Miami bridge collapse: Engineer reported cracks in voicemail

Miami bridge collapse: Engineer reported cracks in voicemail

Police say the operation has shifted from rescue to recovery. An engineer working on the Miami university bridge warned of cracks in the structure, two days before it collapsed killing at least six people.

Denney Pate, lead bridge engineer for contractor FIGG, left a voicemail with the Florida transport department on Tuesday.

He warned of "cracking" but also said there was no concern "from a safety perspective".

Department employees did not hear the message until after the bridge fell.

The Florida International University (FIU) concrete bridge collapsed on to a motorway , crushing at least eight vehicles driving beneath.

The number of victims is thought likely to rise as workers clear the rubble from the 862-tonne structure, which was erected days before as a walkway for university students. Enable it in your browser or download Flash Player here .Sorry, you need Flash to play this. Miami rescue workers search for survivors Media captionMiami rescue workers search for survivors ‘Obviously the cracking is not good’ Mr Pate attempted to call an employee on a landline at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on Tuesday.However, the employee was away on assignment and did not hear the message until Friday. The department has released a transcript of […]

WATCH: RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres team up for hilarious lip sync contest

WATCH: RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres team up for hilarious lip sync contest

Ellen and RuPaul | Photo: TheEllenShow YouTube RuPaul appeared on the Ellen show recently and hosted the most hilarious lip sync competition ever.

Brennan and Christian joined the TV show hosts for the Drag Race mini spin off.

Their wives were suspended above mats.

To prevent them from being dropped, the men had to ‘lip sync for their wives.’

Their first lip sync song was Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass. Brennan won the first round which meant unfortunately for her, Christian’s wife would have to drop.

Ru’s reaction to pulling the lever is unmissable!Ellen reminds the men: ‘Now you can see why you have to really get involved.’If their wives screams weren’t enough to convince them, that reminder was.From that point on, they gave it their absolute all. Watch the video below Brennan and Christian really pulled out their best moves for Sia’s Chandelier then.The final lip sync song was the classic Oops I Did It Again by gay icon Britney Spears.RuPaul and Ellen looked to the audience to help them decide who won.While ‘Brennan knew all the words, Christian really gave attitude.’

Sara Ramirez’s Madam Secretary character comes out as bisexual

Sara Ramirez's Madam Secretary character comes out as bisexual

‘Girls Just Want To Have FUN-damental rights!’ | Photo: Sara Ramirez Instagram Sara Ramirez’s Madam Secretary character will comes out as bisexual in the this week’s episode.

Madam Secretary is an American political drama show on CBS.

Sara plays Kat Sandoval, Policy Advisor to the United States Secretary of State.

Tomorrow’s episode see’s Kat and colleague Jay try to ‘ devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed.’

A new clip shows Kat sitting down for food with Jay.

She opens up about co-parenting her child and reveals she is bisexual.Kat says: ‘I’m bisexual. You can also say pansexual or fluid or non-monosexual but uh – Yeah I’m queer.’Sebastian Arcelus plays Kat’s colleague, Jay Whiteman. He is the Secretary of State’s current chief of staff. ‘More confident about my purpose’ Sara came out as a ‘ queer, bisexual ‘ woman in 2016.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she spoke about the ‘full-circle moment’ when she was awarded with the Trailblazer Award from the New York LGBT Center.She explained: ‘It was almost a year to the date, actually, from when I publicly came out as bisexual queer at the True Colors Fund […]

Did American singer Mike Posner just come out as bisexual?

Did American singer Mike Posner just come out as bisexual?

‘Just got back from a week of kayaking in Chilean Patagonia’ | Photo: mikeposner Instagram American singer Mike Posner might have just come out as bisexual in his first book.

Tear Drops and Balloons was released 17 March. The audiobook was released 7 March.

Posner rose to fame in 2010 with the track Cooler Than Me. He had started out in the music industry as a record producer the year before.

One of the poems featured in Tear Drops and Balloons is titled ‘A song with Pitbull.’

After a lyric in the song mentions having sex with men and women, people are questioning whether the singer has come out as bisexual.

The entire lyric reads: ‘I want to have sex with men and women I haven’t met yet.’The singer has yet to acknowledge the lyric. Twitter reacts The reactions on Twitter have been incredibly positive.Some have celebrated this week for seeing both Harry Styles and Posner potentially come out as bisexual. We had Harry Styles and Mike Posner come out as bisexual this week. 20gayteen going strong pic.twitter.com/3GcSM4v3Al Mike posner came out as bisexual? The table has been shook!!!! pic.twitter.com/mvbsu5WzO0 — Dajon Colvin (@D_colvin46) March 16, 2018 Mike Posner is bisexual!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/2agJovYOTG […]

Bella Thorne came out on Twitter before even telling her mom

Bella Thorne came out on Twitter before even telling her mom

‘It’s a change up’ | Photo: bellathorne Instagram Actress and singer Bella Thorne has opened up about her coming out.

A fan asked her on Twitter how she came out to her parents.

Thorne responded explaining: ‘I didn’t tell my mom…I just came out on twitter but I figured she already knew.’

Her father on the other hand, has been ‘been gone for awhile.’

Delancey Thorne died in a car accident in 2007.

Thorne is no stranger to opening up about her personal life on Twitter.Since coming out as bisexual in a tweet in August 2016 . A fan asked if she was bisexual and she simply responded ‘yes.’She opened up on Instagram in early 2018 about being sexually abused as a child. ‘People are nicer on Twitter’ Yahoo Entertainment asked the actress about her transparency on social media at the premiere for her latest movie.Thorne stars as protagonist Katie Price in Midnight Sun. The romantic drama comes out 23 March.The actress explained her affinity for Twitter.She said: ‘Sometimes I feel like I can actually, like, really have a conversation with someone a bit more on Twitter. And sometimes people are a little bit nicer on Twitter than some random trolls on Instagram.’Thorne […]

Bill Aims to Serve LGBT Community and LGBT Opponents

Bill Aims to Serve LGBT Community and LGBT Opponents

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– As it is currently written, Senator Bob Dixon’s Senate Bill 1022 would prevent the state from imposing penalties on those acting in accordance with “sincere religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman”.

We asked the Senator if this bill would protect, for example, bakers who don’t want to bake cakes for gay couples.

"Well what we’re trying to do with Senate Bill 1022 is bridge a divide,” he said.

Senator Dixon maintains this is simply the first draft of what he hopes this bill can soon be. He says eventually he’d like to see it become a true compromise between the LGBT community of Missouri and those who disagree with their lifestyle based on their religious beliefs.

1022 would also aim to serve the LGBT community by prohibiting discrimination based on “sexual orientation or gender identity”. Currently, those factors are not protected by the state’s discrimination policy.

Steph Perkins, Executive Director of PROMO, an LGBT advocacy group based in Jefferson City, says those five words have been sought after for years.Now those words are within reach because PROMO has been asked to participate in negotiating the final draft of this bill […]

LGBT club balks at endorsement of gay-marriage trailblazer Gavin Newsom

LGBT club balks at endorsement of gay-marriage trailblazer Gavin Newsom

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom failed to earn the endorsement of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in his bid for the California governorship. (Courtesy photo) Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom’s first campaign ad touts his “courage” for marrying same-sex couples 14 years ago in The City, a move that bucked state law and catapulted the former San Francisco mayor into national headlines. But closer to home, the nation’s historic first LGBT Democratic club has voted “no endorsement” for the June gubernatorial primary, leaving the slick-haired trailblazer out in the cold.

The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, which announced its endorsements Tuesday, offered little explanation for the decision. “We don’t ask members why they vote one way or the other,” club co-presidents Gina Simi and Eric Lukoff wrote to me in a statement. “While many continue to support Lt. Governor Newsom, the majority supported Supt. Delaine Eastin … she ultimately wasn’t officially endorsed, but we believe it demonstrates that our Club members consider candidates on their own merits.”

Rumors swirled that Newsom failed to submit a questionnaire, which would make the no-endorsement a simple technicality. The co-presidents said that was not the case.

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Protests shake Brazil after beloved black LGBT women’s activist killed

Protests shake Brazil after beloved black LGBT women's activist killed

Marielle Franco’s death is believed to have been an assassination

Thousands have taken to the streets all over Brazil to protest the death of activist and politician Marielle Franco, who was shot to death on Wednesday in what appears to have been a cold-blooded assassination.

The 38-year-old, who was a city councillor in Rio de Janeiro, has been immediately martyred as a symbol of the voiceless in a country which has long been suffering from the effects of structural racism and poverty.

The Associated Press reports that two men in a car fired nine shots into the car carrying Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, on Wednesday evening and that a press officer in the back seat of the vehicle was injured but survived the attack. The officials they spoke to said they believed that Franco was targeted.

Franco was killed hours after holding an empowerment event for “Young Black Women Who Are Changing Power Structures”. In a speech at the event, she spoke out about police brutality and the lack of black councilwomen elected in Rio.

“I’ll be there for 10 years,” she said of her post which she had held since 2016. “Or think that I’ll be there for 10 […]

Travel operators eye pink dollars as rich LGBT tourists are more willing to go off the beaten track

Travel operators eye pink dollars as rich LGBT tourists are more willing to go off the beaten track

A placard advertising LGBT travel at the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin. Photo: John MacDougall From gay-friendly honeymoon destinations to party escapes, tourism has long catered to LGBT travellers. As acceptance grows, so do calls for the industry to broaden its offers, and avoid clichés.

All too often travel professionals stuck to stereotypical views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual guests as hedonistic holidaymakers, says Thomas Boemkes of the consulting agency Diversity Tourism at Berlin’s ITB fair, the world’s largest travel trade show.

“Hotel owners still ask me how to be gay friendly, and if, for example, they should be offering condoms,” says Boemkes.

“I tell them all they have to do is be tolerant and welcoming, as you would be with any other client, without being intrusive,” he says, adding that “it is appreciated” when reception staff ask two male guests whether they would like twin rooms or a shared bed.

The World Tourism Organisation estimated in a 2016 report that LGBT travellers account for five to 10 per cent of global tourists.

It describes a group “that travels with greater frequency and shows higher-than-average patterns of spending”, making them and their so-called “pink dollars” welcome visitors in many countries. John Tanzella, […]

LGBT boat party to start Worcester’s Pride celebrations

LGBT boat party to start Worcester's Pride celebrations

Tomas Easterlow (left) and Vince Monte (right) onboard the Pride of the West Midlands which will set sail along the River Severn to start Worcester’s Pride celebrations. Photo: Jonathan Barry A BOAT party along the River Severn will begin the countdown towards Worcestershire Pride.

For the third year running, the city will be celebrating its LGBT community and an 80-strong party will again take to the water to kick things off.

Organised by Vince Monte and Tomas Easterlow, the boat party will depart from North Quay and then cruise along the River Severn to Diglis before returning.

Hosted by Annie Rexic, DJs and a host of drag queens, many of whom are from the local area, will perform including Alicia Lashes, Isabel End, Miss Pandy La’Roux and Marla B.Zarre.

Misty Monique, Paul Aleksandr, Rachael Starla and Eva Fliction will also perform.

Mr Monte, said: "We’ve got lots of drag queens and DJs appearing on the night."We wanted to keep the acts as local as possible so it really feels like a Worcestershire Pride and focuses on what is going on around Worcester."We’re trying to push as much local talent as possible."It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before."We’ve got about 80 places […]