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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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Post Office text scam is back! New message is so convincing it’s hard not to be tricked

Post Office text scam is back! New message is so convincing it's hard not to be tricked

Post Office scams aren’t anything new but this latest message arriving on phones is one of the most elaborate yet. iPhone and Android users are being targeted by the new threat via a simple text message which says, “Post Office: Your parcel has been redirected to your local branch due to an unpaid shipping fee.” This is followed by a clickable link that uses the post office address to make it appear like the real deal.

Of course, we’ve all seen these messages arrive in our inbox before but where this one is so clever is that the website embedded in the link takes you to something that looks so real it’s easy to be duped.

To see just how simple it is to be fooled, Express.co.uk visited the website and, using a fake name and address, we went through each step of the scam to see exactly what data the thieves are trying to gain from unsuspecting Post Office customers.

Right from the start, the whole scam looks totally genuine with the official Post Office logo appearing, slick animations popping up and even the font looking just like the real thing.

The first Window you’ll see features a very simple message asking for your postcode to check for the missed delivery.

Once you’ve handed over that information you’ll then be asked for your name and the full delivery address.

At this point, Express.co.uk added a completely fictional name and address and, guess what? The system revealed that a parcel had been found and was waiting to be delivered.

And here’s where things get serious as the next piece of the form starts asking some very personal questions including date of birth and mobile number.

Once that data is added, users are then asked to select a date for redelivery which, again, all looks incredibly genuine.

Finally, you’ll see a page asking for a charge of £2.39 to be paid to receive the parcel and a form wanting full banking details to be added including a card number, CVV security code, account number and sort code.

Anyone falling for this trick will have then, unwittingly, handed over everything a cyber criminal needs to make fraudulent purchases. It’s scary stuff.

The Post Office says that anyone receiving a suspicious email, text message, telephone call or discover a Royal Mail branded website which they think is fraudulent, should report it to [email protected]

If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you can get a crime reference number by reporting it to your local Police station.

And if you have clicked on a link, provided any personal data like your bank account details on a website or over the phone or you’re concerned that you’ve been compromised, you should also report the scam to Action FraudOpens in a new window, the national fraud reporting centre.

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Naga Munchetty shares cryptic post about getting older and ‘seeing through people’

Naga Munchetty shares cryptic post about getting older and 'seeing through people'

Naga Munchetty, 46, shared a cryptic post on her Instagram story on Thursday. After sharing a quote posted by Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore, the TV star left much to the imagination as to whether she was OK.

The quote read: “Funny thing about getting older.

“Your eyesight starts getting weaker, but your ability to see through people gets much better.”

Fans were only able to send Naga a direct message about the post and it is unknown if she has replied, and whether there was someone in particular that the quote was in reference to.

It comes after the BBC Breakfast star treated her followers to a very sweaty snap of her upon completion of her daily run.

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It comes after a report revealed that all women will now be given the option to have pain relief if they have coils, also known as the IUD (intrauterine device), fitted.

It works as soon as it is put in and lasts between five and 10 years depending on the type.

Following the news, a fan took to Twitter to notify Naga of the story and thanked her for speaking out.

They wrote: “Important change in coil guidance thanks to @TVNaga01, @caitlinmoran and @bbc5live.”

Naga tweeted it with the comment, saying: “A step forward…”

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‘I don’t think all Brits are racist’ Alison Hammond clarifies post after sparking reaction

'I don't think all Brits are racist' Alison Hammond clarifies post after sparking reaction

Following the Euro 2020 final, black England players were subjected to racial abuse which prompted many to defend them online. Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock shared a viral picture of players Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who had also been targeted by trolls.

She wrote: “You can live here but be quiet. You can work here but not all of you. You can speak at the table but not too loud.

“You can play for us but you can’t lose. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Black British Experience. We stand with you Kings.”

Alison Hammond shared the singer’s post writing: “My heart breaks!! The UK will never prosper when it’s core is Rotten!”

In response to her tweet, one Twitter user said she disagreed with Alison and highlighted that most British people were against racism.

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They wrote: ”I adore you Alison, but I have to disagree.

“England is not rotten at its core, a vast majority of Brits despise racists and are disgusted by there actions.(sic)

“Please do not think all white people are the same. We should be united against racism not divided x.”

Clarifying the meaning behind her message, the This Morning presenter said: “And that’s exactly what I interpreted my tweet to be.

The presenter replied: “He who feels it knows it!”

Rashford, Sancho and Saka were targeted by trolls after they bravely stepped up to take a penalty in the Euro 2020 final, but failed to score.

Following this, England lost to Italy in what was the former’s first final since the World Cup in 1966.

Speaking out after the game, manager Gareth Southgate condemned the racial abuse and clarified that he made the decisions about the penalty takers.

He said: “For some of [the players] to be abused is unforgivable. It’s just not what we stand for.

“The national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.”

Marcus has since spoken out about his penalty, telling fans he felt as though he had let them down, as part of a lengthy post.

Despite his feelings, many flocked to his post to assure him that the nation was proud of him and his team mates’ efforts.

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James Martin inundated with support as he shares cryptic post about ‘the worst of people’

James Martin inundated with support as he shares cryptic post about ‘the worst of people’

He penned: “This week, in fact, this month, I’ve seen the very best of people and the very worst of people…”

James also shared the post on his Twitter feed as well as fans offered their support.

One follower replied: “Just ignore them they’re not worth it. Keep smiling.

“People who have nothing nice to say should just keep quiet.”

Author: Fay Watson
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G-20 set to redefine world economic order post Trump, pandemic

G-20 set to redefine world economic order post Trump, pandemic

Global finance chiefs this week will make their most concerted effort yet to redefine the world economic order in the era after Donald Trump and the coronavirus pandemic.

With trade tensions no longer bedevilling the Group of 20 economies in the way they did during the former US president’s tenure, the first in-person meeting of its finance ministers since the disease struck last year will attempt to forge consensus on unfinished business ranging from climate change to corporate taxation.

Alongside those issues, the July 9-10 gathering is likely to take stock of an incomplete global recovery, clouded by the persistent threat of setbacks from new variants of the coronavirus. That may focus minds on the need for continued fiscal efforts to support growth, amid mounting inflation concerns and oil prices that remain elevated following this week’s breakdown in OPEC+ talks.

“The global economies are working together again,” said Rosamaria Bitetti, an economist at Luiss University in Rome. “This is a huge opportunity for the G-20 to think about how this pandemic showed that in our interconnected world, problems are global and need to be addressed together, leaving nationalism behind.”

With Italy hosting the meeting in Venice as chair of the group, the symbolism of convening in a former hub for trade between continents won’t be lost on participants. They can also look to the name of the city’s fire-cursed opera house — La Fenice, or the Phoenix — for inspiration on what to strive for in the embers of an unprecedented global crisis.

The risk is that the scars of discord that haunted international meetings during the Trump years might persist, including echoes of his frequently touted suspicion of China.

For Bruno Le Maire, the French finance minister, the onus is now on the group to build on the consensus it achieved during early stages of the pandemic.

“The G-20 must show in Venice that it can still meet its responsibilities and be able to provide concrete, new and radical responses to the challenges ahead in a continuation of what it has succeeded in doing since February 2020,” he told reporters Tuesday.

Here’s a closer look at some of the areas for discussion:

Fiscal Aid

Finance chiefs will likely discuss ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic’s economic impact, a dialogue that may embrace both the need for continued government support and the prospects of inflation taking hold.

US Treasury officials, briefing reporters Tuesday, said Secretary Janet Yellen will urge other countries not to withdraw COVID-related fiscal measures prematurely. She will also encourage longer-term thinking about boosting economic growth, pointing to President Joe Biden’s proposals for spending on infrastructure, workforce support and green investments.

Such an emphasis also signals that, at least for US officials, keeping the economic recovery on track still carries more urgency than inflation fears. The same is true for Europe, with countries wary of removing generous stimulus too soon and the European Central Bank downplaying price fears.

Uneven Growth

Countries will also discuss ways to avoid excessive divergence between economies as concerns mount about the impact of new virus strains on the recovery.

Even just within Europe, the rebound is “highly uneven”, according to the European Commission, which this week predicted Germany and the Netherlands will reach pre-crisis levels of output a full year ahead of Italy and Spain. That phenomenon is playing out across the globe, auguring widening disparities between countries and regions.

“The world is facing a worsening two-track recovery,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a blog post on Wednesday. “It is a critical moment that calls for urgent action by the G-20.”

Climate Change

The G-20 has long struggled to agree on how to combat climate change, and this meeting, in a city more vulnerable than most to rising sea levels, is likely to feature yet more debate.

In an address at a separate climate change conference on Sunday, Yellen may reiterate the US view that marshalling private finance will be crucial in addressing the problem.

Under Biden, the US is catching up with efforts by Europe to prepare a system for requiring companies to disclose more information about how climate change threatens their operations. Climate-related financial disclosures may be an issue discussed at both the G-20 and the subsequent conference.

Corporate Tax

Ministers are set to endorse a global deal among 131 countries brokered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that proposes a minimum corporate tax of at least 15%, and new rules for dividing up the tax revenues from the world’s largest companies.

While discussions are scheduled to continue until October when G-20 leaders meet in Rome, a preliminary nod in Venice would mark another important step toward reshaping the global tax landscape.

The negotiations could still get bogged down over disagreements such as how much tax revenue should be redistributed to developing economies, and whether countries will meet the US demand to withdraw digital levies once new global rules are in place.

IMF Resources

Special drawing rights, known as SDRs, will also be among topics as the International Monetary Fund prepares the biggest resource injection in its history to help boost global liquidity and help emerging and low-income nations deal with mounting debt.

France is pushing for rich countries to re-lend their new SDRs so that Africa ultimately receives a total of $ 100bn. To meet that goal, the IMF will need to find an effective mechanism and countries beyond the Group of Seven will need to participate.

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