Singer James Blake slams ‘sad boy’ label amid ‘epidemic of male depression and suicide’

James Blake has called for less stigmatisation of men who are open about their feelings after his music was described as “sad boy” in a review. The British singer-songwriter, who won the Mercury Prize for his 2013 album Overgrown, released his latest single “Don’t Miss It” on Friday. At least one early review has described the piano-led track as “sad boy”, with the term used to describe sensitive male artists who sing openly about their feelings. Blake tweeted a statement in which he referred to the term as being “unhealthy…

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String of Hawaii volcano explosions shoot ash to 11,000 feet

HONOLULU (Reuters) – A series of summit explosions on Saturday from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano spewed ash up to 11,000 feet (3,353 m) and dusted the grey powdered rock on communities to the southwest, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. A rising ash plume from Halema’uma’u, a crater at the summit of Kilauea, is seen from the caldera rim near Volcano House in Hawaii, U.S. May 24, 2018. Picture taken May 24, 2018. USGS/Handout via REUTERS The three explosions, which began around 12:42 a.m. (6:42 a.m. ET/1042 GMT)), marked the latest bursts…

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Alan Bean, moon-walking U.S. astronaut turned painter, dies in Houston

(Reuters) – American astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973 before giving up his career to become a full-time painter, died in Houston on Saturday, officials said. FILE PHOTO: Retired Astronaut Alan Bean, 66, poses for a portrait in his spacesuit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., in this undated photo. Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969, left NASA in 1981…

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The only county that voted no in Ireland abortion reform

By Darren McCaffrey, Ireland Correspondent in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal On Ireland’s north west coast, Donegal is a long way from Dublin and it thinks very differently too. A largely rural county, farming, fishing and tourism sustain the local economy here. It is a place where the Church stills hold sway. Donegal voted overwhelmingly to insert the Eighth Amendment in the Irish constitution back in 1983. Today, it defied the national picture by becoming the only constituency wanting to keep it. Image: Donegal was the only area of Ireland to vote…

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Alan Bean, U.S. astronaut and moonwalker, dies in Houston at 86: NASA

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973, died in Houston on Saturday, federal officials said. FILE PHOTO: Retired Astronaut Alan Bean, 66, poses for a portrait in his spacesuit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., in this undated photo. Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969, left NASA in 1981 and made a successful…

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‘Hero’ teacher shot three times as he stopped school attack

A science teacher has been hailed a hero for swiping a gun out of a student’s hand when he opened fire in his classroom. Jason Seaman, 29, took quick action when a student entered the classroom with a gun, by knocking the weapon away and tackling him to the ground. Mr Seaman was shot three times, and a pupil, Ella Whistler, was also shot. just last week i spent an hour talking to my favorite science teacher about how i was going to apply for a job and today jason…

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Live Commentary – R Madrid vs Liverpool

EARLY TEAM NEWS Jurgen Klopp confirmed he had no new injuries concerns ahead of Liverpool’s final training session in Kiev. Long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Joel Matip (thigh) are not available but James Milner and Emre Can are available after overcoming injuries.  For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo could become the fifth player to win five European Cups, while Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Isco are all looking for their fourth Champions League medals. The 12-time winners will be at full-strength…

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Venezuela frees U.S. missionary Josh Holt after two years

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, was heading home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released him. The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah came despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Caracas. Speaking at a news conference in Caracas, Communications Minister Jorge…

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Cyclone Mekunu leaves at least 10 dead as it batters Oman and Yemen

A powerful cyclone has killed a 12-year-old girl and left at least nine other people dead as it battered parts of Oman and Yemen. More than 30 people are missing on the Yemeni island of Socotra after it bore the brunt of Cyclone Mekunu, with gusts of up to 124mph reported. Those missing include Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals. The 12-year-old girl is among three people who have been found dead in Oman, while seven people have been killed in Socotra, said officials from both affected countries. A person died…

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