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Man named after Apollo 11 astronauts celebrates 50th birthday during moon landing anniversary

A man who was born hours after the 1969 moon landing has revealed how his family named him after the legendary Apollo 11 astronauts.

Aldrin Armstrong Collins Wilding-West’s mother Diana West was nine months pregnant when she huddled around her tiny TV with her family to watch the momentous lunar event.

Her husband Edgar and eight children – like the rest of the world – were utterly captivated, and the excitement even prompted mum Diana into first twinges of labor.

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Aldrin Armstrong Collins Wilding-West, pictured, was born hours after the historic moon landing in 1969. His mother Diana West was nine months pregnant when she huddled around her tiny TV with her family to watch the momentous lunar event. (SWNS)

Two days later her youngest son was born, and proud parents Diana and Edgar said their other kids could choose his name.

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Space-crazed, the children named their new brother Aldrin Armstrong West – and he lived up to his name by being enchanted by space travel as he grew up.

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A family photo of Aldrin standing on his mother Diana West’s leg with his brothers and sisters. (SWNS)

In adulthood, the man, now a dad-of-four, added his own third name – Collins – after Michael, the third and often forgotten astronaut on the Apollo 11 team.

Wilding-West from Barry, Wales, is now celebrating 50th birthday and the anniversary of the moon landings with a party at the National Space Center this Saturday.

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Aldrin in 1969 with his mum Diana. Aldrin Armstrong Collins West-Wilding was born hours after the 1969 moon landings and has revealed how his family named him after the Apollo 11 astronauts. (SWNS)

Though he’s never made a big deal of his unique name, he’s now reaching out to his namesakes Buzz and Michael publicly, in a hope they’ll get in touch.

“The family were space mad. I was the last of nine kids, and my eldest brother was very nearly 15 at the time of my birth,” Wilding-West, an aircraft dismantler, said. “They were watching and following the space race avidly from the Mercury mission, all the way through to Gemini, and then Apollo.”

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Wilding-West from Barry, Wales, is now celebrating 50th birthday and the anniversary of the moon landings with a party at the National Space Center this Saturday. (SWNS)

“A couple of days after, I was born, and my sister asked if she could name me after the first men on the moon,” the 49-year-old revealed. “Neil was her first choice but that was a little posh so they scrapped that and went for Aldrin Armstrong.”

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“I have always had a great interest in all things space,” the dad said. “You won’t often see me out at night, without me craning my neck to look at the sky.” (SWNS)

“It was much later – about five years ago – when after much procrastination, I finally decided to add Collins,” he divulged. “It’s not fair to miss out Michael Collins. It was a three man mission and he’s not often remembered. I wanted my name to reflect that too.”

Decades ago, Wilding-West’s family gathered around the TV in the living room of their village home in Theberton, Suffolk, England, on July 20, 1969 for the big event.

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Decades ago, Wilding-West’s family gathered around the TV in the living room of their village home in Theberton, Suffolk, England, on July 20, 1969 for the big event. (SWNS)

“All the family were there, apart from the toddlers, because it was late at night,” he said. “It would have been very exhilarating for them, as it was for everyone else. My dad was a TV engineer so thankfully they had a TV to watch it on.”

“The story goes, the excitement brought on mum’s labor and I was born a couple of days later,” Wilding-West detailed.

“My sister Irene chose my name. It was when I went to school really I realized how special my name was,” he mused. “I’m not as space mad as you might imagine. I’ve always been very hard working, so work has been a big focus for me.”

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“But I have always had a great interest in all things space,” the dad said. “You won’t often see me out at night, without me craning my neck to look at the sky.”

The 1969 moon mission saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin leave in the Apollo Lunar Module to make the first crewed landing on its surface.

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Wilding-West with wife Jayne and son Charlie. (SWNS)

Wilding-West, who is married to wife Jayne, plans to celebrate his birthday, and the anniversary of the landings, with a visit to the National Space Center in Leicester, with his son Charlie, 14.

The birthday boy is also hoping to hear from anyone with Apollo 11 related names via his Facebook page “Apollo 11 – People Named After the Moon Landing.”

This story was originally published by SWNS.

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Police seize $5 million in gold bars at Heathrow Airport, reportedly from drug cartel

Five million dollars’ worth of gold bars have been seized at London’s Heathrow Airport by law enforcement officials investigating a South American drug cartel.

The gold, weighing around 229 pounds, was on its way to Switzerland from the Cayman Islands when it was seized. It had previously arrived in the Cayman Islands from Venezuela on a private jet.

The shipment was seized last month but judicial officials have now allowed the National Crime Agency (NCA) to hold it under the Proceeds of Crime act. The gold is now being treated as money laundering in an investigation by the Cayman Islands with the help of the NCA.

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“We believe that this shipment was linked to drugs cartels operating out of South America,” NCA Heathrow branch commander, Steve McIntyre, said of the news. “Working with partners overseas and in the UK we were quickly able to identify it and stop its onward movement.” (SWNS)

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“We believe that this shipment was linked to drugs cartels operating out of South America,” NCA Heathrow branch commander, Steve McIntyre, said of the news. “Working with partners overseas and in the UK we were quickly able to identify it and stop its onward movement.”

“The business model of many organized crime groups relies upon the ability to move money across borders, to fund further investment in criminal activity,” McIntyre continued. “If we can stop that it not only causes disruption to the criminal network involved and prevents them benefiting from crime, it also stops that re-investment.”

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Five million dollars’ worth of gold bars, partially pictured here, have been seized at London’s Heathrow Airport by law enforcement officials investigating a South American drug cartel. (SWNS)

“Officers from Border Force, acting on intelligence from the NCA, moved in to detain the shipment at Heathrow on 1 June,” a NCA spokesman added. “It was being transported from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland, having earlier been shipped to the Caymans on a private jet which had arrived from Venezuela.”

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“The gold is now the subject of a money laundering investigation being run by the Cayman authorities, with the assistance of the NCA,” the rep detailed. “The bars and pieces of gold, which together weigh around 104 kilos, have now been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, following a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates in London.”

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Some of the gold, pictured here, being transported from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland, having earlier been shipped to the Caymans on a private jet which had arrived from Venezuela. (SWNS)

Nick Jariwalla, Border Force Heathrow Director, said: “Taking large amounts of money or gold out of the control of criminal networks hits them where they feel it most, in the pocket.”

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The gold is now the subject of a money laundering investigation being run by the Cayman authorities, with the assistance of the NCA. (SWNS)

“This was a substantial seizure and demonstrates how effectively Border Force works with law enforcement partners, both at home and abroad, to combat organized crime,” Jariwalla revealed.

This story was originally published by SWNS.

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Andrew McCarthy: ‘The squad’ vs. Trump – Progressive left still hasn’t figured out how to beat the president

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The president can be very entertaining, but I don’t pay much attention to political rallies, including his famously raucous ones.

For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. I don’t think they can be taken too seriously, except perhaps as a gauge of the president’s support. Not in lieu of polls, but in conjunction. And with healthy skepticism: The polls have a history of undercounting Trump supporters, but the ardor of the Trump base on display at the rallies should not be confounded with national enthusiasm for the Trump presidency — though it may signal more openness to it, especially in light of the increasingly radical alternative.

Which brings us to Wednesday night’s Trump rally in Greenville, N.C., and the ginned-up crowd of Trump fans chanting “Send her back!”

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That was in reference to Ilhan Omar, who is a naturalized American from Somalia, a radical at the crowded junction between Islamists and leftists, and a member of Congress from Minnesota’s fifth district — the deep-blue Twin Cities area that teems with Millennials and Somali immigrants.

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All good populist demagoguery needs a villain. President Trump hardly has the market cornered on this. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton studied Alinskyite community organizing. The organizer, a self-styled renegade against The Establishment, is instructed to avoid abstractions when picking an opposition target. You’ve got to make it personal, to polarize the adversary in stark terms. Trump’s persona is to hit back harder than he is hit. No surprise, then, that he is a practitioner of this demagogic art, since he is also the left’s No. 1 target.

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Russian boxer Maksim Dadashev undergoes brain surgery after devastating loss: reports

Russian boxer Maksim Dadashev had part of his skull removed during a 2-hour long brain surgery following a devastating loss Friday night to Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias, reports say.

Dadashev, 28, was rushed to the University of Maryland Hospital in Prince George County after he was seen leaving the ring with assistance and ultimately left the arena on a stretcher, ESPN reported.

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The grueling loss to Matias, 27, came to an end when Dadashev’s trainer threw in the towel after the 11th round.

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Subriel Matias and Maxim Dadashev in action during the tenth round of their junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

According to the report, the formerly undefeated boxing pro suffered a brain bleed on the right side and a portion of his skull was removed to reduce brain swelling. Dadashev’s neurosurgeon Mary IH Cobb reportedly informed his manager at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday that he was showing signs of severe brain damage.

Cobb told ESPN that while they won’t know the extent of the brain damage because the swelling has yet to go down, people that sustain subdural hematomas can make a relatively strong recovery.

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Maxim Dadashev receives attention in his corner after the eleventh round of his junior welterweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Subriel Matias (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. His corner would throw in the towel to end the fight. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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“I wouldn’t give up on him,” she said.

Dadashev lost to Matias in the 11th round of an IBF junior welterweight world title eliminator match with the scores of 109-100, 108-101 and 107-102 at the time of stoppage, according to Boxingscene.com.

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Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian wins multi-million dollar inheritance battle: report

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Elizabeth Hurley’s son Damian will inherit some of his dad’s multi-million family fortune – despite his grandad’s attempt to cut him out, reports claims.

Damian, 17, whose dad is millionaire Steve Bing, had been told he would not get any money from the trust because he was born out of wedlock.

Damian’s grandfather, real estate heir Dr. Peter Bing, had tried to prevent the teen model and his half-sister, Kira Kerkorian, from accessing their inheritance.

But a Los Angeles judge ruled this week that Damian and Kira, the daughter of Steve and ex-tennis pro Lisa Bonder, were beneficiaries to Dr. Peter Bing’s trust, DailyMail.com reported.

The grandad had tried to claim Damian should not inherit because the model had never met his own dad, according to court papers.

But dad Steve, 54, blasted this statement, with his legal team branding the petition a “sham”.

Steve is estimated to be worth a whopping $475 million, the Daily Mail reports after he inherited his grandfather Leo’s fortune.

He also accused his dad, Dr. Bing, of “orchestrating a massive money-grab” with his sister Mary, 53, so her kids would inherit more money.

Dr. Bing established his trust in 1980 to “benefit [his] future grandchildren,” who were born or adopted at a young age by Steve or his daughter Mary.

But in March, a motion attempted to clarify the meaning of grandchild.

The documents state any of Dr. Bing’s grandchildren must be “raised by my children as part of their families” to receive any financial benefits from him after he set up the GC trust in 1980.

The papers also stated his trust will not be passed on to “any person bought out of wedlock unless that person had lived for a substantial period of time as a regular member of the household.”

But on Tuesday, Judge Daniel Juarez shot down claims the term ‘grandchild’ was ambiguous and needed to be clarified.

Juarez wrote in his judgment, citing case law: “There is no ambiguity in the Trusts’ use of the term ‘grandchild.'”

“The Trustee’s interpretation of the Trusts is unreasonable because no ambiguity exists and the Trustee’s construction of ‘grandchild’ is simply unfounded.”

Although the exact value of the trust is not known, all grandchildren beneficiaries are expected to inherit at least several millions.

The legal battle kicked off when Kira asked to find out more information about the trust, as she insisted she was a beneficiary.

Peter’s affidavit reads: “I have never met Damian or Kira, and neither of them was raised by Stephen as part of his family.

“l know that neither of them has lived with Stephen while a minor as a regular member of his household.

“To the best of my knowledge, Stephen has never met Damian, and Stephen only met Kira after she became an adult.

“Regardless of whether, when and if Stephen met with or had any relationship with Damian or Kira while they are or were minor because neither was raised by him during their formative years l do not consider them my grandchildren.”

It continues: “Even were Stephen to develop a relationship with Damian now, l would not consider him my grandchild because he is nearing adulthood.”

Elizabeth, 53, and Steve enjoyed a relationship in 2001.

Just one year later Damian was born, but at the time the 53-year-old businessman insisted the model’s only child was not his.

However, a paternity test proved he was the biological father of Liz’s child.

It is unknown if Damian has been seeking information about the inheritance.

The story originally appeared in The Sun

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Trump offers to ‘vouch’ for A$AP Rocky in call with Swedish PM

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President Trump said Saturday that he has told the Swedish prime minister he is prepared to vouch for the bail of A$AP Rocky, the New York-based rapper currently behind bars in Sweden.

“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly,” he tweeted. “Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative.”

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“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!” he added.

The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been behind bars in Sweden while police investigate a fight in Stockholm this month in which he was allegedly involved. His attorney says he acted in self-defense.

Trump had initially tweeted about the case on Friday, when he said he had spoken to rapper Kanye West about A$AP’s — born Rakim Mayers — incarceration. He said he would be calling Lofven about the case.

“So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” he added.

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Multiple celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj, have pushed for Rocky’s release. First lady Melania Trump said the administration is working with the State Department.

Kardashian thanked Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner on Twitter Thursday for their “efforts to Free A$AP Rocky & his two friends.”

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But Lofven said Saturday that he was aware Trump “has a personal interest in the case” but added that he “cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts.”

Lofven called Trump’s desire for a conversation “certainly positive” and said: “I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona Dem Kyrsten Sinema joins GOP in push for program that would quickly deport migrants without valid asylum claims

Freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was one of a number of Democrats to join Republican colleagues this week who called for the implementation of a pilot program that would work to quickly identify and deport migrants at the border who are judged not to have a valid asylum claim.

Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., joined Republicans in writing to President Trump urging the implementation of Operation Safe Return — a Department of Homeland Security pilot program that that would focus on quickly identifying, processing and returning family units who do not have valid asylum claims in the U.S.

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“Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process,” the letter said. “We also expect that Operation Safe Return will help us examine current process deficiencies, identify required increases in capacity, and understand the drivers of migration.”

The program would allow DHS to remove family units within 15 days who are determined not to meet the criteria of “credible fear” of returning home necessary for an asylum claim. Those who are initially deemed to meet the “credible fear” criteria can often have their asylum cases go on for years.

The pilot program would have Border Patrol conduct interviews with migrants within three days of them being encountered between ports of entry, and have them processed and given a medical exam within four days. The “credible fear” interview shold occur within nine days.

“This pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic. “If someone says ‘I left my country because I can’t make a living,’ (or) ‘it’s hard to take care of my family’ — that’s what we call an economic migrant.”

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The Democrats joined Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, James Lankford, R-Okla., John Barrosso, R-Wyo., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, in writing to Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

“As sympathetic as I am toward anyone who yearns for the freedom and opportunity that America provides, it is not possible to properly accommodate all who do. Those who enter our country illegally without a valid asylum claim, put themselves and our society at risk,” Johnson said in a statement.

“The goal of our policies should be to reduce the overwhelming flow of illegal migration and convert it to a controllable number of legal immigrants. Hopefully, Operation Safe Return will convince Central Americans, that on a bipartisan basis, America will do everything we can to prevent human traffickers from exploiting our laws and abusing immigrants seeking a better life,” he said.

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The bipartisan push comes amid a continuing crisis on the southern border, with hundreds of thousands of migrants being encountered and apprehended at the border each month. The Trump administration has focused its efforts on trying to end “loopholes” in which family units who meet the initial credible fear test are released into the U.S. as cases are processed.

This week, the Trump administration announced a policy that requires most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey.

Democrats meanwhile have focused more on the humanitarian aspect of the crisis, and have been extremely critical of the conditions in detention facilities, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the homeland.

Sinema told The Republic that the idea was in response to a meeting with administration and White House officials who she said were focused on changing asylum laws and challenging the 1997 Flores agreement that set standards for treatment of migrants and how long minors can be held in custody.

“I just felt those weren’t the right answers,” she said. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants … and we want to respect the Flores decision.”

Sinema has frequently bucked her own party since becoming senator in the typically red-leaning state, even amid a deeply partisan divide in Congress. In April she tweeted that “we must secure the border with a comprehensive, smart, bipartisan approach.”

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In February, she was one of only a few Democrats who voted to confirm Barr. In April she came out firmly against launching impeachment hearings against President Trump in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

“No,” she said when asked by The Arizona Republic. When asked why, she said: “Everyone knows.”

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At least 50 dead pilot whales wash up on remote beach in Iceland

At least 50 dead whales were discovered washed up on a remote beach in Iceland by a group of sightseers Thursday.

Helicopter pilot David Schwarzhans with Reykjavik Helicopters told The Associated Press that he, along with several passengers, counted at least 50 long-finned pilot whales that washed up on the Löngufjörur beach on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

He said there could have been more as some of the beached whales were partly buried by the sand.

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Some dozens of long-finned pilot whales lay dead on a remote beach in Iceland as they were discovered by tourists sightseeing in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland aboard a helicopter. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

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Schwarzhans called it “a very sad scene.”

It’s not clear what caused the mass stranding but pilot whales are known to travel in large numbers which could explain the number of carcasses seen.

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The whales were concentrated in one spot on the beach, many partially covered by sand. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

It is believed that the whales likely died of dehydration. The beach where the mammals were found is extremely isolated as it is inaccessible by car.

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Marine biologist Edda Elisabet Magnusdottir told the Iceland Monitor that while it’s hard to explain why the whales approached the beach, they likely got disoriented in the shallow waters. They use echolocation to locate one another and the sandy floor could’ve confused the pod.

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It is believed that the whales likely died of dehydration. (David Schwarzhans via AP)

An autopsy report will be done to see how long the whales have been there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Puerto Rico’s governor goes AWOL as protesters gather outside his residence, US officials call to step down

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló official resident remains under siege as hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered this week outside the La Fortaleza that serves as the governor’s official residence.

Puerto Ricans are calling for Rosselló’s resignation after leaked online chats show him insulting women, political opponents and mocking victims of Hurricane Maria, one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit the island territory.

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Amid the outcry, the media-friendly governor has avoided public appearances since July 11, making only four brief appearances, breaking from his usual three or four lengthy press conferences in addition to multiple media appearances.

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Demonstrators protest against governor Ricardo Rossello, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, July 19, 2019. Protesters are demanding Rossello step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island’s finance. (AP)

A new wave of protests hit the island on Friday, with union workers marching towards La Fortaleza from the nearby waterfront. Horsebacks riders and hundreds of other people also joined the march.

Smaller protests are also organized across the island over the weekend, though most of the focus is on Monday when most people are expected to hit the streets.

The calls to oust the governor have caught the attention in the mainland U.S., with multiple officials coming out to in support of the protesters.

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro openly called on Rosselló to step down, saying “it’s clear that Gov. Rosselló can no longer be effective.”

U.S. Republican Sen. Rick Scott, New York congresswomen Nydia Velázquez and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez also called for the ouster.

“We must stand with la isla. Rosselló must resign,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.

On Wednesday, some well-known Major League Baseball players with ties to the island also urged the governor to resign. They included the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, the Saint Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Professional basketball player J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks also joined the chorus.

During a July 11 press conference, Rosselló asked Puerto Ricans to forgive him for the comments he made in private. In further media appearances, he continued to ask for forgiveness over the comments many deemed offensive and misogynistic.

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Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of private messages between Rosselló and several other government officials.

In one message Rosselló calls one New York female politician of Puerto Rican descent a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of a b—h.” One chat also makes vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin’s homosexuality.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Game of Thrones’ cast jokes about coffee cup, talks finale backlash at Comic-Con panel

Game of Thrones” may be over but the cast can’t seem to get away from stray coffee cups.

Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening for a goodbye panel and found some waiting at their places.

It was a cheeky reference to the misplaced coffee cup that viewers spotted in an episode of the final season that subsequently went viral. Although the moderator didn’t make them answer for the coffee, actor John Bradley did have to defend himself against the other out-of-place item in the finale: The water bottle by his foot.

“I am right handed. I’ve thought about this very strongly,” Bradley said, making a case that he would have put the bottle on the other side if it was his. “I’m not trying to clear my name, but … I think I’ve taken enough blame for this one.”

The cast was in good spirits after years of attending Comic-Con and not being able to reveal anything at the panels. Finally they were allowed to talk about things.

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Maisie Williams, from left, Jacob Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appear at the “Game of Thrones” panel on day two of Comic-Con  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The big Hall H audience cheered to find out some of their favorite lines: Williams chose her own character’s battle cry, “Not today,” while Conleth Hill went for his co-star Peter Dinklage’s, “I drink and I know things.”

They also indulged in some fan theories, cleared up some burning questions and speculated about what happens after the finale.

Wright said that he can’t imagine Bran’s new government is a “barrel of laughs.”

“Westeros is probably a surveillance state,” he said.

But perhaps there is more fun happening on the new small council, according to Bradley.

“It basically turns into ‘The Office,'” he said.

Cunningham posited that a spinoff could be called “Better Call Davos.”

As for Arya and her quest to go “west of Westeros,” Williams said, “I’m sure she’s having a wonderful time, like Dora the Explorer minus the bob.”

And Jacob Anderson thinks Grey Worm is off starting a new society with “a Wakanda kind of vibe.”

There was some discussion of the divisiveness of the eighth and final season, although likely not as much as there would have been had showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss been in attendance as originally scheduled.

“Look at the amount of people here,” Hill said, gesturing to the 8,000-some people in Hall H. “We’re very grateful to your fandom over the years … this is the reality as opposed to the media-led hate campaign.”

Coster-Waldau said every season of “Game of Thrones” has been divisive in its own way, from Ned Stark’s fate to the “Red Wedding.”

“Obviously when it comes to an end it’s going to (expletive) you off no matter what because it’s the end,”Coster-Waldau said. “Just don’t call people names.”

Benioff and Weiss dropped off the schedule at the last minute, as did actors Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel and director Miquel Sapochnik. Their absence was not addressed during the panel.

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The cast of “Game of Thrones” cast talked about the divisive finale, the infamous coffee cup, and more at San Diego Comic-Con (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

But everyone at Hall H seemed to be enjoying the victory lap. Earlier this week, “Game of Thrones” scored 32 Emmy nominations. It was a single year Primetime Emmy nomination record.

In addition to a best drama series nod, which the show has won four times, there were a handful of acting nominations for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in leading performances, Dinklage, Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, Williams, Sophie Turner and Gwendoline Christie in supporting performances, and Carice van Houten as a guest star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen, Christie and van Houten all self-submitted for consideration, which involves paying a $225 entry fee,

“Game of Thrones” ended this past May after 8 seasons. Its finale brought in a series record 19.3 million viewers.

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