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Washington: President Barack Obama praised South Carolina’s Indian-American governor Nikki Haley for calling for the removal of slavery era Confederate flag from the State Capitol grounds 150 years after the end of the US Civil War.

“For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens,” he said delivering a touching eulogy at the funeral on Friday of the pastor of a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a white man gunned down nine people last week.

“It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders,” he said turning his eulogy into a rousing political speech and a thoughtful discourse on race in America.

“But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge — including Governor (Nikki) Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride,” Obama said.

“For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.

“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valour of Confederate soldiers.

“It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong,” he said amid applause.

“It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds.”

At the end of speech, Obama to the surprise of the mourners launched into a solo of “Amazing Grace”. It brought the audience to their feet as they joined him in the song.

Haley has come in for praise from civil rights leader Al Sharpton too after he met her for the first time on Thursday and shared a hug at the funeral services for the Charleston shooting victims.

In clips Sharpton aired on his MSNBC show, the reverend said at the services that he spoke to Haley one-on-one, as opposed to how “she usually sees me out the window marching on her”.

“If you were protesting outside my window”, the governor replied when it was her turn to speak, “if you would have come inside and held out your hand, I would have hugged you”.

Sharpton quickly responded: “I’ll hug you back.”

Shortly thereafter, the two hugged each other and Sharpton, looking back on it, said: “It’s a step in the right direction.”

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Did You Hear about the New Species of Spiders Named After Leonardo DiCaprio, Bernie Sanders and Barrack Obama?

The new species of spiders have been named in honor of leaders and artists who promoted sensible approaches for a better world

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Did you hear about the Bernie Sanders spider? (representational image) Pixabay

Vermont, September 30, 2017 : What if we tell you that a team of researchers has recognized and named 15 new species of spiders in the Caribbean after your favorite stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders?

Not in Hollywood, Washington, DC or Vermont – but you might now be able to catch a glimpse of Spintharus davidattenboroughi, S. barackobamai, S, michelleobamaae, S. berniesandersi, S. davidbowiei along with S. leonardodicaprioi on the Caribbean islands and some other southern spots.

Ingi Agnarsson, expert of spiders and professor of biology at University of Vermont, who led the new study revealed the rationale behind the undergraduate study and on choosing the intriguing names. “(We) wanted to honor people who stood up for both human rights and warned about climate change—leaders and artists who promoted sensible approaches for a better world”, he said.

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The Smiley-Faced Spider

Popularly recognized as a global hotspot for biodiversity, there continues to be several species in the Caribbean that are outside the spectrum of research and study. This includes the ‘smiley faced’ spider in the genus Spintharus- named for a smiley face pattern on their abdomens.

Previously recognized as one widespread species, researchers from the UVM discovered that there exist many more endemic species within the genus, 15 of which have been recognized in the research.

These samples were collected from Florida, South Carolina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, the Lesser Antilles and Columbia.

Each team member got to decide names for the new species of spiders. Alongside naming them after friends and family members, many species have been named after distinguished figures.

“We all named the Bernie Sanders spider together,” said Lily Sargeant, one of the students who worked on the project. “We all have tremendous respect for Bernie. He presents a feeling of hope.”

Some of the other names include,

Spintharus davidbowiei

Named after the great artist David Bowie, who passed away in 2016. His music will continue to inspire generations and the authors decided to honor his legacy by naming a spider in his name.

Spintharus barackobamai

Named after the widely popular, and largely lov