Video of girl attempting to take photo of her outfit takes a hilarious turn

The struggle to take a decent photo of your OOTD is real. 

Do you take an overhead selfie? You’ll miss out on capturing your pants and shoes. A mirror pic? Good luck finding the right angle without your arm blocking the photo. 

But Twitter user @itmightbetrin, or Trin, decided to get creative with her outfit flex. The result, though, is a little less walk, walk, fashion baby, and a little more stumble, stumble, fall.  

In the video, Trin decides to stand up on the ledge of her bathtub to get her full outfit in frame. She takes a moment to adjust her shirt for the camera before the entire shower curtain rod comes tumbling down, and takes her with it. Looking shook, she sits for a full eight seconds in stunned silence on the floor before a voice offscreen asks “Trin, are you alright?” 

“For everyone saying I was just sitting there to see if I was good,” she replied to her post, “I was really sitting there to see if my momma heard an If she was gone come in and beat my ass.” 

Twitter found her reaction all too relatable, and began jumping in with their own replies.

She later replied to her original tweet saying, “I swear I’m not a dumb ass, be my friend plz.” 

Everyone gets knocked down sometimes, Trin, but just you have to get back up again. And maybe next time just have a friend take the pic of your fit. 

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Here’s what Lady Gaga should do after A Star Is Born

Now that a movie star is born, what should Lady Gaga do next?

The superstar, nominated for Best Actress for her exhilarating work in A Star Is Born, has her Las Vegas residency keeping her busy for part of 2019. But she has yet to announce a follow-up to her now iconic role as Ally in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.

Gaga had previous success on television with her starring role as the vampire-esque Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel (the role nabbed her a Golden Globe). So, a return to TV would be great but we’re guessing she’s going to keep the big-screen momentum going for at least a bit.

She’s already done the Oscar-caliber film so we’d like the next move to be a little more fun. Here is our entirely non-scientific, very opinionated brainstorm for Gaga’s movie future:

  • JOIN THE WITCHES REBOOT: Robert Zemeckis is adapting Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book into a movie with Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer (Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is co-writing the script). Hathaway is taking on the role of the Grand Witch (played by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 film version) and Gaga seems perfect to enlist in her coven. Plus, we can definitely see her recording a song for over the credits à la Madonna/A League of Their Own/“This Used to Be My Playground.” Let’s just all try to forget that Zemeckis just directed Welcome to Marwen.
  • PLAY A PLUM ROLE IN A BLUMHOUSE HORROR FILM: She’s already dipped her toe in the genre with AHS so why not go full-force in a horror thriller from the team that did Get Out, Halloween, and Jordan Peele’s next film Us? We can see a few options for Gaga: a final girl turned badass, à la Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in Halloween; a duplicitous twisty heroine à la Rose (Allison Williams) in Get Out; or a full throttle villain à la Ma (Spencer) in the upcoming Ma. We’re just realizing that maybe what we simply want is Gaga to act with Octavia Spencer.
  • URSULA IN THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE ACTION VERSION: Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns) is slated to direct this Disney adaptation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken writing the score. Gaga would crush the role of sea witch Ursula. Imagine. Her. Singing. “Poor. Unfortunate. Souls.” Also, she would def not be intimidated by all the tentacles.


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DeGale v Eubank Jr: Britons trade insults as Eubank Snr admits he is ‘petrified’

Eubank Snr (left) says he is “petrified” given his son has so much on the line against DeGale
DeGale v Eubank Jr
Date: 23 February Venue: O2 Arena, London Coverage: Live-text commentary on BBC Sport website

Chris Eubank Jr says facing James DeGale represents a “do or die” moment in his career, with his father admitting he is “petrified” of defeat.

Eubank Jr, 29, competes at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday and DeGale has said retirement looms for whoever loses.

“We are both on the edge and at a stage where we can’t lose,” said Eubank Jr.

His father said: “Physically, Junior has the upper hand and from a spiritual and pedigree aspect, James does. I am not convinced Junior will win.”

Chris Eubank Snr has stated in the past his son could emulate the undefeated American great Floyd Mayweather but defeat to George Groves a year ago has raised questions over whether Eubank Jr can win at the sport’s highest level.

“From a physical point of view, I don’t think anyone can stand with my son but it’s also spiritual,” added Eubank Snr, a former two-weight world champion. “This is where Jr lacks that blessing.

“It’s the only thing that allowed me to win championship fights. Spiritually, I am buoyant. I don’t know whether he has that. This is most certainly a 50-50 fight and for the first time I am petrified of what the outcome could be.

“We have a lot of skin in this game.”

Insults and a retirement fight

DeGale (left) has lost just once, while Eubank Jr has two losses in his career

At a lively final news conference, the fighters traded insults, with DeGale telling his rival he was “pathetic” and a “deluded moron” for believing he could compete with the Olympic gold medallist and former world super-middleweight champion.

Addressing his opponent, DeGale, 33, said: “It’s all dawned on him – he’s finished. I promise you will get a schooling.

“I’m proven, you idiot. I have won everything. You have done nothing.”

DeGale gave up the world super-middleweight title he won back from Caleb Truax in April and has lost twice in 28 outings.

Eubank Jr – who has two defeats in 29 fights – recently tweeted DeGale imploring him not to “cheat” fans and “run around the ring all night”.

DeGale said: “In other words that’s saying ‘James don’t use your boxing ability and out box me. Let’s stand there make it hard and give me a chance’.

“Do you know what, I am going to come out and give it to you properly. You can’t box, Chris.

“This is the biggest fight of his career, retirement time. Whoever loses this is done.”

‘I will stop him’

Eubank Jr has consistently played down the idea of retiring should he be beaten but admitted a third loss of his career – added to defeats by Billy Joe Saunders and Groves – would be hugely damaging.

DeGale has faced accusations his best years are behind him but insists he has overcome persistent injuries to reach his best condition “for a long, long time”.

Eubank Jr, meanwhile, claims he will benefit from teaming up with trainer Nate Vasquez, who he met at Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym.

In the past, the Brighton fighter was guided by his father and the man who trained Eubank Snr, Ronnie Davies.

“For the first time in my career we are focusing on strategy and game plan in a tailored boxing camp, preparing me for a slick southpaw,” said Eubank Jr.

“We have covered all bases, that is why I am so confident. If he runs we have a game plan, if he stands and plants his feet, we have a plan.

“This is my opportunity to prove once and for all, to set the records straight, to prove to the doubters and haters that I am the real deal.

“I am at a stage where I know he can’t handle me. I am going to go there and stop him.”

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Iran holds naval war games in Strait of Hormuz amid US tensions

The Iranian navy launched “large-scale” drills in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman in a show of its maritime force amid escalating tensions with the United States in the region.

Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran’s navy, said the manoeuvres began on Thursday and will run for a week. For the first time, the exercises will feature missiles launched from a submarine.

Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the “state-of-the-art” and domestically produced submarine, Fateh (Conqueror), which the military said is capable of firing cruise missiles.

The Fateh is equipped with torpedoes and a precision-firing system, and is able to stay underwater for up to five weeks, according to the navy.

The US and its allies in the Gulf region have repeatedly denounced Iran’s military as a threat to the region. But Tehran said its military is for defensive purposes only.

‘Unsafe for the enemy’

Khanzadi also said missiles with different ranges will be launched from warships during the exercises.

“For the first time, these weapons will be tested seriously and we can make the maritime region unsafe for the enemy in any way possible,” Khanzadi said.

Naval activities will begin 2km from the Strait of Hormuz and extend 10 degrees north of the Indian Ocean, Khanzadi was quoted by the Mehr news agency as saying.

The naval exercises will include how to deal with external threats, as well as an assessment of naval equipment, naval preparedness, accountability and readiness in open waters, according to the news report.

The drill, named Velayat 97, will include battleship exercises and amphibious and anti-amphibious warfare manoeuvres.

Military readiness

In January, Iran held a joint naval exercise with Russia in the Caspian Sea, and carried out separate ground and aerial drills in which air force jets, domestically manufactured rockets, and anti-radar and thermal missiles were put to the test.

The exercise in the Strait of Hormuz is an annual drill so there is “nothing surprising”, according to Ghanbar Naderi, a Tehran-based defence analyst and journalist who has covered previous military war games.

“There is nothing exceptional about this annual event,” Naderi told Al Jazeera. “But of course, this year it takes on a different significance because of the economic warfare that the country is facing.”

“The whole idea is to test the readiness of the armed forces. This should not be interpreted as a threat to regional security,” he added.

The US pulled out of the historic 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed punishing sanctions on Iran last year. Since then tensions have escalated between Washington and Tehran.

With additional reporting by Ted Regencia

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The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here’s how they do it


Amid public outcry over the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that led to this moment.
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The Trump administration has been blocked from systematically breaking up migrant families, but hundreds of children crossing the border continue to be separated from their parents in a process requiring none of the oversight used to removechildren in the United States from their homes, according to a USA TODAY review of the system.

Separating a child from a family in most communities requires a child welfare specialist and involvement of the judicial system, often with a judge scrutinizing the case for months or even years.

At the border, the removal decision is made solely by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in the field. No child welfare specialist is required, and no judge is involved in a decision that cannot be appealed.

Rebekah Fletcher, a supervising attorney at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a group that provides lawyers to migrant children in U.S. courts, says the removal of a child from a family in the U.S. is, by design, a difficult, multi-layered process involving multiple people from multiple branches of government. But not so for children at the border.

“To put those similar types of determinations solely in CBP’s hands … the room for error and the room for misinterpretation is dangerously high,” she said.

Even CBP characterizes its family separation process as “brief and expeditious in nature,” according to a statement provided to USA TODAY.

President Donald Trump and U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw both ordered the Department of Homeland Security to stop separating migrant families as a systemic practice in June.

However, there is an exception: When a parent presents a danger to a child.

What constitutes a “danger” is not clearly defined, but can include obvious cases of abuse, where the child is covered in bruises, and harder-to-detect cases, where immigration agents believe a child is in peril. 

In the seven months after Trump and Sabraw issued their orders, Homeland Security separated at least 218 children from their parents in part by using the danger exception, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which takes custody of the children once the family is separated. 

Immigration attorneys and family law experts say the process being used to separate children, most commonly carried out by CBP agents, has been shrouded in mystery, provides no due process for the parents and is vulnerable to abuse or mistakes. 

CBP defended its family separation process as one that balances the desire to “maintain family unity to the greatest extent operationally feasible” with strong protections for children who may be in danger.

“When handling children it is a practice to always err on the side of caution and to act in the best interest of the child,” according to the CBP statement. “The moment of suspicion that a threat to a child exists, it becomes an inquiry and potentially an investigation into the welfare of that child.”

More: Democrats grill Trump administration officials over family separation policy on the border

More: Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated at border than previously reported

‘End run around court order’?

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers expressed shock over the process during a committee hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this month, and the separation process will be further scrutinized during a House Judiciary committee hearing on Feb. 26.

The ACLU also plans to raise the issue in federal court on Thursday, when lawyers appear before Sabraw as he continues to monitor the reunification of more than 2,800 children separated under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

Sabraw has allowed 21 of those families to remain separated because the parent was deemed a danger to the child, according to court filings by the Justice Department. The judge also has allowed the government to continue separating more families using the exception to ensure migrant children are not being trafficked or abused.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said the most recent separation cases have shown that the government may be abusing that exception and plans to tell the judge this during Thursday’s hearing.

“The government appears to be doing an end run around the court order by unilaterally declaring parents a danger, and failing to give parents the ability to rebut that charge,”  Gelernt said.

When a migrant family crosses the border, either legally at a port of entry or illegally between ports, an immigration agent processes the case. That includes taking down basic information — names, birth dates, country of origin, whether they’re applying for asylum or other forms of protection.

The family members are given a medical check and entered into various databases to determine if they have immigration violations or criminal backgrounds, according to CBP. The immigration agent also tries to verify the parent-child relationship to ensure the child isn’t being trafficked by a human smuggler posing as a parent.

All the while, the agent is observing the family to gauge whether the parent poses a danger to the child. But no clear-cut definition of danger to the child exists to guide Border Patrol agents when making that determination. Complicating the decision are language barriers or children too young to offer information.

CBP officials said their decisions are based on multiple U.S. laws and regulations that govern the treatment of migrant children in government custody. None of those lays out a process for separating a migrant parent from his or her child.


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Is child ‘afraid of parent … or Border Patrol?’

The separation process, which is being challenged in court, was explained to USA TODAY by a senior Border Patrol official who was authorized to speak only if his name was withheld. 

The official said his agents can generally determine if a child has been abused based on the agents’ experience as law enforcement officers and history of interviewing suspects. Agents don’t receive any training on identifying child trauma. “We’re not trained behavioral scientists,” the official said.

But the Border Patrol official said an agents’ experience as a father or mother can help them make the determination. The official said agents can orderan additional medical examination of the child to identify signs of injuries, and can conduct separate interviews with the parent and child to ensure their stories line up.

“You size up people with their demeanor and you can tell if they’re angry, if they’re upset, if they had an altercation,” he said. “There’s a lot of non-verbals that stand out.”

Throughout the U.S., that kind of analysis is usually conducted by child welfare experts who studied the field and are working for state or local child welfare agencies.

Vivek Sankaran, a clinical professor of law and director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, said identifying child trauma, and the cause of it, requires years of education and training.

“It is universal among mental health professionals that the idea of removing a child from a parent is one of the most traumatic things we as a society can do to the child,” he said. “So you want somebody who has been very well-trained to make sure that we need to inflict (a separation) on the child.”

Even a former CBP commissioner questioned whether agents should be conducting the child welfare investigations alone.

Gil Kerlikowske, who headed CBP in the Obama administration, said in an interview that migrants are being screened at one of the most stressful moments of their lives, having just completed an exhausting journey across Mexico where they are frequently victims of robberies, kidnappings and sexual assaults.

Kerlikowske said CBP agents are operating without information that is available in normal child abuse investigations, including a list of official visits to the home, and interviews with neighbors and relatives.

“How do you determine whether the child is afraid of the parent, or afraid of the Border Patrol agent in the green uniform?” he asked.


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Criminal history matters, but what crimes?

Another factor contributing to the evaluation is a parent’s criminal history, either in the U.S. or in their home country. The U.S. government shares criminal databases with Central American countries and can identify whether there are warrants out for their arrest. 

But CBP did not specify what kinds of crimes they’re researching. 

Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said she’s seen cases where a parent is deemed a danger over immigration violations, or minor criminal convictions that do not indicate whether the parent may abuse the child.

“There’s a lot of people (in the U.S.) with all sorts of convictions and it doesn’t even trigger a child protective services investigation,” Brané said. “If you have a shoplifting conviction, or didn’t pay child support, or you stole a car, does that really put the child at risk?”

CBP says agents are allowed to get assistance from child welfare specialists from local and state agencies, but that is not a requirement and CBP does not track how often such requests are made.

The final decision to separate a family is made by the front-line officer with approval from a supervisor. The decision is final and cannot be reviewed by a judge.

Once the decision to separate is made, the child is sent to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which takes custody of the child and starts searching for a suitable sponsor in the U.S.

CBP says its agents are required to flag the separation in each case file, and provide a reason for the separation, but HHS officials and immigration attorneys say agents regularly fail to so do so. 

HHS spokesman Mark Weber said caseworkers ask all incoming children about their parents to make sure separated children are properly identified. 

Fletcher, the supervising attorney for KIND, said they get the full picture of a child’s separation only after filing a federal Freedom of Information Act request, which can take weeks or months to come back.


During a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Trump admitted that he didn’t need to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall, but that he did it so he could “get it done faster.”

Bipartisan support for improving the process

While it’s been difficult for any kind of immigration bill to pass Congress in recent years, Democrats and Republicans alike are starting to look into ways to improve the family separation process.

During the congressional hearing earlier this month, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said there need to be clear guidelines to separate a family, and that child welfare professionals need to be involved. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., agreed.

“We don’t have a terrific system, we don’t have standards, we don’t have procedures,” Brooks said. “What should we be doing?”

Suggestions are plentiful. Cristina Muñiz de la Peña, a mental health expert who testified before the committee, said the guidelines and practices that should be imposed on Homeland Security already exist in child welfare agencies around the country.

“We could adapt those guidelines in the immigration context and bring those professionals to really counsel the people on the ground,” she said.

Kerlikowske, the former CBP commissioner, says CBP could hire a dozen child welfare experts in the four border states who could be on call and required to step in to evaluate any migrant parent suspected of abusing their child.

Sankaran, the University of Michigan Law School professor, suggested taking things a step further: Place all migrant families where abuse is suspected directly into the state juvenile court system.

Anything short of that, Sankaram said, would only tinker with a Homeland Security process that is fatally flawed and prolonging the anguish of family separations that should have been put to rest last summer.

“None of us would tolerate this process for our own families,” he said.


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