On Friday's amfAR Inspiration Gala in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Ricky Martin and new beau Jwan Yosef made their debut as a couple at the red carpet and while their sweet appearance took the attention of many, a bidder's $90,000 give-away to get a kiss from the singer made the night much more special.
According to People, Martin and Yosef walked the red carpet with hands clasped as cameras snapped on the handsomely-dressed couple. Each wearing a black tuxedo, they indirectly confirmed their relationship as they posed for pictures hand-in-hand.
The 32-year-old proud boyfriend took a photo of Martin as he took the stage and made music. Obviously, he was having a blast as he enjoyed the Grammy winner's performance as he captioned the pic: "KICKED *SS #amfar." more >>
Brazil's unpopular leftist President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party suffered a crushing defeat Sunday, after that country's lower house of Congress, led by unapologetic evangelical Christian Eduardo Cunha, voted to impeach her.
Thousands of pro-impeachment supporters watched for about five hours on giant screens in the streets of Brazil as members of congress voted one after the other to impeach Rousseff. When voting ended late Sunday evening, 367 of the 513 deputies backed Rousseff's impeachment, according to The Guardian. Seven deputies abstained, two were recorded as absent while 137 deputies voted against the move.
Rousseff, notes the BBC, is accused of allowing creative accounting techniques involving loans from public banks to the treasury to create an artificially enhanced budget surplus. Brazilian governments are required to meet budget surplus targets set in Congress, which investors regard as a measure of economic health. Rousseff contends that she did nothing criminal but her opponents don't agree. more >>
The very popular first-person shooter game franchise, "BioShock" has been the subject of various rumors circulating the Internet recently. Last month, a leak from a ratings board in Brazil indicated that the game has been rated. More recently, a Taiwanese ratings board apparently gave the game a rating as well. The report was accompanied by leaked cover art for the collection, according to a report in GameRant.
The cover art was leaked on a post by a Twitter user called Lifelower, who is said to have seen the game listed on the Taiwanese regulation site. While sharing the link of the said listing, the source also showed the cover art of the rumored collection, which the GameRant report deemed as something that looked "official" or like the real thing.
Despite its success, the franchise has been going a rough patch recently especially with the closure of one of the game's original developers, Irrational Games. The game's publisher, 2K Games, has not given any official announcement about whether the HD remastered collection is indeed coming. The only official announcement in relation to the series is that there will be more "BioShock" coming, particularly sequels of the game, according to Take-Two Interactive CEO Stauss Zelnick. more >>
A Brazilian Baptist leader who's known for holding progressive views on social issues, is pushing for the country to lift restrictions on abortion amid fears that symptoms from the Zika virus might be leading to an increase in neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity.
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites and has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Pastor Joel Zeferino, president of the Baptist Alliance of Brazil, — an organization was started in 2005 by 60 Baptists who fell out of favor with the Brazilian Baptist Convention because of their socially progressive views, according to Baptist News Global — argued that the discussion over laxing abortion laws needs to include more voices. more >>
A number of Roman Catholic bishops in Latin America, where the dangerous Zika virus is spreading, have said that despite health warnings, Catholics should refuse to use contraceptives.
"Contraceptives are not a solution," said Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, an auxiliary bishop in Brazil, according to Gospel Herald. "There is not a single change in the Church's position."
Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control have said that contraceptives need to be used by infected patients in order to prevent the spread of Zika, which might be linked to hundreds of babies being born with deformed brains in Brazil and neighboring countries. more >>
Roman Catholic Church leaders in Latin American countries dealing with the outbreak of the Zika virus are pushing back against groups that are promoting abortion for women who are pregnant.
The Zika virus, which is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitos, was once confined to parts of Africa and Asia, but has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. Symptoms from the virus are suspected to cause neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity, but medical researchers have yet to confirm the link.
Auxiliary Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner of the Catholic Church in Brazil, a nation with hundreds of confirmed cases of Zika, denounced a recent call from the United Nations to loosen abortion restrictions to allow women who've contracted the virus to abort their pregnancies in the first, second or third trimesters. more >>