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Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy

FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Tintin will mark his 90th birthday this year with a return to controversy as his Belgian creator’s heirs release a new edition of “Tintin in the Congo”, a work from 1930 that draws accusations of racism. The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a…

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HSBC sparks controversy with ad campaign

Image copyright HSBC Image caption Comedian Richard Ayoade stars in HSBC’s TV ad campaign HSBC has been criticised for an advertising campaign that claims the UK “is not an island”. The campaign, created by the agency J Walter Thompson, is described as “championing the idea that we are all global citizens amid uncertainty around Brexit”. Versions have appeared in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and London. Thousands of people have reacted on social media, with some claiming the adverts are anti-Brexit. One social media user questioned whether the bank risks “alienating a…

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Sports 

Triumph and controversy: Team Sky’s era of domination

LONDON (Reuters) – When Team Sky launched in London in 2010 with the ambition of having a British winner of the Tour de France within five years, there was more than a modicum of scepticism at the undoubtedly flashy new boys in the peloton. FILE PHOTO: Team Sky riders take part in a training session in Alcudia, on the island of Mallorca, Spain, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo Not that there was inexperience as British Cycling’s Dave Brailsford was installed as team principal and brought with him the “marginal gains”…

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Seann Walsh and Katya Jones voted off Strictly after kiss controversy

Image caption Walsh and Jones ended up in the dance-off after a low-scoring Viennese waltz Seann Walsh, who was photographed kissing his dance partner Katya Jones outside a pub, has been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing. The comedian’s time on the show was overshadowed by controversy after the pictures were published in the Sun on Sunday three weeks ago. The revelation led to the end of his relationship with actress Rebecca Humphries. Walsh said “bar the last few weeks” it was the “best experience of my life”. After a low-scoring…

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‘Tampon tax’ scrapped in Australia after 18-year controversy

Image caption Women campaigning for an end to the tax in 2015 Australia will remove a controversial tax on female sanitary products following years of campaigning by women’s groups. Currently, tampons and sanitary pads are sold with a 10% goods and services tax (GST) because they are categorised as non-essential items. Women have argued it is an unfair classification, noting items such as condoms and sunscreen are exempt. Federal and state governments agreed on Wednesday to remove the levy. “We’re really delighted that everyone’s come on board to scrap what…

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K-pop: HyunA and E’Dawn relationship causes controversy

Image copyright Cube Entertainment Image caption E’Dawn (left) and HyunA (middle) formed K-pop band Triple H with Hui (right) The head of a major music label in South Korea has denied reports HyunA and E’Dawn, two members of the pop trio Triple H, have been sacked after revealing their relationship. Cube Entertainment CEO Shin Dae-Nam released a statement after 720,000 tweets in 10 hours mentioned the K-pop stars’ supposed sacking. “We’ve yet to make an official decision on the rumour that HyunA and E’Dawn would be ousted,” reads the statement…

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Embattled umpire Ramos ‘good’ despite U.S. Open controversy

(Reuters) – Umpire Carlos Ramos has made his first public statement since the U.S. Open, saying he was “good” despite the firestorm of controversy that followed his officiating of last weekend’s women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Sept 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women’s final between Serena Williams of the United States and Naomi Osaka of Japan on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports…

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US Open 2018: Tennis is the ‘loser’ after Serena Williams final controversy, says Sue Barker

Williams accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after her US Open final defeat 2018 US Open Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website Sue Barker believes “tennis was the loser” in a controversial US Open final – but said Serena Williams had a point when she criticised the umpire. A series of incidents, which included the beaten American calling Carlos Ramos a “liar” and a “thief”, saw Williams penalised…

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Technology 

Elon Musk reignites Twitter slur controversy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elon Musk frequently replies to others’ comments on Twitter Elon Musk has tweeted again about a man he had previously accused of being a child abuser. “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services,” Tesla’s chief posted. The tweet comes more than a month after Mr Musk apologised to the British diving expert Vern Unsworth for calling him a “pedo”. Critics suggest the latest message is further evidence of the tech leader’s erratic behaviour on social media.…

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IGN sacks writer amid YouTuber plagiarism controversy

Image copyright Motion Twin Image caption Motion Twin’s Dead Cells: The game at the centre of the controversy Prominent gaming news website IGN has apologised and sacked a writer who was alleged to have plagiarised a game review. The company was criticised after YouTuber Boomstick Gaming found similarities between his review of Motion Twin’s multiplatform title Dead Cells and IGN’s review of the same game. Although the IGN review has since been removed, it can temporarily still be accessed via Google’s webcache service. In response, IGN have removed the review…

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