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Naturally Blue Ivy and Beyoncé Coordinated Their Outfits for the ‘Spirit’ Music Video

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree
'Beyoncé dropped a vibrant music video for her song “Spirit” from The Lion King live-action remake early on Wednesday morning. The video featured a bevy of color-coordinated dance routines and fierce looks, as one is wont to expect from Bey. However, the most noteworthy feature in the music video was a poignant cameo from none other than her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. In her brief but notable appearance, Blue Ivy joins her mother, with the pair sporting matching lavender dresses, red hair and smoldering smizes. The importance of a royal lineage, a major theme in both Simba and Blue Ivy’s lives , is clear with parallel shots of an adult lion and their cub intercut with footage of Bey and Blue. This isn’t Blue’s first time making an appearance in her mother’s music videos; she was a prominent part of the visuals for Beyoncé’s self-titled album and Lemonade. The song is a track off the upcoming The Lion King: The Gift album, a collection of original music inspired by the live-action remake that was created in addition to the actual soundtrack for the movie, which also prominently features Beyoncé. Watch the full music video for “Spirit” below.'

Animal worker who claimed she ‘rescued’ “neglected” animals charged with theft

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A CHARITY worker who says she ‘rescued’ “neglected” animals, was later charged with theft and subsequently lost out on vital funding.Rebecca Culverwell was sent by Wigan Council to attend Patricia and Jonathan Mahon’s home last October to give
'A CHARITY worker who says she ‘rescued’ “neglected” animals, was later charged with theft and subsequently lost out on vital funding.Rebecca Culverwell was sent by Wigan Council to attend Patricia and Jonathan Mahon’s home last October to give temporary support as they moved.She claims to have found one dog with a large tumour on it’s foot after taking the animals into Social Care Animals Wigan CIC in Greater Manchester However, eight months later Rebecca was charged with theft of two dogs, a cat and five kittens after refusing to return the animals to the disabled couple.One dog was found with a large tumour on it’s foot Following this, Wigan Council ceased “involvement” with the charity after discovering they had been “withholding” the return of animals to their owners.The Mahon’s claim vets advised them not to go ahead with surgery if the dog wasn’t bothered by the mass, but to keep an eye on him.Rebecca uploaded images of the animals to Facebook on June 25 which shows ‘Remus’ with a tumour on it’s foot.She highlighted that she was still waiting for vet records from the Mahons to prove thier claim.She wrote: “This poor boy had suffered for years and the tumour had entwined itself throughout his paw making every movement agony.He couldn’t bare his weight and was full of infection but showed no aggression.” The Mahon’s claim vets advised them not to go ahead with surgery if the dog wasn’t bothered by the mass Rebecca then explained that due to the complex nature of the growth the only only option was to amputate his leg, but the cancer had already spread.She added: “As much of the Grade 3 tumour was removed allowing him to live his final months, with some normality, love and pain free. “He was given 3-6 months life expectancy in November and is on borrowed time due to the regrowth of the untreated tumour for 5 years.” The pictures show a large growth on his left foot that appears to be very red and inflamed looking covering the right hand side of the paw.Rebecca was charged with theft of two dogs, a cat and five kittens after refusing to return the animals Rebecca also claimed “all animals were starving” when they were collected.She said: “A vet cannot give an owner advise without seeing the animal involved. “The cat and kittens who we were informed by Mr Mahon were seven weeks old were still trying to feed from their mum, had no treatment for fleas or worms and were in fact 12-13 weeks old.They were hidden on the barge in a mesh carrier which stunk of urine with no bedding. “We aren’t funded by the council they stopped paying us for looking after residents in the borough pets that they referred to us.Despite the initial charge, the Crown Prosecution Service has now dropped the case arguing it is a civil matter.The couple are now trying to raise the funds to take the CPS to court in the event their appeal is upheld and have denied Rebecca’s claims.Patricia, 58, said: “He showed no sign of being bothered by the lump on his foot.As he was 10, arguable operation could cause more harm. “It seems ridiculous.Rebecca told the police she kept our animals from us.The police and RSPCA found no evidence that our animals were ill treated in our care.She admitted theft. “She clearly wasn’t about my animals wellbeing, as all the sites and vet advice we had been given, was to keep kittens with mum at least till after 12 weeks, finished feeding, and then injections.We were doing it right.” Wigan Council confirmed they have cut ties with Rebecca’s charity.A spokesman said: “We ceased our involvement with the charity after we became aware they had been withholding pets from being returned to their owners. “They do not have the standing to make this judgement and it has understandably been very distressing for some residents who we are still supporting.” A spokesman for the CPS said: “Having carefully considered the case a decision has been made that this is not an appropriate case to be dealt with in the criminal courts. “The matter should be resolved through the civil courts and therefore the charge has been withdrawn.” . The post Animal worker who claimed she ‘rescued’ “neglected” animals charged with theft appeared first on Deadline News .'

Artificial Intelligence Solves Rubik’s Cube in Less Than One Second

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Researchers at the University of California have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube in just under one second.Known as ‘DeepCubeA‘, the AI completed the puzzle as part of a study that has been published in
'Researchers at the University of California have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube in just under one second.Known as ‘ DeepCubeA ‘, the AI completed the puzzle as part of a study that has been published in Nature Machine Intelligence this week.In the study, the algorithm was given 10 billion different combinations of the tricky puzzle with the aim of solving the problem in less than 30 moves.More than 1,000 subsequent tests saw the AI solve the Rubik’s Cube every time.During around 60% of the tests, DeepCubeA was able to find the shortest possible path to completion.A key focus of the UCI research was to understand how and why the AI made its moves – and how long it took to perfect its method.Starting off with a computer simulation of a completed puzzle, the researchers then scrambled the cube.Once the code was established and running, DeepCubeA trained in isolation for around two days; during which it solved a series of combinations that escalated in difficulty. “It learned on its own,” according to Professor Pierre Baldi, the author of the report and professor of computer science at UCI. “Our AI takes about 20 moves, most of the time solving it in the minimum number of steps.Right there, you can see the strategy is different, so my best guess is that the AI’s form of reasoning is completely different from a human.” Related:  Artificial intelligence: ethics, regulation and public perception Deepnude AI photo app taken down by creators Chinese AI firm develops dog facial recognition app The Rubik’s Cube has been challenging people, young and old, for nearly half a century since its launch in 1974.Generally, humans take around 50 moves to solve the puzzle, however, this latest AI system solved it at an impressive average of 28 moves.Baldi explained that the key solution to solving the logic puzzle involves more “symbolic, mathematical and abstract thinking” – and thus a deep learning system capable of solving the puzzle edges nearer to becoming one that is capable of thinking, reasoning and making complex decisions. “Artificial intelligence can defeat the world’s best human chess and Go players, but some of the more difficult puzzles, such as the Rubik’s Cube, had not been solved by computers, so we thought they were open for AI approaches,” he said. https://www.fintech19.com \' data-medium-file=\'https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?fit=300%2C75&ssl=1\' data-large-file=\'https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?fit=1024%2C256&ssl=1\' class=\'aligncenter wp-image-27452\' src=\'https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?resize=654%2C164&ssl=1\' alt=\'\' width=\'654\' height=\'164\' srcset=\'https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?w=1200&ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?resize=300%2C75&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?resize=768%2C192&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?resize=1024%2C256&ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/digit.fyi/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SummitAwards-Banner.jpg?resize=610%2C153&ssl=1 610w\' sizes=\'(max-width: 654px) 100vw, 654px\' data-recalc-dims=\'1\' /> Essentially, completing this challenge marks one of the first steps toward developing artificial intelligence that can do more than just tackle games and move into solving real-world problems. “This work presents an AI system that can automatically learn how to solve the iconic Rubik’s Cube and other problems characterised by a vast number of possibilities and a very small number of solutions, and where random moves are unlikely to lead to a solution,” Baldi explained. . The post Artificial Intelligence Solves Rubik’s Cube in Less Than One Second appeared first on Digit .'

People are furious that Scarlet Johansson has apparently ‘learned nothing’ after she said she’s entitled to ‘play any person, or any tree, or any animal’

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One year ago, the actress dropped out of playing a trans man after intense backlash to her casting.At the time, she said she understood the concerns.
'Scarlett Johansson has revived the controversy surrounding her decision to portray a transgender man, one year after she dropped out of the role amidst intense backlash. “As an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” Johansson said in a new interview with As If magazine . “There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art,” she continued. “I feel art should be free of restrictions.” Critics say Johansson has failed to grasp the root of the issue.In a statement provided to INSIDER, Johansson said her interview was “edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context.” Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.Scarlett Johansson recently said that she’s entitled to play any role onscreen, one year after she was lambasted for a “tone-deaf” reaction to her casting as a transgender man. “As an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” Johansson said in a new interview with As If magazine . The “Avengers: Endgame” actress, whose interview was published as Q&A with artist David Salle, said there’s a current “trend” with casting in Hollywood: “Today there’s a lot of emphasis and conversation about what acting is and who we want to see represent ourselves on screen.” “I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons,” Johansson said, “yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions.” “There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art,” she added.View this post on Instagram She’s here! #scarlettjohansson in a stunning editorial #artdirected by #artist @david_salle #photographed by @tatijanashoan #graphicdesign by @kaleidos_geo #styled by @staceyjjones #makeup by @anariz1 #hair by @moizalladina A post shared by AS IF Magazine (@asifmagazine) on Jul 13, 2019 at 5:36pm PDT In a statement provided to INSIDER, Johansson said her interview was “edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context.” “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness,” she said. “That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way.” “I recognize that in reality, there is a widespread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to,” she continued, adding that she supports “diversity in every industry.” Foto: Scarlett Johansson starred in “Ghost in the Shell,” a 2017 adaptation of a Japanese manga.sourceParamount Pictures The new controversy comes almost exactly one year after Johansson dropped out of playing a transgender man onscreen.In July 2018, reports surfaced that Johansson was slated to star in a biopic about Dante “Tex” Gill , a trans man and ’70s crime kingpin.The film was to be directed by Rupert Sanders, who directed Johansson’s much-maligned “Ghost in the Shell,” an adaptation of a legendary Japanese manga that was widely condemned for whitewashing its main character . Read more: 10 movies that have been accused of whitewashing When the news immediately sparked backlash, particularly from the LGBTQ community, Johansson issued a statement that deflected all questions about the issue. “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” her representative told Bustle, referring to cisgender actors who have played trans characters in “Transparent,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “Transamerica,” respectively.Foto: Jared Leto, left, won an Oscar for his portrayal of a trans woman in “Dallas Buyers Club.”sourceFocus Features/”Dallas Buyers Club” Shortly after, Johansson dropped out of the role.She told Out magazine that her original statement was “insensitive” and claimed she understood why many people objected to her casting. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community,” she said. “I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.” Read more: Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of movie ‘Rub and Tug’ after backlash against her playing a transgender man When the As If interview was published, critics accused Johansson of continuing to ignore or misunderstand the root of the issue.Many responded to point out that, while actors do have the “right” to take on diverse roles, this motto almost exclusively benefits white, cisgender, able-bodied actors.ScarJo already has the \'right\' to play whomever she wishes.What she's really asking for is to escape critique and quiet marginalized voices.We do this whole song and dance every like 6 weeks and I'm tired. — a (@moons_haunted) July 14, 2019 As journalist Dean Van Nguyen noted, trans actors are rarely considered for cisgender roles.Similarly, actors of color have historically been relegated to side-kick parts or tokenized stereotypes – while stories about people of color are freely populated by white people onscreen.When trans people are “allowed to play any person,” when prominent roles stop being whitewashed, then Scarlett Johansson can have a moan.Until then, please spare us your “political correctness gone mad” bullshit https://t.co/OZ8QUTuj9j — Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) July 13, 2019 Several people tweeted that because there’s already a lack of inclusive casting opportunities in Hollywood, LGBTQ people should at least be given the chance to tell their own stories.Scarlett Johansson is a cisgender white woman with a powerful platform and no storage of work opportunities.Trans people should play trans people.Period.It is incredibly disappointing that she has learned nothing and clearly does not care about the experiences of trans people. https://t.co/yWMeCZbUMS — Charlotte Clymer🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) July 13, 2019 i would agree with that if we lived in a perfect world with no racism/homophobia/etc — joao (@joaoditd) July 14, 2019 yeah…she’s allowed to play any person but that role could go to an actual trans person or minority…. — ً (@lolitasdead) July 14, 2019 Yeah that’s the thing: “you can play any role you want!” Doesn’t apply to trans, bipoc, disabled folk, etc. it applies to people like ScarJo. — ルネー ♪ ♠️🏳️‍🌈♿️ (@gorgophone) July 13, 2019 Others posted they were especially angry that Johansson appeared to lump trans people into the same category with trees and animals. oh yes, because comparing playing a trans person to playing an ANIMAL is the best way to go about this — MISC OUT NOW (@AnthonyAmorim) July 14, 2019 wait did she compare poc and trans people with animals and trees? i hate white people so much its unreal — k. (@traqicalromance) July 14, 2019 lmao scarlett johansson was asked about giving up that trans role and then immediately jumped to comparing playing different gender identities/ethnicities to… animals and trees? ok hun pic.twitter.com/UjtmvGruEt — Nina Mohan 🇱🇰 (@NinaLMohan) July 13, 2019 Her: Cosplays as a Japanese person Us: That’s racist Her: Takes role of a trans man.Us: That’s transphobic.Her: I HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLAY A TREE — AJ Joven thinks borders are a racist construct. (@aj_joven) July 14, 2019 Read Johansson’s full statement provided to INSIDER below” An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context.The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art.I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness.That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way.I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to.I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included . The post People are furious that Scarlet Johansson has apparently ‘learned nothing’ after she said she’s entitled to ‘play any person, or any tree, or any animal’ appeared first on Business Insider Nederland .'

From nature to ancient ruins, Greek islands Corfu and Crete have it all

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WITH stylish boutiques, indulgent food and breathtaking sunsets, the Greek islands can be a blissful holiday destination. But with so many islands to choose from, we take a look at some of the highlights of two popular options – Corfu and Crete.
'WITH stylish boutiques, indulgent food and breathtaking sunsets, the Greek islands can be a blissful holiday destination. But with so many islands to choose from, we take a look at some of the highlights of two popular options – Corfu and Crete. Corfu Writer Georgie Lane-Godfrey checks in to an adults-only retreat off Greece’s north-west coast. THE PAD: Built into the hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea, Marbella Nido is super-luxe. Expect plush rooms in this suite-only hotel, each with a private terrace and Jacuzzi or plunge pool. Getty Images Take a stroll through Corfu’s old town with its distinctly British feel[/caption] Dial a ride for a private golf buggy down to the infinity pool bar for cocktails, £8 each, then dig into beef fillet in wine sauce, £25, at garden restaurant Apaggio. EXPLORE:  Corfu Town is a 40 minute drive up the coast and has a distinctly British feel (think pretty Busy Lizzie gardens and a Victorian pavilion). Visit the old fortress and Church of St Spyridon, then shop in the cobbled back streets at stylish boutiques such as Mezzo Mezzo ( Mezzomezzofashion.com ). Afterwards, enjoy a coffee on the Paris-inspired Liston promenade. REFUEL: Treat yourself to the tasty Power of the Moon menu, £60, a romantic beachside five-course feast at Marbella Corfu hotel next door – the chocolate dessert is to die for. Getty Images Georgie-Lane Godfrey recommends buying some local olive oil on the island before you leave[/caption] Head to Corfu Sailing Club for fresh seafood pasta Getty Images In town, head to Corfu Sailing Club for fresh seafood pasta, £11, overlooking the marina ( Corfu-sailing-restaurant.com ). Then nab a sunlounger and drink cocktails at super-glam Imabari beach bar. DON’T MISS:  Buy local olive oil from delicatessen Nomh before heading home ( Nomeefoods.gr ). BOOK IT:  Classic Collection Holidays offers seven nights at Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, from £1,398 per person, including return flights and transfers ( Classic-collection.co.uk ). Crete Sub-Editor Kayley Loveridge finds paradise at Minos Beach Art Hotel on Greece’s largest island. THE PAD:  Enjoy a touch of Greek chic at this resort, with impressive art, three restaurants, a pool and spa. The decor is all soothing earthy tones – think wood, dark metals and wicker set against white walls. Enjoy the sunrise at Mirabello Bay Getty Images Sip your morning coffee on your private veranda looking out over the glittering Mirabello Bay. EXPLORE:  Stroll five minutes out of the hotel to the bustling town for souvenir stores and Cretan eateries. Or drive 15 minutes to Plaka and catch a boat, £8, to Spinalonga Island, entry £8. This beautiful island was a leper colony until 1957 ( Explorecrete.com ). REFUEL:  The hotel’s restaurants serve up delicious local delights and wine from nearby vineyards. For lunch head to Terpsis for chicken souvlaki, £17. Wash it down with a glass of rosé or ask manager Stratos for his recommendation. Go buffet-style for dinner at Bacchus, with everything from juicy roast pork to soft spinach pancakes. Getty Images Kayley Loveridge suggests indulging in a body massage at the resort’s spa[/caption] Head to Terpsis for a delicious chicken souvlaki at lunch Getty Images \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN FABULOUS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tSISTER ACT\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tKate attempted to include Meg at Wimbledon as the pair 'want to appear friendly'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHANG ON\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBride makes DIY bridesmaids' hangers for 46p but is mocked for a hilarious fail\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t'LAUGHED OFF'\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWoman says endometriosis feels like 'razor blades scraping inside' her\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBUCKLE UP\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tShoppers are calling Fashion Nova's extreme cut-out swimsuit 'weird as f***'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMAKING A POINT\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMeghan ‘was a nightmare’ during Wimbledon visit to see Serena, official says\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tSHARING THE LOVE\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBride marries in £35 dress she found in charity shop day after engagement\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t For afters, stock up on sweet baklava treats. Finish the eve under the stars by the Dionyssos Lobby Bar’s fire pit with a citrusy Sinfonia cocktail, £8.50. DON’T MISS:  Melt away aches with a lush range of body massages in the resort’s tranquil spa, from £40. BOOK IT: Doubles cost from £82 per night B&B ( Minosbeach.com ). Thomas Cook flies to Crete from £78 return. ( Thomascookairlines.com ). \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL  exclusive@the-sun.co.uk'