New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the presidential race, rounding the number of Democratic candidates to an even two dozen. Mayors of the largest city in the U.S. tend not to do well on the national stage — just ask President Trump's current lawyer and failed 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani. But de Blasio is hoping that he will be able to stand out from the myriad other contenders, and not just because he is the tallest candidate in the race at 6'4".His campaign slogan, "Working People First," echoes the populist message that catapulted him to the mayoralty in 2013, when he was the clear underdog in the Democratic primary. His interracial family, which was featured in advertisements in the 2013 race, could be an asset for a white man in a race full of white men. And de Blasio does have a real, concrete progressive accomplishment implemented during his tenure: universal pre-K for all children in New York City. The question for de Blasio is … [Read more...] about Why is Bill de Blasio running for president? Why not
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OXFORD University's second boat has one of the most interesting names in sport. But even though the name Isis is now better known for the fundamentalist Islamic State, Oxford University Boat Club are refusing to contemplate a name change. Here is everything you need to know about Oxford and Cambridge's second crews and the Isis Goldie Race.Why is Oxford's second boat called Isis? Isis received its name in 1965 before the first ever Reserve Boat Race against Cambridge. The crew are named after a stretch of the River Thames that runs through Oxford and is known locally as the River Isis. Other businesses in the city named after the river, such as the former Isis Estate Agent, have changed their names, but the university boat club are unlikely to follow suit. Have Oxford University considered changing the name? The university has been defiant when questioned about the name in light of the rise of the Islamic State. In 2014, the Oxford's director of sport, Jon Roycroft, … [Read more...] about Boat Race 2019: Why is Oxford’s second boat called Isis and why’s Cambridge’s called Goldie?
WOODY Allen became a well-known figure in the 1950s, but recently the Hollywood director has been in the spotlight for his feuding with Amazon. But why is the 83-year-old suing the company and why did they drop his latest film? Here's what we know. Why is Woody Allen suing Amazon? Wood Allen is suing Amazon Studios for allegedly breaching their contract by refusing to distribute his latest film. The 83-year-old American director is seeking more than £52million in damages. Allen claims the studio backed out after discussing "the negative publicity and reputation harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations". Why did they drop A Rainy Day in New York? Amazon allegedly dropped the movie deal amid claims he molested his adopted daughter. Amazon Studios Associate General Counsel Ajay Patel said the deal became “untenable” because of “supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing … [Read more...] about Why is Woody Allen suing Amazon and why did they drop A Rainy Day in New York?
According to the latest demographic forecast, Russia’s population will decrease by almost 10 million by 2050. Experts, however, say this is a “quite optimistic” forecast, and that the drop will in fact be even more dramatic. Will the British outnumber the Russians by the end of the century? The demographic forecast presented at the Gaidar Forum, a huge gathering of experts named after the head of the first post-Soviet government, estimated Russia’s population in 2050 as dropping to around 137 million from current 146 million. This forecast, however, which was made as part of collaboration between the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Federal Statistics Service, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, is not the gloomiest. The UN’s forecast estimates the population in 2050 dropping to 132 million. And even that is not the worst scenario. “The pessimistic trajectory that we saw 10 years ago … [Read more...] about Why is Russia’s population destined for a sharp decline?
I was on the phone, going through my personal details. We came to the section about my relationship status, and the man asked if I was married, single, divorced, etc. I hesitated, saying: “I’m dating someone, does that count?”, and he answered, “don’t worry about your boyfriend, we’ll put you down as single for the purposes of this form.”His use of the word ‘boyfriend’ registered with me. I could have been gay or bi-sexual and dating a woman. He assumed I was straight, because he assumed heterosexuality as the default position. That reminded me of a panel discussion on gender I took part in last year.The other three participants were men (one of whom was a person of colour). The moderator was also a man. In the waiting room before the panel began, an older woman struck up a conversation with me, even though I was trying to go through my notes at the time. Afterwards she apologised. “I’m so sorry,” she said, … [Read more...] about Why is it so impossible to understand when people ask you to use certain language to describe their lives, experiences, gender?