Amber Heard has asked a Virginia judge to throw out her losing verdict against Johnny Depp and order a new court case, claiming the judgment wasn't supported by evidence during the trial. Lawyers for the 36-year-old Aquaman star set out a 43-page motion, claiming Depp "proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms Heard's statements were actually false". Calling the verdict "excessive", the document went on: "Ms Heard respectfully requests this court to set aside the jury verdict in favour of Mr Depp and against Ms Heard in its entirety, dismiss the complaint, or in the alternative, order a new trial." The court case came to an end on 1 June, with the jury finding that a 2018 article Heard wrote for The Washington Post , about her alleged experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse, was defamatory towards 59-year-old Depp. The jury of five men and two women reached the verdict unanimously, saying Depp had proven all the … [Read more...] about Amber Heard calls for new libel trial against Johnny Depp after losing multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit
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Valeria Perasso Published 2 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "We have a lot of yams, we just need buyers," says Rosalina Ballesteros. In Montes de Maria, the hilly region on the northern coast of Colombia where she lives and works, they had a particularly good harvest this year - but demand is low and yams are rotting. So the community put out a call for help - via YouTube. "We want to invite you to buy yams and help us," says the farmer in a 40-second video that went viral in Colombia. "Yams are good for arthritis, for constipation and during the menopause," her fellow female farmers-turned-YouTubers add enthusiastically, marketing their produce. Farmer Ainagul Abdrakhmanova, a 32-year-old mother-of-five, also asked for support, but in her case from a women's self-help group that gathers in her remote mountainous village in central Kyrgystan. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Are rural women smashing the glass ceiling of agriculture?
An AutoZone worker claimed in a viral video that he was locked inside his place of work with a colleague after the lock was "messed up." TikTok user @duff_matteo_alex gained over 300,000 views on his video showing the aftermath of allegedly being locked inside of an AutoZone store in Dallas. AutoZone is the largest retailer of aftermarket automotive parts in America with over 6,000 stores across the United States. "So apparently we're locked inside of the store. I was trying to leave and the door won't open—the lock is messed up," he explained, showing his failed attempt to open the glass doors. After taking a large sigh and spinning around, the AutoZone worker turned to his colleague and joked: "Looks like me and Tyler are spending the night." "Hope you like cuddling," Tyler responded jokingly. In a second video shared to his TikTok account, the AutoZone worker explained their plan of action to freed themselves. "I'm trusting Tyler to climb out of the window and … [Read more...] about AutoZone worker says he was locked inside after hours: “Spending the night”
A woman posted a now-viral video showing the remnants of her beach bag that she said was torched by the sun on a hot day in Greece. Eva Bacchoo posted the clip on her TikTok account @evabacchoo on June 24, and it has since amassed more than one million views. "Just to give you a rough idea of how hot it currently is in Crete, my bag just set itself on fire," Bacchoo said. According to California Casualty, an insurance company, an "ordinary fire" involves paper, wood, clothing, trash or plastic. "This type of fire may occur if you knock over a candle or get a spark from the fireplace," a piece published by the organization stated. "Unlike the other fires, these do respond well to water." If a fire extinguisher is not readily available, the organization recommended filling a bucket with water and dousing the flames. Bacchoo showed what her bag looked like after she managed to extinguish it. "I started smelling burning and I thought, 'Oh, weird,'" she said. "I turned … [Read more...] about Woman’s bag allegedly catches on fire in Greece due to scorching sun
By R.W.GORDON THE movie at Camp Dehabilitation was packed, largely because the commanding officer had caused mess call to be sounded early and unit commanders had marched the resulting formations over in a body. The strays herded late into the front seats were those the MP’s had rounded up at the slop chute and Post Exchange. A captain, with enough ribbons on his chest to stifle incipient jeers, strode from the wings to the exact center of the stage, where he was handed a microphone by a corporal with a crew haircut. He said words into this microphone, to wit: — “The movie tonight, men, will be Hollywood Canteen. I know most of you have seen this picture, and that all of you except the adolescent autograph hounds are going to gag on a second dose of it, which is why we brought you over here before chow. You will consider this picture a training film, and will pay strict attention. Company officers will hold school in this subject upon your return to barracks. “We’ve got to … [Read more...] about Civilians: Our Next Problem
By Saroj Singh Published 11 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Contraception is a taboo topic in India - resulting in high fertility rates. In Bihar, one of the country's poorest states, women have an average of three or more children. But in a remote village, one woman is trying to change that. "Yes, I use contraception," says Nirma Devi, a 29-year-old married mother of two. "During my period, I use the red pills and otherwise the black ones. I know it has no side effects." It's a sensational statement for a woman from Barachatti village in the Gaya district of Bihar. When she got married 11 years ago, any attempt at discussing contraception with married women or her in-laws was snubbed. The open discussion of contraception between men and women is not acceptable here, and women are only supposed to talk about it behind closed doors. Which is why … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Breaking the contraception taboo in India
Published 4 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Dr Stacie Grossman Bloom is a neuroscientist who has three daughters. She also has a successful career at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. She has examined the role that neuroscience can play in boosting confidence. This is particularly useful to many women who need exactly that, she writes as part of this year's 100 Women Challenge . Confidence is something that many women want, but don't know how to get. Yet, we need to embrace our abilities and our value and have self-esteem to be successful. Without it, we are less likely to seek promotion, speak up in meetings, and rise into leadership positions. This ultimately has an enormous impact, as study after study shows that having women at work in positions of power correlates with profitability, more collaborative environments, and improved problem solving. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Can we wire our brains for confidence?
Published 27 September 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The BBC's award-winning 100 Women news season is back and breaking new ground. So far just the first 60 names have been announced, including Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and England footballer Steph Houghton. The other 40 will be added during the season this October. The annual series - which shines a light at issues affecting women all over the world - is this year encouraging women to make a change. The line-up also includes performance poet Rupi Kaur, acid attack survivor Resham Khan and dancer and TV star Jin Xing. Seemingly endless stories of harassment, inequality, and simply less visibility in many spheres of society, can feel depressing and disempowering. So we are asking the women in this year's season to create innovations to tackle some of … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Can women change the world in a week?
Published 4 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet... if there are any girls out there that stayed up late to watch - I may become the next woman president, but one of you is next." The words of Hillary Clinton on becoming the Democrat nominee in July 2016. In the end she failed to smash the ceiling, but Hillary Clinton's choice of election night venue was anything but coincidental. The Javits Center is thought to have the biggest glass ceiling in New York City, and would have been the perfect setting for her to become the first woman president in US history. BBC 100 Women 2017 BBC 100 Women 2017: Who is on the list? Can women change the world in a week? But Mrs Clinton's defeat bucked the trend - the number of elected women in power globally has doubled over the past decade. … [Read more...] about 100 Women: Do female leaders improve women’s lives?
Valeria Perasso Published 9 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing In a textbook for students in Tanzania, boys are strong and athletic, while girls just look proud of their pretty frilly dresses. In a primary school reader in Haiti, pupils learn that mothers "take care of the kids and prepare the food" as fathers work "in an office". There's a Pakistani illustrated book where all politicians, authoritative and powerful, are male. In Turkey, a cartoon of a boy shows him dreaming of becoming a doctor. Meanwhile a girl imagines herself as a future bride in white gown. The list goes on - and knows no geographical boundaries. Gender bias is rife in primary school learning books and can be found, in a strikingly similar form, on every continent, various experts say. It is a problem "hidden in plain sight". "There are stereotypes of … [Read more...] about 100 Women: ‘We can’t teach girls of the future with books of the past’