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McDonald’s UK raises the price of cheeseburgers for the first time in 14 years

After a long time of 14 years, the company has decided to raise the price of its signature cheeseburger for the first time ever. With immediate effect, the price raises by a fifth to £1.19, and additional price increases will follow as prices soar.

The fast food juggernaut has been selling its popular burgers for 99p in the UK, enabling consumers to indulge in the meat treat for less than a pound.

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Maccies has now clarified, however, that “just like you, our firm, our franchisees who own and run our restaurants, and our suppliers are all experiencing the burden of growing inflation,” requiring a price increase.

The price of the cheeseburger will rise to £1.19 starting on July 27. Throughout the summer, a number of menu items will see price increases ranging from 10p to 20p.

Alistair Macrow, chief executive officer of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “At times like this, we know that providing great value is important. Since we opened in the UK in 1974, we’ve committed to offering great tasting food at affordable prices, and that commitment will not change.

The price is going up for the first time in 14 years. Credit: Alamy

“But, today’s pressures mean, like many, we’re having to make some tough choices about our prices.

“This summer, our restaurants will be adding between 10p and 20p to a number of the menu items impacted most by inflation. From today, we’ll be increasing the price of our cheeseburger for the first time in over 14 years, taking it from 99p to £1.19. Some prices remain unaffected, and some will continue to vary across our restaurants.”

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He continued: “We understand that any price increases are not good news, but we have delayed and minimised these changes for as long as we could. We will continue to listen to what you want from us and work tirelessly to find solutions to today’s cost challenges affecting our business.”

However, there is good news: halloumi fries have just been brought to UK menus.

The halloumi fries are one of eight new Mediterranean-inspired items that McDonald’s has added to its menu this summer in honor of Cyprus, Italy, and Spain.

Customers will pay £2.49 for a conventional quantity of halloumi fries (four sticks), while a larger “sharing” portion sells for £6.49. Whether you share them is up to you, though.


Thailand is on verge of using voluntary chemical castration for sex offenders 

Thailand is close to implementing chemical castration as a method of combating s*x crime. After lawmakers approved a bill that will allow some criminals the ability to select the surgery in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

Thailand on Verge of Using Voluntary Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders

Late on Monday, 145 senators voted in favor of the measure, which the lower house had approved in March. There were two abstentions. Another vote in the house is still necessary, followed by royal approval.

The bill still requires another house vote, then royal endorsement. Pictured: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn

4,848 of the 16,413 convicted s*x offenders who were freed from Thai prisons between 2013 and 2020 reoffended, according to data from the correctional department.

In accordance with the proposed legislation, those s*x offenders who are considered to be at high risk of reoffending may decide to undergo injections that lower their testosterone levels in exchange for serving less time in prison, provided they have the endorsement of two doctors.

The bill stipulates that the offenders must wear electronic monitoring bracelets and be tracked for ten years.

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If accepted, Thailand would join a select group of nations that employ chemical castration, which also includes some U.S. states, Poland, South Korea, Russia, and Estonia.

“I want this law to pass quickly,” Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on Tuesday. “I don’t want to see news about bad things happening to women again,” he said.

Chemical castration, according to Jaded Chouwilai, director of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, a non-governmental organization that handles s*xual assault among other issues, won’t stop s*x crime. “Convicts should be rehabilitated by changing their mindset while in prison,” he said.

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“To use punishment like execution or injected castration reinforces the idea that offender can no longer be rehabilitated.”

Pakistan made the announcement last year that rapists charged of repeat offenses would be castrated.


Johnny Depp Reunites With Lawyer Camille Vasquez at His Concert in Prague

At a recent performance on the European leg of his tour with famed guitarist Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp, and his attorney Camille Vasquez had the chance to reconnect with them outside of court.

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Depp was introduced to her boyfriend, WeWork executive Edward Owen, by the lawyer who assisted him in his defamation action against the actress.

The Mail reports that Depp pulled 38-year-old Owen in for a bear hug, as the group smiled together. Vasquez received praise from the general public and the media for her role in ensuring Depp’s triumph over Amber Heard; she was even elevated to the position of partner at the legal firm of Brown Rudnick LLP. She was compelled to refute reports that she was dating Depp, meanwhile, as a result of social media rumors.

Describing the rumors as false, the 37-year-old told People: “I guess it comes with the territory of being a woman just doing her job.”

She continued: “It’s disappointing that certain outlets kind of ran with it or said that my interactions with Johnny — who is a friend and I’ve known and represented for four-and-a-half years now — that my interactions in any way were inappropriate or unprofessional. That’s disappointing to hear.”

However, when the video was posted on Instagram, fans couldn’t help but express their happiness at seeing Depp and Vasquez back together. “Love it! I’m sure they will have a friendship that will last a lifetime,” one Instagram user commented.

A second agreed, writing: “A friendship bonded in the courtroom and now they are all best friends for life.”

The footage went viral after a judge denied Amber Heard’s request for a retrial in the defamation case.

As reported by MailOnline, the Aquaman actor’s legal team asked for the judgment to be overturned or a new trial to be scheduled in a 48-page filing earlier this month “proceeded solely on a defamation by implication theory, abandoning any claims that Ms. Heard’s statements were actually false.”

Heard’s team also referenced Juror 15’s claimed improper vetting in the court brief as justification for a new trial. The potential juror answered a summons for a jury that was sent to his father, who has the same name and address.

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Judge Azcarate, noting that the grievance regarding Juror 15 was immaterial, rejected Heard’s request for a retrial in a written order published on July 13.

“The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict,” said Azcarate, adding: “The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the court’s instructions, and orders. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury.”

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Heard received $2 million as part of her countersuit, and the court awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages.


Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez flashes a smile ahead of the meeting at the UBS building in New York City 

Camille Vasquez, Johnny Depp’s attorney, gave a big smile for the cameras as she was photographed in New York City on Tuesday.

Vasquez  entered the UBS building in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting after successfully defending Depp  in the high-profile defamation case against Amber Heard. Vasquez has become something of a celebrity in her own right as a result.

Vasquez, who has gained a celebrity status of her own since she defended Depp to victory in the blockbuster defamation trial against Amber Heard

As a member of her security opened the car door for her and held her hand as she exited onto the sidewalk, Vasquez was beaming.

It happens the day before a meeting between Depp’s legal team and Amber Heard’s attorneys to work out the last-minute details of his $8 million defamation judgement against the actress.

The sighting occurs as the deadline for a resolution of Depp and Heard’s defamation action approaches. In order to determine if a settlement can be made, the celebrities’ attorneys will meet in court on Friday.

Vasquez was seen stepping out of a black SUV and entering the UBS building in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting

Depp and Heard will be required to pay each other their imposed damages if they are unable to reach an arrangement by tomorrow. Trial Judge Penney Azcarate will submit the jury’s judgement on June 1.

The June judgement concluded that both celebrities had defamed one another, although Depp’s hand was far more favourable.

While Heard only received $2 million in damages from Depp, he received $10.35 million from her. Heard owed Depp a hefty $8.35 million in total.

Her bodyguard accompanying her wore a magnificent mullet and mustache, and kept an umbrella at the ready amidst the overcast day

Heard later acknowledged via her attorney that she was unable to pay those millions in damages, and a day after the verdict, her legal team announced that Heard would be appealing the decision.

Her stance on the situation has subsequently changed, though, and rumours are circulating that she intends to write a “tell-all” book to make money to cover the damages.

Heard was allegedly “broke” and unable to refuse money, according to a source close to her.

After a terrible few months, they claimed she “considers her career in Hollywood gone” and “had nothing to lose.”

Vasquez sported a pin-striped, double-breasted black blazer over a white blouse, and a sash tied around her neck

Benjamin Chew, a lawyer for Depp, said that a settlement would be an option.

Chew said earlier this month on Good Morning America that Depp would consent to forego seeking damages from Heard in exchange for her declining to file an appeal.

‘We obviously can’t disclose any attorney-client communications, but as Mr. Depp testified, and as we both made clear in our respective closings, this was never about money for Mr. Depp,’ said Chew. 

‘This was about restoring his reputation, and he’s done that.’


Elon Musk’s humanoid Tesla robot predicted to be ready by September

Elon Musk, the tech mogul, has been in the news a lot lately. Earlier he reached the deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, his name emerged in the blockbuster defamation Trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. This time, he is in the spotlight for something big to renounce its way into the future of Artificial Intelligence.

By the end of September, Tesla plans to have a functioning humanoid robot prototype. A second Tesla “AI DAY” with “many cool updates” from the company’s projects has been scheduled for August 19, according to CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla Optimus

The self-driving program was the main emphasis of the previous year’s presentation, which also revealed plans for the “Tesla Bot” humanoid robot, also known as “Tesla Optimus.”

The second AI Day was then delayed to Sept. 30, with Musk writing on Twitter: “we may have an Optimus prototype working by then.”

Musk stated that the business is “tracking” toward a functional prototype during a Tuesday interview at the Qatar Economic Forum.

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“Well, I hope that we will have an interesting prototype to show people,” he said.

“We have a very talented team at Tesla that I’m working with closely to have a prototype humanoid robot ready by the end of September.

The Tesla bot is set to include the Autopilot computer used in the company's electric cars, which will allow the humanoid to recognised real-world things. But the robot will have its own customised sensors and actuators

“And I think we are tracking to that point.”

He also emphasized that they would showcase other things at the event to prove that Tesla is a “real-world AI company.”

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“We have these sort of AI Day events to just emphasize that Tesla is a lot more than a car company and that we are, in my view, the leading real-world AI company that exists.”

In other interviews, Musk stated that he thinks the first iteration of the bot, which would be able to carry out duties like grocery shopping, will start production sometime in 2023.

He outlined how Optimus was created so that humans could outrun and defeat it if necessary, but he made sure to emphasize that because of its decentralized control system, it wouldn’t be a threat to anyone.

Tesla Optimus

Previously, Musk stated on the Lex Fridman podcast that his Tesla Bots might someday serve as both friends and employees.

He said: “It could develop a personality over time that is unique.

“It’s not like all the robots are the same.”

He added: “That personality could evolve to match the owner, or whatever you want to call it.”

Updates on Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer, which was presented at AI Day the previous year, are also anticipated.

Last August, Musk (pictured) said the bot would be able to handle a range of jobs - from attaching bolts to cars with a wrench, to picking up groceries in shops

A broad update on the company’s self-driving initiative, the first practical use of Tesla’s AI, is also anticipated. In order to direct technology toward assisting the public, Musk suggested for an agency to supervise and govern the development of AI.


John Cena breaks Make A Wish Foundation record with 650 wishes granted

For the Make-A-Wish Foundation, John Cena has fulfilled 650 wishes, making him the first famous person to do so. The Hollywood great and WWE legend has granted more wishes than any other celebrity in the organization’s history, helping it reach an amazing milestone.

John Cena has granted more Make A Wishes than any other celebrity credit:Bang Showbiz

No other celebrity has ever reached the 300 landmarks, and Cena’s accomplishment coincides with WWE’s celebration of 20 years since his company debut.

As part of the company’s social media celebration of “Cena Month,” the triumphant milestone was revealed on WWE’s official Twitter account on Monday, June 19.

The tweet displayed a photo of the wrestling legend hugging a fan, with the caption: “@JohnCena has granted more wishes via @MakeAWish than any other celebrity in history. #CenaMonth,” while the picture featured the text “650+ wishes granted”.

Despite having granted more than 200 wishes each, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and fellow WWE superstar Hulk Hogan have all never surpassed the 300-wish threshold.

Fans praised Cena for his commitment to assisting the American non-profit organization for years after he announced the accomplishment on social media.

Fellow WWE Superstar John Layfield wrote: “Few people in history have meant as much to @wwe as @JohnCena – the best representative one could ask for, and a terrific human being. So proud of John and all he continues to do. This is amazing.”

Another fan shared: “Cena’s an absolute hero for this. He deserves the world for dedicating so much time to others. Bravo @JohnCena.”

A third poked fun at his “You can’t see me” slogan: “He did it all with no one being able to see him. @JohnCena are you God?”

In a recent interview on The Drew Barrymore Show, Cena explained why he loves granting wishes, saying: “The reason I love Make-A-Wish so much is that those are those families’ wishes.”

“You can do anything you want, and Make-A-Wish’s list is enormous, they literally will do anything you want. ‘I want to kick it with John Cena and go see him wrestle.’ That is the coolest thing I have ever heard in my life,” he continued.

“But all things considered, I love all that, I love that joy. I love that connection and that’s where I’m at right now. It is difficult to water to tread because everybody’s like, ‘Well, when?’ I just know not now,” he added.