Being hit by a partner is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ – when are we going to stop blaming women?

There is an epidemic of domestic abuse in this country. More than a quarter of women aged 16 to 59 have experienced it at some point in their lives, according to the Government’s own figures. Many victims are trapped in violent relationships, unable to leave because refuge places are in short supply, and they have nowhere else to go. In such circumstances, who could possibly believe that staying with a brutal partner is a ‘choice’, rather than a counsel of desperation? Yet a major new report shows that too many of the…

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NordVPN review: A great choice for Netflix fans, but who’s running the show?

NordVPN in brief: P2P allowed: Yes. Dedicated servers. Business location: Panama [ Further reading: Your new PC needs these 15 free, excellent programs ] Number of servers: 956 Number of country locations: 57 Cost: $69 (billed annually) Panama-based NordVPN is a popular choice among VPN users and is also the recipient of much praise from experts. After spending some time with the service, it’s not hard to see why. First off, NordVPN lets you watch U.S. Netflix from anywhere in the world—a rare feat these days. NordVPN also manages to create an interface that’s simple…

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Mitt Romney: Trump has made a smart choice for education secretary

The nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education has reignited the age-old battle over education policy. The heat is already intense not just because it involves the future of our children but also because a lot of money is at stake. Essentially, it’s a debate between those in the education establishment who support the status quo because they have a financial stake in the system and those who seek to challenge the status quo because it’s not serving kids well. Both sides will take their case to the public…

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T.J. Miller takes jabs at Trump, dodges arrest news at Critics’ Choice Awards

Office Christmas Party star T.J. Miller “sleighed” his opening monologue as host of Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards — but dashed right past his recent arrest. Miller, who was arrested in Los Angeles early Friday after a car-service driver accused him of battery, opened the 22nd annual show by saying, “Before we start, we need to address the elephant in the room.” He continued, “It’s been in the news all weekend, and it’s really affected me: The election was definitely hacked by the Russians.” Jokes aside, Miller then shared he was ready…

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Critics’ Choice Awards: La La Land wins top prize

Musical movie La La Land has picked up eight awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards including best film. Damien Chazelle was named best director but the film’s stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, missed out on acting honours. Natalie Portman won best actress for her portrayal of former first US lady Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Casey Affleck was named best actor for his role as a troubled caretaker in Manchester by the Sea. The best original screenplay award was tied between Chazelle for La La Land and Kenneth Lonergan for…

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Trump’s Education Secretary Choice Is A Blow To Our Nation’s Science Health

Donald Trump’s transition team has announced his choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire from Michigan who has actively campaigned against marriage equality and for school vouchers. Of note, DeVos, now tapped to oversee our nation’s public school system, also has reportedly never been part of a public schoolas a teacher or staff member or sent her children to one. DeVos, a graduate of Calvin College, is the founder of All Children Matter, an organization dedicated to rerouting taxpayer dollars into school vouchers for parents to use to send their…

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Lifestyle choice of the world’s most cosmopolitan butterfly

The last red admirals and commas are feeding on ivy flowers in autumn sunshine and Britain’s butterfly year is drawing to a close once more. One butterfly, though, is on the move. I’ve seen several painted ladies this month, but most have already headed south for the winter. The fate of British-born generations of painted ladies was a mystery until recently, when radar finally documented how they ascend to great heights before beginning their reverse migration.The painted lady is constantly on the move – and how far it moves has…

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