Lipstick, glitter and pink, pink, pink: selfies rule at beauty festival a photo essay

Instagram-ready backdrops at every turn, 15,000 makeup buffs preen and purchase their way through Sydneys three-day beauty festival On a stage carpeted in hot pink, two young women race to apply lipstick while balancing on wobble boards. With seconds left on the clock, they make their way to a camera in the wings and pose for photos that are displayed on a large screen to the gathering crowd. The game is So You Think You Can Glam, and precision under pressure is the criterion though which, with shouts and applause, one of the women will be crowned the champion. Staff members of Clinique cosmetics take photos and spray mist onto attendees passing by their brand booth Around the rest of …

The only way Biden can win the presidency

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden officially launched his presidential campaign in Philadelphia on Saturday. Presenting himself as the antidote to President Donald Trump, Biden promised that he would unite and bring the nation together again. “I am running to offer our country — Democrats, Republicans and independents — a different path,” he said. One of the biggest and most important developments in recent American politics has been the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party. When Biden talks about the possibility of bipartisanship in the near future, he ignores the extremism that has been front and center in recent years. While some observers still like to talk about extremism on “both sides” of the political aisle, the shift has been …

Vulnerable Republicans Who Backed Obamacare Repeal Aren’t As Fired Up Now

WASHINGTON ― In 2017, now-Arizona Sen. Martha McSally really, really wanted to repeal Obamacare. McSally, then a congresswoman, reportedly stood up in the middle of a GOP conference meeting and urged her colleagues to vote for a bill to gut the signature Democratic domestic policy achievement of the past decade, telling them to get this “” done. McSally, who later lost a Senate race for one of Arizona’s seats before being appointed to the other, now has a different outlook. “It’s not about government-run health care or about repealing Obamacare in its entirety,” she said in a earlier this month. “It’s about bringing the cost down.” McSally is denying her change in tone marks a significant shift ― she said …

How the US-Iran oil standoff could hurt the economy

New York (CNN Business)The American economy is already absorbing a body blow from the deepening US-China trade war. A real war could be more than the decade-long economic expansion can handle. “Oil shocks have killed more US economic expansions over the last 40 years than any other single cause,” Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, wrote in a note to clients. Besides long lines at gas stations, the Saudi oil embargo of 1973-1974 helped set off a jump in oil prices that crippled the economy. The Iranian Revolution of 1979 also led to a recession in the United States. Similarly, the US economy slipped into a downturn after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and again following the US overthrow of …

Google Blocks Android From Huawei. Heres What That Means For Your Phone

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei won’t be able to use future versions of Android, after being barred by Google following an executive order signed by President Trump. Last week, the White House added Huawei, the second biggest smartphone maker, to its Entity List. “This action by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, with the support of the President of the United States, places Huawei, a Chinese owned company that is the largest telecommunications equipment producer in the world, on the Entity List,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign-owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”  This means US companies, such …

With a stroke of his pen, Trump worsens Europe’s Huawei dilemma

(CNN)As if Europe didn’t have enough to worry about. The Huawei issue cuts to the heart of tensions between security and economic interests when it comes to China and Chinese influence. While many countries around the world share Washington’s suspicion — even hostility — towards Beijing, they are unwilling to take the economic hit that openly standing apart from China would entail. UK in chaos Nowhere will Trump’s order cause more chaos — outside perhaps Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen — than in the United Kingdom. Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May fired her defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, after it was alleged he was the source of a news report that the UK was preparing to give Huawei access …

Hair raising! The return of the perm

The trend responsible for some of the 80s most memorable barnets is back. But fear not the modern look is less Deirdre Barlow, more a tumble of soft waves It is a truth universally acknowledged that everybody wants the opposite of the hair they have. Those with bountiful curls are wont to straighten them to a crisp, while the rest of us crimp and twist, chasing waves via diffusers, tongs, curl creams and, lately, perms. Thats right, the trend responsible for some of the 80s most memorable dos is making a return to the terror of many who are still scarred by their own perm-disasters. But fear not: the perm, which for many still conjures images of Neighbours-era Kylie Minogue, …

Vandals trash model railway show

One contributor, Barry Cave, posted on the page: “Horrendous act of vandalism, hope my donation helps a little”. Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club Image caption Some of the exhibits were worth thousands of pounds The club had set up the exhibition in the school for viewing on Sunday. Mr Davies, who trained as a teacher and youth worker, said he was in “total confusion” over the vandalism. “Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around. It’s a total wanton destruction of the highest order. “I’ve never experienced anything like it. A hurricane would have done less damage.” Image copyright Market Deeping Model Railway Club Image caption The vandals did “more damage than a hurricane” …

The secret trick used by firms helping cyberhacking victims: pay the ransom

Four payments sent to hackers who targeted entities across the US were traced by ProPublica to an online wallet controlled by Proven Data From 2015 to 2018, a strain of ransomware known as SamSam paralyzed computer networks across North America and the UK. It caused more than $30m in damages to at least 200 entities, including the cities of Atlanta and Newark, the port of San Diego and Hollywood Presbyterian medical center in Los Angeles. It knocked out Atlantas water service requests and online billing systems, prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to call in the national guard, and delayed medical appointments and treatments for patients nationwide whose electronic records couldnt be retrieved. In return for restoring access to the …

Booth babes cause controversy at business show

But in recent years there has been more criticism of this as a promotional tactic. In a statement to the BBC, organisers of the event said: “The Prysm Media Group, would like to sincerely apologise to those who feel upset about certain garments worn by associates of exhibitors during the 2019 Business Show. “We would like to thank those who pointed this issue out as this is a great opportunity for us to better our business practices.” The company in question, VLSA Ltd, paid the women £100 plus £20 expenses for each of the two days, requiring them to wear branded dresses, distribute fliers and pose for photographs at the exhibition. A spokesperson for the firm said there had been …

Teens in care ‘abandoned to crime gangs’

As part of a special series of reports, Britain’s Hidden Children’s Homes, Newsnight has learned that – according to figures from the Department for Education – around 5,000 looked after children in England are living in so-called 16+ supported or semi-supported accommodation – up from 2,900 10 years ago. Children in care ‘unnecessarily criminalised’ Counting the kids in gangs Thousands of teens living alone ‘in care’ This type of accommodation is not inspected or registered by Ofsted, even though residents are in the care of the state. But because they are deemed to be receiving support, rather than care, the accommodation is not subject to the same checks and inspections as registered children’s homes. Local authorities can pay to place …

Washington pioneers public health care option, but controlling costs remains tricky

(CNN)Washington, DC, may be gridlocked over what to do about health care, but Washington state is blazing a trail for progressives looking to lower costs and expand coverage. In addition, the state’s efforts lay bare the challenges of getting the government more involved in health care. The Affordable Care Act bill originally contained a public option, but the contentious provision was ultimately struck before it became law amid opposition from the industry and some members of Congress. Some argued that a public option wasn’t needed to boost coverage, said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, managing director at Manatt Health, who worked on the law’s passage and implementation for the Obama administration. “Ten years later, we may feel differently about what’s necessary,” she said. …

Cardi B Brings The Heat In ‘Wish Wish’ Music Video With DJ Khaled & 21 Savage! – Perez Hilton

Cardi B blesses us with another music video! On Monday, DJ Khaled released his clip for Wish Wish — featuring the Bodak Yellow rapper and 21 Savage — off of his eleventh studio album, Father of Asahd. In the sexy video, the 26-year-old shows off her moves while the set — literally — bursts into flames! WATCH (below): Music aside, the female artist is set to make her feature film debut in Hustlers, a flick co-produced by costar Jennifer Lopez! The project — written and directed by Lorene Scafaria — is about a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Based on the 2016 New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica …

Not flying won’t save the planet. But it’s a start

(CNN)At first glance, assuming personal responsibility for climate change — and in response, bending over backward to trim your carbon footprint — might appear pointless. The reality is that by taking small steps to reduce your impact — going vegan, forswearing air travel or paying for green electricity — you, as a single person, won’t reduce our carbon pollution enough to make a tangible difference in preserving our earth. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take these steps. Such actions by individual consumers can add up and influence industrial sectors to reduce the carbon emissions of our consumption-obsessed economies — and influence states to create climate-protection policies. And only through these big-scale efforts from the government and the private sector …

Fact checking Trump’s Buy America strategy of avoiding tariffs

(CNN)In attempting to justify his decision to raise tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports into the US, President Donald Trump has suggested that paying the tariffs is a voluntary decision by US consumers and businesses, and that the best way to avoid them is not to buy Chinese-made products. In other words, just buy American, Trump argues. Part of the problem is that the US no longer has the manufacturing base it once did. According to Robert E. Scott, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, over the past two decades, the US has lost roughly a third of its manufacturing capacity, as more than 90,000 factories have closed and 5 million manufacturing jobs have been …

Theresa May Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom. Father: Hubert Brasier, Anglican vicar Mother: Zaidee (Barnes) Brasier Marriage: Philip May (1980-present) Education: St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, Geography, 1974-1977 Religion: Anglican Other Facts: Has Type 1 diabetes. Was the first female chairman of the Conservative Party. Was introduced to her husband in 1976 at an Oxford Conservative Association dance by Benazir Bhutto, later the prime minister of Pakistan. Lost both of her parents in her twenties. Co-founded Women2Win, an organization dedicated to increasing the amount of conservative women in Parliament. Is the second female prime minister of Great Britain. Margaret Thatcher was the first. She served from 1979 to 1990. Timeline:1977 – …