Weekly News Roundup

June 1, 2018

Kim Kardashian visits the White House

Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform.

“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” the President tweeted following the afternoon meeting, posting a picture alongside a stoic Kardashian West in the Oval Office.

During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn’t provide further details on who Kardashian West was meeting, only saying, “She is expected to be here at the White House. I can confirm she’ll be here. We’ll keep you posted on any meetings that take place and what those look like.”

The entrepreneur and reality television star has advocated for a pardon for a low-level drug offender named Alice Marie Johnson, who has served more than 20 years in prison. Earlier Wednesday, Kardashian West tweeted, “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you,” adding the prayer hands emoji.

“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,” Kardashian West said in a statement Wednesday night. “We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she — and so many like her — will get a second chance at life.”

Roseanne is canned

ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday after the show’s biggest star, Roseanne Barr, went on a racist Twitter rant.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that “there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

The cancellation stunned Hollywood. Industry veterans said they’ve never seen anything quite like it. The revival of “Roseanne” premiered to huge ratings just three months ago. Pre-production was already underway on a second season, which was scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall.

But now the show is over. ABC was planning to air a repeat of “Roseanne” Tuesday night, but a rerun of “The Middle” will air in its place.

Barr’s talent agency, ICM Partners, also dropped her on Tuesday. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency,” the agency said in a statement. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”

National minimum wage to increase by 3.5 per cent from July 1

AUSTRALIA’S lowest paid workers will receive a 3.5 per cent pay increase.

From July 1, the national minimum wage will increase by $24.30 per week to $719.20, or $18.93 an hour, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in its 2017-18 Annual Wage Review. The current national minimum wage is $18.29 per hour or $694.90 per 38-hour week.

The casual loading will remain at 25 per cent. An estimated 2.3 million workers are on the minimum wage, or about 22.7 per cent of all employees.

“The panel’s decision will also affect employees paid close to the national minimum wage rate and modern award rates and whose pay is set by a collective agreement which is linked to the outcome of the review,” the commission said in its decision.

“The assessment of the needs of the low paid requires an examination of the extent to which low-paid workers are able to purchase the essentials for a decent standard of living and to engage in community life, assessed in the context of contemporary norms. The risk of poverty is also relevant in addressing the needs of the low paid.”

The Australian Council of Trade Unions had been pushing for a $50 a week rise to $744.90, equivalent to 7.2 per cent.

Germaine Greer slammed for suggesting some rapes are just ‘bad sex’ and punishment should be reduced

GERMAINE Greer has come under fire after saying that punishment for committing rape is too severe and should be reduced.

During an appareance at the Hay Festival in Wales on Wednesday, the 79-year-old said “most rapes don’t involve any injury” and some rapes are simply “bad sex”.

She suggested punishment for rapists should be reduced to 200 hours of community service instead of jail time, to reduce the burden on the legal system.

Claiming she wanted to “turn the discourse about rape upside down”, Greer went on to say that despite being referred to as sexually violent crimes, many rapes don’t result in injury and “most rape is just lazy, just careless, insensitive”.

“We are told it’s one of the most violent crimes in the world. Bullshit,” she said.

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