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On the deadline day for registering to vote in the upcoming general election, 622,389 people applied to the electoral register.

Of these, 246,487 (39.6 per cent) were under 25 and 206,659 (33.2 per cent) were between 25 and 34.

Here's some perspective on how vote registrations spiked in the last few days prior to the window closing.


 

On the final day of voter registration, under 25-year-olds were most likely to apply (246,487), followed by 25 to 34-year-olds (206,659), and 35 to 44-year-olds (88,956).


 

Since 18 April, when Theresa May called for a 8 June general election, over 1 million people under the age of 25 registered to vote:


 

Age group: Applications to electoral register between 18 April and 22 May

<25: 1,051,30 

25 to 34: 972,680 

35 to 44: 432,220

45 to 54: 244,640

55 to 64: 134,865

65 to 74: 70,797

75<: 31,759

 

There were, however, some 27,288 people who filed their application a day late, on 23 May.


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The exit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem is a sight to behold.

Emerging from the innards of the museum commemorating the genocide of Europe's Jewish population, visitors come out onto a breathtaking panorama of Jerusalem.

This symbolism usually has an extremely powerful effect on visitors, who often reflected in the Yad Vashem guest book.

In 2008, candidate and future President Barack Obama left this message in the book.

Picture: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

 

In 2017, as part of his first trip overseas in the job, President Donald Trump also visited Yad Vashem and wrote in the guest book.

His message was much shorter.

Picture: Debbie Hill/Pool/Reuters

 

The Twitter community couldn't help comparing the message from the then Senator, to the one left by President Trump in 2017.

 

Roaul Wootliff also shared the note left by Obama on a presidential visit he made there 22 March 2013.

This note was shorter than the one he'd left in 2008.

 


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Just when you thought you could finally say goodbye to seeing Nigel Farage everywhere, the Lib Dems have released their latest campaign poster.

Vince Cable launched the poster in Twickenham, where he used to be MP, and it states: Vote her, get him

Here it is:  

 

Terrifying, isn't it?

Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

 

People are traumatised:

 

 

 


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In 2016, the concept of having Donald Trump as President of the United States seemed like an impossible future. 

But here we are. Well over 100 days in, and President Trump still remains in the White House. And Mar-a-Lago. And the Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C.  And the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

Ever since his election, some have been debating the possibility of impeachment and musing on the likelihood that the 45th President could be removed from office. 

As reports emerge that Mr Trump allegedly requested the FBI drop its investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and that he allegedly revealed classified information to senior Russian officials, calls for Trump's impeachment are louder than ever.

There is currently an on-going campaign and petition led jointly by Free Speech For People and RootsAction calling for Trump's immediate impeachment and removal from the office of the President.

But how much do you actually know about the impeachment process?


What does it mean?

  • The process of bringing charges against a high official of Government by a legislative body
  • Originates in English law also exists under constitution law in many nations
  • Does not necessarily imply removal of the official from office - only the first step
  • In the U.S., grounds for impeachment include: "Treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours"
  • These refer to crimes committed against the state by public officials

Summary: Refers to charges against an official, but not automatic removal from office

How does it work?

  • A document (or "resolution calling for a committee investigation of charges against the officer in question") known as an Article of Impeachment is taken to the House Committee on Rules
  • They may take it to the Judiciary Committee for investigation
  • The House of Representatives has the power to choose to impeach (i.e. votes to bring the charges) - needs a simple majority
  • The Senate has the power to carry out impeachment (i.e. to try the case) - needs a two-thirds majority to convict
  • Trial is presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (if a president is impeached) or the Vice President (if another official)

Summary: A complex but more or less three-step process, involving two different votes

Picture: AFP/Getty Images

 

Has it happened before?

  • Andrew Johnson (1868): narrowly avoided conviction by the Senate for violating the Tenure of Office Act (by removing the secretary of war)
  • Bill Clinton (1999): threatened with impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice, but acquitted by the Senate
  • (Richard Nixon [1974]: resigned over Watergate scandal before impeachment proceedings were approved by the House could actually begin)

Summary: No president has ever been impeached by the Senate, but proceedings have occurred

Picture: An engraving showing the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson in the Senate March 13, 1868. (Getty) 

 

Is it possible for Trump to be impeached?

  • Despite his plans to give up operation of Trump Organisation (but not income or ownership), there is a potentially serious conflict of interests between his business and his political position
  • In particular, it's been suggested that his business income abroad could theoretically influence foreign policy 
  • The 2012 Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act - or Stock Act - prevents the president from insider trading, or profiting off information they obtain on the job, and demands that officials reveal financial information
  • Tax breaks via Trump's businesses since 1980, if they continue, could be in violation of the Constitution's 'presidential compensation clause', which forbids withholding additional money beyond a fixed federal salary
  • Contract for lease of Old Post Office in Washington D.C. (Trump International Hotel) forbids elected officials being part of, or benefiting from, that lease
  • The Foreign Emoluments Clause in the Constitution forbids a president accepting a gift / benefit from a foreign leader / government
  • Rent paid by the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China for its space in Trump Tower, and spending by foreign diplomats at Trump properties, could be in violation of this
  • If the allegations that Donald Trump personally requested that the FBI drop its investigation into Flynn prove to be true, experts say it could place him in "impeachment territory".

David Gergen, who served as a top advisor to Presidents Nixon, Clinton and Raegen, told CNN:

After watching the Clinton impeachment, I thought I would never see another one. But I think we’re in impeachment territory for the first time.

I think that the obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Nixon that brought him down.

I'm a lapsed lawyer, I can not tell you if it meets all of the legal definitions, but I can tell you from a lay point of view, it looks like [Mr Trump] was trying to impede the investigation, he was using his power to do that, and when James Comey didn't go along with him, he wasn't his boy, he fired him, which I think is also relevant to the question of what he was trying to do.

So, from my point of view, this is of enormous consequence for his presidency.

Summary: Possible in theory, but there is very little precedent to guide lawmakers

Is it likely? 

  • A campaign or document focussing on the legal aspects, particularly the Stock Act and the Foreign Emoluments Clause, could be used
  • A campaign or document focussing on Trump's unpopularity and more unpalatable behaviour would be unlikely to work
  • No President in US history has ever been successfully impeached by the Senate
  • Only one President (Richard Nixon) has ever failed to complete his term in office due to the threat of impeachment
  • A Republican President would normally expect support from a Republican-majority government, making impeachment unlikely
  • However, despite the Republican-led Congress, Trump's unpopularity within his own party could encourage lawmakers to pursue impeachment
  • Bookies have revealed a huge surge in bets on Trump's impeachment, citing a one way traffic in betting
  • Betting odds on Trump getting impeached or resigning before the end of his term are extremely good

Summary: History and process are against an impeachment, but the bets so far are on an unfinished term in office 

We shall see...


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Breaking up is tricky business. There's no how too guide, no quick fix and even with the best of intentions someone tends to feel a little hurt afterwards.


 

Thanks to the growth of social media, there's now dozens of ways to end things with your bae, but we're pleased to report most people still do it in person.

According to polling by YouGov57 per cent of people still do the deed face to face, 14 per cent on the phone and 8 per cent via text.

Three per cent of people are very retro, and have broken up with someone via letter and another one per cent fobbed the job off onto someone else.

One per cent did it via email.

Only eight per cent of people have 'ghosted' someone, which is essentially just ignoring someone until they get the idea.

 

 

YouGov also broke their data down by political allegiances, ages, gender, region, and social grade.

SNP members are the most likely to ghost you, and twice as likely as members of other political parties to get someone else to pass the news on for you. Lib Dems are the most likely to break up with you over the phone, and members of the Labour party are the most likely to break up with you via text.

On the contrary, Tories are probably the most likely to be dumped, with a third (29 per cent) saying they never broken up with someone, at least in the ways YouGov listed.

Women are more likely to break up with someone in person then men (60 per cent claim to opposed to 53 per cent), although twice as many men claim to have broken up with someone via email.


 

Londoners are the most likely to ghost you, with more than one in ten claiming to have broken up with someone that way, and 4 per cent claim to have broken up with someone via email.

Scots are the most likely to to the deed face to face (61 per cent) compared to Southerners who are the least likely (55 per cent).

Despite it allegedly being a 'millennial trend,' those aged 18-25 are equally as likely to ghost someone as those aged 50-65 (eight per cent), with those aged 25-49 the most likely to dump-via-ignoring.

However, one in five (19 per cent) of 18-24 year olds have broken up with someone via text.

 

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Social media seems to be the new way to get free things. 

This week, the most retweeted tweet ever was logged by Carter Wilkerson, from Nevada USA, as part of his #NuggsForCarter campaign (it's on about 3.5 million retweets at the moment, beating Ellen's Oscar's selfie). Thanks to this achievement he managed to get his hands on a year's supply of chicken nuggets and a sizeable donation to his preferred charity.

Elsewhere in the Twitterverse, artist Hector Janse van Rensburg shared a picture of himself in the bath, with a bottle of Radox shower gel in the background - not directly asking for a freebie.

He captioned the tweet: "Good morning. despite the alluring exploration of the male form combined with a strong brand placement this is not a sponsored tweet"

 

To his surprise, Radox actually replied

 

And sent him a private message offering him a free gift basket

 

Perhaps testing his luck, he then posed with a hand-drawn picture of an Aston Martin, asking for "the one with the big vrooms"...

Against all odds, Aston Martin replied...

 

He didn't quite get the car - but they did send him a toy car, which we're sure he can play with in the bath.



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If you haven't been near a screen in the past 24 hours... Lucky you. Return to your idyllic desert island. FLEE. 

If you are in the loop however, you'll probably know that former game show host and current President of the United States Donald Trump fired James Comey from his position as Director of the FBI

Comey was involved in an ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference during the 2016 election. 

Since his dismissal was announced late last night, rolling news channels have been covering the possible reasons behind it, as well as the possible repercussions.

One such network covering the news is the Cable News Network, or CNN for short. 

Former Arkansas Governor, and big Trump fan, Mike Huckabee today decided to throw his hat into the ring and comment on the media coverage of Comey's departure, remarking that CNN's broadcasters and pundits were having 'heart attacks' over the action. 

He wrote in a tweet: "CNN now stands for Cardiac Care Network because their ppl [sp] are having heart attacks over Trump doing what the Dems once demanded-fire Comey."

 


 

Eagle eyed readers might have noticed that Cardiac Care Network is CCN... Not CNN. 

His faux pas has certainly not gone unnoticed by the Twitter community, who were quick to question what the hell was actually going on?

 

Seriously, that's a fairly gargantuan point to miss while drafting a tweet. 

 

The tweet, at time of writing, is STILL live. Meaning there are going to be plenty more people getting involved. 

 

To quote Disney's 2006 classic High School Musical... "Get your head in the game". 

 

RIP Mike Huckabee's Twitter notifications.


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Thirteen countries, all of a Muslim majority, punish apostasy (the renunciation of a particular religion), or blasphemy with death.

The annual Freedom of Thought report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, found that 13 countries impose capital punishment upon people simply for their beliefs, or lack of them.

 


 

Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen are the relevant countries.

All of these countries, except Pakistan, allow for capital punishment against apostasy, while Pakistan imposes the death penalty for blasphemy - including a disbelief in God.

Among the best-ranked countries in the report, which received a "free and equal" rating, were Jamaica, Uruguay, Japan, Taiwan, and Belgium.

View the report's full rankings in the interactive map, below:

 

The UK received a middling classification of "Systemic Discrimination" in the report, while “extant religious privileges and legal exemptions, often linked to the established state church” were listed as a cause for concern, as well as faith schools and required collective worship in state-funded schools.
 


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There's really no such thing as a silly question when it come to sexual health.

Due to British prudishness and a lack of sexual health education at schools, it's not something we often talk about.

But embarrassment shouldn't stop anyone from getting checked up - after all, the nurses have almost definitely heard it all before.


 

However, some of the questions are - more unusual - than others.

Speaking to Refinery29 some STI nurses reveal the most surprising things they've been asked. 

1.  Can I prevent pregnancy by emptying the semen inside me?

This was asked after a woman had seen it as a storyline of Channel 4 show Catasrophe. 

According to Nurse Darren, the answer is no.

Trying to  physically remove semen that’s inside you following ejaculation is no guarantee that you won’t become pregnant. There is no way to remove all the sperm – and some sperm is released pre-ejaculation. It’s also worth pointing out sperm can live inside a woman after sex, sometimes for up to seven days.

2. Do I need to disinfect my sex toys after use?

According to Nurse Suzie, yes and no. 

Cleaning a sex toy properly is very important for your health, but there’s usually no need to use antibacterial products.

Follow the recommended care guidelines, which should recommend washing them after every use using a mild, unscented soap.

This is even if you're only using it on yourself and not sharing with a partner. An unwashed toy can contaminate them with bacteria.

You can get an STI by using sex toys or other objects, but only if someone with an STI has used them before you. If you suspect this is the case, wash it thoroughly before use, or use a condom.

3. Can mutual masturbation give you an STI?

Yes, but there's a very low risk, according to nurse Darren.

There is a very low risk from using your hands on someone else and then yourself. But genital to genital masturbation can leave you exposed to things like herpes, HPV [genital warts], pubic lice [crabs] or syphilis.

 

4. Do I need to be worried about the number of partners I've had?

Worrying about sexually transmitted infections is an entirely separate issue that worrying about your 'number', according to Nurse Esther, which is why GUM and STI clinics don't ask you to disclose this number.

You can get an STI from just one partner. It comes down to praising safe sex. If you’re single and sexually active, especially if you’re having unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners, I would advise having a regular STI check – as often as every three months.

 

5.Should I be worried about how my vagina looks?

Stop worrying, the answer is no. Suzie says that 

There really isn’t any such thing as a ‘normal vagina’ that looks a certain way. I’m both surprised and saddened to be asked this because it shows how many women have been taught that a ‘healthy’ or ‘attractive’ vagina looks a very specific way, which has probably come from porn imagery. That is short inner labia that don't protrude, with a small, visible clitoris and – if Caucasian – a consistent light-toned skin.

The vulva, which is the set of external genitals that includes the clitoris and the labia, comes in many different sizes, shapes, colours, and other physical variations. So whether you’re wrinkly, smooth, flappy or bumpy, yours is ‘normal’. That said, if you notice a change in its appearance, especially if that is a redness, sores or other markings, or a change in discharge you should seek advice from an STI clinic.

6. Can a condom get ”lost” inside me?

No, neither a condom nor the contraceptive NuvaRing can get ”lost” inside a woman according to Suzie.

There’s no danger of something being pushed too far up in the vagina because the cervix, which is the narrow, lower end of the uterus, will block it from going any farther. If a condom comes off during sex you can reach inside the vagina and gently pull it out. If this happens there is a risk of STIs, and also pregnancy if the woman is not using another type of contraception. Your sexual health clinic can help.

 

Indy100 has also had a look around and we tracked down this awesome Reddit thread where a sexual health nurse answered some more unusual and frequently asked questions.

7. Do I have to take my contraceptive pill every day, or just on days that I have sex?  

FYI, it's everyday, at the same time too.

8. Can I catch HIV from door handles?

No, and you can't catch it from toilet seats either.

9. Does size matter?

Iklegemma who works in sexual health says "most women would say not really."

10. What's the appropriate age to have sex?

I don't think there is an 'appropriate' age to have sex. There are many things to consider; are you ready? Do you trust the person? Are you protected? It is also important to think of the potential legal consequences.

11. Can a woman actually get pregnant from it without ejaculation?

"Precum does contain a small amount of sperm, so yes, it is possible to get pregnant - although less likely." Iklegemma explains "Always be careful!"

 

For more info visit NHS choices. You can find your local sexual health clinic here. 


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