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2023-05-09 02:54:02

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New Zealand female soccer players will be paid the same as men

New Zealand has taken a huge step when it comes to equality in sport.

The country's chief footballing organisation, New Zealand Football, and the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association (NZPFA) have come to an agreement(opens in a new tab) which will see international players representing the country paid equally.

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Women will also receive equal prize money, equal rights for image use and notably, have the same travel benefits as their male counterparts.

As the New Zealand Herald(opens in a new tab) notes, that allows female players to be flown business class on flights six hours or more when representing their country.

It's an important benefit given much of the national team -- dubbed the Football Ferns -- compete in European or U.S. leagues, like captain Ali Riley, who plays for Swedish club FC Rosengård.

"The Football Ferns, who are ranked inside the top 20 in the world, are the flagship of women's football in New Zealand. They are role models for the 30,000 female players throughout our country," New Zealand Football chief executive, Andy Martin, said in a statement.

The men's team, the All Whites, are 133rd in the world in the FIFA rankings. The move follows Norway, who signed an agreement last December(opens in a new tab) to pay international female and male players the same wages when they represent the country.

There's still some way to go when it comes to equality at club level. English club Lewes FC became the first professional or semi-professional team to have pay parity last year(opens in a new tab), while England's Football Association pledged to reduce the gender pay gap(opens in a new tab) among club staff.

One of the world's highest paid footballers, Brazilian forward Neymar, will earn $44.6 million (37.4 million EUR) playing for French club Paris Saint Germain in the 2017-18 season alone.

It's the equivalent salary of 1,693 female players across seven top leagues, as per a report by Sporting Intelligence(opens in a new tab) last year.

And sure, while men's leagues have long been established, attracting larger crowds and thus television deals, the report notes that for each professional women's footballer, there are at least 106 men making a full-time living from the sport.

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    Healthcare workers are exhausted by the bogus claims. Recently, a flurry of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare workers have shared heartbreaking posts on social media to illustrate the devastation wrought by COVID-19 as they stare down endless days of over-packed hospitals.

    Their online pleas come as the COVID-19 death toll hit a six-month high(Opens in a new tab) on Tuesday and the U.S. reached the bleak milestone of over 250,000 Americans dead from the virus(Opens in a new tab) since the start of the pandemic. Some states are responding to another coronavirus wave by reinstating restrictions(Opens in a new tab) designed to save lives, while others are easing rules(Opens in a new tab) or implementing mask mandates for the first time.

    Meanwhile, many healthcare workers are past their breaking points(Opens in a new tab) or have quit.

    Kari Jerge, a critical care surgeon, is currently working part-time in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix.

    Jerge says the patients she's cared for in the last week or two are the sickest patients she's encountered in her eight years of practicing medicine.

    "...they get so sick so fast, despite all the machines and all the medicines you put them on, a lot of them are slipping through our fingers," says Jerge.

    The burnout worries Jerge, who fears many doctors and nurses will leave the medical field when the pandemic is over.

    "What I'm afraid of, is at the end of this, there's going to be a whole bunch of nurses and doctors who have emptied their cups and have nothing left to pour," she says. "As long as I can hold onto the warmth, empathy, and compassion that I give to my patients, as long I don't shut down, I'll still be able to be in medicine at the end of this."

    If you're tired of arguing with friends, family, and strangers on the internet about the consequences of COVID-19, share the tweets below with them. It may not change their minds but, hopefully it will provide some perspective and evoke at least a smidgeon of empathy. The harsh realities inside America's healthcare centers are only mounting.

    Jerge isn't hopeful for a quick end to the onslaught of critically-ill patients with COVID-19.

    "This feels like quicksand, we're about to get hit with a tidal [wave] that's even worse and it's already so bad," she says.

  • Facebook freezes Venezuela presidents page for promoting a false COVID-19 cure

    Facebook freezes Venezuela presidents page for promoting a false COVID-19 cure

    Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, had his Facebook page temporarily frozen for violating the tech giant's policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19, Reuters reports(Opens in a new tab).


    Back in January, Maduro publicly advocated that Carvativir — a traditional remedy derived from thyme — was a "miracle" treatment that cured coronavirus. But without scientific evidence to support it, the claim was never approved by doctors.

    Maduro also took to Facebook to post a video promoting the medication. In the video, he refers to Carvativir as "miracle drops" which can be used to both cure coronavirus and prevent a person from contracting it. Given that the video spreads false claims, Facebook removed it from Maduro's page.

    But the social media company didn't stop there. A spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that, “due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.”

    SEE ALSO: 12 people are behind most of the anti-vaxxer disinformation you see on social media

    Additionally, the social media company made it clear that Carvativir is not a cure or preventative for coronavirus. “We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” the spokesperson told Reuters.

    Maduro isn't the first politician to promote a "cure" for COVID-19 on Facebook. Former President Donald Trump also used the platform to falsely claim that REGN-COV2, the antibody cocktail given to him in the hospital after contracting COVID, was what he called a cure.

    But regardless of whether you're a political figure or just a regular person posting on Facebook, the same rules apply. As stated under its Community Standards(Opens in a new tab), Facebook says it will "remove misinformation when public health authorities conclude that the information is false and likely to contribute to imminent violence or physical harm.

  • Congrats to Ben Platt on joining John Krasinski and Emily Blunts marriage


    Congrats to Ben Platt on joining John Krasinski and Emily Blunts marriage

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt, and also Ben Platt in holy matrimony.

    You may be thinking to yourselves, "Hey, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt already got married to each other in 2010," but on Tuesday at the Time 100 Gala in New York, everything changed.

    Here's what went down: The Quiet Place co-stars caught up with the star of Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen and took an absolutely stunning series of photos. They looked GREAT. Truly.

    Then, after leaving the event, Platt, admired the shots and must have thought the three would form a perfect union because he shared his desire to join their marriage on Twitter.

    SEE ALSO: There was a scene in 'A Quiet Place' taken directly from 'The Office'

    The best part is that Platt wasn't even chill about it. He acted the way I, a regular Krasinski/Blunt superfan, would have, literally captioning the photo, "Inching my way into this marriage." SAME, BEN. SAME.

    If any person here can show cause why these three people should not be joined in holy matrimony, forever hold your peace because they're perfect. John Krasinski, who accepted the proposal within hours, clearly agrees.

    With a simple but life-changing, "Nope. You're in my friend," Krasinski, Blunt, and Platt were wed via Twitter. (Far more powerful than any "I do.")

    Please enjoy these photos of the happy throuple at the Time 100 Gala their ceremony.

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    If you recall, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt also recently adopted actor Ryan Reynolds, so I guess Ben Platt is a dad now.

    Big day for Ben! Congrats!!!

  • Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trumps White House


    Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trumps White House

    No, Michelle Obama isn't(opens in a new tab) running for president — but she does have some thoughts about the guy who's taken up residency in her old home.

    While speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference(opens in a new tab) in Boston on Thursday, the former first lady addressed the Trump presidency using parenting as the perfect metaphor to describe everything that has conspired since her husband left office.

    SEE ALSO: The artists behind the striking Obama portraits

    "I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted," Obama said. "I always felt like for the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time."

    "And now we have the other parent. We thought it’d feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late, and not follow the rules," she continued. "We're gonna at a point in time look at those two experiences and see how we feel."

    To get back to the 'good parent,' Michelle emphasized that it boils down to one thing: voting.

    "I think it's going to take young people, the next generation of leaders, to really determine what kind of world they want to be in — and voting has got to be a part of that equation," she explained.

    You can watch the full speech in the video above. Her parenting remarks begin at the 11:30 mark.

  • No one agrees on what iMessage Tapbacks actually mean

    No one agrees on what iMessage Tapbacks actually mean


    In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use.

    Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It's true that they're nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you're presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn't even have to type anything!

    Here's the trouble, though. There's no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed to be, or mean. Thus, no implicit code of etiquette has emerged around their use. In our already anxiety-ridden(Opens in a new tab) texting culture, that's a recipe for chaos.

    The main question appears to be whether Tapbacks are meant to function as actual messages or as social media reactions. (Before you ask: Yes, iMessage is a social network(Opens in a new tab).) Apple's blurb on the subject(Opens in a new tab) calls Tapbacks a way to "quickly reply" to texts. But the mechanics and appearance of the feature are more similar to, say, a Twitter like, which is decidedly not a reply. A reply is (generally) meant to move a conversation forward; a reaction, which often marks the end of an exchange, reflects on messages already sent.

    So when someone reacts to your question with a thumbs up Tapback, you just don't know: Are they reacting to the message ("Thanks for asking me to go to the beach") or are they replying affirmatively to the message's contents ("Yes, I will go to the beach")? If someone sends you a heart Tapback in lieu of a reply, are they saying "I'm into that" or "OK, but I would like the conversation to end?"

    These questions don't apply to every conversation. If you're texting your best friend, for example, one Tapback probably won't matter to you at all. But if you're texting a more casual acquaintance — or worse, a crush — each message takes on a lot more weight.

    Let's say you're texting a newish friend. You are having a pleasant exchange. You text them that you heard a song on the radio (in this scenario, you listen to the radio) that you think they'd like. You do not name the song. They respond with an exclamation point Tapback. No message. Oh god, what?

    SEE ALSO: The curse of the Twitter reply guy

    Depending on how you've metabolized the role of Tapbacks in the texting world, this response is up for a pretty wide range of interpretations. When I asked several people to share their thoughts on Tapbacks, the lack of any clear protocol showed.


    Twenty-six-year-old Anna, for instance, would view that heart Tapback — sent without an accompanying message — as passive-aggressive. "It's the new K bomb(Opens in a new tab)," she told me via text. "It's kinda signaling, 'OK cool, I'm done with the convo now.'" If you receive an isolated Tapback from someone, that person wants your conversation to be over, she thinks.

    Tara, 31, takes it a step further. She views the Tapback as insulting. "That's a fuckboy move," she said. "It's not like you're texting [them] for your own health. You're facilitating a conversation." To her, a Tapback in lieu of a traditional reply indicates laziness at best and outright rudeness at worst. Typing out a short reply isn't that much more effort, after all. Even sending a single emoji, while still not super-riveting, feels a bit more personalized.

    But not everyone views Tapbacks negatively. Olivia, 26, explained that she utilizes them as a "nonverbal" way to keep conversations going — not as a way to end them.

    "I feel like I have so little time for texting these days, so I don’t mind at all if someone responds with a reaction and I do it myself all the time," she said. "It’s an easy way to say 'got it,' but also a way to further a conversation."

    Here's an example from her recent memory. "If [a friend] texted me, 'OK, so I made out with someone last night,' I might respond with just the [exclamation point Tapback] prompting them to tell me more," she said. "But also maybe I am a horrible texter." (She'd probably interpret our hypothetical friend's exclamation-point Tapback as "Send over the song!")

    "It's an easy way to say 'got it,' but also a way to further a conversation."

    It's important to note that ending a conversation is not bad. We can't be communicating with every single person we know all the time. In fact, we absolutely should not be, and it's perfectly defensible to let an exchange end at a natural stopping point. This is where Sam, 24, finds the Tapback useful.

    "I love them as a way to quietly and nicely end a text convo, instead of just like, not responding at all and feeling guilty about it," she said. "Here's confirmation that I liked your message but it doesn't really warrant a response, we're still friends, I'll talk to you later."

    There's where the confusion comes in. If Sam sent a Tapback meant to convey, "Talk to you later, pal," Tara or Anna might interpret that Tapback as a slight. No one would be wrong.

    A lot of the confusion is likely due to Apple's lack of clarity around Tapbacks in the first place. (To start with, the term "Tapback" is the least helpful name imaginable.) On the support page, even the example used to explain Tapbacks is deeply confusing: The recipient responds to "Are you ready for the party?" with a heart Tapback. I'm sorry — are they ready for the party or not? What the hell does that mean?


    The Tapbacks available to users are also a little too weird to be genuinely useful. The heart's a little too romantic, the thumbs up a little too flippant. The exclamation point is ... excitement? Screaming? Any strong emotional response? Fine, the question mark is pretty straightforward, but you can see how we weren't exactly set up for success here.

    There is one area, though, where people seem to love Tapbacks: Fast-paced group threads. Several people mentioned that Tapbacks are great for acknowledging unanswered messages after the chat has moved on to a different topic. This does come with challenges — like the annoying converted "loved an image" text everyone gets when one person in the chat has an Android — but it's also the one place where the message is distinctly, "I can't respond to this in the regular way, but I want you to know I saw it."

    As with most facets of texting culture, it's cool to take the Tapback's ambiguity with about a cup and a half of salt. If you really aren't sure what a person means, the best route is to simply ask for clarification. You'll find out if it was a response or a reaction soon enough.

    The only hard-and-fast rule is to never, under any circumstances, use the thumbs down Tapback. You will look like an asshole every single time.

  • LAPD Zoom call: 8 moments you need to see from the angry, public roasting of police

    LAPD Zoom call: 8 moments you need to see from the angry, public roasting of police

    The Los Angeles Police Commission hosted a Zoom call with citizens on Tuesday and people let. them. have. it. The citizens of LA are fed up and angry, and they aren't hiding it.


    People called in for more than six hours and absolutely laid into the police(Opens in a new tab) and its leadership amid widespread protests against police brutality in LA and across the country. The protests, of course, were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed, black man who died last week when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.

    A common theme from the callers was to demand the resignation(Opens in a new tab) of LA Police Chief Michel Moore, who said Floyd's "death is on [looters'] hands as much as it is those officers" — comments for which he later apologized, claiming he misspoke.

    We collected a few of the most noteworthy moments from the wild and angry Zoom call, which was also plagued with a few technical difficulties.

    1. Upgrade your Zoom account

    2. The tweet gives you the gist

    3. "Have you considered being good at your jobs?"

    4. "I'm looking at a lot of people who just got the shit kicked out of them the whole day."

    5. Maybe, possibly, potentially, Tony Hawk called in(Opens in a new tab)?

    UPDATE: June 3, 2020, 1:27 p.m. EDT Hawk confirmed on Twitter that it was not him on the call.

    6. This one has a Curb Your Enthusiasm ending added

    7. A call about the real looters

    8. "You are public servants. Not soldiers."

  • An ode to Will Smiths perfect Instagram account

    An ode to Will Smiths perfect Instagram account


    If you ask me, there was only one good thing to come out of social media in 2017 and it came with three weeks to spare.

    It wasn't the tide pod craze, it wasn't Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's strange flight, and it wasn't the drama involving the royal wedding's guest list either — it was Willard Carroll "Will" Smith Jr. and his brand new, fresh out the box Instagram account. It's perfect in every way, and if 2018 keeps going the way it is, it might just be the best thing about this year too.

    SEE ALSO: Will Smith finally addresses those 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' reunion rumours

    The beloved Smith has always discussed why he's grateful he didn't come up in the time of timelines and avatars. "Fortunately, most of my career, I was shielded from that level of scrutiny. There actually was privacy. There was actually the ability to create mystery," he told The Hollywood Reporter(opens in a new tab) in 2015.

    That level of mystery dissipates when you've reached the god-like status of the Smith and his family, and either transforms into a well-oiled, PR-fueled life (with an Instagram account to match) or nothing at all, a là Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt. (Side note: imagine how beautiful the world would be if Meryl Streep had an Instagram account.)

    But sometimes, famous faces bless us all with Very Good Celebrity Instagram accounts (ie., Tina Knowles(opens in a new tab), Chris Pratt(opens in a new tab), and Drake(opens in a new tab) -- the king of hilarious Instagram captions). Thank goodness Smith falls into the second category.

    There are a few key things that make a celebrity Instagram account good: self-deprecation, behind-the-scenes access, and quality throwbacks — and the Fresh Prince passes all of these tests with flying colors.

    Exhibit A: the ugly holiday sweaters, worn with pride and disbelief at the audacity of Jada for making the family be festive.

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    Then there's the reading glasses. Your beloved favorite actor is getting old, folks, but he isn't afraid to show it off. Weak eyes but make it fashion.

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    In the brief time he's been at this, he's managed to let us in on some wholesome family fun. Still can't believe we ever lived without knowing the lengths the Smith family goes to manifest the holiday spirit.

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    His behind-the-scenes work is what debuted on the 'gram first, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, who filled the void in our heart by instigating the birth of his account. The only thing better than pre-cut interview previews that tease us is pictures with the queen of celebrity selfies(opens in a new tab).

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    All of this is fun and games, but there's something that Smith does that even the greatest of them, like The Rock(opens in a new tab), can't do.

    As a man who has been in the spotlight for so long, Smith has racked up a thrilling rolodex of friends and lucky for us, he isn't shy about shouting them out for their birthdays or just because. So far we've got some quality throwbacks of Jaime Foxx and Denzel Washington. That's two heavyweights in less than a month. Who knows what other ageless face we'll witness next. Isn't this thrilling?!

    May 20, 2010. We all produced a play together on Broadway called FELA. It was about the late Nigerian Artist / Activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. We were nominated for 11 Tony Awards!!! Look up FELA. His life was DEEP! #tbt(opens in a new tab)

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    Despite the seemingly authentic nature of it all, Smith's PR people would probably be mad if a couple plugs weren't thrown in the feed, even if Bright isn't that great of a film. The best of them, however, do it with grace and humor instead of pumping out well airbrushed film stills and clips from talk shows to their followers who are bound to see those things elsewhere, regardless.

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    But really, it's not just me who feels this way. Everyone is in love with Will Smith's Instagram account.

    All that to say, thank you Ellen. Thank you @kevin(opens in a new tab). And thank you, Will, for letting us into your life one double-tap-heart at a time.

  • Michael B. Jordan had the perfect response to this tweet about him still living with his parents

    Michael B. Jordan had the perfect response to this tweet about him still living with his parents


    Michael B. Jordan may be a no-holds-barred badass in the world of Wakanda, but IRL he's actually just a nice guy.

    He's happy to honour a lost bet, he's a big fan of anime, and he shares a home with his parents.

    SEE ALSO: Lupita Nyong'o is still making Michael B. Jordan do pushups, and it's still hilarious

    On Thursday, a tweet describing some of these lesser-known Jordan facts went viral.

    So viral, in fact, that it caught the attention of the man himself. And he wanted to set the record straight on a few things...



    Turns out he really is a big anime fan, too.

    Good for you, Michael B. Jordan. In 2018, no man should have to hide his love for anime.

  • Person accidentally dresses as her office carpet, internet says same


    Person accidentally dresses as her office carpet, internet says same

    Have you ever gone to work and found yourself accidentally matching with one of your colleagues, outfit-wise?

    Maybe a similar shirt, or even the exact same jacket?

    SEE ALSO: This daughter's optical illusion went so viral even her mom recreated it

    Okay, well how about matching with the carpet.

    That photo, shared by journalist Ilona Burton on Wednesday, has now been retweeted over 6000 times.

    Turns out she wasn't the only one who's experienced something like this, either.

    Surely matching your outfit to a random object should give you extra fashion points, right?