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Monday, July 26, 2021

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Angelina Jolie wins court case against Brad Pitt

Actress Angelina Jolie has won her legal battle against her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, by removing the judge who was overseeing their divorce and custody of their children.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and have since been confronted by lawyers, after they were once the most charming couple in Hollywood, and formed a family of six children.

Last May, Judge John Oderkerk, the same who married them in France in 2014, decided to grant Brad Pitt joint custody of his children with his ex-wife. This retired judge is considering the case in a private framework and not in a court.

But the California Court of Appeals ruled Friday that he had financially benefited from a separate job with Brad Pitt’s lawyer without disclosing it, providing an argument in favor of Angelina Jolie, who was demanding that he stop him. This decision brings the case back to square one, as it is supposed to be re-examined before a new judge.

The meeting between the couple dates back to 2004 during the filming of the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, in which they played the role of a married couple. At the time, Pitt was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston.

Brad Pitt, 57, was accused of hitting one of his children during a flight between France and Los Angeles in September 2016, shortly before Angelina filed for divorce, but was acquitted by the US Federal Police and social workers.

In 2018, the two Hollywood stars reached an amicable agreement on the custody of their children, but it seems that they abandoned this agreement.

The terms of the agreement were not announced, but the American media indicated that Brad Pitt is seeking joint custody, while Angelina Jolie is trying to obtain exclusive custody.

A source familiar with the case told AFP after the ruling in May that the actress believed that “she and her children did not receive a fair trial” and that she would continue to “search for the best solution for the children”.

California’s Disneyland reopens to visitors from outside the state in mid-June

The Disneyland resort in California begins welcoming visitors from outside the state on June 15, Disney announced, Wednesday, after the initially popular theme park reopens only to California residents due to government public health restrictions set to lift soon.

Disneyland reopened on April 30 with limited operating capacity after a year-long shutdown, and visitors had to provide proof of their California residency in order to be able to visit the parks.
California public health guidelines have allowed visitors from outside the state to enter theme parks but only if they are fully vaccinated, as other entertainment cities such as Universal Studios Hollywood do, but Disney has not followed suit.

June 15 is the day California prepares to lift social distancing restrictions that remain in place, including a statewide requirement to wear a face mask.
Park visitors still have to pre-book entry in addition to purchasing a ticket, which helps limit visitor capacity.

An obligation to wear a face mask
With the California lifting of restrictions ending on June 15, Disney may ease its restrictions on wearing face masks in parks.

Disney in Florida recently lifted mandatory face-mask restrictions in response to new public health guidelines, with the resort mandating indoor wear even though Florida does not require residents to wear face masks statewide.

The company recorded a 44% decrease in revenue at its garden unit in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, with an operating loss of $ 406 million, down $ 1.2 billion from the same period last year.

Disneyland’s expansion to welcome visitors from outside the state is part of the process of returning to normal life at Disney parks this coming June, however, Disneyland Paris – the only Disney park worldwide that remains closed until now – will reopen. Next June 17.

‘Unthinkable’ discovery of children remains in Canada

In the southern B.C. Nation of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and beyond, the stories have always been known. Stories of children lost, missing, or disappeared. Of children who went to the Kamloops Indian Residential School and never came home.

The remains were discovered using ground-penetrating radar technology, and the preliminary findings were released quickly to the nation, surrounding communities and broader public late in the week. More information about the technology and work is expected to be released at the time of the full report in June.

The gruesome discovery took decades and for some survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada, the confirmation that children as young as 3 were buried on school grounds crystallizes the sorrow they have carried all their lives.

“I lost my heart, it was so much hurt and pain to finally hear, for the outside world, to finally hear what we assumed was happening there,” said Harvey McLeod, who attended the school for two years in the late 1960s, in a telephone interview with CNN Friday.

Reacting to news of the Kamloops discovery, she said: “Like so many of us survivors, we were in shock. When you hear this, it’s very devastating, very devastating. I cried, you know because that could have been one of us.”

Jaab joined the memorial in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery Friday night, where 215 pairs of children’s shoes were placed on the steps. She spoke passionately about what she believes should happen next.

“There was a big orchard there and we used to make up stories of the graveyard being in the orchard,” Baker told CTV News Channel on Saturday. “There was rumours of a graveyard, but nobody seemed to know where it was and we didn’t even know if it was true.”

When asked about what it was like to attend school there, Baker responded: “It was like being in jail. We weren’t allowed to go anywhere and if our family wanted to visit they could do that once a week.”

Baker says an apology from various levels of government “doesn’t mean anything,” adding she wants people to know what students experienced.

America abandons mandatory masks for vaccinated recipients

Health authorities in the United States announced Thursday that Americans who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks in closed places, and they announced that their recommendations have been updated.

“Anyone who has been fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, young or old, without wearing a muzzle or respecting physical distancing,” said Director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Rochelle Walinsky.

In a previous review, the Centers for Disease Control announced that people who have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus, can exercise and attend small outdoor gatherings without wearing a muzzle, but they have required them to wear it in all closed places.

Jeff Zucker, CNN’s Longtime Leader, Says He Expects to Leave at Year’s End

The executive, who shaped the look and feel of CNN since coming aboard in 2013, helped build the Trump myth and then tried to knock it down.

Jeffrey A. Zucker, the relentless, ratings-obsessed executive who transformed American television news and played a central role in the political rise of Donald J. Trump, said Thursday that he expected to step down from his job running CNN at the end of the year.

In a three-decade career, Mr. Zucker has helped shape the evolution of the news and entertainment industries — and he has excelled at mixing the two. In 1991, at age 26, he was named the executive producer of NBC’s highly profitable morning franchise, the “Today” show, and he moved swiftly into the executive ranks to lead the network’s entertainment division.

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