Björk claims she was sexually harassed by a film director

Björk has claimed she was sexually harassed by a film director, following the flood of allegations against US producer Harvey Weinstein.

In a post on her Facebook page, the Icelandic musician said she “became aware” that “it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it”.

The musician did not name the film-maker, but said he had “a staff of dozens who enabled … and encouraged” his behaviour.

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/16/bjork-claims-she-was-sexually-harassed-by-a-film-director

Japan travel firm to open 10 more robot-staffed hotels

Japanese travel company HIS Co said on Monday it will open 10 more hotels staffed by robots in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka and Kyoto by March 2019.

Henn na Hotel, or "strange hotel," featuring dinosaur or female humanoid robot receptionists and cleaning robots, will be opened in downtown areas of the cities, targetting the booming foreign tourist market in Japan, the company said.

Full Article: https://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/around-the-globe/1343503/japan-travel-firm-to-open-10-more-robot-staffed-hotels

Al Michaels sorry for ‘Sunday Night Football’ Weinstein joke

NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels has quickly apologized after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein during “Sunday Night Football.”

Michaels mused in the middle of the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos that the Giants were “coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein.” His on-air partner Cris Collinsworth replied with a laugh and told Michaels “only my L.A. guy comes up with that one.”

Full Article: http://www.startribune.com/al-michaels-sorry-for-sunday-night-football-weinstein-joke/451071603/

Because only certain people are allowed to make fun of certain people.

Clinton brands WikiLeaks boss ‘tool of Russian intelligence’

Hillary Clinton has told an Australian state broadcaster that WlkiLeaks founder Julian Assange was a tool of Russia in his release of hacked emails that hurt the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign.

 

Clinton told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview broadcast on Monday that the Australian whistleblower had “become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

“He’s a tool of Russian intelligence, and if he’s such a … martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?” she said.

 

Full Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/clinton-brands-wikileaks-boss-tool-of-russian-intelligence/2017/10/16/e9d2a59a-b25d-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

Woody Allen forced to clarify comments about ‘sad’ Harvey Weinstein

Woody Allen has been forced to clarify remarks made about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, after stating that he felt “sad” for the disgraced producer.

Allen was widely criticised for comments made on Saturday in which he expressed sympathy for Weinstein, who has been accused of the sexual abuse and harassment by a growing number of women.

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” he told the BBC. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that. It’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

In the same interview Allen also warned that the revelations could lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere … where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself”.

Full Article: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/16/harvey-weinstein-woody-allen-sad-comment-sexual-abuse-allegations

Judge won’t reconsider dismissal of lawsuit over prison loaf

A federal judge has refused to consider a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Delaware inmate over his treatment in prison, including repeatedly being fed an unpalatable food loaf given to unruly inmates.

The judge’s ruling last week follows a federal appeals court decision in June upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Kevin Dickens in 2010.

Full Story: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/16/judge-wont-reconsider-dismissal-of-lawsuit-over-pr

The ‘prison loaf’, or more properly called ‘nutraloaf‘ a protien bread similar older style MRE’s.  They tend to be bland but will give you your daily nutution if you will eat.  For this prisoner to get to such a poor state of health he most likely staved himself.

Cheerleaders vow to continue protests during US anthem

A group of cheerleaders have vowed to "take a knee" in the stadium tunnel when the US national anthem is played.

Their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration.

Kennesaw State University cheerleader Shlondra Young told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the so-called Kennesaw Five will kneel until the US flag "represents what it should".

Full Story: http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/cheerleaders-vow-to-continue-protests-during-us-anthem-810049.html

Italy’s undersecretary not aware of talks with Telecom Italia over network spin-off

The Italian government is not currently talking to Telecom Italia about the idea of spinning off the group’s fixed-line network, a junior minister said on Monday.

After French media company Vivendi became Telecom Italia’s top shareholder, Italy’s government has been discussing if and how to intervene over Telecom Italia’s assets it considers strategic, including the group’s network as well as its Telsy and Sparkle units.

“Not that I‘m aware of,” telecommunication undersecretary Antonello Giacomelli said when asked about potential talks between the government and the company on separating the network.

Full Story: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-telecom-italia-network-undersec/italys-undersecretary-not-aware-of-talks-with-telecom-italia-over-network-spin-off-idUSKBN1CL13L

Almost half of UK infrastructure will have moved to the cloud in six months

A new survey of UK IT decision makers by cloud and network provider Interoute shows the cloud is increasingly seen as the best platform for providing scalable infrastructure.

The results reveal that businesses plan to move on average just under half (46 percent) of their infrastructure to the cloud over the next six months.

Businesses are looking for ways to remain competitive whilst managing costs and ensuring stability, but integrating digital and legacy technologies remains a priority too. Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) citied this as a key consideration. Over half (56 percent) of businesses named their ability to integrate legacy technologies with cloud enabled applications as one of their biggest barriers to achieving transformation

Full Story: https://betanews.com/2017/10/16/uk-cloud-infrastructure/

Sen. Graham Predicts Republicans Will Pass Tax Reform: ‘If We Don’t, We’re Dead’

By Susan Jones | October 16, 2017 | 6:17 AM EDT

If Republicans don't get tax reform done, "We're dead," Sen. Lindsey Graham told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"Are you going to get tax reform done?" host John Dickerson asked the senator.

"Yes. If we don't, we're dead," Graham said.

"If we don't cut tax and we don't eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we're going to lose across the board in the House in 2018, and all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat. It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know