed he had been entrusted with something of immense intrinsic worth, and that his duty was to uphold it for its own sake and over the long term. He led by moral example. Few of our subsequent presidents have come close to the example Washington set, but none to date has been …

Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin ‘Haven’t Fully Grasped’ The Possibility Of Jail Time Over Their Alleged Involvement In College Admissions Scam – Perez Hilton

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin could be facing a lot more than a slap on the wrist over their alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal! As we The Desperate Housewives star is claimed to have paid $15,000 to have her daughter Sofia‘s SAT scores raised. William H. Macy, Huffman’s husband, is said to have no involvement. Meanwhile, the Fuller House cast member and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to make it appear that their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose had been recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite them never playing the sport. And if these parents aren’t lucky, they actually might be sent to jail, a real possibility the starlets are supposedly not be prepared for. A …

Man Says Women Should Stop Complaining About Period Pain Unless They Know What A Scraped Knee Pain Feels Like, Gets Shut Down

Apparently, periods are small potatoes to other forms of bleeding – for example, a skinned knee. A guy took to Twitter to not only imply that women overreact about cramps, but also that when it came to pain nothing quite compares to scrapping your knee during a game. Well sir, in that case, can you imagine being a female athlete? In response to his ludicrous statement, women across the internet didn’t hesitate to put him in his place. This Twitter user received a heavy flow of backlash after he tweeted a comparison between period pain and a skinned knee Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: KylePlantEmoji pircesinha Peachy_RM Peachy_RM ess_phoenix zadidoll Rose_Embolism pircesinha Image …

Gran Premio Latinoamericano: The Champions League of horse racing

(CNN)Celebrating the very best thoroughbred racehorses in South America, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano is the most prestigious date on the continent’s racing calendar. When the thoroughbreds fly out of the stalls to the cry of an impassioned crowd, it’s not just the $500,000 prize purse up for grabs, though. National pride is also a huge part of South America’s richest horse race. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

In pictures: Life after the Army

Photographer Ed Gold interviewed soldiers who served in Afghanistan and asked them about their experiences of adjusting to civilian life. Soldiers Callum Wright, Scott Meenagh, Geoff Dunn, Dan Eccles and Terry Jones all served in the Parachute Regiment, known as the Paras. Ed worked with the Paras as a photojournalist in the UK and in Afghanistan, taking thousands of images of army life. The photos shown here document the Para soldiers between July 2010 and July 2011 and when he caught up with them again in 2018 after they left the Army. Callum Wright Initially, Callum wanted to be a tank transporter like his two older brothers but then decided he would rather be in the “nitty gritty” of combat …

Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to quit

(CNN)With less than 500 days until the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, Tsunekazu Takeda — president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) — has announced he will step down from his position in June amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Games. Follow @cnnsport In a statement to CNN, the IOC said it respected Takeda’s decision, adding: “Our respect of this decision is even greater because he took this step to protect the Olympic Movement while the presumption of innocence, on which the IOC insists, continues to prevail.” French prosecutors are investigating two payments made to a Singapore-based company called “Black Tidings” in July and October 2013. READ: Japanese Olympic chief investigated for corruption READ: ‘Corruption …

Trump’s Federal Reserve pick linked to indicted boyfriend of Russian agent

Stephen Moore created a controversial political group with Paul Erickson, who is charged with fraud and whose girlfriend, Maria Butina, pleaded guilty to infiltrating the conservative movement Donald Trumps new nominee for the aggressive advertising campaign tying Barack Obama to William Ayers, a leader of the Weather Underground domestic terror group in the 1970s. Obama and Ayers had served together on the board of an education foundation in Chicago. indicted last month in South Dakota on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Stephen Moore. Photograph: The Heritage Foundation I havent seen much of Paul since he was with the Romney campaign in 2012, Moore said. Asked if he had seen Erickson or spoken to him during the 2016 election, …

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at Masters after ending drought

Northern Irishmans victory at Players provided timely confidence boost ahead of Augusta challenge Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule. Instead, a victim of criticism for failure to complete tournament wins from promising positions is now at the forefront of the betting for the first major of the year. McIlroy, as of Sunday @guardian_sport Facebook: like our sport pages Instagram: our favourite football and Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Its a lot of things, said McIlroy in explanation. Its maturity. Its been having a focus over the last six or seven months on my attitude, especially my attitude to golf, and not letting golf …

Cristiano Ronaldo fined for celebration in Juventus Champions League win

Cristiano Ronaldo will be free to play against Ajax after he was fined 17,700 for his obscene celebration CristianoRonaldo has been fined 20,000 (17,700) by Uefa after his goal celebration in Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mikaela Shiffrin seals stellar season with final win

(CNN)It summed up her stellar season. Another race. Another win. The American cemented her status as ski racing’s preeminent athlete with victory in Sunday’s giant slalom in Soldeu to edge to 60 World Cup wins and seal the giant slalom season crown. Mikaela Shiffrin: Lead singer? Big night out? Shiffrin has blasted into the void left by Lindsey Vonn in her injury-hit final season and has made significant waves outside the sport of skiing. She ends the season fifth on the all-time list of World Cup winners, 22 victories behind Vonn and 26 short of the record held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, who retired in 1989 after 16 seasons on the elite circuit. By comparison, Shiffrin made her World …