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Texas valedictorian behind viral abortion rights speech joins Austin heartbeat bill protest

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas high school student who used her valedictorian speech to call for abortion rights will speak at a rally at the state Capitol on Sunday.

Paxton Smith, the valedictorian at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, made headlines when she spoke out against Senate Bill 8, also known as the heartbeat bill, at her graduation last weekend.

On Sunday, she will join a group of young Texans rallying against the controversial bill at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

Speakers will discuss abortion rights at 11 a.m., before marching to the Governor’s Mansion.

At her graduation, Smith, who plans to attend the University of Texas and study the music business, scrapped a speech approved by her school to deliver the comments about abortion rights.

Paxton Smith
Paxton Smith, Lake Highlands High School valedictorian, poses for a photo, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Dallas. Smith scrapped a speech approved by her school administrators and delivered an abortion rights call in its place. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

“I have dreams and hopes and ambition. Every girl graduating today does. We have spent our entire lives working towards our future, and without our input and without our consent, our control over that future has been stripped away from us. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter. I hope that you can feel how gut-wrenching that is, I hope that you can feel how dehumanizing it is, to have the autonomy over your own body taken from you,” she said.

Senate Bill 8 bans any abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant.

A battle in the courts is expected to take place before the bill would become law in September – with analysts saying it has a steep hill to climb to survive those court challenges.

Author: Harley Tamplin
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Freeview joins Sky and Virgin Media with four great new FREE channels to watch

Sky, Virgin and Freesat users were recently treated to four new channels and now Freeview is joining the party. The popular free-to-watch platform has just added a swathe of extra content from the newly launched GREAT! network which features blockbuster movies and classic TV shows. The new channels, that are available right now on Freeview, include GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies classic, GREAT! movies action, and GREAT! tv.

At launch, customers will be able to watch hits such as Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus featuring Michael Fassbender.

There’s also classics available including the Oscar-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Oliver!, the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho, and Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Those who fancy an evening of nostalgia-packed entertainment can also tune into GREAT! tv, which features shows such as Murder, She Wrote, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, Hart to Hart, and classic Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.

The new channels, owned by Narrative Entertainment, will replace Sony Movies, Sony Movies Action, Sony Movies Classic and the Sony Channel.

“Sony has done a wonderful job of cultivating these channels and they’ve been a wonderful partner in this transition,” Narrative Entertainment chief exec Daniel Levin told Variety. “The programming will be uninterrupted. We’re particularly excited to welcome a brand like Pop into the Narrative family, which is without question a premier destination network for children across the UK, and to give an incredible new look and feel to the movies and entertainment channels.”

Here’s where you can find the new movies and TV shows.

  • GREAT! Movies on Freeview channel 33
  • GREAT! Movies Action on Freeview channel 41
  • GREAT! Movies on Freeview channel 51
  • GREAT! Tv on Freeview channel 49

There should be plenty more arriving on the GREAT! network with Variety also reporting that Narrative Entertainment plans to slowly increase the quality of content available on its newly acquired channels. Of course, GREAT! isn’t the only thing to view on Freeview with this service getting bigger and better in recent years.

In fact, Freeview Play, which comes pre-installed on most modern Smart TVs and is available to watch via Amazon’s hugely-popular Fire TV Stick devices, not only features 70 live channels but now boasts over 30,000 hours of on-demand telly gathered from streaming services such as iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, to name a few.

Freeview says it has boosted its live and streamed content by more than half within the last two years.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

DeAndre Yedlin joins San Diego Loyal ownership group

Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin has joined Landon Donovan in the ownership group of the San Diego Loyal SC of the second-tier United Soccer League’s USL Championship.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Galatasaray defender DeAndre Yedlin has joined Landon Donovan in the ownership group of the San Diego Loyal SC of the second-tier United Soccer League’s USL Championship.
The 27-year-old Yedlin is a Seattle native who transferred to the Turkish team from Newcastle in January. 
He was on the U.S. roster for the 2014 World Cup and has 62 international appearances. 
The Loyal started play last season with retired U.S. star Donovan, Andrew Vassiliadis and Warren Smith heading the ownership group and Donovan as the manager. 
The Loyal gained attention when they forfeited two matches last season over alleged slurs directed at San Diego players.

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports

Yearn Finance surges 45% as it joins dog pack with WOOFY

Despite Dogecoin retracing from its all-time highs above $ 0.70, dog tokens continue to attract astonishing levels of popularity, with DeFi “blue-chip” Yearn Finance emerging as arguably the most prominent team seeking to cash in on the canine meme coin craze with the launch of its WOOFY token.

But the YFI fans jumping in early may not have fully understood the coin’s utility which saw the price sail into the stratosphere.

Whisperings of the new project began to circulate on Twitter over the past 24 hours, with users associated with Yearn hinting at a new token called WUFFY. Rumors of an airdrop for users who posted a picture of themselves being licked a dog and tag Yearn developer “Banteg” saw a flood of face-lick photos uploaded to Twitter.

As is quickly becoming the norm for new releases from the Yearn team, fans in the community raced to purchase the new token before fully understanding its utility. 

Despite WOOFY’s sole function being to offer a means to redenominate YFI holdings — with the Woofy Finance interface offering bi-directional YFI to WOOFY conversions at a ratio of 1:1 million, over-exuberant buyers pushed the price of WOOFY so high as to imply YFI’s to be $ 1.5 million per token.

As of this writing, YFI is trading for roughly $ 88,200 after gaining 43% in 24 hours.

Community sentiment appears divided regarding WOOFY, with Twitter user “BrotherMuozone” concluding that looking like “an unsavory attempt to milk vale out of the new suckers in the market,” adding the experiment actually comprises “a brilliantly timed and themed ‘unit bias a/b test’” offering insights into whether traders prefer tokens with a larger circulating supply and lower fiat price versus a low supply and high token price.

Although whether traders choose to hodl WOOFY or YFI is arbitrary, with traders’ preference for one token over the other having no impact on Yearn’s overall market cap, the introduction of WOOFY may reduce the volatility of YFI’s price by creating arbitrage opportunities between the two tokens.

As of this writing, WOOFY last changed hands for $ 0.09, implying a roughly 3% premium over YFI.

According to Dextools, nine of the top 10 most-viewed pairings on Uniswap V2 are dog tokens.