Millions March Against Trump

Millions of women from across the globe came together this past weekend to rally against new US President, Donald Trump, and, more specifically, the women’s rights they believe to be under threat from his presidency.

 

Over three million people, both women and men, took to the streets across 500 US cities on 21 January, in what has been described as the largest protest in US history.

 

An estimated 600 sister marches flooded the streets across the globe, including Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Cape Town, and even Antarctica.

 

On top of being the largest organised demonstration that the US, and arguably the world, has ever seen, these protests were governed entirely by peace and unity, promoting love and rebuking the oppression of rights. From gender equality and the rights of minorities and immigrants to the recognition of global warming and the precarious state of the natural environment, the world made clear the issues that are important to the people.

 

It may not come as a surprise that President Trump made no remark on the pink hats and witty posters that overshadowed his first day in office. While people far and wide proclaimed their allegiance, Trump kicked off his presidency by signing an executive order that will essentially start the ball rolling on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

 

This executive order instructs his subordinates to:

“…exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

 

Political adversary, Hillary Clinton, described the marches as “awe-inspiring” and tweeted her support to protesters saying, “[t]hanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we’re always Stronger Together [sic]”.

 

Former Secretary of State, John Kerry, even joined in the march alongside trusty canine companion, Benjamin Franklin, affectionately known as DiploMutt!

 

Other famous supporters included Scarlett Johansson, Ian McKellen, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Seth Rogen, Michael Moore, Olivia Wilde, and scores more.

 

Pop icon, Madonna, made an impromptu speech on a protest stage in Washington D.C., saying, “[w]elcome to the revolution of love…To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny”.

 

It’s hard to believe that this historic event was brought to life by Hawaii-based grandmother and retired lawyer, Teresa Shook. After the election results, she expressed her frustration on Facebook and called on forty of her D.C. friends to march in protest. Little did she know that, just short of 24 hours later, approximately 10,000 people would have joined the mission – and that was only the beginning.

Gavin Rossdale Opens Up About Gwen Stefani Divorce

Gwen Stefani’s ex-husband, musician, Gavin Rossdale, has opened up about his divorce from the singer and how he feels about her now – and it’s not what you might think…

Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, Rossdale said that, while the couple may be divorced, he still has a lot of fond memories of their relationship and that he still thinks Gwen is incredible.

“…We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It’s a lifetime. I still think she’s incredible,” he told the magazine.

Gwen and Gavin were married for 13 years and were together for 20 years. They also have three sons together – Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 2.

Gwen filed for divorce from the Bush frontman in August of 2015.

While neither of them have ever commented on exactly what lead to the divorce, various sources have claimed that Gavin had an affair with the couple’s nanny, which then prompted Gwen to file for divorce.

Gavin said that getting divorced was one of the most painful things he has had to endure, but that he wanted to remain ‘solid’ for the kids.

“…For me, it was about being solid for them, and silent but respectful of Gwen…that’s what I’ll be forever,” he said.

Gavin said that he is still single and that there is no one special in his life just yet.

Gwen, on the other hand, has been dating country singer Blake Shelton for more than a year now after the two met on The Voice, where they both acted as coaches on the reality television singing competition.

Rooney Becomes Man United’s Top Goalscorer with 250th Goal

Wayne Rooney has broken Manchester United’s all-time goal-scoring record, and with it earned himself a place in the history books.

Rooney surpassed former Manchester United player, Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals.

On Saturday, Rooney broke the 44-year-old record by scoring his 250th goal for Manchester United during the club’s Premier League game against Stoke City.

The goal also proved to be an equaliser for Manchester United, who were 1-0 down for the most part of the game, after Juan Mata unfortunately scored an own goal. However, United fought back with Rooney’s free-kick that also happened to be his record-breaking goal!

Rooney has received congratulations far and wide, but one of the first people to personally congratulate the 31-year-old superstar, was Sir Bobby Charlton himself.

Charlton attended the game and, after the final whistle, went down to the changing rooms to personally congratulate Rooney.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Charlton said that while he is sad that his long-standing record has been broken, he is delighted for Rooney.

“…I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record…however, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books,” he said.

He continued, applauding Rooney’s record as both the top scoring Manchester United player, as well as the top scoring English player:

“…He is a true great [sic] for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”

Rooney himself seemed very pleased with his performance and record-breaking goal, telling reporters that he hopes there are many more goals ahead:

“…it is not something I expected when I joined. I am proud and I hope there is more to come…The players who have played for this club have been world class. I am proud to play for this club and to be all-time goalscorer is a huge honour,” he said.

Cricket: Sri Lanka’s Mathews To Fly Home from SA Following Injury

Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews, will be returning home after his ankle was badly hurt during the second Twenty20 International against South Africa.

Mathews twisted his ankle during a stellar performance on Sunday, which ended with Sri Lanka beating the home team by three wickets at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Before injuring himself, Mathews managed to score two sixes and an unbeaten 54 by the end of the match.

It was an important win for Sri Lanka, as they lost the Test Series to South Africa 3-0.

The Sri Lankan cricket board said that they had granted Mathews permission to return home to recover from his injury, and that Dinesh Chandimal will captain the team in his absence.

Sri Lanka will take on the Proteas in the third and final Twenty20 match on Wednesday in Cape Town, after which they will play five more One Day Internationals against South Africa.

The ODI test will conclude on February 10th.

Marcos Alonso Sings Victor Moses’ Praises

Chelsea footballer, Marcos Alonso, has praised the skills of his fellow teammate, Nigerian international, Victor Moses.

The 26-year-old Spaniard told Chelsea’s official website that himself and Moses have great chemistry when playing together, and that they both understand what the other wants to do without too much explaining.

“…There was no need for us to talk to each other before about what we were going to do. A lot of games he goes more forward and I maybe stay more at the back, but that also depends on how the other team plays and it’s good to have variation and different options,” he said.

Both Alonso and Moses play in the backline for Chelsea – Alonso as a left wing back or wing back, and Moses as right wing back or winger.

Alonso continued, saying that Moses is an asset to Chelsea:

“…Victor is doing a great job and hopefully we can keep helping the team as we have been doing in the previous games,” he said.

Moses signed with Chelsea in 2012, where he spent one season with the team, after which he was loaned to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United before returning to Chelsea for the 2016/2017 season.

He is also a very accomplished international footballer, and has gained more than 20 caps for the Super Eagles since he made his international debut in 2012.

Morgan Tsvangirai Responds to Rumours of His Death: ‘I’m Not Dead!’

Leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, has responded to rumours that he has died, saying that he is, in fact, still very much alive.

Rumours started doing the rounds on social media over the weekend that Tsvangirai had died of food poisoning. However, this was not the case and Tsvangirai took to Twitter to confirm that he is still alive:

“…I hear there are morbid malicious rumours circulating that I am dead. Well, this tweet speaks for itself that I am very much alive,” he tweeted from his @mrtsvangirai account.

He currently has more than 35 000 followers on Twitter.

A small news website also ran a story that apparently “confirmed” that Tsvangirai had died. This added fuel to the rumour of his passing, and soon the news spread through social media like wildfire.

Tsvangirai has been the most prominent opposition leader in Zimbabwe in recent years. He founded the Movement for Democratic change in Zimbabwe in 1999 and has gone up against President Robert Mugabe in three elections.

Tsvangirai was also diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, for which he has received treatment in South Africa.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said in a statement that Tsvangirai is in good health:

“…Zimbabweans should be rest assured that their leader is in good health. Today [Sunday] he will address a provincial council in Gwanda.”