Johnny Depp thanks supporters in new TikTok account, will ‘move on’ after trial concluded

Johnny Depp took to TikTok to thank fans for their unwavering support during the recent defamation trial involving him and his ex-wife Amber Heard.

In his newly made TikTok account, the Pirates of the Caribbean leading actor told his supporters that he would “move forward” after the trial concluded.

“To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared,” Depp told his followers.

“And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD,” the actor added.

The legal battle started when Depp filed a case against Amber Heard for an op-ed she sent to The Washington Post. In the 2018 op-ed, Heard called herself “a public figure representing legal abuse.”

While nobody was named in Heard’s write-up, Depp told the court that it had him lose several roles for films. However, Heard countersued for $100 million for the statements made against her.

The jury found both guilty of defamation. However, Depp was awarded a higher settlement than Heard – Depp with $10 million in compensatory charges and $350,000 in punitive damages, whereas Heard will only receive $2 million in compensatory damages.

Depp’s supporters were overflowing during the span of the trial – expressing their support on TikTok and waiting outside the Virginia court to see how the actor was doing amid the trial.

Meanwhile, Heard cried foul over the decision saying that the jury was influenced by Depp’s “fame, power, and influence.” Heard’s spokesman says that an appeal may soon be docketed.

Camille Vasquez, the lawyer for Depp, became an instant sensation among peers and has been promoted to partner at Brown Rudnick.

The law firm said, “Camille’s performance during the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was ready to take this next step now. We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as our newest partner.”

A spokesperson for Heard released a statement after the actor made his TikTok account, “As Johnny Depp says he’s ‘moving forward,’ women’s rights are moving backward. The verdict’s message to victims of domestic violence is…be afraid to stand up and speak out.”

Source: CNN

Prince William highlights environmental protection in speech at the Platinum Jubilee

This weekend, Prince William gave an emotional speech calling citizens to “protect and restore our planet.” The prince noted the matter’s urgency.

The prince delivered the speech last Saturday in London during the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William described the connection between progress and the degradation of our environment over the century.

“In that time, mankind has benefited from unimaginable technological developments and scientific breakthroughs,” he said.

“And although those breakthroughs have increased our awareness of the impact humans have on our world, our planet has become more fragile.”

“Today, in 2022, as the queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent,” the second in line to the British throne added.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge has also expressed his part on the issue, saying that taking care of the environment is now the ‘top of the global agenda.’

Further, the duke mentioned the essential role of the younger generation in the environmental movement.

The speech by Prince William is not new to the public as the royalty has always expressed opinions regarding environmental issues like the link between nature and climate change in April 2021 and space tourism in October 2021.

William’s call is highly relevant considering that the environment is currently in a crisis. Fossil fuels, which contribute greatly to the destruction of the environment, are being widely used by many nations.

Last March, the International Energy Agency saw CO2 emissions relating to energy production at the ‘highest level in history.’ The agency recorded over 36.3 billion metric tons of global CO2 emissions – a record high.

However, Prince William is still confident that when people work together for a common cause, problems will be solved.

“Together, if we harness the very best of humankind and restore our planet, we will protect it for our children, for our grandchildren and for future generations to come.”

“They will be able to say with pride at what’s been achieved: ‘What a wonderful world.’”

Source: CNBC

Cher and Versace collaborates for Pride Month

LGBTQIA+ communities all over the world are celebrating with fashion brands after brands have incorporated rainbows into their products. This symbolizes pride and honor for the community, which has always been fighting against adversity in order to be accepted by society.

In an effort to create a safer space for gender non-conforming individuals, Hollywood artists have also become louder and more vocal about their support.

Cher and Donatella Versace have joined forces in the fight for equality and recognition. Considered as two of Hollywood’s biggest names have spoken out in favor of Rainbow Month, showing that there is no limit on what people will do if they want to help in making life better for others.

The duo, who are the best of friends, is determined to raise funds for those who identify with the community and other related communities.

The two announced a new line of clothing that will be available for purchase. Themed after their collaboration, the partners are calling it “Chersace.” Socks, t-shirts, and hats wearing sport Versace designs as well as rainbow-colored icons like the company’s Medusa.

The price of the products ranges from $425 to $3,000.

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“Donatella and I have been dear friends for a lifetime,” Cher told the media. “It just felt right for our very first collaboration to be one about LGBTQ Pride and celebrating a community that means so incredibly much to both of us.”

Cher has been a powerful voice in the LGBTQIA+ community for decades. She’s known as an icon to many gay men and is celebrated by members of the community.

“One day, I came home, and there were these two men in my living room with my mom and my aunt. They were doing their hair and talking, and I was thinking, ‘Why haven’t we ever had these kind of guys around? Because these guys are the coolest,” Cher recalls.

“That was my (introduction to) the gay world,” the actress added. “Gay people don’t feel like they fit in, and I never felt like I fit in.”

The earnings from this project will go to a charity that supports and protects gender-nonconforming children and teenagers.

Source: CNN

Major cities in China re-open following decline in COVID-19 cases

As the number of recorded Covid cases nationwide sharply dropped to 20 a day, major Chinese cities Beijing and Shanghai eased their control on businesses and major economic hubs. Health departments received 20 new cases nationwide – a huge percentage drop from the 54 infected individuals that were reported a day ago.

The Beijing government reported only eight new Covid cases last Sunday, while the Shanghai metropolitan area saw six.

Just two months ago, the Chinese government ordered its citizens to stay inside their homes for mass virus testing. However, it was only a month ago that Beijing imposed stricter controls on its citizens.

In the face of a steep downswing in cases, authorities have decided to relax restrictions and provide space for major economic hubs to breathe economically.

Businesses in Shanghai can now re-open their doors without the need for approval starting Wednesday. The city’s authorities have announced several initiatives to help businesses and engage consumers as they recover from an economic downturn.

The city of Shanghai has announced that they will offer 10 thousand yuan ($1,493) as an incentive for citizens who switch to battery-powered cars.

The largest city in the state has declared that only 220,000 are most restricted from getting out of their homes. The remaining 22 million were already permitted to resume normal routines outside their houses.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that many businesses in Beijing will be opening soon – including a luxury mall and an amusement park called Happy Valley Beijing.

The Beijing government has already allowed more people to resume work and open public transport. If the downtrend continues, they say that some several public spaces should also be opened up for half their capacity – like libraries, museums, and gyms, among others.

However, the city of Beijing has not fully re-opened yet. Elementary and middle schools are still closed, while restaurants can only provide takeout or delivery services until they get the all-clear from health officials.

Both major cities in China have taken serious protocols to counter the recent outbreaks of Covid, including the presentation of a valid negative virus test to enter public areas. For Beijing, the validity of the test lasts for 48 hours, while in Shanghai, authorities said that it would lengthen its validity to 72 hours.

Even with the developments, there is still uncertainty regarding the pace and method with which businesses can recover.

Many clients in Beijing “question the magnitude of the growth rebound” amid the ease of controls, says Goldman Sachs analysts on Sunday.

“Local clients worry about scarring effects from anti-pandemic measures and growth slowdown, which include heightened uncertainties around economic and policy outlook, a higher number of bankruptcies and elevated unemployment rates,” the analysts said.

EU will support law adopting only USB-C ports for devices, a blow for Apple

Smartphone companies and electronic device manufacturers in the United Kingdom might be compelled to adopt only USB-C charging ports in all their devices.

The European Commission has called on lawmakers to create a law that would push for the adoption of single charging ports within mobile phones, cameras, and tablets by 2024. This will allow consumers around Europe an easier time when it comes to charging their devices.

“We have a deal on the #CommonCharger!” commissioner of the EU, Thierry Breton, wrote on Twitter.

The law would help reduce waste by electronic manufacturers and simplify life for consumers who have multiple devices.

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The recent announcement will be a challenge for giants like Apple, which adopts its unique port to charge its products like the iPhone. However, the company has already introduced USB-C charging ports in their iPads as well as MacBooks.

After the announcement by the EU, Apple said, “We share the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment and are already carbon neutral for all of our corporate emissions worldwide.”

The company explained further that the proposal will cause a big change for the company, but they will surely comply with the requirements, saying that Apple is for “innovation” and, more importantly, the company “deeply cares about the customer experience.”

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“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world. We look forward to continued engagement with stakeholders to help find a solution that protects consumer interest, as well as the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to users,” the company expressed in the statement.

According to the commission in the study done in 2019, more than half the chargers sold had micro-B ports, 29% had USB-C, and 21% had the Lightning connector.

Source: CNBC

Biden administration will help boost EV sales by creating more charging stations

The Biden administration has announced plans to boost electric vehicle production and adoption by allocating funds to the creation of charging stations across the country.

The president has committed to building 500,000 charging stations by 2030. This initiative will help America make the transition towards clean energy and reduce carbon emissions while ensuring our country’s future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.

The new rules will establish national minimum standards for electric vehicle charging stations and make them available to all drivers. Regardless of the brand, company or location – a user can charge the car at any outlet.

To help combat climate change, President Biden wants to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. The administration plans on allowing 50% sales of electric vehicles by 2030.

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, “Everyone deserves a chance to benefit from EVs.”

“We’re paying attention not only to the quantity of EV chargers but also their quality. Everyone should be able to find a working charging station when and where they need it,” secretary Buttigieg added.

The White House has already started a program to install chargers in public areas. They have already allocated $5 billion for this initiative earlier this year.

To ensure that the charging stations are fair for everyone, all the stations will have a similar payment system, pricing information, and charging speed. The system will also upload real-time information about the charging station so that EV owners will know what to do before they reach the charging station.

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“We’re tackling range anxiety and vehicle charging deserts by making sure that charging stations are easily and equally accessible, allowing every American can get coast to coast in an electric vehicle,” said Jennifer Granholm, the Energy secretary, in a statement.

EVs are a great way to cut carbon footprint. They spend 60% less on fuel compared with gas-powered cars every year, according to a study by Consumer Reports in 2020.

The United States is home to a large number of EV owners, placing it third among major global markets like China and Europe.

The federal government is giving incentives to consumers who buy EVs made by union workers. By 2035, the Biden administration promises that 600,000 cars and trucks will be transitioning over through the program.

Source: CNBC