PUFF DADDY HAS gotten into a few scrapes over the years, but that hasn’t stopped him from reppin his hood. Yes, that sounds right.Quite the opposite, in fact, as his latest boast would appear to confirm.He now wants to rep nature and, where possible, dominate some wild animals in the process. Oh Puffy, you’re as mad as a (big) bag of bears.It’s Tweet Sweeper time!
DESPITE THE CONTROVERSY surrounding the new Gaeltacht Minister’s Irish language abilities, Joe McHugh has been giving BBC Radio 4 listeners a short Irish lesson.“The important thing when you’re speaking Irish is there has to be a flow to it,” Joe McHugh advised ‘Broadcasting House’ presenter Paddy O’Connell.McHugh proceeded to teach O’Connell how to say ‘go dté mar a tá tú’ (how are you) and ‘tá lá ar dóigh ann’ (it’s a great day). Listen to McHugh’s Irish lesson >When asked to translate more complicated phrases such as ‘hear much and say little’ or ‘an open mouth often catches a closed fist’, McHugh declined, saying he was looking ahead to taking a language refresher course and would not want to be “caught out on getting things wrong at this stage”.McHugh said he was “shocked, stunned, delighted, over the moon” and “quite emotional” to be nominated for the ministerial post.Asked about coming under pressure over his cúpla focail that when Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked him about his Irish language skills, he admitted they were “not great, but rusty” because he has not really been speaking it for twenty years.“It’s daunting,” he said of his portfolio, “but I’m going to go into it full steam ahead.”McHugh said his Irish refresher course would be starting first thing Monday morning. The Donegal TD said he hoped his own experiences in re-building his Irish language abilities would encourage others to do the same:There’s a vast chunk of the population that went to school, spent 14 years, got very, very good grades in their Irish, were able to speak it when they went to school and then all of a suddenly they just lose it. When you don’t use it, you lose it. And if I can refresh myself and get there in a short period of time, I hope that will be a signal to other people that have been threatening it for years.Read: Here’s how the new Gaeltacht Minister got on answering a question as Gaeilge >Poll: Does it matter that the Gaeltacht Minister isn’t fluent in Irish? >
Don’t think of this idea as late for Halloween 2010, but rather as early for Halloween 2011. It’s is a color-shifting paint trick that Watchmen fans can use to really jazz up a Rorschach costume next year.Thanks to YouTube contributor guinness0507, we find out if you mix a little thermochromic powder with transparent base paint, then transfer the paint mixture onto a piece of white fabric, you can make yourself a pretty sweet looking Rorschach mask that shifts color from the temperature of your own breath.AdChoices广告I don’t know who watches the Watchmen, but wearing this mask you will definitely have many eyes watching you Halloween 2011. Just do us a favor and make sure that the paint is completely dry before putting it over your face. We certainly don’t want anyone passing out from noxious fumes.Read more at YouTube, via Neatorama
Although ARM-powered Windows RT tablets are on the way this year, it looks like Dell’s first Windows 8 tablet will be of the x86 variety. The Latitude 10 has leaked to the web, and it’s a 10.1-inch slab powered by Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processor.Its clock speed isn’t specified, but it looks like Dell may be one of the first OEMs to deliver a tablet with Intel’s new 32NM chip — not a surprise considering their position on the global PC sales leaderboard. The display offers a resolution of 1366×768 pixels (around 155PPi), and video processing will be handled by Intel’s Imagination graphics engine.Dell will also offer SSDs with capacity up to 128GB for the Latitude 10. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are built in, as are 8MP rear- and 2MP front-facign cameras. Unlike a lot of tablets on the market, the Latitude 10 will feature a swappable battery, and buyers can choose between a 2 cell or 4 cell model. An optional stylus will also be available for purchase. As a nod to the enterprise, the Latitude 10 will include both a fingerprint reader and smart card reader.At 710 grams and a maximum depth of 13.4 millimeters, the Latitude 10 is slightly heavier and thicker than the new iPad, but it’s good to see that Windows 8 tablets will narrow the gap. Manufacturers of Windows 7 tablets have struggled to break the two pound barrier, though Dell managed to do it with the Latitude ST — which could very well have been the starting point for the Latitude 10.More at NeoWin
Five police officers and one cadet were shot during an armed attack against a police station in the Athens suburb of Agia Paraskevi, authorities announced early on Wednesday. All six were admitted to Athens hospitals, two of them in serious but not critical condition, along with a civilian suffering from shock after witnessing the attack.The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday night when a group of unidentified persons on motorbikes passed outside the police station in Pentelis street and fired several rounds using an automatic weapon before fleeing the scene.The bullets hit five police men and a woman cadet training as a special guard, who also suffered the most serious injuries and was submitted to lengthy surgery. A police man that was shot in the belly and rushed to the 401 Military Hospital was reported to be out of the danger, though doctors are keeping him under close observation in case there are complications.Police said they had found and were investigating three motorbikes to determine whether they were used during the attack, left outside the Halandri metro station.Public Safety Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis visited both the site of the attack and the injured police officers in hospital, afterwards stressing that the attack against them had been “cowardly, murderous and 100 percent a terrorist act”.He condemned the attack as the worst sort of attack on society.“Violence, especially murderous violence, is the worst enemy of society. Blind violence against 20-year-old youths is despicable and heinous,” he underlined, calling on the public to “rally around democracy and protect it”.The Minister committed to taking all possible action to find the perpetrators.“These murdering bullies will be arrested and turned over to justice,” the minister underlined in statements after his visit to the injured. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nuka-World will release on August 30 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and cost $19.99 by itself, although you can download it as part of the season pass. There are rumors that more DLC and possibly another season pass will be coming to Fallout 4 in the future, but as of now official word is that this is the end (of the world). <> Bethesda Softworks has just released the first official gameplay trailer for Nuka-World, the sixth and final add-on for Fallout 4.It looks like they’re going to be sending things off in style. Nuka-World is the official theme park of everyone’s favorite Cola, and still features creepy animatronics and lots of things to kill. The more playful among us can try their hands at working games like whack-a-mole game, a shooting gallery, and basketball game, or even take a trip on the rusty, clearly-in-need-of-a-safety-inspection rides. Visit park zones like Safari Adventure, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, and the Galactic zone. There’s even a theme song! This is clearly where dreams come true. Not since Banky’s Dismaland has a theme park looked more inviting.If the idea of exploring this ruined amusement park somehow doesn’t interest you, how about the fact that this expansion will allow you to become the head of a Raider gang, and send your minions off to do your bidding. Seriously, you can use underlings to conquer settlements and be the truly wicked person you always were in your heart.You can get a glimpse of these dilapidated attractions, including a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, in the gallery below. There are even some new creatures that look like the Graboids from Tremors and appropriately amusing weapons.
Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini is happy they’ve now booked their spot in the Champions League knockout stages after a 1-0 win over ValenciaA Cristiano Ronaldo assist enabled Mario Mandzukic to tap-in a 59th-minute winner for Juventus on Tuesday night at Turin.The result ensured the Serie A champions of a spot in the last-16 with BSC Young Boys awaiting them in the final Group H fixture in a fortnight.“The first goal of the season has been reached,” Chiellini told the club website.“We knew that it would be a difficult game because Valencia are a dangerous team in the spaces.“In the first half we could do better, we got too enthusiastic, then we did well in the second [half] – the result is certainly deserved.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Now the Italian defender wants Juventus to restore their focus back to their Serie A campaign, despite having not sealed first-place in Group H yet.However, with the likes of Inter Milan and AS Roma awaiting them before the end of the year, Chiellini would rather focus on domestic affairs.“Now we turn the page and start thinking about the Champions [League] in February,” Chiellini added.“We have to concentrate on the championship because we have a good month ahead of us.”Juventus will next take a trip to Fiorentina in a Serie A match on Saturday.
Posted: August 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Suspect steals credit cards from downtown gym, spends $8,000 Updated: 4:56 PM KUSI Newsroom, John Soderman August 1, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who stole credit cards from a gym locker in downtown San Diego.The theft happened around 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at the AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club located at 234 Broadway, San Diego Police Sgt. Matthew Botkin said.The suspect broke into a gym locker and stole four credit cards out of the victim’s wallet before racking up $8,000 in fraudulent purchases on the cards, Botkin said.Anyone with information about the identity or location of the suspect is asked to contact SDPD Detective Kevin Jankowski at (619) 744-9517.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) – Doctors say a 5-month-old baby is unlikely to survive after police accused his babysitter of child abuse.According to WINK, 24-year-old Maria Antonio-Jose was babysitting the 5-month-old infant in Bonita Springs over the weekend while the baby’s mother was at work. A neighbor reportedly heard the babysitter scream for help, yelling that the baby was choking on milk.In a police report, officers said the injuries were consistent with severe child abuse but not with choking.The baby was taken to a nearby children’s hospital after doctors said he suffered catastrophic brain trauma, extensive retinal hemorrhaging and a ripped right retina, the News-Press reports. The boy is currently in a persistent vegetative state and has been transferred to hospice care.Antonio-Jose now faces an aggravated child abuse charge and is being held on $200,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) – Back-to-school season is right around the corner and tax-free weekend is here to help students prepare.Florida officials are reminding families that they can save money on school supplies and clothes during the 2018 back-to-school sales tax holiday, which begins this Friday.“I hope everyone takes advantage of the sales tax holiday,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “It’s August third through fifth. You don’t have to pay the sales tax when you buy school supplies. You can get on the website for Department of Education to see exactly what’s covered and save your money.”During the three days, there will be no sales tax for qualifying clothes, shoes and accessories less than $60, plus all school supplies $15 or less.For a full list, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Srinagar, Aug 17 (IANS) An Indian Army soldier was killed when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday. The soldier, Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, 35, sustained fatal injuries during the ceasefire violation. He was a resident of Dehradun. Army sources said that there was unprovoked firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in the Nowshera sector from the Pakistan side at around 6.30 a.m. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “There was befitting retaliation from the Indian side of the border to the unprovoked ceasefire violation. Shelling is continuing from both sides of the border,” said a senior Army official. As per sources, Thapa had been serving in the Army for the past 15 years. Thapa’s death is the seventh instance of casualty in ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year. As compared to the previous seven months of 2019, there has been considerable decrease in ceasefire violations at the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in August.
The University of Louisville softball team used home runs from Taylor Roby and Sidney Melton and a complete-game win from sophomore Danielle Watson to upset the overall No. 16-seed host Northwestern 2-1 in the Evanston Regional Saturday afternoon at Drysdale Field. With the win, the Cardinals (35-21) remain in the winner’s bracket and advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. (ET) regional final to face Northwestern in a rematch after the Wildcats posted an 8-1 victory in Saturday evening’s elimination game. The Cardinals collected two hits in the game, both home runs, and withstood a late-inning rally from Northwestern (44-11) as the Wildcats scored a run and had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh. Watson (12-14) scattered four hits and struck out six in 7.0 innings and the Louisville defense backed her with several outstanding plays. “This was a really fun game,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “Northwestern is a great team, and I’ve said numerous times – as we’ve played them several times already and we’ve played some really fun games prior to that. We enjoy going at each other, it’s a real battle. They are well-coached, they play defense well, they pitch well and it is fun to go up against that and battle that out. To come up with a win here is huge, obviously, but we have more work to do, so that’s my focus, to get ready for the next game we play.”The game included a weather delay of more than three hours that started with the Cards leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. After a scoreless first inning, Louisville broke through in the top of the second when Taylor Roby took the first pitch she saw over the fence in right centerfield. The redshirt freshman’s fourth homer of the year gave Louisville a 1-0 lead. The game featured a pitchers’ duel through four and a half innings. Louisville’s Danielle Watson tossed a two-hit shutout with three strikeouts while Northwestern’s Danielle Williams struck out seven and allowed only one hit – Roby’s home run in the second – and went on to retire 12 straight batters before the game was delayed due to storms in the area in the middle of the fifth. The delay lasted 3:09 and the pitcher’s duel resumed. The Wildcats would deliver a hit, but go scoreless in the fifth. Melton led off the top of the sixth with her second home run in the regional to push the Cards ahead 2-0. A one-out error put a Northwestern runner on in the sixth, but the Cards used a double play from shortstop junior Caitlin Ferguson and first baseman sophomore Kyra Snyder to hold the Wildcats at bay. The Wildcats broke through in the seventh when Morgan Nelson drew a two-out walk and scored on Maeve Nelson’s double to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but a groundout to Ferguson ended the game. This marks the fourth time the teams have met this season and the first time the Cardinals have prevailed with the Wildcats winning the first three meetings 1-0, 9-8 (nine innings), and 4-2 – all in the month of February.LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES• Louisville is making its 14th NCAA appearance and first since 2016. This marks the first time the Cardinals have advanced to a regional final through the winner’s bracket, the fifth regional final in program history and the first since 2012 at the Louisville Regional. • Northwestern now leads the series 8-3• Louisville’s 35 wins mark the most victories in a season since 2016 when the Cards posted a 35-17 record. Print Friendly Version Next Game: vs. Northwestern 5/19/2019 | 2:00 p.m. ESPN3 Photo Gallery Louisville Postgame Press Conference Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Louisville 2 – Northwestern 1 Preview Live Stats Matchup History Story Links
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Some fans are still puzzled over the Game of Thrones finale, however, Finn Jones, the actor who played Ser Loras Tyrell on the series, predicted the show’s mind-bending ending back in 2015.Jones reportedly discussed many ending plots four years ago, including the Iron Throne’s fate, People.com reported. The actor spoke about what he wished for in his last scenes and who he thought would help rebuild Westeros on Game of Thrones in a 2015 interview with Vulture.“You need to get rid of that Throne. That’s what I’d like to see at the end of the series, but that’s very utopian,” Jones told Vulture in the interview. “We’ll see.”Jones also hoped that Bran Stark would rebuild the seven kingdoms by the end of the series, and perhaps work with a small council that would include Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and some of the Tyrells.“My hope for Westeros is that Bran [Stark] dissolves the Iron Throne; he gives the power back to the individual realms. Him, his Small Council, which would be Brienne, Tyrion [Lannister], and maybe some of the Tyrells, because I’m biased,” Jones explained. “But they will try to keep the peace, after this devastating war has struck Westeros and killed a lot of people.”On what would happen to his own character, Jones said “Even if Loras [Tyrell] is imprisoned, I would like to see him get disfigured by the Sparrows, the same way he gets disfigured at Dragonstone with the boiling oil. I think that would be really interesting, because the only thing he has left are his looks and his ostentatiousness. And that’s been stripped from him.”Even though Jones’ character perished when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed, his predictions about the Game of Thrones finale were almost accurate: The Iron Throne is destroyed by one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons after she is killed by Jon Snow and Bran Stark becomes the new ruler of the “six” kingdoms, with the assistance of a helpful squad including Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister. So, not a bad way to conclude the series that ran for almost a decade.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idea
One of the ways that scientists are learning about diseases, particularly those that are hereditary in nature, is by sequencing the genomes of large groups of people—doing so enables searching for variants that cause or contribute to a given disease—the ultimate goal would be to sequence every single person on Earth. In this new effort, the researchers have sequenced the genomes of 150 people in Denmark (from 50 family trios) of Danish descent—native Inuits and immigrants were screened out.The effort, the researchers report, was carried out partly to create a Danish reference catalog and partly to learn how to conduct large-scale genome sequencing. They note that such a project required the combined efforts of multiple people and organizations working in coordinated fashion. Ultimately, the project cost approximately $10 million.One major aspect of the project was selecting technology and determining how many people to sequence. The team wound up using samples from 50 families and did the sequencing using both combinations of paired-end and mate-pair libraries with the Illumina HiSeq2000. They note also that de novo assemblies were used because the researchers believed other approaches left out pertinent information. De novo refers to deriving a peptide sequence from a mass spectrum without the use of a sequence database. It is the preferred approach to sequencing when the aim is to identify novel peptides in organisms that have not been previously sequenced. The researchers report very few gaps in the data. They also note that three assemblies were used: Allpaths-LG14, SOAPdenovo2 and SGA. Accuracy was measured by comparing their results with the human reference genome.The researchers hope that their effort will lead to improved medical interpretation of genetics in Denmark. Explore further Citation: Researchers conduct sequencing and de novo assembly of 150 genomes in Denmark (2017, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-sequencing-de-novo-genomes-denmark.html Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has developed a Danish reference genome catalog based on the de novo assembly of 150 genomes sequenced from 50 family trios. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the multi-year effort, its purpose, and where they believe such efforts are leading. Genome sequencing of individual Korean offers opportunity to identify parts of sequence unique to Korean population More information: Lasse Maretty et al. Sequencing and de novo assembly of 150 genomes from Denmark as a population reference, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature23264AbstractHundreds of thousands of human genomes are now being sequenced to characterize genetic variation and use this information to augment association mapping studies of complex disorders and other phenotypic traits. Genetic variation is identified mainly by mapping short reads to the reference genome or by performing local assembly. However, these approaches are biased against discovery of structural variants and variation in the more complex parts of the genome. Hence, large-scale de novo assembly is needed. Here we show that it is possible to construct excellent de novo assemblies from high-coverage sequencing with mate-pair libraries extending up to 20 kilobases. We report de novo assemblies of 150 individuals (50 trios) from the GenomeDenmark project. The quality of these assemblies is similar to those obtained using the more expensive long-read technology. We use the assemblies to identify a rich set of structural variants including many novel insertions and demonstrate how this variant catalogue enables further deciphering of known association mapping signals. We leverage the assemblies to provide 100 completely resolved major histocompatibility complex haplotypes and to resolve major parts of the Y chromosome. Our study provides a regional reference genome that we expect will improve the power of future association mapping studies and hence pave the way for precision medicine initiatives, which now are being launched in many countries including Denmark.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Over the past month, consumers witnessed a series of food distribution disasters: Romaine lettuce was recalled across 11 states and Canada after more than 30 people reported illnesses; approximately 6.5 million pounds of various beef products was flagged for possibly containing salmonella; and more than 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products were recalled due to a listeria contamination.In 2017 alone, there were more than 400 recalls issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The same year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled more than 20 million pounds of product.The solution to these contamination problems isn’t years away. It’s here now, and many businesses are already implementing it — blockchain technology. Wal-Mart, for instance, is already using blockchain to track all lettuce shipments to its more than 6,300 stores. And by January 31, 2019, all direct suppliers of lettuce will be officially required to use blockchain to track lettuce from farm to shelves.Related: Why Blockchain Belongs in the CourtroomBlockchain allows Wal-Mart to trace their products at each step of the shipping system, following the product from the factory floor to an individual truck to an individual store and, ultimately, to specific consumers. Tamper-proof sensor inputs and records mitigate the risk that food will be stored in improper conditions. Furthermore, the use of smart contracts expedites the loading process, which in turn alleviates the manual process that would otherwise take hours. This shortens the window that food could be exposed to improper environments and lowers the risk of contamination.Not only does this streamline an outdated shipping network, reducing waste and saving both the company and the consumer money in the process, but blockchain could help pinpoint the exact distribution of soiled products. Over Thanksgiving in 2017, Cargill piloted a blockchain program to allow consumers to see where their Turkey came from — literally from farm to table. Enter the ID of your turkey on a website, and see everything from where it was raised, to the path it took to the store. Increased visibility allows for increased granularity, reducing the risk that every single product nationwide has to be destroyed, and reducing the risk of people consuming tainted food solely due to the fact that we have no idea how to separate the tainted from the safe. Even if we can’t identify it down to single units due to items being picked in bulk (think of apples in a bin when it isn’t feasible to label each), but we can increase the visibility through smaller, more detailed lot tracking.Related: Heck Is Blockchain? Watch This Explainer Video.Wal-Mart now can track records of loads, geo-waypoints and other basic information to know the specific locations of tainted products and pull them systematically. The result: Wal-Mart says that blockchain technology has reduced their tracing efforts from days to seconds, which reduces consumer exposure to tainted food.The risk, however, is that other retailers won’t want to play nice with Wal-Mart’s blockchain system. Why would they turn over their supplier and supply chain information over? This puts producers, manufacturers and carriers in a bind, because of the risk of needing to adopt multiple fractured systems without standardization. Many, including myself, believe that independent, permissionless, public blockchain systems like Ethereum are the answer to this problem.Government, on the other hand, has been slow to update its response, leaving consumers with the same dysfunction — the initial report of the contaminated product, ambiguity regarding where the product was shipped and confusion about who is impacted. The result: grocery stores frantically pull items from shelves, often far too late in the process. Consumers anxiously question whether the items in their own freezers are safe and, and worst of all, people get sick.Related: Blockchain Is How We Can Protect Our Privacy in a World of Ubiquitous SurveillanceThis outdated system fails in two key ways: first, it creates waste, with individuals outside the contamination zone throwing away good products out of fear; and more important, it creates widespread hysteria, the opposite of what any sound public health notification system should do. More information helps quell the fear, and provide peace of mind.In response to these growing challenges, the F.D.A and the Department of Agriculture have touted a new policy in their consumer-protection efforts: name retailers, in addition to the contaminated product, in their public announcements. But this additional step still paints too broad a picture and does nothing to solve the core problem of providing consumers the information to understand whether the product they purchased is tainted or safe.We live in a time where available technological solutions can streamline national and global shipping logistics while helping to protect people’s lives. Blockchain technology is the way of the future, and we will all be healthier and have a little more peace of mind because of it. December 19, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Fans of French pop star, Christine and the Queens, are rejoicing as the singer releases her eagerly anticipated follow-up single, Girlfriend. Christine and the Queens has released a new song called Girlfriend. | Photo: Facebook Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Listen to Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s sexy new song Dance To ThisHayley Kiyoko knew she was attracted to women when she was sixTroye Sivan and Ariana Grande have recorded a duetRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/christine-and-the-queens-new-track-girlfriend-explores-female-desire/ GAYSTARNEWS- Christine and the Queens catapulted to global fame with iconic debut album, Chaleur Humaine, which gave us the hit track, Titled, and sold more than 1.3 million copies.Now the pansexual singer is back with a new song, ahead of a summer tour.Christine and the Queens AKA Héloïse Letissier’s Girlfriend is an exploration of female desire. It’s a distinct move away from the ‘macho’ exploration of her first album.Girlfriend, is a tough, minimalist, but ultimately upbeat track which – pays tribute to her long-time love of the G-funk sound. Dâm-Funk, one of the sound’s pioneers sings and plays on Girlfriend.‘I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,’ says Letissier.‘I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?’Letissier has long played around with gender – she explored gender neutral stage costumes and choreography for her first album. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) She’s gone further with Girlfriend and plays with how the codes of ‘masculinity’ are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. Letissier renamed herself ‘Chris’ in the track, which has already notched up close to 17,000 views in the four hours since its release on YouTube.The song is also super sexy and filled with desire with lyrics like: ‘Don’t feel like a girlfriend, but lover, damn, I’d be your lover’‘I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,’ she says.‘How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that.‘There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat.‘Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: “What happened to you?” I want to be that.’Christine and the Queens have announced a November UK tour, with some of the dates already sold out.Listen to Girlfriend here:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
Country Comfort will completely modernise its brand identity to meet the needs and demands of business travellers, while also launching SilverNeedle’s new franchising business. The upper midscale hotel brand is well-known in Australia and New Zealand, however, the Country Comfort brand promise has changed to become ‘Rest Today for a More Productive Tomorrow’. The refreshed product will provide customers with competitive room rates, new high-quality bedding, hot breakfasts, free Wi-Fi and free local calls. The franchising business will provide owners an additional, innovative arrangement for the brand apart from the current management and licensing options. SilverNeedle Hospitality plans to refresh the Country Comfort brand, in order for the business to better resonate with the broader Asia-Pacific region. “For hotel owners and franchisees, we look at ways to offer them brands and business models that best meet their needs.” “We are constantly seeking ways to innovate at all levels: for our guest the business traveller, we continually explore how to enhance their experience… assessing how we can rejuvenate our offering so that we stay ahead of their evolving demands,” SilverNeedle Hospitality managing director and group chief executive Iqbal Jumabhoy said. For current Country Comfort licensees, SilverNeedle Hospitality will assess properties as to whether the new brand is the best fit or if another SilverNeedle brand is more appropriate, once their agreement has expired. Source = ETB News: P.T.
in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News April 11, 2016 570 Views Obama, Yellen Discuss U.S. Economy President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Yellen met in the Oval Office to discuss the state of the U.S. economy in the midst of slowed growth due to lower consumer spending. The president and Yellen touched on topics such as near and long-term growth outlook, the state of the labor market, inequality, and potential risks to the economy, both in the United States and globally.According to a statement released from the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, they also discussed the significant progress that has been made through the continued implementation of Wall Street Reform to strengthen our financial system and protect consumers.Bloomberg Politics reported that prior to their meeting, which was closed off to media, Earnest described Obama as “pleased” with Yellen,Yellen has only met with the president once before in November 2014 when she was appointed to her position, the report stated.Authors of the Bloomberg Politics article, Justin Sink and Angela Greiling Keane, wrote, “The backdrop is an economy showing signs that it’s hit a soft patch. Consumers, who’ve been keeping growth afloat, reined in spending at the start of 2016, with auto sales last month slumping to the lowest level in a year. Weakening demand abroad and a relatively strong dollar are causing the trade deficit to grow and companies have cut output to trim bloated inventories.”According to the article, before the meeting, Earnest told reporters, “It’s an opportunity for them in some ways to trade notes on something they’re both looking at quite carefully,” while emphasizing Yellen’s independence from the president.He added, “The president has been pleased with the way she has fulfilled what is a critically important job.”The Federal Reserve’s historic liftoff in December left many to speculate when the Fed would raise the federal funds target rate again. So far this year, two Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings have come and gone with no further rate increase, and if Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech at the Economic Club of New York is any indication, it may be a while.Yellen reiterated that the central bank expects that economic conditions in the U.S. will evolve in a manner that will “warrant only gradual increases” to the federal funds target rate and noted that along with labor market improvement, the FOMC expects only moderate growth for the medium term. She also pointed out that projections made by FOMC policy makers for economic growth, employment, and inflation in the March FOMC meeting are little changed from December.“A key factor underlying such modest revisions is a judgment that monetary policy remains accommodative and will be adjusted at an appropriately gradual pace to achieve and maintain our dual objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation,” Yellen said. “Reflecting global economic and financial developments since December, however, the pace of rate increases is now expected to be somewhat slower.” Share Economy Janet Yellen President Obama 2016-04-11 Staff Writer
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Kolb’s willingness to look for a home only solidifies the rumors that the Cardinals are in the lead of the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes. Paolantonio’s guarantee should raise Cardinals fans expectations about the future as they begin to envision life with a new signal caller.While Kolb has Arizona excited, the hype revolves around his promise and potential rather than his actual on-field performance.His play on the field has not been bad, but it has not been good either. In fact it has barely happened.In his five-year career, Kolb has only started seven games and has thrown 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.Although he has yet to be an NFL starter for an entire season, Kolb will be an upgrade for the Cardinals who are in desperate need for a quarterback. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke As the lockout nears an end, the Kevin Kolb era in Arizona appears to be nearing a beginning.While Kolb is still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cardinals appear to be the favorites to acquire the quarterback.NFL experts and analysts think Kolb is coming to the Valley and it appears the quarterback does too, as he has allegedly begun to look for a new home in Arizona.“He is already picking out a house in Arizona, in the Phoenix area, guaranteed,” ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “He is already looking at real estate.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories
March 11, 2004 Welcome to March 2004 Workshop! Back row from left: Dino Orsato, Sean Smith, Haruhisa Nakada and Maki Minakuchi. Middle row from left: Mark Baris, Tomoya Shiota, Takeshi Notsuki, Chieko Shimizu and Takako Ueyama. Front row from left: Jack Appelt, Ryoko Yamanaka, Luigi Ciaccia, Jacob Schwarts, John Spinner and Guido Parigi. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]