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Winnie Mandela anti-apartheid leader and former wife of Nelson Mandela has died

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81   South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. Obituary: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Naomie Harris: ‘Winnie Mandela had an awful time’ Family spokesman Victor Dlamini said Mrs Mandela “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year. Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu praised her as a “defining symbol of the struggle against apartheid”. “Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” he added. Media captionThe BBC’s Mike Wooldridge watches as Nelson Mandela was released from prison President Cyril Ramaphosa – who Mrs Madikizela-Mandela praised earlier this year – is expected to visit the family home this evening, African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe said. He added: “With the departure of Mama Winnie, [we have lost] one of the very few who are left of our stalwarts and icons. She was one of those who would tell us exactly what is wrong and right, and we are going to be missing that guidance.” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, reading out a statement on behalf of the family, paid tribute to “a... read more

Shri Thanedar now leads Whitmer in polls for Governor, despite endorsements from Mike Duggan and Rep Brenda Lawrence for her

Posted By Tom Perkins on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 2:01 PM the article appeared in the Metrotimes Tom Perkins Shri Thanedar at Metro Times’ office. A new Marketing Resource Group poll finds progressive candidate Shri Thanedar holding a 3-percentage point lead over Gretchen Whitmer in the Democratic primary for governor, with Thanedar polling at 21 percent and Whitmer at 18 percent. That’s a dramatic change from MRG’s last poll in September, which put Whitmer ahead of Thanedar by 24 points. A February Epic-MRA poll had Whitmer leading Thanedar by 10 points. The latest poll also has former Detroit Health Department director Abdul El-Sayed in third at 10 percent, and Livonia businessman Bill Cobbs at 3 percent. Also a surprise is how grim Detroit looks for Whitmer. Despite an endorsement from Mayor Mike Duggan, she’s polling at just 9 percent, is trailing Thanedar by 18 points, and is behind El-Sayed by five points. However, though the poll is good news for Thanedar and he has the highest name recognition among Democratic candidates at 45 percent, 48 percent of Democratic voters MRG surveyed are undecided. (watch guest appearance by Shri Thanedar on Dr John Telford Show on detiptv.com playlist) Whitmer, a former Ingham County prosecutor and the state’s former Senate minority leader is viewed as the establishment candidate, has grabbed endorsements from several major unions, and has executives at health care giant Blue Cross raising corporate cash for her campaign. Thanedar bills himself as an insurgent candidate who’s running a more progressive campaign with proposals like legalizing pot and using the money to fix the roads, implementing a $15 per hour minimum wage,... read more

Study show Humans (Africans) bred with other species besides Neanderthals and Denisovans

Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 16, 2018 at 7:26 am | UPDATED: March 16, 2018 at 7:38 am By Ben Guarino | The Washington Post We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild tangles of hair, and Hollywood reduces them to grunting unsophisticates. Their skulls suggest broad faces, tiny chins and jutting brows. But to mock Neanderthals is to mock ourselves: Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia. DNA from another humanlike primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too. A molar and a chip of pinkie bone found in a Siberian cave provide what little information we have about this species. DNA extracted from the fragments previously revealed cross-species breeding. Yet a new study in the journal Cell shows that the ancient hanky-panky did not stop in Siberia: Humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a separate group of Denisovans as well. “This is a breakthrough paper,” said David Reich, who studies ancient DNA at Harvard University and was not involved with the study. “It’s a definite third interbreeding event,” one that adds to the previously known Denisovan and Neanderthal mixtures. Humans and Neanderthals divided into separate groups as far back as 765,000 years ago. Denisovans and Neanderthals were closer cousins who split more recently and then vanished – perhaps because we absorbed their lineages. A team of scientists, led... read more

Black Panther shows no one has more culture and tradition than Africa

  ta Nyong’o, and Florence Kasumba (Photo: Marvel Studios) reprint from Yahoo   Oscar-nominated designer Ruth Carter takes us on a guided tour of her exquisite fashions and explains their authentic African origins. Even before Black Panther premiered in theaters, costume designer Ruth Carter saw her Instagram feed blowing up with fans emulating the film’s style. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Director Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking film is easily the best-looking Marvel movie to date, in large part because of Carter’s dazzling vision of fashion in Wakanda. Carter’s prestigious résumé includes Oscar-nominated designs for Malcolm X and Amistad, along with costumes for beloved films like Selma, Serenity, and Love & Basketball. But Black Panther presented a unique challenge: creating the look of an African society that was both untouched by Western influences and more technologically advanced than any nation in the world. As Carter told Yahoo Entertainment, she turned to ancient African tribal designs for her inspiration, then remixed those elements to create a futuristic, cutting-edge fashion aesthetic that, not incidentally, makes everyone in the movie look fabulous. It’s no wonder the film is already showing its influence on the fashion world. Carter spoke to Yahoo about creating the film’s many distinct tribal looks, her source for the royal family’s stunning jewelry, the inspiration behind Michael B. Jordan’s sexy Killmonger street look, and the secret superhero element she worked into Letitia Wright’s Shuri wardrobe. Yahoo Entertainment: The concept of Wakanda as an African nation that was never colonized by the Dutch or British is so powerful. How did that inform your design choices? Ruth Carter: I discovered so many things... read more

Cable cord cutters say they are happy with move

By Jon Lafayette   jlafayette AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreMore133 Cord cutters say they are saving an average of $115 per month, according to a new survey, which also found that within five years more than half of current cable customers doubt they’ll still subscribe to traditional pay TV. At a time when pay-TV subscribers are eroding, the poll, conducted by personal finance website LendEdu, indicates things may not be getting any easier for the traditional TV business. In the poll, 58% of cord-cutters said they cut the cord because their  TV cable subscription was too expensive, 21.2% said they used their cable subscription less because of streaming services and 11.8% said their cable subscription didn’t provide the content they wanted. The survey puts the average cost of traditional pay TV services at $116.93 per month. A smaller number of cord cutters, 4%, said the resented the “greed” of cable companies. The vast majority of cord cutters, 71.6% said they used streaming services before dropping cable. The average cord cutter in the survey had 2.77 streaming subscriptions before cancelling traditional pay TV. The cord cutters said they paid $33.74 per month on streaming before cutting the cord. After cutting the cord, they spent $35.33 on streaming services. On top of that, 34.4% of cord cutter said the also used online subscriptions that weren’t there’s and that they didn’t pay for. That password sharing was saving them about $51.38 per month. Of those subscribing to pay-TV, 79.8% said the subscribed to at least one streaming service. They subscribed to an average of 2.5% streaming services and... read more

America is most murderous country in the world by a wide margin. Why?

Why the U.S. is No. 1 — in mass shootings By Melissa Healy Aug 24, 2015 | 3:48 PM Since 1966, mass shootings have occurred in the United States at a rate five times higher than in the Philippines, the country that ranked second in mass shootings, says a new study, which explores why the U.S. so outstrips other countries in such crimes. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press) The United States is, by a long shot, the global leader in mass shootings, claiming just 5% of the global population but an outsized share — 31% — of the world’s mass shooters since 1966, a new study finds. The Philippines, Russia, Yemen and France — all countries that can claim a substantial share of the 291 documented mass shootings between 1966 and 2012 — collectively didn’t even come close to the United States. And what makes the United States such a fertile incubator for mass shooters? A comprehensive analysis of the perpetrators, their motives and the national contexts for their actions suggests that several factors have conspired to create in the United States a potent medium for fostering large-scale murder. Those factors include a chronic and widespread gap between Americans’ expectations for themselves and their actual achievement, Americans’ adulation of fame, and the extent of gun ownership in the United States. Set those features against a circumstance the United States shares with many other countries — a backdrop of poorly managed mental illness — and you have a uniquely volatile brew, the new study says. With those conclusions, University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford set out to illuminate the... read more

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