Damage control: Activate! Joe Fresh Style!
Loblaws, the company that owns the Joe Fresh clothing line, said that it will provide compensation for the families of victims who worked at the Bangladesh factory that collapsed last week. The incident left 380 people dead and hundreds missing. After Joe Fresh labels were found amid the rubble, it was revealed that the clothing line was produced in the factory. No wonder Joe Fresh sandals are only $4…. The garment workers in the factory reportedly get paid about $38 a month. That’s almost 10 pairs of Joe Fresh shoes!
Sounds a little too familiar… but once again President Obama has pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amid a growing hunger strike.
Obama announced today at a White House news conference that his administration would give it another go and try to talk congress into closing the U.S. military-run detention center. Congress previously blocked all efforts to close the prison but for some reason Obama thinks renewed discussions will change their minds. Second time’s a charm!
“I’m going to go back at this,” “I’m going to reengage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that’s in the best interests of the American people.”
Obama said that the prison is harmful to U.S. interests and is no longer necessary to keep Americans safe.
“It is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing, it lessens co-operation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts, it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed.”
This news comes amid reports of a growing hunger strike. One hundred of Guantanamo Bay’s 166 prisoners are now participating in a hunger strike, protesting poor conditions and lack of trials. 21 of the strikers are being force-fed through a tube, a tactic made public in a recent op-ed written by a prisoner.
The hunger strike has gotten so bad, that it prompted the US to send in 40 nurses and medical specialists to monitor the situation. I’m no Guantanamo expert, but I believe this sums it up well:
If Congress doesn’t stop blocking the closure, starvation may be the best hope to close down Guantanamo. In which case, they should probably stop force feeding them and sending over medical staff…
But, “I don’t want these individuals to die,” Obama says.
Just give it time…
Jason Collins became America’s first openly gay male pro athlete. Really? Seems like there should be more.
The 34-year-old NBA center, who is currently a free agent, came out on the cover of , proclaiming:
“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
I guess coming out on the Sports Illustrated cover is like coming out on the for athletes.
The basketball player it is “mind-boggling” to be the first active male athlete in a major sport in the US to come out as gay. He also revealed that the Boston Marathon bombings partially inspired him to come out.
The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?
His grandma, however, wasn’t so sure about the whole ‘coming out’ plan:
My maternal grandmother was apprehensive about my plans to come out. She grew up in rural Louisiana and witnessed the horrors of segregation. During the civil rights movement she saw great bravery play out amid the ugliest aspects of humanity. She worries that I am opening myself up to prejudice and hatred. I explained to her that in a way, my coming out is preemptive. I shouldn’t have to live under the threat of being outed. The announcement should be mine to make, not TMZ’s.
So far, Jason Collins has been inundated with messages of support. Even President Obama gave him a call to offer support and congratulate the NBA player. But what’s even more important than getting a call from the president is increasing your Twitter base. Jason Collins some 10,000 Twitter followers just one hour after the story came out. So that’s the trick…
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has abdicated the throne, handing it over to her son Willem-Alexander.
Princess Beatrix, formerly known as Queen Beatrix, after a 33-year reign. Beatrix, 75, announced her plans to step down back in January, citing that it was time for a new generation of royals to take over.
Willem-Alexander will be the first Dutch king since 1890. He was sworn in today as huge crowds of orange-clad partygoers celebrated in the streets. What kind of king will Willem-Alexander be? According to him he wants to “be a king that can bring society together, representative and encouraging in the 21st Century”. Well that sounds very generic.
Meanwhile, over in England, Prince Charles passive aggressively sat down at the royal breakfast table and slowly placed the newspaper headlines down for all to see.
Your move Queen Elizabeth.