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At Miss Universe pageant, Myanmar’s contestant pleads “our people are dying”

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Ma Thuzar Wint Lwin, Miss Universe Myanmar, holds up the "Pray for Myanmar" sign during Miss Universe pageant's national costume show, in Hollywood, Florida May 13, 2021

Myanmar’s Miss Universe contestant, Thuzar Wint Lwin, used the pageant on Sunday to urge the world to speak out against the military junta, whose security forces have killed hundreds of opponents since it seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said in a video message for the competition, where she was appearing in the finals at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

“I would like to urge everyone to speak about Myanmar. As Miss Universe Myanmar since the coup, I have been speaking out as much as I can,” she said.

Myanmar’s junta spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment.

Thuzar Wint Lwin is among dozens of Myanmar celebrities, actors, social media influencers and sports people who have voiced opposition to the coup, in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown and detained.

At least 790 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group. It says over 5,000 people have been arrested, with some 4,000 still detained – including several celebrities.

Thuzar Wint Lwin did not make it to the last round of the Miss Universe competition, but she won the award for Best National Costume, which was based on the ethnic costume of her Chin people from northwestern Myanmar, where fighting has raged in recent days between the army and anti-junta militia fighters.

As she paraded with her national costume, she held up a placard that said “Pray for Myanmar”.

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UK to ban daytime junk food adverts on TV and online

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UK to ban daytime junk food adverts on TV and online

LONDON, June 24 – Britain will ban adverts promoting unhealthy food from appearing on television during the day and on the internet as part of its drive to tackle obesity and encourage healthy eating.

The new rules, which will come into force at the end of next year, are designed to change the current trend where one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese, but they prompted an angry reaction from some media groups.

Under the plan, adverts for foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar will be banned from appearing on television or UK on-demand programming before 2100 hours. They will also be banned from paid-for slots online, allowing them to still appear on their producer’s website and social media pages.

The government said the restrictions would apply to all businesses with 250 or more employees that make or sell the products, helping to protect smaller companies that can only afford to advertise online.

“The content youngsters see can have an impact on the choices they make and habits they form,” Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said on Thursday.

“With children spending more time online it is vital we act to protect them from unhealthy advertising.”

Analysis cited by the government showed that almost half of all TV food adverts shown in a month in 2019 were for unhealthy food. A sugar tax introduced in 2018 prompted some drink manufacturers to cut their sugar levels.

The News and Media Association said it was very disappointed with the decision because it was not clear a link had been found between advertising exposure and childhood obesity.

“Instead of tackling the problem of childhood obesity, this draconian measure will harm news media publishers who rely on advertising revenue to fund the journalism which keeps us all informed,” the NMA’s Sayra Tekin said.

Shares in Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster ITV were down less than 1 percent while newspaper group Reach fell 1.5 percent and Daily Mail & General Trust fell 2 percent.

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COVID-19 contributes the biggest decline in US life expectancy in decades

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In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo, gravedigger Thomas Cortez watches as a refrigerated trailer is delivered to keep pace with a surge of bodies arriving for burials, mostly those who died from coronavirus, at the Hebrew Free Burial Association's cemetery in the Staten Island borough of New York.

The life expectancy in the US fell by about two years from 2018 to 2020, a decline blamed on the COVID-19 outbreak and the ripple effect the virus had on daily life.

Steven Woolf, who is from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and an author of the study, said a similar decline has not been seen since WWII, according to NPR.

“It’s a horrific decrease in life expectancy,” he said. 

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, said the US had a much larger decrease in life expectancy in the timeframe than other high-income nations, “with pronounced losses among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black populations.”

Woolf pointed to several factors that contributed to the death that included “disruptions in health care, disruptions in chronic disease management and behavioral health crisis, where people struggling with addiction disorders or depression might not have gotten that help they needed.”

The average life expectancy in the US back in 2018 was about 79 and by the end of 2020 was about 77. 

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Crisis PR pro snags Trump Tower condo in all-cash deal

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Crisis PR pro snags Trump Tower condo in all-cash deal

Crisis publicist/reputation management pro Josh Nass paid $1.8 million for a Trump Tower pad in all cash deal — far less than the $2.3 million that the seller, Dalimar Assets Inc., paid for it in 2006.

The sale was first reported by OK Magazine and Nass did not use a broker. 

Nass’s new unit at 721 Fifth Ave. was once on the market for $4.3 million back in 2014. Its last asking price had been brutally slashed to $2 million.

The two-bedroom, 2½-bath unit is 1,477 square feet and it is directly below a unit that Melania Trump bought from the Trump Organization.

Nass already had ties to the building before he bought in it, as he once arranged a meeting for Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, and Jason Greenblatt, who became President Trump’s Middle Eastern envoy.

The main bedroom comes with a large walk-in closet and a marble ensuite bathroom. There’s also a small chef’s kitchen, built-in sound, limestone floors and Fifth Avenue views.

Trump Tower prices were down during Trump’s presidency. In 2019, Vincent Gallo bought a unit for $1.47 million that had been asking $3.4 million in 2017. But now that the barricades are down, prices appear to be on their way up.

The purchase, Nass tells Gimme, is “not a bet on Trump.” Instead, he says, “It’s a bet on New York City’s comeback and Fifth Avenue and 56th Street being the center of the city and the world.”

The listing brokers are Leonel Piraino and Rafael Salas of Brown Harris Stevens. 

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