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Blac Chyna loses defamation suit against Kardashian Jenner clan

Blac Chyna has previously claimed that the Kardashian-Jenner family had ruined her career by convincing the TV bosses to cancel her show ‘Rob & Chyna’, however, in recent events, the famous Kardashian-Jenner family have come out of the case “worth a reported $100m (£79.9m), victorious and with no damages awarded”.

On Monday the 2nd of May, the jury found that none of the members of the popular family had defamed Chyna, though they had acted in “bad faith”. Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner – all four defendants – took to the stand at various points during the nine-day trial at Los Angeles’ Superior Courthouse.

Blac Chyna alleged that ‘Rob & Chyna’, which aired on the E! network for one season in 2016 “chronicling the life of the former couple as they prepared for the birth of their daughter”, had been cancelled after the Kardashian-Jenner family “falsely told TV bosses she had violently attacked him [Rob]”.

However, the executives from the E! network testified and revealed that that the series had ended because their relationship had ended, it was not because of any actions taken by the Kardashian-Jenner family. Although, they “were not justified in telling the makers of ‘Rob & Chyna’ that Chyna abused their son and her partner Rob… but they found that it had no substantial effect on Chyna’s contract or the show not being renewed, so no damages were awarded”.

Gloucestershire councillors vote for slavery statue removal

Stroud District Councillors have backed the plans to remove a “racist” 18th century clock and figurine of a black slave boy from Blackboy House in Stroud; the full council meeting was held less than a week ago. This comes after the councillors led a review of street and building names, monuments and others after residents raised concerns “in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020”.

More than 1,600 people have responded to the review which put forward suggestions to consider renaming Blackboy House, remove the figurine and offer it to The Museum in the Park collection, as well as review the street name Blackboys in Dursley. 

Although this process can lead to the removal of the Blackboy clock and statue in Stroud, it is not straightforward, as the clock is in private ownership and is listed building planning consent will be necessary in order to remove it. 

Councillor Natalie Bennett, who proposed the council to take on the recommendations, said, “The worldwide Black Lives Matter protests in June 2020 rightly highlighted the ongoing injustice and discrimination experienced by people across the world. One important issue that arose was the appropriateness of commemoration of people and events from history and their relevance today. This council committed to consult with our communities and undertake a review of any street and building name, statues and architectural features in the district which may be considered offensive.”

Survey reveals that half of UK single men only wash bedsheets every four months 

A recent study shows that a high number of single men only change and wash their bedsheets every four months; this study was carried out on 2,250 adult men over the age of 18 by Pizuna Linens.

The results not only show that men have a significantly worse hygiene than women when it comes to bedding, but also that it changes completely once they are in relationships, meaning the women either have an influence or they are simply taking charge.

45% of single men in the UK do not change their bedding for up to four months, 12% of single men said they change it when they remember (so it could be even longer than four months!). 25% of single men wash their bedding every two weeks, which compared to the 62% percent of women washing and changing their bedsheets at the same frequency is not much.

Sky Sports reporter Chris Kamara to leave after 24 years

At the end of the 2021/22 football season, Chris Kamara, the 24-year veteran, will be leaving Sky Sports, as revealed by multiple sources. He also worked on Soccer AM and Goals on Sunday during his time with Sky Sports, thought Sky Sports reports that it will be “the funny moments on Soccer Saturday with presenter Jeff Stelling that Kammy [Chris Kamara] is most fondly remembered”.

He said, “My long career at Sky Sports has never felt like work. I’ve spent 24 terrific years at Sky, and leave with the best of memories. My time on Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday and, of course, on Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been – to coin a phrase – unbelievable. I’ve had the time of my life, and look forward to tuning in every Saturday as a fan.”

A statement from Sky Sports said, “After 24 brilliant years at Sky Sports, including many years as a star of Soccer Saturday, Chris Kamara is leaving the show at the end of the season. The Soccer Saturday show paid tribute to him this afternoon, and he leaves with our thanks and very best wishes.”

Moreover, the Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes, said, “Kammy has been a Sky Sports star. Everyone has a favourite Kammy anecdote or highlight, and the tribute we paid to him on air this afternoon really shows the special place he has in the hearts of our viewers. We’ve been so lucky to have him, and he will always be part of the Sky Sports football family.”

Little Mix album “Between Us” is the most streamed Spotify album by a girl group 

The popular musicians Little Mix have set yet another record by surpassing five billion streams on Spotify in 2020, making them the most streamed girl group on the platform.

They have even managed to reach a position higher than other famous girl groups such as the Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, TLC, and Girls Aloud, according to The Shade Borough. 

Siblings with four children together are fighting to make incest legal

Two siblings, Patrick Syuebing and his younger sister Susan Karolewski, reunited after more than 20 years, fell in love, and had four children together; they now call for an end to laws banning them for the incest relationship.

The two had been separated after Patrick was moved into a foster home in “the then” East Germany when he was attacked by their father. After six months since they reunited, the then 23-year-old Susan, “who is mentally disabled, started sharing a bedroom [with her brother] after the death of their mother, Ana Marie”.

They now have four children, “two of whom are severely disabled”, and they vowed in 2001 to change Germany’s laws in order to make sex legal between siblings. They took this to the Court of Human Rights in 2012.

Patrick has served two jail sentences for incest charges in this time, and it has been reported by Mail Online that Patrick said, “We do not feel guilty about what has happened between us. We want the law which makes incest a crime to be abolished. I became head of the family and I had to protect my sister. She is very sensitive but we helped each other during this very difficult period and eventually that relationship became physical. We didn’t even know we were doing anything wrong when we started sleeping together. We didn’t think about using a condom. We didn’t know it was illegal to sleep together. Our mother would not have approved, but the only ones who should judge us now is us.”

Russian state media threatens to wipe out UK with nuclear tsunami

Dmitry Kiselyov used his Sunday night show urging Vladimir Putin to call for an attack on the UK “with a Poseidon underwater drone that he said would trigger a 1,600 ft radioactive tidal wave” that will “plunge Britain to the depths of the ocean”. He claimed that the drone has a “capacity for a warhead of up to 100 megatons” that would “raise a giant wave, a tsunami, up to 1,640ft high”.

According to the Daily Mail, Dmitry Kiselyov was speaking against a background graphic of showing UK being erased from the world map. He said, “This tidal wave is also a carrier of extremely high doses of radiation. Surging over Britain, it will turn whatever is left of them into radioactive desert, unusable for anything. How do you like this prospect?”

He further threatened Britain with an attack by ‘Sarmat 2’, Russia’s latest nuclear missile that was tested by Putin a fortnight ago, which he claimed could destroy the country with a single impact. “[Their] island is so small that one Sarmat missile is enough to drown it once and for all. [It] is capable of destroying an area the size of Texas or England. A single launch, Boris, and there is no England anymore.”

The threats are believed to be a result of the strong support for Ukraine, “which has seen it move further and faster than other European nations in delivering arms to Kyiv to help in the fight against Russia and has seen Mr Johnson twice visit the Ukrainian capital to show his support”.

Billy Connolly to receive BAFTA fellowship

The 79-year-old comedian, Billy Connolly, known as the Big Yin, will be celebrated for a career spanning more than five decades at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May. The BAFTA fellowship is the highest special honour and award given to recognise outstanding and exceptional contribution in film, games, or television.

Billy Connolly was knighted back in 2017 for services to entertainment and charity, and he was previously diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013; however, as he spoke of the honour of the BAFTA fellowship, he said that he does not let his Parkinson’s disease dictate who he is. He has retired from live performances since 2018, but has continued to record programmes and make television appearances.

It has been reported that Billy Connolly will not be able to attend the award ceremony in person but has recorded an acceptance message for the show. He told BAFTA, “Doing the same thing you’ve always done is good for you. I don’t let the Parkinson’s dictate who I am – I just get on with it. I’ve had a very successful career and I have no regrets at all.”

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