May 19, 2022

Jeff Bezos Pledges $2 Billion Towards Nature Conservation and Food System Restructuring; Tyra Banks was Criticized for ‘Embarrassing’ Gymnast Suni Lee on Live Television; Britney Spears Tells Her Mom Lynne to ‘Go F**k Yourself,’ Revealing That She ‘Gave’ Her Father Jamie the Conservatorship Idea; Atlanta Braves Wins the World Series; Facebook is Discontinuing Its Facial Recognition Technology, Citing ‘Societal Concerns’

Jeff Bezos Pledges $2 Billion Towards Nature Conservation and Food System Restructuring During COP26 Speech

Over 100 world leaders gathered this week in Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, to debate nature protection and strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

According to CNN, more than 100 countries agreed on the summit’s first day to halt deforestation by 2030. The countries that comprise more than 85 percent of the world’s forests include Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia, and Congo. India, in particular, has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.

US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his government would adopt new measures to curb methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

“This isn’t just something we have to do to protect the environment and future,” Biden stated during the meeting. “It’s an enormous opportunity for all of us, all of our nations, to create jobs and make many climate goals a core part of recovery as well.”

John Kerry, who is now President Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate, told NBC News that 100 other countries will join the United States and European Union in reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and the world’s second-richest person spoke at the conference on Tuesday and pledged $2 billion to nature protection and food system transformation.

“Amazon aims to power all its operations by renewable energies by 2025,” Bezos told the New York Times.

Bezos, who also owns the Blue Origin aerospace company, recently traveled to the edge of space on one of his ships. He made reference to the flight during his summit speech.

“I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens through which you view the world,” Bezos stated. “But I was not prepared for just how much that was true.”

“In too many parts of the world, nature is already flipping from carbon sink to a carbon source,” he continued.

Bezos pledged $10 billion to combat climate change in early 2020 through his Bezos Earth Fund, which he says would provide funding to academics and groups striving to avert the effects of rising temperatures.

Tyra Banks was Criticized for ‘Embarrassing’ Gymnast Suni Lee on Live Television by Calling Out Her ‘Vomiting’ Offstage

Tyra Banks, the host of Dancing With the Stars, is under fire after being accused of “embarrassing” Suni Lee on live television following her performance. Suni and her partner Sasha Farber chose to dance the Paso Doble to Queen’s legendary song We Will Rock You for their DWTS performance.

Suni instantly exited the stage following the performance, prompting the former America’s Next Top Model host to explain the situation.

Tyra announced to the audience that Suni was “vomiting” as the Olympic gymnast fled offstage shortly after dancing.

“Suni is not feeling so good. Not covid! Not covid at all! But she’s not feeling well, so she danced sick, and she had to leave. But she’s okay!” She said.

The judges awarded the 18-year-old three eights and a nine, commending her for performing despite the circumstances. Suni reappeared on stage for the relay dances, but Tyra’s attention was once again drawn to the embarrassing moment.

Tyra told the athlete: “Suni, I got to ask you. I know you’ve been struggling all day, and, like, dude is like, you’re throwing up. This is live TV, and you ran off!”

Suni replied, “… It’s very scary because it’s like, I’ve never done that before, so I was kind of embarrassed, and I knew that if I didn’t come out here, I’d be very disappointed in myself.”

Fans took to Twitter to show their disapproval of Tyra’s handling of the incident.

One person reacted: “Tyra should be fired for putting Suni on the spot. She should know better.”

While one person remarked: “You could see Suni was obviously very uncomfortable and didn’t want to talk about it, but Tyra wouldn’t let it go.”

Another fan reacted: “Let’s not forget using the word ‘throwing up’ how many times! How embarrassing for Suni. Tyra is an embarrassment to the show and herself.”

Suni stated earlier in the day that she wasn’t feeling very hot, as she tweeted: “Hey guys ! not feeling my best tonight, but I will still be dancing for queen night! Make sure you guys vote for me and Sash! Each week is getting scarier & intense !! love you all.”

The incident was not the first time Tyra has faced controversy for her DWTS hosting moments, as she has been chastised for stumbling over her words, asking uninteresting questions, and going off-script.

Britney Spears Tells Her Mom Lynne to ‘Go F**k Yourself,’ Revealing That She ‘Gave’ Her Father Jamie the Conservatorship Idea

Britney Spears called out her mother Lynne in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. In the provocative statement, the 39-year-old singer expressed gratitude to her family for “exiting her life” and advised her mother to “go f**k yourself.”

On Tuesday, the singer, who recently won a significant legal success by having her father Jamie removed from managing her conservatorship, published a post about finally being able to grin after a lengthy period of inactivity.

Britney wrote: “The moment I SMILE, and I realize I haven’t in a very long time!!! My mom gets so CONCERNED and says, “You’re acting weird… what’s wrong with you?” I say, “Hi, my name is Britney Spears… nice to finally meet you!!!” Before I go any further, forgive me in advance… It’s been 13 years, and I’m a little rusty!!!!

“It was a family business before… it’s not longer that anymore!!!! I was BORN today cause I get to SMILE… so thank you for exiting out of my life and finally allowing me to live mine!!!! Psssss, do I know how mean I sound??? Yes… I 100 billion percent I so!!!!”

Britney then made the bombshell claim that her mom Lynne gave her dad the idea of the conservatorship and “secretly ruined my life.”

“Pssss, my dad may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago.. but what people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea!!! I will never get those years back… she secretly ruined my life… and yes, I will call her and Lou Taylor out on it…”

The pop icon then chastised her 66-year-old mother for acting innocent throughout the conservatorship dispute.

“so take your whole “I have NO IDEA what’s going on” attitude and go f**k yourself!!!! You know exactly what you did… my dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship.. but tonight, I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me!!!”

Britney’s former manager Sam Lutfi claimed she was forced to delete her provocative post.

“Wow, deleted… She’s been censored. Wow.” He tweeted.

Atlanta Braves Wins the World Series for the First Time in 26 Years After Defeating Houston Astros

Atlanta Braves claimed the franchise’s first World Series championship in 26 years on Tuesday. The Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 in a game filled with remarkable plays by the Atlanta team.

After two scoreless innings, the game erupted in the third inning when Atlanta outfielder Jorge Soler hit a monster home ball with two guys on base to make it 3-0. The score stayed at 5-0 until Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson made a home run.

First baseman Freddie Freeman drove in a run in the fifth inning, extending the Braves’ lead to 6-0. The score did not change until the seventh inning when Freeman secured a home run.

The game finished 7-0 in favor of the Braves, who scored six of their seven runs on home runs.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Braves led the Series 3-2 following Sunday’s home loss. The Astros won Game 5 9-5. The victory in Game 6 secures the Braves their fourth World Series championship and their first since 1995. They last made a World Series appearance in 1999.

The Braves led during the first half of Game 5 after starting the match with a Grand Slam. However, the Astros took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to make the score 7-4. The franchise prevailed with an additional run in each of the seventh and eighth innings.

The Astros last competed in a World Series in 2019, where the Washington Nationals defeated them. Their most recent triumph came against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. However, the victory has been marred by controversy after it was revealed that the victory was assisted by a sign-stealing, garbage can-banging scandal that season.

A late-2019 to early-2020 inquiry revealed that then-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, both of whom have since been dismissed, were culpable. The team was assessed the maximum penalty of $5 million.

According to ESPN, the Braves became the fourth team to progress to the World Series with a losing record at the All-Star break. The team last accomplished this feat in 1991.

Facebook is Discontinuing Its Facial Recognition Technology, Citing ‘Societal Concerns’

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down its facial recognition tool and destroying the faceprints of more than 1 billion users, according to a company executive.

The change means that more than a third of Facebook’s daily active users, which is around 640 million people, who use the social network’s facial recognition feature will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos, according to a blog post by Jerome Pesenti, Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Meta, Facebook’s newly named parent company.

In addition, Facebook’s automatic alt text system is affected, which employs face recognition and artificial intelligence to provide descriptions of photographs to those who are blind or visually impaired, letting them know when they or a friend are included in an image.

Facebook is taking this measure, Pesenti explained, because “the many specific instances where facial recognition can be helpful need to be weighed against growing concerns about the use of this technology as a whole.”

Along with social worries about how facial recognition might be used, “regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use,” he said. “Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.”

Consumer privacy advocates hailed Facebook’s Tuesday decision as a win for users.

“It is welcome news that Facebook is not only shutting down facial recognition on its platform but is also deleting the face scan data that it improperly obtained from more than a billion users,” Electronic Privacy Information Center president and executive director Alan Butler said in a statement to USA TODAY. “For far too long Internet users have suffered personal data abuses at the whims of Facebook and other platforms.”

Facebook’s move comes after other tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM discontinued selling their facial recognition software to law enforcement, citing concerns over the misidentification of people, particularly minorities, through face recognition.

Facebook received criticism over the years for its use of facial recognition.

The most recent complaint was filed just months after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed, in which up to 87 million people’s data may have been inappropriately shared by the political targeting firm.

The company discontinued in 2019 its automatic tool that identified friends in photos and suggested that users tag them.

Senior Policy Analyst at Consumer Reports, Maureen Mahoney, reaffirmed the importance of “comprehensive federal privacy protections” in a statement. In 2019, the organization conducted an investigation of Facebook’s face recognition settings and discovered that some users were unable to opt-out of the service.

These findings were highlighted in the Federal Trade Commission’s July 2019 $5 billion fine against Facebook over privacy violations.

“We commend Facebook’s decision to shut down its facial recognition program, especially given the company’s history of misleading consumers over the use of the technology,” Mahoney stated.