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Simone Biles asks fans to ‘tell me a secret’ to fight Tokyo boredom, report says

Simone Biles asks fans to 'tell me a secret' to fight Tokyo boredom, report says

The world’s top gymnast is limited to her hotel room and practice while under Olympics COVID protocols, so she posted a question on Instagram.

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is getting ready to win what could be a rare second Olympic all-around gold medal. But before that happens, she has to wait around in Tokyo under strict COVID-prevention rules.

That prompted Biles to reportedly posted in an Instagram Story recently: “Tell me a secret – I’m bored.”

Reuters reports Biles is unable to go anywhere but her hotel or practice, prompting the callout that was quickly responded to by her 4.4 million followers. And some of their comments were pretty deep.

One person reportedly announced they were pregnant, which got a “Congrats!” from Biles.

Another reportedly told the gymnast they had not told their father they were gay.

“Tell him, be free, be yourself. I support you,” Biles reportedly responded. “For anyone else struggling with telling family or friends, just know I will always welcome you with open arms on my page and platforms.”

Other secrets revealed to Biles reportedly included someone who was spending their inheritance on presents for their mothers and someone who said they muted a close friend on Instagram because “she posts the dumbest things.”

Biles concurred.

“Me too. Sometimes it’s needed,” she reportedly said.

Because it was posted to Instagram Story, the post automatically disappeared after 24 hours.

Biles, coming off her 7th U.S. gymnastics title, is in good position to repeat her haul of five medals from the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

The women’s gymnastics team final is a week from Tuesday and the individual all-around is two days later. The individual apparatus finals are during the second week of the Games.

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Demi Lovato asks for ‘respect’ in ‘powerful’ post about being misgendered

Demi Lovato asks for ‘respect’ in ‘powerful’ post about being misgendered

In May, the singer used their podcast to announce that they identify as non-binary and will be using they/them pronouns going forward. Demi said that the updated pronouns better reflect how they feel about the fluidity of their gender expression, allowing them to be their “most authentic” self.

Just this week, Demi took to Instagram to share that it is fine for people to make mistakes with their pronouns – as long as the intentions are good.

The Skyscraper singer also noted that it is “a huge transition”, revealing that they sometimes even misgender themselves.

The post said: “If you misgender me – that’s okay. I accidentally misgender myself sometimes!

“It’s a huge transition to change the pronouns I’ve used for myself my entire life. And it’s difficult to remember sometimes!

“As long as you keep trying to respect my truth, and as long as I remember my truth, the shift will come naturally.

“I’m just grateful for your effort in trying to remember what means so much to my healing process.”

Demi later took to Twitter to add to their message, explaining that they “felt the need” to share this because it is “important” that people try to use the correct pronouns for them – even if it is “confusing” at first.

The singer’s post was met with an array of love and support, with thousands praising their bravery and openness.

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Reports: Trust company asks to be removed from Britney Spears’ conservatorship

Reports: Trust company asks to be removed from Britney Spears' conservatorship

The company filed court documents Thursday asking to be removed as co-conservators because of “changed circumstances.”

The trust company set to take over as co-conservators of Britney Spears’ estate wants out, according to multiple reports. 

A day after a Los Angeles Superior Court denied Spears’ request to remove her father, James Spears, from the conservatorship that controls her money and most of her life, Bessemer Trust has asked to be removed from the conservatorship “due to changed circumstances.” That’s according to reports from USA Today and the New York Times

Judge Brenda Penny recently appointed the wealth management company as co-conservators along with Spears’ father.

According to court documents reportedly filed Thursday, the company says that it was under the impression Spears’ conservatorship was consensual. But after hearing Spears in court last week, pleading for her life back from what she called an “abusive” situation, Bessemer Trust said in its filing it “has become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the conservatorship.” 

Spears’ court appearance last week was one of the few times she has spoken out throughout the 13-year conservatorship. During a 20-minute speech, she outlined the relationship she says made her feel demoralized and enslaved.

“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said of her conservators, “so I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.”

James Spears emphasized in a pair of documents filed late Tuesday night that he has had no power over his daughter’s personal affairs for nearly two years.

According to the Associated Press, a long legal process is likely before any decision is made on terminating the conservatorship. Bessemer Trust’s request Thursday adds another wrinkle to the situation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'I deserve to have a life': Britney Spears asks judge to free her from conservatorship

'I deserve to have a life': Britney Spears asks judge to free her from conservatorship

“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” Britney Spears said, asking a judge to end the 13-year conservatorship co-managed by her father.

LOS ANGELES — After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralized and enslaved.

Speaking in open court for the first time in the case, Spears condemned her father and others who control the conservatorship, which she said has compelled her to take birth control and other medications against her will, and prevented her from getting married or having another child.

“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” the 39-year-old Spears said. “I deserve to have a life.”

She spoke fast and sprinkled profanity into the written speech that lasted more than 20 minutes as her parents, fans and journalists listed to an audio livestream. Many of the details Spears revealed have been carefully guarded by the court for years.

Spears told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated.”

Penny thanked the pop star for her “courageous” words but made no rulings. A long legal process is likely before any decision is made on terminating the conservatorship.

Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby with him, but she is not allowed even drive with him.

“All I want is to own my money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his (expletive) car,” Spears said.

“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” Spears said, adding at another point, “I want my life back.”

When an attorney representing her co-conservator said the hearing and transcript should be kept sealed if private medical information was to be revealed, Spears shouted her down, saying her words should be public.

“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said, “so I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.”

She went on to say she was forced to take lithium — which made her feel “drunk” — after rehearsals broke down for a Vegas residency in 2019, which was subsequently canceled.

She said all she had done was disagree with one part of the show’s choreography.

“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” she said. “I can say no to a dance move.”

“Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it,” Spears said.

She accused her father of relishing his power over her, as he showed when she failed a series of psychological tests in 2019 and forced her to go into a mental hospital.

“I cried on the phone for an hour and he loved every minute of it, Spears said. ”The control he had over someone as powerful as me, as he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%.”

Spears said she felt forced to do the Las Vegas residency on the heels of a tour, and felt like a great weight was lifted when it was canceled. She has not performed or recorded since.

Spears also said several nurses often watch her every move, not even letting her change her clothes in private.

Vivian Thoreen, attorney for Spears’ father James Spears, gave a brief statement on his behalf after conferring with him during a recess.

“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” Thoreen said. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and misses her very much.”

James Spears serves as co-conservator of his daughter’s finances, and also had control of her life decisions for most of the conservatorship. He currently serves as co-conservator of her finances.

Britney Spears said her years-long public silence has falsely created the impression that she approved of her circumstances.

“I’ve lied and told the whole world, ‘I’m OK, I’m happy,’” she said. “I’ve been in denial, I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”

More than 100 fans from the so called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”

Fan Marissa Cooper was inside the courtroom, and cried and occasionally clapped during the remarks.

“It was insane,” Cooper said outside court. “Everyone that’s been following this has been called crazy since the beginning, and conspiracy theorists, so it just feels really really good to actually hear it from her.”

Spears said she has not felt heard in any of her previous appearances before the court, all of which were sealed from the public.

Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, said he made no attempt to “control, or filter, or edit” his client’s words. He said Spears has not officially asked him to file a petition to end the conservatorship.

Spears said she had done research that showed her conservatorship could be ended without further evaluation of her. But under California law, the burden would be on her to prove she is competent to manage her own affairs, and an intensive investigation and evaluation is probably inevitable before it can come to an end.

The conservatorship was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She has credited its initial establishment with saving her from financial ruin and keeping her a top flight pop star.

Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under the law, the burden would be on Spears to prove she is competent before the case could end.

Associated Press Writer Amanda Lee Myers contributed.

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F1 drivers 'concerned' as Sergio Perez asks for Pirelli answers after Max Verstappen crash

F1 drivers 'concerned' as Sergio Perez asks for Pirelli answers after Max Verstappen crash

Former Formula One world champion Damon Hill believes Max Verstappen was ‘lucky’ in Baku, admitting it could’ve been a lot worse, with the Dutchman’s teammate demanding answers from Pirelli about what happened.

Max Verstappen was the second driver to suffer a high-speed tyre failure at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as a tyre blowout catapulted his Red Bull Honda into the wall and out of the lead of the race.

It followed a similar crash earlier in the race that saw Lance Stroll’s tyre fail, spinning the Canadian into the wall and out of the race.

Concerns were raised about the tyres after the race, with a full investigation launched by both Red Bull and Pirelli.

However, with Lewis Hamilton’s hard tyre also showing a cut, Hill believed the issue will remain a concern for the drivers moving forward.

“Certainly, the drivers are concerned and well they might be because the circuit has got some of the highest speeds – sustained high speeds – of any circuit we go to,” said Hill, the 1996 world champion, on Sky Sports News.

Lewis Hamilton caught by ‘surprise’ by ‘aggressive’ Sergio Perez

“The speeds and getting a failure there it’s something pretty extreme,” said the Red Bull driver.

“Luckily nothing happened today but it’s something that has to be reviewed and make sure that we understand what’s going on.

In the aftermath of the race, Pirelli boss Mario Isola revealed preliminary investigations had pointed towards debris on the track being a possible cause.

“First investigations suggest debris, because the rear-left is not the most stressed tyre on this circuit. It’s the rear-right; if we talk about wear it’s the front-right,” Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1, told Sky Germany.

“So it’s in a position that doesn’t suggest anything special on tyres.

“The other point is that we found another cut on a rear-left tyre from another car [Hamilton] that luckily didn’t cut the construction. 

“It was a rear-left from Lewis, that was clearly a cut from debris.

“When something like that happens, we need to collect information to understand what happened.”

“No warnings or vibrations were detected and none of the other tyres of a similar age or older showed any signs of excess wear.

“So we can not exclude that the damage was caused by an external factor, although these things shouldn’t happen and we can understand the need for answers.”

A full report from Pirelli is expected ahead of the French Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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Sebastian Vettel asks Pirelli 'Who next?' after Max Verstappen and Stroll tyre failure

Sebastian Vettel asks Pirelli 'Who next?' after Max Verstappen and Stroll tyre failure

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has raised serious concerns to Pirelli, demanding an investigation into their tyres after Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll and championship leader Max Verstappen suffered high-speed crashes at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Concerns were raised about the tyres after the race after the two very similar crashes in Baku due to a tyre failure, with a full investigation promised by both Red Bull and Pirelli ahead of Paul Ricard.

To add to the worry, Pirelli also revealed Lewis Hamilton’s hard tyre also showing a cut after the race.

Vettel, whose Aston Martin team-mate Stroll was the first to crash, said: “Obviously I was on the safer side because my tyres were fresher than everyone else’s but when Max had the same issue, it was quite clear that… who’s next? That sort of thing.

“I don’t know why but this is not supposed to happen so I think there needs to be a bit of an investigation because it’s probably the worst place of the year you want to have this.

F1 drivers ‘concerned’ as Sergio Perez asks for Pirelli answers 

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Help! My Coworker Always Asks for Advice—Then Ignores It

Help! My Coworker Always Asks for Advice—Then Ignores It

I have a coworker who always asks my advice on navigating situations at work. Sometimes it’s about working with clients, sometimes about tricky relationships in the office, sometimes more general career stuff. She can be anxious about these things, and her requests for advice often require long discussions. I consider this coworker my friend, and I’m happy to help, but she never actually takes the advice I give! Then she comes back to complain about the outcome. And asks for even more advice. I don’t know why she’s even asking because she’s never going to listen. It’s not that I think my advice is always right—I don’t even know what I’m doing half the time, much less what anyone else should do—but seeing it ignored every time is annoying. Should I tell her to go ask someone else?


Diane, I was with you until you said you don’t think your advice is always right. It is really annoying when people rely on you for advice but routinely ignore the substance. But it’s mostly annoying, to me anyway, because my advice is perfect in all situations and so anyone who ignores my advice is clearly harming themselves by choosing the wrong path.

I jest (sort of…), but I do think your unsureness speaks volumes. If you’re projecting a lack of confidence in your own advice when you talk to your colleague, she’s not going to take your thoughts particularly seriously. Are you saying to her “I don’t even know what I’m doing half the time, much less what anyone else should do”? Maybe you are undercutting yourself, so she questions what you’re saying simply because you’re questioning what you’re saying.

Of course, I do not recommend false bravado in advice-giving. It is a solemn responsibility, one assigned carefully only to trusted friends and random internet bozos. You should not act like you feel 100 percent secure about your answer on a sensitive topic when you don’t actually feel 100 percent secure.

So what to do? If you see a clear answer to her dilemma, say so clearly and persuasively. If you are on the fence, talk her through your thought process. She may even bring you questions that you feel totally unqualified to answer, and you can tell her that too! Suggesting other people to consult when applicable is indeed an important tool in the advice-giving toolkit, and one I encourage you to use. You say this coworker is a pal, so she should appreciate honesty about how confident you are in your own thoughts.

But there may be an even more fundamental disconnect going on here. Sometimes a coworker or friend who comes to you pleading What should I dooooooo? genuinely wants your answer to that question. But more often, in my experience, what they actually want is to just talk through the options with someone they trust. You seem to see your conversations being about coming to a concrete answer, but I think it’s possible that your coworker thinks of you as more of a sounding board than a guru.

When you’re doling out advice in a conversation instead of in a column on the internet, your best bet is to ask a lot of questions. Start with the hallmark of successful romantic partnerships: “Are you looking for a place to vent, or do you want advice?” Listen carefully to the answer—if she just wants validation that another coworker is being a jerk, your input on how to handle him is not going to be welcome.

Even if she tells you explicitly that she wants advice, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean your role is to play a human Ikea instruction booklet with numbered steps. We all say we want someone else to solve our problems for us, but we all realize that’s not actually doable. You might not be the only person she’s asking for advice, but even if you are, you’re not the most important voice on the issue—she is. So add to your questions ones that will guide her thinking: What are you most excited about? What are you scared might happen? What’s the best-case scenario, and the worst? What happened the last time you tried a similar approach? By the end of your conversation, she will likely have clarified her own thinking without you having to issue actual directives for whatever dilemma she’s facing.

If she hasn’t, feel free to issue your recommendations, but do it without getting your own ego too involved. Just because she chooses a different path doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate your thinking; she wouldn’t keep coming back to you if she didn’t. And if all else fails, tell her you’d love to help but you know a random internet bozo who’s always looking for more strangers’ problems to solve.

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Author: Megan Greenwell
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Boom Bust asks when the former president be allowed back on facebook

Boom Bust asks when the former president be allowed back on facebook

Facebook’s oversight board on Wednesday upheld the social platform’s ban of former US president Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite.

They gave Facebook six months to determine a “proportionate response.”

While the board said the term ‘indefinite’ was inappropriate because it violated Facebook’s own publishing guidelines, the company didn’t give a clear timeline of when his suspension might be lifted, RT’s Boom Bust co-host Ben Swann explains.

“The board says, ‘You can keep him suspended right now but you have to make a ruling on how long it will be’ – is it a temporary suspension, then for how long, if not, then it’s a permanent suspension, which means you’re gone forever.” 

Swann continues: “I have a suspicion here that what you’re not going to see is Trump being allowed to return before the 2022 midterm elections. I think it’s very unlikely they would allow him back before that, but in the event they do, it would have to be sometime relatively soon cause you’re not going to say ‘three and a half years’… How long is it actually going to be? We just don’t know.”

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Derek Chauvin’s Lawyer Asks for a New Trial After Guilty Verdict

Derek Chauvin’s Lawyer Asks for a New Trial After Guilty Verdict

In the social media photo that surfaced this week, Mr. Mitchell, smiling alongside two other men, is wearing a T-shirt with an image of Dr. King and the phrase, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.”

The anniversary event in Washington, promoted by the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network, the N.A.A.C.P. and other groups, was known as the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” rally, a reference to the more than nine minutes that Mr. Chauvin knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck before he died. Mr. Floyd’s relatives were among the speakers at the rally.

Judge Peter A. Cahill, who oversaw the Chauvin trial, could convene a hearing to question Mr. Mitchell and probe whether he lied on his questionnaire. But even if Judge Cahill determined that Mr. Mitchell intentionally misled the court on his questionnaire, that alone likely would not be enough to throw out the verdict, legal experts said. The 12 jurors took about 10 hours to convict Mr. Chauvin of all three charges he faced: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Jurors are allowed to have opinions, legal experts said, but they have to be willing to set them aside and agree to decide a case based on the evidence. For example, a juror in the trial of Paul Manafort, an adviser to former President Donald J. Trump, told Fox News that even though she was a strong supporter of Mr. Trump, she had voted to convict Mr. Manafort.

Experts also said that given the evidence in Mr. Chauvin’s case, a court would be hard pressed to throw out the jury’s decision. Mr. Chauvin could receive decades in prison during his scheduled sentencing next month.

“Given that the evidence was pretty overwhelming, it would take a lot for an appellate court to reverse his conviction,” Ms. Moriarty said.

Benjamin Brafman, a criminal defense lawyer in New York who did not have any involvement in the Chauvin case, said the court would also be cognizant of the public view of the case.

Author: John Eligon
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As Americans think about booking a vacation

As Americans think about booking a vacation

With Covid-19 cases falling, the vaccine rollout continuing apace, and restrictions gradually being lifted, millions of Americans are looking forward to traveling again.

According to the US Travel Association, 72% of Americans are planning a summer trip this year, compared to 37% last year. However, despite the increase in demand, the airline industry is still expected to lose $ 48 billion in 2021. RT’s Boom Bust talked to travel writer Gary Leff to find out if the travel industry is seeing any new shoots of recovery.

“The airline industry is basically ready, because the frontline employees that fly planes and work in the cabins were not laid off,” the founder of View from the Wing, a project of Miles and Points Consulting, said.

He added that, although those employees might not have been working, massive government subsidies helped those who didn’t opt for early retirement to remain on the payroll.

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