Wednesday, October 27, 2021

‘Coordinated harassment campaign’ targeted Meghan Markle, Harry: report

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue to receive backlash more than a year after  they settled in the US after stepping down from their royal duties.

A new analytics report said that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were targeted in a coordinated Twitter campaign rife with “racist coded language”.

The report released by Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel on Tuesday said around 70 percent of hateful comments about the couple originated from just 83 accounts.

The report, according to People.com, analyzed 114,000 tweets related to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“Using internal and 3rd party analytic tools, we estimate a combined unique potential reach of 17,000,000 users,” the report stated.

“We used friend/follower connections, retweets, and mentions to identify accounts that were part of the same hate network. Our research revealed these accounts were brazenly coordinating on the platform, and at least one account was openly recruiting people to join their hate initiative on Twitter.”

It said Twitter suspended several accounts for targeting the couple but they were deploying tactics to avoid suspension, with some users adding “parody” in their profiles”.

“Others would use racist coded language about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to avoid detection,” Bot Sentinel said in the report. “We also observed several accounts either lock or completely deactivate their profiles to preserve their accounts.”

Source: The News

Will Baldwin shooting lead to criminal charges or lawsuits?

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As the chain of events that led to actor Alec Baldwin fatally shooting a cinematographer becomes clearer, the question remains: who, if anyone, will be held responsible for the death of Halyna Hutchins?

No arrests have been made, but prosecutors have not yet ruled out criminal charges against those involved in the tragedy that struck the set of low-budget Western film “Rust” in New Mexico last Thursday.

Legal experts told AFP that in theory, prosecutors could explore two avenues for charging Baldwin: as the actor who pulled the trigger during a rehearsal or as a producer of the film.

While many facts about the shooting have not yet been established, all agreed that Baldwin is unlikely to be seen as criminally liable for discharging the weapon.

Baldwin was handed the gun by assistant director Dave Halls, who announced that the weapon was safe, using the industry lingo “cold gun.”

“He appears to have reasonably believed that this was not a loaded weapon,” said University of Southern California law professor Gregory Keating.

Involuntary manslaughter would require proof of reckless conduct.

“Alec Baldwin does not appear to have a whole lot of liability… the further you get from the person who´s in charge of the gun, the less likely,” criminal defense lawyer Richard Kaplan, of Kaplan Marino, told AFP.

Baldwin has said in a statement that he is “fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred.”

Meanwhile, “Rust” has 12 credited producers and executive producers, including Baldwin.

In Hollywood, such a title can mean anything from the person with ultimate authority on set to someone who helped to raise money early on in a movie´s production.

It is not yet clear which of those dozen individuals was making on-the-ground decisions about hiring crew and enforcing safety conditions, or the extent of Baldwin´s role in those outcomes.

The production company has not responded to repeated AFP requests for comment.

“I personally feel [Baldwin] would probably be too far removed,” said Kaplan.

“When you´re an A-list actor generally, and you get a producer´s credit, it doesn´t mean you have enhanced responsibilities of a line producer… it´s really just for economic reasons.”

“He just looks like a passive investor as a producer,” agreed Keating.

´Not personal´ 

Separate from the criminal investigation, the experts said it is highly likely that Hutchins´ family and director Joel Souza, who was also injured in the shooting, will sue.

Lawsuits would likely target the film´s production company, Baldwin and the other producers, as well as “anybody who remotely came into contact with the gun,” said legal consultant Bryan Sullivan.

“I anticipate that everybody´s going to be sued,” he said.

Baldwin is likely to be named in any civil action because of his deep pockets, and because his fame would help draw media coverage, according to Sullivan.

“I doubt the assistant director has substantial wealth, so a plaintiff´s lawyer would definitely want to name Alec Baldwin to get the money in there,” he added.

But legal experts pointed to others involved in the tragedy who could potentially be named, including armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and Halls.

The role of armorer involves supplying and keeping weapons safe on set, ensuring that they are accounted for at all times, and locked away when not in use.

Entertainment trade website The Wrap reported that crew members had been using the weapons just hours before Hutchins was killed.

Neither Gutierrez-Reed nor Halls could be reached for comment.

Beyond those handling the weapons, the apparent failure of any producer to address on-set safety concerns means all involved are “getting opened up to liability for their own negligence,” said Keating.

“Rust” crew members had complained about lax on-set protocols, and a gun was mistakenly fired at least twice on set in the days before Hutchins´ death, multiple US outlets reported.

Ultimately, for any lawyer representing the family of the deceased, the target of the civil action is “not personal,” said Kaplan.

“They´re just trying to get as much as they can for the family.” AFP

Source: The News

Prince Harry ‘very worried’ over Queen Elizabeth’s health

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Prince Harry is reportedly very worried following news that his grandmother Queen Elizabeth was admitted to the hospital earlier this month.

According to US Weekly, the Duke of Sussex is feeling “hopeless” as he is far away in the US while the Queen is in the UK.

“He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito, [California,] and has been checking-in non-stop with her,” the insider said.

It is also said that Harry, who made the move across the world with his wife Meghan Markle, stills “feels guilty about not saying goodbye” to his late grandfather Prince Philip, who passed away in April.

“[He] would never forgive himself if the same thing happened with his beloved grandmother,”the source said.

According to the source, Harry is “hoping to go back home for Christmas with Meghan, if not before so that she can finally get to meet [her great granddaughter] Lilibet and see [great grandson] Archie again.”

Source: The News

Take a look at Halyna Hutchins’ last photo before tragic death

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Allegedly what is said to be the last photo of Halyna Hutchins is making rounds on the internet.

The late cinematographer, who was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin on the movie set Rust, was snapped working.

The 42-year-old was seen dressed in a white beanie with a pair of headphones with her back to the camera while Alec was seen standing in costume.

The photo was shared by the film’s chief electrician, Serge Svetnoy, who previously worked with her.

Serge recalled that he had “her blood was on my hands” as he held her as she was dying.

In a post on Facebook, he pinned the blame on producers for her death and called out “negligence and unprofessionalism” of the armorers.

He added that the picture was “the last photo with Halyna on set”.

Take a look:

Take a look at Halyna Hutchins last photo before tragic death

Source: The News

EVMs will deprive 3.2mn visually impaired voters of right to vote: Shibli

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz Wednesday said that 3.2 million visually impaired people will not be able to cast a vote in the next general elections if Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are used.

Faraz drew attention to the matter through a written response to MNA Noreen Farooq Ibrahim’s question.

He informed the National Assembly in his reply that the EVMs don’t have the braille feature for the visually impaired people to cast a vote.

“The new directive must be issued to the Election Commission if we need to bring this feature to the EVMs’ system,” said Faraz.

He further stated in his reply that some of the polling stations will not even have ramps for people with disabilities.

There has been a heated debate between the government, the Opposition, and other stakeholders over the use of EVMs, with the Centre claiming it is a way forward to make the elections in the country transparent.

It is pertinent to mention that Faraz has always emphasised why the country should shift to the new method of polling under the government-backed electoral reforms.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the next general elections would be held through the EVMs at all costs.

“We will give overseas Pakistanis the right to vote, therefore, they should be ready,” the premier said while addressing PTI’s core committee on Thursday.

During the meeting, the premier directed the committee members to complete the ongoing development projects soon and inform people in their respective constituencies about the progress.

The prime minister, shedding light on other matters, said: “Inflation is a worldwide issue and Pakistan has less inflation as compared to other countries.”

Since the development of EVMs, Faraz has been vouching that the “EVMs cannot be hacked”. He has reiterated on multiple occasions that EVMs are the “best” solution to rigging in elections.

Source: Such tv

Two soldiers martyred as military intercepts terrorists at Pak-Afghan border

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At least two soldiers of Frontier Corps (FC) embraced martyrdom when the troops intercepted terrorists attempting to cross the fence along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Kurram district, the military said.

According to Inter Services Public relations (ISPR), the incident occurred on the night between October 26 and 27. “Troops initiated a prompt response and thwarted the attempted illegal crossing by engaging the terrorists,” it added.

The ISPR said that during the intense fire exchange, 24-year-old Lance Naik Asad from Kurram and 21-year-old Sepoy Asif from Lakki Marwat embraced martyrdom.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that interim Afghan government will not allow such activities against Pakistan, in future,” the statement from the military’s media wing read.

It further said that Pakistan Army is determined to guard Pakistan’s frontiers against the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve.

In a similar incident in May, at least one army soldier sustained injuries when terrorists from Afghanistan opened fire from across the border on a military post in Bajaur district.

In the same month, at least four personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were martyred while six others were injured in a terrorist attack in Balochistan’s Zhob district.

The FC troopers were part of a fencing party working on the Pak-Afghan border when they came under attack from Afghanistan.

“[The attack took place] today during [a] fencing activity in Manzakai sector, district Zhob, Balochistan along [the] Pak-Afghan border,” read a statement from the ISPR.

“Terrorists from across Afghanistan ambushed FC troops moving for fencing. 4 FC soldiers embraced shahadat while 6 got injured. FC troops responded promptly,” the communiqué added.

Source: Such tv

Olivia Rodrigo recalls her ‘ meetup’ with Joe Biden at White House

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Olivia Rodrigo recalls her ‘ meetup’ with Joe Biden at White House 

Olivia Rodrigo opened up on receiving some ‘ strange’ gifts from the US President Joe Biden during her visit to the White House in July.

The Singer had visited the White House to spread awareness and urged the younger generation to take their COVID 19 jabs.

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the Good 4 U singer said, “ Everyone was kind to me including the President and Dr Fauci.”

She added, “I was scared I was going to sneeze and break a priceless artefact. It was crazy. But I walked out, didn’t break anything. Thank God.”

“He gave me some strange gifts including M&M’s and a shoehorn. Well, if you ever thought Joe Biden was too old to be president. Now we know he is, giving out shoehorns.”

Rodrigo attended the event clad in style, white platforms with a pink tweed skirt suit. 

Source: The News

Common men made decisions when PPP was in power: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari

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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Wednesday said that decisions related to the country were made by the common men during the PPP’s stint in power.

The statement was made during Bilawal’s address to party workers at one of the events organised by the PPP in Larkana.

“Workers of the country, farmers, and every common man are looking towards the PPP at the moment,” said Bilawal, adding that the party “took people out of their miseries, while the current government is handing them over more troubles.”

“The incumbent government will be unable to survive if a no-confidence motion is tabled against it in the assemblies,” the PPP chairman maintained.

He went on to say that he will ask other political parties to consider moving a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Budar in the National and Punjab Assembly, respectively.

The PPP chairman said that the country has, never in history, seen as much inflation as it is witnessing today.

“Khan sahib’s policies are creating troubles, equally for the people and the institutions,” said Bilawal.

Referring to the anti-inflation protests announced by the PPP, Bilawal said that people from all walks of life will take to the streets on October 29 to protest their “economic murder” at the hands of the federal government”.

He urged the masses to join the protest, saying that PPP workers will act as people’s ambassadors.

“Now is the time for the nation to increase its struggle against injustice,” he said.

Bilawal, accompanied by PPP leaders Nisar Khuhro and Sohail Anwar Sial, Syed Sardar Shah, Khurshid Junejo, and others, visited party workers’ houses on the third day of his stay in Larkana.

Source: Such tv

Tristan Thompson shares adorable snap of kids all grown up

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Tristan Thompson is a proud dad shared a sweet snap of his kids.

Taking to Instagram, the Sacramento Kings player shared an adorable photo of his four-year-old son Prince, who he parents with ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig, along with his three-year-old daughter True, who he shares with Khloe Kardashian.

The two siblings seemed to be happy as they stood side-by-side with big toothy smiles as they posed at an arcade.

In the second snap, True could be seen looking fondly at her brother.

“Let me love you a little more, before you are not so little anymore #MyEverything,” Thompson captioned the sweet Instagram post.

Khloe couldn’t help but shower her love on the two kids as she commented: “They are so beautiful and sweet!!!! So so blessed!!! What angels!”

Take a look:

Source: The News

Prince William, Prince Harry feud began prior to Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Prince William reportedly were facing some friction in their relationship before the former’s wife Meghan Markle came into their lives.

In a documentary Princes At War, Simon Vigar shared how the two brothers had a fall out when they were younger when William used his brother as a “decoy at parties”.

“Harry has obviously got into some scrapes which have landed him on the front pages of the newspapers but at plenty of those parties, particularly the teenage parties, William was there, Harry served as a really useful decoy.”

“That was the first time the brothers really fell out because Harry resented the fact that he had taken all the blame but of course William was the heir, Harry took the flack and Harry was very cross about that.

“He refused to speak to his brother or forgive him for some time.”

Source: The News