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John Stamos Celebrates One Week of Marriage to Caitlin McHugh — at Disney World!

This is just the beginning!

In celebration of their first week of marriage, John Stamos and his pregnant wife Caitlin McHugh decided to take a fun-filled honeymoon to the happiest place on Earth: Disney World.

Clad in matching bride and groom mouse ears, the Fuller House star, 54, posted a photo on Saturday of the newlyweds sharing a sweet smooch in front of Cinderella’s castle.

“#oneweek (and they said it wouldn’t last),” he captioned the loved-up snap, before calling himself the “#happiestmanonearth.”

The 31-year-old model and actress — who is pregnant with their first child — also celebrated their marriage milestone.

“Perfect way to begin our #happilyeverafter,” she wrote, alongside a picture of the pair posing in front of a tower in the park with their celebratory mouse ears. McHugh also let her fans know that there was more to their outfits than might meet the eye.

“Can you guess who we’re #disneybound -ing as? Hint: I’ve painted the walls in the tower in the background,” she added, tipping off Disney fans that the couple was dressed as Flynn and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled.

McHugh is an active Disneybounder, aka a superfan who dresses up in character at the amusement park.

Stamos and McHugh tied the knot on Feb 3. at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California, a source previously told PEOPLE. The reception was held at Stamos’ home in Beverly Hills.

McHugh wore a white, strapless ballgown with a tulle skirt, while Stamos wore a black tux. A source told PEOPLE, “Caitlyn looked absolutely stunning in a princess dress.”

“They exchanged vows in front of family and close friends. It was a very touching ceremony. There were tears, but mostly smiles. John and Caitlyn looked very happy.”

RELATED VIDEO: John Stamos Marries Caitlin McHugh

After almost two years of dating, Stamos, 54, proposed on Oct. 22, 2017, at Disneyland.

“The happened. Then I said, I better have a ring on her finger because it’s the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway,” Stamos told PEOPLE exclusively in December. “So I called her parents to ask, and it was like, ‘You better!’”

Before popping the question, Stamos screened a short film that he made of romantic moments from animated Pixar and Disney films, ending the display with The Little Mermaid — which encouraged him to “just ask the girl.”

“She loves Disneyland and , I got on my knee and asked her,” Stamos said. “I pulled the ring out. I don’t know how she did it, but she went to hug me and slipped her finger right in it. When the park closed, we ran around the park in our Disney onesies.”

The pair first met while filming an episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2011, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.

“I played a guy who was so egotistical that he thought he should spread his progeny, so he had like 60 kids or something. He was poking holes in condoms and stuff. And Caitlin, ironically, was one of the girls that I was trying to fool and have a baby with,” Stamos explained. “That was a long time ago. She was in another relationship. And we just met back up again. Her roommate was on an episode of Fuller House, and so she was in the audience. I walked in, I went, ‘Hey, are you stalking me?’ She was like, ‘No…’ That’s why I love her. She’s like, ‘What? No. I haven’t thought of you twice.’”

RELATED VIDEO: John Stamos Shares His Love Story with Caitlin McHugh

With the wedding now behind them, the newlyweds will gear up for their next major role — as parents. Stamos said that he and McHugh “talked about” having a baby in the past, and then everything just fell into place.

“We have the same morals and the same values, that all clicked nicely. So we said, ‘Oh, well, maybe we should have a family,’ ” Stamos said.

McHugh suggested, “‘Maybe we should have a kid ’ and I said, ‘Why?’ ” Stamos recalled, revealing she jokingly responded, “Because you’re old.”

The couple are overjoyed to be adding to their family — though they’re keeping mum on the baby’s sex for now — with Stamos admitting that he “always wanted to be a dad” but wasn’t sure it was in the cards until now.

I’ll be a fun dad. I’ve been practicing for a long time,” Stamos said, joking, “I’ve done every schtick you can do with a baby on TV … all the bits and jokes and diaper gags. I’ll probably just do all that stuff.”

McHugh described her new husband as “the biggest, most loving and generous heart of anyone I know.”

“I greatly admire his originality, creativity, ambition, work ethic and humor — all qualities I’m sure he’ll pass down to his child,” McHugh said. “He’s always been wonderful with kids, and I’m sure he will be an amazing father.”

World Cup fears for Huddersfield & Australia’s Aaron Mooy after Bournemouth

Huddersfield 4 – Bournemouth 1

Bournemouth came crashing back down to earth on Sunday at the Kirklees Stadium.

Huddersfield came into gameweek 27 of the Premier League on terrible form. They had lost their last five matches on the bounce in the English top flight as they slipped in to the relegation spot.

But against Bournemouth the Terriers rediscovered their scoring touch to claim three big points.

New signing Alex Pritchard bagged his first EPL goal to fire Huddersfield ahead after 7 minutes. Junior Stanislas levelled for Eddie Howe’s men in the 14th minute.

But Steve Mounie then stole the headlines as the striker scored in either half.

Rajiv van La Parra scored a late penalty to put the icing on the cake for Huddersfield.

Shocking injury blow to Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy

But Huddersfield’s win came at a big cost.

During the second half, Australian international Aaron Mooy was subbed out the game after a bad injury.

Mooy hit the deck after a clash of knees in midfield.

Eventually Mooy had to leave the field on a stretcher. The Aussie star was holding his head in his hands while his left knee is in a brace.

Australia, of course, have qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and Mooy is a starter in their team.

World class Man City star's agent reveals his client's desire to play in this league

World class Man City star’s agent reveals his client’s desire to play in this league – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne’s agent feels that the midfielder is likely to end his career in the MLS.

Initially, the player was expected to return to Belgium once he is past his peak. But it seems that De Bruyne is quite fond of America and wants to play there at some point in his career.

However, the Manchester City fans have nothing to worry about as the move is not going to happen anytime soon. The £52million signing signed a new £300,000-a-week deal last month that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023.

De Bruyne has been the best player in the Premier League this season and he will be hoping to win the Champions League with Manchester City before leaving England.

The Belgian could also be a target for Chinese clubs but his agent Patrick De Koster does not see his client moving to China in future.

Patrick De Koster said: “I think Kevin will end his career in the USA rather than in Belgium. He has already been to America many times on holiday, and he loves the country and its culture. He said goodbye to his bachelor life in Las Vegas, and we have often spoken about him ending his career in the MLS. He hasn’t yet had any offers from American clubs because they know it is not worth bothering as he is at the peak of his career. Clubs in China will probably look longingly at him, but I can’t see him going over to play there.”

The 26-year-old playmaker has scored 11 goals and has bagged 17 assists in all competitions for Manchester City so far this season. He is one of the main reasons why City are now firm favourites to win the league title this year.

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Teaching robots to understand their world through basic motor skills

 Robots are great at doing what they’re told. But sometimes inputting that information into a system is a far more complex process than the task we’re asking them to execute. A team of researchers at Brown University and MIT is working to develop a system in which robots can plan tasks by developing abstract concepts of real-world objects and ideas based on motor skills. Read More

Former Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden: Trump's military parade is 'third world b*llsh*t'

A string of heavy-hitting military veterans are hammering Trump over his ill-conceived idea to blow an estimated $20 million or more to line our troops up and force them to march down Pennsylvania Avenue, saluting him in his private box outside the White House. 

First, Major General (Ret) Paul Eaton, the former commander of the U.S. Army Infantry Center and the man dubbed the “father of the Iraq Army” for his work training Iraqis after the U.S. invasion, released an absolutely blistering letter calling Donald Trump a ‘wannabe banana republic strongman.’ Then Admiral (Ret) James Stavridis released a public letter saying the troops don’t need a ‘puffy parade,’ they need real-life support like higher wages, better veteran care, and the weekend off to rest, not wasting their time in the summer heat inflating Trump’s ego. 

Adding to the list is Robert J. O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden in 2011. 

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A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.

— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) February 8, 2018

The list of people objecting to Trump’s costly parade is growing by the minute. The D.C. City Council also weighed in on the idea of tanks rolling through the streets of D.C. and said “tanks, but no tanks.”

Searching for the ‘Olympic spirit’ in a post-Nassar world

On Friday evening in South Korea, Team USA walked out into the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, clad in the cheesy and stylistically questionable matching Ralph Lauren gear we have come to expect over the years.

Luge star Erin Hamlin led the way, waving the American flag proudly. The delegation of 244 freezing American athletes followed, laughing, swaying, and waving while “Gangnam Style” was blasted through the outdoor arena — “Heeey, sexy ladies.” Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, waved and clapped from a suite, where they were seated just a few feet away from the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was a surreal scene, to say the least, but also a joyous one — from the look on their faces, it was abundantly clear that, for the majority of the members of Team USA, this was one of the best moments of their lives.

Unfortunately, as I watched Team USA celebrate their moment on the Olympic stage, I couldn’t help but think of the 265 women and girls who were sexually assaulted by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who served as a trainer for Team USA at four Olympics. Over the past few weeks, about 200 of them gave victim impact statements at sentencing hearings for Nassar, who will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Nearly all of the survivors mentioned Nassar’s involvement with the Olympics in their statements.

I couldn’t believe I was in the presence of an Olympic doctor,” said Madison Rae Margraves, when she recalled how honored she felt to have the opportunity to be treated by Nassar.

 “There’s no way an Olympic doctor would do this,” Kathleen Lovelette remembered thinking, as she tried to convince herself that Nassar’s “medical treatment” was legitimate, and not sexual assault. 

“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” said 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney.


Just hours before the opening ceremony, the U.S. Olympic Committee held a press conference in front of a gaggle of reporters in Pyeongchang eager for the institution to answer questions about the Nassar case.

USOC Board of Directors Chairman Larry Probst opened the press conference by addressing the victims directly. “[T]he Olympic system failed you and we are so incredibly sorry,” Probst said. “Words cannot express the anger that the board and leadership of the United States Olympic Committee and me personally feel about the human toll that Larry Nassar’s abuse has taken on these young women and their families.”

Probst went on to say that the board was commissioning an independent investigation into the USOC, which would be released publicly, and that everyone — including USOC president Scott Blackmun, who is not in Pyeongchang because he is recovering from surgery — will keep their jobs until the investigation is complete and more information is known. But board member Anita DeFrantz said she was “pretty confident” that the investigation will show that Blackmun “did a great job,” and Probst said “we think that [Blackmun] did what he was supposed to do and did the right thing at every turn.”

To say it’s tough to take the USOC’s commitment to fixing its failures in the Nassar case seriously is a gross, gross understatement. In fact, in light of what we know of the USOC’s actions in the past, particularly in the eight years since Blackmun became CEO, a healthy dose of skepticism is the only proper reaction.

Honestly, it’s nearly impossible to list all the ways in which we know the USOC has failed its athletes when it comes to sexual abuse over the past few decades. But we know that it’s far from a problem that starts and ends with Nassar, or even with USA Gymnastics. According to the Washington Post, more than 290 coaches and officials associated with the United States’ Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982, most notably in USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo, and U.S. Speedskating.

Among other things, we know that Nassar’s victims gave victim impact statements for a total of nine days in two courtrooms over the past few weeks, and a USOC representative wasn’t present for a single one. (Probst now says this was a “mistake.”) The USOC is only now — two and a half years after USA Gymnastics first parted ways with Nassar due to reports of his sexual  predation, and more than a year after the first criminal charges were brought against Nassar — beginning to reach out to the victims who were members of USA Gymnastics, an organization that the USOC, and the USOC alone, certifies and provides with power.

The USOC only started requiring criminal background checks for its coaches and doctors in 2014. Four years ago. We know that when the IndyStar published its report in 2016 about horrific, systemic failures in the way USA Gymnastics handled complaints of sexual abuse, the USOC immediately defended USAG as “one of our most active, supportive and concerned partners” when it comes to preventing sexual abuse.

In 1999, the USOC said it couldn’t ban coaches convicted of sex crimes — yes, convicted of sex crimes — unless it first offered hearings to the abusers in question, because, according to the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, all athletes, officials, and coaches have a right to a hearing before they are banned for misconduct.

In 2014, the USOC was notified that USA Taekwondo was allowing Marc Gitelman to continue to coach for the program despite allegations that Gitelman had been getting his underage athletes drunk and raping them — allegations that USA Taekwando believed. But the USOC did not step in, and Gitelman continued to coach children and work in close vicinity to his victims until he was criminally convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing two of his athletes. Two days after his conviction, USA Taekwondo banned him. Under the USOC’s nose, USA Swimming has also been ravaged with sexual abuse complaints; the organization didn’t ban coach-student relationships until 2013. That was also the year that the USOC first required all of its non-governing bodies (NGBs, such as USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming) to put in place minimum standards for athlete protection. But even now, implementation and enforcement of those standards is all over the map, since the USOC continues to operate with a strictly hands off approach.

It’s hard to fathom this many systemic failures in an organization that oversees the best athletes in the world. But it makes so much more sense when you read this exchange, reported by the Washington Post, in a deposition regarding the USOC’s (mis)handling of sexual abuse complaints from USA Taekwondo athletes in 2014. Stephen Estey, the lawyer for a victim, asked USOC Associate General Counsel Gary Johansen if it was a “top priority” for the USOC to protect its athletes from sexual abuse.

“The USOC does not have athletes,” Johansen replied.

Estey, naturally, pushed for more information, and Johansen’s response was incredibly revealing.

“Walk me through that,” Estey said. “You send athletes to the Olympics, but they’re not your athletes?”

“That’s correct.”

“Why is it they’re not your athletes?”

“They’re nominated by the National Governing Bodies to the USOC.”

When asked what Team USA refers to, if not athletes, Johansen replied: “That’s a branding terminology. . . . It’s intellectual property.”

 


 

Even knowing all of this, I still got chills when I saw Team USA march out onto the track at the Olympic Stadium. I’ll still hold my breath as they ski or sled down hill at impossible speeds, and attempt to cover my eyes when they propel themselves into the air for a triple jump. My heart will break when they falter, and my eyes will fill with tears when they triumph. 

The athletes deserve to live out their dreams, and to soak in every moment of Olympic glory, from opening ceremony to closing ceremony, perhaps with a few medals sprinkled in between. And we can — and should — cheer them on. 

But we must remember that this isn’t just a game; these are lives that are on the line — not just the athletes who are competing this fortnight, but the millions upon millions of children watching who believe in the power and pageantry of the Olympics.

The good news is that the silence has been broken, and progress is being made. There is, at long last, a national center for SafeSport, which is granted the authority to investigate sexual abuse and misconduct complaints in all 47 Olympic sports organizations. And last week, Congress passed a bill that is supposed to help protect athletes from sex abuse by making those in Olympic and amateur sports mandatory reporters of sex abuse, and Congress is investigating the USOC’s handling of the Nassar case. However, SafeSport still has an extreme lack of funding and a skeleton staff, and the bill that congress passed didn’t come with any funding — that was removed in the House of Representatives. 

Ultimately, the race has only just begun; there’s a long way to go until the Team USA brand can be trusted again.


This Island Just Became The First Place In The World To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

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Bermuda has become the first national territory in the world to roll back same-sex marriage.

The British overseas territory's governor signed legislation into law Wednesday night that replaces same-sex marriages with domestic partnerships.

Rights groups said the move was unprecedented on the world stage, and stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry, while politicians in Britain expressed profound disappointment, calling it a “backwards step” for human rights in Bermuda.

Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, said: “Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”

The island's minister of home affairs said the law gave same-sex couples “equivalent” rights to heterosexual married couples.

Same-sex couples had been able to marry on the remote North Atlantic Ocean island – home to around 65,000 people – since a supreme court ruling there in May last year, which led to protests on the socially conservative territory.

The previous year, two-thirds of voters had rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum, although turnout was low at below 50%.

Then last December, Bermuda's senate and house of assembly passed legislation by wide margins to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships.

Bermuda's tourism authority warned last year that the proposed law posed an “unnecessary threat” to the tourism industry, the island's second biggest.

“It’s not only LGBT travellers that care about equal rights based on sexual orientation. Our research indicates many companies, consumers, and travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda’s growth, care about this issue,” Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas wrote in a letter to lawmakers last December.

But on Wednesday, the island's governor, British diplomat John Rankin, said in a brief that “after careful consideration in line with my responsibilities under the constitution, I have today given assent to the Domestic Partnership Act 2017.”

Bermuda's minister of home affairs, Walton Brown, said in a longer statement that the new law gave same-sex couples the “equivalent” rights of married heterosexual couples, including over inheritance, access to property rights, and the ability to make medical decisions on a partner's behalf.

“While the majority of Bermudians do not agree with same-sex marriage – as evidenced by the referendum – it is the government’s belief that this Act addresses this position while also complying with the European courts by ensuring that recognition and protection for same-sex couples are put in place,” Brown said.

“The Act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognising and protecting the rights of same-sex couples.”

The minister added that the same-sex couples married between last May's supreme court decision and the new law coming into effect would continue to be recognised as being married.

Bermuda's official status is as a British overseas territory, meaning it is self-governing but the UK has responsibility for foreign policy and defence.

In the UK, opposition politician Chris Bryant said that British foreign secretary Boris Johnson had not opted to intervene in the Bermudian legislation being passed, something that he said “totally undermines” British efforts to advance LGBT rights.

After Bryant raised the issue in Parliament on Thursday morning, UK government minister Harriett Baldwin said: “We are obviously disappointed about the removal of same-sex marriage in Bermuda.”

She said that after “full and careful consideration” of Bermuda's constitutional and international obligations, Johnson had decided that it would “not be appropriate” to block the legislation, something she said only took place in exceptional circumstances.

Bryant responded by saying: “However the government tries to dress this up, it is a backwards step for human rights in Bermuda and in the overseas territories.”