Immigrant portraits in New York art show face down Trump

Immigrant faces captured in life-sized portraits by artist Betsy Ashton look the viewer straight in the eye, as if eager to tell their stories of leaving home to brave new struggles in a strange land.


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Kingfisher plc (KGF.L) reported that its statutory pre-tax profit for year ended 31 January 2019, which includes the impact of transformation costs and exceptional items, decreased by 52.8% to 322 million pounds. Earnings per share was 10.2 pence compared to 22.0 pence. Underlying pre-tax profit was 693 million pounds, down 13.0% from prior year. Underlying EPS was 23.8 pence compared to 25.4 pence. Adjusted pre-tax profit declined 16.1% to 573 million pounds. Adjusted earnings per share was 19.7 pence compared to 21.7 pence.
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Black Nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock Breaks Down Why Health Is Wealth

You’ve probably heard it time and time again that health is wealth—and it’s true. But have you heard it from a black nutritionist? Dr. Rovenia Brock, widely known as “America’s Nutrition Coach” and author of Lose Your Final 15, wants you to live a more nutritionally balanced lifestyle so that you can eat your way to wellness.

With more than three decades of experience in helping people transform their lives and looks, Dr. Ro has helped over a half-million Americans lose more than 5 million pounds and served on the medical advisory board for the Dr. Oz Show for seven seasons. Moreover, she is passionate about helping the black community get in shape.

Like with any lifestyle change, it’s important to start with the facts. And for Dr. Ro, it begins with the harsh health realities that plague the black community. “The fact is that we as a community across the board disproportionately suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer. Lifestyle plays a crucial role in why this is.”

When you think about your everyday lifestyle, the time you spend on the go, and the time you don’t have—a good question to ask yourself is what does that mean for your eating habits? If you are someone who can’t find the time to meal prep or make the best food decisions you could benefit from partnering with a nutritionist. Dr. Ro recommends starting with a Google search for black nutritionists because a wellness app can only get you so far.

Partner with a nutritionist

“This person should be credentialed. They need to have at least a bachelor’s of science because nutrition is a science and not an art. At the very least they should have a B.S. in nutrition, community nutrition, or dietetics,” says Dr. Ro.

Once you find a nutritionist who is a good fit for you there is work that you need to do.

“Your nutritionist can create a plan for you based on your personal needs. A lot of people try to do this on an app when tracking their daily nutritional needs. But that’s as pretty far as the app can go. The human expert will know how your needs fit into your lifestyle. And they can adjust that plan according to your real life desired goal. From there it’s really about support, accountability, and honoring commitment within the process,” Dr. Ro advises.

As a coach, she works with clients to help them set and meet their health and wellness goals even when people have a hard time committing to the process.

“As someone who has been doing this for over 30 years, I understand that these are real people with real challenges and problems that spill over into what they eat; where they eat; and when and how they eat it. And when that happens those things can dominate the person’s plan and often breaks the person’s plan. My job as your coach is to help you connect to those challenges and to give you alternatives that will work for you and not against you.”

Sounds like a lot of us, right?

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If you want to commit to the decision to live differently and lose weight Dr. Ro encourages you to know your “why” and do it for yourself.

“You have to figure out what your why is. That gives me information on some of the things that they struggle with and insight on whether or not what they have done in the past has worked for them—and why it maybe didn’t work for them.” She adds, “If you’re doing it for someone other than yourself it’s never going to work. It has to be your reason for doing it. You’re never going to achieve permanent results if you’re doing it for someone else.”

Lastly, Dr. Ro says that you have to set realistic goals.

“The reason why my book is called Lose Your Final 15 is because you’ll be losing your weight 15 pounds at a time no matter your number. When you have a specific goal you can map out a specific strategy to achieve that goal. You need to have a specific plan. That’s how you measure your progress and stay on track.”

If you are looking to jump-start your nutrition journey today, Dr. Ro has these four simple tips.

Get started today

  • Eat one more colorful vegetable and fruit than you did yesterday
  • Drink one more glass of water than you did yesterday
  • Leave food on the plate – Busy people eat out a lot. If you eat out three times a day you can save up to 500 calories when you do that. If you eat out an average of three times a week you stand a good chance of gaining an extra 45 to 60 pounds a year depending on how often, what, and how much you eat.
  • Cut your portions in half. Eat half of what you ate yesterday and you’ll notice a big difference.

 

Want to hear more from Dr. Ro? Meet her in Atlanta at the SOAR Empowerment Series on April 6. Get your ticket today!

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Olympics: Japan committee chief Takeda to step down

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) chief Tsunekazu Takeda, who is under investigation for suspected corruption, said on Tuesday he will step down from his position when his term ends in June and resign from the International Olympic Committee.


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The Queen apparently shut down Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plan to be ‘entirely independent’

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A lot has changed in the royal family over the past year, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle undoubtedly going through the biggest transition of everyone.

The royal couple married in May last year, gained the title of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and now with a royal baby on the way they have relocated, splitting from their shared household in Kensington Palace with the Cambridges and moving to Windsor to create their own set-up in Frogmore Cottage.

So began the rumours of a feud between Meghan and Kate and the fears that this could be the end of the Fab Four, something that insiders were quick to point out had been blown way out of proportion.

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The news that emerged this week has only confirmed that the decision has nothing to do with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and more to do with the Sussex family’s desire to be ‘entirely independent’ in general.

Yes, really. According to Roya Nikkhah, royal correspondent at The Sunday Times, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to be ‘entirely independent’ from Buckingham Palace – something that was reportedly vetoed by the Queen.

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‘They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told “no”,’ a royal source told Roya. ‘There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it’s good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can’t just go off and do their own thing.’

Despite reportedly wanting ‘total royal freedom’, Harry and Meghan’s official office will remain at Buckingham Palace while Frogmore Cottage will be their home.

To be honest with their past busy year and their little bump set to arrive next month, they’ve got enough to deal with!

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Broadcaster Jay Bilas Breaks Down March Madness and Any Qualms About Savoring it

In the den of Jay Bilas’ Charlotte, N.C., home, framed pictures commemorate his collegiate basketball career at Duke, his days as a pro overseas and the critical reception of I Come in Peace, the 1990 sci-fi thriller that stars Dolph Lundgren but features Bilas in the role of Azeck, alien cop. (Los Angeles Times: I Come in Peace Should Go Away.) But that’s the past. Today, through his platform as an analyst at ESPN and a Twitter account with nearly 2 million followers, Bilas has emerged as a sort of conscience of college basketball. His is a singular voice that can both deftly break down game tactics for passionate fans and eviscerate the business model supporting the entire enterprise. He’s a fierce critic of amateurism, the NCAA policy that facilitates a free market for handsomely compensated coaches, administrators and TV executives–everyone involved in college basketball, it seems, except the players themselves.

So I’ve journeyed to Charlotte to ask Bilas whether he, who makes a living in the game, reporters who write about it, or anyone who watches college basketball or simply fills out an annual March Madness bracket in the office pool is complicit in supporting a business that, according to Bilas, is “just wrong to the point of immoral.”

Jay Bilas, can we make our tournament picks in peace?

Sure, he says. (Whew.) If you don’t like a law in America, after all, you don’t up and leave the country. You push for change. Bilas knows the skeptics’ line: Since you despise amateurism so much, why don’t you quit your job and do something else? “I find that reasoning to be nonsensical,” he says. “The fact that I differ in policy matters doesn’t mean I don’t love the endeavor. I love it, that’s why I opine on it. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t care.”

The 6-ft. 8-in. former center is a licensed attorney who, before becoming ESPN’s lead college-basketball analyst, once subpoenaed Barney the purple dinosaur in a costume copyright-infringement case. But over the past decade or so, Bilas, as much as any public figure, has pushed the case for paying players out of the halls of academia and into the mainstream. He called BS when high school officials in Alabama benched a star basketball player this season because she had deposited an accidental payment from USA Basketball and when the NCAA investigated former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for selling his autograph at the same time his jersey was being sold on its shopping website. On March 13, Bilas called out the NCAA via Twitter for its tepid two-sentence response to a sweeping college-admissions scandal; several coaches have been accused of accepting bribes to falsely present high school students as athletes in order to ensure their admission to elite universities. Admirers love his hammering. Critics tell him to shut up about this stuff already.

Not likely. On March 8, a federal judge in California found that the NCAA amateurism rules violate antitrust law. She ordered the NCAA to remove caps on compensation related to education for things like tutoring, computers and science equipment. The ruling, ostensibly a victory for the players, falls far short of imposing a free-market system in which college athletes can earn their full worth. In an environment in which multimedia rights to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament go for $ 8.8 billion and coaches can make north of $ 7 million per year, he believes school leaders will eventually have to do the right thing on their own and fairly compensate players. “The idea that the free market works for the entire world, save the athletes, is ludicrous to me,” says Bilas. “Absolutely ludicrous.”

 

Bilas, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, started sensing this economic imbalance in the mid-1980s, while playing at Duke. But he wasn’t about to speak up publicly. “You knew what got rewarded and what didn’t,” he says. “I wasn’t Norma Rae or anything.” When a former Duke player brought up the idea of boycotting the 1986 Final Four in Dallas, which Bilas and his teammates had reached in his senior season, his response was, “Why don’t we do it next year?”

After his Blue Devils lost to Louisville in that year’s national championship game, Bilas, now 55, played professionally in Italy for two seasons and in Spain for part of a third. He picked up the alien acting gig–sadly, Azeck’s head exploded–one offseason. Bilas soured on pro ball after his Spanish team fined him for missing practice time to take the LSAT and accepted both a spot in Duke’s law school and one on Mike Krzyzewski’s bench, as an assistant coach. He loved coaching but not the itinerant lifestyle, so he settled with his wife Wendy in Charlotte, where he joined a law firm. Soon came offers to call games on local radio, and he joined ESPN as a full-time analyst. He keeps his old office and pitches in on recruiting and business development, but “there’s going to be a point where they walk in and say, ‘Pack your sh-t and get out.’”

As a broadcaster, Bilas figured if he could call out players and coaches for messing up, why should NCAA leadership be off-limits? Wendy encouraged him to sign onto Twitter 10 years ago so he could prove he had more personality than your average geek watching hoops film all day. Bilas is like your bald, slightly hip, bright and upright bio teacher. He tweets rap lyrics from Young Jeezy, daily, before signing off with “I gotta go to work” (since, while once corresponding with a Twitter user, he ended the conversation by saying he actually did have to go to work). Bilas trades in self-deprecation–“You must have low standards,” he told a tickled crowd at a Charlotte fundraising benefit where he was the guest speaker. He’s a needler who can take being needled and, ever the lawyer, recognizes that words matter, not least his own. During the March 9 Duke–North Carolina game in Chapel Hill, he observed on air that the rebounding of North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson has improved “immeasurably.” He then chastised himself, off the air, at halftime. Rebounds, like most things in sports, are nothing if not quantified. “F-cking idiot,” he said backstage.

Bilas was present for the most momentous episode of the regular season: the foot of Duke superstar freshman Zion Williamson ripping through his Nike shoe, resulting in a knee sprain. If Zion’s back at full strength for the tournament, Bilas likes his alma mater’s chances. Zion’s too, of course. “As long as he stays healthy, he’s going to make a billion dollars,” Bilas says of the presumptive top pick in the NBA draft. A Cinderella player to watch: arguably the best shooter in college basketball, Wofford guard Fletcher Magee. “Sounds like he should be somebody’s butler,” Bilas deadpans.

Before wrapping up our talk in the den, I ask Bilas for some bracket tips, now that we don’t have to feel crappy about obsessing over March Madness and all. Earnestly, he suggests going to KenPom.com, a stats site for hoops wonks, and checking out every team’s offensive and defensive efficiency stats. Okaaay. Bilas recalibrates. Most Americans are allergic to KenPom.com and just want to finish the damn bracket before the deadline. Sensing this, he checks out of “Bilastrator” mode and comes out with a bit of sensible advice. “Go with the toughest mascot,” he says.

This appears in the March 25, 2019 issue of TIME.
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Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel


Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot will not allow fans to pit women against each other, thank you very much. The Wonder Woman star took to Instagram on March 11th to praise fellow female superhero actress Brie Larson following the success of her new flick, Captain Marvel, released in theaters on March 8th. Gadot wrote, “I’m so happy for you sister! Congrats.” The message accompanied art of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in linked arms by artist Maxy Artwork.

Female superheroes supporting female superheroes.

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The highly anticipated Marvel film, the studio’s first female-led superhero movie, shattered box office records upon its March 8th release. The film earned $ 455 million worldwide during opening weekend, raking in more money than any other 2019 film within the course of just three days. Following the success of Captain Marvel, viewers were quick to compare the film to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. Of course, there were many fans who were not having such nonsense.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins even took to Twitter ahead of Captain Marvel’s release to send some love to the cast and crew. She wrote, “Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend. Love this gorgeous piece by @SamoanJYandall!”

Women supporting women is truly the best superpower.

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Musk’s SpaceX capsule set to splash down Friday after space station stop

An unmanned capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX was due to return to earth on Friday after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, capping the first orbital test mission in NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year.


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Breaking Down My Walls: How I Learned That Unconditional Love Means A Lot Of Forgiveness

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Conditions exist in every facet of life. When we leave our overpriced city apartments, we dress for the appropriate weather conditions. There’s conditions when it comes to keeping your job. You gotta show up on time, do the work, all that good stuff.

There are conditions in relationships, too. But it’s not something we talk about enough in our relationships with our family, friends, or significant others.

I’ve had several instances where I’ve felt loved under conditions and when I, too, have loved people conditionally. Whenever I realized this, I knew it was because I wanted to control the outcome. I wanted things to be done my way, I wanted to be right, I wanted to ‘win.’ Over the years, I learned that this thought process was problematic, and I wanted to understand where this mindset stemmed from. I realized that forgiveness, transparency and self-awareness were needed to understand. Were these conditions reasonable and realistic? Or were the conditions set as a means of control?

My introduction to conditions began with my interactions with my parents, as an adult child. If you have strict African parents like mine, you know there will always be reminders that you aren’t doing enough. They keep account of all the times you messed up since the day you were conceived. Around my mid twenties, I had a serious conversation with my Pops about unconditional love.

We had gotten into an argument because he had wanted to put this tracker on my phone. Needless to say, I was adamantly against this and made this known. My dad’s go-to response was to give me the silent treatment for three weeks. It was then that I finally decided to have an honest conversation about his response.

My heart was racing, but I had him on the phone, and decided it was time to really be transparent with him about his communication. I said to him:“If there’s something I can do to make you stop loving me, especially something small, then your love comes with conditions. We can agree to disagree without you shutting me out; that’s not love, and that’s not how we express love. As a parent, you love me unconditionally, regardless of whether you agree with everything I decide to do.”

Needless to say, it was a game changing conversation, and allowed us to really dialogue about where the ‘conditions’ were coming from.

I started to examine my friendships. In my opinion, best friends have an unspoken  commitment to working through difficult situations, no matter what because the love is genuine. I’ve been blessed to be able to really fight through some real stuff in order to mend things with those closest to me. It has not been easy; both parties had to forgive and let go in order to move forward. It’s in those moments, that I knew they were in this thing for life.

On that same note, there are friendships and romantic relationships that faded or were downright ruined because of the tally system. It does us no good to keep score of who forgives who the most, or to focus on winning an argument versus coming to a resolution. There are times when I had to take the loss and come to terms with the part I played in the downfall. 

When it comes to romantic relationships, I don’t think you can truly love a partner with conditions. The idea is that unless you’re protecting yourself from being harmed physically/emotionally, what are these conditions in place for? I think when we think about long term commitments like marriage, we don’t assume our partners will make mistakes. But we will, because we’re human. In order for us to grow and become more self aware, thoughtful people, we have to trust and hope that our significant other gives us the benefit of the doubt and forgives. Because ultimately, with pre-existing conditions, it doesn’t leave much room for redemption.

The problem with conditional relationships is it sets stipulations on what unconditional love and regard for another person should look like. It posits that forgiveness and the potential to move forward does not exist and never was a possibility between friends, lovers and family members. 

There are exceptions to this, of course. It’s important to have boundaries and to advocate for them the moment they are broken. But overall, giving the benefit of the doubt and allowing a potential change to occur shows a sign of emotional maturity.

If you’re keeping receipts, your intentions are never to forgive. It’s to use the gathering of info at the right opportunity. That’s not okay.

You can’t control people, you can only control yourself. You always owe it to yourself to set the tone for how you want to be treated at the beginning. That way there is no confusion. In any relationships, you should know when to call it quits, and when to keep fighting. If this person means everything to you, there are few stipulations that will stop you from mending something that is broken. It’s all about intentions, and something to keep in mind when navigating emotional bonds and communicating with the people that we care for. 

Mora Adeyi works full-time as a social worker, assistant professor, as well as a freelance writer. In her spare time, she loves napping, hanging with her girls, and binge watching romantic comedies. Mora has been writing on love for the past 9 years.

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The veteran interviewer posted an Instagram shot of Kelly towering over her during the interview as he shouted “You don’t want to believe this!”

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Breaking Down the Influences and Themes of Solange’s New Album When I Get Home

Early on Friday morning, Solange Knowles released her fourth studio album, When I Get Home. The 19-track album, which the singer and performance artist teased with a mysterious social media roll-out throughout the week, features star-studded collaborations, references to her hometown of Houston, Texas, interludes from feminist writers and production from her teenage son, Julez.

The project, a follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, plays like a love letter to the rich culture of the black diaspora, looking to both the past and the future for inspiration. This is most apparent in the incredible range of artists she works with, who range from respected industry veterans like Raphael Saadiq and Pharrell Williams to forward-thinking stars of the moment like Standing on the Corner, Earl Sweatshirt and Playboi Carti. But make no mistake about it — this is Solange’s show, from concept to production.

Here’s everything you need to know about Solange’s When I Get Home album.

When I Get Home pays homage to Solange’s Texas roots.

It’s not just the title of Solange’s new album that honors her Houston, Texas, roots. Texan influence is felt throughout the album, from the tracklist (which references different parts of Houston, including a freeway exit) to the samples (which include a clip of famous Houston natives and siblings Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad). Likewise, the lyrics also demonstrate’s Solange’s deep love for Houston; in the song “On the Way to the Show,” Solange sings about candy paint, a type of car finish associated with the flashy slab scene (slabs being “slow, loud and bangin’” cars customized to the max), which started with the black community in Houston.

The message that Texas is home is especially felt when Solange touches on the personal. An interlude on the album is credited to her son Julez, while a pre-release Instagram post shouted out Houston rapper and early collaborator Mike Jones, with a caption that referenced Jones’ predilection for handing out shirts with his cell phone number on the back.

Solange is also planning to host several “album experience” events with her creative agency Saint Heron in Houston on Sunday.

The album had a highly strategic rollout.

While Solange’s fans had been eagerly anticipating a new project since last fall, when she announced that she was putting finishing touches on an album, the singer kept most of the details under wraps until the week of its release. Earlier in the week, Solange created a website via the early-aughts social-media platform and black online community Black Planet, where she debuted media, images and cryptic quotes about the project and teased the possibility of new music. The website gave visual clues that Solange’s project might honor her Houston roots with images of black cowboys and cowgirls, rodeos and Solange herself wearing cowboy boots, along with text that read: “I made the pilgrimage back to the pagoda of third ward houston to answer this.”

However, eagle-eyed Solange fans will recognize that the singer left clues about the album on social media in the two years leading to the release of When I Get Home. In 2017, Solange took selfies with the Wopsters Gucci Mane and his wife Keyshia Ka’oir; Gucci features prominently on the album’s track, “My Skin My Logo.”

Likewise, Solange carried a bottle of Florida water in a bejweled net bag to the 2018 Met Gala and wrote about using the spiritual substance to feel “renewed” in an article in Dazed the same year. On the new album’s interlude “Nothing Without Intention,” she samples spiritualist Goddess Lula Belle’s “Florida Water For Cleansing and Clearing.”

The album expands on the disparate sound of A Seat at the Table.

Like A Seat at the Table, Solange’s new album draws from music across the black diaspora. In October, she discussed the sound of the record with T magazine: “There is a lot of jazz at the core,” she wrote in an email. “But with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.”

The lush keyboard chords on ballads like “Time (is)” and “Dreams” are indebted to jazz, with the latter featuring production from the jazz drummer Jamire Williams. There are Moog keyboards and springy, ambling basslines reminiscent of ’70s soul. Solange layers her voice and others in cascades of harmony and also employs trap cadences on more upbeat songs. On “Almeda” and “My Skin My Logo,” she recruits the rappers Playboi Carti and Gucci Mane, respectively, who deliver blithe verses.

The collaborations include marquee names but mostly come from the hip-hop avant-garde.

The credits are packed with prominent names, from Pharrell to Raphael Saadiq to Dev Hynes — who produced her 2012 EP True. But one of the album’s most frequent collaborators is Standing on the Corner, a Brooklyn-based collective with freewheeling, avant-garde impulses. Their most recent release, Red Burns, consists of two 30-minute “sides” that pull together jazz, soul, hip-hop, poetry and mock radio broadcasts. They have closely collaborated with the rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who revels in murky, anti-grid production and also produced the outro on “Dreams.”

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Odd Future, the Los Angeles hip-hop collective known for their grisly sense of humor, transgressive aesthetic choices and strong communal spirit, has a strong presence on When I Get Home. Sweatshirt is a member, as is Tyler the Creator, who appears in dense murmurs and ad-libs on “Time (is) and “My Skin My Logo.” Steve Lacy, the guitarist for the exploratory funk band The Internet — which is led by Odd Future member Syd contributed to three songs. And three tracks feature production from Chassol, a French composer who is also credited on Blonde, the revelatory album by Odd Future member Frank Ocean.

The lyrics deal with strong feminist themes and a celebration of blackness.

A Seat at the Table was hailed as an ode to the strength and beauty of black women’s experiences, and When I Get Home appears to continue in this vein. Drawing on a nuanced, multi-dimensional view of black womanhood, Solange’s samples might speak as loudly as her lyrics when it comes to parsing out desire and love free from restraint, fear or respectability politics: A clip from Alexyss K Tylor, a viral sex expert known for irreverent show Vagina Power, flanks an earnest poem from the late Pat Parker, a lesbian feminist poet and activist. Both are homages to black women who live and love on their terms.

In an equally candid manner, Solange also celebrates her blackness, lacing her lyrics with references to both black struggle and black excellence. “Dollars never show up on CP time / I just wanna wake up on CP time,” she sings on “Binz,” referencing a stereotype about African Americans and lateness. On “Almeda,” she celebrates black and brown things (“Brown leaves, brown keys/ Brown zippers, brown face/ Black skin, black braids / Black waves, black days,”) in a flow reminiscent of the ones used in both A$ AP Mob’s “Black Card” and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Who Gon Stop Me.”


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START: A Bookclub. It’s a good thing.

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Or, join one. I am seeing more and more of my friends joining bookclubs or starting their own. This is a good thing. There are many benefits from being part of a bookclub. There are some good resources out there for guys interested in getting one started and you can find recommended titles here. More and more books now feature bookclub notes, either in the book itself, or online. I really enjoyed the last one I was part of. I read books I never would have otherwise and was glad I did. While food and drink are a regular feature of most clubs, ours made it a point to bring food that matched the locale or geography of the story. This is harder to pull off with some nonfiction books, but it was another aspect of the activity that we looked forward to. You can arrange the club anyway you’d like. Read whatever books you like. And then get together and trade thoughts about what you’ve read sharing that shared experience.

 

SWEAT: Thor wants you to be your best self.

No, this new app didn’t pay to be here. But it does look like it could be the next… thing? Maybe? Chris Hemsworth, his wife Elsa Pataky and his trainer Luke Zocchi have launched a lifestyle app called Centr. They have collaborated with celebrity chefs and elite trainers and well-being experts to bring people a roadmap to a healthier and happier life. Workouts are customizable and tailored to each person’s fitness level. “From the moment we’re made, we’re not finished…We’re all different, but with one inherent power in common: a choice to be a work in progress…to be a human doing rather than a human being.” The program aims to “take the guesswork out of fitness.” The app includes 24/7 access to support and motivation. That’s impressive. If you pay upfront, Centr is $ 10 a month (a year subscription is $ 119). That seems like a reasonable price. There is a free trial so you can get an idea of what Centr is all about.

 

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Rick and Morty Operations

This is not your grandfather’s Operation. Nope. This is another genius offering from the folks behind Rick & Morty. This particular version of the classic game comes with a 17+ age recommendation. And it is based on the third episode of the first season of the show. Instead of operating on the poor pear-shaped red nosed bastard of yore, you will be taking twitchy tweezers to Ruben. Szechuan sauce not included.

 

LISTEN: Remembering the musician who disappeared from view. 

Mark Hollis, along with his band Talk Talk, was responsible for one of the most remarkable musical transitions over the course of their time together. Hollis died earlier this week at the age of 64. Hollis was the main songwriter and singer. Their early records were stuffed full of memorable synth-pop hits like “Talk Talk,”  “Life’s What You Make It” and “It’s My Life.” They were omnipresent on MTV and the college radio scene. You could hear the steady evolution of their music over those first three records, whereas Talk Talk’s last two albums found Hollis exploring a sound that included elements of jazz, art-rock and ambient pop. Those albums, Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock are considered modern classics. They have been hugely influential to many contemporary artists. These particular albums are not to be consumed as background music. With their quiet structures, these songs require attention. It also becomes much more rich with repeated listenings. Hollis was a musician’s musician and his legacy can be seen in the many responses to his death among many, many artists.

 

READ: Breaking up is hard to do. But it’s worth it.

How To Break Up With Your Phone

Thanks to reader Brandon D. for passing this along. I’m guessing that more than a few of you have wondered if being tethered to the world in such a manner is worth it. Your phone can be demanding, an attention vampire of the worst sort. Disconnecting might seem like an impossible task until you do it. By the time you realize you’ve done it, you realize you don’t miss it as much as you thought.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s currently chasing his spirit animal. He is not a fan of pudding. But he does love himself some Siouxsie Sioux.


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“You cannot take a shutdown off the table, and you cannot take $ 5.7 (billion) off the table,” he said, referring to the level of funds Trump has been demanding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Handling Homeowner Objections to Move Leads Down the Sales Funnel

No matter what kind of sales you’re in, you will always combat objections as you push to drive more leads into customers. Especially in the home improvement industry, homeowners are automatically skeptical before they’ve even had a chance to speak with you. In a perfect world, you receive a homeowner lead, they’re thrilled to meet with you, and ready to sign on the dotted line to begin their project.

We all know it’s rarely that easy to drive more sales, so we’ve compiled a list of common objections you’ll face with answers to keep your conversations going with the ultimate goal of getting to the appointment stage.

“I was just shopping”

Great, that’s where it all begins. A great next step is to have one of our energy efficiency experts come to your home and give you a free estimate and let you know how much you could save on your electric bill. Would 3:00 Thursday work for you?

 

“I only need a minor repair”

Did the glass break or is it the window itself? (if window)…that’s too bad, do you know how old the windows are? It is possible this is the beginning of more trouble and that you are also spending way too much on your electric bills. We should have an efficiency expert come and inspect the windows and give you a replacement estimate. Would 3:00 Thursday work for you?

 

“You have the wrong number”

I am sorry to bother you and will update our records, but since I have you on the phone, we are having a special right now on ______, would you like to have someone come out and give you a free estimate?

 

“I’m not ready to start yet”

Great, I hear that from a lot of our customers, which is why our free estimates are good for six months… it allows you to budget and plan for an exact date. But since I have you on the phone, we are having a special right now on ______, would you like to have someone come out and give you a free estimate? Would 3:00 Thursday work for you?

 

“I already have a contractor”

That’s great. Lots of times I speak with homeowner’s who have an estimate and want a second one to compare prices, quality and reputation. What time Thursday would work for one of our energy efficiency experts to come out and give you a free estimate?

 

“I never put in a request”

Then I am sorry to bother you and will take your name off our list, but since I have you on the phone, we are having a special right now on ______, would you like to have someone come out and give you a free estimate?

 

“I only need materials”

No problem, I hear that all of the time, and, while we don’t just sell materials, I speak to homeowners who want to do the work themselves every week and then, when they get into the project, decide to get a professional. Since the estimate is free, we could come out and give you one and you could have it in case you decide you want it done by experts. Would 3:00 Thursday work for you?

 

“I really only want quote over the phone”

I appreciate that and I am the same way, but giving you an estimate without seeing the windows would be like diagnosing and illness without seeing a doctor, it is a guess and will likely be wrong. We have trained professionals who are friendly, fast and intelligent. What time Thursday would be good to have someone come out and give you a free estimate?

 

“I have already received numerous calls; I’m not interested in speaking with anyone else”

I am so sorry, I know how annoying that can be and we won’t call again, but since we are talking now, we are an Angie’s List super service provider and we are running a special right now, it is a great time to get a free estimate from us. What time Thursday would be good to have someone come out and give you a free estimate?

 

Notice that our suggested responses have the deliberate intention of empathizing with the homeowner and giving a clear call to action with a time and date to set an appointment. Any objection can be met with a delicate approach to continue driving any lead further down the sales funnel. Now, go out there and turn those objections into completed projects!

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Netflix is famously coy about releasing viewership stats.

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What’s surprising though, is that numbers in the U.S. are only down 32 percent compared to a normal Sunday. And look, maybe it’s because of how dull the big game is this year. 

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Dressing Down the Double-Breasted Suit/Jacket

Aside from formal evening attire, double-breasted suits used to be as formal as it gets when it came to suits. You may have a couple of them in your closet and you’re not quite sure how you can incorporate your DB jackets into your current wardrobe, you came to the right place!

Ways To Dress Down Your DB Suit/Jacket

SRS wearing a DB jacket with a denim shirt

1. Do Pair Your DB Jacket With More Casual Pants & Shirts.

Specifically, that means skip the white or pale blue shirt and instead, go with something maybe in a washed denim. Alternatively, you could also go with flannel because it makes you look softer and more relaxed. In terms of colors, consider earthy tones and pastel tones in the range of brown, ivory, or yellow. These warm colors are perfect when combined with a double-breasted jacket. Alternatively, you can go with check shirts ideally with some color such as maybe red or blue, maybe green, or something darker but you want to incorporate color because that sets the shirt apart from a formal business shirt. For your pants or trousers, it means that you can go distinctly more casual.

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Allen Edmonds Suede Chukka Boots with Corduroy

You can either go with corduroys in the summer, maybe with some linen blends, maybe moleskin, or anything else that’s considered casual except maybe jeans because they’re just too informal. Of course, you can also consider chinos or maybe even a pair of navy suit trousers to combine it depending on your overall look and the feel you want to get. At the end of the day, make sure that your trousers contrast your double-breasted jacket.

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Ace Marks Monkstrap Brandy Antique

2. Do Pair Your DB Jackets With Informal Accessories & Shoes.

That means skip the oxford and instead go with a monk strap shoe, maybe a double monk or loafers. Traditionally, most men would have never worn a loafer with a double-breasted jacket but it’s something the Duke of Windsor introduced simply because it made everything more relaxed. In terms of shoe colors, brown is your friend, it makes everything more casual but you can even go a little further, maybe opt for olive green, maybe a light gray, or just something unusual that you wouldn’t find in a classic business wardrobe. That being said, burgundy or oxblood is always your friend. You can also opt for suede shoes because suede is always more casual than a regular calf leather. Choose derbies over oxfords because they’re a little less formal.

If you only have oxfords or only formal derbies, consider getting colorful shoelaces because they really break up the formality of your shoes and make it look like an entirely new pair which is great for casual DB combinations.

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Dark red, light blue, tobacco brown silk knit ties by Fort Belvedere

If you want to have something around your neck, go with a knit tie, not with a classic silk tie and maybe something in wool or something that’s a little more casual, relaxed, and softer. If you have a worsted jacket, maybe go with a wool pocket square because it tones down the formality. If you have a flannel DB jacket, you can go with something like silk because it’s a contrasting texture and it just rounds out your entire outfit. Overall, get something with colors or patterns, not a plain white linen pocket square because that would be too formal.

3. Consider Skipping Accessories Altogether.

That means no tie and instead of over the calf socks, go with no-show socks, that gives your ensemble definitely a very casual appearance. Of course, the notion of no sock look only works during the summer, otherwise, you’ll be too cold. If you wear a shirt, skip the cufflinks, go with a barrel cuff, you can even leave it unbuttoned for a very casual feel.

The quintessential navy blazer
The quintessential navy blazer

4. Get Casual Buttons.

If you have dark horn buttons or maybe plastic buttons, they look very formal. On a double-breasted jacket such as a navy blazer, adding maybe mother-of-pearl buttons in a contrasting white is a clear sign to dress something down. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the button color and the more contrasting, the more casual the overall look and feel.

Light Blue Wool sport coat with contrast buttons in 6x2 DB style
Light Blue Wool sport coat with contrast buttons in 6×2 DB style

5. Play With Your Button Configurations.

Most double-breasted jackets or suits come in a six-two configuration, two of which are buttoned. Traditionally, you’d button the two lower ones which would create a much more formal look. Alternatively, you can leave the bottom button undone or you can button the whole thing just on the bottom row and see how it looks. You could also consider unbuttoning the jigger button on the inside which will cause your lapel to be not as structured and will be a little less symmetrical and therefore, more casual.

Some people will even go as far to button the outside bottom button but the inside top jigger button which really results into a kind of asymmetrical look and I suggest you skip that because it just looks like something is wrong with your suit but people can’t pinpoint it. Overall, it doesn’t make you look more casual but more like someone who has glasses on that are crooked.

DB jacket paired with a turtleneck

6. Pair Your DB Jacket With A Sweater Or Polo Shirt.

Sweaters and cardigans are obviously less formal than dress shirts. For a casual DB ensemble, the turtleneck sweater is ideal because it creates some visual interest in an area where you usually have a neckwear or a bow tie. Because it covers your neck, you’ll feel warmer which is in line with the two layers of fabric in the double-breasted jacket that will keep you warmer than a comparatively single-breasted one. For example, let’s say you have a navy double-breasted suit or a navy blazer, it can look really great with a lighter or medium gray turtleneck sweater.

SRS wearing several DB jacket combinations

Ideally, you want a melange thread which means it has multiple colors and when knitted into a sweater, you can have different flecks of color which is a lot more casual than a solid white sweater, for example. Now instead of wearing the suit pants, pair it with a pair of chinos or corduroys and you have a much more casual look. If you find a turtleneck uncomfortable, maybe consider a knitted wool polo shirt, just make sure it has long sleeves, otherwise, it will look odd and don’t go with the seasonality of a double-breasted jacket. In terms of colors, go with ranges of off-white, medium grey, earth tones, or things like a darker green. If you want to add a bit more contrast, you can also make a statement with something in red.

In general, you always want to create a certain amount of contrast between your turtleneck sweater or your polo shirt and your jacket as well as the pants. If you want to dress down a double-breasted jacket in the summer, you can opt for louder shirts with bolder patterns or colors or maybe polo shirts but you definitely want cotton over wool, otherwise, you will overheat.

Yours Truly in Firenze wearing a vintage brown flannel glencheck
Yours Truly in Firenze wearing a vintage brown DB flannel glencheck

7. Intentionally Buy More Casual DB Jackets.

Opting for something maybe in a linen fabric or something with a Glen check pattern in gray with colors of maybe purple or green is just a lot more casual and the whole look is easier to pull off. That being said, features like patch pockets versus flap pockets or jetted pockets are always more casual. Moreover, look at the texture of the fabric. A flannel with its hairy texture and touch will always be less formal than a worsted fabric in the same color and weight. Avoid solids and rather go with small patterns such as a Glen check or a small regular check. Definitely, don’t go with a striped jacket because that’s inherently more formal and pairing it down with something more casual is just a clash that is too much.

What To Avoid…

Never attempt to wear your Db business jackets with jeans
Never attempt to wear your Db business jackets with jeans

1. Don’t Pair It With Denim Jeans.

Denim is simply too casual and will clash with the formality of the double-breasted coat. Instead, opt for something such as off-white flannel pants, it’s a lot better and more stylish.

Double Breasted Plaid Suit Worn Unbuttoned
Double Breasted Plaid Suit Worn Unbuttoned

2. Don’t Wear It Unbuttoned.

Unless it’s your idea of sprezzatura, I suggest you keep your jacket buttoned that means at least one button somewhere and you can play around with it and find what works for you and your jacket. Otherwise, a DB jacket is not designed to be worn unbuttoned and it will simply look off. If you have a tight double-breasted jacket to begin with, adding a turtleneck sweater will make it even tighter so you may have to play around with the buttoning, otherwise, it looks tight.

3. Don’t Try To Dress Down A Striped Jacket.

A striped DB jacket is a very formal garment that is usually seen on Wall Street or in a business environment. Combining it with a casual sweater and casual pants is simply not something that will work and will always look weird. In the same vein, don’t try to dress down double-breasted tuxedo jackets or dinner jackets, it simply won’t work.

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Pitti Uomo 89

4. Don’t Try To Put Your Hands In Your Pockets.

Yes, it is true, having a hand in your pocket makes you look more relaxed but overall, if you try to just have your hands in your pockets all the time, you end up having your clothes wearing you rather than you wearing the clothes. In my opinion, it is very self-conscious even though some people might do it in Pitti Uomo in the hopes of getting photographed, it’s impractical and not something a confident gentleman would do.

How do you dress down your double-breasted jackets? Let us know in the comments below!


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Hope You’re Sitting Down: Hospital Charges $4,700 For A Fainting Spell

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Matt Gleason had skipped getting a flu shot for more than a decade.

But after suffering a nasty bout of the virus last winter, he decided to get vaccinated at his Charlotte, N.C., workplace in October. “It was super easy and free,” said Gleason, 39, a sales operations analyst.

That is, until Gleason fainted five minutes after getting the shot. Though he came to quickly and had a history of fainting, his colleague called 911. And when the paramedics sat him up, he began vomiting. That symptom worried him enough to agree to go to the hospital in an ambulance.

He spent the next eight hours at a nearby hospital — mostly in the emergency room waiting area. He had one consult with a doctor via teleconference as he was getting an electrocardiogram. He was feeling much better by the time he saw an in-person doctor, who ordered blood and urine tests and a chest-X-ray.

All the tests to rule out a heart attack or other serious condition were negative, and he was sent home at 10:30 p.m.

And then the bill came.

The Patient: Matt Gleason, who works for Flexential, an information technology firm in Charlotte. He is married with two children.

Total Bill: $ 4,692 for all the hospital care, including $ 2,961 for the ER admission fee, $ 400 for an EKG, $ 348 for a chest X-ray, $ 83 for a urinalysis and nearly $ 1,000 for various blood tests. Gleason’s insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, negotiated discounts for the in-network hospital and reduced those costs to $ 3,711. Gleason is responsible for that entire amount because he had a $ 4,000 annual deductible. (The ambulance company and the ER doctor billed Gleason separately for their services, each about $ 1,300, but his out-of-pocket charge for each was $ 250 under his insurance.)

Matt Gleason questioned many of the charges he was billed after a trip to the ER and asked the health care provider for clarity. They sent him their chargemaster so he could investigate the charges himself.(Logan Cyrus for KHN)

Service Provider: Atrium Health Pineville (formerly called Carolinas HealthCare System-Pineville), a 235-bed nonprofit hospital in Charlotte and one of more than 40 hospitals owned by Atrium.

Medical Service: On Oct. 4, Gleason was taken by ambulance to Atrium Health Pineville emergency room to be evaluated after briefly passing out and vomiting following a flu shot. He was given several tests, mostly to check for a heart attack. 

What Gives: Fainting after getting the flu vaccine or other shots is a well-described phenomenon in the medical literature. But once 911 is summoned, you could be facing an ER work-up. And, in the U.S., that usually means big money.

The biggest part of Gleason’s bill — $ 2,961 — was the general ER fee. Atrium coded Gleason’s ER visit as a Level 5 — the second-highest and second-most expensive — on a 6-point scale. It is one step below the code for someone who has a gunshot wound or major injuries from a car accident. Gleason was told by the hospital that his admission was a Level 5 because he received at least three medical tests.

Gleason argued he should have paid a lower-level ER fee, considering his relatively mild symptoms and how he spent most of the eight hours in the ER waiting area.

The American Hospital Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other health groups devised criteria in 2000 to bring some uniformity to emergency room billing. The different levels reflect the varying amount of resources (equipment and supplies) the hospital uses for the particular ER level. Level 1 represents the lowest level of ER facility fees, while ER Level 6, or critical care, is the highest. Many hospitals have adopted the voluntary guidelines.

David McKenzie, reimbursement director at the American College of Emergency Physicians, said the guidelines were set up to help hospitals charge appropriately. Asked if hospitals have an incentive to perform extra tests to get patients to a higher-cost billing code, McKenzie said: “It’s not a perfect system. Hospitals have an incentive to do a CT exam, and taxi drivers have an incentive to take the long way home.”

The guidelines don’t determine the prices hospitals set for each ER level. Hospitals are free to set whatever prices they want as long as their system is consistent among patients, he said.

He said the multiple tests on Gleason suggest the hospital was worried he could be seriously ill. But he questioned why Gleason was told to stay in the ER waiting area for several hours if that was the case. It’s also not clear if Gleason’s history of fainting and overall good health were considered.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said in a statement that the hospital “appears to have billed Gleason appropriately.” It noted the hospital reduced its costs by about $ 980 because of the insurer’s negotiated rates. But the insurer said it has no way to reduce the general ER admission fee.

“We work hard to negotiate discounts that reduce costs for our members, but costs are still far too high,” the insurer said. “This forces consumers to pay more out of pocket and drives up premiums.”

Gleason, in fighting his bill, actually got the hospital to send him its entire “chargemaster” price list for every code – a 250-page, double-sided document on paper. He was charged several hundred dollars more than the listed price for his Level 5 ER visit.

Gleason reviews the chargemaster he received from Atrium Health.(Logan Cyrus for KHN)

“In this specific example, the price of admission to the ER was more than $ 2,960. That was on top of more than $ 1,000 for the medical procedures actually performed. We won’t significantly bring down health care costs until we address the high prices like these,” BCBS-NC said in the statement.

John Hennessy, chief business development officer for WellRithms, a consulting firm that reviews bills for large employers, said the hospital charges are significantly higher than what Medicare pays in the Charlotte area, but those are the prices Gleason’s insurer has negotiated. “Seeing billed charges well in excess of what Medicare pays is nothing unusual,” Hennessy said.

He said the insurer likely agreed to the higher charges to make sure it had the large hospital system in its network. Atrium is the biggest health system in North Carolina.

He said the coding “makes sense” because it meets the guidelines — even if that meant a nearly $ 4,000 bill for Gleason.

“The hospital has every right to collect it, regardless if you or I think it’s a fair price,” he said.

Gleason says the $ 3,700 hospital bill won’t bankrupt his family, but “what it does is wipe out our savings.”(Logan Cyrus for KHN)

Resolution: After Gleason appealed, Atrium Health reviewed the bill but didn’t make any changes. “I understand you may be frustrated with the cost of your visit; however, based on these findings, we are not able to make any adjustments to your account,” Josh Crawford, nurse manager for the hospital’s emergency department, wrote to Gleason on Nov. 15.

Atrium Health, in a statement to KHN and NPR, defended its care and charges as “appropriate.”

“The symptoms Mr. Gleason presented with could have been any number of things — some of them fatal,” the hospital said.

“Atrium Health has set criteria which determines at what level an [emergency department] visit is charged. In Mr. Gleason’s case, there were several variables that made this a Level 5 visit, including arriving by ambulance and three or more different departmental diagnostic tests.”

Gleason said the $ 3,700 hospital bill won’t bankrupt his family. “What it does is wipe out our savings,” he added.

The Takeaway: Gleason, understandably, said he’s reluctant to get a flu shot in the future. But that’s not the best response. It’s important to know that fainting is a known reaction to shots and some people seem particularly prone. It’s best to sit or lie down when you get the vaccine, and wait five to 10 minutes before jumping up and returning to business.

Be aware: If you — or someone else — calls 911 for a health emergency, you are very likely to be taken to the hospital. You probably won’t have a choice of which one. And a hospital trip may not even be needed, so think before you call: “How do I feel?”

The medical professional who administered the shot might have suggested that calling 911 wasn’t a smart or needed response for a known side effect of a vaccine injection in a young person.

The emergency room is the most expensive place to seek care.

In hindsight, Gleason might have gone to an urgent care facility or called his primary care doctor, who could have evaluated him and run some tests at much lower prices, if needed.

But employers, hospitals and doctors regularly tell patients if they need immediate care to go to the ER, and hospitals often tout short waiting times in their ERs.

With high deductibles becoming more common, consumers need to be aware that a single trip to the hospital, especially an ER, could cost them thousands of dollars — even for symptoms that turn out to be nothing serious.

Alex Olgin of WFAE and Elisabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News contributed to the audio version of this story.

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A Winter Storm and Thousands of Super Bowl Fans Are Bearing Down on Snow-Shy Atlanta

(ATLANTA) — Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as “snow jam ,” another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl 53.

A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday said state offices in more than 30 counties in the northern part of the state would be closed Tuesday, including those in the Atlanta area.

The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways.

The potential for black ice is “the overriding concern,” said Homer Bryson, director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

“Temperatures are going to plummet,” the governor said at a Monday news conference.

“It’s very similar to what we saw in 2014 where the roadways will not have time to dry off before the moisture or precipitation on them refreezes,” Kemp said. “And that’s when you have black ice, and that’s what causes wrecks, which causes gridlock and public safety issues, injuries.”

Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played in downtown Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a roof. The roof will be open if weather permits, officials have said.

There’s a 40 percent chance of showers Sunday, but highs will be near 58 degrees (14 Celsius). That’s slightly warmer than average for Feb. 3 in Atlanta, climate records show.

But forecasters say the more immediate threat is Tuesday, when roads could be treacherous.

“It is often easy to pass judgment on how we in Georgia deal with snow and ice, but for those from the north what you do know is that an ice event is very different than a snow event,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday. “And because we don’t want a repeat of 2014, we have already begun to pretreat our streets and are paying particularly attention to our sidewalks because we do know that we will have many visitors in our tourist areas.”

Forecasters were uncertain how widespread the snowfall will be.

“Some uncertainty continues regarding amounts of snow accumulations and how far south and east the threat may extend,” the weather service said in a Monday update on the approaching storm.

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Coronation Street fans in tears as Sinead Tinker breaks down over dying before her baby son can remember her

CORONATION Street fans are in tears after Sinead Tinker broke down after she realised she could die from cancer and wouldn’t see her baby son grow up.

The seamstress – who is played by actress Katie McGlynn in the ITV soap – sobbed in fear of her son never knowing who she is in tonight’s second episode.

Sinead had viewers in tears tonight as she wept over her baby boy

The doctors told Sinead and her husband Daniel Osbourne that baby Bertie was almost out of the woods with his bowel condition.

“No surgery needed, it’s all good,” the nurse told them both.

But while it was good news for the baby, Sinead had a heartbreaking reaction.

A tearful Sinead told Daniel: “What if I die Daniel?

Bertie’s bowel condition hadn’t worsened and the nurses were confident he would be OK
Daniel tried his best to reassure his wife over her fears

“Like you said before he’s not going to remember this.

“He’s not going to remember me. I’m just going to be a photo of a stranger.

“I just can’t bear the thought he won’t know how much I loved him. I wanted to bake him birthday cakes, take him to school…”

And as she sobbed Daniel insisted it would all be fine and she would recover and be able to do all that.


But fans were already crying over Katie’s performance as terrified Sinead.

One said: “Poor Sinead, please don’t panic Sinead such a tiny baby tho #corrie”

A second added: “Awwwwww it makes me sad watching Sinead Daniel and Bertie #Corrie @itvcorrie”


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When is Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under on Channel 5 and where was the show filmed?

JANE McDonald is embarking on a new adventure in Australia as part of a series for Channel 5.

Here is what you need to know about Cruising Down Under and when you can catch it on TV.

Jane McDonald travels to Australia for her new Channel 5 series
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When does Jane McDonald Cruising Down Under start on Channel 5?

Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under continues tonight, Friday, January 18, at 9pm on Channel 5.

The series is comprised of three episodes which are each one hour and 15 minutes.

Cruising with Jane McDonald first aired in 2017 with the singer visiting locations such as South America on luxury liners.

Jane first rose to fame when she appeared on the 1998 documentary series The Cruise as a singer aboard the ship Galaxy.

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What is Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under about?

The series will see Jane McDonald explore all that Australia has to offer.

She’ll try her hand at indoor skydiving and get pampered with some holistic therapies.

To embrace the Aussie lifestyle she’ll also have a go at surfing.

Her cruise will take place on the ship used in the remake of the TV show The Love Boat.


Where was the series filmed?

The series starts off on The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Jane then travels to the village of Nimbin in New South Wales and Sydney.

Her adventures also see her travelling to Brisbane and Perth, including a trip to Rottnest Island.

The series will include sights such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian rainforest.

Throughout the show Jane will also get acquainted with some Australian wildlife such as koalas and dingoes.


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Aly Raisman Won Gold in Two Olympics Without a Scratch, but Broke Her Elbow Falling Down Stairs

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She also posted a picture of herself on a couch, her right arm in a cast, snuggling with a dog. Raisman is native of the Boston suburb of Needham.

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Two men, a bottle of straight rye whiskey, an empty bar and the ghosts of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.

It sounds like the making of a great drinking song but on a recent afternoon Shooter Jennings was in Brooklyn for a concert at the Knitting Factory. Given that his latest catchy song, D.R.U.N.K., is all about the joys of a good drink, it seemed only logical to meet before the show at the Shanty in Williamsburg for a glass or two of its signature Ragtime Rye and a look inside the adjoining New York Distilling Company.

Despite being a second-generation star, Jennings rolled in with a small entourage of just two. I fixed us a couple of healthy whiskies on the rocks and he quickly settled into a stool at the edge of the industrial bar top. Despite admitting, “I’m usually Jack Daniel’s all the time,” he was up for drinking something new. “I like trying different stuff, man.”

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One of the reasons these organizations have become digital titans of industry is China’s steadfast dedication to digital innovation. China is home to the biggest online shopping site in the world. It’s poised to be a major player in the electric vehicle industry. Alongside the U.S., China is also on track to lead the world in 5G connectivity. The country has frequently been ahead of the pack in developing game-changing innovations like cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data. Read more…

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What You May Not Know About a Down Payment for Buying a Home

A new study proves something many may already know: Saving for a down payment for buying a home is the biggest hurdle for would-be home owners. However, the study reveals some facts you may not have known about down payments.

First, down payments are particularly hard for millennnials, the largest single group of home buyers and the biggest group of first-time buyers, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2018.

Millennial buyers also are the most likely to put less than 20% down. When they decide to buy a home — one of the biggest investments ever for many Americans — millennials are most likely to use multiple funding sources for the down payment. Nearly half used a gift or loan from family or friends for at least some of their down payment, making up one-fifth of the down payment on average. They also use investments and retirement funds toward down payments.

Zillow also reported coming up with a down payment can be a game-changer. For instance, it can help make a monthly mortgage payment that is affordable and does not bust your bill-paying budget.

The Zillow report surveyed people in Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., including 3,000 home buyers. They were asked about their down payment decisions, including how much they put down and where the money came from.

Here are other revelations from the report:

-First-time buyers are more likely to cash out investments or use retirement funds toward a down payment.

-Putting 20% down is conventional wisdom, but fewer than half of buyers do so.

-Buyers in Atlanta put down less than 5% more often than they put down at least 20%, boosting the risk of becoming underwater on their mortgages.

Yet, buyers in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are at least as likely as the typical national buyer to put down at least 20%.

Research from Zillow disclosed it takes over seven years for a typical American home buyer to save a 20% down payment on the typical-valued home.

Of course, buyers can put much less down than that amount. Saving up for a down payment can be tough and requires good budgeting and long-term planning, especially when for many the cost of rent and everyday life outpaces what they are able to put in the bank.

Even if you don’t have plans to buy a home in the next year or two, it never hurts to start setting aside savings for a future home purchase,” Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas stated.

“There are many mortgage options that require less than 20% down, but buyers should be careful that they don’t set themselves up to be underwater. Interest rates are rising, of course, but for many, waiting a bit longer and saving for a larger down payment might still be the way to go as they weigh their current stability and housing needs against their long-term future.

If your goal is home ownership, check out some more great advice about purchasing a home:

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Kardashian Sisters ‘Made the Difficult Decision’ to Shut Down Apps in 2019

New year, new beginnings … and endings! Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner revealed on Wednesday, December 19, that they are shutting down their apps.

“We’ve had an incredible experience connecting with all of you through our apps these past few years,” Kim, 38, wrote in a statement on her site. “But have made the difficult decision to no longer continue updating in 2019.”

The post — titled “To My Subscribers” — concluded: “We truly hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as we have, and we look forward to what’s ahead.”

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The news comes more than three years after the sisters, as well as Kendall Jenner, launched their apps in September 2015, which was founded to give an intimate look into their lives. (The Victoria’s Secret model, 23, announced in December 2017 that she was ending her own site.)

“We wanted to change our digital platform and make it more than just a blog that we had before,” Kim said as they began their app journey. “I just felt like there was no other platform that could do it all unless we do it ourselves.”

The famous family will not be bored, however, sans this project. Kim still has her KKW Beauty ventures, as well as being a mom of three children with husband Kanye West.

Khloé, 34, for her part is founder of clothing company Good American, and has recently embarked on the journey of motherhood when she welcomed a baby girl, True, in April with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. A source told Us Weekly earlier this month that the pair “are actively trying” for baby No. 2.

Kourtney, meanwhile, will remain a part of Keeping Up With the Kardashians — alongside her sisters — while raising her three children, sons Mason and Reign and daughter, Penelope, whom she shares with ex Scott Disick.

For Kylie, 21, she continues to challenge the status quo being the founder and owner of her successful Kylie Cosmetics makeup line. The former Life of Kylie star is also mom of 10-month-old daughter, Stormi, whom she shares with boyfriend Travis Scott.

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Judge Strikes Down ACA Putting Law In Legal Peril — Again

The future of the Affordable Care Act is threatened — again — this time by a ruling Friday from a federal district court judge in Texas.

Judge Reed C. O’Connor struck down the law, siding with a group of 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors who brought the case. O’Connor said the tax bill passed by Congress last December effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional.

That tax measure eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. An earlier Supreme Court decision upheld the ACA based on the view that the penalty was a tax and thus the law was valid because it relied on appropriate power allowed Congress under the Constitution. O’Connor’s decision said that without that penalty, the law no longer met that Constitutional test.

“In some ways, the question before the Court involves the intent of both the 2010 and 2017 Congresses,” O’Connor wrote in his 55-page decision. “The former enacted the ACA. The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on.”

The decision came just hours before the end of open enrollment for ACA plans in most states that use the federal Healthcare.gov insurance exchange. It is not expected that the ruling will impact the coverage for those people — the final decision will likely not come until the case reaches the Supreme Court again.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees those insurance exchanges, said in a tweet: “The recent federal court decision is still moving through the courts, and the exchanges are still open for business and we will continue with open enrollment. There is no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan.”

The 16 Democratic state attorneys general who intervened in the case to defend the health law immediately vowed to appeal.

“The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court,” said a statement from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today’s misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans.”

It is all but certain the case will become the third time the Supreme Court decides a constitutional question related to the ACA. In addition to upholding the law in 2012, the court rejected another challenge to the law in 2015.

It is hard to overstate what would happen to the nation’s health care system if the decision is ultimately upheld. The Affordable Care Act touched almost every aspect of health care, from Medicare and Medicaid to generic biologic drugs, the Indian Health Service, and public health changes like calorie counts on menus.

The case, Texas v United States, was filed in February. The plaintiffs argued that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 as a constitutional use of its taxing power, the elimination of the tax makes the rest of the law unconstitutional.

In June, the Justice Department announced it would not fully defend the law in court. While the Trump administration said it did not agree with the plaintiffs that the tax law meant the entire ACA was unconstitutional, it said that the provisions of the law guaranteeing that people with preexisting health conditions could purchase coverage at the same price as everyone else were so inextricably linked to the tax penalty that they should be struck.

The administration urged the court to declare those provisions invalid beginning Jan. 1, 2019. That is the day the tax penalty for not having insurance disappears.

The protections for people with preexisting conditions was one of the top health issues in the midterm elections in November. While the issue mostly played to the advantage of Democrats, one of the Republican plaintiffs, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Another plaintiff, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin.

President Donald Trump was quick to take a victory lap, and pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the presumed incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to fix the problem. He tweeted Friday night that “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”

But congressional leaders were quick to point out that the suit is far from over.

“The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned,” said a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Many legal experts agreed with that. “This is insanity in print, and it will not stand up on appeal,” tweeted University of Michigan Law School Professor Nicholas Bagley, an expert in health law.

Even some conservatives were left scratching their heads. “Congress acted last year to repeal the mandate, but leave everything else in place and the courts should have deferred to that,” tweeted former congressional GOP aide Chris Jacobs.

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‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down

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UNIQLO 90% wool / 10% Cashmere Topcoat – $ 99.90 ($ 149.90)

UNIQLO calls these their “Chesterfield” topcoat (despite not being a true chesterfield), and they’re one of the better values in classy looking outerwear on the men’s style market. Given one or two conditions…

You live in a warm climate, or, you run particularly hot.

UNIQLO 90% wool / 10% Cashmere Chesterfield Topcoat

The Camel color. Very rich. Not a washed out straw shade.

These things are NOT well insulated. And the fabric isn’t that thick. Yet, the fabric really is something. 90% wool (and a fine wool at that) and 10% cashmere. They’re super soft to the touch and hit just above the knee.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something warmer/puffier, UNIQLO is also running a $ 10 off promotion on ALL of their ultra light down.

That goes for their hooded seamless parkas, their hoodless jackets, vests, etc. Head here for a full in person review of that hooded seamless parka.

Ultra light savings run through the 13th, while the wool outerwear deal expires Sunday (and thus, necessitated a steal alert post on Friday, since it’d be gone before the Monday tripod.)

That’s all. Carry on. Time to switch to decaf.

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Steal Alert: Amazon’s Buttoned Down Brand 100% Cashmere V-Necks for $62

Buttoned Down 100% Cashmere V Neck Sweater – $ 62.30 ($ 89)

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These things have a LOT going for them, despite the mixed reviews on Amazon. It’s lightweight cashmere, but the fabric itself is actually really nice. Much softer than you’d think for the price. Some reviewers have reported construction problems. Again, it’s lightweight. And while I haven’t done a long term test on the V-necks, I have a Cashmere crewneck from Buttoned Down (sadly not on sale), and I love it. It’s held up great. And you also have a lifetime guarantee backing you up. Plus, there’s always the convenient and free returns that Amazon offers.

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Hit by Fraud, Venmo Suffered a Big Loss and Shut Down Features, Report Says

Fraud hit Venmo hard in early 2018, leading the PayPal division for peer-to-peer payments to take an unexpectedly large loss due to fraudulent transactions and to shut down some of its features, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Losses weighed in 40% higher than budgeted, at $ 40 million for the first quarter of 2018. That was reportedly 0.40% of volume, instead of an anticipated 0.24%.

In response, the company limited and shut down certain features, while blacklisting tens of thousands of accounts. This included pausing an instant-deposit feature, which allowed transfer of funds in a Venmo account to a bank account in as little as 30 minutes for $ 0.25. The feature returned later in the year with a 1% transaction fee.

Venmo also stopped allowing transactions from its Web site, requiring all payments to happen via its app. While 98% of users relied on the app already and only 2% used the Web site for transfers, 15% of net losses occurred via the Web site.

The Journal wasn’t able to determine what led to the elevated fraud. Venmo didn’t reply to a request for comment from Fortune.

The company has had few revenue sources in the past and has taken losses on operations since its start. However, it’s slowly shifting into more fee-based services, including letting customers pay for Uber and other services directly from their account balance.

Venmo is one of several companies contending for a vast market of money transfers between people for casual expenses like splitting the cost of a meal to much larger expenses like rent. Competitors include Zelle, run by a consortium of 30 major U.S. banks, and Square Cash, a system operated by the credit-card processing company Square.

Zelle handled $ 28 billion in transfers in the second quarter of 2018. Venmo managed about half that, or $ 14 billion, in the same period. Zelle has an estimated 23 million U.S. users, and Venmo about 27 million.

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Roseanne Barr Shuts Down Heart Attack Rumors: ‘I’m Fine’

Setting the record straight. Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to deny rumors she suffered a heart attack after a man claiming to be her assistant called a radio host to say that she was ill.

“I’m fine,” the former Roseanne star, 66, captioned a photo of herself wearing a faux corset T-shirt and leggings on Saturday, November 24.

She elaborated with a second tweet, writing, “I was the victim of a prank. I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.”

Earlier on Saturday, a man named Frank who claimed to be Roseanne’s assistant called Sputnik News radio host Lee Stranahan while he was recording a live Periscope video to say that she was suffering a medical emergency.

“Yes, this is Roseanne’s assistant,” the man can be heard saying in a clip. “This is Roseanne’s assistant, Frank … She just had a heart attack. I’m trying to figure out exactly what to do about this.”

He continued, “You left her a voicemail, email? And you were talking about underwear and stuff?”

Stranahan, 53, tweeted about the incident on Saturday. “I was doing a call-in segment about Zionism on Periscope when the phone rang, saying it was my friend @therealroseanne,” he wrote. “I was surprised but it’s a topic she’s interested in so … It was her assistant, saying she’d had a heart attack. This went out live. I don’t know her status.”

He also tweeted, “Please send prayers to @therealroseanne.”

The talk show host clarified on Twitter that the call came from Barr’s real phone number and that he had indeed previously left her a voicemail about underwear as a joke.

Later that day, he gave fans an update, tweeting, “I’ve spoken to her on the phone. She is fine. This is so weird.”

Barr has largely remained out of the spotlight since the reboot of her ABC series, Roseanne, was canceled in May over a tweet the comedian posted in which she made a racist slur against former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.

Its spinoff, The Conners, debuted in September without Barr.

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Women’s Championship Tour 2018 Finale Comes Down to Upcoming Beachwaver Maui Pro

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HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Monday, November 19, 2018) – The Beachwaver Maui Pro, the final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT), will host the highly-anticipated World Title showdown and the last opportunity for CT requalification later this week.

Held at Honolua Bay in Maui, Hawaii, the waiting period opens on Sunday, November 25 and runs through Wednesday, December 5, 2018. During this time, event organizers will closely monitor the waves and only run during the best conditions.

In the 2018 World Title Race, only Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Lakey Peterson (USA) are mathematically in contention to win the prestigious World Championship and await the Beachwaver Maui Pro.

The World Title scenarios going into the Beachwaver Maui Pro are as follows:
– Gilmore will win the World Title with a 3rd or better at the Beachwaver Maui Pro.
– If Gilmore finishes 5th or worse, Peterson must win the event to force a surf-off* for the World Title
– *In the event of a tie for any World Title at the end of the Surfing Season, the tied Surfer will have a “surf-off” during the final Event, which will have the format determined by the Commissioner’s Office. 

For Gilmore, the six-time WSL Champion, winning means making history by clinching a record-equalling seventh World Title. The accomplishment would put Gilmore into an elite class within surfing’s World Champions as one of only three individuals to earn seven World Titles, Layne Beachley (7) and Kelly Slater (11).

For Peterson, defeating Gilmore would mark the American’s first World Title. Peterson is the highest-ranked American surfer on both the women’s and men’s World Rankings, and the win in Maui would push the event into a Surf-Off for the win. With two event wins this year (Gold Coast, Bali) and two runner-up finishes (J-Bay, Rio), Peterson has the potential to upset Gilmore’s hunt for gold.

For more information about the 2018 World Title Race, please visit WSLTitleRace.com.

To requalify for the women’s Championship Tour, current competitors on the CT have to be ranked 10th or better on the Jeep Leaderboard or they must finish 6th or better on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS), excluding those who have already qualified through the CT Rankings. The WSL Commissioner’s Office also selects one wildcard for the season.

With the Beachwaver Maui Pro as the final women’s event of the season, this will be the last opportunity for lower-ranked surfers to secure their positions for next year’s elite Tour. California’s Sage Erickson (USA) needs a critical result to requalify.

Wildcards and injury replacements for the 2018 Beachwaver Maui Pro include Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Summer Macedo (HAW), and Zoe McDougall (HAW). These athletes will replace Tyler Wright (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA) and Keely Andrew (AUS), who have withdrawn due to injuries sustained earlier this season.

Alana Blancard (HAW) and Bethany Hamilton (HAW) will compete in the upcoming Beachwaver Maui Pro. Credit: © Rip Curl
Alana Blancard (HAW) and Bethany Hamilton (HAW) will compete in the upcoming Beachwaver Maui Pro.
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Hamilton poses a considerable threat to the top seeds Carissa Moore (HAW) and Coco Ho (HAW) in Round 1. As evidenced by her previous CT success, Hamilton has proven that anything can happen and will be one to watch when competition is called on. This will be Hamilton’s tenth CT appearance.

Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith, and hope. At the age of 13, she lost her left arm to a shark, seemingly ending her surfing career. Against the odds, the “Soul Surfer” returned to the lineup and went on to realize her dream of surfing professionally.

“I am so excited to be competing in home state, Hawai’i!” said Hamilton. “And not only that but at Honolua, one of the world’s best waves! Between the beautiful cliff and those epic righthand walls and barrels, it’s such a dreamy place. It’s going to be amazing to surf against the girls. I can’t wait to see what sort of swell comes for us to compete in.”

Blanchard is a former four-year competitor on the elite Championship Tour. The 28-year-old will return to the competitive CT stage for the first time since 2014 and for the first time since giving birth to her son, Banks. Alongside good friend Hamilton, Blanchard has the opportunity to play spoiler against Gilmore and Erickson, who are both in need of a good start at this event.

“I was definitely very caught off-guard when Jessi texted me and asked if I wanted to be in the Maui Pro,” said Blanchard. “It’s just such a fun wave, and there are a few big swells on the horizon so it should be really good. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, but I’m just so excited that I need to settle down! It’ll be so good to see everyone, and to have the chance to surf such an amazing wave with just one other girl is incredible.”

Macedo will represent Maui as the Beachwaver wildcard. She will come up against Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 5.

The Beachwaver Maui Pro will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL’s Facebook page. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Beachwaver Maui Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Zoe McDougall (HAW)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Summer Macedo (HAW)
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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