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Brazil’s devastating floods hit ‘Black population on the periphery’ hardest | Brazil

Brazil’s devastating floods hit ‘Black population on the periphery’ hardest | Brazil

[ad_1] It had been raining for nearly a week when the floodwaters first reached Marcelo Moreira Ferreira’s home in Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. His wife and their four children left to seek shelter with relatives, but Ferreira, 51, wanted to stay: his father had built the modest one-storey structure and he had lived there his entire life. By morning, however, the muddy water was up to his chest, and he knew he had no choice but to flee. The house spent nearly a month under the stinking water, polluted by sewage, dead animals, food waste and the fuel from thousands of submerged vehicles. Marcelo Moreira Ferreira. Photograph: Supplied When Ferreira returned on a recent morning to start cleaning up, a brown stain about 1.8 metrefs (6ft) up the walls still marked the high water mark. To help mask the stench, he lit some incense. Then he surveyed the ruin: everything his family once owned was in an immense pile of debris in front of the house, waiting …

Conspiracy theory’s devastating impact highlighted in new research

Conspiracy theory’s devastating impact highlighted in new research

[ad_1] Recent research provides insight into how belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory can strain interpersonal relationships. The qualitative study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, reveals how followers’ deep entrenchment in QAnon can alienate their loved ones, leading to reduced communication and often the breakdown of relationships. QAnon emerged in late 2017 and quickly gained attention for its extensive, if not outlandish, set of beliefs. Central to QAnon is the notion that a secretive government insider known as “Q” is revealing vital secrets about a supposed global cabal of satanic pedophiles that includes prominent liberal figures and that former President Donald Trump is waging a clandestine war against these forces. The belief system not only demonizes perceived enemies but also encourages followers to decipher cryptic online postings to unveil supposed truths. This shared mission fosters a strong sense of community among followers, who use slogans like “Where we go one, we go all” to promote unity and resilience against opposing views. The new study was motivated by the surprising prevalence of …

Prince Harry leaves UK without having met his father or brother in a devastating snub | Royal | News

Prince Harry leaves UK without having met his father or brother in a devastating snub | Royal | News

[ad_1] Prince Harry is jetting off to join Meghan Markle after a fleeting UK visit, amidst Royal Family tensions. The Duke of Sussex has bid farewell to the UK, setting off to reunite with his wife Meghan without having met his father or his brother. Harry is bound for Nigeria, where he and Meghan are scheduled for a tour at the invitation of the West African nation’s chief of defence staff, who Harry encountered last September at the Invictus Games Dusseldorf in Germany. The Duke made headlines in London on Wednesday as he celebrated a decade of the Invictus Games at St Paul’s Cathedral, while just a stone’s throw away, Charles presided over a garden party at Buckingham Palace. However, the King reportedly had no time to meet his son due to a packed schedule of royal duties, as confirmed by a statement earlier this week which highlighted that a father-son rendezvous was off the table owing to the monarch’s crammed calendar. The 39-year-old Duke also missed the chance to catch up with his elder …

Russian forces launch devastating missile strikes on grid | World | News

Russian forces launch devastating missile strikes on grid | World | News

[ad_1] Vladimir Putin’s forces unleashed a barrage of over 50 cruise missiles and explosive drones on Ukraine’s power grid on Wednesday, targeting a wide area in what President Volodymyr Zelensky termed a “massive” attack coinciding with Ukraine’s commemoration of the defeat of Nazism in World War Two. The bombardment struck targets across seven Ukrainian regions, including the Kyiv area and parts of the south and west, causing damage to homes and the country’s rail network, authorities reported. The assault resulted in three injuries, including an 8-year-old girl, according to officials. This latest escalation underscores Russia’s repeated targeting of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure during the prolonged conflict, now entering its third year and claiming thousands of lives. By disrupting power supplies, the Kremlin’s forces aim to cripple Ukrainian manufacturing, particularly military plants, and erode public morale. Since the outset of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, nearly half of Ukraine’s power infrastructure has been damaged in Russian attacks, officials claim. The cumulative damage is estimated at a staggering $12.5 billion, with an additional $1 billion inflicted in …

Mrs Hinch shares devastating news as her father dies ‘suddenly’ in his sleep

Mrs Hinch shares devastating news as her father dies ‘suddenly’ in his sleep

[ad_1] Social media star Sophie Hinchliffe, known online as Mrs Hinch, has revealed that her beloved father has died “suddenly but so peacefully”. The influencer, 34, shared her heartbreaking news on Wednesday with an emotional post on Instagram. Detailing her heartbreak, she wrote: “25th April 2024. My precious dad passed suddenly but so peacefully whilst he slept.” © InstagramSophie paid a touching tribute to her beloved father She continued: “My life, our whole world, has been turned upside down. A deep unimaginable pain I cannot put into words. My loving Dad, our boys’ beloved grandad, your workshop is locked up and I sleep with the key. I promise to keep your workshop dream going.” She finished her post by adding: “Until we meet and sing together again. Goodnight dad. My absolute king. Your Bubberloo.” © InstagramThe cleanfluencer shared a plethora of touching throwback pictures Elsewhere in her post, Sophie also shared a poignant quote about grief which read: “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. …

Spacey Unmasked review: A devastating portrayal of the power dynamics of fame

Spacey Unmasked review: A devastating portrayal of the power dynamics of fame

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Kevin Spacey has already denounced Spacey Unmasked, Channel 4’s shocking investigation into claims of predatory behaviour by the Oscar-winning actor. “I cannot and will not take responsibility or apologise to anyone who’s made up stuff about me or exaggerated stories about me,” he told former GB News presenter Dan Wootton. “I’ve never told someone that if they give me sexual favours, then I will help them out with their career, never.” Incredibly, it’s just seven years since Spacey’s career was torpedoed by allegations of inappropriate and non-consensual behaviour – first by actor Anthony Rapp and then by other men. Up to that point, he was one of the most respected talents in Hollywood, that rare character actor who had become a superstar without dumbing down his work or pandering to the industry’s crassest tendencies. There is a reminder of his searing qualities as an actor at the …

“Really devastating”: Experts say Hope Hicks’ testimony was the beginning of the end for Trump

“Really devastating”: Experts say Hope Hicks’ testimony was the beginning of the end for Trump

[ad_1] Hope Hicks was gushing in her praise of Donald Trump, the man she followed from the Trump Organization to the White House as part of his inner circle, describing the former president as a “hard worker” who ran his multi-billion dollar enterprise like a small family business. It may have caused some eyes to roll, but Hicks’ commitment to the Trump brand is also what made her emotional testimony last week in the Republican candidate’s criminal trial all the more damning: here was a loyal aide – one who has never been the target of a late-night Truth Social rant – backing up the prosecution’s argument that a hush payment to an adult film star, unreported in campaign finance documents, was meant to influence the 2016 election. “It’s really devastating,” as criminal defense attorney David Oscar Markus said on CNN over the weekend. “She’s an ally of Trump and is seen as someone who still is loyal to Trump in many ways. So when she’s up there and crying, it’s really tough on the …

Robert De Niro Drops Single F-Bomb To Devastating Effect In Latest Attack On Trump

Robert De Niro Drops Single F-Bomb To Devastating Effect In Latest Attack On Trump

[ad_1] Robert De Niro is no stranger to dropping F-bombs and harsh truths when it comes to former US president Donald Trump. But in a new interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, the Oscar-winning actor offered a more somber analysis (involving just one curse word) to make his predictions of a potential second Trump presidency even more chilling. De Niro — who has previously called Trump “so fucking stupid,” “a fucking moron,” “evil” and a con man— described the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as “genuinely a sick person who somehow has been allowed into our system”. “I’m tired of calling him names,” he told the host. “He just can’t be anywhere near the office of the presidency.” De Niro said he would never portray Trump because there’s “not one redeeming thing in him that I can see, ever, ever.” “It’s fucking scary. Excuse my French,” he said, lobbing the single F-bomb of the chat. President Joe Biden is “the right guy”, and “we don’t have a choice, and I say that in a very good way,” …

The battle against IVF isn’t protecting children. It’s devastating families

The battle against IVF isn’t protecting children. It’s devastating families

[ad_1] Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter When you’re a teenager, you have a basic understanding of how you came into the world. You don’t tend to ask your parents questions about your conception. At least, I didn’t because I wasn’t inclined to die of mortification. Growing up, I’d only heard that my parents had tried for a child for a long time, so when my 70-something-year-old grandmother made a passing comment about how I’d had a twin in the womb, I took it as another one of her jokes. Offbeat and out there, but classic grandma. I mentioned what she had said off-handedly to my mother as we were driving on the 405 Freeway, when I noticed that she had frozen in place. When I asked what was wrong, she paused and then told me: “I was planning on telling you when I was ready.” I was shell-shocked as …

a devastating look at reality TV’s cruellest experiment

a devastating look at reality TV’s cruellest experiment

[ad_1] It sounded like a dream opportunity: a reality TV show set in a luxury villa in Ibiza, with six men competing to woo a beautiful woman and win £10,000. That was the premise of There’s Something About Miriam, a Sky One series aired in 2004. “Are you ready for the sexual adventure of a lifetime?” read the newspaper ad. But there was a sting in the tail. After choosing the winner in the final episode, Miriam revealed that she was actually a pre-operative transsexual. Or, as presenter Tim Vincent put it: “As much Arthur as Martha, from the waist down she’s a man.” Yes, he really did say that. It was as low as reality television could go. Miriam: Death of a Reality Star (Channel 4) revisits this sorry saga over three episodes. The title gives away what happened to Miriam Rivera, the young trans woman who was turned into an object of fascination and scorn for the sake of ratings. The story is a desperately sad one, and you may be shedding tears …