JoriPress & JoriPress https://joripress.com/rss/author/joripress JoriPress & JoriPress en Copyright © 2022 JoriPress & All Rights Reserved Egyptian venture capital firm Algebra Ventures hits first close of second fund at $100M https://joripress.com/egyptian-venture-capital-firm-algebra-ventures-hits-first-close-of-second-fund-at-100m https://joripress.com/egyptian-venture-capital-firm-algebra-ventures-hits-first-close-of-second-fund-at-100m Last April, Egyptian and MENA-focused venture capital firm Algebra Ventures announced the launch of its $90 million second fund. It was the sequel to its first: a $54 million fund invested in 21 startups across Egypt and the Middle East. 

While Algebra Ventures predicted it would reach its first close in Q3 2021, the firm had to wait an entire year to achieve that. However, the lag afforded Algebra Ventures enough time to exceed what it initially earmarked for the fund. The firm disclosed in a statement that it has finalized a $100 million first close and expects to reach its final close by the end of Q1 2023. 

Since its inception in 2016, Algebra Ventures has backed Egypt’s top startups in various industries. They include names such as Halan, Brimore, Trella, elmenus, Khazna, Yodawy, Mozare3 and Shift EV.

In a past interview, managing partners Tarek Assaad and Karim Hussein told TechCrunch that the firm hopes to back 31 startups from the second fund, which focuses on seed to Series B startups building in fintech, logistics, health tech, edtech and agritech sectors. The firm, whose general partners include Laila Hassan and Omar Khashaba, will also cut checks ranging from $500,000 to $2 million from this second fund. 

The partners say Algebra plans to invest $15 million by the end of this year; that is, within its first year of operation. So far, it has backed four startups, including Sylndr, the online used-car retailer which raised the largest pre-seed investment in Africa this May at $12.6 million. Also, while Algebra’s second fund will explore investment opportunities in East and West Africa, its primary focus remains on Egypt.

“Our second fund will pursue opportunities in various sectors by partnering with high-potential founders to address specific market gaps in these sectors. We haven’t made any investments in sub-Saharan Africa yet, but continue to build relationships in these markets,” added Hussein via email about the company’s prospective investments in neighboring markets.

Algebra Ventures is one of the few firms that have recently reached the first or final close of large funds targeting the Middle East, including ADQ-backed Further Ventures and Endure Capital. It is also arguably the largest indigenous fund in Africa and lists alongside Partech Africa, TLcom Capital, Norrsken22 and Novastar Ventures as well-established funds investing in African growth-stage companies. These funds were pivotal to the increase in venture capital that flowed into Africa’s tech ecosystem, totaling more than $5 billion and minting soonicorns and unicorns in the process. However, their funding activities has taken a slightly different shape this year due to macroeconomic trends affecting global venture capital. Like others globally, portfolio companies in Africa-focused funds have shown signs of struggle this year. In Algebra’s case, one example is Brimore, the social commerce startup that announced a $25 million Series A, laid off hundreds of employees, saw its valuation slashed significantly (up to 40%, according to some sources) and is currently undergoing restructuring.

“We have seen ups and downs before and have been working closely with our portfolio companies to ensure that they have a solid financial position in this new environment,” commented Hussein, on how Algebra Ventures is assisting portfolio companies weather this cash and valuation crunch period. “We continue to support our companies with strategic advice, funding, operational issues and other matters as the need arises.”

Algebra Ventures reaching the first close at a size larger than its intended second fund is a tremendous feat. It spotlights a decisive vote of confidence from the firm’s first fund investors, who have invested larger tickets in the second fund and commitments from new investors who share its vision for the potential of VC in Egypt and the region. 

Large institutional investors, including DFIs such as FMO, BII and IFC, are backing Algebra’s second fund — the IFC and FMO made $15 million and $10 million commitments into the fund, respectively. Other limited partners include existing participants EBRD and EAEF, new investors MSMEDA, DGGF and a few regional family offices. 

“This is a testament to the potential of tech entrepreneurship in Egypt. Even in these uncertain times, there will be funding to back founders who are building transformative companies. The upside is still very significant and successful, well-funded companies will be in a position to become market leaders, even in challenging economic times,” Hussein said on the firm’s efforts to raise its second fund. “It also highlights the importance of local funds, working closely with entrepreneurs on the ground. We’re four partners, all Egyptians, all living in Cairo; we’ve been investing for a long time, and we understand the local environment. We’ve seen startups succeed and others fail, and many regional and global investors think of us as their local partner in Egypt.”

Egyptian venture capital firm Algebra Ventures hits first close of second fund at $100M by Tage Kene-Okafor originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
VLC&developer VideoLAN sends legal notice to Indian ministries over ban https://joripress.com/vlc-developer-videolan-sends-legal-notice-to-indian-ministries-over-ban https://joripress.com/vlc-developer-videolan-sends-legal-notice-to-indian-ministries-over-ban VideoLAN, the developer and operator of popular media player VLC, has filed a legal notice to India’s IT and Telecom ministries, alleging that the Indian bodies failed to notify the software developer and did not afford it a chance for an explanation.

Indian telecom operators have been blocking VideoLAN’s website, where it lists links to downloading VLC, since February of this year, VideoLan president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf told TechCrunch in an earlier interview. India is one of the largest markets for VLC.

“Most major ISPs [internet service providers] are banning the site, with diverse techniques,” he said of the blocking in India. The telecom operators began blocking the VideoLan website on February 13 of this year, when the site saw a drop of 80% in traffic from the South Asian market, he said.

Now, VideoLAN, in assistance with local advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation, is using legal means to get answers and redressal. It has sought a copy of the blocking order for banning VideoLAN website in India and an opportunity to defend the case through a virtual hearing.

In the notice, VideoLAN argues that the way Indian ministries have enforced the ban on the website, they violate their own local laws. The letter adds:

As per Rule 8 of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009 (‘Blocking Rules’) and the ruling of the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India (2015) 5 SCC 1, government officers responsible for issuing a blocking order are required to: (i) make all reasonable efforts to identify the originator or intermediary hosting the information to be blocked, (ii) issue a notice to such person, (iii) provide a hearing to such person before the concerned authority, and (iv) provide a copy of a reasoned blocking order to the person concerned prior to the hearing. Despite this, the URL, which allows users to download VLC was blocked by the DoT without any prior notice, or an opportunity of hearing to VideoLAN.

Indian telecom operators have not explained why they have blocked the VideoLan website, but some speculate that it could be because of a misinterpretation of a security warning from earlier this year.

Security firm Symantec reported in April this year that the hacker group Cicada, which has ties with the Chinese government, was exploiting VLC Media Player as well as several other popular applications to gain remote access to the victim’s computers. Kempf said he or his firm had not been contacted by any Indian government agency and the block is likely a result of a misunderstanding of the Chinese security issue.

But by blocking the website, India is pushing its citizens to “shady websites that are running hacked version of VLC. So they are endangering their own citizens with this ban,” Kempf said earlier.

In the legal notice, VideoLAN warns that failure to comply with its request will compel the open source firm to initiate legal proceedings. “Any such proceedings, if initiated, shall be solely at your risk, cost, and for breach of your own rules,” the notice adds.

VLC-developer VideoLAN sends legal notice to Indian ministries over ban by Manish Singh originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Samsung Galaxy S23 series: Everything we know so far (Updated: Oct. 4) https://joripress.com/samsung-galaxy-s23-series-everything-we-know-so-far-updated-oct-4 https://joripress.com/samsung-galaxy-s23-series-everything-we-know-so-far-updated-oct-4 Update: October 4, 2022 (3:06 AM ET): We have updated the Samsung Galaxy S23 hub below with more rumors and leaks related to the S23 Ultra design and 200MP camera. We’ve also updated the hub with battery capacity claims.

Original article: Samsung continues to be the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. A huge reason for its astonishing success is the popularity of its Galaxy S line. Over the years, the Galaxy S line has become synonymous with Android, being some of the most well-known and most revered devices in the market. In 2023, we expect that to continue with the Samsung Galaxy S23 series.

What could Samsung have in store for the Galaxy S23 line? There are a lot of unknown details as of right now, but we can make plenty of assumptions based on what Samsung has done in the past. Meanwhile, we also can make a wishlist of features we hope Samsung brings around for the Galaxy S23 phones. Continue on for what we know and what we hope to see!

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:30:03 +0300 JoriPress
Kadidi’s appointment as Byekwaso’s deputy made official https://joripress.com/kadidis-appointment-as-byekwasos-deputy-made-official https://joripress.com/kadidis-appointment-as-byekwasos-deputy-made-official Thirteen-time Uganda Premier League champions, KCCA FC has finally made Charles Ssenyange’s appointment as Assistant / First Team Coach for the senior team, public knowledge.

Ssenyange joins in at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo for the next two years, and his task kick-starts with immediate effect.

The development comes after a series of board meetings zeroed down on the former Paidha Black Angels head coach.

However, as reported by this website earlier, this wasn’t necessarily head coach Morley Byekwaso’s first choice, as he had designated the position for one of Hussein Mbalangu or George Best Nsimbe.

Nonetheless, christened ‘Kadidi’, Ssenyange comes in as Byekwaso’s immediate deputy ahead of the likes of Richard Malinga, Badru Kaddu and Ssaka Mpiima.

Kadidi holds profound coaching experience in and out of the country, with stints at Mbarara City FC, Tooro United, Kampala Club Marines, UTODA FC, City Lads and Elite Soccer Academy.

Beyond the borders, he has managed at Transnet Kings United, Sobanty, Pietermaritzburg City, with all the three in South Africa. He also coached at Lesotho’s Lioli FC.

He’s a former player with the Kasasiro Boys and featured for seven years between 1988-1994.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:20:19 +0300 JoriPress
Gavin Kizito could be on his way to Egypt https://joripress.com/gavin-kizito-could-be-on-his-way-to-egypt https://joripress.com/gavin-kizito-could-be-on-his-way-to-egypt Uganda Cranes defender Gavin Kizito could be on his way to Egyptian side Alitihad Alexandria.

Alitihad posted an image on their Instagram page welcoming Gavin Kazito and indicator that the move would be done and dusted.  

Kizito a product of the FUFA Junior League also captained Uganda at the U17 and U20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 and 2020 respectively is expected to sign a four year deal at the Egyptian side. 

He spent the last three years at SC Villa but both parties failed to agree on terms that would see him renew his stay at the 16 time league champions. 

Alitihad was once home for Uganda Cranes captain Emmanuel Okwi and his assistant Khalid Aucho after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

More details to follow 

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:20:05 +0300 JoriPress
Charles ‘Kadidi’ Ssenyange: KCCA name former player as assistant coach https://joripress.com/charles-kadidi-ssenyange-kcca-name-former-player-as-assistant-coach https://joripress.com/charles-kadidi-ssenyange-kcca-name-former-player-as-assistant-coach

Charles Ssenyange alias Kadidi has been confirmed as the assistant coach to Morley Byekwaso at KCCA for the next two years.

The Kasasiro have long been in search for a tactician to help Byekwaso despite having Badru Kaddu, Sakka Mpiima and Richard Malinga around the technical staff.

“KCCA FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Nsanziro Sam Charles Ssenyange as Assistant / First Team Coach for the senior team..,” a statement on the club website read.

Kadidi, a Caf B licensed coach played for KCCA for over seven years between 1988 and 1994 and has previously coached at Mbarara City FC, Paidha Black Angels FC, Tooro United FC, Kampala Club Marines, UTODA FC, City Lads, and Elite Soccer Academy.

He also had stints in South Africa and Lesotho managing in lower leagues and his experienced will be vital.

It’s reported that the choice for Kadidi was a decision of the management after Byekwaso had settled for either George ‘Best’ Nsimbe or Hussein Mbalangu.

The club had also wanted to add former player Baker Mbowa and Asaph Mwebaze to the staff before both got jobs at URA and Bright Stars respectively.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:20:00 +0300 JoriPress
Where to find Frankfurt vs. Spurs on US TV https://joripress.com/where-to-find-frankfurt-vs-spurs-on-us-tv https://joripress.com/where-to-find-frankfurt-vs-spurs-on-us-tv

Frankfurt vs Spurs

Here are all of the details of where you can watch Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Tottenham Hotspur on US television and via legal streaming:

WHO Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Tottenham Hotspur
WHAT UEFA Champions League
WHEN 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT • Tuesday, October 4, 2022
WHERE Paramount+ and Vix+
FREE TRIAL WATCH NOW

Paramount+ is now offering a 7-day free trial promotion for new subscribers, giving fans the ability to watch a ton of soccer (and other content) for free.

After the 7-day trial, Paramount+ is just $4.99 per month. And guarantees you access to all of the Champions League and Europa League games through the end of the 2023/24 season.

Courtesy of World Soccer Talk, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide, which features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.

Paramount+ includes exclusive original programs such as Evil, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Picard, The Good Fight, and The Stand, as well as movies including A Quiet Place Part II, Infinite and more. You can also stream CBSN (CBS News), CBS Sports HQ and ET Live, as well as — with the Premium Plan — your local CBS network.

Advantages of Paramount+ include (1) More than 10,000 episodes of CBS content, (2) more than 2,000 soccer games a season, and (3) will stream every UEFA Champions League game through 2024.

Paramount+ also includes plenty of other soccer games from the Europa League, Conference League, Serie A, NWSL, Argentine league, Concacaf Nations League, away World Cup qualifiers for the US men and women’s national teams plus action from the Brazilian league, Asian Champions League and much more.

Paramount+ is available on PC or Mac as well as Roku, iPhone and Android phones, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TV, Vizio and XBOX One.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Champions League games on US TV and streaming

To find out when soccer games are on, download the free Soccer TV Schedules App which includes listings of all of the live soccer matches available in the United States (available on Apple iOS devices and Android devices).

Here are the steps to sign up for your 7-day free trial to Paramount+:

1. After clicking the ‘Try It Free’ button, you’ll see the following page that explains the two choices you’ll find. Click ‘Continue’ to be presented with the options:

2. Choose between the ‘Limited Commercials’ or ‘Commercial Free’ option. If you want to save over 15% with an annual plan, click the checkbox. Then hit ‘Continue’ to move on.

3. Next, you’ll need to create a free Paramount+ account:

4. Enter your contact details, and click ‘Continue’ to move to the next step.

5. The following page explains the free 7-day trial:

6. Enter your payment details and then click ‘Start Paramount+’ to begin your free trial.

Photo credit: Getty Images

 

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:10:06 +0300 JoriPress
Where to find Inter vs. Barcelona on US TV https://joripress.com/where-to-find-inter-vs-barcelona-on-us-tv https://joripress.com/where-to-find-inter-vs-barcelona-on-us-tv

Inter vs Barça

Here are all of the details of where you can watch Inter Milan vs. FC Barcelona on US television and via legal streaming:

WHO Inter Milan vs. FC Barcelona
WHAT UEFA Champions League
WHEN 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT • Tuesday, October 4, 2022
WHERE Paramount+, Univision, TUDN, ViX+, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, and Vidgo
FREE TRIAL WATCH NOW

Paramount+ is now offering a 7-day free trial promotion for new subscribers, giving fans the ability to watch a ton of soccer (and other content) for free.

After the 7-day trial, Paramount+ is just $4.99 per month. And guarantees you access to all of the Champions League and Europa League games through the end of the 2023/24 season.

Courtesy of World Soccer Talk, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide, which features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.

Paramount+ includes exclusive original programs such as Evil, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Picard, The Good Fight, and The Stand, as well as movies including A Quiet Place Part II, Infinite and more. You can also stream CBSN (CBS News), CBS Sports HQ and ET Live, as well as — with the Premium Plan — your local CBS network.

Advantages of Paramount+ include (1) More than 10,000 episodes of CBS content, (2) more than 2,000 soccer games a season, and (3) will stream every UEFA Champions League game through 2024.

Paramount+ also includes plenty of other soccer games from the Europa League, Conference League, Serie A, NWSL, Argentine league, Concacaf Nations League, away World Cup qualifiers for the US men and women’s national teams plus action from the Brazilian league, Asian Champions League and much more.

Paramount+ is available on PC or Mac as well as Roku, iPhone and Android phones, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TV, Vizio and XBOX One.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Champions League games on US TV and streaming

To find out when soccer games are on, download the free Soccer TV Schedules App which includes listings of all of the live soccer matches available in the United States (available on Apple iOS devices and Android devices).

Here are the steps to sign up for your 7-day free trial to Paramount+:

1. After clicking the ‘Try It Free’ button, you’ll see the following page that explains the two choices you’ll find. Click ‘Continue’ to be presented with the options:

2. Choose between the ‘Limited Commercials’ or ‘Commercial Free’ option. If you want to save over 15% with an annual plan, click the checkbox. Then hit ‘Continue’ to move on.

3. Next, you’ll need to create a free Paramount+ account:

4. Enter your contact details, and click ‘Continue’ to move to the next step.

5. The following page explains the free 7-day trial:

6. Enter your payment details and then click ‘Start Paramount+’ to begin your free trial.

Photo credit: Getty Images

 

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:10:05 +0300 JoriPress
Where to find Liverpool vs. Rangers on US TV https://joripress.com/where-to-find-liverpool-vs-rangers-on-us-tv https://joripress.com/where-to-find-liverpool-vs-rangers-on-us-tv

Liverpool vs Rangers

Here are all of the details of where you can watch Liverpool FC vs. Rangers FC on US television and via legal streaming:

WHO Liverpool FC vs. Rangers FC
WHAT UEFA Champions League
WHEN 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT • Tuesday, October 4, 2022
WHERE Paramount+ and Vix+
FREE TRIAL WATCH NOW

Paramount+ is now offering a 7-day free trial promotion for new subscribers, giving fans the ability to watch a ton of soccer (and other content) for free.

After the 7-day trial, Paramount+ is just $4.99 per month. And guarantees you access to all of the Champions League and Europa League games through the end of the 2023/24 season.

Courtesy of World Soccer Talk, download a complimentary copy of The Ultimate Soccer TV And Streaming Guide, which features details on where to watch all of the leagues from around the world on US TV and streaming.

Paramount+ includes exclusive original programs such as Evil, Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Picard, The Good Fight, and The Stand, as well as movies including A Quiet Place Part II, Infinite and more. You can also stream CBSN (CBS News), CBS Sports HQ and ET Live, as well as — with the Premium Plan — your local CBS network.

Advantages of Paramount+ include (1) More than 10,000 episodes of CBS content, (2) more than 2,000 soccer games a season, and (3) will stream every UEFA Champions League game through 2024.

Paramount+ also includes plenty of other soccer games from the Europa League, Conference League, Serie A, NWSL, Argentine league, Concacaf Nations League, away World Cup qualifiers for the US men and women’s national teams plus action from the Brazilian league, Asian Champions League and much more.

Paramount+ is available on PC or Mac as well as Roku, iPhone and Android phones, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TV, Vizio and XBOX One.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Champions League games on US TV and streaming

To find out when soccer games are on, download the free Soccer TV Schedules App which includes listings of all of the live soccer matches available in the United States (available on Apple iOS devices and Android devices).

Here are the steps to sign up for your 7-day free trial to Paramount+:

1. After clicking the ‘Try It Free’ button, you’ll see the following page that explains the two choices you’ll find. Click ‘Continue’ to be presented with the options:

2. Choose between the ‘Limited Commercials’ or ‘Commercial Free’ option. If you want to save over 15% with an annual plan, click the checkbox. Then hit ‘Continue’ to move on.

3. Next, you’ll need to create a free Paramount+ account:

4. Enter your contact details, and click ‘Continue’ to move to the next step.

5. The following page explains the free 7-day trial:

6. Enter your payment details and then click ‘Start Paramount+’ to begin your free trial.

Photo credit: Getty Images

 

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:10:04 +0300 JoriPress
Fire inside … https://joripress.com/fire-inside https://joripress.com/fire-inside

Good morning to you all and happy Tuesday.

I enjoyed Aaron Ramsdale’s post-game comments, talking like some kind of Bob Seger about how there’s a ‘fire inside’ this Arsenal team after the pain of the way last season ended. I like this, because while it’s an intangible, it’s also very real.

I’m convinced that the Invincible season doesn’t happen without the way the 2002-03 season played out. For younger readers and newer fans, with four games to go we were just three points behind Man Utd with a game in hand. We were +1 on goal difference compared to theirs, then Sam Allardyce’s Bolton kicked three of our players off the pitch and late Martin Keown own goal made it 2-2. Then, drawing 2-2 with Leeds at home, Mark bloody Viduka grabbed a late winner and that was that.

Looking back, the Arsenal response was immediate. We destroyed Southampton 6-1 in what became the first of 49 games unbeaten, but boy oh boy did those Bolton and Leeds games hurt. Not least because a couple of weeks before that, United’s 2-2 draw at Highbury – as the rivalry simmered and bubbled like a volcano about to explode – Sol Campbell got sent off because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pretended he’d been elbowed in the face.

The frustration and the annoyance of that incident played out at Old Trafford a few months later when Ruud van Nistelrooy missed that penalty and the mayhem happened and who among us will ever forget Lauren throttling a terrified Phil Neville? Truly one of football’s most beautiful moments.

But the wider pain the end of that season caused was, to my mind at least, a huge motivation for the 2003-04 campaign. I’m not saying missing out on 4th is the same as being pipped to a title you were desperate to defend, especially against a truly hated rival, but it’s all relative, isn’t it? Last season we had that in our hands, then lost out to the old enemy. And in many ways, it was on us. We didn’t have the depth to deal with the final part of last season, and the idea that it was – in some way at least – self-inflicted probably stings a bit more.

So, if these players and this manager want to use that, then I’m all for it. Football is very often a game of fine margins. A missed tackle here, some poor positioning there, and that’s all it takes to change 3 points 1, or 1 to none. I’m sure that this week, there will be one or two pieces on the video analysis that Mikel Arteta uses to remind his players that sometimes you can get away with it, but if you can dig in and give it a bit more, those situations don’t develop in the same way.

I also liked Ramsdale talking about how they’re feeling the reaction from the crowd when we do concede goal. There was a moment of silence after Harry Kane scored his inevitable penalty on Saturday (point of order: we should stop giving away penalties), but that was followed by a rousing cheer from all sides of the ground to get the team going again. The Arsenal keeper said:

“Any time something has happened this season — Fulham, Leicester, when we concede a goal — it is like we have scored a goal with the noise the fans are making and it gives us a boost. It is a never-say-die attitude, the way I would word it is a ‘F*ck-it mentality’. Who cares we have conceded?

“We have got 10 minutes, 70 minutes, we will play our way. We never run out of time. That is the big thing for us and the manager — we don’t stop working.”

That ethic was very clear during All Or Nothing: what Arteta demands of his players at every moment, from training to the games themselves, is obvious. Compare what Ramsdale just said to the mentality of this team just before Arteta took over in 2019. He was at the Emirates as assistant to Pep Guardiola, and the look on his face as he sat in the away dugout spoke volumes as Man City never had to get out of first gear to beat us 3-0. That was a team that was defeated in the tunnel beforehand, never mind on the pitch itself.

We have to keep qualifying things because it’s ‘only 8 games’ this season, which is absolutely true, but it’s also true there’s a lot to be encouraged about due to how we’re playing, what we’re doing, and the fact we’re top of the table despite the terrifying efficiency and quality of Man City. Keep it up.

Ok, that’s it for this morning. Over on Patreon we have a new episode of The 30, in which we take do a 30 minute round-up of the weekend’s Premier League action, including some North London derby chat, Haaland, Brighton, lucky Chelsea and lots more. You can listen here if you’re a subscriber, and if you’re not, instant access to that and everything else we do on Patreon costs just €5 a month.

Till tomorrow!

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:10:00 +0300 JoriPress
Gravity Omutujju opens up on plans of venturing into events promotion https://joripress.com/gravity-omutujju-opens-up-on-plans-of-venturing-into-events-promotion https://joripress.com/gravity-omutujju-opens-up-on-plans-of-venturing-into-events-promotion

Having seen and done it all, local rapper Gravity Omutujju is pondering on channeling his funds and efforts into managing talent and promoting events.

Over the weekend, Gravity Omutujju registered success at his ‘Tusimbudde Ani Alina Enene’ concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

It was the rapper’s fourth concert at the venue which is feared by most local artistes because of its size but he was never intimidated by that.

At the concert, Gravity emphasized his dominance and asked the traditional top three; Bebe Cool, Bobi Wine, and Chameleone to step aside and let the younger generation to take lead.

Also Read: The music industry doesn’t need Chameleone, Bobi, and Bebe anymore – Gravity Omutujju

He also revealed how he has plans of unveiling new faces to the music industry who will carry on from him and also fill up Lugogo Cricket Oval in a few years to come.

He shared his interest is promoting other fellow musicians to perform noting that there is a lot of money he can real from it.

“I’m going to start promoting musicians to perform because I have seen there is money. I will take on one musician and have them perform here by January,” he said.

Many artistes have already revealed plans of taking a break from active performances to take charge of what happens behind the scenes through management.

Whether Gravity can go on and juggle hit making and promotion will be a question time will answer and we are here for it.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:00:04 +0300 JoriPress
Fik Fameica releases track list of new ‘King Kong’ album https://joripress.com/fik-fameica-releases-track-list-of-new-king-kong-album https://joripress.com/fik-fameica-releases-track-list-of-new-king-kong-album

Set for release on Friday 7th October 2022, Fik Fameica’s album dubbed “King Kong” is already creating buzz around town.

The self-styled ‘Freshest Boy Around Town‘ is confident that the new album will turn heads because of the quality of music and sound on it.

The 14-track album will feature collaborations from some of the best artistes in the region including Vanessa Mdee, Bruce Melody, Eddy Kenzo, among others.

While speaking to MBU, the Fresh Gang boss noted that the body of work was worked on by the best producers in the land and could turn out a game changer in many ways.

Also Read: Fik Fameica rooting for a bigger venue for next concert

In Monday, Fik Fameica released the track list showing the fourteen songs off the album. He also gives a chance to his protege Mozelo Kids on one of the tracks.

Check it out below:

  1. One Love
  2. Sitoma
  3. Who Jah bless
  4. Carol
  5. Izulu (feat. Geosteady)
  6. Lifist
  7. Mpakasa
  8. Deep (feat. Bruce Melody)
  9. Booty or Beauty (feat. Vanessa Mdee)
  10. Magic
  11. Wekyakalire
  12. Lock remix (feat. Eddy Kenzo)
  13. Malembe (feat Mozelo Kids)
  14. Badder Dan

King Kong is Fik Fameica’s very first album since he begun his professional music career. We can’t wait to have it!

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:00:04 +0300 JoriPress
GIC backs Indian EV startup Euler Motors in $60 million funding https://joripress.com/gic-backs-indian-ev-startup-euler-motors-in-60-million-funding https://joripress.com/gic-backs-indian-ev-startup-euler-motors-in-60-million-funding Euler Motors, an Indian startup that designs and builds commercial electric vehicles, has raised $60 million in a new funding round as it works to ramp up its production capacity and broaden its offerings.

Singapore’s sovereign fund GIC led the New Delhi-headquartered startup’s Series C funding. Blume Ventures, Athera Venture Partners, QRG, ADB Ventures and Moglix also participated in the funding, which values Euler Motors at $200 million.

Long before the Olas of the world ventured into building an electric bike, which occasionally catches fire, Euler Motors has been testing hundreds of prototypes and has clocked millions of miles to see if they can weather the conditions of Indians roads and extreme temperature range.

The result is an electric cargo three-wheeler called HiLoad EV that features several industry-record breaking features including a payload capacity of 688 kg (1516 pound). It is powered by a 12.4 KWh liquid cooled battery pack that takes up to four hours to charge, but supports fast charging to deliver 50 kilometers for just 15 minutes of work.

The startup, which currently produces about 100 vehicles a day, has a back order of 9,000 vehicles that it is currently sifting through.

Prior to starting Euler, Kumar founded IoT startup Cube26, which was eventually acquired by Paytm. After getting the exit, Kumar spent some time thinking about the environment and the growing pollution and how for India to achieve its high targets of cutting emissions, it would need to do something about all the two and three wheeler gasoline guzzling vehicles on the road.

“It takes about 10 years to make a dent into anything in India,” he said in an interview. “When we started Euler, it was clear that when people buy a three-wheeler, they are not looking for a luxury product, they are looking for a necessity product that feeds their family.”

“On an electric vehicle, it can only work if you have a great battery. We spent three years researching our battery before starting to use it. Our competition isn’t an electric vehicle, it’s the most diesel and petrol-powered vehicles,” he said.

The world’s second most populous nation has undertaken an ambitious push to kickstart an electric vehicle movement in recent years. And much of this movement is riding on two and three-wheelers.

Indian automakers sold nearly 430,000 electric vehicles in the 12 months that ended in March this year, up from 134,821 a year before. Most of these were two- and three-wheeled vehicles, according to government data.

New Delhi, as well as state governments are offering considerable subsidies to those looking to purchase an electric vehicle in part to cut carbon emissions in the nation. A $6,140 electric vehicle, after state and federal waivers, cost customers about $4,300. Before state subsidy, HiLoad EV sells for around $4,900.

“Our vision is to not only develop industry leading products but also the ecosystem to support the EV transitionm,” said Kumar. “This investment will fuel our ambition to establish Euler Motors as a frontrunner to drive electrification of commercial mobility in India by scaling our manufacturing capacity, expanding distribution footprint and strengthening the team to deliver delightful experiences to our customers.”

Euler Motors says it has set up a charging station of over 500 points, the only player to provide four types of different charging to customers. The startup, which is currently largely operational in the capital region, plans to expand to 12 regions within the country by the end of the financial year.

Also during this timeframe, Euler is hoping to ramp up its monthly production to a 1,000, Kumar said. It is also looking at several other categories of vehicles, Kumar said, but the focus remains on scaling the existing model for now, he said.

(More to follow.)

GIC backs Indian EV startup Euler Motors in $60 million funding by Manish Singh originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Galaxy S23 Plus, S23 Ultra battery info leaks: There’s good news here https://joripress.com/galaxy-s23-plus-s23-ultra-battery-info-leaks-theres-good-news-here https://joripress.com/galaxy-s23-plus-s23-ultra-battery-info-leaks-theres-good-news-here SAMSUNG GALAXY S23 PLUS side

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  • Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Plus will offer a 4,700mAh battery, a reliable outlet claimed.
  • The Galaxy S23 Ultra is believed to offer a 5,000mAh capacity.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra delivered a respectable 5,000mAh battery earlier this year, in line with its predecessors. However, the Galaxy S22 Plus received a 4,500mAh battery that was a slight downgrade compared to last year’s Plus phone.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Google Pixel Watch: Everything we know so far (Updated: Oct 4) https://joripress.com/google-pixel-watch-everything-we-know-so-far-updated-oct-4 https://joripress.com/google-pixel-watch-everything-we-know-so-far-updated-oct-4 Update: October 4, 2022 (2:10 AM ET): We’ve updated our Google Pixel Watch hub with the latest last-minute leaks from reliable sources. Read on for all the latest.

Original article: After years of hints and rumors, the Google Pixel Watch is finally due to launch this week. Here’s what we know about Google’s smartwatch endeavors and what we want to see from its first device in the category.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:30:04 +0300 JoriPress
I Design Handbags—These Are the Shapes, Silhouettes, and Colors "In" for Fall https://joripress.com/i-design-handbagsthese-are-the-shapes-silhouettes-and-colors-in-for-fall https://joripress.com/i-design-handbagsthese-are-the-shapes-silhouettes-and-colors-in-for-fall
No one knows accessories like Marina Raphael. Before launching her own namesake handbag brand in 2019, she grew up surrounded by the shimmering crystals and over-the-top gems of Swarovski—a company Raphael's family founded and operated for over 100 years. With a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings of such a legacy brand, Raphael decided to branch out by designing handbags, building her own eponymous label. While most of Raphael's creations fall within the timeless category, like elegant structured totes and box clutches, there are also a few playful details scattered in like crystal handles and Y2K-inspired butterfly decals.  As a guiding figure within the accessory game, Raphael has keen insight into which shapes and silhouettes will be big for the seasons ahead. So, of course, we asked the 23-year-old designer for her expert opinion on which trends we should be prioritizing over everything else this fall. Keep reading to see the five handbag trends Raphael is betting on.

"Right now, Barbiecore is all about having fun, just like playing dress-up with dolls as a child. I feel that during this fall-winter season not only will there be a more playful vibe, but also it will take place in a more sustainably conscious manner of selecting key on-trend pieces that you feel will speak to you personally for years to come."—Marina Raphael

"Adding a new texture and (quite literally) light to your outfit has been such a fashion favorite for a few seasons now, and we will definitely see this persevere into the next season."—Raphael

"After enjoying a spring-summer season full of vibrant colors, I believe that this coming fall we will see a shift of people returning to the all-time classic, black. A cleanse, perhaps, that will help us create more no-brainer ensembles?"—Raphael

"Continuing the streak of the micro-bag trend, we will surely continue to see people wearing mostly smaller bags, focusing on holding only their essentials."—Raphael

"I think we'll be seeing a lot of bags that act as statement pieces because of their strong shape and form. Whether its intricate structured bags or simple but defined geometric shapes, these accessories will be must-haves for the upcoming season."—Raphael

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:30:02 +0300 JoriPress
Video Shows Blueface In Bed With His Kids’ Mother While Chrisean Rock Posts Sexual Acts With Him Online https://joripress.com/video-shows-blueface-in-bed-with-his-kids-mother-while-chrisean-rock-posts-sexual-acts-with-him-online https://joripress.com/video-shows-blueface-in-bed-with-his-kids-mother-while-chrisean-rock-posts-sexual-acts-with-him-online
Video Shows Blueface In Bed With His Kids' Mother While Chrisean Rock Posts Sexual Acts With Him Online
Video Shows Blueface In Bed With His Kids' Mother While Chrisean Rock Posts Sexual Acts With Him Online

Blueface is giving video vixen energy with multiple cameos over the last 24-ish hours! Folks online have seen him swapping saliva with a mystery woman, piping Chrisean Rock and rolling over in the bed of his children’s mother, Jaidyn Alexis.

Things started to unravel between the on-again, off-again pair Blueface and Chrisean early Sunday (Oct. 2). While on Instagram Live, Chrisean admitted to breaking everything in her hotel room after a fight with Blueface about infidelity with other women. She even showed a photo of the rapper’s recently born daughter with Jaidyn.

The mother of two seemingly responded to Chrisean’s posts with a screenshot text that reads, “happy birthday, baby I love you, ima come see you today.” However, it’s unclear if the text was from Blueface.

 

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Following Chrisean’s live stream, a video surfaced online of Blueface flicking tounges, sharing a meal, and riding around with a mystery woman.

 

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Chrisean wasted no time in reclaiming her time. First, the rising rapper took to Twitter to declare her singledom. You’ll recall she previously tweeted that Blueface popped the girlfriend question on Aug. 10. But it looks like the icy blonde mystery woman moment was her breaking point on Sunday.

“Y’all can have him. ChriseanRock is single,” she tweeted. “Chrisean you are enough.”

 

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Blueface didn’t let Chrisean have the last tweet. Instead, he egged on conversations about his alleged cheating ways.

“I ain’t never been single I always kept a couple,” Blueface tweeted.

Chrisean Rock clapped back with a subliminal tweet saying, “u gon wish u only kept this one tho.” She continued to share subliminals to her Twitter account, including words about “leveling up.”

 

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Meanwhile, sometime on Sunday, the mystery woman gave details on what led to her encounters with Blueface.

“I just DM’ed him one time and I was like I’m trying to be on Blue Girls Club and that was it,” she said on Instagram Live. “That’s how it happened. Just like that.”

 

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Chrisean Claims To Be Blueface’s “Best Friend N Bread Winner,” Posts Sexual Acts With Him Online

The saga leaked into Monday (Oct. 3), with Rock continuing to speak about her relationship with Blueface. Rock went from breadwinner in one tweet to great partner in another–all while sticking to her singledom.

“It’s not that we are a couple it’s we are great partners wen it come to money,” Chrisean tweeted. “I’m loyal to the ppl that’s present for me. I conditionally love Blue. I’m just a great a** friend with great a** p*ssy n got a great plan with a n***a dats da only thing that matters #GodsPlan”

 

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Chrisean Posts Sex Videos Featuring Blueface, Jaidyn Alexis Reveals Blueface In Bed With Her

By midday Monday, Chrisean and Blueface were trending topics, mainly after Chrisean went OnlyFans on the Twitter timeline. The rapper posted a short clip of her riding Blueface’s shlong with the caption, “the luckiest man alive.”

She later deleted the video, but social media users say she also shared sexual clips on her Instagram. Rock also confirmed the sexual acts were recent.

Meanwhile, Jaidyn Alexis stirred the pot with her own lil’ video. The mother of two posted a video to her Instagram Story featuring the man of the hour. She asks Blueface, “ay cuz you good or you sleep?” He lifts his head from Jaidyn’s pillow long enough to see that she’s recording him.

“You good cuz? What’s up? It’s a lot of sh*t going on, you know that? There’s a lot of sh*t going on. Finna beat yo a*s. Get yo a*s up, the f**k,” Jaidyn said.

 

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In a change of pace, Chrisean gave a limited response to Jaidyn’s messy reveal. Instead of ranting, the rapper retweeted a comment on the situation.

And that’s that, guess we’ll have to see what Tuesday brings!

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:20:02 +0300 JoriPress
Pepsi UFL: Kisuze confident UMU will seal semifinal slot https://joripress.com/pepsi-ufl-kisuze-confident-umu-will-seal-semifinal-slot https://joripress.com/pepsi-ufl-kisuze-confident-umu-will-seal-semifinal-slot A semifinal slot in the 2022 Pepsi University League will be at stake when Uganda Martyrs University host Bugema University in the second leg of the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Bugema and UMU’s head coach Eric Kisuze is confident that playing at home in the second leg will play to his side’s advantage.

“We are looking forward to hosting Bugema and finishing the job at home,” Kisuze said ahead of the game before adding.

“It was not easy getting a draw away to Bugema because they are a very strong team with a very a good coach, it is important we also managed an away goal.”

“It will not be an easy game and anything can happen. But we are going to give it our best and I believe we shall win,” he added.

From the group stages, UMU won all three games that they played in their backyard in Nkozi.

On the other hand, Bugema head coach Meddy Nyanzi has also vowed that they will it all to try and win to advance to the semifinals.

It’s only St. Lawrence that has earned a spot in the Semifinals after beating Kampala University 5-1 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:20:01 +0300 JoriPress
The 13 Coolest Halloween Costumes With Wigs https://joripress.com/the-13-coolest-halloween-costumes-with-wigs https://joripress.com/the-13-coolest-halloween-costumes-with-wigs Wigs can make or break your Halloween costume. The right one can help you fully transition into the character, celebrity, or creature you're dressing up as. Whether you're into a long black style à la Cher, a blunt bob to channel your inner Anna Wintour, or a bold red number that'll help you impersonate Poison Ivy, there's certainly something for you in this costume roundup. These 13 picks are bound to be instant hits come October 31.

Being a bad gal has never looked so good. No worries, though; there's no real fur here.

Before Kim Kardashian West sported long black hair, Cher was the one who made it a (glamorous) thing. 

Lady Gaga is the queen of wigs. This yellow one she wore for the 2010 Grammys is still iconic a decade later. 

When fashion week rolls around, you can always spot the legendary Grace Coddington thanks to her fiery-red hair.

Try a blunt black bob to channel Uma Thurman's character in the cult classic Pulp Fiction

Go all-out glam on Halloween and imitate the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

Selena Quintanilla, also known as "La Reina," was a major influence in both the Latino community and mainstream music industry for her ethereal voice, her effervescent personality, and, of course, her style.

God is a woman, and she wears a dramatic ponytail. And so should you this Halloween. 

With a blunt blonde bob and oversize sunglasses, anybody who loves fashion will be able to recognize you from a mile away.

Bubblegum-colored wigs are always fun when you're one of the bad guys. 

No one does a wig quite like Cardi B. 

Who doesn't want to feel like royalty, especially royalty in a Sofia Coppola film?

Who can resist dressing up as one of the best villains in the DC Universe?

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Next, '90s-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas You'll Love

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:30:03 +0300 JoriPress
We Stalk Shopbop and Nordstrom Everyday—These 9 Brands Always Get Us Excited https://joripress.com/we-stalk-shopbop-and-nordstrom-everydaythese-9-brands-always-get-us-excited https://joripress.com/we-stalk-shopbop-and-nordstrom-everydaythese-9-brands-always-get-us-excited If you've been an avid Who What Wear reader, you may have noticed that we like to dial up the coverage on Shopbop and Nordstrom. After all our shopping efforts, we like to think of ourselves as experts on the matter. We've covered each site from top to bottom bringing you everything from the best wardrobe basics to the trendiest buys of the moment. And while both retailers are home to thousands of products from the buzziest of brands, we've got into the habit of prioritizing certain ones while shopping. Sometimes our favorite brands get added to the retailers, respectively, and that makes shopping on them even more exciting. 

Whatever it is you're looking for this season, the below brands have got you covered. Trusty basics, fun accessories, event dresses—they've got it all. Keep scrolling and make sure to take notes along the way.

We've always been a fan of Pixie Market's assortment of hidden gems, so we were more than happy to find them available to shop on Shopbop. Every product is sure to garner compliments and stand out in your wardrobe.

Looking for a lowkey cool yet trendy buy? Topshop should be your first stop. You may even find some affordable staples along the way.

Mango is home to luxe-looking pieces at a friendlier price point, and their stellar product offering is now available at Nordstrom.

Madewell makes the kinds of pieces that'll stay in your wardrobe for a long time. Think classic loafers, sleek leather handbags, and vintage-style jeans.

Levi's offers quality products at an under-$150 price point, which is still hard to find, especially when it comes to denim and leather. Trust us, we've featured their denim and jackets in too many stories to count.

If you ask a fashion person what jeans they think worth are investing in, their answer will most likely be Agolde. The brand is known for its '90s-inspired styles that are often loved by fashion editors, influencers, and celebrities. (Our favorite styles are The 90's Pinch Waist and Crisscross.)

Reformation has been an editor favorite for a long time and for many reasons. They have it all from event-worthy dresses to luxe loungewear. Available on both Shopbop and Nordstrom, their pieces are always running out of stock.

While Free People is known for its bohemian aesthetic, you'll find that there's more to the brand than meets the eye. Nordstrom and Shopbop both tend to stock the brand's best-sellers like cozy knits and edgy basics.

If you searched the word "Staud" in our editor Slack channel, you'd find hundreds of messages of us editors freaking out over the brand's assortment of fun yet forward accessories. 

Next, I'm a Shopping Editor—These Are the Easy and Chic Items I'm Very Into RN

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:30:02 +0300 JoriPress
AFCON U17 Q: Lutalo credits emphatic victory to early preparations https://joripress.com/afcon-u17-q-lutalo-credits-emphatic-victory-to-early-preparations https://joripress.com/afcon-u17-q-lutalo-credits-emphatic-victory-to-early-preparations The Uganda Cubs started their U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Burundi in Ethiopia on Monday.

In the aftermath of the game head coach Hamza Lutalo credited his side’s good start to early preparation.

“I am happy our early preparations have paid off well. We came to Ethiopia early to see that we settle in well,” Lutalo said after the game

“Yes, the tournament did not start early as presumed due to unavoidable circumstances but we kept our team in shape.”

“Now that the championship has finally kicked off. We want to put up the required fight to see that we qualify for AFCON that will be held in Algeria next year,” Lutalo added.

Alex Yiga bagged a brace while the other two goals were netted by Arafat Nkoola, and Richard Okello.

The Cubs are now top of Group B while three points. Besides Burundi and Uganda, South Sudan is the other team in Group B.

Lutalo’s charges will be back in action on Thursday, October 6 as they take on South Sudan.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:20:03 +0300 JoriPress
Ayiekoh thrilled to join ‘organized’ Simba https://joripress.com/ayiekoh-thrilled-to-join-organized-simba https://joripress.com/ayiekoh-thrilled-to-join-organized-simba Newly appointed Simba Queen’s SC head coach Charles Ayiekoh has described his new club as an organized team he could not resist.

The former She Corporate head coach joins the CECAFA women champions and his appointment was confirmed by the Tanzanian outfit on Monday.

“It is a great opportunity to manage an organized club like Simba Queens,” Ayiekoh told Football256 in an interview.

“In Uganda, the value was going down a bit, and I think it was the right time to go where one is valued.”

“It is a big opportunity that if handled well with good performances, can even bring a better job.”

Ayiekoh impressed the top officials at Simba when he guided She Corporate to the final of the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League qualifiers in the CECAFA zone in Tanzania.

She Corporate and Simba meet twice at the competition in the group stages and the final with the latter winning 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

“I want to thank everyone at She Corporate for allowing me to work with them and I think this is the benefit of how we played in the Champions League qualifiers,” Ayiekoh noted.

Under the guidance of Ayiekoh, the FUFA Women Super League champions became the first team to reach the final of the tournament.

Ayiekoh was also the head coach of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in the Pepsi University Football League winning two titles with the side.

This season he ahd guided MUBS to seven wins in seven games and was on the brink of reaching the semifinals.

“I will miss my boys and girls at MUBS and Corporate but I am now committed to my new job and I am ready to serve.”

“I also believe my moving to Simba should opens doors for other upcoming coaches to take over the vacancies that I have left behind and exercise their capabilities,” Ayiekoh stated.

Ayiekoh is also a former coach at Vipers SC (Bunnamwaya), Soana (Tooro United) Busoga United FC, Maroons FC, Police FC, MYDA FC, Nyamityobora FC, and others.

After edging She Corporate in the final of the Regional Qualifiers, Ayiekoh’s new club Simba earned a place in the CAF Women Champions League finals that will take place in Morocco from October 30th to November 13th, 2022.

Simba is in Group A alongside Determine Girls, AS FAR FC, and Green Buffaloes from Liberia, Morocco, and Zambia respectively.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:20:02 +0300 JoriPress
9 Simple Outfits I’m Stealing From Katie Holmes, Anne Hathway, and Bella Hadid https://joripress.com/9-simple-outfits-im-stealing-from-katie-holmes-anne-hathway-and-bella-hadid https://joripress.com/9-simple-outfits-im-stealing-from-katie-holmes-anne-hathway-and-bella-hadid My Instagram saved “fashion” folder is chockablock this month. What with all the street style inspiration from fashion week, and so many cozy autumnal outfits popping up on my feed now that the cooler season is kicking in, there’s no lack of chic fall ensembles to get inspired by. I’ve been particularly on the look out for simple and uncomplicated outfits this season—with a fashion-forward touch—that I can easily replicate for myself. Luckily, there’s been a handful of celebs that have been satiating my search.

Below, I’ve rounded up a variety of effortless, easy, and trend-forward outfits from Katie Holmes, Bella Hadid, and Anne Hathaway that have caught my eye in the past few weeks which I am absolutely stealing for myself. Most of these outfits require only two or three pieces—featuring elevated basics and trend-forward items that are easy to replicate. Keep scrolling for plenty of fall celeb outfit inspiration to copy this season.

On Katie Holmes: Chanel cardigan, tank top, culottes, and metallic flap bag. We all know by now, if there's one thing Katie Holmes does well, it's fall dressing. And this month in New York she officially announced its arrival with a luxe and cozy oversize cardigan. She throws it over a white tank and culotte-style wide-leg jeans. She keeps her accessories simple with trending black ballet flats and a quilted crossbody bag. This is a full Chanel look but is easy to replicate sans Chanel prices.

Katie Holmes serves up the perfect casual and cozy fall outfit I could easily wear every day. Collared knit sweaters are trending this season and look chic when paired with high-waisted wide-leg jeans and simple neutral loafers.

On Katie Holmes: Chloé Striped Tank Dress ($2645); Chloé Nama Sneakers ($795). Katie proves a simple striped knit dress is perennially stylish and looks cool with comfy white sneakers.

On Bella Hadid: Dior Yellow Micro Logo Sunglasses. Bella Hadid has been serving us some seriously good fall outfits this month (not a surprise given her presence in the fashion capitals this past month). This cool ensemble spotted during Paris Fashion Week is an ideal outfit to take you from day to night in style. Just style a trendy sheer beige top with a dark denim skirt and finish with a plaid overcoat and brown knee-high boots. Simple, striking, and trend-forward.

On Bella Hadid: Louis Vuitton x Richard Price Red Monogram Bag ($2655). I'm all about Bella's skirt outfits right now. She sticks to a khaki color scheme here and pairs a utility skirt and chic knee-high boots with an oversize bomber-style anorak. Casual-chic at its finest.

On Bella Hadid: Nike vintage windbreaker;Balenciaga Quadro Square-Toe Leather Boots; Oakley Half-Jacket 2.0 sunglasses. How fresh and modern does this fall outfit look? I love the fun contrast of a sporty zip up paired with a sumptuous suede skirt in an autumnal color scheme. Tan knee-high boots finish the cool look. 

On Anne Hathaway: Magda Butrym Denim Coat ($1263). Anne Hathaway's classic and chic outfits this season would give Miranda Priestly a run for her money. She goes all in on the maxi length trend here and pairs a caramel-hued silky slip dress with a long navy trench coat and gives the look a casual spin with cool cowboy boots.

On Anne Hathaway: Michael Kors Balmacaan Crocodile Embossed Leather Coat ($3990). A stunning front-row look at New York Fashion Week yet surprisingly easy to emulate. Just pair a dark brown sweater dress with a mock croc coat (in a matching hue) and finish with pointed-toe pumps. Seriously chic.

On Anne Hathaway: Armani jacket; top; trousers. Anne amps up the glam in a sleek all-black ensemble—a perfect look for taking you from the office to a fancy dinner in style.

Up next, all the coolest items on our fashion editors' fall wish list.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:30:05 +0300 JoriPress
It's Time to Switch It Up—These 5 Fall Aesthetics Have Inspired Me https://joripress.com/its-time-to-switch-it-upthese-5-fall-aesthetics-have-inspired-me https://joripress.com/its-time-to-switch-it-upthese-5-fall-aesthetics-have-inspired-me I’m all about switching up your aesthetic. A lot of the time when people ask me to describe mine I struggle to answer since I so often let my mood dictate what I am going to wear that day. If I’m feeling a little edgier I may go for something all black or incorporate leather / moto inspired pieces into a look, sometimes I feel like dressing super feminine with pretty detailing, sometimes I want to look like a ‘90s supermodel running around New York. As you can see, I can be a little all over the map. But I think that’s okay, your personal style is all about expressing yourself and using fashion to show how you want the world to see you that day, and for me that’s not the same thing everyday. Other people can find a certain aesthetic and completely commit to it, and I say to those people ``I'm impressed.”

This season I have been seeing 5 specific fashionable trends that I’m guaranteed to try myself, keep scrolling to see which 5 aesthetics you should consider trying for fall.

The ‘90s minimalism look will always be a cool girl favorite. Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber often opt for this vibe, it’s all about being able to capture that allure of the ‘90s effortlessly sexy and understated vibe. Leather jackets, straight leg denim, trench coats, and small vintage sunglasses are all great ways to get the look

This vibe may be my favorite for fall. There’s something about the fall that brings this “back to school” nostalgia for me, but this time it’s like I get to decide on my own super chic uniform. The vibe is the original Gossip Girl, preppy Upper East side private school, literary professor chic. The pieces I’m loving for this look are penny loafers, mini skirts, sweater vests, and cute accessories like cable knit socks or headbands.

This ballerina inspired vibe is so romantic and pretty how can you not fall in love with it. I’m seeing fashion girls and editors alike purchasing ballet flats, embracing all things sheer and silk, loving dainty detailing like bows and sparkles, and wrap cardigans and lounge wear that looks like you’re about to head to your Nutcracker audition. Besides, who doesn’t want to look like a ballerina?

The viral Costal Granddaughter aesthetic that was all over tiktok this summer is also a super chic fall vibe. This aesthetic combines the energy of a cottagecore, New England small beach town feel mixed with a little bit of an old money edge. Think cream cable knit sweaters, button down shirts paired with a striped half zip, and a color pallet of beige, gray, white, and navy.

Nothing says fall like a neutral look. Warm browns and beige, cool heather gray, cream and white, and of course black are all the color scheme that make this aesthetic. There is something so simple, elegant, and expensive looking about this aesthetic. Brands that come to mind when I think of this vibe are Nili Lotan, Paige, and Vince. Think shearling, wool coats, cashmere, and leather. I would say I’m wearing mostly looks in this aesthetic this fall, I love it.

Next, check out theses shopping guides

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:30:03 +0300 JoriPress
Mwebaze, Tamale in the spotlight as Stars host Maroons https://joripress.com/mwebaze-tamale-in-the-spotlight-as-stars-host-maroons https://joripress.com/mwebaze-tamale-in-the-spotlight-as-stars-host-maroons

Tuesday October 4, 2022

  • Kavumba Recreation Grounds, 4pm

There will be renewal of acquaintances when Bright Stars host Maroons in the only league game on Tuesday at Kavumba Recreation Ground.

Asaph Mwebaze Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Asaph Mwebaze who spent more than a decade managing Maroons will now be in the opposite dugout on the day just like goalkeeper Simon Tamale who crossed to the Prison Warders from Stars in the window.

Both had a good start to the season with today’s hosts securing a point off champions Vipers at Kitende while the visitors returned to the UPL in style as they dismantled Busoga United 5-0.

Simon Tamale starred for Bright Stars last season Credit: John Batanudde

Bright Stars Team News

Andrew Samson Kigozi missed the first game due to malaria but could be available.

Brian Nkuubi is back from national duty with the Sand Cranes and it remains to be seen whether Coach Muhammad Senfuma will throw him in the mix immediately.

Abraham Tusubira has an ankle injury while skipper David Ndihabwe was carried off in the opener.

Bright Stars Team News

Nelson Senkatuka missed the opener at Kitende but could play a role on the afternoon.

Bob Olouch and Frank Kato who were ineligible to face Vipers last week are available for selection.

Left back Simon Ssemayange remains out with an injury while Alex Mandela who impressed at Kitende suffered a knock and will be subjected to a late fitness test.

Head to Head

The last eight meetings have produced three wins for each and two draws.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 07:20:00 +0300 JoriPress
Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American actor who famously refused Brando's Oscar in 1973, has died https://joripress.com/sacheen-littlefeather-native-american-actor-who-famously-refused-brandos-oscar-in-1973-has-died https://joripress.com/sacheen-littlefeather-native-american-actor-who-famously-refused-brandos-oscar-in-1973-has-died

Nearly 50 years ago, Sacheen Littlefeather took to the stage at the Oscars and stunned the global audience when she revealed that Marlon Brando would not accept his Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather in protest of how Native Americans were depicted on the screen.

Littlefeather, a 75-year-old Native American actor and civil rights activist born Marie Louise Cruz, died Sunday at her home in Novato, California. She was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. She was Apache and Yaqui.

Littlefeather’s husband, Charles Koshiway, also Native American (Otoe/Sac&Fox), died a year ago of blood cancer.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which reconciled with Littlefeather earlier this year, announced her death on social media.

Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American civil rights activist who famously declined Marlon Brando’s 1973 Best Actor Academy Award, dies at 75. pic.twitter.com/OlpsoItlCw

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) October 3, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter in its obituary described the scene at the 1973 Oscars:

After presenters Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore listed the nominees for best actor and Ullmann called out Brando’s name as the winner, the telecast cut to Littlefeather, then 26 and wearing a traditional Apache dress, walking to the stage from her seat at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as the announcer explained, “Accepting the award for Marlon Brando and The Godfather, Miss Sacheen Littlefeather.”

Littlefeather, however, held up her right hand to decline the statuette proffered by Moore as she reached the podium and told the Chandler audience and the 85 million viewers watching at home that Brando “very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award.”

Speaking in measured tones but off-the-cuff — Brando, who told her not to touch the trophy, had given her a typed eight-page speech, but telecast producer Howard Koch informed her she had no more than 60 seconds — she continued, “And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry … and on television in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”

Littlefeather’s remarks were met in the building by a smattering of boos as well as applause, but public sentiment in the immediate aftermath of her appearance was largely negative.

Watch the exchange below:

A few days later, The New York Times published Brando’s entire speech. Coretta Scott King and Cesar Chávez were among the few who praised Littlefeather at the time. But conservative film stars, including John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Charlton Heston—who had starred in numerous Westerns—were very critical. 

In June 1973, Brando appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and said he “was distressed that people should have booed and whistled and stomped” when Littlefeather made her remarks. But Brando said he was “very glad that she did have what opportunity she had to say what she did.” 

The entertainment website Deadline reported:

Earlier this year, a documentary titled Sacheen: Breaking The Silence had Littlefeather revealing she was “blacklisted” by Hollywood following the political stunt.

“It was the first time anyone had made a political statement at the Oscars,” Littlefeather says in the documentary. “It was the first Oscars ceremony to be broadcast by satellite all over the world, which is why Marlon chose it. I didn’t have an evening dress so Marlon told me to wear my buckskin.”

She added: “I was blacklisted — or, you could say, ‘redlisted.'  Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett and others didn’t want me on their shows. … The doors were closed tight, never to reopen.”

This June, the Academy issued an apology to Littlefeather :

“The abuse you endured because of this statement was unwarranted and unjustified,” then-AMPAS president David Rubin wrote to her in a letter dated June 18. “The emotional burden you have lived through and the cost to your own career in our industry are irreparable. For too long the courage you showed has been unacknowledged. For this, we offer both our deepest apologies and our sincere admiration.”

“I was stunned. I never thought I’d live to see the day I would be hearing this, experiencing this,” Littlefeather told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I was at the podium in 1973, I stood there alone.”

After the Oscars, Littlefeather appeared in a few films, including The Trial of Billy Jack, but she eventually quit acting for good and earned a degree in holistic health from Antioch University, with a minor in Native American medicine, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. She taught in a traditional Indian medicine program at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, and served as a founding board member of the American Indian AIDS Institute of San Francisco.

Littlefeather also continued to be an advocate for Native American inclusion in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter said her onstage advocacy “proved to be a precursor for the conversation about diversity in Hollywood that continues today, and Jada Pinkett Smith cited her as an inspiration for her own boycott of the 2016 Academy Awards (the #OscarsSoWhite ceremony).”

In an email to Littlefeather, Pinkett Smith wrote: “Thank you for being one of the brave and courageous to help pave the way for those of us who need a reminder of the importance to simply be true.”

Littlefeather’s final public appearance came on Sept. 17 at an event honoring her at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles during which the statement of apology was read. 

She accepted the award on behalf of all Native peoples, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I am here accepting this apology, not only for me alone but as acknowledgment, knowing that it was not only for me, but for all of our nations that also need to hear and deserve this apology tonight. Look at our people. Look at each other and be proud that we stand as survivors, all of us. Please, when I’m gone, always be reminded that whenever you stand for your truth, you will be keeping my voice, and the voices of our nations, and our people, alive.”

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 05:50:03 +0300 JoriPress
Quavo & Takeoff Speak On The Future Of The Migos, The Possibility Of A ‘Culture IV’ Album & The Importance Of Loyalty https://joripress.com/quavo-takeoff-speak-on-the-future-of-the-migos-the-possibility-of-a-culture-iv-album-the-importance-of-loyalty https://joripress.com/quavo-takeoff-speak-on-the-future-of-the-migos-the-possibility-of-a-culture-iv-album-the-importance-of-loyalty

Loyalty is everything! Quavo and Takeoff, aka Unc & Phew, opened up about the status of the Migos and the possibility of the ‘Culture IV’ album. While speaking with DJ Scream on the Big Facts Podcast, the men were asked about ‘Culture IV’ and more. DJ Scream asked, “Speaking of just family, will there be more Migos? Will there be a ‘Culture IV?’ What is that space?” Quavo said, “I just feel like we want to see our career as a duo because, you know, we just came from a loyal family.” He added, “you’re supposed to stick together, but sometimes s**t don’t work.”

 

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Takeoff chimed off, saying that they don’t know all the answers, but God does. “We pray a lot. Only time will tell. We’re always family ain’t nothing gone change.” Quavo touched on loyalty and explained that the issues with the group have nothing to do with their label Quality Control but everything to do with “the three brothers.”

 

 

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Although Quavo and Takeoff didn’t throw any shade in the interview, it hasn’t stopped folks from wondering what happened behind the scenes. In August, QC’s CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas shared a subliminal message about one of the Migos members.

According to Hip Hop DX, Pee took to his Instagram Story on Thursday, August 25th, and had Lil Baby read off the message seen on a piece of artwork behind him. “The show must go on,” Baby repeated while Pee laughed.

 

Roommates, what are your thoughts on Migos potentially going their separate ways? Drop a comment and let us know.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 05:20:01 +0300 JoriPress
It looks like Herschel Walker paid for girlfriend's abortion before he decided to become 'pro&life' https://joripress.com/it-looks-like-herschel-walker-paid-for-girlfriends-abortion-before-he-decided-to-become-pro-life https://joripress.com/it-looks-like-herschel-walker-paid-for-girlfriends-abortion-before-he-decided-to-become-pro-life Since he was tapped by world’s most self-absorbed rich kid Donald Trump to run for Senate in Georgia, Herschel Walker has been nothing if not the worst candidate in the world. On every issue, Walker is a failure. He is a clearly incompetent public figure, lacking in decency and in the self-reflection needed to lead people beyond his very spotted past. That past includes secret children and very frightening moments of domestic violence. It is a tough to see why Georgians would want Walker representing them when the considerably more impressive incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock is already doing a solid job.

Late in the day on Monday, the Daily Beast dropped an explosive report. According to reporter Roger Sollenberger, Walker got a woman pregnant some time in 2009, told her to get an abortion, then reimbursed her $700 after she had the procedure. 

RELATED STORY: Herschel Walker says forget about him holding gun to his wife’s head because Jesus

The report says that the woman who made this claim to the media outlet was able to supply receipts for the abortion and the payment from Walker. The Daily Beast was also able to corroborate her story with a witness who was aware of what was happening with the woman at the time and took care of her after the procedure. Asked why she was coming forward now, she said she couldn’t deal with his perverse stance on abortion now. Walker has said that there should be no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother in any abortion law he would sign off on. The woman told the Daily Beast, “I just can’t with the hypocrisy anymore. We all deserve better.”

Here’s Walker in May

Asked Wednesday if he wanted a more total ban on abortion than the six-week prohibition passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Mr. Walker was unequivocal.

“There’s no exception in my mind,” he told reporters after a campaign speech in Macon, Ga., at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. “Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.” He did not single out exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother specifically, but he said repeatedly that he wanted no exceptions.

The Daily Beast says Walker’s camp has called the story false, but the evidence seems pretty clear-cut.

As Herschel Walker says it's not true and he's going to sue The Daily Beast over @SollenbergerRC's incredible story about him paying for a former girlfriend's abortion, Erick Erickson is out here saying everyone already knew Walker did that and people can change. pic.twitter.com/QW1qmgJrZW

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 3, 2022

The Daily Beast’s politics editor tweeted this out:

I can tell you we stand behind every word and feel very solid about the story.https://t.co/ryvGywheAX https://t.co/t8kZaFs1Rc

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) October 3, 2022

Oh my.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 04:50:02 +0300 JoriPress
'Abbott says that he is with us, but where was he when we needed him?' Latino group's new ad asks https://joripress.com/abbott-says-that-he-is-with-us-but-where-was-he-when-we-needed-him-latino-groups-new-ad-asks https://joripress.com/abbott-says-that-he-is-with-us-but-where-was-he-when-we-needed-him-latino-groups-new-ad-asks One of the nation’s top Latino voter engagement organizations has released a new ad targeting Greg Abbott on a swath of issues on which they say the Republican governor has failed Latinos in Texas, from voter suppression to COVID-19 to gun violence. The ad’s tagline is aptly, “Abbott nos abandonó.” Or, Abbott abandoned us. 

RELATED STORY: This $5 million initiative is mobilizing Latinas in the southwest to vote around climate change

“Greg Abbott says that he is with us, but where was he when we needed him?” the ad’s narrator asks. “Abbott nos abandonó during the storm that killed 246 people in Texas, many of them Latinos.”

“Abbott nos abandonó when he tried to limit our right to vote during the 2020 election. Abbott nos abandonó during the pandemic because Latinos make the highest numbers proportionally of Covid cases and fatalities due to lack of health care. Abbott nos abandonó a las mujeres en Texas supporting some of the worst anti-abortion laws in the country.

“Abbott nos abandonó when he said that the El Paso shooter was ‘mentally ill’ and didn’t condemn that it was a racist event fueled by Trump’s ‘Hispanic invasion’ claims.” 

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Despite the racist hate crimes, Abbott has only embraced this last line of rhetoric, earlier this year issuing an executive order purporting to give state law enforcement the power to detain and return recently crossed migrants to the border. The order echoes other GOP and QAnon white nationalist “invasion” rhetoric. 

“Abbott nos abandonó en Uvalde where he said that ‘Police did a great job!’ and that, thanks to his police force intervention, things were not worse,” the ad continues. Most Uvalde, Texas, residents are Latino and commonly speak Spanish at home, yet public safety officials initially neglected to provide Spanish-language updates to reporters following the shooting. 

After hacking hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from state mental health programs, Abbott had also claimed that an "abundance of mental health services" would be available to the survivors of the shooting. But NBC News reported that callers were being told that they had to pay for appointments that Abbott had claimed were going to be free.

Abbott has oftentimes tried to have it both ways when it comes to Latinos. In one breath, he’ll shamelessly promote his xenophobic stunts and, in the next, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. “Abbott nos abandonó, and now its payback time,” the ad continues. “Ya basta, Mr. Abbott! This time we are abandoning you! Mi Familia says ya basta. Mi Familia will defend our democracy. Por qué Mi Familia Vota.”

“Mi Familia Vota is committed to building Latino political power,” said Héctor Sánchez Barba, Mi Familia Vota's executive director. “Texas is becoming more Latino, and our economy is getting stronger because of Latinos; Latinos are working, and we deserve better. We deserve better state leaders and policies. To get better, we must demand more, and we can do that at the ballot box in November.”

The ad ran on Friday, the same day as the televised debate between Abbott and Beto O’Rourke. The Democratic challenger during the debate slammed Abbott’s nativist actions against migrants as expensive and dangerous, saying that “we don’t need any more stunts, we need solutions.”

“This hateful rhetoric, this treating human beings as political pawns, talking about invasions and Texans defending themselves—that’s how people get killed at the Walmart in El Paso,” O’Rourke said. Just days ago, two Texas brothers pursued a group of migrants, shooting two and murdering one. One of the brothers was reportedly a warden for a detention facility with a history of reported abuse against migrants. O’Rourke said Abbott’s nativism is “incredibly dangerous for Texas and is not reflective of our values.”

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Drowning in trash: Google opens applications for circular&economy accelerator https://joripress.com/drowning-in-trash-google-opens-applications-for-circular-economy-accelerator https://joripress.com/drowning-in-trash-google-opens-applications-for-circular-economy-accelerator

Google is spinning up a new, online-only startup accelerator centered around the elusive circular economy. The effort is Google’s latest to help environmentally focused startups grow, while potentially hooking them on its cloud products in the process.

In the broadest of strokes, the circular economy represents a colossal shift in how humanity makes and uses stuff. Instead of primarily harvesting raw materials to produce goods that wind up incinerated, or in oceans or landfills, the circular economy offers an alternative where stuff is deliberately reused, repaired and recycled over and over again. On the whole, this is not how the world works, but the concept has gained ground among experts, as well as some corporations and lawmakers, in response to humanity’s runaway waste and climate crises.

“Every year, humanity consumes far more than what the planet can naturally replenish,” wrote Google circular economy lead Mike Werner on the company’s blog. “We need to rebuild our relationship with physical resources and how we make, process, use, and recycle them,” he added, citing fashion and food among the industries that applicants might focus on.

Applications for the accelerator opened today, October 3, and will close on November 14, ahead of a February 2023 start. The 10-week program targets startups and non-profit groups in the Asia-Pacific region and North America, offering mentorship and technical support “through a mix of 1-to-1 and 1-to-many learning sessions,” per Google.

As with other “Google for Startups”-branded accelerators — such as its Climate program from earlier this year — the search and advertising giant isn’t taking equity nor is it offering capital through the program. 

Google has announced so many sustainability and climate-focused efforts to date that it’s difficult to keep tabs on them all, yet the nearly $1.3 trillion company has also been called out for its banking practices, which indirectly finance fossil fuel development. Google is also a major player in the smartphone industry, which has an alarming track record of its own, regarding both the environment and worker exploitation

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Drowning in trash: Google opens applications for circular-economy accelerator by Harri Weber originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 04:40:03 +0300 JoriPress
Activision Blizzard illegally withheld raises from unionizing workers, labor board finds https://joripress.com/activision-blizzard-illegally-withheld-raises-from-unionizing-workers-labor-board-finds https://joripress.com/activision-blizzard-illegally-withheld-raises-from-unionizing-workers-labor-board-finds Gaming giant Activision Blizzard unlawfully retaliated against workers at Raven Software who formed a union, the National Labor Relations Board found.

The quality assurance (QA) department at subsidiary Raven Software, who mostly work on “Call of Duty,” announced that they would form a union in January. Activision Blizzard sought to block the union, reasoning that the union only comprises the 28-employee QA department, while as a whole, Raven Software has around 230 employees. Regardless, the Raven Software QA testers, who operate under the name Game Workers Alliance (GWA), made history in May when their union vote passed 19-3. Now, the GWA is the first officially recognized union at a major U.S. gaming company.

While the GWA was in the process of unionizing, Activision Blizzard converted about 1,100 QA contractors to full-time staffers and increased the minimum wage to $20 per hour. But workers at Raven Software, who are among the lowest paid in the studio, were denied these wage increases. Activision Blizzard claimed that, due to laws under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the company wasn’t allowed to change the pay rate of its employees in the midst of a union effort. The Communication Workers of America, which represents the union, said that this was a disingenuous attempt at union busting.

Now, the NLRB has officially ruled in the union’s favor, declaring that it was illegal for Activision Blizzard to withhold wages. The consequences of this finding will weigh into negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement between the GWA and Activision Blizzard. Despite formally winning union recognition, it can often take new unions over a year before coming to a contractual agreement with management.

“Despite their best efforts, Activision’s constant attempts to undermine its workers’ and impede our union election have failed. We’re glad the NLRB recognized that Activision acted illegally when they unequally enforced policies by withholding company-wide benefits and wage increases from Raven workers for organizing,” the GWA said in an emailed statement.

An Activision Blizzard spokesperson emailed a statement to TechCrunch:

“Due to legal obligations under the NLRA requiring employers not to grant wage increases while an election was pending, we could not institute new pay initiatives at Raven because they would be brand new kinds of compensation changes, which had not been planned beforehand. This rule that employers should not grant these kinds of wage increases has been the law for many years.”

Activision Blizzard is also facing scrutiny from the NLRB for the solicitation of grievances. Prior to the union vote, COO Daniel Alegre offered to fly to Wisconsin, where Raven Software is based, to speak with workers about their complaints. But this practice is barred by the NLRA, since it can lead to coercion.

“This is not an accurate portrayal of events,” the company spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Although Raven QA was offered a non-mandatory opportunity to meet with Activision Blizzard leadership during an on-site visit, because some of the QA testers had previously requested a discussion with management, at no point was this framed as an opportunity to specifically address grievances. Furthermore, the offer was never taken, and no meeting ever occurred.”

It’s been a rough few years for Activision Blizzard, even though Microsoft plans to buy the company for a whopping $68.7 billion. Following a two-year investigation, the state of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard last summer, alleging that the company fostered a “‘frat boy’ workplace culture” and is “a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.” Also, CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly knew for years about sexual misconduct and rape allegations at his company, but he did not act on that knowledge. Kotick has been rumored to step down amid ongoing SEC investigations and sexual harassment scandals in his company, but that may not happen until after the Microsoft acquisition closes in 2023, if at all.

Activision Blizzard illegally withheld raises from unionizing workers, labor board finds by Amanda Silberling originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 04:40:03 +0300 JoriPress
Emma Chamberlain's Home Tour Inspired This Adorable $18 Décor Purchase https://joripress.com/emma-chamberlains-home-tour-inspired-this-adorable-18-decor-purchase-69633 https://joripress.com/emma-chamberlains-home-tour-inspired-this-adorable-18-decor-purchase-69633

By now, you've probably seen Emma Chamberlain's house tour by Architectural Digest, which has racked up over five million views on YouTube in just a few days. There's a lot to love about the video, which gives us an up-close-and-personal look at her entire home, including her green kitchen, minimal bedroom, jaw-dropping closet, and serene backyard.

While Chamberlain's furniture, art, and lighting were stunning, one of her home's smallest décor details actually stood out to me the most: her colorful checkerboard coasters, which were highlighted at the 30-second mark in the YouTube video. Why? Because I knew just where to find them for less than $20: Urban Outfitters. I had already had Subtle Art Studios' coasters saved to my Pinterest board for several weeks, but seeing similar pieces in Emma Chamberlain's home sealed the deal for me, and I immediately added them to my cart. Scroll down to watch the video and shop the cute coasters in question. 

Next: The Easy 2-Piece Outfit I Wear Every September and October

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 04:30:03 +0300 JoriPress
Ukraine Update: Russians in disarray, as Ukraine presses their advantage https://joripress.com/ukraine-update-russians-in-disarray-as-ukraine-presses-their-advantage https://joripress.com/ukraine-update-russians-in-disarray-as-ukraine-presses-their-advantage This is a bit of a potpourri update, as there’s only so many ways to say “Ukraine keeps advancing.” Note that as much as we want to see Kharkiv-style lightning advances, what we’re seeing now—10-15 kilometers per day—is the upper end of what could be reasonably hoped for. The reality is far less, as advancing forces have to, at bare minimum, clear roads and approaches of land mines. In Kharkiv, Russia was caught 100% unawares. That’s not the case in Kherson, or as Ukraine pushes into northern Luhansk, and yet the advances still come fast and furious. 

???????? have continued to advance in the North of Kherson Oblast and have retaken control of Mykhailivka, Novooleksandrivka, and Havrylivka. West of Kherson city ???????? liberated the settlement of Myrolyubivka. pic.twitter.com/03j0zgugyV

— War Mapper (@War_Mapper) October 4, 2022

If you want a deeper at the overall picture on the ground, my previous update offers that. This post is more about spot updates, random observations, and a place for you guys to continue the discussion. 

If you guys have not noticed (sorry if I'm Cpt Obvious), this is what the AFU seems to be doing. They envelop a town trying to force a retreat. Every time RU retreats they loose equipment and personnel. pic.twitter.com/jkyVS6XVv2

— Def Mon (@DefMon3) October 3, 2022

I previously updated with this and said that yes, it’s “captain obvious” for this audience. Nut maybe it’s not so let me expand a little. 

The Russian approach to taking a city is to lay waste to it with artillery, then send cannon fodder ahead in “reconnaissance by fire.” If defenses remain, sure you lose some cheap infantry, but artillery has a better idea of where those defenses remain and it opens up again. Rinse, lather, and repeat until no resistance remains. It’s somewhat effective for a country that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the value of life, and it allowed for advances in the Donbas during that long, painful summer as we waited for Ukraine’s new Western-armed units were spun up and trained. If you wonder how Russia could indiscriminately target civilians, heck, they don’t even care about their own people. 

Ukraine does it differently. They avoid direct urban warfare, cutting off a town’s supply lines until just one road out is left. This forces Russia to abandon hardened defensive positions lest they remain trapped, a la Mariupol. Thing is, armor is not the best escape vehicle—it breaks down and is slow, using up a great deal of diesel that may already be in short supply. So it’s easier to abandon the heavy stuff, steal some civilian vehicles, and hightail it out of dodge at top speed. Ukrainian artillery can target those roads, and many won’t make it out, but many do. End result, towns like Lyman are liberated with very little damage to their infrastructure. Not only does this encircle-and-starve-out approach save Ukrainian lives, but it moves the front much faster than Russia’s wasteful rinse-lather-repeat approach.

And here’s the bonus—Ukraine doesn’t even need to stick around for a town to surrender. It can leave a blocking force behind to pin down the Russian garrison as the spearhead races ahead. In the Kherson blitzkrieg, there were towns well in the rear of the advance that Ukraine didn’t mop up for days. There was no need, as the spearhead romped in the backfield. From many indications, this is what Ukraine appears to be doing once again as it rushes to Svatove in what used to be the Kharkiv front, but is about to become the northern Donetsk front. 

There is little need for Ukraine to fight for all of those red dots. Easier to blow by them, cut them off, and wait for the eventual inevitable surrenders and replenishment of the Russian Lend-Lease military equipment program (captured abandoned Russian armor).

???? Most likely, the Russian Armed Forces will continue their systematic retreat from positions on the Oskil River to their prepared positions around Svatove, trying to inflict unacceptable losses on the enemy, whose numbers are vastly greater, with artillery fire.

— Rybar in English (@rybar_en) October 3, 2022

You’ve seen me and Mark Sumner cite Rybar, the largest, best-known pro-russian military reporter/blogger on Telegram. This new account translates and posts their dispatches on Twitter, which saves me a great deal of work, and makes the reports more accessible to everyone. It’s pro-Russian, and it’s often wrong about Russian advances. But when it comes to Russian retreats, it has been pretty solid. 

This particular snippet confirms what I speculated in the last post—that Russia would abandon positions on the eastern bank of the Oskil once Borova was emptied out. Feel free to laugh at the “trying to inflict unacceptable losses on the enemy,” which is how these pro-Russian outlets are salving their wounds. Sure, they are getting their asses kicked, but Ukraine is suffering so much more. They’re not. It’s hard to inflict much damage when your back is turned to the enemy and you’re fleeing in a blind panic through Ukrainian artillery. 

Speaking of, let me re-up this from a Sunday post: 

Pro-Russian propagandists are full of claims of the thousands of soldiers Ukraine has lost in this or that attack, and how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is happy to feed Ukrainian soldiers into the mass death. There are never pictures, of course, just an article of faith.

Their obsession with Ukrainian losses is weird, however. It would be expected that native forces would happily resist invaders to the death. Witness Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty, or give me death” rallying cry in the War of Independence, as well as Russia’s own experience in WWII, and Vietnamese and Taliban casualties in their wars with the United States. Resistance forces will often suffer greater casualties against a superior invading and occupying force. So even if it was true, that Ukraine was losing more military casualties than Russia, so what? It’s as relevant as the Pentagon’s daily death tolls during the Vietnam War. Ukraine’s problem isn’t men and women, there are over 1 million in uniform, with volunteer lines out the door for more. The bottleneck is in uniforms, helmets, body armor, light and heavy weapons with which to equip them. 

Russia, on the other hand, is dealing with this: 

NEW: U.S. has not seen a large-scale movement of Russian forces despite battlefield losses to Ukraine in the east and south of the country: senior U.S. military official

— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) October 3, 2022

Russia is out of forces to move. They are f’d. The (cold) strategic question isn’t how many dead Ukrainian is suffering, but whether Russia can replace its own mass casualties and loss of equipment. The answer appears to be nyet

And anyone that looks to their mobilization for hope is a fool. 

Dire conditions of the Russian Army. This video is from Russian social media & was filmed by one of the mobilized who was sent to Omsk. They spend days & nights in the open field, eat what they have & drink. No command, no uniform, no barracks, no tents, no sleeping bags. pic.twitter.com/HWmDVa5EHV

— Viktor Kovalenko (@MrKovalenko) October 3, 2022

It’s a shame Russia is such a docile society. It’s surprising these men haven’t just walked back to the nearest town, to take a bus back to their homes. Although, maybe they have some fight in them—this is fascinating: 

2/ In a military unit near Moscow, contract servicemen wanted to take away some of the mobilised men's equipment and telephones. This did not work: the newcomers simply beat up the "oldtimers".

— ChrisO (@ChrisO_wiki) October 3, 2022

Russian expert Kamil Galeev has written repeatedly about the abhorrent conditions of Russian conscripts, and the astonishingly high rates of suicide amongst them as a result of that mistreatment. 

Typical story. Conscript Ilya was forced into prostitution on his second month of service. He got a letter from his gf and didn't give it to sergeant to read. Angry sergeant told Ilya won't need girls anymore. That evening he was gang raped. Later, they would sell him to clients pic.twitter.com/1gZQLkqPdN

— Kamil Galeev (@kamilkazani) March 21, 2022

These new conscripts near Moscow didn’t put up with those abusive traditions, as the contract soldiers tried to extort the new arrivals of all their belongings. 

5/ A mass brawl broke out - according to "Baza" about 20 "granddads" [older soldiers] were beaten up. The situation really got out of hand: the beaten men managed to escape only by locking themselves in one of the unit's rooms. From there they called the police.

— ChrisO (@ChrisO_wiki) October 3, 2022

The older contract soldiers were outnumbered, hence the power differential. In the end, the humiliated contract soldiers didn’t even press charges. How could they? They’ll be lucky to be alive by next week. 

Anyone freaking out at this story that Russia is supposedly moving a Russian nuclear unit toward Ukraine? Well, don’t. 

Not a “nuclear weapons convoy,” but a transport of specialized trucks, which could mean: - nuclear exercise/signalling - modernization/replacement - wartime requisition of 12 GUMO security trucks Different than moving warheads to battlefield, which isn’t needed for nuclear use. https://t.co/fsdhucd1Kf

— Matt Korda (@mattkorda) October 3, 2022

Russia is desperate for trucks and other military gear. You’ve seen the WWII era buggies on their way to the front? This is almost guaranteed a wartime requisition, with the side benefit of panicking observers into thinking Russia might go nuclear. 

Finally, an interesting anecdote from the Kherson front: 

Russian source says that the Russian forces are retreating from the occupied northeast of the Kherson area. https://t.co/36astc9T9r pic.twitter.com/2RQ54PFlK7

— Dmitri (@wartranslated) October 3, 2022

“Due to communications problems, many of our units are forced to retreat so as not to be surrounded by the enemy.” Why would communication problems force a retreat? Because Russian units never had encrypted, protected communications from the first days of the war. That means that their equipment can be jammed by Ukraine. Or maybe they don’t even have cheap Motorola walkie talkies. Whatever the reason, they can’t coordinate with other units around them, which means that they hear of the front collapsing, and they’re like “shit, let’s get out of here unless we end up isolated!” No one wants to be the last unit left hanging on an exposed limb, so they all hightail it out. That’s how you collapse a front with minimal fighting. 

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As midterms loom, Herschel Walker's hometown voters say he's 'not part of the Black community' https://joripress.com/as-midterms-loom-herschel-walkers-hometown-voters-say-hes-not-part-of-the-black-community https://joripress.com/as-midterms-loom-herschel-walkers-hometown-voters-say-hes-not-part-of-the-black-community When Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker’s hometown was the center of racial upheaval in the 1980s, he didn’t step up for or with Black folks. He didn’t step up in 2020 when protests erupted nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and he certainly isn’t stepping up now. Since his escape from the small southeast Georgia town where he grew up, Walker has understood that toeing the company line and keeping The Man happy are the keys to winning over the GOP, and he has not swayed. Back then, it meant keeping his mouth shut. Today, it means being a mouthpiece for former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

In an article for The New York Times, reporter John Branch highlights the racial divide in Walker’s hometown of Wrightsville, Georgia—a town of about 3,700 where a little over one-half of the residents identify as Black. Most people interviewed told Branch that although Walker is a hometown hero, they would not be voting for him in the midterms. Many who chose to remain anonymous told Branch that most—almost entirely all—Walker signs are in the white neighborhood of town.

“Herschel’s not getting the Black vote because Herschel forgot where he came from,” Curtis Dixon, who is Black and who taught and coached Walker during his high school years in the late 1970s, told the Times. “He’s not part of the Black community.”

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It may have been long after the end of the civil rights movement and forced integration, but in 1980, Black residents of Wrightsville were embroiled in heated protests over ongoing inequities.

Rev. E.J. Wilson, a Black pastor and civil rights activist, tells Branch that in 1980, Wrightsville’s jobs rarely went to Black residents. Law enforcement officers were all white, the local cemetery was all white, and city services were vastly different in the Black neighborhoods than in primarily white areas—not a single public park, public pool, or playground existed in the Black neighborhoods. And it had been just over three decades since 1948, when, on the eve of a primary election, the Ku Klux Klan held a parade in the center of town, intimidating the 400 registered Black voters from showing up at the polls the following day.

A 1981 article in The New York Times highlights that, while many Black residents were protesting inequities and being beaten by white thugs and some city officials with no repercussions and with the support of Sheriff Roland Attaway, Walker was being “shown deference” by whites for his prowess on the field. Attaway offered to allow Walker to carry a gun to protect himself during the period. Most of the Black athletes on Walker’s track team quit while he led it to a state title. 

In his 2008 memoir titled Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Walker writes about the protests, saying, “I could never really be fully accepted by white students, and the African American students either resented me or distrusted me for what they perceived as my failure to stand united with them — regardless of whether they were right or wrong [...] That separation would continue throughout my life with only the reasons for it differing from situation to situation.”

He added: “I never really liked the idea that I was to represent my people.”

Well, that’s the most truthful thing I’ve ever heard Walker say. And most of what he says are lies. But, he certainly has never cared about representing his people—Black people.

Walker’s pivot from sports to business was inspired in large part by Donald Trump, the businessman, who bought the New Jersey Generals in 1984, the team Walker was playing on at the time.

“In a lot of ways, Mr. Trump became a mentor to me,” Walker wrote in his memoir, adding, “I modeled myself and my business practices after him.”

Fast forward to today: it was former President Trump who encouraged Walker to run for Senate in Georgia. And why not? Walker, like Trump, can babble incoherently for hours and still have the support of Republican voters.

Walker, like Trump, constantly lies about stuff, big and small. Since Daily Kos began reporting on Walker after he announced his candidacy, we’ve covered lie upon lie about everything from graduating from the University of Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, to hiding the fact that he had any children other than his one 22-year-old son Christian, to the mammoth exaggerations about his business acumen, to the tall tale about the time he founded (or co-founded) the veterans’ organization Patriot Supportwhich he did not. He recently tried to deny that former President Donald Trump ever said the 2020 election was stolen, and the latest discovery deals with lies about his companies’ alleged charitable donations, of nearly none of which were able to be verified by The Washington Post.

Regarding race, both men play the “I don’t see color” card when it suits them and blow the dog whistle when they need to chum the GOP waters.

Both men are quick to grab a couple of Bible verses to justify saying pretty much anything. And neither man has done a drop to improve the lives of Black Georgians.

This month Walker will face his opponent, the Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock, in a debate in Savannah, Georgia. Walker only agreed to the meeting if he could have the questions ahead of time.

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John Curtius is leaving Tiger Global to start his own venture fund https://joripress.com/john-curtius-is-leaving-tiger-global-to-start-his-own-venture-fund https://joripress.com/john-curtius-is-leaving-tiger-global-to-start-his-own-venture-fund John Curtius, the prolific Tiger Global senior partner who has been at the center of some of the firm’s biggest deals in the last several years, is leaving the firm, TechCrunch has learned. He will be leaving to start his own firm, which will concentrate investments from Series A to Series C. Curtius will stay with Tiger until June, sources say.

The Tiger Global quarterly investor letter that it sent out earlier today also confirms the news.

Investments for Curtius’s new firm will focus on B2B software as a service, apps, infrastructure, AI and machine learning, we understand. No crypto.

Why the decision to leave? From what we understand, Curtius, who, in the past worked at Silver Lake and Elliott Management, has long wanted to start his own firm and now felt like it was the right time in the market to do so.

The new firm has yet to start raising funds, but Curtius has a big, strong network through his prolific work at Tiger, which has included hundreds of investments from companies like Databricks and recently CleverTap and Lattice, as well as UiPath, Snowflake, Asana and many more; we understand that he may be tapping founders from that network to join him in investing (several have expressed interest already). It’s not clear if Tiger itself will back the fund.

The last year has seen a big shift in the world of startups: massive declines in publicly traded tech stocks have trickled down to put pressure on privately backed companies, which have seen their valuations get slashed and, in many cases, funding dry up.

Lower valuations and less investing activity overall, of course, also spells opportunity for investors who are willing to take leaps, since there are still a number of interesting companies being hatched and solid startups needing to raise their next rounds.

Tiger is not the only big firm to be losing a key partner: Matt Mazzeo is leaving Coatue to start his own fund as well according to The Information. (The timing of the two announcements, we understand, is pure coincidence and the two investors are not teaming up.)

Many are referring to the period in the market right now as a “funding winter” but given this new activity, could it perhaps just as aptly be called “funding spring”?

John Curtius is leaving Tiger Global to start his own venture fund by Ingrid Lunden originally published on TechCrunch

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Naver agrees to acquire fashion marketplace Poshmark for $1.2B https://joripress.com/naver-agrees-to-acquire-fashion-marketplace-poshmark-for-12b https://joripress.com/naver-agrees-to-acquire-fashion-marketplace-poshmark-for-12b Naver, the South Korean search giant, today announced it plans to acquire secondhand apparel marketplace Poshmark for $1.2 billion in cash. The deal values publicly-traded Poshmark’s shares at $17.90 — a 15% premium over the closing price today — and the companies expect it to close by Q3 2023, subject to approval by Poshmark stockholders and “the satisfaction of certain other customary closing conditions.”

If the transaction goes through, Poshmark will become a standalone subsidiary of Naver led by CEO Manish Chandra and Poshmark’s current management team. It’ll also continue to operate under its existing brand and maintain its staff, user base, and headquarters in Redwood City, California.

In a press release, Naver and Poshmark lay out several arguments for why the deal makes sense for both parties. By acquiring Poshmark, Naver hopes to capitalize on the service’s growing social shopping platform, where users buy and sell apparel online, with its “technological prowess.” As for Poshmark, it putatively stands to benefit from Naver’s smart lens image recognition and search technologies, which Naver says will allow the shopping platform to offer new search, recommendation and shopping experiences that let users find apparel by searching colors, designs and materials and identifying where to find products by scanning clothes using the camera on their phones.

Naver also touts its robust ad-serving and payments infrastructure, averring that Poshmark will be able to leverage it to better analyze sales statistics and serve international customers. The long-term plan is to — with Naver’s backing — grow Poshmark’s business into additional developed markets in Asia and elsewhere where Naver has major business holdings, in part by integrating some of Naver’s live shopping services with Poshmark’s platform. At the same time, Poshmark will build on Naver’s U.S. footprint, which includes digital comics portal Webtoon Entertainment and online story platform Wattpad.

Naver optimistically predicts the acquisition could grow Poshmark’s annual revenue “beyond” 20% and save the ecommerce company $30 million in annual run rate within two years.

Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra said in a press release:

The opportunity to join forces with Naver — one of the world’s leading and most innovative and successful internet companies — is a testament to the strength of our brand, operating model, and what we’ve built over the last decade with our talented team and amazing community. Our industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and we are excited to continue to lead the future of shopping by providing our community with an unparalleled experience that is simple, social, fun and sustainable. This is a highly compelling opportunity for our employees, who will benefit from being part of a larger, global organization with shared values and complementary strengths. This transaction also delivers significant and immediate value to our shareholders. Longer term, as part of Naver, we will benefit from their financial resources, significant technology capabilities, and leading presence across Asia to expand our platform, elevate our product and user experiences, and enter new and large markets. I look forward to partnering with Naver as we take our company into its next phase of growth.

Naver CEO Choi Soo-Yeon said:

The combination will create the strongest platform for powering communities and re-fashioning commerce. Poshmark is the definitive brand for fashion in the United States that provides a social network for buying and selling apparel. Naver’s leading technology in search, AI recommendation and e-commerce tools will help power the next phase of Poshmark’s global growth.” “Poshmark is a natural fit for our business – our two companies share a common set of values and vision around content, community and empowerment. Bringing Naver and Poshmark together will immediately put us at the forefront of creating a new, socially responsible, and sustainable shopping experience designed around sellers of all sizes and interests – from individual and influencer sellers to professional sellers, brands and specialty boutiques — and a large, loyal, and highly engaged social community. We are excited to work closely with Manish and his talented team to create lasting value for all our stakeholders.

Poshmark’s exit comes over a decade after its founding in 2011. Chandra — alongside Tracy Sun, Gautam Golwala and Chetan Pungaliya — started the company in Chandra’s garage, funding it partially with the proceeds from the sales of Chandra’s previous company, social shopping startup Kaboodle, to Hearst. Prior to its listing on the Nasdaq at a valuation of over $3 billion, Poshmark raised over $160 million in venture capital from VCs including Temasek, Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital and Mayfield.

Poshmark claims to have over 80 million registered users.

Naver agrees to acquire fashion marketplace Poshmark for $1.2B by Kyle Wiggers originally published on TechCrunch

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Emma Chamberlain's Home Tour Inspired This Adorable $18 Decor Purchase https://joripress.com/emma-chamberlains-home-tour-inspired-this-adorable-18-decor-purchase https://joripress.com/emma-chamberlains-home-tour-inspired-this-adorable-18-decor-purchase

By now, you've probably seen Emma Chamberlain's house tour by Architectural Digest, which has racked up over 5 million views on YouTube in just a few days. There's a lot to love about the video, which gives us an up-close and personal look at her entire home, including her green kitchen, minimal bedroom, jaw-dropping closet, and serene backyard.

While Chamberlain's furniture, art, and lighting were stunning, one of her home's smallest décor details actually stood out to me the most: her colorful checkerboard coasters, which were highlighted at the 30-second mark in the YouTube video. Why? Because I knew just where to find them for less than $20: Urban Outfitters. I had already had Subtle Art Studios' coasters saved to my Pinterest board for several weeks, but seeing similar pieces in Emma Chamberlain's home sealed the deal for me, and I immediately added them to the cart. Scroll down to watch the video and shop the cute coasters in question. 

Next: The Easy 2-Piece Outfit I Wear Every September and October

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Watch the Louis Vuitton S/S 23 Show Live From Paris Fashion Week https://joripress.com/watch-the-louis-vuitton-ss-23-show-live-from-paris-fashion-week https://joripress.com/watch-the-louis-vuitton-ss-23-show-live-from-paris-fashion-week Nicolas Ghesquière's showmanship is unrivaled in the fashion world. You can always count on the Louis Vuitton artistic director to cast a fashion spell on his audiences with his inventive designs. Did you see that spectacular Cruise 2023 show back in May? I mean, come on. His designs are like wearable pieces of art that belong in top-of-the-line museums.

Now that I've got my fawning out of the way, let's look ahead to Louis Vuitton's next show: the S/S 23 collection that will be presented during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 a.m. PST/9:30 a.m. EST. Below, you can live stream the show without a front-row ticket. Why wait to see it on social media when you can witness fashion history in real-time? 

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Lyfe Jennings Claps Back At Negative Comments After Sharing About His Encounter With Jeffrey Dahmer While In Prison (Videos) https://joripress.com/lyfe-jennings-claps-back-at-negative-comments-after-sharing-about-his-encounter-with-jeffrey-dahmer-while-in-prison-videos https://joripress.com/lyfe-jennings-claps-back-at-negative-comments-after-sharing-about-his-encounter-with-jeffrey-dahmer-while-in-prison-videos

Lyfe Jennings is trending after he shared a story on Sunday about his time incarcerated in the same prison as Jeffrey Dahmer. Since Netflix released the limited series ‘Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’ everyone has been talking about the serial killer. Earlier today, Lyfe shared a message for critics who didn’t believe his story. On Instagram, the ‘Must Be Nice’ singer shared a screenshot of an article detailing Jeffrey was housed in the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio.

Lyfe, a Toledo, Ohio native, captioned the post,

“But something happened with the transportation, which is normal, so he stayed longer in max. But he never came to Ohio, right?? Lol, nobody gotta lie to yall yall still playing  R. Kelly at ya kids pool party but mad at me smh.”

 

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The singer also shared another video addressing judgemental people.

 

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As we previously reported on Sunday, Lyfe shared a series of videos on Instagram recalling Jeffrey asked him to sing. According to CBS News, this was during his ten years in prison for a 1992 arson conviction in Ohio.

 

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In one video Lyfe explained about his interaction with the serial killer saying,

“One particular day, Jeffery was like, ‘that’s you down there singing?’ He was like I like R&B, and you will never guess what song he asked me did I know, Mint Condition’s “Breakin My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes).”

 

 

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He added,

“I ain’t saying, homie is a celebrity or nothing, I’m just telling you my experience.”

Roommates, what do you think about Lyfe’s story?

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EBT Card Of D’Asia Johnson, Whose Dismembered Body Was Found In Suitcases, Was Used By Suspected Killer Ex&Boyfriend’s Other “Girlfriend” Court Reveals https://joripress.com/ebt-card-of-dasia-johnson-whose-dismembered-body-was-found-in-suitcases-was-used-by-suspected-killer-ex-boyfriends-other-girlfriend-court-reveals https://joripress.com/ebt-card-of-dasia-johnson-whose-dismembered-body-was-found-in-suitcases-was-used-by-suspected-killer-ex-boyfriends-other-girlfriend-court-reveals

Investigators in New York City have detained the ex-boyfriend of D’Asia Johnson, the 22-year-old Brooklyn woman whose dismembered body was found packed away in suitcases last month.

Apparently, Johnson was not only victimized once after her dismembered body was discovered but twice after police discovered her suspected ex’s other girlfriend used her benefits card, according to The Daily News. Police are also on the lookout for six other witnesses wanted for questioning.

Suspected Killer’s Girlfriend Used Johnson’s EBT Card Following Her Murder

The ex-boyfriend, identified as Justin Williams by The Daily News, was detained by NYPD over the weekend on an active arrest warrant out of Nassau County that’s unrelated to the Johnson case, according to the New York Post. The detail was made public in a Long Island court hearing Monday. Justin Williams reportedly faces charges not related to Johnson’s slaying for a past criminal charge of grand larceny, bail jumping, and felony assault.

It was not immediately made clear if the girlfriend, who used the card and is also the mother of Johnson’s children, would be arrested. Her name and details of what the women allegedly bought with the deceased woman’s EBT card were also not made apparent.

Murder Victim’s Ex-Boyfriend In Custody, NYPD Seek Six More “Witnesses” For Questioning

Police released photos of five women and one man who they said “are being sought as witnesses in connection” to the grisly Brooklyn murder. All six are reported to have been inside Johnson’s Brooklyn apartment at the time of her death.

Johnson’s former beau remains at the 75th Precinct station house as of Monday, and had been on the NYPD’s radar ever since the gruesome discovery.

Her body was found dismembered inside her East New York apartment on September 21, after concerned relatives were unable to reach her.

Johnson’s body had been dismembered and placed in two suitcases, the police sources say.

Victim Had Active Restraining Order Against Former Beau, Neighbors Describe Ongoing Abuse She Faced

She had an active restraining order against the ex-boyfriend in question. Her ex-boyfriend had already been previously arrested in March, when he violated the restraining order by showing up at her apartment to pick up some of his belongings, sources told the outlet.

Her apartment was left soaked in blood following the murder, one neighbor told the Post.

“Blood everywhere, pints of blood,” neighbor Stephanie Harris said at the time. “It was nasty. “You can imagine what happened to her. You know she fought for her life.”

Other neighbors told the outlet of the ongoing abuse Johnson suffered at the hands of her former boyfriend, who said she was often seen with bruises on her body. One resident said the boyfriend even threatened her young daughter as well.

Family Faults Building Security Guards For Not Doing Enough To Protect Murder Victim After Request For Wellness Check

Johnson’s family have since placed some of the blame on building security for not doing enough to protect her.

Her relatives called building security guards on September 21 to conduct a wellness check on Johnson – an aspiring teacher – however the guards were turned away by two men, one of which was believed to be her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

The security guards eventually returned to her apartment later that day and discovered her remains before calling police.

Authorities have yet to formally file charges against the former boyfriend as of Monday.

A candlelight vigil was held in Johnson’s honor on September 28.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson’s death and/or the identities of the six other witnesses are urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers.

The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards of up to $3,500 for anonymous information provided to the 800-577-TIPS hotline that leads to the arrest and conviction of a violent felon.

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Boosie Reminds Kanye West Of His 2005 Comments About George Bush Not “Caring About Black People” https://joripress.com/boosie-reminds-kanye-west-of-his-2005-comments-about-george-bush-not-caring-about-black-people https://joripress.com/boosie-reminds-kanye-west-of-his-2005-comments-about-george-bush-not-caring-about-black-people
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After Kanye West had the innanet in shambles for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt during his YZY SZN 9 show at Paris Fashion Week, people said a few things, including celebs.

 

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 The controversial shirt had the Pope’s face on the front, and he wore the identical bedazzled flip-flops he sported last week to complete the look. Ye made a bold statement before the show started.

 According to Page Six, he said:

 I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader,” he said at one point, referencing his new legal name. You can’t manage me.

In true Boosie fashion, the rapper took to Twitter and gave his two cents about the phrase.

 

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Boosie tweeted:

@kanyewest AFTER ALL WE BEEN THROUGH AS A RACES YOU PUT THIS DISRESPECTFUL S**T ON!! U GIVES NO F**K ABOUT HOW BLACKS HAVE DIED N SUFFERED TO THE HANDS OF THE WHITE MAN N U SAY BUSH DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE.. REALLY “N***A

If you recall, Kanye stated President Bush was not here for Black people in 2005.

“George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” during a fundraiser for the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hammered the city.

At Kanye’s show, he can be seen sitting on the floor with a shirt with the phrase on the back.

The father of four was also seen in a photo with Republican commentator Candace Owens wearing the same shirt.

Both posts garnered over 17,000 comments collectively. Real Housewives Of Potomac star Dr. Wendy Osefo stepped in, writing, “All skin folk ain’t kinfolk!!!” 

Roomies, what do you think of this?

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Atlanta Falcons Versatile Weapon Out at Least a Month https://joripress.com/atlanta-falcons-versatile-weapon-out-at-least-a-month https://joripress.com/atlanta-falcons-versatile-weapon-out-at-least-a-month Atlanta Falcons Versatile Weapon Out at Least a Month - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson has been placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.

Even though this is not a serious injury, Patterson will miss at least four games. He came into Sunday’s game questionable with this same knee injury.

Patterson emerged onto the scene last year when he produced as both a running back and wide receiver. He had a career resurgence last year posting over 1,000 total yards and 11 touchdowns and was arguably the Falcons’ best player on offense.

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Cordarrelle Patterson

Sunday’s game against the Browns as a whole for the Falcons was a run heavy affair as Marcus Mariota only completing seven of his nineteen passes.

The run game was so effective, Head Coach Arthur Smith elected to run and run some more. Key offensive pieces like Kyle Pitts and rookie Drake London were left to fend for themselves.

Atlanta does have capable backup running backs. Fifth round rookie from BYU Tyler Allgeier stepped along with practice squad elevation Caleb Huntley.

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Tyler Allgeier

Each held their own when Patterson left the game. Allgeier was the more efficient back totaling 10 carries for 84 yards while also catching a 20 yard pass.

Caleb Huntley was also very effective on the ground with 10 carries of his own for 56 yards and a touchdown.

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Caleb Huntley

They do have a tough divisional match-up against Tampa Bay who have a stout front seven, a tough task for these unproven running backs.

One can argue that the Falcons have been overachieving this year even though the Bucs are -8.5 on most NFL betting sites.

This will most likely be the backfield going forward with Patterson on the mend.

From Sportslens.com - Daily NFL News

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Unnamed 911 caller says he was the victim in 'road rage' incident, not handcuffed woman hit by train https://joripress.com/unnamed-911-caller-says-he-was-the-victim-in-road-rage-incident-not-handcuffed-woman-hit-by-train https://joripress.com/unnamed-911-caller-says-he-was-the-victim-in-road-rage-incident-not-handcuffed-woman-hit-by-train It wasn’t enough that a woman was handcuffed and left trapped in the backseat of a Colorado police cruiser while a train crashed into the vehicle. Now, a 22-year-old man linked to the initial 911 call in that incident has spoken to a local news station about having charges filed against the woman. “If the cops get charged for their mistakes, she should be charged for her mistakes,” the man told NBC-affiliated 9New, asking not to be identified.

The woman he’s referring to is 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, who was seriously injured when two different police departments responded to allegations of a traffic offense involving a firearm on Sept. 16. Officers handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez and put her in the back of a police cruiser while they searched her vehicle for a gun. They apparently didn’t realize a train horn was sounding in the distance. The cruiser was parked on train tracks, with Rios-Gonzalez handcuffed and seated inside.

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Body camera and dash camera footage released by the Fort Lupton Police Department shows the train crashing into the police cruiser.

It’s a miracle Rios-Gonzalez survived, but the 911 caller who had gotten into a dispute with her told 9News he “considers himself a victim of a crime.”

The crime he’s referring to is a reported “road rage” call. The unnamed man described his early encounter with Rios-Gonzalez in his call to a 911 dispatcher.

“I am headed towards Greeley on Highway 85. This lady was completely riding my a-- and then she pulled a gun on me,” he told the dispatcher. He identified the woman as Hispanic.

Attorney Paul Wilkinson, who is representing Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, provided 9News with a different account of what happened. He told the station the 911 caller “was the aggressor” and that “he was speeding ahead of her and then slamming on his brakes, repeatedly harassing her.”

“She was afraid for her life,” Wilkinson said.

The 911 caller admitted that he used his brakes but didn’t detail his response in the encounter.

“When I got to Fort Lupton, I noticed there was a car tailgating me really badly. And that’s when I tapped my brakes and there was a car ahead of me and I had to slow down,” he said. “The car got behind me, pretty close to me.”

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is looking into injuries Rios-Gonzalez sustained while in police custody, confirmed in its initial news release that the incident started with a claim of road rage.

A Platteville Police Department officer initially stopped Rios-Gonzalez before Ft. Lupton cops arrived.

”Two Ft. Lupton officers arrived on the scene, and the team conducted a high-risk traffic stop and detained a lone female occupant [age 20, Greeley] placing her in the back of the Platteville patrol car detained on suspicion of felony menacing,” the CBI said. “While the officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a train traveling northbound struck the PPD [Platteville Police Department] patrol car.”  

Warning: This video contains footage of the train crash that may be triggering to viewers.

Wilkinson told reporters his client was hospitalized with a broken arm, nine broken ribs, and injuries to her head, back, and legs. “She was frantically trying to escape, trying to open the doors, but she was handcuffed,” he said.

RELATED STORY: A Colorado man was shot and killed after asking 911 for help following a car accident

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Oral arguments for Sackett v. EPA stick to semantics as SCOTUS poised to damage Clean Water Act next https://joripress.com/oral-arguments-for-sackett-v-epa-stick-to-semantics-as-scotus-poised-to-damage-clean-water-act-next https://joripress.com/oral-arguments-for-sackett-v-epa-stick-to-semantics-as-scotus-poised-to-damage-clean-water-act-next The start of the October 2022 Supreme Court term began with the highest court in the U.S. hearing oral arguments in the case Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, a case in which the term “navigable waters” as included in the Clean Water Act could drastically change if the majority-conservative Supreme Court has its way. A recent interview with the Sackett’s lawyer, Damien Schiff, gets to the heart of the matter as the Sacketts look at it: Are the wetlands the Sacketts so desperately want to destroy to complete their dream property near Idaho’s Priest Lake subject to federal permits?

Schiff, throughout his arguments on Monday, stuck to dictionary definitions, such as what truly constitutes abutment when it comes to where the wetlands end and nearby waterways begin, or if they intersect at all. He attempted to paint a portrait of his clients suffering for years at the hands of the EPA, having been targeted over the wetlands on their property despite having neighbors who were able to build without interest in how their construction may harm the environment. Schiff made it seem, especially toward the end of his rebuttal, that the Sacketts would be spending exorbitant amounts in order to obtain the permit they needed.

There truly appears to be no evidence that the Sacketts repeatedly litigating this issue is more cost-effective than simply sucking it up and trying to get the permits they need that they clearly knew they needed despite Schiff saying otherwise. Pollock Cohen associate Max Rodriguez has a detailed breakdown on the entire oral argument process, from Schiff’s opening statements to the points raised by Principal Deputy Solicitor General Brian Fletcher.

Fletcher con'd: Also pictures, also Sacketts' own enviro consultant confirmed it's wetlands.

— Max Rodriguez (he/him) (@Max_E_Rodriguez) October 3, 2022

It’s worth noting that Schiff has an interesting history with this case, having stood by the Sacketts’ side for quite some time, including when a case of theirs was first brought before the Supreme Court. The present Sackett v. EPA case, as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse noted, reached SCOTUS in part because the polluters interested in the Clean Water Act drastically changed in their favor. If the phrase “navigable waters” was limited in definition, vital wetlands—and many other critical bodies of water—would no longer fall under the Clean Water Act’s protections. A thread from Earthjustice lays bare the very real possibility that this could become a reality given the current makeup of the court.

The Sacketts want the court to rule that the law only protects wetlands that are physically indistinguishable from navigable water bodies like rivers and lakes. In the courtroom, even some conservative justices acknowledged that this would defy the text and purposes of the act.

— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) October 3, 2022

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a formal ruling on this case early next year.

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Max Q: Hubble hubble, toil and trouble https://joripress.com/max-q-hubble-hubble-toil-and-trouble https://joripress.com/max-q-hubble-hubble-toil-and-trouble Hello and welcome back to Max Q. I hope all of our Florida readers stayed safe during Hurricane Ian — thinking of you guys. In this issue:

  • How the Space Coast braced for the storm
  • Humans: 1, Asteroids: 0
  • News from Astra, Firehawk Aerospace and more

By the way…We are just a few weeks away from TechCrunch Disrupt, which is returning live and in-person to San Francisco on October 18-20. Use this link to receive 15% off passes (excluding online and expo).

How the Space Coast prepped for Hurricane Ian

Florida’s Space Coast battened down the hatches in preparation for the arrival of the extremely powerful and slow-moving Hurricane Ian, with officials rolling rockets back to the safety of hangars and delaying launches until the storm passes.

By Wednesday afternoon, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center (KSC) entered HURCON I, indicating that 50-knot sustained winds are likely within 12 hours. In light of these impending conditions, all non-essential facilities closed and the majority of staff were sent home. NASA also made the critical decision to roll back the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft from the launch pad to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Monday, giving employees enough time to safely move the massive launch system ahead of the storm. The rollback, while indisputably necessary, will affect possible launch opportunities for the Artemis I moon mission. It’s looking likely that the next possible launch window will be no earlier than sometime in November.

Private companies with facilities on the Space Coast, including Relativity Space, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, also secured their assets in hangars prior to the storm’s arrival. Two launches — NASA’s Crew-5, which was to launch on board a SpaceX Falcon 9, and United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch of two SES telecommunications satellites — were also postponed.

In an update, a NASA spokesperson writing on the KSC Twitter page tweeted that minimal damage was reported across most operational facilities.

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Hurricane Ian as viewed from the International Space Station. Image Credits: NASA

NASA’s DART anti-asteroid satellite successfully smashes into space rock

In a big win for humanity, NASA successfully smashed a vending machine-sized satellite into a small asteroid, part of what the agency was calling the “Double Asteroid Redirection Test” (DART). The target asteroid, Dimorphos, is part of a two-asteroid system; while neither were in any risk of hitting Earth, the space agency saw them as an opportunity to test whether us humans could redirect an asteroid that was targeting Earth. After all, it’s happened before — just ask the dinosaurs.

NASA launched DART last November, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 to send the satellite on its collision course with Dimorphos. The DART spacecraft smashed into the asteroid moon at a speed of roughly 6.5 km per second on Monday evening at 7:14 p.m. ET, with confirmation of impact coming in a series of images from its onboard camera.

A short animated GIF of DART impacting with Dimorphos from the POV of DART

Image Credits: NASA

More news from TC…

  • Astra will no longer send the remaining NASA TROPICS payloads to space, but instead will launch other “comparable” scientific missions for the agency, the company announced Wednesday. The change to the launch agreement comes a little over three months after Astra’s first TROPICS launch ended in failure after the upper stage shut down prior to delivering the payload to orbit.
  • Astra also announced it had appointed a new CFO to help the company navigate a new capital market landscape as it seeks to grow its launch and propulsion businesses.
  • The FCC passed new rules that commercial satellite operators must ensure their spacecraft are de-orbited no more than five years after their mission is complete, in the hopes of cutting down on the amount of “space junk” orbiting the Earth.
  • Firehawk Aerospace has developed new rocket engines, a stable solid fuel to power them, and has landed millions in new funding to take the company through the next round of tests to its first in-atmosphere demonstration launch.
  • SpaceX and NASA signed a new agreement to study the feasibility of sending a private crew to Hubble Space Telescope, in order to boost the telescope’s orbit. Such a mission could extend the operational lifespan of the telescope by as much as 20 years.

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope, as seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery during Hubble’s second servicing mission in 1997. Image Credits: NASA via Getty Images.

…and beyond

  • ARK Invest, an investment firm run by Cathie Woods, used two of its funds to purchase about 729,000 shares of Rocket Lab.
  • Astroscale’s British subsidiary opened a new, 20,000-square-foot satellite manufacturing facility in Oxfordshire it’s calling “Zeus.”
  • BryceTech released its quarterly launch report, finding that SpaceX launched nearly 500 spacecraft in Q2; a Chinese launch firm and Rocket Lab tied for second place, launching 36 spacecraft each.
  • A congressional subcommittee is keeping close tabs on the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into the anomaly that led to a booster failure on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
  • Firefly Aerospace’s latest launch attempt was scrubbed at T-0, and the launch vehicle went into auto abort shortly after ignition. The company is “reviewing data to determine [its] next launch window.”
  • Sierra Space is mulling a public offering in order to fund its private space station ambitions.
  • SpaceX hit its fastest launchpad turnaround ever, conducting two launches within the span of just six days from the same pad.
  • Spire Global was awarded $4 million from the National Oceanographic and Oceanic Administration to fund the development and demonstration of a hyperspectral microwave sensor in orbit.
  • Starlink has manufactured over 1 million user terminals, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.
  • STOKE Space Technologies won a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to test its metallic heat shield technology.
  • The National Reconnaissance Office awarded study contracts for commercial radio frequency remote sensing to six companies: Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Kleos Space, PredaSAR, Spire Global and Umbra Lab.
  • The UK Space Agency awarded two contracts to ClearSpace and Astroscale to demonstrate in-space debris removal. The contracts are worth £2.25 million ($2.4 million) and £1.7 million ($1.8 million), respectively.

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Max Q: Hubble hubble, toil and trouble by Aria Alamalhodaei originally published on TechCrunch

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Daily Crunch: Vice Society hackers post 500GB of data stolen from LA school district to dark web https://joripress.com/daily-crunch-vice-society-hackers-post-500gb-of-data-stolen-from-la-school-district-to-dark-web https://joripress.com/daily-crunch-vice-society-hackers-post-500gb-of-data-stolen-from-la-school-district-to-dark-web To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here.

Oc-flippin-tober? You’ve got to be mock-tobering us. It’s a sobering experience, though, to see the who-ber year fly by like that! Ahem.

Forgive the incoherence, we are entering TechCrunch Disrupt silly season over here. We are psyyyyched. Also, there’s just a few hours left to apply to volunteer at TechCrunch Disrupt and attend for free, if you want to get your application in for next week! — Christine and Haje

The TechCrunch Top 3

  • Now it’s out: Hackers released a lot of data — some 500GB worth — that it stole during the Los Angeles Unified School District ransomware attack, Carly writes. This includes some personal identifying information, financial reports and healthcare data. Ugh.
  • Someone wasn’t “keeping up”: And that someone was Kim Kardashian, who settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for $1.26 million after it was found she was in violation of rules regarding the disclosure of receiving payment in exchange for touting cryptocurrency. Darrell has more. Meanwhile, Anita and Dominic-Madori pair up to opine on why it’s okay not to defend Kardashian, particularly, as they put it, “EthereumMax was an unknown token worth almost nothing before she posted about it on Instagram.”
  • Name change: Amazon now has a dedicated portal for its affordable shopping options called Amazon Access that includes features like layaway and coupons, Aisha reports.

Startups and VC

Look, we know we usually focus on content from TC.com here, but this week, two stories from our subscription site, TechCrunch+, caught our eye.

Ron and Alex observed that at the beginning of 2022, it looked like it was going to be a bumper year for SaaS M&A. That seems to have not really happened. With much head scratching and some theories, they ask why we aren’t seeing more aggressive SaaS M&A?

Meanwhile, Becca notes that venture capital has been on a roller coaster this year. The theme is similar; 2022 started riding the strongest wave of venture deployment on record, just before the stock market plummeted and dragged venture down with it. She reaches for her crystal ball and admits that while it is unclear what will happen in VC in Q4, it definitely won’t be boring.

If you don’t have a TC+ subscription, we have a special deal for you DC subscribers; Use code “DC” for a 15% discount on an annual subscription!

Across the rest of the site, we have these nuggets for you:

3 guiding FinOps principles that will help you explain cloud costs to the board

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Cloud financial management, or more simply, “FinOps,” uses cross-functional teamwork between finance, engineering and product teams to help organizations make better use of their resources.

“Knowing your cloud unit economics is key to building an explainable, transparent model of your cloud costs,” writes Liran Grinberg, co-founder of Team8.

“Dev teams need to face the music and start being financially accountable for the infrastructure and services they use. Meanwhile, CFOs and CTOs need to get ready to answer some tough questions at board meetings.”

Three more from the TC+ team:

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Big Tech Inc.

Prosus decided not to move forward with its $4.7 billion acquisition of BillDesk, Manish reports. Just a month after receiving the green light from India’s antitrust organization, the company is citing “certain conditions” that were not fulfilled as to the reason the deal is not proceeding.

Meanwhile, TikTok is looking for a few good partners to help launch its live shopping offering in the U.S., Ivan writes.

And we have five more for you:

Daily Crunch: Vice Society hackers post 500GB of data stolen from LA school district to dark web by Christine Hall originally published on TechCrunch

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Google’s Pixel Watch just got an early unboxing https://joripress.com/googles-pixel-watch-just-got-an-early-unboxing https://joripress.com/googles-pixel-watch-just-got-an-early-unboxing
Credit: Google
  • Somebody managed to get their hands on a Pixel Watch early.
  • The Redditor shows the watch off from every angle without the screen on.

Since Google I/O earlier this year, we’ve gotten our fill of Pixel Watch renders. We’ve even seen leaks of the packaging appearing at retail stores. Now it seems someone has actually gotten their hands on the device itself and is showing it off.

In what has almost become a trend at this point, someone has found another upcoming Google product ahead of Google’s October 6 hardware event. Posted on Reddit this afternoon, the device in question is Google’s highly anticipated Pixel Watch. In addition to describing it, the Redditor also did a photo shoot of the smartwatch.

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Gigi Hadid's Reformation Shoes Confirm That This Flats Style Is Still a Trend https://joripress.com/gigi-hadids-reformation-shoes-confirm-that-this-flats-style-is-still-a-trend-69616 https://joripress.com/gigi-hadids-reformation-shoes-confirm-that-this-flats-style-is-still-a-trend-69616 Even though last fall feels like forever ago, I haven't forgotten that chunky loafers were the trend of the season. Every brand from high to low was making them, and they were selling out left and right. When a trend is that big, there's always the possibility of it tapering off after its peak, but that's not been the case with the aforementioned lug-sole loafers, which Gigi Hadid just confirmed for us in Paris.

As far as celebrity trendsetters go, Hadid is at the top of the influential list, so when I saw that she was wearing chunky loafers on two occasions, I was convinced they're still a go. In both instances, she wore a pair of leopard-print loafers by Reformation, pairing them with a marigold jumpsuit and baggy jeans and a leather blazer. Aside from being comfortable and walkable, the flats continue to give a forward look to whatever outfit they're paired with. They're one of the most versatile shoe trends on the market.

Scroll on to shop Hadid's still-in-stock(!) loafers.

On Gigi Hadid: Fendi bag; Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafers ($248)

On Gigi Hadid: Zadig & Voltaire Monarque Smooth Jacket ($1098); Icon Denim jeans; Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafers ($248)

Next up, the only three boot styles chic French women wear.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 01:30:02 +0300 JoriPress
Kylie Jenner Just Went Pantsless in Tighty&Whities at Paris Fashion Week https://joripress.com/kylie-jenner-just-went-pantsless-in-tighty-whities-at-paris-fashion-week https://joripress.com/kylie-jenner-just-went-pantsless-in-tighty-whities-at-paris-fashion-week There's been so much action at Paris Fashion Week that it's been hard to keep up. A muddy scene at Balenciaga? A spray-on dress at Coperni? Check and check. But don't let all the commotion distract you from the celebrity outfits because there have been some spectacularly daring looks in the front row. 

Case in point? Kylie Jenner, who attended the Loewe show wearing nothing but white underwear with Wolford tights (okay, and a coat as well). Wearing tighty-whities sans pants is definitely a risky move, but the floor-skimming coat helped her pull it off like it ain't no thing. Scroll down to see how Kylie Jenner wore underwear as outerwear at Paris Fashion Week and shop for tried-and-true white briefs for yourself. 

On Kylie Jenner: Loewe tank top, underwear, and coat; Wolford tights

Next: The Easy 2-Piece Outfit I Wear Every September and October

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EXCLUSIVE: Kendra G. Says WGCI Axed DaniLeigh Radio Interview After Singer’s Team Wanted Her Sidelined, Dani Says It’s Not True https://joripress.com/exclusive-kendra-g-says-wgci-axed-danileigh-radio-interview-after-singers-team-wanted-her-sidelined-dani-says-its-not-true https://joripress.com/exclusive-kendra-g-says-wgci-axed-danileigh-radio-interview-after-singers-team-wanted-her-sidelined-dani-says-its-not-true
EXCLUSIVE: Kendra G. Says WGCI Axed Radio Interview With DaniLeigh After Singer's Team Wanted Her Sidelined, DaniLeigh Says It's Not True
EXCLUSIVE: Kendra G. Says WGCI Axed Radio Interview With DaniLeigh After Singer's Team Wanted Her Sidelined, DaniLeigh Says It's Not True

Kendra G. took it to the airwaves when she had words for DaniLeigh early Monday morning. The radio host slammed the singer on 107.5 WGCI FM with accusations of trying to remove her from a scheduled radio interview.

“This goofy a** person of the day award goes to DaniLeigh and let me tell you why,” Kendra G. said. “DaniLeigh is in the city of Chicago. I don’t know why, probably got a high school appearance, who the hell knows? But she was set to do an interview with the morning show and she requested that I, Kendra G., be removed from the interview because she was uncomfortable talking to me.”

Kendra shared a two-minute clip littered with “baby mama” insults and hypothetical questions about DaniLeigh’s relationship with DaBaby to her Instagram account. She even tagged Dani in the caption to ensure the singer saw her blast.

 

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She also let DaniLeigh know, “girlfriend, this ain’t Wild’ n Out. You ain’t gon B.Simone me.” The B. Simone reference concerns last week’s reports that DaniLeigh requested the comedian be left out of an episode she guest-starred on.

Instead of DaniLeigh team getting their request met, the radio host exclusively told The Shade Room her station’s program manager canceled the sit-down altogether. The manager also told Kendra that Dani’s “team/ record label wanted [her] to be removed from the interview because [DaniLeigh] was uncomfortable interviewing with [her].”

“I actually be on the radio defending your honor, I really felt a way when your baby daddy played you in that infamous IG Live and I defended you on the radio,” Kendra said.”

Kendra added that she understood Dani’s B. Simone request. But the host can’t imagine why Dani’s ducking her. Kendra told TSR that she previously interviewed DaniLeigh on Instagram Live in 2020 and asked about Dani’s rumored relationship with DaBaby. However, she claims the question was a small and insignificant part of the virtual sit-down.

DaniLeigh Calls Kendra’s Accusations Untrue, Host Doubles-Down 

Despite Kendra’s drag, the accusations weren’t landing for DaniLeigh. The singer took to her Instagram Story to deny the host’s claims.

“Ok this isn’t true,” Dani wrote with multiple crying emojis. “Wassuppppp y’all??? Whaaats going on [forehead slap emojis] I’ve never heard anything about this interview.”

Moments after DaniLeigh responded publicly, Kendra doubled down on the accusations. But, according to the host, she doesn’t have to lie and certainly wouldn’t on her station’s airwaves.

“To be clear. I have NO reason to lie,” Kendra wrote. “Furthermore, I work at a professional radio station that would never allow me to make a claim like this if it wasn’t true. Period.”

 

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DaniLeigh Tells TSR Cancelation Was Over Limited Availability

Dani also spoke to TSR after publicly denying any previous knowledge about107.5 WGCI FM’s interview. She said she woke up, saw the news concerning her and Kendra, and was given details about the interview. Dani claims the interview was canceled because of her availability, not Kendra G.

“I didn’t know I had this interview … no one told me .. I woke up this morning and this was the first thing I saw … I heard it was just canceled bc I was only available in the evening … Def Jam scheduled it ..I don’t even know her at all,” DaniLeigh said.

And if Kendra G. sticks to her story, DaniLeigh wants her to at least provide proof of her words.

“She should show proof that that’s what I specifically did … bc ain’t no way smh,” DaniLeight said.

 

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No word yet from officials at 107.5 WGCI FM!

The post EXCLUSIVE: Kendra G. Says WGCI Axed DaniLeigh Radio Interview After Singer’s Team Wanted Her Sidelined, Dani Says It’s Not True appeared first on The Shade Room.

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Thomas Partey’s health Is necessary for Arsenal and Ghana https://joripress.com/thomas-parteys-health-is-necessary-for-arsenal-and-ghana https://joripress.com/thomas-parteys-health-is-necessary-for-arsenal-and-ghana

Thomas Partey Arsenal Ghana

In  Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey’s last appearance for Ghana, he scored a decisive goal. It guaranteed the Black Stars a spot at the 2022 World Cup. Even better, it came against the side’s fiercest rivals, Nigeria.

His first Arsenal goal in the 2022-23 campaign was scored in similar fashion. The midfielder sent a rocket of a shot from outside the 18-yard box into the top right corner. It was the first of the Gunners’ three in a victory over the club’s North London rivals. It was also Nigerian Independence Day.

Partey is arguably the most important player for his club and country. But, his recent run with injuries makes him unreliable.

When asked to grade his time as a Gunner, the defensive midfielder was blunt.

“Personally, I would say five or six (out of 10). But, with the marks of the (fans) also, I would give myself four. There are moments in a game when I can really hurt the other team but there are also moments where, because I’m not yet adapted to the Premier League, maybe I lose a bit of focus and that’s when everything goes down.”

Thomas Partey’s injuries with Arsenal, Ghana

While the Atletico Madrid academy product is critical about his performances, many highlight his absences as the biggest reason for his lackluster time in London. During his last three seasons in Madrid, the Europa League winner averaged playing in 33 league matches a year. Since making the move to Arsenal he only plays in 24 league matches a season.

One of the reasons why the Gunners fell out of top-four contention during the end of last season was due to injuries to Partey, left-back Kieran Tierney and right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu. While Arsenal signed Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City to improve their cover for Tierney and center-back Benjamin White has been impressive in his new role as a right-back, they failed to sign another defensive midfielder. On transfer deadline day, they tried to acquire Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa but were unsuccessful.

During international break, Partey was slated to start against Brazil. He was pulled minutes before the match began due to a niggling issue in his knee. Afterwards, he returned to London to seek further treatment. Some Black Stars fans were upset seeing Partey starting a week after being missing out on national team duty. Since Otto Addo has been named Ghana’s head coach, Partey has only played in two of the eight matches.

Because of this, the Black Stars are heading into the World Cup with a question mark in midfield. Addo has experimented with different formations during his time, but it seems like he favors the 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. In both formations, Partey is crucial as the pivot who breaks up play with positioning and well-timed tackles, helps to orchestrate in build-up play and occasionally making runs to serve as an outlet in the final third.

Potential this year

In 2010, Ghana faced a similar problem. Michael Essien was their rock in midfield but missed the World Cup due to a knee injury. However, they had adequate replacements in Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Anthony Annan and Kwadwo Asamoah. This time around the Black Stars only have Mallorca’s Iddrisu Baba as an option in the pivot role. Ajax’s Mohamed Kudus and Freiburg’s Daniel-Kofi Kyereh are very good box-to-box players but lack the physique to do the dirty work consistently.

If the two-time Ghana Player of the Year can stay healthy, then Arsenal and the Black Stars will be able to maximize their potential on their perspective campaigns. However, if the 29-year-old continues to suffer from ailments then this club and country will suffer from poor planning.

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Gutting of Roe depressed rural voter turnout, hurting Republicans in special elections https://joripress.com/gutting-of-roe-depressed-rural-voter-turnout-hurting-republicans-in-special-elections https://joripress.com/gutting-of-roe-depressed-rural-voter-turnout-hurting-republicans-in-special-elections A new analysis by Politico of voting patterns in special elections since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade shows that rural voters have been less likely to turn out than their urban and suburban counterparts.

While high turnout among Democratic voters has been hailed as key to Democrats' better-than-expected showings in a handful of special elections since the Dobbs ruling, the rural nonvote has proven to be another factor working to Democrats’ advantage.

Politico looked at four special elections since the June ruling held in Nebraska, New York, and Minnesota and found that the portion of urban/suburban voters who cast ballots in those races outpaced the portion of rural voters who did by 5 points, 27%-22%. Prior to the Dobbs decision, those three groups were turning out at comparable rates.

In every one of those races, Democrats also outperformed Joe Biden's showing in the 2020 election.

The notion that the high court’s gutting of Roe is actually depressing the rural vote actually aligns with recent polling released by the progressive group Rural Organizing and YouGov Blue.

The survey found that a candidate's pro-choice position was the most important issue tested among rural voters polled in 10 battleground states, even outpacing party ID (i.e., being a Republican), which came in second.  The polling also found that a hypothetical Democratic candidate got a far bigger boost in support among rural voters after an endorsement from an abortion rights group such as Planned Parenthood than it did from an endorsement by a labor group (e.g., AFL-CIO) or even the Farm Bureau.

As I wrote last week, while a Farm Bureau endorsement resulted in a 5-point bump (28% to 33%) for a Democratic candidate, a Planned Parenthood endorsement yielded an 18-point boost (24% to 42%). The impact was biggest among voters under 45, where a Planned Parenthood endorsement increased support for a Democratic candidate by 17 points, from 36% to 53%.

The campaign manager for one of the special elections analyzed by Politico said Dobbs has proven to be a double whammy for Republicans, hurting them with their own base while helping to more firmly solidify suburban voters in Democrats' camp.

“Republicans are not as energized as they want or expected, and Democrats are very energized right now,” said Chris Walsh,  who managed Democrat Pat Ryan's successful campaign to win New York's 19th Congressional District in an August special election.

“The suburban voters who Republicans thought were just anti-Trump are now kind of coming to realize they’re anti-Republican,” Walsh added. “With the Dobbs decision, it really fired them up that this is still an existential fight for their lives.”

Walsh's GOP counterpart was eager to reframe the upcoming midterms as a referendum on President Joe Biden's leadership rather than the high court's enormously unpopular ruling overturning Americans’ constitutional right to an abortion.

“Democrats played politics, they knew having competitive primaries in [Ryan’s district] would boost turnout for the special election, and it would create this false narrative that the election was a referendum on Dobbs,” said Will Dawson, campaign manager for Marc Molinaro, Ryan’s Republican rival in August. “The midterm elections are and always have been a referendum on the White House.”

But the idea that Democrats pulled some crafty political jujitsu to reframe the narrative is laughable. In fact, the House Democratic campaign arm didn't even invest in the race. Republicans ultimately dropped $1.3 million on the NY-19 contest, outspending Democrats 3 to 1. Still, they not only lost, their candidate performed worse than Donald Trump's showing in the district in 2020.

Democrats aren't in total agreement about what accounts for the drop off in rural voting—a sense of complacency because Republicans finally achieved their goal of overturning Roe or an actual rejection of that decision.

“A lot of rural voters, they’re more conservative religiously and they were very mobilized by abortion and now they think they’ve won,” explained Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who worked on Biden’s 2020 campaign.

But former Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sees the effect of the Dobbs ruling on rural voters differently.

“I think it’s suppressing some of the Republican interest in rural areas,” Bullock said. "In rural areas where access to affordable and quality health care is already challenged, when you turn around and say that you’ll have no reproductive health care in many states, I think that’s in part why we’re seeing what we’re seeing.”

Either way, if it holds in November, depressed turnout among rural voters would hurt Republicans while boosting Democrats’ chances of either keeping the House or narrowing the governing margin that Republicans have to work with.

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Attorneys for migrants tricked by DeSantis say now&identified 'Perla' will be named in suit https://joripress.com/attorneys-for-migrants-tricked-by-desantis-say-now-identified-perla-will-be-named-in-suit https://joripress.com/attorneys-for-migrants-tricked-by-desantis-say-now-identified-perla-will-be-named-in-suit The mysterious (or one of the mysterious women identified as) “Perla” who lured migrants onto flights as part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-immigrant campaign has been identified as Perla Huerta, “a former combat medic and counterintelligence agent” who “was discharged in August after two decades in the U.S. Army,” The New York Times has reported

The circumstances under which Huerta was discharged from the military after 20 years, how she was recruited to work for DeSantis’ stunt just weeks after leaving the military, and what exact instructions were given to her and by whom remain unclear. The New York Times reports that efforts to reach her were “unsuccessful.”

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From the very start of DeSantis’ politically motivated transportation of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard as part of his 2024 presidential aspirations, Perla emerged as a mysterious figure who was central in tricking vulnerable people, mostly from Venezuela, onto flights out of Texas.

One migrant named Jose told The Washington Post that Perla offered shelter, work, hope, and opportunity if they took up her offer. But it was all a lie, at least when it came to the physical promises. Migrants had been given brochures that falsely claimed they were eligible for all sorts of benefits. 

Jose told The Washington Post that after he was unceremoniously dumped in Martha’s Vineyard after being made promises in San Antonio, he heard only one more time from Perla. She relayed a message to him that people there “will take care of you.” Well, the community there did help, but not in the way Perla had promised him and many others.

But Perla’s identification in recent days “opens the door to a host of new inquiries that could implicate DeSantis more deeply in the scheme’s sordid aspects,” Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent writes. That’s because Perla stands to now be named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by migrants who were lured by DeSantis’ scheme, which “could pave the way to deposing her for details about the DeSantis administration’s potential involvement in deceiving the migrants.”

That lawsuit alleges DeSantis and other Florida official executed “a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme.” The New York Times has since offered a startling view into the tactics behind DeSantis’ plot, including Perla basically preying on migrants, approaching one in the aisle of a supermarket near a migrant shelter in San Antonio. “He had told her he was searching for work, and she made him an offer he found hard to resist,” the report said.

“What exact instructions were given to Perla and others?” attorney Oren Sellstrom asked in the report. “Who put her up to it?”

It’s a question we’d all like to know, in particular involvement from DeSantis, who has apparently bemoaned that unlike Texas, his state doesn’t share a lengthy border with our neighbor Mexico, The New York Times reported last month. DeSantis reportedly “complained that he didn’t have the same to use as a backdrop, according to one person familiar with the conversation,” the report said. So, he went to Texas to come up with a problem.

”Perla Huerta—the woman DeSantis paid to lie to refugees to traffic and abandon them in Martha’s Vineyard—is a former Army counterintelligence agent,” tweeted Sawyer Hackett, a senior adviser to former presidential candidate Julián Castro. “$12 million in taxpayer dollars spent on an intel operation to torment families.”

The New York Times described one absolutely heart-wrenching moment when Martha’s Vineyard community members helped a migrant call loved ones in Venezuela. The man appeared “broken,” a staffer said in the report. “’My love, we were tricked,’ he told his wife, weeping uncontrollably. ‘This woman lied to us. She lied.’”

“As Brian Beutler argues, it’s critical that the country understands the truly sordid and potentially criminal nature of DeSantis’s scheme,” Sargent continued in his column. “This would illustrate how central the toxic combination of official corruption and racist agitprop has become to GOP politics these days.”

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The Supreme Court takes on Section 230 https://joripress.com/the-supreme-court-takes-on-section-230 https://joripress.com/the-supreme-court-takes-on-section-230 Section 230 of the Communications Act, which prevents online platforms from being liable for the content posted by their users, will be evaluated by the Supreme Court in the coming season. It’s anyone’s guess how it may be affected, but we can be sure that the regulatory landscape for tech will look rather different this time next year.

We’ve discussed Section 230 many times on TechCrunch, and legal definitions and precedents can be found elsewhere, so we need not delve into the particulars for now. It suffices to say that this section of the law essentially says that as long as reasonable measures are taken to address illegal and objectionable material on their platforms, companies like Alphabet and Meta cannot be held accountable for that material.

There are limitations and exceptions to how this protection works, but the law functions as a “safe harbor” in which companies can operate without worrying that they’ll be sued for defamation over something posted by a user.

The question that has dogged these companies for years now, however, is the exact extent of those limitations and exceptions, and whether perhaps platforms are given too much leeway in how they handle content like COVID-19 misinformation, live-streamed crimes, and hate speech. However wise or unwise Section 230 may have been when it was written, the last decade has seen the industry and world evolve to the point where it may be time to, at the very least, make a few judicious additions and revisions to it.

The case that the Supreme Court announced it intended to take on, Gonzalez v. Google, alleges that the latter is criminally responsible for allowing certain content from the Islamic State terrorist group to persist on its platform, leading in part to the 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. So, not that it matters for the purposes of the Supreme Court taking it on exactly, but the claim here has real gravity, unlike some complaints about the law.

Amicus briefs are already starting to pour in, because the worst case scenario — Section 230 basically being entirely nullified — would be devastating to countless online platforms and companies. As many have pointed out, this liability limitation is complex and important to all kinds of free expression online, and to remove it would open the door to abuse from every direction.

At the very least such an outcome would prompt panic across industries, with tech companies scrambling to protect themselves, investors withdrawing and tanking stocks, and users flailing as the services they rely on are changed in fundamental ways.

It’s not that the Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion saying “platforms are fully liable for everything on them, immediately and irrevocably” or something like that. Little changes make a big difference, and if the court simply ruled that Section 230 did not protect Google in this case, every lawyer in the country would be rushing to apply that new definition of the law to policies, behaviors, features, everything. Perhaps it will even (though it isn’t likely) pass the ball to the FCC, which has been the agency of record for most of the Communications Act for the better part of a century.

To speculate on the likely outcome at this earliest stage is probably fruitless, but that very unpredictability makes it almost certain that the already numerous attempts to revise and replace Section 230 will multiply and intensify. Given the present political divide generally, and then specifically how divided Congress has been on this issue, the likelihood of a new law getting bipartisan support in short order is low. And with midterm elections looming, much depends on a new House and Senate as well.

The decision made by the court will be pivotal however it turns out, with any outcome prompting legislators to take action around it, perhaps even preemptively. And in public discussion it will, as with Net Neutrality, be a frenzy of opportunism, FUD, and technically misleading material. Nothing in Section 230 prevents every industry with skin in the game from doing their damnedest to influence the discourse.

The Supreme Court takes on Section 230 by Devin Coldewey originally published on TechCrunch

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 00:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Twitter expands access to its experimental Status feature…but not to its paid subscribers https://joripress.com/twitter-expands-access-to-its-experimental-status-featurebut-not-to-its-paid-subscribers https://joripress.com/twitter-expands-access-to-its-experimental-status-featurebut-not-to-its-paid-subscribers Twitter’s throwback feature, Twitter Status, is today expanding its list of potential status updates to choose from, in a continuation of tests that began this July. The feature, which is something of a cross between Myspace moods and a Facebook status, allows users to tag posts with an additional expression beyond the tweet itself — like “shower thoughts,” “spoiler alert” or “picture of the day.” Now, the company is adding common Twitter slang to its list, allowing users to tag their tweets with things like “Don’t @ me,” “Tweeting it into existence” or “That’s it, that’s the Tweet,” and more.

The expansion was first spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, and Twitter confirmed the addition began rolling out to Twitter Status testers on Monday.

Other new status options now available include “Breaking news,” “Gaming,” “Pet of the day,” “So wholesome,” “Then and now,” “To whom it may concern,” “Touching grass,” “Twitter do your thing,” “Watching cricket,” “Watching football,” “Watching rugby” and “Winning.”

The experiment, however, is not one of the “early access” features provided to Twitter’s paying customers as part of their Twitter Blue subscription.

Instead, the option to add a status to a tweet has only been available to a select group of users in the U.S. With the update, Twitter says it’s now bringing on users in Australia, as well.

“As part of this expansion, those with access to the status feature will see a new set of potential statuses to choose from. Additionally, more people in Australia will also receive access to the experiment today,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch. They added that, with today’s update, the “majority of people in Australia” will now be able to use the feature.

One group that doesn’t necessarily have the ability to use the Twitter Status feature is the group of power users who pay for a Twitter Blue subscription. Though Twitter marketed Blue to those who wanted an expanded range of features — like a better news reading experience, personalization options and early access to experiments — it hasn’t made all its new product tests available to its paid subscribers.

For instance, when Twitter began rolling out podcasts to its revamped “Audio” tab, Twitter Blue users weren’t the first group to gain access to the feature. Instead, Twitter made podcasts visible to a random group within its English-speaking mobile audience in August before later bringing podcasts to paid subscribers the following month.

Similarly, Twitter Status isn’t listed among the experiments offered to Twitter Blue subscribers at this time.

Asked why Twitter isn’t prioritizing its paid subscriber base when it comes to trialing its new products first, as promised, a spokesperson clarified that it will only offer some of its experiments to subscribers while others will be tested with the broader public.

This seems to be a poor strategic decision on Twitter’s part, as those who are actually paying for Twitter have to stand by and watch other users get to play around with new features first — a perk they were promised. Though it’s understandable that some features may need to be tested among a larger group, at the very least, paid customers should be within that group.

The spokesperson clarified that Twitter Blue subscribers will have access to what the company considers “higher-impact” features first — like NFT profile pictures and, notably, the new Edit Tweet option.

The latter also today rolled out to Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand after Twitter teased the editing feature last week. But the launch does not yet include Twitter Blue’s largest market, the U.S., which Twitter said would be “coming soon.”

Again, this strategy seems to be off the mark. While it’s one thing to test a small experiment within select geographies, it’s disheartening to see Twitter prioritize select markets and non-subscribers over its paying customers when it comes to some of its most fun and in-demand features.

Twitter expands access to its experimental Status feature…but not to its paid subscribers by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

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Gigi Hadid's Reformation Shoes Confirm That This Flats Style is Still a Trend https://joripress.com/gigi-hadids-reformation-shoes-confirm-that-this-flats-style-is-still-a-trend https://joripress.com/gigi-hadids-reformation-shoes-confirm-that-this-flats-style-is-still-a-trend Even though last year feels like forever ago, I haven't forgotten that chunky loafers were the trend of the season. Every brand from high to low was making them, and they were selling out left and right. When a trend is that big, there's always the possibility of it tapering off after its peak but that's not been the case with the aforementioned lug-sole loafers, which Gigi Hadid just confirmed for us in Paris.

As far as celebrity trendsetters go, Hadid is at the top of the influential list, so when I saw that she was wearing chunky loafers on two occasions, I was convinced they're still a go. In both instances, she wore a pair of leopard-print loafers by Reformation. pairing them with a marigold jumpsuit and baggy jeans and a leather blazer. Aside from being comfortable and walkable, the flats continue to give a forward look to whatever outfit they're paired with. They're one of the most versatile shoe trends on the market.

Scroll on to shop Gigi's still-in-stock(!) loafers.

On Gigi Hadid: Fendi bag; Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafers ($248)

On Gigi Hadid: Zadig & Voltaire Monarque Smooth Jacket ($1098); Icon Denim jeans; Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafers ($248)

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NYPD Detain, Question Ex&Boyfriend Of Dasia Johnson Whose Dismembered Body Was Found In Suitcases Last Month https://joripress.com/nypd-detain-question-ex-boyfriend-of-dasia-johnson-whose-dismembered-body-was-found-in-suitcases-last-month https://joripress.com/nypd-detain-question-ex-boyfriend-of-dasia-johnson-whose-dismembered-body-was-found-in-suitcases-last-month

Investigators in New York City have detained the ex-boyfriend of Dasia Johnson, the 22-year-old Brooklyn woman who’s dismembered body was found packed away in suitcases last month, and are on the lookout for six other witnesses wanted for questioning.

The ex-boyfriend, who has not yet been publicly identified, was detained by NYPD over the weekend on an active arrest warrant out of Nassau County that’s unrelated to the Johnson case, according to the New York Post.

Multiple NYPD sources tell PEOPLE that police have been questioning him in connection with the young woman’s killing.

Murder Victim’s Ex-Boyfriend In Custody, NYPD Seek Six More “Witnesses” For Questioning

Police released photos of five women and one man who they said “are being sought as witnesses in connection” to the grisly Brooklyn murder. All six are reported to have been inside Johnson’s Brooklyn apartment at the time of her death.

Johnson’s former beau remains at the 75th Precinct station house as of Monday, and had been on the NYPD’s radar ever since the gruesome discovery.

Her body was found dismembered inside her East New York apartment on September 21, after concerned relatives were unable to reach her.

Johnson’s body had been dismembered and placed in two suitcases, the police sources say.

Victim Had Active Restraining Order Against Former Beau, Neighbors Describe Ongoing Abuse She Faced

She had an active restraining order against the ex-boyfriend in question. Her ex-boyfriend had already been previously arrested in March, when he violated the restraining order by showing up at her apartment to pick up some of his belongings, sources told the outlet.

Her apartment was left soaked in blood following the murder, one neighbor told the Post.

“Blood everywhere, pints of blood,” neighbor Stephanie Harris said at the time. “It was nasty. “You can imagine what happened to her. You know she fought for her life.”

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Other neighbors told the outlet of the ongoing abuse Johnson suffered at the hands of her former boyfriend, who said she was often seen with bruises on her body. One resident said the boyfriend even threatened her young daughter as well.

Family Faults Building Security Guards For Not Doing Enough To Protect Murder Victim After Request For Wellness Check

Johnson’s family have since placed some of the blame on building security for not doing enough to protect her.

Her relatives called building security guards on September 21 to conduct a wellness check on Johnson – an aspiring teacher – however the guards were turned away by two men, one of which was believed to be her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

The security guards eventually returned to her apartment later that day and discovered her remains before calling police.

Authorities have yet to formally file charges against the former boyfriend as of Monday.

A candlelight vigil was held in Johnson’s honor on September 28.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson’s death and/or the identities of the six other witnesses are urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers.

The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards of up to $3,500 for anonymous information provided to the 800-577-TIPS hotline that leads to the arrest and conviction of a violent felon.

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Denver Broncos Stud Running Back Out for the Season https://joripress.com/denver-broncos-stud-running-back-out-for-the-season https://joripress.com/denver-broncos-stud-running-back-out-for-the-season Denver Broncos Stud Running Back Out for the Season - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Denver Broncos second year running back Javonte Williams suffered a season ending knee injury tearing two major knee ligaments.

The former North Carolina Tar Heel was set to have a breakout season after an above average rookie year. Broncos fans who were patiently waiting for a true breakout will now have to wait at least another year. Such a brutal loss.

Broncos starter Javonte Williams reportedly will miss season with torn ACL

The stud running back tore is ACL and LCL in his right knee in Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Williams averaged 4.3 yards per carry with 204 yards and zero touchdowns before the injury.

He had been in a running back by committee with veteran Melvin Gordon all of last year and more of the same this year. This has not been new to Williams. He was also in a committee in college as he split work with now New York Jets running back Michael Carter.

Where do the Denver Broncos go from here? Veteran running back Melvin Gordon along with Mike Boone will most likely lead the backfield going forward on an already struggling Broncos offense.

This injury definitely does not bode well for Denver’s division chances as they are now projected as the third highest odds at +500 on most NFL betting sites.

The Broncos face the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night and they could have their stud running out as well in Jonathan Taylor. So this could make for a defensive slug-fest with both these offenses struggling to start the season.

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Step inside the courtroom: Live updates from the Oath Keeper seditious conspiracy trial https://joripress.com/step-inside-the-courtroom-live-updates-from-the-oath-keeper-seditious-conspiracy-trial https://joripress.com/step-inside-the-courtroom-live-updates-from-the-oath-keeper-seditious-conspiracy-trial Daily Kos is live inside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers Elmer Stewart Rhodes, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, Thomas Caldwell, and Kelly Meggs. All are accused of attempting to forcibly stop the transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021, from former President Donald Trump to now-President Joe Biden. 

With jury selection finished last week, opening statements are set to begin Monday before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta. Prosecutors said they expect their initial statement to stretch for roughly 90 minutes as they introduce jurors to the charges and the defendants. Attorneys for the defense have indicated that they expect to spend an hour making an opening statement for Rhodes alone. Co-defendants Watkins, Meggs, and Caldwell are expected to receive roughly 90 combined minutes, and Harrelson has suggested he will reserve his time to start. 

For further information about the defendants, check out the Daily Kos guide for a breakdown. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:22:33 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta has denied a motion from Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs to have a bench trial instead of a jury trial. Mehta argues it is inappropriate and especially in light of the fact that Meggs’s co-defendants have not asked for a bench trial. This is denied, Mehta explains, because of disparities that could result in sentencing or information the jury may receive. 

With too many hurdles to overcome, the request is shot down within just a few moments.

Now: #OathKeepers defendant Kelly Meggs tried this morning to get out of a jury trial and asked for a bench trial instead. Judge Mehta has now DENIED that request.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:29:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta has now denied an eleventh-hour request to change venues after the defendants argued after jury selection last week that it would be impossible to find a fair jury pool.

Going over the jury questionnaire, Mehta notes, only three qualified jurors had ever even heard of the Oath Keepers and “exactly zero” said they had such strong views about the defendants that they would not be able to fairly judge the case. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:41:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Another motion is denied for Oath Keepers and all before jurors even take their seats in the box.

Mehta has denied a request from defendant Kelly Meggs to depose a potential witness for the defense, Colonel John Siemens, at trial. Meggs has argued that Siemens could testify about how he has a history of providing security, effectively supporting his claim that his conduct on Jan. 6 was not seditious but part of the typical fare for Oath Keepers tapped to provide protection details. 

Now: Judge Mehta DENIES a request by Oath Keeper defendant Kelly Meggs to depose Col. John Siemens Meggs said he could corroborate his history of security work for OKers. Meggs also said he just heard about Siemens. But that point is quickly undone...

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:58:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta denied a motion to exclude evidence from trial including a chat log where defendant Kelly Meggs spoke to his wife about wanting to go on a “killing spree” on Election Day 2020. Meggs said the conversation should be kept out because it was protected by martial privilege, but prosecutors said, not so, since Meggs’s son was also in on that chat. Mehta agreed with prosecutors and prosecutors are expected to use a portion of that chat in its opening arguments Monday. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 2:10:27 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

The jurors are now being sworn in. Away we go. The trial is expected to last at least four to five weeks. Prosecutors have indicated they could call forward at least 40 witnesses. 

Before opening statements, Judge Mehta will give jury instructions. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 2:13:07 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

For those who didn’t know:

Jurors can take notes; cant take notebook w/them when they leave for day. They stay locked in the courtroom during recess/overnight. At end of trial, notebooks will be destroyed. No one will see their notes, not even Mehta. 16 are in jury box incl. alts; only 12 will deliberate

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 2:18:36 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta goes over the charges and reminds jurors that these are merely allegations and that an indictment is not a suggestion of guilt. 

3: Conspiracy to prevent Congress from discharging duties 4: Obstruction of an official proceeding 5: Meggs, Harrelson, Watkins, destruction of govt prop 6: Watkins obstructed LEOs inside the Cap 7,8,9,10: Rhodes, Meggs, Harrelson, C'well w/obs. of justice for tampering

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 2:37:50 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecutors have begun their opening statement, telling jurors that Rhodes and his fellow Oath Keepers plotted an armed rebellion to shatter the bedrock of democracy, the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. 

“They seized upon the opportunity to interrupt Congress on January 6,” U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler says Monday. 

He notes that defendant Thomas Caldwell was not a dues-paying member of Oath Keepers but an affiliate. On Jan. 6, it was his years of naval experience that were tapped when Oath Keepers allegedly planned to ferry weapons from a hotel in northern Virginia to Washington. The hotel was situated just across the Potomac River.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 2:46:52 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecution runs over the conspiracy aspect first and namely, how Oath Keepers used GoTo Meeting, Zello, Parler, Facebook, Rocket Chat and more encrypted apps like Signal or Proton Mail to group and direct message each other about their plans for Jan. 6. 

Jurors will hear about meetings that took place in November, December and January.

Jurors saw video clips as well from Jan. 6, including those of Jessica Watkins clamoring “Push, push, push. Get in there! They can’t hold us.”

We see a patch worn by Kelly Meggs on January 6 that reads: “I don’t believe in anything, I’m just here for the violence.”

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:02:25 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecution shows chat from Kelly Meggs where he was working on recruiting more help to stop the transfer of power. In one message from 12/23, Meggs wrote to his prospects: "Its easy to chat here. Who is willing to die?"

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:06:24 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

The prosecution is laying out several text messages from Oath Keepers where they discussed plans to stop the transfer of power among each other.

Harrelson, Meggs, Watkins all followed Rhodes’s orders during a Nov. 9 meeting to recruit more bodies to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Meggs sent out similar calls to his chapter in Florida; Watkins did the same in Ohio. Caldwell helped Watkins and coordinated with Oath Keepers in North Carolina. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:14:07 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

We are now hearing about the quick reaction force team staged in Arlington, Virginia. 

Caldwell chose this site because of its proximity to Route 66 and easy access to DC. Jurors will see messages from Caldwell about organizing the quick reaction force team and how to get firearms across the river from Va to DC. Jurors will see maps OKers plotted to do this. 

Meggs said: “We’ll have a heavy QRF 10 mins out” and then sent a map of entry points for the quick reaction force teams 

“1 if by land, 2 if by sea,” Meggs wrote in a chat.

Jurors will see video evidence of conspirators depositing and retrieving bags of semiautomatic rifles, other ammo. Meggs, Harrelson, Watkins, Caldwell and other conspirators will be seen coming and going from the site.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:16:11 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

More from Nestler about what jurors can expect to see in depth as the trial unfolds:

Moving from Dec 2020 to Jan 2021, jurors now see a text from Rhodes on Jan. 6 "Pence is doing nothing" Rhodes complained. Then, Rhodes, again on 1.6: "All I see Trump doing is complaining. I see no attempt by him to do anything. So the patriots are taking it into their own hands"

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:20:09 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

We see a message from OKer Edward Vallejo on 1/6. "The American ppl are going to be told today that we have liberty and justice for all or they're gonna be told fuck you, OK. And if they're told fuck you, that's going to be the declaration of a guerilla war."

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:23:47 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Showing jurors a map of the Capitol, the prosecution shows where Oath Keepers entered on Jan. 6 and split into two groups with seven members each. One group toward the senate, another to the House. He highlights how the box of certified ballots moved through the Capitol. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:33:07 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Meggs had a keen interest in Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nestler says, pointing to Meggs chat with his wife "I'm gonna go on a killing spree. Pelosi first." Then on 1/6 when someone msgs Meggs they want to see Pelosi's head rollikng down Capitol steps, Meggs said: "We looked for her."

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Jurors also hear for the first time a bit about the alleged defense from Kelly Meggs, who claims he was there to "help" police guarding Capitol. Namely, Meggs says he "helped” U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn. 

Prosecution says definitely not so, Dunn was being exhausted, fending off Meggs et al with a single gun.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:39:49 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

As the prosecution begins to wind down its opening statements, Nestler shows messages where Rhodes and others were elated over what they had done on Jan. 6. 

“We were in the thick of it. Stormed the Capitol. Forced our way into the Senate and House, got teargassed and muscled the cops back like Spartans,” Jessica Watkins wrote in one message.

In another, she wrote: “When Pence turned on America, that’s when we patriots took the Capitol.” 

Caldwell admitted his own actions, Nestler said. Caldwell wrote to someone on Jan. 6 that he “rolled with the Oath Keepers” and when he heard on Jan. 6 that Pence “fucked us,” he wrote: “Let’s take the damn Capitol.”

Caldwell then said if they had the arsenal of guns with them on Jan. 6, they would have “killed 100 politicians.” Caldwell lamented that members of Congress had been “spirited away” and ran into hiding like “rats.”

Vallejo sent a msg AFTER Jan. 6 saying he's going back into DC to "probe their defense line," Nestler notes.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:43:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecution touches on the tampering charge and tells jurors that Oath Keepers deleted messages and instructed one another to keep quiet about what they did on Jan. 6. 

Proscution shows #Rhodes text after Jan. 6 where he told OKers to delete messages and further, "Do not chat about Oath Keepers members allegedly doing anything at Capitol. Go dark on that. Do not discuss." Then Rhodes wrote: "Let me put it in infantry speak: Shut the fuck up."

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 3:49:38 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Nestler: They said out loud and in writing what they planned to do: to use any means necessary to stop, including by force, the transfer of power.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 4:15:26 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

The defense is now up. An attorney for Rhodes, Philip Linder, tells jurors in his opening statement that they will provide evidence to “fill in the gaps” between allegations from the government. 

He also urges jurors to look at the evidence on a “factual basis” and not let their personal feelings influence them. 

What the government has tried to tell you is wrong and will be different from what the media and government has told you, Linder added.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 4:21:04 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Attorney for Rhodes gets a quick warning from the judge about the language he uses, specifically, when he tells jurors they will hear evidence different from what the media has told them about in the last year. 

This is notable because they are supposed to disregard that information anyway and the insinuation is irrelevant to the charges. 

Mehta tells Linder avoid language like "what the press told you" "congress told you" Mehta didn't elaborate initially but my understanding is that this is because Linder's assessment on what the media has/hasn't done is irrelevant to the charges Linder did it again. Then again.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 4:40:46 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

In his opening statement for Rhodes, attorney Philip Linder tells jurors that the government will present evidence that is out of context, specifically, messages sent among members of the group. 

Linder acknowledged that yes, jurors would see Rhodes texting outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, but he was merely checking on the status of other security details run by Oath Keepers elsewhere. 

The defense also tried to get ahead of coming witness testimony from North Carolina Oath Keeper division leader William Todd Wilson. Wilson pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against Rhodes and others. Wilson, Linder said, is expected to testify that Rhodes demanded to be put on a call with Trump. 

Linder said Monday that the call “doesn’t exist” and they intend to show their evidence supporting this during cross-examination. 

Some effort was expended by Rhodes’s attorney to introduce the Oath Keepers to jurors as a “peace-keeping” force that has never had clashes with police or law enforcement before. There is a “narrative” being concocted by the government about the defendant’s intent on Jan. 6. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 6:06:37 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

We are back with opening statements first from David Fischer, the attorney for defendant Thomas Caldwell. 

Fischer emphasizes to jurors that Caldwell’s role on Jan. 6 was a small one compared to everyone else. And again, they emphasize that Caldwell was not a member of the Oath Keepers. Prosecutors say he was an affiliate, but not a dues-paying member. 

The allegations from the Justice Department about Caldwell’s role overseeing the quick reaction force team in Virginia are overblown and an “abject lie,” Fischer said.

The quick reaction force was set up only as a possible response for any trouble that could emerge. The operative word is “reaction” because their conduct was not premeditated, Fischer said.

Quick reaction force teams were used when Oath Keepers went to other events, including Trump’s Million MAGA March in December 2020, Fischer continued.

Caldwell's defense attorney highlighted how there was an Oath Keeper “quick reaction force” team used in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 to respond to civil unrest after a grand jury failed to indict a police officer who killed Michael Brown. 

But Fischer did not mention that the St. Louis Police Department condemned the presence of Oath Keepers who stalked rooftops with guns. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 6:17:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Fischer tells jurors that the government has totally taken Caldwell’s remarks in texts with Oath Keepers out of context. Caldwell’s comments about “storming the castle” and “I am such an instigator” are quotes from the film The Princess Bride.

In texts where he is called “commander,” it is because of his history as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. 

The government charged Caldwell without having full information, he contends and he maintains that the FBI had bad or incomplete information on Caldwell at the time of his interview. So much so, that even though Caldwell had “diarrhea of the mouth” with FBI agents at questioning, the FBI still let him go of their own volition. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 6:36:49 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

There were no signs telling them to stay out of a restricted area, nothing blocking access to Capitol steps, Fischer says. Caldwell and his wife walked up slowly.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 6:39:15 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

An attorney for defendant Jessica Watkins, Jonathan Crisp, tells the jury that Watkins is an “enigma” who regretted being discharged from the military. She showed up in D.C. on Jan. 6 to “protect and serve.”

Notably, Crisp tells the jury in his opening statement that they will learn about how Watkins is a transgender woman and how her experience as a transgender woman has colored her involvement with the group. 

What she did on Jan. 6 was part of her desire to “fit in” with the group, Crisp says.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 6:47:21 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Watkins’s rucksack on Jan. 6 was full of medical supplies and when she marched on the Capitol, she was headed there only to help people who might need it. 

Defense attorney Jonathan Crisp says when Watkins said on Zello on Jan. 6, “We have 30-40 people, stick to the plan” she was referring to the plan to help people already rioting at the Capitol.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 7:01:01 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Though opening statements were expected from Kelly Meggs, he has changed his mind and decided not to make one, per his attorney Stanley Woodward. 

Oath Keeper Kenneth Harrelson will reserve time as well. This decision was forecast last week at jury selection.

With opening statements done, the court will take a brief recess, and then it is likely that the government could dive right into its questioning. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 7:25:19 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

The court is moving right into questions of witnesses. The frst witness called by the prosecution is FBI Agent Michael Palian. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 7:31:21 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

US attorney Kathryn Rakoczy leads questioning of first witness called in trial: FBI special agent Michael Palian. 

Palian was on security detail on Jan. 6 and helped escort senators back into the Capitol once the building was secured. 

FBI agent Palian also escorted senators back into the Capitol after the riot; "It looked like a bomb had gone off in there," Palian says. He describes the scene: Windows were broken, doors broken, a ton of debris in the hallways. The air was acrid with pepper spray.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

We then see a photo Palian took at 7:45pm on Jan. 6 from inside the Capitol. It depicts an FBI swat team comprised of officers from Baltimore and D.C. that he was standing behind. Their helmets and tactical gear make for a stark image of what it took to secure the building after the attack.

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 8:10:08 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecution is laying out the evidence they have amassed from Oath Keeper devices with the help of FBI special agent testimony:

Palian recalls Nov. 3, 2020 - Election Day - and recalls that news outlets did NOT call the election that night. Though he recalled, most major news networks had Biden in lead. But, he says, Biden was not declared. (That would come 11/7 but note: Trump declared victory 11/4)

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 8:34:16 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Prosecutors are still questioning FBI special agent Palian and are reviewing texts seized off Rhodes’s devices and others. 

Some of those messages include those sent on the encrypted Signal app. In a group chat labeled “Old Leadership Chat,” Rhodes responded to a member who asked him on Nov. 4, 2020, “How are we drawing our battle plans? As we are now all going to be Public Enemy #1 by the tyrants.” 

Rhodes provided this person—labeled in text messages as “Chris”—with a plan by the numbers. Rhodes wrote “remain calm, it ain’t over til it’s over” and “don’t give legitimacy to an illegitimate fradulent (fraud infested) system, if that system declares Biden the winner, I won’t ever recognize him as the legitimate president because of the fraud.” 

Rhodes proceeded to tell the group that same day that the Oath Keepers were establishing quick reaction forces in DC as well as “each major region of the nation.” 

They would need those with combat experience and law enforcement veterans. 

“We will get it done,” Rhodes said. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 8:34:59 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Oath Keeper Elmer Stewart Rhodes sent another message on Nov 5 at 11:14AM to the OKer leadership chat. "We must refuse to accept Biden as the legitimate winner. Call out the fraud and theft. Protect and defend all who are publicly standing against it"

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 8:47:01 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

In review of text messages from Nov. 9, 2020, prosecutors show jurors how defendant Jessica Watkins told recruits she would need them “fighting fit” by the inauguration. 

Watkins also told one prospective Oath Keeper recruit to take off work from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, 2021 and that Alex Jones had “put out the call” for Trump supporters to show up at Capitol buildings throughout the country. 

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O'Rourke slams Abbott's anti&immigrant stunts as 'incredibly dangerous' during gubernatorial debate https://joripress.com/orourke-slams-abbotts-anti-immigrant-stunts-as-incredibly-dangerous-during-gubernatorial-debate https://joripress.com/orourke-slams-abbotts-anti-immigrant-stunts-as-incredibly-dangerous-during-gubernatorial-debate Beto O’Rourke slammed Greg Abbott’s multibillion dollar Operation Lone Star scheme and his political exploitation of thousands of migrant children and adults who’ve been bused to targeted regions of the nation under his orders, saying during a televised gubernatorial debate on Friday that “we don’t need any more stunts, we need solutions.”

“This hateful rhetoric, this treating human beings as political pawns, talking about invasions and Texans defending themselves—that’s how people get killed at the Walmart in El Paso,” O’Rourke continued during what is likely to be the only debate between the two. “This is incredibly dangerous for Texas and is not reflective of our values.”

O’Rourke was pointing to the devastating mass murder of Latinos in the state back in 2019. Despite the racist mass murderer complaining of a “Hispanic invasion,” Abbott has continued to echo this person’s rhetoric as recently as this past summer.

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Abbott’s office has previously bristled at criticism that his stunt of busing thousands of human beings to regions including Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City is a stunt, but that’s exactly what it is. NBC News reported early Monday morning that Abbott had sent another busload of human beings to Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence.

“Pressed by a moderator about why Abbott has only sent migrants to states governed by Democrats, Abbott suggested that another round of buses would be deployed to other cities that he did not name,” The Washington Post reported. But he’s only saying that because he’s been correctly called out, and Abbott’s own press release boasting of the stunt back in April plainly stated the busing was happening because of a pro-migrant policy decision by the Biden administration. This is not a humanitarian mission, this is political retribution.

Moderators during the debate also played a clip of New York City Mayor Eric Adams saying that Abbott’s office had refused to cooperate with his office on the busing. Illinois officials had also called Abbott’s office “wholly uncooperative.”

”Abbott said during the debate that he hadn’t been contacted by New York Mayor Eric Adams related to migrants coming from Texas,” News 19 reported. But the outlet said that lie was debunked by Adams’ press secretary, who tweeted a screenshot of the mayor’s office’s communications with Abbott’s staffers that proved otherwise.

O’Rourke further blasted the multibillion dollar Operation Lone Star, which has targeted and jailed Black and brown migrants, many in violation of state law. O’Rourke said the scheme has “clearly failed.”

”The numbers are in,” he said. “We’re seeing not fewer, but more engagements at the border. When the governor spent $4 billion of our tax dollars on what has turned out to be political theater for his political career. He promised us that it would deter people from coming to this country. We’ve only seen more people come. Now they get a bus ride to Chicago, or Washington, D.C., or New York. We don’t need any more stunts, we need solutions.”

Abbott had no rebuttal for that response because it was all true, so he instead pivoted to fentanyl and the border, one of the most popular GOP tropes of the moment. That fact is, it’s largely U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been caught smuggling large quantities of drugs. But Republicans have continued falsely linking immigration and fentanyl, with the relentless parroting having discernible results. Recent polling has shown that 40% of Americans, including most Republicans, believe this lie.

O’Rourke was also correct in labeling Abbott’s political stunts as dangerous, because they have only emboldened anti-immigrant forces in the state. This past summer, Abbott issued an executive order purporting to give state law enforcement the power to detain and return recently crossed migrants to the border. That order signaled to violent extremists by echoing “invasion” rhetoric. Last month, two Texas brothers pursued a group of migrants, shooting two and murdering one.

”The San Antonio Express-News reported that Mike Sheppard was the warden of the West Texas Detention Center, run by the Louisiana-based LaSalle Corrections, a company that operates jails, prisons and immigration detention centers,” The Texas Tribune reported. “Sheppard began working as a warden in 2015 at the West Texas facility, which has been the subject of several allegations of violence against immigrants, according to The Intercept.”

The outlet said the two brothers claimed they’d been hunting for animals and had allegedly spotted a javelina. What a coincidence that the warden of an abusive immigration detention facility just happened to end up in a pursuit that claimed that life of a migrants.

“This was a hate crime against brown-skinned immigrants that was inspired by the invasion rhetoric of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and others,” Rep. Joaquin Castro said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “There was no way for the killers to know who their victims were or what their legal status was. The division and fear that Greg Abbott and his fellow bigots have created has made Texas a more dangerous place for all Hispanics. National leaders on both sides of the aisle need to condemn the rhetoric that inspired this attack, and Texas authorities must swiftly prosecute this crime as murder.”

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'They pointed a gun at me screaming': Black mother wrongfully detained six days after giving birth https://joripress.com/they-pointed-a-gun-at-me-screaming-black-mother-wrongfully-detained-six-days-after-giving-birth https://joripress.com/they-pointed-a-gun-at-me-screaming-black-mother-wrongfully-detained-six-days-after-giving-birth Six days after she underwent a cesarean section to deliver her child, northern Virginia police officers mistook a Black mother for a suspect involved in a high-speed chase and hit the car she was riding in head-on. Jamee Kimble said in the caption of video of the encounter she posted to Instagram on Saturday that two of her children were in the car with her when officers with the Fairfax County Police Department hit the vehicle. 

”They had me hold both of my hands out the car window while they pointed a gun at me screaming that I could become a threat if I moved…IN FRONT OF MY KIDS!!!!!” she said. “After searching me in my car, AND FINDING NOTHING.. they threw me my kids in the back of a police car and I wasn’t even being detained at this point (they had handcuffs on mee)!!!”

The police department said in a news release confirming the crash that the car Kimble was riding in was a “wanted vehicle involved in an incident in Arlington County.” 

The department has started an administrative review of the incident.

Officers said in the news release that they were responding to a 3:30 PM alert from the county’s license plate reader that "a felony vehicle with occupants listed as armed and dangerous" was traveling in the Fairfax jurisdiction.

"Patrol officers soon found the vehicle, conducted a felony vehicle stop and detained the occupants,” police said in the release. “Two adult women and two children were discovered in the vehicle.”

In the process of detaining those in the vehicle, an officer’s cruiser “struck the front bumper of the wanted vehicle while traveling at an estimated speed under 10 mph,” police said, adding that “there was minimal damage to the car."

“Officers identified the occupants, determined they were not owners of the vehicle, were not involved in the incident in Arlington County, and were released,” police said. “The driver requested to be taken to the hospital by Fire & Rescue personnel at that time.”  

Kimble said in her social media post that the three days she spent in the hospital having her son delivered ended up serving as her alibi. But even after clearing her name, she said police “almost refused” to give her the officer’s name who hit her vehicle.

“My two small children were in the back and the conclusion of the accident was that they had the wrong person…” Kimble said. “HELP ME AND MY BABIES GET JUSTICE.. THEY ARE WRONG AF & NEED TO BE FIRED!!!!!!”

Warning: This video of the aftermath of Kimble’s encounter with police contains profanity.

Police officers allegedly hit family in head-on collision after mistaking them for suspect involved in a high-speed chase (???? @jameekimble) pic.twitter.com/rMbtgxcFJm

— Virtual Celebrity News Network (@virtualcelebnew) October 2, 2022

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Scott picks a side in Trump's violent, racist attacks on McConnell. Spoiler alert: It's Trump https://joripress.com/scott-picks-a-side-in-trumps-violent-racist-attacks-on-mcconnell-spoiler-alert-its-trump https://joripress.com/scott-picks-a-side-in-trumps-violent-racist-attacks-on-mcconnell-spoiler-alert-its-trump There was another rhetorical skirmish in the Republican civil war over the weekend, with the former guy issuing what could reasonably be interpreted as a death threat against Mitch McConnell, and Trump didn’t just attack McConnell; he also had to throw in a grotesquely racist jab at McConnell’s wife and Trump cabinet member, Elaine Chao.

Sen. Rick Scott, the guy McConnell tapped to help Republicans retake the Senate this election cycle, made it all worse when refused to stand up for McConnell and Chao against the guy who clearly is his actual leader. In two broadsides on his social media platform Friday, Trump first accused McConnell of “working for the Democrat [sic] Party.”

In a follow-up, asked rhetorically if McConnell was allowing Democrats to pass bills “because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH.” Then he added, “Must immediately seek help and advise [sic] from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!”

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As of yet, no elected Republican has stood up to condemn Trump’s casual call to violence or his racism, or to defend McConnell and Chao. Since Congress is on recess now, they won’t have to face reporters directly, and none of them seem to be anxious to make statements about it because it’s the decent thing to do.

Scott was the only elected Republican directly confronted with the question about Trump’s rhetoric Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union and on CBS’ Face the Nation. On CNN, confronted with Trump’s words, Scott said, “I don’t condone violence,” then tried to pivot to pretending that Trump was talking about inflation. No. Really. “I think, you know, what the President is saying is, ‘You know, there’s been a lot of money spent over the last two years. We’ve got to make sure we don’t keep caving to Democrats. It’s causing an unbelievable inflation and causing more and more debt.’”

As for the attack on Chao, “It’s never, ever okay to be a racist,” Scott told CNN’s Dana Bash. “I hope no one is racist. […] I hope no one says anything that’s inappropriate.” Perhaps he’ll send up some prayers, too, for “people” to not be racist. That’ll work.

Here he is on CBS, dodging the question of the incitement of violence implicit in what his leader said Friday—and what Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene escalated at a rally with Trump over the weekend. He dodged it six times in 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) asked 6 times in 4 minutes whether he rejects a racist post from former president Donald Trump and false death claims from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Scott dodges 6 times. pic.twitter.com/tdV1ttJRGl

— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 2, 2022

Scott and McConnell have been feuding for months, so it’s not terribly surprising that he’s not out there to defend McConnell. But that’s no excuse for refusing to condemn violent, racist rhetoric. Which tells you everything you need to know about where Republicans are lining up in the next elections.

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Shopbop's Beauty Launch Is so Good—Here's What 3 Beauty Editors Are Buying https://joripress.com/shopbops-beauty-launch-is-so-goodheres-what-3-beauty-editors-are-buying-69602 https://joripress.com/shopbops-beauty-launch-is-so-goodheres-what-3-beauty-editors-are-buying-69602

It should come as no surprise when I tell you team WWW loves Shopbop. Whether we're shopping for the best fall jeans, gorgeous knits, or sleek new boots, we can always count on SB for key fashion finds. But today, Shopbop specifically sent us beauty editors into a frenzy by launching—you guessed it—a selection of expertly-curated beauty products. The retailer's enviable lineup of brands includes Augustinus Bader, Ouai, Supergoop!, Oribe, Briogeo, and more. It's a mix of both luxury and affordable that I really appreciate. 

In an effort to contain our excitement, our beauty editors have selected just five key products we'll each be shopping (and hoarding) on the website today. Ahead, find each of our wishlists and happy shopping!

I'm not usually one to buy eye shadow palettes with a lot of bright colors—I tend to gravitate towards ones with rich neutral shades and a few shimmers mixed in. But, this stunning offering from Uoma Beauty immediately caught my eye. The distinct, highly pigmented shades of shimmering olive, metallic gold, and royal blue are perfect to experiment with for fall.

Furtuna Skin's replenishing balm totally saved my skin. After years of using drying tretinoin, my skin barrier was completely shot. This nourishing, hydrating formula got it back on the mend. It features the brand's wild-foraged replenishing complex with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids that soothe, hydrate, and restore radiance to dull skin.

This creamy, semi-matte lipstick from Mented is perfect for everyday wear, moisturizes, and adds a gorgeous pop for subtle color to the lips. My go-to is the shade Peach Please.

This botanical-rich formula is truly an all-in-one product. It supports and protects stressed skin, promotes balance and radiance, and leaves skin feeling extra hydrated. It's a serum and moisturizer fused into one. Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy, I'll just wash my face and use this. It gives your skin an incredible glow.

Every celebrity stylist I speak to raves about Oribe's luxurious products. As someone with dry hair, I have my eye on this lightweight oil formulated for brittle, damaged, or color-treated hair. It also smells delicious with notes of bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood.

A staple in each of our makeup bags, Katie will be opting for the Lawless Forget the Filler Plumping Gloss in the shade Velvet. Made with the brand's signature maxi lip formula, it leaves your lips pillow-soft, plump, and hydrated with a burst of color.

Beloved by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Nina Dobrev, this hyaluronic acid serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm is high on Katie's wishlist. This serum will penetrate the deeper layers of the skin using an optimal concentration of both low-weight and high-weight hyaluronic acid. It delivers long term hydration, soothes, and protects skin from the elements.

A classic and cute acne treatment, Starface's Hydro-Stars help reduce the appearance of pimples overnight using hydrocolloid, a clinically-proven active ingredient that helps absorb fluid and reduce inflammation while you sleep.

This multitasking sunscreen from Supergoop! acts as an SPF and makeup primer with a dewy, glowy finish. It hydrates, protects, and promotes extra radiance with powerful antioxidants like sea lavender.

Boost shine, add lightweight hydration, and fight frizz with Ceremonia's lush Guava Leave-In. It remains a bestseller for the brand and on every beauty editor's wishlist because it's just that good. It also smells divine since it features Ceremonia's signature fragrance consisting of soft notes of wood and lemon zest.

This weekly at-home bond rebuilding treatment is a staple in Erin's routine (and loved by just about every celebrity hairstylist). It repairs dry or color-damaged hair in a jiff. The formula drastically reduces breakage and strengthens the hair leaving it softer and more manageable over time.

T3's ceramic heated brush uses Rapid Heat IQ Technology and the brand's PrecisionEdge Design to smooth out your strands, add volume at the roots, and polish ends. 

The newest offering to the Cream family, this lightweight version is great for oilier skin types. It's powered by Augustinus Bader's signature TFC8 complex which features a blend of botanicals and antioxidants that help regulate sebum levels and provide shine control. All while strengthening the skin's barrier and preventing water loss for a smoother, plumper complexion.

Beauty editors love Costa Brazil so it should come as no surprise this aromatic firming oil with the brand's cold-pressed jungle complex makes Erin's list. It's rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, and rich botanical oils that provide lightweight hydration, soften, brighten, and firm the skin.

Erin's go to leave-in from Ouai detangles the hair, protects it against heat damage, and reduces frizz and flyaways. The delicious scent of bergamot, violet, and white musk will also give you a major burst of energy.

Up Next: What's Worth It: The New Fall Beauty Finds We Tried and Can't Stop Recommending.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:40:03 +0300 JoriPress
Kylie Jenner Just Went Pants&less in Tighty&Whities at Paris Fashion Week https://joripress.com/kylie-jenner-just-went-pants-less-in-tighty-whities-at-paris-fashion-week https://joripress.com/kylie-jenner-just-went-pants-less-in-tighty-whities-at-paris-fashion-week There's been so much action at Paris Fashion Week that it's been hard to keep up. A muddy scene at Balenciaga? A secret Yeezy show? Check and check. But don't let all the commotion distract you from the celebrity outfits because there have been some spectacularly daring looks in the front row. 

Case in point: Kylie Jenner, who attended the Loewe shoe wearing nothing but white underwear with Wolford tights (okay, and a coat as well). Wearing tighty-whities sans pants is definitely a risky move, but the floor-skimming coat helped her pull it off like it ain't no thing. Scroll down to see how Kylie Jenner wore underwear as outerwear at Paris Fashion Week and shop for tried-and-true white briefs for yourself. 

On Kylie Jenner: Loewe tank top, underwear, and coat; Wolford tights

Next: The Easy 2-Piece Outfit I Wear Every September and October

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
First price drop on the Apple Watch Series 8, and more fitness tracker deals https://joripress.com/first-price-drop-on-the-apple-watch-series-8-and-more-fitness-tracker-deals https://joripress.com/first-price-drop-on-the-apple-watch-series-8-and-more-fitness-tracker-deals
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A fitness tracker is one of the most helpful gadgets when it comes to getting in shape. It won’t magically make you fit, but it can keep you on top of your fitness goals and stay motivated. Some manufacturers even offer fitness trackers just for kids. We’ve gathered deals from all of the major players, and you can check out our favorites below.

Related: The best smartwatches you can buy

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:30:04 +0300 JoriPress
Shopbop's Beauty Launch is so Good—Here's What 3 Beauty Editors Are Buying https://joripress.com/shopbops-beauty-launch-is-so-goodheres-what-3-beauty-editors-are-buying https://joripress.com/shopbops-beauty-launch-is-so-goodheres-what-3-beauty-editors-are-buying

It should come as no surprise when I tell you team WWW loves Shopbop. Whether we're shopping for the best fall jeans, gorgeous knits, or sleek new boots, we can always count on SB for key fashion finds. But today, Shopbop specifically sent us beauty editors into a frenzy by launching—you guessed it—a selection of expertly-curated beauty products. The retailer's enviable lineup of brands includes Augustinus Bader, Ouai, Supergoop!, Oribe, Briogeo, and more. It's a mix of both luxury and affordable that I really appreciate. 

In an effort to contain our excitement, our beauty editors have selected just five key products we'll each be shopping (and hoarding) on the website today. Ahead, find each of our wishlists and happy shopping!

I'm not usually one to buy eye shadow palettes with a lot of bright colors—I tend to gravitate towards ones with rich neutral shades and a few shimmers mixed in. But, this stunning offering from Uoma Beauty immediately caught my eye. The distinct, highly pigmented shades of shimmering olive, metallic gold, and royal blue are perfect to experiment with for fall.

Furtuna Skin's replenishing balm totally saved my skin. After years of using drying tretinoin, my skin barrier was completely shot. This nourishing, hydrating formula got it back on the mend. It features the brand's wild-foraged replenishing complex with potent antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids that soothe, hydrate, and restore radiance to dull skin.

This creamy, semi-matte lipstick from Mented is perfect for everyday wear, moisturizes, and adds a gorgeous pop for subtle color to the lips. My go-to is the shade Peach Please.

This botanical-rich formula is truly an all-in-one product. It supports and protects stressed skin, promotes balance and radiance, and leaves skin feeling extra hydrated. It's a serum and moisturizer fused into one. Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy, I'll just wash my face and use this. It gives your skin an incredible glow.

Every celebrity stylist I speak to raves about Oribe's luxurious products. As someone with dry hair, I have my eye on this lightweight oil formulated for brittle, damaged, or color-treated hair. It also smells delicious with notes of bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood.

A staple in each of our makeup bags, Katie will be opting for the Lawless Forget the Filler Plumping Gloss in the shade Velvet. Made with the brand's signature maxi lip formula, it leaves your lips pillow-soft, plump, and hydrated with a burst of color.

Beloved by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Nina Dobrev, this hyaluronic acid serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm is high on Katie's wishlist. This serum will penetrate the deeper layers of the skin using an optimal concentration of both low-weight and high-weight hyaluronic acid. It delivers long term hydration, soothes, and protects skin from the elements.

A classic and cute acne treatment, Starface's Hydro-Stars help reduce the appearance of pimples overnight using hydrocolloid, a clinically-proven active ingredient that helps absorb fluid and reduce inflammation while you sleep.

This multitasking sunscreen from Supergoop! acts as an SPF and makeup primer with a dewy, glowy finish. It hydrates, protects, and promotes extra radiance with powerful antioxidants like sea lavender.

Boost shine, add lightweight hydration, and fight frizz with Ceremonia's lush Guava Leave-In. It remains a bestseller for the brand and on every beauty editor's wishlist because it's just that good. It also smells divine since it features Ceremonia's signature fragrance consisting of soft notes of wood and lemon zest.

This weekly at-home bond rebuilding treatment is a staple in Erin's routine (and loved by just about every celebrity hairstylist). It repairs dry or color-damaged hair in a jiff. The formula drastically reduces breakage and strengthens the hair leaving it softer and more manageable over time.

T3's ceramic heated brush uses Rapid Heat IQ Technology and the brand's PrecisionEdge Design to smooth out your strands, add volume at the roots, and polish ends. 

The newest offering to the Cream family, this lightweight version is great for oilier skin types. It's powered by Augustinus Bader's signature TFC8 complex which features a blend of botanicals and antioxidants that help regulate sebum levels and provide shine control. All while strengthening the skin's barrier and preventing water loss for a smoother, plumper complexion.

Beauty editors love Costa Brazil so it should come as no surprise this aromatic firming oil with the brand's cold-pressed jungle complex makes Erin's list. It's rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins, and rich botanical oils that provide lightweight hydration, soften, brighten, and firm the skin.

Erin's go to leave-in from Ouai detangles the hair, protects it against heat damage, and reduces frizz and flyaways. The delicious scent of bergamot, violet, and white musk will also give you a major burst of energy.

Up Next: What's Worth It: The New Fall Beauty Finds We Tried and Can't Stop Recommending.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:30:02 +0300 JoriPress
Ye And Candace Owens Wear “White Lives Matter” T&Shirts In Paris (Photos) https://joripress.com/ye-and-candace-owens-wear-white-lives-matter-t-shirts-in-paris-photos https://joripress.com/ye-and-candace-owens-wear-white-lives-matter-t-shirts-in-paris-photos

Ye has ruffled feathers once again. “White lives matter” is trending after the rapper wore a t-shirt with the phrase while addressing attendees at his YZY SZN 9 presentation in Paris. The controversial shirt had the Pope’s face on the front, and he wore the same bedazzled flip-flops he sported last week to complete the look. Ye made a bold statement before the show started. According to Page Six, he said, “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader,” he said at one point, referencing his new legal name. “You can’t manage me.”

In addition, before the show, he teased some of the famous models expected to make appearances, including Kim Kardashian, ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, and Candice Swanepoel. As well as other big names like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Lauryn Hill, Naomi Campbell, Emily Ratajkowski, Gisele Bündchen, Bella Hadid and Amelia Gray Hamlin.

 

 

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Ye wasn’t the only one who wore the white lives matter shirt. Candace Owens also shared a few photos of the event with the Chicago native, also wearing a white lives matter shirt.

 

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Both posts garnered over 17,000 comments collectively. Real Housewives Of Potomac star Dr. Wendy Osefo stepped in, writing, “All skin folk ain’t kinfolk!!!” Shortly after, Ye began trending number one on Twitter. Journalist Marc Lamont Hill spoke in a series of tweets, condemning Ye’s actions.

 

Roommates, what is your opinion on Kanye and Candace?

The post Ye And Candace Owens Wear “White Lives Matter” T-Shirts In Paris (Photos) appeared first on The Shade Room.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:20:02 +0300 JoriPress
Attorney For Tory Lanez Slams Lawsuit That Claims He Committed A Hit&And&Run Against A Pregnant Driver In 2021 https://joripress.com/attorney-for-tory-lanez-slams-lawsuit-that-claims-he-committed-a-hit-and-run-against-a-pregnant-driver-in-2021 https://joripress.com/attorney-for-tory-lanez-slams-lawsuit-that-claims-he-committed-a-hit-and-run-against-a-pregnant-driver-in-2021

Tory Lanez is facing accusations of sideswiping a pregnant driver on a Miami highway in 2021. But his lawyer, Andell Brown, isn’t buying what the lawsuit is selling. He told TMZ, who broke the story, that the suit is “baseless and will be laughed out of court.”

Nonetheless, docs filed by Krisha Grullon and Jesse Grullon say Tory was driving a green Bentley SUV on New Year’s Day. The couple says they stopped at a red light at the end of an off-ramp after exiting the highway.

Out of nowhere, Tory allegedly came flying by. His vehicle allegedly hit their vehicle on the rear left side while Krisha was behind the wheel. The lawsuit says she was four months pregnant at the time. Not only did Tory hit their car, but the couple says he didn’t even stop to check in on the situation.

 

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Tory’s Lawyer Says The Couple’s Story Switched Up

Attorney Andell is coming at the lawsuit from another angle. He told TMZ the whole story behind the suit is made up. He believes Krisha and Jesse simply looked up Tory’s license plate to attach him to their case.

Additionally, Andell expressed suspicion about the claim hitting Tory’s insurance in July—months after the January accident. The lawyer also said the couple listed the vehicle that hit them as silver, but later changed the color to green in the lawsuit.

Andell says the company investigated the incident, spoke to attorneys, and found no basis for the claim.

But the couple is pushing forward with the suit. They want Tory to sit for a deposition in early 2023. According to the docs, Tory didn’t respond to their claims within the 45 days time frame.

This story comes about two weeks after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced an investigation into August Alsina’s claims of a physical fight with Tory.

The post Attorney For Tory Lanez Slams Lawsuit That Claims He Committed A Hit-And-Run Against A Pregnant Driver In 2021 appeared first on The Shade Room.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:20:02 +0300 JoriPress
US Soccer releases report detailing abusive behavior in NWSL https://joripress.com/us-soccer-releases-report-detailing-abusive-behavior-in-nwsl https://joripress.com/us-soccer-releases-report-detailing-abusive-behavior-in-nwsl

abusive behavior NWSL

On Monday afternoon, the US Soccer Federation released an independent report for an investigation into past reports of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct in the NWSL.

Former United States Attorney General Sally Yates produced a 172-page report that goes into an investigation into three NWSL coaches. Those coaches are Paul Riley, Rory Dames and Christy Holly. Each of these men managed an NWSL team as recently as 2021. The three coaches faced accusations of various kinds of abuse, including sexual, from former players.

The report brought specific examples of misconduct from all three during their time as coaches in NWSL or otherwise. For example, Rory Dames managed the Chicago Red Stars for a decade. Simultaneously, he founded youth academy Eclipse Select Soccer Club. Dames turned the youth academy into a pipeline for young female soccer players. Yet, while he was coaching teenagers, different players came forward with accusations of sexual advances.

Abusive behavior in NWSL

The main takeaway from the report is that much of the issues in NWSL simply got swept under the rug. For example, Christy Holly, who managed Racing Louisville, got fired from the position “for cause,” according to the press release upon his firing.

While most of the attention went towards the dismissal of Paul Riley from three NWSL teams, Holly was not a name to receive much attention for his firing. Instead, it showed a pattern from NWSL owners to sweep the issues under the rug to protect their integrity.

Now, NWSL and the US Soccer Federation prepare to make a number of reforms to prevent abusive behavior in the future. These reforms include changes to accountability and transparency with the players’ safety at the forefront.

Some of the changes NWSL plans to make are immediate. The federation plans to establish a new Office of Participant Safety. This oversees US Soccer’s conduct policies and reporting mechanisms. Also, US Soccer plans to enact a uniform minimum standard background check for members at every level, including the youth, to comport with USOPC standards.

US Soccer also announced the creation of a new player-driven Participant Safety Taskforce. This convenes leaders of all soccer levels in the country to implement the recommendations listed out in Sally Yates’s report.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:10:05 +0300 JoriPress
Vinícius and Foden should be in the ‘best young talent’ talk https://joripress.com/vinicius-and-foden-should-be-in-the-best-young-talent-talk https://joripress.com/vinicius-and-foden-should-be-in-the-best-young-talent-talk

Vinícius Foden best young

The past few years have been dominated by football’s golden kids – Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland. News media and football fans alike covered these two generational talents at a massive scale. The best place for comparison amongst the two is the greatest club soccer stage, the UEFA Champions League.

At the same time, two other superstars show their worth and deserve to be at the same table of the best young talents in Europe, Vinícius Junior and Phil Foden.

Perhaps Haaland and Mbappé earn more coverage as a result of early breakouts into prominence during their teens. These two put forth prolific performances for their respective sides both in domestic and European competitions since their late teens. Consequently, they built upon that success over the most recent campaigns. Neither dropped off the pace, while their best years are still ahead of them. A scary prospect for other clubs across Europe.

However, these two went about their business quietly. Even then, Foden and Vinícius emerged as some of the best young talents in Europe. In fact, Foden, Haaland’s teammate at Manchester City, takes a backseat in the headlines to his Norwegian counterpart. Concurrently, Vinícius plies his trade with the always loaded Real Madrid. Both clubs can be considered European giants in today’s context with glittering talent pools and huge financial prowess.

Foden and Vinícius are one of the best players in their respective positions. This is remarkable given the fact that both are just 22 years old. Moreover, they play at two of the biggest clubs in the world. They are only going to improve further, with trophies following in their wake.

One could argue that their contributions for their respective clubs are, as good as if not better, than that of Haaland and Mbappé.

Let’s look at each of them individually.

Vinícius Jr.

Having joined Real Madrid in 2018 from Flamengo, the Brazilian wonderkid had a slow start to life in Spain. Following poor performances in the Champions League, there were reports of tension between him and experienced Los Blancos striker Karim Benzema.

However, all that changed after two years when Carlo Ancelotti took charge of Madrid. Under the Italian’s tutelage, Vinícius found his footing at the club and did not look back since.

In 2020/21, Vinícius proved to be a standout player. Real finished second in the league and fell to Chelsea in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. The Brazilian was a silver lining in an otherwise underwhelming season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Breakout campaign

In the following season however, buoyed by a resurgent Benzema, Luka Modric and Thibaut Courtois, the club from the Spanish capital were quicker out of the blocks. This helped Vinícius improve his game further. The Brazil international proved isntrumental with several key performances in the Champions League triumph. A gauntlet of knockout rounds included PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. Vinícius scored in the away leg at Manchester City in the semis. Then, in the final, he scored the only goal as Real Madrid won its 14th Champions League title.

Vinícius produced performances during the campaign that dictated the game. The 2021-2022 season cemented a place for Vinícius as one of the best young talents in the game. The European triumph added a further stamp of approval.

In terms of technical ability, Vinícius brings trickery and pace to the Madrid side while being decisive. Over the past few years, the winger grew in stature and maturity. Already, he looks like a player in his prime. At just 22 years of age, the former Flamengo player is only going to improve further.

Phil Foden

Arguably one of the most gifted English players in recent memory, Phil Foden brings something new to the Premier League. His creativity and flair is reminiscent of his manager’s time with Barcelona a decade prior. Foden possesses incredible ball control and decision making. That sets him apart from the rest of his generation.

It seems as if the England starlet has been playing for Man City for ages. Again, he is only 22 years old, same as Vinícius. The Englishman already proved his worth in both the Champions League and Premier League. The player from Stockport brings immense maturity and experience akin to players in their late 20s and even early 30s.

Foden took advantage of opportunities presented to him. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané departed for new clubs. Bernardo Silva is a name rumored for transfers in the coming windows. Jack Grealish is still adapting to the style of Pep Guardiola. Phil Foden forced his way into the first team at Manchester City, only refining his skills further.

When it comes to performances, Foden racked up 26 and 25 G/As in the past two seasons while he has 8 G/As this season. Based on the number of appearances the England international has already made this time around, he is projected to clinch close to 30 G/As by the end of the season, barring any injuries or shock exits in the knockout competitions.

Yes, this pales in comparison to the numbers the likes of Haaland and Mbappé are possibly going to put forth. However, one must realize that Foden is more of a winger/midfielder while the former two are forwards in the purest sense and are often the focal points for their respective teams.

A place in England’s squad

However, if look at the all-round game and key contributions, Foden is up there right besides these two. In fact, the attacker recently clinched a sensational hattrick against rivals Manchester United during a comprehensive 6-3 win for City at the Etihad. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, Haaland got one as well.

Foden should be one of the first names on the England team sheet during the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Apart from Harry Kane, the young Mancunian has the strongest claim for a place in the Three Lions’ attack.

In fact, his best position would be a free role spanning both wings and the number 10 position, something like what Eden Hazard enjoyed at Chelsea. He is one of the very few players in the team, and Europe for that matter, who has the skill to dictate the game from those positions. Furthermore, like several players at City, Foden is a complete player who can potentially play in many different roles comfortably.

Foden and Haaland

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Foden and Vinícius in the talks for best young talent

If we look at overall contributions for their respective teams, one could argue that both Vinícius and Foden are more valuable to their sides than Haaland and Mbappé. While their natural position is in the wings, both Vinícius and Foden are known to drift deeper into midfield positions to create and provide defensive cover. They are also two of the most hard-working players in their teams.

Haaland and Mbappé, on the other hand, mostly operate in advanced positions and are the focal points of attacks for their teams. They are not required to track back while defending or gather the ball in deeper positions. Hence, they are naturally bound to get more goals.

Based on all these points, Foden and Vinícius are often overlooked in the larger context but should be considered as not only two of the best young footballers but two of the outright best footballers out there.

It’s anyone’s guess which one of these four young talents will be the first to clinch the Ballon d’Or. However, these players seem the most likely to dominate the award for the best player over the next five to ten years.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:10:04 +0300 JoriPress
Next Wisconsin Football Coach Betting | Who the Bookies Think is Favorite to Replace Paul Chryst https://joripress.com/next-wisconsin-football-coach-betting-who-the-bookies-think-is-favorite-to-replace-paul-chryst https://joripress.com/next-wisconsin-football-coach-betting-who-the-bookies-think-is-favorite-to-replace-paul-chryst Next Wisconsin Football Coach Betting | Who the Bookies Think is Favorite to Replace Paul Chryst - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Paul Chryst was fired from his role as Wisconsin football head coach this Sunday. Here, we take a look at who the at the betting for who the bookies believe are the favorites to be the next Wisconsin football coach.

Chryst Sacrificed

Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin suffered a blowout defeat to Illinois this Saturday. On Sunday, he was fired from his role as head coach and Jim Leonhard was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach.

Chryst had been at Wisconsin since 2015. During his time there he won six bowl games and three Big Ten West division titles. He leaves the program in reasonably good shape and this is one of, if not, the most desirable current job openings.

With that being said, let us take a look at how BetOnline price the favorites and longshots to be the next Wisconsin football coach.

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Jim Leonhard +200 (Interim Head Coach at Wisconsin)

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Jim Leonhard is the favorite to be the next football coach at Wisconsin. He had a ten year NFL career and took up coaching shortly after. Leonhard joined Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin in 2016 as a defensive backs coach. He quickly became the defensive coordinator in 2017 and remained in that position until becoming the interim head coach on Sunday.

Wisconsin is Leonhard’s alma mater and his defense plays with the same intensity and ferocity he did in his playing days. Last season, Leonhard’s defense gave up less yards per game than any other program in the country. Additionally, they were in the top five in the same metric the two seasons prior. Furthermore, his defenses have consistently been top 10 in points allowed per game over the same period.

It is clear that Leonhard is a bright defensive mind has earned his shot at this gig. He will be the first one to get a crack at it and seems the right favorite at this time.

Bill O’Brien +300 (Offensive Coordinator at Alabama)

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Bill O’Brien is somehow the second favorite according to BetOnline to become the next Wisconsin football coach. O’Brien is currently the OC at Alabama where he has been since the beginning of 2021.

Alabama is currently third in the country in total points per game under O’Brien. However, they also attract the most talent every year and he has a Heisman winner under center. So he has probably performed to expectation so far.

The former Houston Texans head coach does have prior college head coaching experience. O’Brien was in charge of Penn State in 2012 and 2013 before he left for the NFL. During that time he went 15-9 and led Penn State out of a dark time for their program. He should probably be commended for taking on a tough job at that time. However, his time in the NFL did not prove fruitful.

He was fired from the Texans in 2020 after starting the season 0-4. O’Brien was also the GM at the time and drew criticism for his decision making on and off the field. He certainly would not be our first choice but… he is a choice.

Lance Leipold +500 (Head Coach at Kansas)

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The bookies think that Lance Leipold is the third favorite to take over Paul Chryst’s old job. Leipold is currently the head coach at Kansas who have just been ranked in the Top 25 AP poll for the first time since 2009.

Leipold has an interesting career trajectory. He was the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007 to 2014 where he won six NCAA Division III titles. He then had has Division I shot with the Buffalo Bulls. Leipold guided the lowly Bulls to their first ever bowl win and won a total of two in his six seasons in charge. Additionally, the Bulls were ranked in the AP poll their one and only time in Leipold’s last season.

Leipold then took over a struggling Kansas that went 2-10 in his first season. They improved to 5-5 last season before starting this season undefeated in five games and ranked 19th.

Leipold is likely to be one of the most in demand coaches should he continue his progress with this Kansas team. It could be in his best interest to see what other opportunities arise further down the road before jumping into this one.

Dave Aranda +600 (Head Coach at Baylor)

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We are not really sure we understand this one. Dave Aranda was a former DC at Wisconsin from 2013 to 2015 before assuming the same role at LSU.

In 2020, Aranda was appointed head coach of the Baylor Bears. He took the Bears from 2-7 his first year to number sixth in the country at the end of last year.

Aranda is still putting his touches on this Baylor team and we do not really see what there is to gain in a move to Wisconsin at this point in time. Maybe the guys at BetOnline know more than us and if you believe they do, you can back him at +600.

Matt Rhule +1200 (Head Coach at Carolina Panthers)

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One of the longer shots to take over is Matt Rhule. Rhule took over the Panthers in 2020 and has struggled at the professional level. There are calls for his job on Twitter from Panthers fans every week it seems.

Matt Rhule was at Baylor before Dave Aranda and he was at Temple before that. Rhule did well changing the trajectory of both those teams during his tenure. In his first year at Temple he went 2-10 and just three years later they were nationally ranked and conference champions with a 10-2 record.

His tenure at Baylor was similar. He went from 1-11 in 2017 to 11-3 in 2019 while being ranked 13th in college football at the end of the year.

Rhule seems to excel in college football and we believe he will find his way back there eventually. However, this doesn’t quite seem like his landing spot to us.

Jim’s your man

To us, it seems as though Jim Leonhard at +200 is the rightful favorite and could well be the best bet of the lot at the moment.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 23:10:02 +0300 JoriPress
During debate, O'Rourke slams Abbott's nativist policies as expensive, stunts, and 'dangerous' https://joripress.com/during-debate-orourke-slams-abbotts-nativist-policies-as-expensive-stunts-and-dangerous https://joripress.com/during-debate-orourke-slams-abbotts-nativist-policies-as-expensive-stunts-and-dangerous Beto O’Rourke slammed Greg Abbott’s multibillion dollar Operation Lone Star scheme and his political exploitation of thousands of migrant children and adults who’ve been bused to targeted regions of the nation under his orders, saying during a televised gubernatorial debate on Friday that “we don’t need any more stunts, we need solutions.”

“This hateful rhetoric, this treating human beings as political pawns, talking about invasions and Texans defending themselves—that’s how people get killed at the Walmart in El Paso,” O’Rourke continued during what is likely to be the only debate between the two. “This is incredibly dangerous for Texas and is not reflective of our values.”

O’Rourke was pointing to the devastating mass murder of Latinos in the state back in 2019. Despite the racist mass murderer complaining of a “Hispanic invasion,” Abbott has continued to echo this person’s rhetoric as recently as this past summer.

RELATED STORY: At least 30 people have been killed as a result of Greg Abbott's racist Operation Lone Star scheme

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Abbott’s office has previously bristled at criticism that his stunt of busing thousands of human beings to regions including Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City is a stunt, but that’s exactly what it is. NBC News reported early Monday morning that Abbott had sent another busload of human beings to Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence.

“Pressed by a moderator about why Abbott has only sent migrants to states governed by Democrats, Abbott suggested that another round of buses would be deployed to other cities that he did not name,” The Washington Post reported. But he’s only saying that because he’s been correctly called out, and Abbott’s own press release boasting of the stunt back in April plainly stated the busing was happening because of a pro-migrant policy decision by the Biden administration. This is not a humanitarian mission, this is political retribution.

Moderators during the debate also played a clip of New York City Mayor Eric Adams saying that Abbott’s office had refused to cooperate with his office on the busing. Illinois officials had also called Abbott’s office “wholly uncooperative.”

”Abbott said during the debate that he hadn’t been contacted by New York Mayor Eric Adams related to migrants coming from Texas,” News 19 reported. But the outlet said that lie was debunked by Adams’ press secretary, who tweeted a screenshot of the mayor’s office’s communications with Abbott’s staffers that proved otherwise.

O’Rourke further blasted the multibillion dollar Operation Lone Star, which has targeted and jailed Black and brown migrants, many in violation of state law. O’Rourke said the scheme has “clearly failed.”

”The numbers are in,” he said. “We’re seeing not fewer, but more engagements at the border. When the governor spent $4 billion of our tax dollars on what has turned out to be political theater for his political career. He promised us that it would deter people from coming to this country. We’ve only seen more people come. Now they get a bus ride to Chicago, or Washington, D.C., or New York. We don’t need any more stunts, we need solutions.”

Abbott had no rebuttal for that response because it was all true, so he instead pivoted to fentanyl and the border, one of the most popular GOP tropes of the moment. That fact is, it’s largely U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been caught smuggling large quantities of drugs. But Republicans have continued falsely linking immigration and fentanyl, with the relentless parroting having discernible results. Recent polling has shown that 40% of Americans, including most Republicans, believe this lie.

O’Rourke was also correct in labeling Abbott’s political stunts as dangerous, because they have only emboldened anti-immigrant forces in the state. This past summer, Abbott issued an executive order purporting to give state law enforcement the power to detain and return recently crossed migrants to the border. That order signaled to violent extremists by echoing “invasion” rhetoric. Last month, two Texas brothers pursued a group of migrants, shooting two and murdering one.

”The San Antonio Express-News reported that Mike Sheppard was the warden of the West Texas Detention Center, run by the Louisiana-based LaSalle Corrections, a company that operates jails, prisons and immigration detention centers,” The Texas Tribune reported. “Sheppard began working as a warden in 2015 at the West Texas facility, which has been the subject of several allegations of violence against immigrants, according to The Intercept.”

The outlet said the two brothers claimed they’d been hunting for animals and had allegedly spotted a javelina. What a coincidence that the warden of an abusive immigration detention facility just happened to end up in a pursuit that claimed that life of a migrants.

“This was a hate crime against brown-skinned immigrants that was inspired by the invasion rhetoric of Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and others,” Rep. Joaquin Castro said in a statement received by Daily Kos. “There was no way for the killers to know who their victims were or what their legal status was. The division and fear that Greg Abbott and his fellow bigots have created has made Texas a more dangerous place for all Hispanics. National leaders on both sides of the aisle need to condemn the rhetoric that inspired this attack, and Texas authorities must swiftly prosecute this crime as murder.”

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Tier Mobility&owned Spin lays off about 10% of workforce, exits two markets https://joripress.com/tier-mobility-owned-spin-lays-off-about-10-of-workforce-exits-two-markets https://joripress.com/tier-mobility-owned-spin-lays-off-about-10-of-workforce-exits-two-markets Spin, which was acquired by Tier Mobility earlier this year, has laid off about 10% of its staff — including a number of executives — and is exiting Canada and Seattle, TechCrunch has learned.

The micromobility company informed its workforce of more than 700 during a Friday all-hands meeting that lower-than-expected demand in the U.S. amid the waning pandemic, along with economic conditions such as rising inflation and a tightening VC funding environment, led to the decision.

About 78 people, the majority of whom are white-collar workers based in its San Francisco headquarters, have been laid off. The affected employees were notified prior to the meeting.

Staff was also told that it is exiting Kelowna, British Columbia, and Seattle, where it currently only operates e-bikes. Spin had operations in Edmonton, Red Deer and St. Albert, Canada, but never reactivated those cities after winter ended this year. Kelowna was its last remaining Canadian market.

Philip Reinckens, a Tier veteran who took the CEO spot in May, delivered the news to employees, according to sources who asked not to be named.

During the 20-minute meeting, Reinckens told workers that the company’s priorities are to preserve cash and achieve profitability. Notably, he said the entire micromobility industry was suffering from a perfect storm of events that included supply chain constraints, inflation, the war in Ukraine, and a tight labor market. While the company has cut costs such as downsizing its San Francisco office and rolled out programs to encourage more ridership and raise its bottom line, the company still wasn’t able to capture the demand needed to make profit and loss figures work, he said, according to an audio recording of the event shared with TechCrunch.

Lucas Beard, Spin’s VP of growth and marketing, also confirmed the layoffs and the decision to leave Canada and Seattle.

“While it’s impossible for us to predict the future in such a new industry, what we can promise is that we’ll continue to be as transparent and thoughtful as possible as we continue to evaluate our financial performance and external market conditions,” Beard wrote in an email. He added that Spin is also centralizing some areas with parent company Tier.

The layoffs come about six months after Berlin-based micromobility operator Tier Mobility acquired Spin from automaker Ford. The acquisition marked Tier’s move into North America and came after an aggressive expansion in Europe that included buying e-scooter company Wind Mobility’s Italian subsidiary and bike-share startup Nextbike.

The Spin acquisition gave Tier a global footprint of more than 520 cities and communities in 21 countries. It also added to its costs and ultimately led Tier to restructure. In August, Tier laid off about 16% of its workforce, or 180 people, due to economic conditions and a tightening funding climate.

The VC firms once gladly forked over funds to shared micromobility startups even as costs piled up and questions loomed about whether shared scooters and e-bikes could ever be profitable enterprises.

In the past year, micromobility companies still reliant on external funding have found a less receptive VC community. Bird, Superpedestrian and Voi are a few that have laid off workers in 2022. The lack of demand in some markets — including ones that once were teeming with users before the COVID pandemic — has forced companies to restructure their businesses and seek ways to cut costs.

Tier Mobility-owned Spin lays off about 10% of workforce, exits two markets by Kirsten Korosec originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 22:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
What tech tycoon Richard Liu’s sexual misconduct case means for China’s #MeToo https://joripress.com/what-tech-tycoon-richard-lius-sexual-misconduct-case-means-for-chinas-metoo https://joripress.com/what-tech-tycoon-richard-lius-sexual-misconduct-case-means-for-chinas-metoo One of the highest-profile sexual assault allegations against Chinese business tycoons ended abruptly this past weekend. Liu Qiangdong, the founder of Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com, also known as Richard Liu, has reached a settlement with Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student who alleged that the billionaire raped her in her apartment in 2018.

The announcement came in a joint statement from the two parties on Saturday, just two days before Mr. Liu was scheduled to face a civil trial in Minneapolis, during which the press would have been allowed to live tweet from the courtroom. The amount for the settlement wasn’t disclosed

The joint statement neither denied nor confirmed Ms. Liu’s claims, saying only that the incident between Mr. Liu and Ms. Liu (unrelated) “resulted in a misunderstanding that has consumed substantial public attention and brought profound suffering to the parties and their families.”

“Today, the parties agreed to set aside their differences, and settle their legal dispute in order to avoid further pain and suffering caused by the lawsuit.”

Some might see the result as yet another instance where powerful figures get to shun legal ramifications using their power and money. But others argue this is already a step forward for China’s beleaguered #MeToo movement. Mr. Liu has previously denied the rape allegations and could have used his financial prowess to defend his purported innocence through the trial. A settlement instead might suggest his silent admission of wrongdoings.

“It’s such a historic moment for the past four-year #Metoo movement in China, as the settlement remains significant for the results of struggle by Jingyao and feminists,” reads a blog post by the Free Chinese Feminist group. “The settlement also reconfirms the facts that have been denied by Liu Qiangdong and JD.com, and recognizes that Liu Qiangdong kept hiding the truth.”

The case has drawn widespread attention in China and many were waiting for the trial to uncover more details of the case against one of China’s wealthiest men, a scenario that would have been nearly impossible in China where sexual allegations have historically been silenced.

Online discussions about the #MeToo case at least seem to be allowed. On the microblogging platform Weibo, the hashtag for the settlement news has accumulated over 40 million views. That’s perhaps unsurprising given that Chinese censors are unlikely to side with an ecommerce boss at a time Beijing is reining in the unfettered power of the internet sector.

Mr. Liu, whose blunt speeches and marriage to an internet celebrity was often the topic of tabloid news, has largely retreated from public life since the case surfaced. In April, the 49-year-old executive stepped down as JD’com’s CEO after founding the online retailer, which is hailed as the Amazon of China, some 24 years ago. He remains the chairman of the firm’s board.

The four-year legal entanglement didn’t seem to wane investor confidence in JD.com. The company’s stock price has nearly doubled to $50 apiece from September 2018 when Mr. Liu first faced the sexual misconduct allegations, though the shares are still down 50% from a high point in February 2021. With a market cap of around $77 billion, JD.com is the 20th biggest company in China at the time of writing.

JD.com hasn’t fared too badly amid China’s tech clampdown overall. Most of the country’s internet giants have lost a substantial chunk of their market cap following a litany of regulations over monopolies, data practices, and more. Alibaba’s stock has shrunk 70% from a high in October 2020 and Tencent’s is down 66% from its peak in February 2021.

What tech tycoon Richard Liu’s sexual misconduct case means for China’s #MeToo by Rita Liao originally published on TechCrunch

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Keeping the Senate but losing the House would be a travesty, but Daily Kos has a plan https://joripress.com/keeping-the-senate-but-losing-the-house-would-be-a-travesty-but-daily-kos-has-a-plan https://joripress.com/keeping-the-senate-but-losing-the-house-would-be-a-travesty-but-daily-kos-has-a-plan

Everyone knows how badly we need to hold the Senate. But we cannot, absolutely cannot, forget about the House.

Imagine how awful it would be to keep our Senate majority—or even elect enough Democrats willing to curtail the filibuster—yet simultaneously lose control of the House. Joe Biden’s agenda would grind to a halt just as surely as if we’d lost both chambers, and Republicans would be able to take the debt ceiling hostage and threaten to blow up the entire economy. They’d probably do it this time, too.

That’s why Daily Kos is endorsing a dozen candidates seeking to pick up seats across the nation—seats that are either currently held by the GOP or are brand-new seats created as a result of the once-a-decade congressional reapportionment process. Sometimes, the best defense is simply a good offense.

District Democrat Location District Democrat Location
AZ-01 Jevin Hodge Phoenix NE-02 Tony Vargas Omaha
CA-41 Will Rollins Riverside NM-02 Gabe Vasquez Southern N.M.
CA-45 Jay Chen Orange County NY-22 Francis Conole Syracuse
CO-08 Yadira Caraveo Denver suburbs OH-01 Greg Landsman Cincinnati
IL-13 Nikki Budzinski Central Illinois OR-06 Andrea Salinas Salem
MI-03 Hillary Scholten Grand Rapids WA-03 Marie Perez SW Washington

Can you donate $1 or even $10 to each of these fantastic Democratic candidates who are working so hard to pick up House seats and protect our majority?

Yes, Democrats are heading into a difficult midterm protecting a very narrow majority in the House. The GOP needs to flip just five seats to take control, and we're defending a lot of vulnerable members.

But that's only part of the story. Thanks to Republicans nominating a string of bizarre candidates, the continued defection of suburban voters from the GOP, and a few wily Democratic successes in redistricting, there's a whole host of districts where Democrats can go on offense and turn seats from red to blue.

And we haven’t even mentioned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has exposed Republicans—who’d rather stay silent on the issue—as anti-abortion extremists determined to extinguish the rights of millions of women.

But the outpouring of passion and energy we’ve seen since Dobbs is not, on its own, enough to overcome the usual midterm doldrums. Each of these Daily Kos-endorsed Democrats needs sufficient resources to harness this enthusiasm, connect directly with voters, and ensure they turn out to vote.

That’s where we come in. For small-dollar grassroots donors looking to have an impact, this is the place. House campaigns cost far, far less than Senate races, and challengers invariably don't have access to the kinds of resources that incumbents do. Together, we can make up that shortfall and ensure these candidates have the funds they need to get out the vote and combat Republican lies.

Time is running short, however. Election Day is just five weeks away. We must act now. The future of our country depends on it.

Let’s make sure we keep both chambers of Congress. Please donate $1—or how about $10?—to each of these Democrats fighting to win seats in the House!

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:50:03 +0300 JoriPress
Draymond Green will flip the script at TechCrunch Disrupt https://joripress.com/draymond-green-will-flip-the-script-at-techcrunch-disrupt https://joripress.com/draymond-green-will-flip-the-script-at-techcrunch-disrupt Golden State Warrior and four-time NBA champion Draymond Green will take the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 in San Francisco — and get ready for a plot twist.

He will bring his popular podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” to the Disrupt stage with a very special guest — himself. Turning the tables, Green will hand host duties over to TechCrunch’s own Brian Heater for an interview covering the star athlete’s thoughts on disrupting media, podcasting and sports commentary.

Never one to shy away from straight talk, Green told CNBC of his desire to become a billionaire by the time he hits 40. He’s made several investments along the way, including Smile Direct Club, Blink Fitness gyms, Lobos 1707 (along with LeBron James) and Uninterrupted — part of James’s SpringHill Company.

For his most recent acquisition, Green teamed up with Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers — along with James and other investors — to purchase a Major League Pickleball team.

We can’t wait to hear more about where Green might focus future investments, his perspective on becoming a disruptive media mogul and how that billionaire status is coming along.

Green’s main gig, of course, is power-forward for the Golden State Warriors. He’s a four-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star, a two-time member of the All-NBA Team, a five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

His off-court career rose to new heights this year when he became the first active NBA player to sign a broadcasting deal with TNT. His podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” features A-list guests and real talk from Green. He regularly appears on a variety of programs, is a voice-over artist and an executive producer of multiple entertainment endeavors. Green also stars in Prime Video’s “The Sessions: Draymond Green,” “Throwing Bones” and TNT’s “Opening Night.”

TechCrunch Disrupt takes place on October 18–20 in San Francisco. Buy your pass today and find out why Disrupt is the place where startups go to grow.

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Draymond Green will flip the script at TechCrunch Disrupt by Lauren Simonds originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
I will defend the $700M fizzy water https://joripress.com/i-will-defend-the-700m-fizzy-water https://joripress.com/i-will-defend-the-700m-fizzy-water Silly season is out in venture capital land.

Today investors and founders alike will bore your ears off with notes about incremental cash flow positivity and their timeline to adjusted EBITDA profitability.

Lame.

Despite the general boringness of today’s venture capital landscape, replete with conservative valuations, falling deal sizes, and clucking investors sitting atop a mountain of capital, we learned today that at least some folks are having fun.

Enter Liquid Death, a direct-to-consumer water company that just raised a $70 million round at a $700 million valuation, per Bloomberg reporting. The transaction makes Liquid Death 70% of a unicorn, which is damn impressive given the state of most DTC companies — see here — that we can track on the public market exchanges.

Why the huge price tag? Because water is a growth business, baby! Bloomberg’s Katie Roof — a former TechCruncher — writes that the company is “on track for $130 million in revenue this year,” up from $45 million worth of top line last year. That’s the sort of growth that investors covet.

Liquid Death has a few things going for it that make the deal somewhat reasonable from my perspective. Sure, it’s easy to dunk on a $700 million water startup when cheaper alternatives abound; other fizzy water brands, making your own bubbly, or drinking straight tap water like a peasant are all options.

I will defend the $700M fizzy water by Alex Wilhelm originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:40:01 +0300 JoriPress
Somebody just found Google’s unrevealed wired Nest Doorbell at a Best Buy https://joripress.com/somebody-just-found-googles-unrevealed-wired-nest-doorbell-at-a-best-buy https://joripress.com/somebody-just-found-googles-unrevealed-wired-nest-doorbell-at-a-best-buy
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  • Google’s new wired Nest Doorbell is expected to be revealed during the company’s October 6 hardware event.
  • A Best Buy shopper found the product on store shelves.
  • A manager at the store told the customer that the doorbell wouldn’t be available for purchase until October 4.

With nonstop leaks of the Pixel 7 series and Pixel Watch over the last week, it should come as no surprise that another Google product has leaked before the company’s October 6 event. This time it seems that Google’s new wired Nest Doorbell has been spotted.

At Google’s hardware event this Thursday, we’re expecting to see a selection of new products. Outside of the Pixel 7 series and the Pixel Watch, one of the items we expect will make an appearance at the event will be Google’s yet-to-be-revealed wired Nest Doorbell.

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October 2022 Android security patch here for Pixel phones https://joripress.com/october-2022-android-security-patch-here-for-pixel-phones https://joripress.com/october-2022-android-security-patch-here-for-pixel-phones
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The October 2022 Android security patch is here! If you own a recent Google Pixel smartphone, you can perform a software update check now in System Settings to grab it. You can also update manually or simply wait for the OTA notification.

Related: How Google Pixel prices for phones changed over the years

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:30:04 +0300 JoriPress
Book review of ‘How to Win the World Cup’ by Chris Evans https://joripress.com/book-review-of-how-to-win-the-world-cup-by-chris-evans https://joripress.com/book-review-of-how-to-win-the-world-cup-by-chris-evans

How Win World Cup book

If talent alone won a World Cup, the Netherlands would have at least one, maybe two stars on their crest. Brazil would go decades between losing World Cups. And the Germans, well, they would still be winning on penalties.

Joking aside, winning a World Cup takes more than just the most talented 23 players. It requires navigation past a grueling qualifying schedule followed by preparations for the tournament itself. Then, the competition forces near perfection, as one single mistake can cost a team a match and any chance at glory. Unsurprisingly, the man on the touchline is under intense scrutiny at all times. Since the first World Cup, fans wondered what is the right type of manager to win a World Cup. At least, what kind of manager can not falter with the most talented squad.

Journalist Chris Evans explores these topics and more in the book How To Win the World Cup: Secrets and Insights from International Football’s Top Managers. Drawing on numerous interviews with managers and soccer knowledgeable people, Evans does not definitively answer questions but provides perspectives on how the successful managers navigated this intense tournament.

How to Win the World Cup book

Logically the book is organized chronologically by World Cup cycle. You begin with the most basic question – how is international management different from club managing. Then, you dive into qualification. Evans does talk about what it is like managing the world’s lowest ranked countries. Those countries’ World Cup dreams are simply to not lose by double digits. That topic, however, is covered extensively elsewhere. The book progresses through qualifications with stops on important topics like managing the roster, managing the players and how to address team controversy.

The book ends with the most fundamental question. Why has only one person won two World Cups as a manager? Rather, what makes winning the World Cup so hard to repeat as an accomplishment? Drawing on Spain under del Bosque, Evans does an excellent job laying out the reasons why winning the World Cup is so impossible even for the current holders.

The biggest takeaway from this book is everything has to go right for a country to win a World Cup. Talent is important, but not having the right manager at the right time is equally important. Evans drives this point home by speaking with some big name managers. Also, he includes insight from knowledgeable people in and around the game. This book is why long-time journalists can make good authors. They know who and how to interview.

2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup is rapidly approaching. This book fits the times as fans ready for the tournament in Qatar.

Normally, I do not recommend everyone going out and picking up a specific book, but like the right World Cup manager, sometimes you have the right resource at the right time. Whoever hoists the trophy this winter in Qatar, this book will give a guide as to how the manager was able to do it – or at least how he could have failed to do so.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:10:03 +0300 JoriPress
Kansas Jayhawks football record first top 25 ranking since 2009 https://joripress.com/kansas-jayhawks-football-record-first-top-25-ranking-since-2009 https://joripress.com/kansas-jayhawks-football-record-first-top-25-ranking-since-2009 Kansas Jayhawks football record first top 25 ranking since 2009 - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Sunday saw the release of the week six college football AP Top 25 poll. Included in the poll, for the first time in thirteen years were the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks.

Jayhawks enter at 19

On Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks were sitting just outside the top 25 of the week five AP poll as they faced off against Iowa State. A last-gasp missed Cyclones field goal saw the Jayhawks emerge victorious and enter this week’s poll as the 19th ranked team in NCAA football.

There was some controversy last week that they were not included in the top 25. But with the win over Iowa State and several losses for top 25 teams, it was a shoo-in this week.

The KU football Twitter account was clearly overjoyed and their excellent tweet about kicking down the door to the top 25 currently has almost 10,000 likes.

Tide rolls back to number one

In other AP poll related news, Alabama is back at number one after leapfrogging Georgia. The Bulldogs struggled at Missouri before eventually running out unconvincing 26-22 winners. Meanwhile, Alabama convincingly saw off Arkansas despite losing Heisman winning quarterback Bryce Young midway through the second quarter.

Despite having the most first place votes, the Bulldogs miss out on the number one ranking by two points. This is the smallest margin since 2020. Furthermore, it is the first time the a team with the most first place votes is not atop the poll since 2019.

The only other team receiving first place votes was Ohio State. The full AP top 25 poll is below:

Rank School Conference Points
1 Alabama (25) SEC 1523
2 Georgia (28) SEC 1521
3 Ohio State (10) Big Ten 1488
4 Michigan Big Ten 1348
5 Clemson ACC 1345
6 USC Pac-12 1233
7 Oklahoma State Big 12 1182
8 Tennessee SEC 1129
9 Ole Miss SEC 1068
10 Penn State Big Ten 959
11 Utah Pac-12 884
12 Oregon Pac-12 872
13 Kentucky SEC 832
14 NC State ACC 691
15 Wake Forest ACC 627
16 BYU FBS Independents 604
17 TCU Big 12 514
18 UCLA Pac-12 510
19 Kansas Big 12 476
20 Kansas State Big 12 417
21 Washington Pac-12 180
22 Syracuse ACC 173
23 Mississippi State SEC 164
24 Cincinnati American Athletic 134
25 LSU SEC 108

 

From Sportslens.com - Daily NFL News

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:10:02 +0300 JoriPress
New York Giants “Optimistic”on Daniel Jones’ Week 5 Availability https://joripress.com/new-york-giants-optimisticon-daniel-jones-week-5-availability https://joripress.com/new-york-giants-optimisticon-daniel-jones-week-5-availability New York Giants “Optimistic”on Daniel Jones’ Week 5 Availability - originally posted on Sportslens.com

New York Giants are optimistic about quarterback Daniel Jones’ availability for next week’s game in London.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones injured his ankle in the 20-12 win against the Chicago Bears. He left the game after taking a big hit for Bears rookie safety Jaquan Brisker. Jones  but was noticeably limping after the fact.

The Giants backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn’t last very long as he was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. We would assume under the league’s new and improved concussion protocols that he would unlikely be available next week.

Jones was able to return to the game but didn’t receive a snap and mostly lined up outside as a receiver.

Daniel Jones injury update: 'Some optimism' Jones could play vs. Packers - Big Blue View

Nevertheless, Jones felt good after the game and was optimistic himself that he would play Sunday.

“I feel good. I feel good,” said Jones. “A little sore but all good. Listen to the trainers and doctors and go from there, but feeling good.”

The Giants have been one of the surprises of the NFL with a 3-1 record. Although this may be fools gold as they are still +1100 on NFL betting sites to win the division.

Their performance does bode well for new head coach Brian Daboll. As of right now, he has seemingly changed the culture around the New York Giants organization.

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The Giants have been playing good football of late and have opted lean on the running game more to factor out Jones’ turnover prone nature. They have been relying heavily on running back Saquon Barkley who has an injury history.

It will be tough to keep up this success going across the pond to face the Green Bay Packers in London.

If neither Jones nor Taylor can suit up for the Giants, third string quarterback Davis Webb will be the starter.

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‘Call a crackhead’: John Kennedy throws out the dog whistle, goes full GOP in new racist ad https://joripress.com/call-a-crackhead-john-kennedy-throws-out-the-dog-whistle-goes-full-gop-in-new-racist-ad https://joripress.com/call-a-crackhead-john-kennedy-throws-out-the-dog-whistle-goes-full-gop-in-new-racist-ad Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana is a blustery turncoat with a fake Southern drawl and a bent for MAGA conspiracies. He’s also a racist who has no qualms about blowing a dog whistle in politics—even when he’s ahead in the polls.

Kennedy recently released a TV campaign ad calling out crime in his state. He blames its “woke leaders,” code for Black or progressive, and criminals he calls “crackhead[s],” also code for Black.

“A mom should not have to look over her shoulder when she's pumping gas. I voted against the early release of violent criminals, and I opposed defunding the police. Look, if you hate cops just because they're cops, the next time you get in trouble, call a crackhead.”

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I know the difference between criminals and their innocent victims. pic.twitter.com/RKhHJEefpv

— John Neely Kennedy (@JohnKennedyLA) September 30, 2022

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Of course, Kennedy isn’t stupid—although he tries to sound as if he is. He knows perfectly well that the term “crackhead,” which came to use during the 1980s crack epidemic and the early War on Drugs, led to the incarceration and vilification of millions of Black Americans, as The Associated Press reported.

According to Salon, during an interview on Fox News, Kennedy ticked off a list of ways to decrease crime in his state. He called for more cops on the streets, higher salaries in our “woke environment,” better support by “woke” leaders for law enforcement, and for citizens to “avail themselves of the Second Amendment” and arm themselves.

As for adding more police, Kennedy is all in. The number of cops under New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is under 1,000, but it has never been double that—the number Kennedy called for in his Fox interview.

Kennedy’s ad is something straight out of the Republican playbook used most famously by President George H. W. Bush. When Bush campaigned in 1988, an ad he ran against his Democratic rival Michael Dukakis meant to convey Dukakis as soft on crime featured convicted murderer Willie Horton.  

Bush alleged Dukakis was a politician who supported furloughs for prisoners or weekend pass allowances—specifically, the kind of pass that allowed Horton to kidnap a couple, then stab the man and rape his girlfriend. The ad set the tone for the “tough on crime” era, per The Takeaway.

As the midterm elections fast approach, it isn’t just Kennedy who went out to blow the whistle. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has pulled out all the stops. Running against Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Black Democrat, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnson ran an ad calling Barnes “different” and “dangerous” and sent out a mailer with a deeply more chocolate-looking Barnes, just to make sure voters got the point.

Supporters of Mandela Barnes held a news conference outside of the Republican Party’s Milwaukee office yesterday to accuse the party of airing racist ads against Barnes and darkening his image in a campaign mailer. https://t.co/VWcwc5g4D9

— Dan Shafer (@DanRShafer) September 22, 2022

The Inquirer additionally reports that the GOP has additionally jumped in on the Pennsylvania race, implying that John Fetterman’s tattoos, which mark his time as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, as possibly gang-affiliated.

As for the reality of crime in Louisiana, locals in New Orleans claimed the police force has failed to step up. One example took place in late July, when a woman made a call to New Orleans Police as she witnessed a rape in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

The Washington Post reports that a woman called 911 and explained that she was seeing a young woman being raped on the street. A New Orleans deputy constable was suspended in August for lack of his lack of response. But the woman alleged that she saw two more New Orleans Police officers drive past the scene, and both failed to assist her.

Silas Lee, a Democratic pollster in New Orleans, told NOLA.com that Kennedy “wants people to think he can be the person they can count on to ensure public safety,” but when it comes to maligning the “defund the police” movement, Kennedy fails to understand its meaning entirely.

“It actually means funding alternative services such as mental health programs or job training that will reduce crime. [...] The research I’ve done nationwide shows that whites and Blacks support funding the police but want alternative sources.”

In a statement sent to NOLA.com from Luke Mixon, one of Kennedy’s Democratic rivals, he says, “We have to address violent crime. [...] We do that by funding our police departments. Sen. Kennedy voted against $350 billion in funding for local police departments. To paraphrase Sen. Kennedy, watch what people do, not just their embarrassing one-liners.”

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Ukraine update: There's no stopping the Ukrainian advance https://joripress.com/ukraine-update-theres-no-stopping-the-ukrainian-advance https://joripress.com/ukraine-update-theres-no-stopping-the-ukrainian-advance Poor Vlad Putin. Despite his fake “annexation” of four Ukrainian oblasts, none under Russia’s full control, Ukraine’s military advances have continued unabated. If Russia looked incompetent and out of its depth before, the message is now even starker: Putin can’t defend Mother Russia. And if history tells us anything, it’s that defending the country is a Russian leader’s single most important job. 

And Putin is failing it. I suspect we’ll see dramatic consequences of this failure.

Big picture, Ukraine notched massive gains in September:

Over the month of September ???????? has liberated approximately 10,608km² of Ukraine. This means that ???????? currently occupies ~17.72% of Ukraine. ~1.76% less of the total area of the country than at the end of August. pic.twitter.com/UWSk7NAByn

— War Mapper (@War_Mapper) October 2, 2022

Put another way, Ukraine retook 10% of the land Russia occupied in a single month. And October has started with a bang, with Ukraine clearing out the Russian presence in northern Donetsk oblast (the area around Lyman), pushing into Luhansk oblast east of Lyman, and now liberating hundreds of square kilometers in northern Kherson.

You can catch up on our weekend’s dramatic coverage if you’d like, here, here, here, here, and here. Let’s take a quick look at where things stand now. 

KHERSON FRONT

Mark Sumner was kind enough to update his map despite having Mondays off. 

Ukraine recaptured 800 square kilometers in northern Kherson this past weekend.

The blue zone towns have either geolocated photos confirming their liberation, or there is consensus among Russian and Ukrainian Telegram sources. Yellow zone is the new front lines as Ukraine pushes down across that entire broad front. The biggest penetration is down the bank of the Dnipro river to Dudchany, where combat was ongoing overnight. 

It’s not all roses; Russian Telegram had pictures and video of artillery-smashed Ukrainian column outside Davydiv Brid on the lower-left hand corner of this map. Ukraine will want to pincer those two yellow blobs. That would either trap Russian defenders in this corner of the front, or force them to abandon their prepared defensive positions and fall back closer to Kherson city, leaving behind new Russian lend-lease contributions for the Ukrainian army. Ukraine will undoubtedly keep advancing on Davydiv Brid until its Russian defenders run out of steam, ammunition, or the will to fight. Collapsing defensive lines don’t lend themselves to a strong fighting spirt. 

Doing a quick and dirty measurement, Ukraine has liberated around 800 square kilometers (about 310 square miles) of territory on this front in around two days. And this isn’t Kharkiv, where Ukraine tricked Russia into looking elsewhere, allowing it to punch through thinly defended lines. This is exactly where Russia rushed all its defenses, as many as 40,000 troops, in well-prepared defensive emplacements on flat, open land where a wall of artillery can hamper any advances. The fact that Ukraine is finally advancing is a sign that Russian supply lines have been effectively degraded via HIMARS and long-range precision-guided artillery. Without functioning bridges, Ukrainian analysts have estimated that Russia can only supply about a quarter of what it needs via barges, helicopter, and through careful travel on broken bridges. And even that can be precarious work: 

ANTONOVSKY BRIDGE ???? /23 Antonovsky bridge "eats" a Russian truck pic.twitter.com/pDLjLjOL2W

— Special Kherson Cat ???????????? (@bayraktar_1love) October 2, 2022

DONETSK-LUHANSK FRONT

Mark’s updated map: 

Lyman is bottom left of this map. There is a lot more blue on this map than just a few days ago. 

Six days ago.

Russian forces have chaotically retreated to new lines. As I noted yesterday, there are gruesome pictures of the aftermath as retreating Russians were slammed by artillery on their way out of Lyman. Don’t go looking for the pictures—I won’t even describe them. I literally had nightmares about them on Saturday night. And please do not post or describe in detail what you saw in the comments. There’s no need. Suffice to say that Russian losses were high, and I can’t imagine a more undignified way to go. 

The biggest new news on this map is the liberation of Borova in the top left on the map. The town used to have a bridge connecting it with the Izyum side of the Oskil river. At some point that’ll be repaired. Here’s the current situation: 

There are reports that that entire rail line from Kupyansk to Lyman (cut off at the very bottom of this map) is now in Ukrainian hands, but nothing is confirmed just yet. If not right now, it will be true within the next 12 to 24 hours. There is no reason for Russians to hold positions along the bank of the Oskil now that Borova has been liberated and Ukrainian troops are operating to the east. 

Given the importance of rail lines, clearing the route from Kupyansk to Lyman is huge. The rail line to Svatove is equally enticing, as are the mass of roads that all converge on the town. This is the logistical hub for this entire mass of Russian-held territory. The rail line from Kupyansk has already been cut, but they may still be able to move freight from the south through Kreminna (yet another reason that town is critically important for Russia). 

Once Ukraine liberates Svatove, Russia will need to abandon everything within a 25-40 kilometer radius (about 15-30 miles). Starobilsk at the right edge of the map above and the right circle below is the final prize, supplying the entire northeastern corner of Ukraine. Once Ukraine liberates that, all of northern Luhansk is immediately liberated. 

Outdated Sept. 29 map. Left circle: Lyman area. Middle circle: Svatove. Right circle: Starobilsk.

Sorry for the old map, but I’m trying to get this up ASAP. You can see the logistical importance of Svatove and Starobilsk: Both host a major rail line, and both serve as hubs for their region’s road networks, radiating out like spokes on a wheel. 

Starobilsk has one added importance: Once Ukraine liberates it, Russia will no longer be able to supply its war effort through Belgorod to the north of this map. It will have to reroute everything to feed their war machine from the east through Luhansk oblast and by freight shipping through the Azov Sea port cities of Mariupol and Berdyansk. It’s not an impossible task, but will require a massive effort to reorient all those supply lines while making the remaining lines more vulnerable to Ukrainian sabotage and interdiction. 

Taking those two cities and the resulting Russian retreat that would follow that would return Ukraine another 13,000 or so square kilometers (5,000 square miles) of its land, most of it sparsely populated agricultural steppe. That would be about 12% to 15% of the land Russia currently occupies, which will look great on maps. Though, again, the real value here is in cutting all supply routes from Belgorod. 

BAKHMUT FRONT

I should call this the “Luhansk front,” but really, all the action is in Bakhmut. 

Yesterday, as Ukraine liberated Borova, pressed toward Svatove, advanced around Kreminna, and freed towns in multiple parts of Kherson; Russia launched ten unsuccessful attacks at the same points around Bakhmut where its been fighting for three months. It’s incomprehensible.

— Mark Sumner???? (@Devilstower) October 3, 2022

This is just pathetic, though a look at this map might show why Russia remains obsessed with it: 

Again, look at the rail lines. If Russia were somehow able to conquer the line from Horlivka to Bakhmut to Siversk, it would have a solid logistical base upon which to push deeper into Ukrainian-held Donbas. So there’s logic to wanting to occupy Bakhmut. 

The problem, of course, is that Russia isn’t even close to occupying any part of that line. And given the collapse of Russian lines in Kherson and up in the Tri-Oblast Area, this pipe dream appears even costlier than normal. 

Of course, we’ve already seen why Russia persists: This part of the front is manned by Wagner mercenaries using prison fodder to probe and push forward. Wagner has been asked to reinforce other parts of the front and they publicly and haughtily refused on their Telegram channel, saying they were the only Russian force capable of advancing anywhere in the country. Meanwhile, Wagner’s CEO has obliquely criticized Putin (along with Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov) in recent days. He has his own agenda, which may literally be a design on the Russian leadership, and he’ll do his own thing. 

Right now, that’s apparently banging his head against Bakhmut—not for military reasons, but for his own domestic machinations. 

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Why aren’t we seeing more aggressive SaaS M&A? https://joripress.com/why-arent-we-seeing-more-aggressive-saas-ma https://joripress.com/why-arent-we-seeing-more-aggressive-saas-ma Heading into 2022, it seemed like we were poised for a big year in M&A. This was especially true for enterprise SaaS companies that saw their values begin to fall in late 2021, a trend that extended into this year. Why are we not seeing more aggressive M&A activity and some good old-fashioned bargain hunting while many software companies could be considered grossly undervalued?

It’s a reasonable question.

A quick look at a handful of SaaS stocks shows some deals to be had. While Zoom’s value is still a bit rich, perhaps, at $21 billion, consider that DocuSign is down to $10 billion, Dropbox is around $7.5 billion, UiPath is under $7 billion, Box is resting at just $3.7 billion worth of value, and Sumo Logic is valued at under the $1 billion mark.

Step right up, folks, because there are bargains to be had, whether you’re one of the usual acquisitive suspects (Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon) or a private equity investor looking for some good values.

It’s not as though we haven’t seen any activity. As you probably are aware, there have been some major deals this year, but with so many SaaS stocks down so far, why aren’t we seeing more activity? We decided to dig in and see if we could figure it out.

A quick look at 2022 M&A so far

Looking at the sizable M&A deals this year, the biggest by far is Microsoft grabbing gaming company Activision/Blizzard for a scintillating $69 billion in an aggressive move, one perhaps so aggressive that regulators are concerned. For now, that deal remains in regulatory limbo and is far from enterprise SaaS.

Why aren’t we seeing more aggressive SaaS M&A? by Ron Miller originally published on TechCrunch

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Twitter’s edit button is rolling out to Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand https://joripress.com/twitters-edit-button-is-rolling-out-to-blue-subscribers-in-canada-australia-and-new-zealand https://joripress.com/twitters-edit-button-is-rolling-out-to-blue-subscribers-in-canada-australia-and-new-zealand Twitter is rolling out the ability to edit tweets to Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the social network announced on Monday. The company says the edit button will roll out to Blue subscribers in the U.S. soon, but didn’t provide a specific launch date.

Blue subscribers in these countries can now edit their tweets for up to 30 minutes after posting. But, users can only edit their tweets five times within this 30-minute time period. It’s possible that Twitter introduced these limits to stop people from abusing the feature by changing content drastically, while still giving users enough time to correct typos or add hashtags. Once you edit a tweet, it will display a timestamp showcasing when the tweet was edited. People reading the tweet can tap the label to view the edit history of the tweet.

However, Twitter previously told TechCrunch that it will observe how people use the edit button, and that the number of edits available to users in the approved time frame could change. The social network previously said it’s introducing the feature to paid users first to gather more feedback so that it can fine tune the edit button’s functionality accordingly.

The edit button is arguably Twitter’s most requested feature, so it’s not surprising that the company wants to test it with a smaller group of people before launching it more widely. The limited release also gives Twitter the opportunity to see if people abuse the new feature, as it would give Twitter the time to implement additional safeguards if needed.

“With Edit Tweet, we’re hoping to make Tweeting easier and more approachable, giving people more choice and control in how they express themselves and how they contribute to the many conversations happening on Twitter,” the company said in a blog post last month.

Twitter Blue is currently available only in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. The social network hasn’t said when it plans to roll out the subscription plan to other countries — much less what its plans are to roll out the edit button to the rest of its users.

This story is developing…

Twitter’s edit button is rolling out to Blue subscribers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

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Google Pixel 7: Everything we know and what we want to see (Updated: Oct. 3) https://joripress.com/google-pixel-7-everything-we-know-and-what-we-want-to-see-updated-oct-3 https://joripress.com/google-pixel-7-everything-we-know-and-what-we-want-to-see-updated-oct-3 google io 2022 familyshot Pixel 7 series pixel watch pixel tablet pixel buds pro

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Update: October 3, 2022 (010:32 AM ET): We’ve updated the Pixel 7 series rumor hub with info and leaks related to the price of the Pixel 7 for European markets.

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YouTube could be considering locking 4K videos behind its Premium subscription https://joripress.com/youtube-could-be-considering-locking-4k-videos-behind-its-premium-subscription https://joripress.com/youtube-could-be-considering-locking-4k-videos-behind-its-premium-subscription
  • YouTube is currently testing out requiring a Premium subscription for 4K and higher resolutions.
  • People in Google’s experimental group who are non-subscribers are seeing Premium appear next to the 2160p option.
  • This would add a new perk for YouTube Premium while taking away something that’s currently free for all users.

Google has been trying hard to get YouTube viewers to subscribe to its Premium subscription. While this has mostly come in the form of pushing more ads — both skippable and unskippable — the company seems to be testing out a new strategy. This new strategy could see 4K and higher resolutions locked behind its paywall.

Over the last month, pictures have started to pop up across Reddit showing a new feature for YouTube Premium — 4K video. It appears that Google is currently testing the idea of making its 4K resolution option exclusive for subscribers. Those who are in Google’s experimental group are reporting that they are seeing the word Premium next to the 2160p option when looking to select a new resolution.

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Buccaneers’ Cameron Brate the Latest Victim of the “Updated” NFL Concussion Protocols https://joripress.com/buccaneers-cameron-brate-the-latest-victim-of-the-updated-nfl-concussion-protocols https://joripress.com/buccaneers-cameron-brate-the-latest-victim-of-the-updated-nfl-concussion-protocols Buccaneers’ Cameron Brate the Latest Victim of the “Updated” NFL Concussion Protocols - originally posted on Sportslens.com

There has been yet another concussion controversy in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate suffered a concussion in Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brate suffered the injury while running into Chris Godwin. Brate stayed on the ground after the collision for a few moments and them slowly ran to the sideline.

The Tampa Bay tight end re-entered the game and finished the drive getting an end-zone target and narrowly catching a touchdown.

Brate was later ruled out for the rest of the game. The Buccaneers, who are +900 odds to win the Super Bowl on NFL betting sites need Brate to fill the void at tight end after Rob Gronkowski retired.

This incident happened just a few days after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a scary concussion on Thursday night. His injury pretty much forced the NFL to update their concussion protocols.

Buccaneers' Cameron Brate played after concussion in latest NFL mess | News World Tick

According to NFL Network analysts Ian Rappaport and Tom Pelissero, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to parameters of updated concussion protocols that will rule out players who are noticeably inhibited by the injury. One would think with an injury as severe as Tua’s, coaching staffs around the league would strictly enforce it.

Bucs TE Brate allowed to re-enter game after concussion

This was, however, not the case as Brate entered the game just a few plays later. NBC play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico stated that he did not look right when he left game and described him as being “slow moving”.

“Brate was running off the field… I don’t know if he got off the field… You can just stay down for the injury. It’ll cost you a timeout but they have three. As I said, he took it from his own man. It was the hit from Godwin after he was coming across the field,” Tirico said.

The updated NFL concussion protocols is a step in the right direction in terms of player safety. In this case, coaching staffs and medical professionals have to be held accountable with instances like this one.

From Sportslens.com - Daily NFL News

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A new year of horrors from the U.S. Supreme Court starts today https://joripress.com/a-new-year-of-horrors-from-the-us-supreme-court-starts-today https://joripress.com/a-new-year-of-horrors-from-the-us-supreme-court-starts-today It’s the first Monday in October, the day the U.S. Supreme Court convenes a new session and plots a new set of horrors to arrogantly inflict upon an increasingly fed-up nation. There’s a whisper of fresh air on the Court this fall—Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ceremonially joined the Court on Friday, just the fifth justice appointed by a Democratic president in the last 55 years. More importantly, she’s the first Black woman on the court, ever. Her ascension is potentially the only thing we’ll be able to celebrate from the Court this session.

The first order of business from the Court was actually fine—they told Mike Lindell to pound sand, potentially the highlight of this term. The pillow guy will not be able to dodge a defamation suit from Dominion Voting Systems stemming from his adherence to the Big Lie. This way, the Court’s 6-3 right-wing majority can continue to distance itself from the embarrassing man who created it, with some help from Mitch McConnell. They don’t need Trump now that they’ve got their lifetime appointments. They can go about furthering their Christo-fascist agenda without having to acknowledge the vulgarian that got them there.

They’re starting out arguments with a scary bang, determining the limits of the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce the Clean Water Act on wetlands and adjacent land. This is another potential precedent-breaker, with plaintiffs—an Idaho couple trying to build a home 300 feet from a lake—asking the Court to reconsider a 2006 decision.

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The rest of the session is likely to be just as dangerous with some of the biggest cases involving racial issues, including affirmative action, voting rights, and adoption—all of which are subject to long-standing precedent that this Court majority has shown an eagerness to scrap. At the end of October they’ll hear Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard,  and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina, challenges to 40 years of repeatedly-upheld precedent allowing for race-conscious admissions policies.

On Tuesday, they’ll hear Merrill v. Milligan, the Alabama redistricting case that could dismantle what’s left of the Voting Rights Act, which has already been hacked up by conservative majorities. In early November, the Court will hear Haaland v. Bracken, a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 which makes it harder for non-native people to adopt Indian children.

These cases could combine to erase decades of civil rights gains for people of color. Almost like they planned it that way. “The court could announce a set of rules that, together, read the Constitution to allow virtually no consideration of race, regardless of the purposes or goals,” Kate Shaw, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law predicted to The New York Times.

That’s just the first several weeks of the Court’s work. Up as well is yet another bigot claiming free speech demands that she doesn’t have to accept gay couples’ business for her wedding website company—absent any evidence LGBTQ people wanted to give her their custom. Lurking out there as well is the “independent state legislature” case, where North Carolina’s Republican legislature is asserting that it should have ultimate authority over federal elections. That argument hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts continues to be disingenuously baffled as to why the Court’s legitimacy is being questioned by the American public. “I don’t understand the connection between opinions that people disagree with and the legitimacy of the court,” he said last month at a judicial conference. “If the court doesn’t retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution, I’m not sure who would take up that mantle,” he said. “You don’t want the political branches telling you what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to be the guide of what the appropriate decision is.”

That’s rich coming from the conservative Chief Justice who has lost control of the court—the majority nearly went too far for him last session, when they heard the Mississippi abortion case and, instead of deciding whether a 15-week ban was constitutional, took the opportunity to toss abortion completely out the door. Roberts argued for the 15-week ban and got no takers on his attempt at moderation.

“The reaction to Dobbs would give the chief justice a chance to tell his conservative colleagues, ‘I told you so’—when you go too far, too fast, people will see the court as nothing more than the judicial wing of the conservative political movement,” Professor David Strauss of the University of Chicago said. “But I doubt his colleagues would listen.”

His colleagues wouldn’t listen because they don’t give a damn, even if Roberts was inclined to make that argument to them. He’s not. But the other five have an agenda to fulfill and are going to leave him in the dust again and again and again. And yes, that agenda is far out of the political mainstream, and it is a massive overreach by what’s supposed to be the non-political branch of government.

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We can't forget about the House. That's why Daily Kos is endorsing a dozen fantastic Democrats https://joripress.com/we-cant-forget-about-the-house-thats-why-daily-kos-is-endorsing-a-dozen-fantastic-democrats https://joripress.com/we-cant-forget-about-the-house-thats-why-daily-kos-is-endorsing-a-dozen-fantastic-democrats

Everyone knows how badly we need to hold the Senate. But we cannot, absolutely cannot, forget about the House.

Imagine how awful it would be to keep our Senate majority—or even elect enough Democrats willing to curtail the filibuster—yet simultaneously lose control of the House. Joe Biden’s agenda would grind to a halt just as surely as if we’d lost both chambers, and Republicans would be able to take the debt ceiling hostage and threaten to blow up the entire economy. They’d probably do it this time, too.

That’s why Daily Kos is endorsing a dozen candidates seeking to pick up seats across the nation—seats that are either currently held by the GOP or are brand-new seats created as a result of the once-a-decade congressional reapportionment process. Sometimes, the best defense is simply a good offense.

District Democrat Location District Democrat Location
AZ-01 Jevin Hodge Phoenix NE-02 Tony Vargas Omaha
CA-41 Will Rollins Riverside NM-02 Gabe Vasquez Southern N.M.
CA-45 Jay Chen Orange County NY-22 Francis Conole Syracuse
CO-08 Yadira Caraveo Denver suburbs OH-01 Greg Landsman Cincinnati
IL-13 Nikki Budzinski Central Illinois OR-06 Andrea Salinas Salem
MI-03 Hillary Scholten Grand Rapids WA-03 Marie Pérez SW Washington

Can you donate $1 or even $10 to each of these fantastic Democratic candidates who are working so hard to pick up House seats and protect our majority?

Yes, Democrats are heading into a difficult midterm protecting a very narrow majority in the House. The GOP needs to flip just five seats to take control, and we're defending a lot of vulnerable members.

But that's only part of the story. Thanks to Republicans nominating a string of bizarre candidates, the continued defection of suburban voters from the GOP, and a few wily Democratic successes in redistricting, there's a whole host of districts where Democrats can go on offense and turn seats from red to blue.

And we haven’t even mentioned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which has exposed Republicans—who’d rather stay silent on the issue—as anti-abortion extremists determined to extinguish the rights of millions of women.

But the outpouring of passion and energy we’ve seen since Dobbs is not, on its own, enough to overcome the usual midterm doldrums. Each of these Daily Kos-endorsed Democrats needs sufficient resources to harness this enthusiasm, connect directly with voters, and ensure they turn out to vote.

That’s where we come in. For small-dollar grassroots donors looking to have an impact, this is the place. House campaigns cost far, far less than Senate races, and challengers invariably don't have access to the kinds of resources that incumbents do. Together, we can make up that shortfall and ensure these candidates have the funds they need to get out the vote and combat Republican lies.

Time is running short, however. Election Day is just five weeks away. We must act now. The future of our country depends on it.

Let’s make sure we keep both chambers of Congress. Please donate $1—or how about $10?—to each of these Democrats fighting to win seats in the House!

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Get ready for the next generation of AI https://joripress.com/get-ready-for-the-next-generation-of-ai https://joripress.com/get-ready-for-the-next-generation-of-ai To receive The Algorithm in your inbox every Monday, sign up here.

Welcome to the Algorithm! 

Is anyone else feeling dizzy? Just when the AI community was wrapping its head around the astounding progress of text-to-image systems, we’re already moving on to the next frontier: text-to-video. 

Late last week, Meta unveiled Make-A-Video, an AI that generates five-second videos from text prompts.

Built on open-source data sets, Make-A-Video lets you type in a string of words, like “A dog wearing a superhero outfit with a red cape flying through the sky,” and then generates a clip that, while pretty accurate, has the aesthetics of a trippy old home video. 

The development is a breakthrough in generative AI that also raises some tough ethical questions. Creating videos from text prompts is a lot more challenging and expensive than generating images, and it’s impressive that Meta has come up with a way to do it so quickly. But as the technology develops, there are fears it could be harnessed as a powerful tool to create and disseminate misinformation. You can read my story about it here

Just days since it was announced, though, Meta’s system is already starting to look kinda basic. It’s one of a number of text-to-video models submitted in papers to one of the leading AI conferences, the International Conference on Learning Representations. 

Another, called Phenaki, is even more advanced. 

It can generate video from a still image and a prompt rather than a text prompt alone. It can also make far longer clips: users can create videos multiple minutes long based on several different prompts that form the script for the video. (For example: “A photorealistic teddy bear is swimming in the ocean at San Francisco. The teddy bear goes underwater. The teddy bear keeps swimming under the water with colorful fishes. A panda bear is swimming underwater.”) 

Video generated by Phenaki.

A technology like this could revolutionize filmmaking and animation. It’s frankly amazing how quickly this happened. DALL-E was launched just last year. It’s both extremely exciting and slightly horrifying to think where we’ll be this time next year. 

Researchers from Google also submitted a paper to the conference about their new model called DreamFusion, which generates 3D images based on text prompts. The 3D models can be viewed from any angle, the lighting can be changed, and the model can be plonked into any 3D environment. 

Don’t expect that you’ll get to play with these models anytime soon. Meta isn’t releasing Make-A-Video to the public yet. That’s a good thing. Meta’s model is trained using the same open-source image-data set that was behind Stable Diffusion. The company says it filtered out toxic language and NSFW images, but that’s no guarantee that they will have caught all the nuances of human unpleasantness when data sets consist of millions and millions of samples. And the company doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to curbing the harm caused by the systems it builds, to put it lightly. 

The creators of Pheraki write in their paper that while the videos their model produces are not yet indistinguishable in quality from real ones, it “is within the realm of possibility, even today.” The models’ creators say that  before releasing their model, they want to get a better understanding of data, prompts, and filtering outputs and measure biases in order to mitigate harms. 

It’s only going to become harder and harder to know what’s real online, and video AI opens up a slew of unique dangers that audio and images don’t, such as the prospect of turbo-charged deepfakes. Platforms like TikTok and Instagram are already warping our sense of reality through augmented facial filters. AI-generated video could be a powerful tool for misinformation, because people have a greater tendency to believe and share fake videos than fake audio and text versions of the same content, according to researchers at Penn State University. 

In conclusion, we haven’t come even close to figuring out what to do about the toxic elements of language models. We’ve only just started examining the harms around text-to-image AI systems. Video? Good luck with that. 

Deeper Learning

The EU wants to put companies on the hook for harmful AI

The EU is creating new rules to make it easier to sue AI companies for harm. A new bill published last week, which is likely to become law in a couple of years, is part of a push from Europe to force AI developers not to release dangerous systems.

The bill, called the AI Liability Directive, will add teeth to the EU’s AI Act, which is set to become law around a similar time. The AI Act would require extra checks for “high risk” uses of AI that have the most potential to harm people. This could include AI systems used for policing, recruitment, or health care. 

The liability law would kick in once harm has already happened. It would give people and companies the right to sue for damages when they have been harmed by an AI system—for example, if they can prove that discriminatory AI has been used to disadvantage them as part of a hiring process.

But there’s a catch: Consumers will have to prove that the company’s AI harmed them, which could be a huge undertaking. You can read my story about it here.

Bits and Bytes

How robots and AI are helping develop better batteries
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon used an automated system and machine-learning software to generate electrolytes that could enable lithium-ion batteries to charge faster, addressing one of the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. (MIT Technology Review

Can smartphones help predict suicide?
Researchers at Harvard University are using data collected from smartphones and wearable biosensors, such as Fitbit watches, to create an algorithm that might help predict when patients are at risk of suicide and help clinicians intervene. (The New York Times)

OpenAI has made its text-to-image AI DALL-E available to all. 
AI-generated images are going to be everywhere. You can try the software here.

Someone has made an AI that creates Pokémon lookalikes of famous people.
The only image-generation AI that matters. (The Washington Post)

Thanks for reading! See you next week. 

Melissa

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Shows like Bridgerton: What to watch while you wait for season 3 https://joripress.com/shows-like-bridgerton-what-to-watch-while-you-wait-for-season-3 https://joripress.com/shows-like-bridgerton-what-to-watch-while-you-wait-for-season-3
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Netflix‘s Bridgerton has been a massive social phenomenon since premiering Christmas 2020. Its recent second season raced to the top of the streamer’s rankings too. It’s been watched across North America by huge numbers of people and discussed at length on social media and in the press. Now that season two is available, what other shows like Bridgerton are worth checking out?

See also: Everything you need to know about Bridgerton season 2

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How Yasmin Sewell Launched the World's First Healing Perfume and Lifestyle Brand https://joripress.com/how-yasmin-sewell-launched-the-worlds-first-healing-perfume-and-lifestyle-brand https://joripress.com/how-yasmin-sewell-launched-the-worlds-first-healing-perfume-and-lifestyle-brand

Welcome toSecond Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who've made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear, each episode gives you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Life on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts to stay tuned.

Nothing is more empowering than being in tune with the evolving energies that surround us daily. For Yasmin Sewell—the creative genius and founder of Vyrao, the world’s first-ever well-being brand to fuse energetic healing with master perfumery—it’s more than just being in tune with energies. It’s about using them to heal. With a lifelong passion for well-being and energetic connection as well as training in integrative quantum medicine and Reiki, Sewell fused her passions into a brand that could truly foster powerful emotional healing through a bespoke olfactory experience. 

Building the brand on her strong sense of instinct and vocation to create healing energy sources, Sewell launched Vyrao last year with five personal scents. Each fragrance was intentionally designed to evoke specific emotional reactions—like I Am Verdant, a perfume inspiring transformation and illumination through scents of fresh green growth, and Witchy Woo, a fragrance infused with Moroccan orris, thorny rose, nutmeg, and black pepper that encourages courage and creativity. And most recently, Sewell released The Sixth, a unisex fragrance containing 15 natural ingredients scientifically proven to
promote mindfulness made in collaboration with perfumer Meabh McCurtin, the Science of Wellness program at the IFF, and psychic advisor Katt Nicholson.

Within the first year of Vyrao’s launch, Sewell soon learned that the world needed her energy just as much as she wanted to give it. Today, Vyrao is available in 50 global retailers, including Violet Grey, Selfridges, and Saks, with a lifestyle-product expansion on the horizon. 

With Sewell’s personal and professional roots deeply planted in energy healing, it may be a surprise that she spent most of her career in the fashion industry. In her early 20s, Sewell lived in London, where she owned and operated her own boutique that sold standout items from designers like Rick Owens and Pierre Hardy. She then went on to hold positions at the UK retailer Browns as a buying director, Style.com as a fashion director, and Farfetch, where she was the vice president of style and creative.

Listen to the latest episode of Second Life to hear how Sewell was able to pivot her career into a completely different industry and how she is at the forefront of a completely new kind of wellness and beauty brand. Keep scrolling to shop some of Vyrao’s best-selling scents.

Next: Meet Lele Sadoughi: The Designer & Founder Behind the Beloved Accessory Brand

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Social Media Drags Joe Budden For Admitting He Faked Putting On Condoms During Sex On Recent Podcast Episode https://joripress.com/social-media-drags-joe-budden-for-admitting-he-faked-putting-on-condoms-during-sex-on-recent-podcast-episode https://joripress.com/social-media-drags-joe-budden-for-admitting-he-faked-putting-on-condoms-during-sex-on-recent-podcast-episode
Joe Budden
Joe Budden

Joe Budden has admitted to having faked putting on condoms during sex on a recent episode of his podcast, and social media is not letting him off the hook.

The 42-year-old rapper and podcast host is now trending after telling his friends that he had “faked like I was putting a condom on before,” The Shade Room reports.

“Even I done walked in the corner and faked like I was putting a condom on before,” the rapper said while bursting into laughter. “(I) 1,000 percent (did that.)”

Budden Called “Sicko” For Admitting He Faked Using Condoms While Having Sex With Women

His podcast guest even called him out for the comment, calling him a “sicko,” to which Budden said he used to be one, but doesn’t not want to be characterized as such nowadays.

However, that is precisely what has happened.

Fans across social media dragged Budden for the admission, with some calling the act sexual assault and some even deeming it rape due to the lack of consent regarding contraceptive use.

Social Media Drags Joe Budden For “Stealthing” Comments, Budden Responds To Backlash

“Predatory behavior ????” one person commented. “That’s a crime….” another wrote. “This is not funny. It’s (sexual) assault. And it’s triggering AF” a third noted.

One commenter added “To me.. that actually is the biggest deal. Not okay,” while another blatantly said “this is sexual assault.”

Another noted that Budden removed the clip from all platforms because “he admitted to a crime on his podcast.”

“They removed it because stealthing is sexual assault and he admitted to a crime on his podcast…” a commenter wrote. “This is legit a crime in California.”

In response to their claims, Budden hopped in The Shade Room’s comments and stated, “Y’all really want all Black men in jail, lol.”

His indifference to the criticism prompted even more shade, with social media users posting en masse “no, just you.”

“Wow????????‍♀️ way to take accountability,” one person commented. “(Just) YOU specifically” another wrote. “Naw just the ones who do sick s*** like that. ????TO THE CLINK!”

Another added, “Let’s be clear: fake putting on a condom during sex is called ghosting, and it instantly turns a consensual act into a rape. That’s for you, Joe Budden!”

Non-Consensual Condom Removal Is A Crime In California, Germany, United Kingdom

Non-consensual condom removal, or “stealthing”, is the practice of a man removing a condom during sexual intercourse without consent, when his sex partner has only consented to condom-protected sex.

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(Photo by Friso Gentsch/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Victims are exposed to potential sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS, or unwanted pregnancies.

As of 2020, “stealthing” is punishable as a form of sexual violence in some countries, such as Germany and the United Kingdom.

Outside of California, laws in the United States do not specifically cover “stealthing,” and as of 2017, there were no known legal cases about it.

What do you think Roomies? Did Joe Budden admit to committing a crime?

The post Social Media Drags Joe Budden For Admitting He Faked Putting On Condoms During Sex On Recent Podcast Episode appeared first on The Shade Room.

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Manchester United defeat highlights Ten Hag’s need for rotation https://joripress.com/manchester-united-defeat-highlights-ten-hags-need-for-rotation https://joripress.com/manchester-united-defeat-highlights-ten-hags-need-for-rotation

Manchester United rotation

Manchester United’s 6-3 defeat in the Manchester derby was a crushing blow, but it highlighted one of United’s key issues under Erik ten Hag, a lack of rotation.

After 4 successive Premier League wins, including games against Arsenal and Liverpool, confidence was high. Manchester City’s brilliance certainly contributed to the capitulation that the Reds showed on Sunday, but the team selection was perplexing.

It led to a shocking result. Many picked Manchester City to win, sure. However, the 6-3 scoreline is a favor to United, as Anthony Martial added two late goals after Pep Guardiola took off his star power up top.

Manchester United need to play their best players

One of the issues at Old Trafford in recent years has been the fact players have held starting XI spots based on reputation. Ole Gunnar Solskjær would have played Marcus Rashford on one leg if he could have gotten away with it. As such, it feels somewhat counter-intuitive to criticize Ten Hag.

The Dutch coach rewarded Scott McTominay for his uptick in form with an extended run in the Manchester United team. This has come at the expense of summer signing, Casemiro. You have to admire loyalty to a point. However, in this case it was downright bizarre not to play the Brazilian.

Manchester City are clearly the best team in England, perhaps all of Europe and the world. Liverpool’s fall from grace left the Blues virtually unchallenged. If they don’t win the Champions League this season, then there should be serious questions asked of Pep Guardiola.

With that being said, when you’re going up against a team with such talent, you need to play your best players. Casemiro isn’t a player who is going to gain match sharpness through training and insignificant minutes from the bench.

The Brazilian needs to find his rhythm on the pitch. To do that he must start matches. You can’t adapt to a new team from the bench.

Lack of rotation at Manchester United

The need for a natural holding midfielder at Old Trafford has been clear for a while. Fans have been at pains watching their team persist with a double pivot of Fred and Scott McTominay. Casemiro arrived in order to put an end to that. The Brazilian has been the absolute best at the position for the last three years. He shielded a weakened Real Madrid defense expertly since Sergio Ramos left.

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Manchester United’s defense improved since another Real Madrid player, Raphael Varane, arrived. He and fellow newcomer Lisandro Martinez replaced Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf.

You can get away with not expertly protecting that pairing in easier matches. Although, Manchester City is not an occasion where you can play without a defensive midfielder.

Kevin de Bruyne had so much space in the pocket between midfield and attack and was able to quietly control the game. His passing spread Manchester United’s defense too wide. Plus, Diogo Dalot was not up to the task of limiting Jack Grealish.

McTominay and Christian Eriksen were both being used as box-to-box players, which is a compliment to their respective work rates. Yet, such a strategy left United’s defense exposed against the most potent center forward around.

Ajax saw Erik Ten Hag’s lack of rotation too

Ajax fans were notably critical of the Dutch coach’s selection choices at times in his spell in charge. Ten Hag’s unwillingness to rotate has followed him to Manchester United.

You can’t not adapt on a game-by-game basis in the Premier League. It just won’t work. Manchester United didn’t miss Casemiro in other matches, but pragmatism is a requisite against Manchester City.

The marks for Ten Hag’s early United career are strong. Defeats to Manchester City can happen but the scale of Sunday’s result was preventable. Casemiro’s settling in period must now surely come to an end. Erik Ten Hag needs to be more flexible, even if it hasn’t brought him success in the past.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 19:10:04 +0300 JoriPress
Shriners Children’s Open Preview | Golf Betting Picks, Predictions and Odds https://joripress.com/shriners-childrens-open-preview-golf-betting-picks-predictions-and-odds https://joripress.com/shriners-childrens-open-preview-golf-betting-picks-predictions-and-odds Shriners Children’s Open Preview | Golf Betting Picks, Predictions and Odds - originally posted on Sportslens.com

After Mackenzie Hughes triumphed at the Sanderson Farms Championship last week at the Country Club of Jackson, this week attentions turn back to the PGA Tour for the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open from TPC at Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some huge names in the world of golf travel to Las Vegas looking to claim victory on American soil. The PGA Tour is back up and running, with the field’s gradually picking up again ahead of the new season. Look no further, as we have some excellent betting picks and free bets for you!

After the Sanderson Farms Championship last week, the PGA Tour is back on the road, so who will be victorious after 72 holes comes Sunday afternoon this week in Nevada? So without further ado, here are our Shriners Children’s Open betting picks and as we bid to predict the winner this week from TPC at Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Shriners Children’s Open Preview

After a compelling Sanderson Farms Championship last week at the Country Club of Jackson, this week is the turn of the Shriners Children’s Open. Some of the world’s best golfers are in action, looking to win this stellar event. Golf in the United States is always a delight, especially in the rare location of Vegas, so this week should be an exciting one on the PGA Tour.

The Shriners Children’s Open field will be hopeful of hitting their best form this week, looking to win a sizable share of the $8,000,000 prize pot. This is gradually becoming a bigger tournament each year on the Tour, and certainly one that attracts big crowds, a sizable prize pot and a stellar field of talent.

Some notable names from the golfing world such as Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay and Sungjae Im are in action, looking to lift the trophy come late afternoon on Sunday.

Last year, Sungjae Im triumphed as he fended off the likes of Matt Wolff, Mark Leishman and Adam Schenk finishing on -24 par after 72 holes. Im comes to TPC at Summerlin this week aiming to defend his 2021 title, and is priced at +1100 with Bovada to walk away victorious once again in this tournament.

Taking a look at the course itself, TPC at Summerlin at is a quite exquisite golf course. It is right in the heart of Las Vegas, and is certainly an eye-catching sight in the middle of the desert. It is a par 71 and 7,255 yards in length. The course has some stunning scenery, including deep bunkers, wide fairways and a look out to the Vegas strip.

Without further ado, here is who we think has the best chance of winning and giving us a good each-way run at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open event this week from TPC at Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shriners Children’s Open Betting Tips

Odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to chance

Shriners Children’s Open Tip 1: Max Homa To Win @ +1600 with Bovada

Our best bet for the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open this week from Las Vegas, is the American golfing sensation and 2022 Presidents Cup winner with Team USA, Max Homa.

Homa has enjoyed the most successful year to date in his golfing career. The 31-year-old has won five times on the PGA Tour, including two wins in 2021 and two this year. Most recently, Homa triumphed at the Fortinet Championship just a fortnight ago, finishing on -16 par and pipping Danny Willett to the title by a single shot.

Homa can clearly hang with all of the best players on tour, and has beaten all of the best players in the world at one stage or another in the past year or so.

He also performed exceptionally well at the Presidents Cup the other week, picking up a few heavily important points for his country.

Homa has won the Wells Fargo Championship on two occasions, as well as the Genesis Invitational in 2021. That win two weeks at at the Fortinet Championship was his second in as many years, going back-to-back at the event and showing why he is one of the hottest properties in golf right now.

He looks to tick all of the boxes ahead of this weeks event on the PGA Tour, hence why we are selecting him to potentially go all the way and lift his sixth PGA Tour title.

Certainly one of the leading market contenders at a great price of +1600 with Bovada.

Shriners Children’s Open Tip 2: Si Woo Kim To Win and Each-Way @ +4000 with Bovada

Our each-way selection this week at the Shriners Children’s Open is fellow Presidents Cup star and world ranked number 28, Si Woo Kim.

Kim became the youngest player to ever win the Players Championship, when he triumphed at just the age of 21 back in 2017. The now 27-year-old has continued to go on from strength to strength on the PGA Tour, epitomizing consistency week in, week out.

The South Korean golf star has finished just outside the Top 10 in all four majors, and has the winning knack on the PGA Tour too. His last win came in January last year at the American Express, where he finished on -23 par, beating Patrick Cantlay by one stroke to claim his third PGA Tour victory.

Although he hasn’t won in over 18 months, he has been very close on several occasions and enjoyed a relatively successful 2021/22 season. A plethora of Top 10’s and a few features in the Top 5 make Si Woo Kim our each-way selection this week for the Shriners Children’s Open.

He doesn’t have a weakness on the golf course, and has the bottle to win big tournaments as well. The course should suit him so do not be surprised if he finishes up near the very top of the leaderboard.

Comes here in good form after a very fruitful Presidents Cup performance. Certainly a great each-way shout at a magnificent price of +4000 with Bovada.

Other notable mentions

Although Homa and Kim are our biggest fancies for potential success this week, here are some other notable players who we think have a good chance at a great price:

Patrick Cantlay @ +700, Sungjae Im @ +1100, Tom Kim @ +2200, Davis Riley @ +5500 and Seamus Power @ +6000. All prices are with Bovada.

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Patrick Cantlay +700 bovada
Sungjae Im +1100 bovada
Max Homa +1600 bovada
Aaron Wise +2200 bovada
Tom Kim +2200 bovada
Taylor Montgomery +2800 bovada
Emiliano Grillo +3500 bovada
Alex Noren +4000 bovada
Tom Hoge +4000 bovada
Si Woo Kim +4000 bovada
Cameron Davis +4500 bovada
Dean Burmester +4500 bovada
Brian Harman +4500 bovada
JT Poston +4500 bovada
Taylor Pendrith +5000 bovada
Thomas Detry +5000 bovada

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Travis Kelce Labels Teammate Patrick Mahomes as the ‘Houdini of Our Era’ After Another Magical Display https://joripress.com/travis-kelce-labels-teammate-patrick-mahomes-as-the-houdini-of-our-era-after-another-magical-display https://joripress.com/travis-kelce-labels-teammate-patrick-mahomes-as-the-houdini-of-our-era-after-another-magical-display Travis Kelce Labels Teammate Patrick Mahomes as the ‘Houdini of Our Era’ After Another Magical Display - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Kansas City Chiefs played out the game of the season so far in a 41-31 victory over the Buccaneers, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes was once again instrumental to their offensive success.

The 2018 MVP was in dazzling form after to dispel any doubts over the his or the Chiefs’ performances during their meetings with the Colts and the Chargers, leading them to their second 40+ point game in four weeks.

Kansas are widely expected to be challenging for the Lombardy Trophy this year and are so far 3-1. Their offensive options are stacked, anchored by Mahomes who many believe to be the best in his position at this moment in time.

His performance in Week 4 was brimming with flair, twirling his way through the Bucs’ defence, launching audacious sidearm throws while racking up another host of staggering statistics.

The Chiefs were no doubt on form; 417 total yards with 189 rushing yards and two ground TDs, all the while Mahomes’ contribution was felt throughout, registering 249 passing yards and three more touchdowns along with one interception.

A truly magical performance from the MVP contender, who is now as short as +500 in NFL betting to clinch the award for a second time. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was full of praise when speaking about his teammate’s performance, saying, “the NFL hasn’t seen anything like Mahomes – I promise you that.

“You saw it today – he’s the Houdini of our era. The guy just finds ways to make plays throughout the game – big-time third down, big-time goal line plays and just willing our team to the end zone – willing our team to win. That’s our ultimate leader.”

His highlight reel is anything but the norm, and he added another unusual yet undeniably superlative piece of skill to give the Chiefs a 21-3 lead.

Purused out of the pocket, he circled back round the scrimmage before tip-toeing around Pro-Bowl linebacker Devin White with a humiliating 360 spin. He then popped the ball over the defence with a nonchalant pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire who was positioned in the end zone for his second touchdown pass of the evening.

See below for the moment on everyone’s lips after the weekend.

 

 

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I didn’t have any interest in Suzan Makula – Pastor Bugingo speaks out https://joripress.com/i-didnt-have-any-interest-in-suzan-makula-pastor-bugingo-speaks-out https://joripress.com/i-didnt-have-any-interest-in-suzan-makula-pastor-bugingo-speaks-out

Pastor Aloysius Bugingo once again sent tongues wagging when he disclosed that he initially did not have any feelings and interests in his new wife Suzan Makula Nantaba by the time he started flirting with her.

The self-styled Man of God narrated that he just fell in love with Suzan Makula because he felt pity for the situation that she was going through.

He narrated that he decided to shoot his shot toward Makula and with the few words that he has and not being an expert at dating, he just expressed his affection for her.

Also Read: Pastor Bugingo: People are free to leave our church if they don’t get what they prayed for

The few words that he used, heaped praise on Makula telling her how knowledgeable she is and thus confessed how he wished to take her hand in marriage something that Makula also accepted.

Before all that came into existence, Pastor Bugingo disclosed that he used to regularly pray for Suzan to overcome lots of the challenges that she was facing.

Some of the challenges Makula was facing included being fed up with men since her last catch had denied their pregnancy leading to an abrupt miscarriage and the loss of the child she was carrying.

After failing at almost everything, I decided to sweet-talk Suzan Makula. In fact, I didn’t tell her so many words because I have no experience when it comes to dating. They way I sweet-talked Suzan is very funny. I simply told her that I have seen you’re a bright and sharp person. I am going to marry you.

Imagine, I didn’t have any interest in her at all. I used to pray for her challenges and troubles that she was going through. Among her challenges, she had decided that she was done and dusted with dating men.

During that period, she had just narrated to me how she was overcoming stress from one of her ex lovers who made her lose her child when he denied fathering the child she was carrying in her womb.

What I wanted to tell the congragation is that I didn’t have any interest in you (Suzan Makula).

Pastor Bugingo

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We can only go forward by supporting local talent – Spice Diana to media https://joripress.com/we-can-only-go-forward-by-supporting-local-talent-spice-diana-to-media https://joripress.com/we-can-only-go-forward-by-supporting-local-talent-spice-diana-to-media

Ahead of her 2023 concert, Source Management singer Spice Diana has urged the media to give Ugandan music priority over music from other parts of the world if they want the industry to develop.

On 13th January 2023, Spice Diana will be holding her concert at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Since 2018 when she held her maiden concert, she has been filling up different venues and now she heads to Lugogo Cricket Oval, one of the biggest concert grounds in the +256.

At a presser held on Monday afternoon, the Sili Regular singer revealed that she is planning to hold one of the biggest shows of her career and she dedicates it to her fans who have supported her all the way since 2018.

She thanked the media for positively impacting the growth of the industry in recent months and called upon them to join her on her journey toward the 13th of January 2023.

Also Read: She calls him Simba, he calls her Spicy Dangote – Spice Diana, Diamond Platnumz flirtatious

“I want to thank the media for supporting the industry and nowadays local artistes fill up venues at the different concerts. That’s all we want. As Spice Diana, I am motivated when I see that. We need that spirit because that is the only way the industry can move forward,” Spice Diana noted.

She further urged the journalists to always front the promotion of Ugandan talents before they look outside because it’s from the local industry that they have managed to make a living.

“Be part of my journey and support Ugandan music before we head out to other countries. We cannot front foreign music before our own. Let’s find a way to develop each other. This is our culture, it starts from home before it goes elsewhere,” she added.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 19:00:03 +0300 JoriPress
Facebook shares continue to tumble, prompting whispers of a stock 'death spiral' https://joripress.com/facebook-shares-continue-to-tumble-prompting-whispers-of-a-stock-death-spiral https://joripress.com/facebook-shares-continue-to-tumble-prompting-whispers-of-a-stock-death-spiral Many users ditched Facebook last year after watching company whistleblower Frances Haugen’s chilling 60 Minutes interview and realizing the kid who pulled the legs off flies every day in the cafeteria in third grade doesn’t actually have special insight into the impact of mRNA vaccines on the human endocrine system. 

At first when I stopped using Facebook, I wondered what could possibly replace photos of marginal acquaintances’ Panera bread bowls in my already hollow and trivial simulacrum of a life. But I managed—and you can, too, if you ever take the plunge.Speaking of plunge, that’s exactly what Facebook’s stock has been doing lately.

As CNBC notes in a recent story on Facebook’s—erm, Meta’s—travails, the company’s market cap, which was $1 trillion at this time last year, has since shrunk by two-thirds, and the stock is at its lowest point since January 2019. In fact, the stock has been the fifth-worst performer on the S&P 500 index this year.

Facebook’s business was built on network effects — users brought their friends and family members, who told their colleagues, who invited their buddies. Suddenly everyone was convening in one place. Advertisers followed, and the company’s ensuing profits — and they were plentiful — provided the capital to recruit the best and brightest engineers to keep the cycle going.

But in 2022, the cycle has reversed. Users are jumping ship and advertisers are reducing their spending, leaving Meta poised to report its second straight drop in quarterly revenue. Businesses are removing Facebook’s once-ubiquitous social login button from their websites. Recruiting is an emerging challenge, especially as founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spends much of his time proselytizing the metaverse, which may be the company’s future but accounts for virtually none of its near-term revenue and is costing billions of dollars a year to build.

While Facebook appears to be at an inflection point that could presage either continued good fortune or an eventual trip to the Big Tech boneyard, the company’s recent reversal of fortune actually has some analysts predicting a Meta stock “death spiral.”

“I’m not sure there’s a core business that works anymore at Facebook,” said Laura Martin, a senior analyst at the asset management firm Needham. Granted, Martin is the only analyst among 45 tracked by FactSet who’s attached a “sell” rating to the stock, but such a dire outlook must seem strange to observers who’ve witnessed years of robust growth.

In fact, signups may have peaked, with the number of active users in the U.S. and Canada actually falling in the past two years, from 198 million to 197 million. The platform is being pressured by competition from younger-skewing apps like TikTok, and it's looking increasingly like baby boomers sharing Comic Sans-embroidered memes about drinking straight from garden hoses is not the business model of the future.

“I don’t see it spiraling in terms of cash flows in the next few years, but I’m just worried that they’re not winning the next generation,” Jeremy Bondy, CEO of app marketing firm Liftoff, told CNBC.

Meanwhile, Facebook is attempting to staunch the bleeding with a short-video add-on called Reels, which is intended to compete directly with the surging TikTok, though the company has acknowledged difficulties in monetizing the feature. But it’s a shift in focus that appears to smack of desperation.

“[Zuckerberg] wouldn’t be hurting its revenue at the same time he needs more money, unless he felt like the core business wasn’t strong enough to stand alone,” said Martin, the Needham stock analyst. “He must feel he has to try to move his viewership to Reels to compete with TikTok.”

Of course, one reason Facebook’s fortunes may look less bright than they used to is the considerable stigma the company carries. Haugen’s testimony was something close to seismic, and it blew the lid off the company’s outsized greed and cynicism. 

Facebook’s role in getting Donald Trump elected in 2016 was bad enough, but according to Haugen, the company as a rule has observed few ethical guardrails. 

In her October 2021 congressional testimony, Haugen detailed the company’s perverse greed as well as the harm it knowingly caused to the world’s democracies and some of its most vulnerable citizens.

“During my time at Facebook ... I saw that Facebook repeatedly encountered conflicts between its own profits and our safety,” Haugen said. “Facebook consistently resolved those conflicts in favor of its own profits. The result has been a system that amplifies division, extremism, and polarization—and undermining societies around the world. In some cases, this dangerous online talk has led to actual violence that harms and even kills people. In other cases, their profit-optimizing machine is generating self-harm and self-hate—especially for vulnerable groups, like teenage girls. These problems have been confirmed repeatedly by Facebook’s own internal research.”

Of course, Facebook’s stock could still rise from here. It’s not like it’s Truth Social, the core business model of which appears to be tricking Marjorie Taylor Greene into giving them all her money. For example, in the mid-‘90s, Apple’s stock was in a ditch and people openly wondered if the company would survive. We all know what’s happened since. On the other hand, when was the last time you checked your MySpace?

If Facebook does eventually die, few of us will mourn. And after what the company has done to democracy, it would look a lot like a mercy killing.

Mercy for everyone but its investors, anyway.

Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link. Or, if you prefer a test drive, you can download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.

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Here’s how the Nord Stream gas pipelines could be fixed https://joripress.com/heres-how-the-nord-stream-gas-pipelines-could-be-fixed https://joripress.com/heres-how-the-nord-stream-gas-pipelines-could-be-fixed Until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines were a key part of Europe’s energy infrastructure. In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Nord Stream lines supplied 18% of all Europe’s gas imports. Half of Russia’s gas imports to Europe came through Nord Stream 1—a record high. (Nord Stream 2, which has been completed, has not yet come online after Germany withheld its certification following the invasion.)

Since then, Nord Stream has become a geopolitical pawn as Russia has retaliated for economic sanctions imposed upon it after the invasion. In July, Russia took the pipeline offline for scheduled maintenance but never returned it to full capacity; by August, Russia’s state energy company had declared an unplanned outage.

Then, in late September, unexpected damage caused four leaks in the subsea pipeline system. Everyone except Russia believes it’s sabotage by the pariah state as it attempts to squeeze supplies ahead of a tricky winter energy shortage in Europe, where countries are already planning to cut back on energy use.

Now the race is on to fix the vital pipelines before winter—if that’s even possible. The Swiss-based joint venture behind Nord Stream, which is 51% owned by the Russian state energy firm Gazprom, is uncertain whether the issues will ever be fixed. The head of Russia’s parliamentary energy committee, Pavel Zavalny, thinks the trouble could be resolved in six months—conveniently after the winter, when the supplies are needed most. 

What we do know is that any mission will be an unprecedented challenge for the oil and gas sector, requiring complex robotics and imaginative engineering. 

underwater gas creating a disturbance on the surface of the sea water.
SWEDISH COAST GUARD VIA AP

And while we don’t even know for sure how bad the situation is, the damage is expected to be significant: the September 26 blasts believed to have caused the pipeline ruptures registered 2.2 on the Richter scale, according to the Swedish National Seismic Network. Swedish and Danish investigators, who have taken the lead on probing the leaks because they happened nearest to their countries, have said that they were caused by blasts equivalent to “several hundred kilos of explosives.”

“These are massive explosions that may have damaged this pipeline over a greater distance [than we know of],” says Jilles van den Beukel, an independent energy analyst who worked for Shell for 25 years, most recently as a principal geoscientist. “Perhaps this pipeline is not in its original position anymore.”

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called the incident a “deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure.” US president Joe Biden called it a “deliberate act of sabotage.” But while the culprit may seem obvious, a Kremlin spokesperson says pointing the finger of blame at the Russians is “predictably stupid.”

No matter who did it, it was deliberate, says van der Beukel. “These pipelines normally simply don’t break down,” he says. The steel Nord Stream pipes are 1.6 inches thick, with up to another 4.3 inches of concrete wrapped around them. Each of the 100,000 or so sections of the pipeline weighs 24 metric tons.

“These kinds of leaks are described as a one-in-100,000-years kind of thing,” he says. “The only way these kinds of things happen is sabotage.” 

Because the pipeline was not in active service given the geopolitical situation, the environmental impact—while still concerning—is not as great a problem as it could have been. According to estimates, the volume of gas likely to have leaked from the pipeline could have resulted in anywhere between 7.5 million and 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, German and Danish authorities have told reporters. A Gazprom spokesperson told a September 30 UN Security Council meeting that the organization believed the pipelines contained around 800 million cubic meters of gas at the time of rupture, putting a potential cap on the volume of gas that could have escaped. But it’s not safe to investigate and identify potential repairs while gas is still leaking out.

Once investigators can safely get hands on, the tricky work of triaging the problems and finding solutions begins. “You assess: ‘Okay, what is the state of the pipe? What are the damages?’” says Jean-François Ribet of the Monaco-based oil and gas pipeline repair company 3X Engineering, which has previously repaired pipelines in Yemen that have been sabotaged by the likes of Al-Qaeda. That assessment can be done using an inspection robot, a remotely operated vehicle, or specialized divers. 

Sending divers to the site is challenging because of the depth of the pipeline: while the known leaks are concentrated in relatively shallow waters—around 50 meters deep—the majority of the pipeline lies 80 to 100 meters underwater. And all of it will need to be inspected for potential damage.

“We’ve done repairs at that depth, but you have to use saturation diving,” says Olivier Marin, R&D and technical manager at 3X Engineering. (In saturation diving, which is used for deep-sea conditions, divers remain at the extreme depth in a specialized habitat and undergo a single decompression once the operation is over.) “You can maybe do 10 hours, but you will have to stay for one month in a hyperbaric chamber,”  he says.

The repairs themselves would not be easy. There are a number of options, says Ribet. The first is to replace the damaged sections of the pipe in their totality—though that’s the costliest. “You need the same diameter, the same kind of steel grade, and so on,” he says. And you need to bring shipborne cranes that are strong enough to lift the heavy pipe segments out of the water.

The second repair option would be to install a clamp that covers the damaged sections of the pipe, essentially patching the ruptured areas. However, with an internal diameter of 1.153 meters, the Nord Stream pipelines would require huge clamps, as well as the temporary installation of an underwater caisson, a watertight chamber that would encase the section of pipeline so that engineers could work within it. 

Marin believes this would be “the easiest solution.” However, he adds, it would take months to procure a clamp big enough to encase the pipeline. This method also won’t work if there turns out to be extensive damage, because it’s not feasible to build clamps big enough to cover significant holes. A third option is a composite repair that mixes the two methods: replace the worst-damaged elements of the pipeline, and clamp those that are less affected.

Ribet suggests one potentially less likely fourth option: building and installing a new pipeline section that could bypass the damaged sections, which would be left in place. Russian analysts also note that one of Nord Stream’s four individual pipelines appears not to have been affected, meaning it could continue to deliver gas, albeit at a lower rate.

There’s a further issue complicating any would-be repair work: whether it is legal. The joint venture that runs the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Nord Stream AG, claims to be a separate entity from the company operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Nord Stream 2 AG. The latter is subject to international sanctions imposed after the invasion of Russia. The sanctions are likely to slow the pipeline’s repair, believes Russian minister Zavalny, who says they may make it tricky to find vessels willing to take on the work of transporting equipment. 

A spokesperson for Nord Stream AG did not reply to three requests for comment asking about how the company planned to handle the sanctions issue.

Even if repairs can be made, it’s not likely that Nord Stream will recommence supplies any time soon. One major factor that also has to be considered? As gas escapes, water rushes in. That causes corrosion. “Of course, salt water inside the pipeline is not good,” says van den Beukel. Now that gas has stopped escaping the pipeline, according to the Danish Energy Agency, the race is on to try to plug the holes using “pigs”—pipeline inspection gauges, which are used to push unwanted materials out of pipelines, usually to clean them as part of regular maintenance. The faster the pigs can be sent through the affected areas, the better to limit the long-term damage.

Whatever the eventual solution, it’s going to be difficult—and expensive—to fix.

Asked if he can think if we’ve ever seen a subsea problem on this scale before, van den Beukel has a simple answer: “No. When you talk sabotage, it’s usually onshore and on a much smaller scale,” he says. “I can’t think of anything similar to this—ever.”

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:50:02 +0300 JoriPress
Wisk Aero reveals its market&ready, self&flying air taxi https://joripress.com/wisk-aero-reveals-its-market-ready-self-flying-air-taxi https://joripress.com/wisk-aero-reveals-its-market-ready-self-flying-air-taxi Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle company Wisk Aero has unveiled its go-to-market aircraft: a four-passenger autonomous air taxi that the startup will put forward for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification.

Type certification, one of the three certifications an aviation company needs to secure before launching a commercial service, means the aircraft has to meet all of the FAA’s design and safety standards. To be able to launch its air taxis as a service, Wisk will also need to earn a production certification, which is the approval to begin manufacturing its eVTOL, and an air carrier certification.

In May, eVTOL competitor Joby Aviation received its air carrier certification, which will help the startup reach its stated goal of launching an air taxi service in 2024.

Wisk will likely come across more hurdles than Joby in getting its eVTOLs to market. The startup, a joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk, Google co-founder Larry Page’s moonshot company that recently closed down, is pursuing a self-flying-first approach, which Wisk says is the key to reaching scale in the broader advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. As such, the Generation 6 eVTOL unveiled Monday is designed to be supervised by humans, who will take over the vehicle during flight when necessary, the company said in a statement.

The aircraft’s design features six front rotors, each with five blades that tilt either horizontally or vertically. The six rear rotors have two blades each and are fixed in a vertical position.

In terms of performance, Wisk’s Gen 6 aircraft, building off the lessons from the previous five generations, has a cruising speed of 120 knots, a 90-mile range, can reach altitudes of 2,500 to 4,000 feet, and has a nearly 50-foot wingspan. The vehicle can carry four passengers comfortably with “ample storage” for luggage and personal carry-on items, the company said.

Wisk Aero Generation 6 evtol interior

The interior passenger cabin of Wisk Aero’s Generation 6 eVTOL is designed to seat four passengers comfortably, with room for luggage. Image Credit: Wisk Aero

The interior is meant to mimic automotive design, with plenty of visibility, comfy seats, and amenities like WiFi and charging.

It’s not clear what Wisk’s go-to-market strategy actually is or when it expects to begin passenger trials; Wisk did not immediately respond to TechCrunch’s requests for comment. However, in January, when Wisk secured $450 million from Boeing, the company said it intends to operate one of the industry’s largest AAM fleets across 20 cities within five years of certification of its 6th-generation aircraft.

The company said its Gen 6 aircraft is “designed to be a service for everyone, with a price target of $3 per passenger, per mile.” To put that into perspective, an air taxi flight from a vertiport — a structure where eVTOLs will take off and land — in New York City off the Lincoln Tunnel to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens would set you back around $60 and probably take around 7 minutes at a speed of 120 knots.

If Wisk is to be believed, that’s a small price to pay to avoid sitting in an hour of traffic and paying for surge pricing with Uber or Lyft.

Wisk Aero reveals its market-ready, self-flying air taxi by Rebecca Bellan originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:40:04 +0300 JoriPress
Fandom acquires Metacritic, GameSpot, TV Guide and other entertainment brands in deal worth around $55M https://joripress.com/fandom-acquires-metacritic-gamespot-tv-guide-and-other-entertainment-brands-in-deal-worth-around-55m https://joripress.com/fandom-acquires-metacritic-gamespot-tv-guide-and-other-entertainment-brands-in-deal-worth-around-55m Entertainment platform Fandom announced today its acquisition of seven entertainment and gaming brands from media company Red Ventures, including online publications Comic Vine, Cord Cutters News, GameFAQs, GameSpot, Giant Bomb, Metacritic, and TV Guide.

While the financials of the deal were not disclosed in the official announcement, Fandom told TechCrunch that the deal cost somewhere in the mid-fifties– so around $55 million.

Founded in 2004 by Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales and entrepreneur Angela Beesley, Fandom today offers a wiki hosting service and fan platform providing 40 million pages of content and 250,000 wiki communities to inform and entertain fans about their favorite video games, movies, and TV series.

Today’s announcement is notable as it greatly expands Fandom’s offerings to now include reviews, ratings and news.

“We’re thrilled to add these powerful, authoritative brands into the Fandom platform, which will expand our business capabilities and provide immersive content for our partners, advertisers and fans. The trusted insights, ratings and content they provide will make us a one-stop shop for fans across their entertainment and gaming journey,” said Perkins Miller, CEO of Fandom, in a statement. Miller had become CEO in February 2019, as the company rebranded from its former name, Wikia, and began to update its core platform technology.

Acquiring the seven brands will also help to expand Fandom’s gamer audience, which is one of its largest with 115 million video game fans, 17 million pages of content, and 100,000 gaming communities, per Fandom’s 2022 State of Gaming report.

Also, the ownership of these digital assets will help Fandom increase its monthly user base to 350 million, making it the 14th ad-supported site in the U.S. The addition of monthly users keeps the company on track to reach its goal of becoming the No. 1 fan platform in the world.

With a recent slowdown in advertising, the acquisition couldn’t have come at a better time. The company noted in its announcement that the deal allows Fandom to “super-serve” its advertising partners as well as help power its data platform and gaming e-commerce business.

“In addition to creating exceptional fan experiences, these platforms will add to our FanDNA data offering, giving us sentiment and intent signals that will help improve the consumer experience as well as make our commerce and advertising businesses more impactful,” Miller added.

Fandom’s deal with Red Ventures joins various other purchases recently made by the company, such as the 2021 acquisition of Focus Multimedia Ltd., the parent company of Fanatical, an e-commerce retailer that sells video games, eBooks, and software.

In 2019, the company bought Curse Media, a network of gaming sites, from Twitch.

Online movie magazine, ScreenJunkies, was purchased by Fandom in 2018.

Fandom acquires Metacritic, GameSpot, TV Guide and other entertainment brands in deal worth around $55M by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:40:04 +0300 JoriPress
Call It the Fashion&Month Influence: 29 High&Impact Pieces I'm Itching for Now https://joripress.com/call-it-the-fashion-month-influence-29-high-impact-pieces-im-itching-for-now https://joripress.com/call-it-the-fashion-month-influence-29-high-impact-pieces-im-itching-for-now

Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one editor, staffer, or influencer shares their top 30 must-haves or current wish-list items.

Since September, every inch of my social media has been devoured by the fashion-month parade. From the designers and brands to the critics and the editors I follow, it's like getting a play-by-play of every happening on and off the runways. While so much fashion in your face all at once can definitely get overwhelming, it's also hugely exciting—just think about it. We finally get to see the culmination of months of conceptualizing and creating. The pieces and styling on the runways now will affect what we'll see and what we'll be wearing months from now

Admittedly, the fashion-week buzz has also greatly influenced my own shopping habits. And when Instagram is constantly directing you to street style images on your Explore Page, it's kind of hard to resist the urge. The items below show the effect of fashion month's influence (as you can probably deduce by the dramatic flair of each piece). I've been in the mood for high-impact, statement-making clothes and accessories that instantly grab people's attention, which lots of Loewe pieces, sequin dresses, and lace opera gloves will certainly help do. To see the full list of items that made it into my cart, keep scrolling. 

You don't see bags like this just anywhere, which is precisely why I'm into it.

These are arguably the It sneakers of the moment, so I, too, have decided that I need a pair.

After seeing the street style from all four cities over the past month, these sunglasses are definitely the winner.

It's kind of wild to think that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but true to form, I'm already prepared.

If you look at any of the celebs attending fashion week, they're more than likely wearing lace-up strappy sandals. They're just so versatile.

I'm getting big Saint Laurent vibes here.

How cute would this be styled with cargo pants?

As I've seen on the spring/summer 2023 runways, maxi dresses are here to stay.

I could see my dad wearing this, which is coincidentally a trend right now.

Designers love sculptural jewelry, and I'm stocking up right now.

The Dries Van Noten show is always a highlight during fashion month.

Rule number one for a good fashion-week street style pic: wear cool sunglasses.

I think off-the-shoulder tops like this will be a big trend come next season.

Tall platforms or bust.

Another emerging trend on the runways? All things sheer. This Zara cardigan comes at the perfect time.

I mean, come on!

I've been aboard the cargo train for a hot minute, and I'll keep chugging along into 2023.

It's time to celebrate the beginning of statement-boot season.

Beautiful draping will always win my heart.

The longer the jeans, the trendier they are.

This top sings all on its own.

My jaw dropped when I saw this dress.

Let this be your signal to grab some chain-mail pieces.

This is a style that's a bit more under the radar, but at least you can say you had it first.

I know I've said this before, but lingerie-inspired trends are really having a moment right now.

All fashion girls love Loewe.

Cool accessories do so much to uplift an outfit.

Bring the drama!

Just too good!

Next up: I'm in the Mood for Something New, and These Zara and H&M Items Are Next-Level

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Kim Kardashian Charged, Fined $1.26 Million By SEC For Alleged “Pump And Dump” Crypto Scheme https://joripress.com/kim-kardashian-charged-fined-126-million-by-sec-for-alleged-pump-and-dump-crypto-scheme https://joripress.com/kim-kardashian-charged-fined-126-million-by-sec-for-alleged-pump-and-dump-crypto-scheme

Kim Kardashian has been charged and fined $1.26 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for an Instagram post promoting a cryptocurrency that was characterized as a “pump and dump” scheme in a lawsuit filed against the influencer earlier this year.

On Monday, the SEC announced charges against the 41-year-old reality television star “for touting on social media a crypto asset security…. without disclosing the payment she received for the promotion,” the New York Post reports.

She allegedly made $250,000 for the promotional Instagram post.

Kim Kardashian Allegedly Paid $250K For “Pump & Dump” Crypto Instagram Post, Fined $1.23M In Penalties

“This is not financial advice, but sharing what my friends just told me about the Ethereum Max token!” Kim’s post read. “A few minutes ago, Ethereum Max burned 400 trillion tokens- literally 50 percent of their admin wallet (and) giving back to the entire E-max community.”

The SEC added that Kim K “agreed to settle the charges, pay $1.26 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest, and cooperate,” with an investigation still ongoing.

Kim reportedly paid the penalties “without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings,” and has agreed to not promote any crypto currency for three years, according to the agency.

Kim Is “Pleased To Have Resolved This Matter” And “Fully Cooperated” With SEC, Spokesperson Says

A spokesperson for the social media influencer said that Kim was “please to have resolved this matter” and that she “fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning.”

“Ms. Kardashian is pleased to have resolved this matter with the SEC,” a spokesperson for Kardashian told the Post.

“Kardashian fully cooperated with the SEC from the very beginning and she remains willing to do whatever she can to assist the SEC in this matter.”

The spokesperson added that “she wanted to get this matter behind her to avoid a protracted dispute.”

“The agreement she reached with the SEC allows her to do that so that she can move forward with her many different business pursuits.”

Reps from Ripley's Museum speak out and say Kim Kardashian did not damage Marilyn Monroe's dress after wearing it to the Met Gala.
Reps from Ripley’s Museum speak out and say Kim Kardashian did not damage Marilyn Monroe’s dress after wearing it to the Met Gala. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

SEC Says Kardashian Case Will Make It Clear To Celebs That They Must Disclose Payments When Promoting Investments

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said the case against Kim will make it clear to the masses that investment opportunities promoted by celebs and social media influencers “are (not) right for all investors,” and to be weary of such promotions, the Post reports.

“This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment opportunities, including crypto asset securities, it doesn’t mean that those investment products are right for all investors,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said.

Gensley added that the case will also make it clear that celebs and influencers can and will be prosecuted should they fail to publicly disclose how much they were paid for promoting investment opportunities.

“We encourage investors to consider an investment’s potential risks and opportunities in light of their own financial goals,” Gensley said.

“Ms. Kardashian’s case also serves as a reminder to celebrities and others that the law requires them to disclose to the public when and how much they are paid to promote investing in securities.”

Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Named In Crypto “Pump & Dump” Lawsuit Earlier This Year

Earlier this year, Kardashian and former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather were named in a lawsuit claiming they misled their online followers by promoting “pump and dump” cryptocurrency schemes.

Former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce was also named in the suit, according to the Post.

Both Kim and Floyd were accused of making “false or misleading statements” while promoting Ethereum Max tokens.

“In truth, Defendants marketed the EMAX Tokens to investors so that they could sell their portion of the Float for a profit,” the lawsuit reads.

Mayweather paid over $600,000 in a settlement with the SEC, without admitting or denying the regulator’s findings, NBC News reports.

The post Kim Kardashian Charged, Fined $1.26 Million By SEC For Alleged “Pump And Dump” Crypto Scheme appeared first on The Shade Room.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 18:20:03 +0300 JoriPress
U17 AFCON Qualifiers: Uganda ease past Burundi in opening game https://joripress.com/u17-afcon-qualifiers-uganda-ease-past-burundi-in-opening-game https://joripress.com/u17-afcon-qualifiers-uganda-ease-past-burundi-in-opening-game

Uganda U17 Football National Team had a brilliant start to the Qualifiers of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Burundi in the opening game on Monday.

In the game played at Abebe Bikila stadium, Addis Ababa, Uganda Cubs secured a 4-0 win.

Alex Yiga came through with a brace while Arafat Nkoola and Richard Okello got a goal apiece.

As early as the 12th minute, Yiga gave Uganda a deserved lead and by halftime, he had two goals to his name with the other coming a minute to the break.

Before Yiga’s second, Nkoola had scored in the 38th minute as Uganda continued to dominate.

The icing on the cake came from Okello in the 56th minute.

The team will return to action on 6th October against South Sudan and victory will send them to the semifinals.

It should be noted that there are two groups,each composed of three teams after the disqualification of Sudan and Djibouti.

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5 must&see Champions League games in matchday three https://joripress.com/5-must-see-champions-league-games-in-matchday-three https://joripress.com/5-must-see-champions-league-games-in-matchday-three

Champions League matchday three

Matchday three of the Champions League brings a handful of must-see games to US TV. Teams are looking to position themselves strongly for the second half of the Group Stage.

As such, this week could see some absolutely classic matches played, and you will be able to follow them in the US.

Graham Potter has work to do to get Chelsea’s continental campaign back on track. Meanwhile, Liverpool will be hoping Joel Matip’s late winner against Ajax will have given their Champions League hopes fresh life.

Entering matchday three, it is a turning point for the remainder of the campaign. In each of these games, the reverse fixture is in just one week’s time. The value of finishing in the top two is beyond compare.

With all of the games in the UEFA Champions League airing on Paramount+, here are five games to keep a special eye on in matchday three.

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1. Marseille vs Sporting CP – Group D (Tuesday, Oct. 4 – 12:45 p.m. ET / 9:45 a.m. PT)

Marseille’s meeting with Sporting on Tuesday is the perfect early kick-off to set the tone for Matchday 3 of the Champions League. If you are looking for a match with two well coached and entertaining teams, then this is perfect.

Marseille have an element of chaos about their play, albeit that hasn’t helped them in the Champions League. The French giants are winless and without a goal in their opening two matches. On the other hand, Sporting have won both games without conceding a goal.

Sporting manager Ruben Amorim is expected to be Wolves’ favored choice to replace Bruno Lage. This could be his final game in charge at Sporting. He looks to showcase his best attacking game in his potential sendoff.

2. Inter vs Barcelona – Group C (Tuesday, Oct. 4 – 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT)

This is a clash of giants in the European game, both exhibiting success on the biggest stage in success-laden histories. Inter and Barcelona will be looking to take a decisive step to securing second place in Group C.

Bayern Munich already look insurmountable in first, especially with back-to-back games against Viktoria Plzen.

Inter’s poor domestic form has left Simone Inzaghi in danger of losing his job. Barcelona will need to take advantage of this. The Blaugrana have been impressive domestically and are all but a certainty to score goals at the San Siro.

3. Ajax vs Napoli – Group A (Tuesday, Oct. 4 – 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT)

If you enjoy entertaining football then Tuesday’s meeting between Ajax and Napoli is the game for you. The two teams are the leading scorers in Group A and there will be no shortage of excitement in this match.

Napoli could move to within touching distance of qualification with a victory away in the Netherlands.

4. Chelsea vs AC Milan – Group E (Wednesday, Oct. 5 – 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT)

Chelsea’s poor start to the Premier League season has spilled into the Champions League. The Blues have just one point from their opening two matches.

Worryingly, those poor results came against the two weaker teams in Group E.

Italian champions AC Milan now await Graham Potter’s team, who struggled past Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Rossoneri are having no such problems back home. Stefano Pioli’s team are in fine form with Rafael Leao scoring for fun.

5. Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund – Group G (Wednesday, Oct. 5 – 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT)

Anything other than a victory for Sevilla will virtually end their Champions League campaign for the 2022/23 season. The Spanish team are having serious issues blending a new group of players. Domestic results have been below-par, and Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of dismissal ahead of Wednesday’s match.

Borussia Dortmund are performing steadily after losing Erling Haaland. The goals aren’t forthcoming in the same way, and this gives Sevilla a puncher’s chance.

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Best Early NCAA Betting Picks For Week 6 12:00pm Games: Back Oklahoma over Texas!! https://joripress.com/best-early-ncaa-betting-picks-for-week-6-1200pm-games-back-oklahoma-over-texas https://joripress.com/best-early-ncaa-betting-picks-for-week-6-1200pm-games-back-oklahoma-over-texas Best Early NCAA Betting Picks For Week 6 12:00pm Games: Back Oklahoma over Texas!! - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Week Six of the NCAAF season will be here before we know it. We’ve compiled a list of three early bets for 12:00 pm eastern contests you should consider making before the public bets them to death. 

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Buffalo Bulls vs Bowling Green State University, Lines and Spread: Buffalo +2.0 points -107 @ BetOnline 

Money Line: Buffalo Bulls +110 vs Bowling Green -125 with BetOnline 

Spread: Buffalo Bulls +2.0 (-107) vs Bowling Green -2.0 (-110) with BetOnline 

We have Mid-American Conference football Saturday afternoon between the 2-3 Buffalo Bulls and 2-3 Bowling Green. Buffalo is 3-1-1 ATS, taking on a Bowling Green side 1-3-1 ATS this season.

Bowling Green allows 330 passing yards per game and face a Buffalo offense averaging 245 yards per game through the air. Look for Buffalo QB Cole Snyder and WR Quian Williams to hook up against the soft BGSU secondary and the rest of the Bulls offense to outscore the home side Saturday afternoon.

Some important trends for this matchup;

  • Road team is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings
  • Underdog is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 meetings
  • Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Bowling Green
  • Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings

Tennessee Volunteers vs LSU Tigers Early Odds, Line and Spread; LSU +3.0 -105 @ BetOnline 

Money Line: Tennessee Volunteers -169 vs LSU Tigers +135 with BetOnline 

Spread: Tennessee Volunteers +3.0 (-105) vs LSU Tigers -3.0 (-105) with BetOnline 

We have SEC football when the No. 8 ranked 4-0-0 Tennessee Volunteers meet the No. 25 ranked and 4-1-0 LSU Tigers.  The Volunteers are 3-1-0 ATS and the Tigers are 3-2-0 ATS.

We expect a LSU defense allowing 17% of their opponents offensive drives to score a TD vs Tennessee and its 20% of drives resulting in a TD. Both sides love to throw the football, but the Tigers do have a slightly better passing defense, and it will be the Tigers defense to lead them to cover the spread and maybe pull off an upset.  

An important trend for this matchup.

  • Volunteers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings

Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners Early Odds, Line and Spread: Oklahoma +7.0 -110 @ BetOnline 

Money Line: Texas Longhorns -250 vs Oklahoma Sooners +200 with BetOnline 

Spread:  Texas Longhorns -7.0 (-110) vs Oklahoma Sooners +7.0 (-110) with BetOnline 

This is a huge Big-12 Conference rivalry known as the Red River Showdown, pitting the 3-2-0 Texas Longhorns vs the 3-2-0 Oklahoma Sooners. Texas enters this contest with a 4-1-0 ATS record, and Oklahoma is 2-3-0 ATS in 2022.

Oklahoma allows less offensive TD’s per drive and while this game is played on a neutral site, the Sooners defense gives them a slight edge, and we don’t see Texas getting enough stops to keep Oklahoma from covering the spread in this contest. The Sooners also score a TD on 52% of their offensive drives, and a much-maligned Oklahoma offense will shine through and cover the seven points.

An important trend for this contest.

  • Underdog is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

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LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Preview | Golf Betting Picks, Predictions and Odds https://joripress.com/liv-golf-invitational-bangkok-preview-golf-betting-picks-predictions-and-odds https://joripress.com/liv-golf-invitational-bangkok-preview-golf-betting-picks-predictions-and-odds LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Preview | Golf Betting Picks, Predictions and Odds - originally posted on Sportslens.com

The sixth LIV Golf Invitational Series event gets underway this week from Stonehill Golf Course, playing host this week to the Saudi Arabia-funded golf series, the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok. Look no further, as we have some excellent betting picks and promos for you!

In what has most certainly divided opinion amongst golf fans around the world and continues to do so, the LIV Golf Series sixth tournament kicks off this week and includes some huge names from the world of golf who have switched their allegiance to the LIV Tour.

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LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Preview

With the sixth LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament getting underway this week from Stonehill, excitement is well and truly building as this new golfing initiative is beginning to take shape with a stellar field on show this week. The LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok should be an exciting, eventful and entertaining week of golfing action in Pathum Thani, Bangkok, Thailand.

Some notable names from the top of the sport such as Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson feature this week at Stonehill, aiming to become LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok champion.

The prize money on offer for this new series is simply mind-boggling, with Dustin Johnson rumoured to swoop up almost $200 million purely in appearance fees across the eight events.

This week at Stonehill Golf Course for the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok tournament, the winning player will receive a ridiculous $4 million in prize money. The prize pot on offer for this week is $25 million, which will be shared out between all 48 players in this 54-hole, no cut event.

Taking a look at the course itself, Stonehill Golf Course is quite an eye-catching course, only opened this year especially for this event.  The course is a par 72 and over 7,200 yards in length. It is a private golf course and sits on 340-acres of land in the Pacific Rim.

The course is defined by it’s sprawling bunkers and perfectly manicured and contoured greens, creating a stunning tapestry for some world class golf to be played this week. The setting of Stonehill is very tranquil, and looks to provide a beautiful landscape for LIV Bangkok this week. The first tournament ever held at this stunning course.

Here is who we think has the best chance of winning and giving us a good each-way run at LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok this week at Stonehill Golf Course.

LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Betting Tips

Odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to chance

LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Tip 1: Cameron Smith to win @ +450 with Bovada

Our first tip for LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok comes in the way of 150th Open Champion and Australian golfing superstar, Cameron Smith.

After winning his first LIV event on debut, Cameron Smith simply had to be out selection for this week’s event for the LIV golf Invitational Bangkok. The Aussie golfing sensation has had the year of his life, topping it off with a win at the home of golf, St Andrews, in the 150th Open Championship.

Smith made his move to the LIV tour which was hugely controversial in the world of golf. However, he justified his decision by winning at Rich Harvest Farms at LIV Chicago. The 29-year-old won his maiden LIV event, picking up an extraordinary $4.5 million in the process.

He has also won five other PGA Tour events prior to his LIV win and The Open. This includes the illustrious Players Championship, which he triumphed at earlier this year.

Smith doesn’t seem to have a weakness at all in his game. He is arguably the best putter in the world of golf, which helps him convert plethora of eagle and birdie opportunities. He also hits the ball extremely far off the tee and accurately off the fairways, making him one of the best players in the world right now.

Do not be surprised to see him win this event and make it back-to-back wins on the LIV Tour since his move from the PGA tour.

Certainly one of the leading market contenders at a great price of +450 with Bovada.

LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok Tip 2: Brooks Koepka to win and each-way @ +3000 with Bovada

For our each-way bet ahead of Friday’s opening round at the Bangkok event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, we have sided with Brooks Koepka.

One of the highest profile players now playing golf on the LIV Tour with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson. Koepka is a serial winner and has won all around the world in his fruitful golfing career.

The American is yet to win since converting to the LIV invitational Series, but has been knocking on the door in several of the tournaments. On his day, Koepka is capable of beating anybody.

The four-time major champion will be hopeful of picking up his first win on the LIV Tour, and comes to Bangkok this week at some eye-catching high odds. For a player of the calibre of Koepka, backing him each-way looks a great wager to put down ahead of LIV Bangkok.

Certainly a great each-way shout at a magnificent price of +3000 with Bovada.

Other notable mentions

Although Smith and Koepka are our biggest fancies for potential success this week, here are some other notable players who we think have a good chance at a great price:

Dustin Johnson @ +450, Patrick Reed @ +2200, Abraham Ancer @ +2500, Bryson DeChambeau @ +2200 and Anirban Lahiri @ +3500. All prices are with Bovada.

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Dustin Johnson +450 bovada
Cameron Smith +450 bovada
Joaquin Niemann +700 bovada
Louis Oosthuizen +1400 bovada
Talor Gooch +1600 bovada
Patrick Reed +2200 bovada
Bryson DeChambeau +2200 bovada
Sergio Garcia +2200 bovada
Abraham Ancer +2500 bovada
Matthew Wolff +2800 bovada
Brooks Koepka +3000 bovada
Jason Kokrak +3300 bovada
Lee Westwood +3300 bovada
Paul Casey +3300 bovada
Anirban Lahiri +3500 bovada
Harold Varner III +4000 bovada

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Ninze Nyo: Flona Yearns For Love In New Song (VIDEO) https://joripress.com/ninze-nyo-flona-yearns-for-love-in-new-song-video https://joripress.com/ninze-nyo-flona-yearns-for-love-in-new-song-video

In her new song dubbed ‘Ninze Nyo’, CRK Planet songstress Flona, real name Florence Nankinga, yearns for love from her lover.

Attached to the CRK Planet record label, Flona has over the past few months stretched her dominance to a wider fanbase not only through her music.

She has been carrying out a couple of charity activities, giving back to the communities but she also has not forgotten what makes her who she is – MUSIC.

Back to the studio, the usually jolly singer recorded and released a song dubbed ‘Ninze Nyo’ last month. The song has been receiving massive airplay on different radios.

Also Read: Singer Flona recovering gradually from accident

She now adds visuals to the audio that was produced by the talented Nessim. The video shot by Jerom Kakande tried to depict what is embedded in the lyrics of the song.

Ninze Nyo is Flona’s seventh project after successfully releasing six other projects including Nkuvunaana, Kingambe, Ekiteeso, Wewano, Love Nona, Speed Controlle ft (Ziza Bafana).

She describes the song as “a love song that expresses a longing for one to be shown love after a long time of showing signs of it.”

Watch the video here:

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Vodafone confirms merger talks with Three UK in a “no cash” deal to scale up in 5G https://joripress.com/vodafone-confirms-merger-talks-with-three-uk-in-a-no-cash-deal-to-scale-up-in-5g https://joripress.com/vodafone-confirms-merger-talks-with-three-uk-in-a-no-cash-deal-to-scale-up-in-5g Another major piece of mobile M&A appears to be in the works in the UK. Today, Vodafone confirmed that it was in merger discussions with Three UK, a carrier owned by CK Hutchison, to accelerate their 5G rollout. A deal would not involve any cash consideration, Vodafone said:

“The envisaged transaction would involve both companies combining their UK businesses, with Vodafone owning 51% and our partner CK Hutchison owning 49% of the combined business,” it wrote in its official statement to the market published earlier today. The statement itself was made in response to press speculation around a possible deal, Vodafone noted. It described the combination as a “no cash” deal — that is, no actual price tag, or deal valuation, or other financial consideration paid as there might be with an acquisition.

Vodafone is traded publicly in the UK, and its market cap is currently around £28.7 billion, or $32.2 billion at today’s rates. CK Hutchison has a market cap of about $21 billion (but that also controls other assets).

The story of mobile carriers in the UK has been one of saga-style soap opera proportions. Three has a major attempt at a merger in its past, a £10.25 billion deal for rival carrier O2. That deal however was blocked by regulators in 2016; only for regulators, four years later in 2020, to overturn that decision.

O2 by that point had moved on to a different combination: it had merged with Virgin Media/Virgin Mobile (which itself had been acquired and merged by Liberty Media with its older pay-TV assets) in a $39 billion deal. Meanwhile, EE — itself a merger of T-Mobile and France Telecom’s acquired and then spun out again Orange — was snapped up by BT (which used to own O2, then spun it out, and then also had reported designs to buy it back) in a $19 billion deal. (Three also made some smaller deals in the interim, such as this one for $373 million for UK Broadband to gain more mobile spectrum.)

Vodafone was always an arm’s length from all those scraps.

Arguably, part of the reason why was that it was the market leader in Europe overall, and specifically the UK. Those different M&A moves, however, did have the effect of helping those other carriers get more scale, and thus putting more pressure on the market leader.

Now Vodafone needs Three’s scale to compete, and Three needs Vodafone. Or at least that is likely what they will argue if they do move into a formal process and the deal comes up for regulatory clearance. That overturned merger ruling in Three’s past didn’t lead to Three getting together with O2, but in the end it might still prove useful, by laying the groundwork for approving any subsequent big mergers that Three attempts, such as this one now with Vodafone.

The big takeaway from all of the above is that mobile carriers are always aiming for more scale — critical to the economics of the capital-intensive, infrastructure-intensive carrier business model, but these days all the more important because of the data and customer ownership that this scale brings carriers, and because of there are fewer routes for carriers monetizing users, given how much content and services have decoupled from customers’ carrier relationships.

The issue of scale is also at the heart of this latest deal.

Vodafone is playing its merger card very carefully here. It notes that the deal would be made to speed up 5G rollout through a larger single network, specifically that it would make such a rollout more financially viable — using a statement from the government itself about the two carriers to back up its assertion.

“The UK Government rightly sees 5G as transformational for the economy and society and critical to the UK becoming more competitive in an increasingly digital world,” it notes, but, “as Ofcom has identified, some operators in the UK – Vodafone UK and Three UK – lack the necessary scale to earn their cost of capital. By combining our businesses, Vodafone UK and Three UK will gain the necessary scale to be able to accelerate the rollout of full 5G in the UK and expand broadband connectivity to rural communities and small businesses.”

This is just step one in the process, which may or may not ever end up in a deal; Vodafone said that it and Three would be making more statements as and when talks progress, so watch this space.

Vodafone confirms merger talks with Three UK in a “no cash” deal to scale up in 5G by Ingrid Lunden originally published on TechCrunch

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Welcome to Q4, crypto fans and Tesla stans https://joripress.com/welcome-to-q4-crypto-fans-and-tesla-stans https://joripress.com/welcome-to-q4-crypto-fans-and-tesla-stans

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

Don’t forget that the code “EQUITY” can save you money on Disrupt tickets and TechCrunch+ access. And it makes us here on the show look good!

  • Markets: Stocks are largely down around the world, yet set to rise here on American exchanges. Perhaps the domestic selloff is pausing? Elsewhere in the world of money, cryptocurrencies are boring in the last week.
  • Startups: Big news from TikTok, including notes on how quickly it has been adding revenue in Europe and the fact that the social network is forging ahead with a new social shopping effort in the United States. And, Talk360 added even more dosh to its recent funding round, which TechCrunch dug into here.
  • Quick Hits: Kim Kardashian is in trouble for crypto promotions past, to the tune of a seven-figure settlement. That’s a lot of capital, frankly, and we’re curious who will be next under the SEC’s hammer. Oh, and Tesla delivery numbers are in, and the markets are not happy.
  • Don’t Forget: Equity is kicking off Disrupt in just a few weeks. Come hang out!

Woot! We are out of here for now. Catch you soon!

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Call It The Fashion Month Influence: 30 High&Impact Pieces I’m Itching For Now https://joripress.com/call-it-the-fashion-month-influence-30-high-impact-pieces-im-itching-for-now https://joripress.com/call-it-the-fashion-month-influence-30-high-impact-pieces-im-itching-for-now

Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one editor, staffer, or influencer shares their top 30 must-haves or current wish-list items.

Since September, every inch of my social media has been devoured by the fashion month parade. From the designers and brands to the critics and the editors I follow, it's like getting a play-by-play of every happening on and off the runways. While so much fashion in your face all at once can definitely get overwhelming, it's also hugely exciting—just think about it: we finally get to see the culmination of months of conceptualizing and creating. The pieces and styling on the runways now will affect what we'll see and what we'll be wearing months from now

Admittedly the fashion week buzz has also greatly influenced my own shopping habits. And when Instagram is constantly directing you to street-style images on your explore page, it's kind of hard to resist the urge. The items you see below are the effects of fashion month's influence (as you can probably deduce by the dramatic flair of each piece). I've been in the mood for high-impact, statement clothes and accessories that instantly grab people's attention—which lots of Loewe, sequin dresses, and lace opera gloves will certainly help do. To see the full list of items that made my cart, keep scrolling. 

You don't see bags like this just anywhere, which is precisely why I'm into it.

Arguably the It-sneaker of the moment, I too have decided that I need a pair.

After seeing the street style from all four cities over the past month, these sunglasses are definitely the winner.

Kind of crazy to think that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but true to form I'm already prepared.

Look at any of the celebs attending fashion week, and more than likely they're wearing a lace-up strappy sandal. They're just so versatile.

I'm getting big Saint Laurent vibes here.

How cute would this be styled with cargo pants?

As I've seen on the S/S 23 runways, maxi dresses are here to stay.

I could see my dad wearing this, which is coincidentally a trend right now.

Designers love sculptural jewelry, and I'm stocking up right now.

The Dries Van Noten show is always a highlight during fashion month.

Rule #1 for a good fashion week street style pic: wear cool sunglasses.

I think off-the-shoulder tops like this will be a big trend come next season.

Tall platforms or bust.

Another emerging trend on the runways? All things sheer, so this Zara cardigan comes at the most perfect time.

I mean, come on!

I've been aboard the cargo train for a hot minute, and I'll keep chugging along into 2023.

It's time to celebrate the beginning of statement boot season.

Beautiful draping will always win my heart.

The longer the jeans, the trendier it is.

This top sings all on its own.

My jaw dropped when I saw this dress.

Let this be your signal to grab some chainmail pieces.

A style that's a bit more under the radar, but at least you can say you had it first.

I know I've said this before but lingerie-inspired trends are really having a moment right now.

All fashion girls love Loewe.

Cool accessories do so much to uplift an outfit.

Bring the drama!

Just too good!

Next up: I’m In The Mood For Something New, These Zara and H&M Items Are Next Level

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“I Was Angry At That Moment,” Kodak Black Apologizes To PnB Rock’s Girlfriend After Incorrectly Blaming Her For His Death https://joripress.com/i-was-angry-at-that-moment-kodak-black-apologizes-to-pnb-rocks-girlfriend-after-incorrectly-blaming-her-for-his-death https://joripress.com/i-was-angry-at-that-moment-kodak-black-apologizes-to-pnb-rocks-girlfriend-after-incorrectly-blaming-her-for-his-death

Kodak Black isn’t too proud to say he was wrong for attacking Stephanie Sibounheuang online following the murder of her rapper boyfriend, PnB Rock, recently.

PnB Rock’s friend and collaborator Kodak Black blamed the young woman, who is also the mother of his child, entirely for his death. Kodak condemned Stephanie publicly after the news broke that PnB Rock was gunned down at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, located in South Central Los Angeles.

Kodak Black Is Sorry For Blaming PnB Rock’s Murder On His Girlfriend

In his own Instagram post, Kodak wrote, “that h*e might as well kill herself.” Since making a comment, police revealed that suspected killers had already been in the business’s parking lot before PnB Rock and his girlfriend arrived that day. According to LAPD investigators, they allegedly sprung into action, robbing and shooting him.

Kodak is now saying sorry for jumping to conclusions.

“To bruh girl, I mean, sh*t, I was angry at that moment when I first heard it ’cause I had just woke up and sh*t like that,” he said. “I had just woke up that day when it happened and I had like a migraine that was killing me. And it was like, hearing that sh*t, I just went with what everybody was saying.”

Kodak continued, adding that PnB Rock was his “dog.”

“Like, before I even really tried, you know, sh*t just started to come out two-three days ago. They made it seem like she posted an address and was something being said. At the end of the day, that’s my dog. Any one of my dogs, I don’t care ’bout your girl, I f*ck with you, you my n*gga. I could care less about her.”

The rapper finished his apology by telling Stephanie to keep her head high.

“But you know, I paid my respects. I paid my respects, whatever, like that, to her. But in that moment, it was sounding like she did some bullsh*t, so sh*t, you know, kill yourself. But other than that, I don’t wish no bad on her and sh*t like that. So I give my apologies to her. I hope she keep her head up and all that.”

Hit play to hear his apology.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:20:02 +0300 JoriPress
Pillow Man Mike Lindell is now certain the FBI used a tracking device to find him at Hardee's https://joripress.com/pillow-man-mike-lindell-is-now-certain-the-fbi-used-a-tracking-device-to-find-him-at-hardees https://joripress.com/pillow-man-mike-lindell-is-now-certain-the-fbi-used-a-tracking-device-to-find-him-at-hardees You’ll recall a couple weeks ago when the ululating mustache wax golem commonly known as Mike Lindell (aka Pillow Man, aka MyPillow guy, aka the main reason God keeps postponing the rapture) had his cellphone seized by the FBI at a Hardee’s.

The FBI was apparently searching for information related to an allegedly illegal breach of voting machines by a Colorado county clerk and her associates. But that’s not the most interesting takeaway. The most interesting part of this story is Lindell’s shambolic response.

He was outraged by the “raid” and said so, going so far as to file a bonkers lawsuit demanding his phone be immediately returned

Well, now he’s going even further by suggesting that the FBI located him so easily because they’d put a tracking device on him.

In the following clip from the grounds of Saturday’s Loser-Palooza Rally in Michigan, a Right Side Broadcasting Network reporter (probably Liz Willis, but if I stare at these pictures too long I fear my soul will leave my body and eventually wake up drunk in a Culver’s bathroom stall in Brainerd) asks Lindell about the harrowing incident, and Lindell promptly shares his latest goofball grievance.

Watch:

Out at the Trump rally, Lindell says he believes the FBI illegally put a tracking device on him to nab him at the Hardees, but he can’t prove it yet. pic.twitter.com/kaktbZ3oak

— Ron Filipkowski ???????? (@RonFilipkowski) October 1, 2022

REPORTER: “How did they know where you were? Were they following you?”

LINDELL: “No, we have no idea. So we pulled ...”

REPORTER: “Did the FBI …?”

LINDELL: “No, we pulled into a Hardee’s. Well, how did they know? They tracked me illegally, with a tracking device. Or my phone. We don’t know yet. We’re trying to get to the bottom of that.”

As a friend of mine noted after sending me this latest gormless morsel, if you’re looking for Lindell, staking out all the Hardee’s is probably the most logical course of action. Or you can just wait for someone to order 12 Monster Angus Thickburgers and a Diet Coke and then immediately send in a SWAT team. 

Now, I really doubt the FBI used a tracking device to find Lindell at Hardee’s, though it’s safe to assume they did tag his ear before setting him free again. Finding Lindell is not exactly a tall order. He tends to stand out in a crowd. He’s like the opposite of a Where’s Waldo? poster. In fact, in any given MAGA mob photo, it’s difficult not to see Lindell—even if he’s not actually there. Needless to say, his image tends to sear itself into your brain, whether you want it there or not.

Don’t fret, Mike. Some day Jesus will call you home and demand you explain what in the ever-living fuck you’re talking about. Until that day—godspeed, my little corpse flower. Godspeed. 

Check out Aldous J. Pennyfarthing’s four-volume Trump-trashing compendium, including the finale, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, at this link. Or, if you prefer a test drive, you can download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.

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LIVE: Follow along with the Oath Keeper seditious conspiracy trial https://joripress.com/live-follow-along-with-the-oath-keeper-seditious-conspiracy-trial https://joripress.com/live-follow-along-with-the-oath-keeper-seditious-conspiracy-trial Daily Kos is live inside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for the seditious conspiracy trial of Oath Keepers Elmer Stewart Rhodes, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins, Thomas Caldwell, and Kelly Meggs. All are accused of attempting to forcibly stop the transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021, from former President Donald Trump to now-President Joe Biden. 

With jury selection finished last week, opening statements are set to begin Monday before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta. Prosecutors said they expect their initial statement to stretch for roughly 90 minutes as they introduce jurors to the charges and the defendants. Attorneys for the defense have indicated that they expect to spend an hour making an opening statement for Rhodes alone. Co-defendants Watkins, Meggs, and Caldwell are expected to receive roughly 90 combined minutes, and Harrelson has suggested he will reserve his time to start. 

For further information about the defendants, check out the Daily Kos guide for a breakdown. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:22:33 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta has denied a motion from Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs to have a bench trial instead of a jury trial. Mehta argues it is inappropriate and especially in light of the fact that Meggs’s co-defendants have not asked for a bench trial. This is denied, Mehta explains, because of disparities that could result in sentencing or information the jury may receive. 

With too many hurdles to overcome, the request is shot down within just a few moments.

Now: #OathKeepers defendant Kelly Meggs tried this morning to get out of a jury trial and asked for a bench trial instead. Judge Mehta has now DENIED that request.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:29:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Judge Mehta has now denied an eleventh-hour request to change venues after the defendants argued after jury selection last week that it would be impossible to find a fair jury pool.

Going over the jury questionnaire, Mehta notes, only three qualified jurors had ever even heard of the Oath Keepers and “exactly zero” said they had such strong views about the defendants that they would not be able to fairly judge the case. 

Monday, Oct 3, 2022 · 1:41:58 PM +00:00 · Brandi Buchman

Another motion is denied for Oath Keepers and all before jurors even take their seats in the box.

Mehta has denied a request from defendant Kelly Meggs to depose a potential witness for the defense, Colonel John Siemens, at trial. Meggs has argued that Siemens could testify about how he has a history of providing security, effectively supporting his claim that his conduct on Jan. 6 was not seditious but part of the typical fare for Oath Keepers tapped to provide protection details. 

Now: Judge Mehta DENIES a request by Oath Keeper defendant Kelly Meggs to depose Col. John Siemens Meggs said he could corroborate his history of security work for OKers. Meggs also said he just heard about Siemens. But that point is quickly undone...

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) October 3, 2022

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:50:03 +0300 JoriPress
Amazon is launching a dedicated hub for its affordable shopping options https://joripress.com/amazon-is-launching-a-dedicated-hub-for-its-affordable-shopping-options https://joripress.com/amazon-is-launching-a-dedicated-hub-for-its-affordable-shopping-options Amazon is launching Amazon Access, a new hub for customers to explore the programs, discounts and features that the online retailer offers for affordable shopping, the company announced on Monday. Amazon also announced that its discounted Prime membership, which launched in 2017, will now be called Prime Access.

The new Amazon Access hub gives customers access to information on options like payment with SNAP EBT and Amazon Layaway, which lets users reserve selected items for 20% of the total cost and pay the rest over time. The hub also lets customers clip coupons and find deals on everyday essentials. It also includes information about paying with Amazon Cash, which lets you shop on the marketplace without a debit or credit card.

In addition to surfacing information about Amazon’s affordable shopping options, the hub will also display accessibility options. Customers will see option to change their shopping language, learn about accessibility features and contact accessibility customer support.

The hub also includes information about the newly-named Prime Access option. The discounted program gives eligible customers access to a Prime membership for just $6.99 per month, which is normally priced at $14.99 per month. The membership option is available for EBT and select government assistance recipients. Amazon says the launch of the new name will make more users aware of the affordable option.

“Given the tough economic climate with many facing rising costs on essential needs, we want our customers to know about all the accessible offerings available on Amazon, no matter their circumstances,” the company said in an email.

Amazon is launching a dedicated hub for its affordable shopping options by Aisha Malik originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Rivian taps Capital One exec Diane Lye as its first CIO https://joripress.com/rivian-taps-capital-one-exec-diane-lye-as-its-first-cio https://joripress.com/rivian-taps-capital-one-exec-diane-lye-as-its-first-cio Rivian has hired Diane Lye as its first chief information officer, a position that the EV maker says is necessary to expand globally.

Lye’s hiring comes as Rivian consolidates its internal and external technology teams across its numerous departments, including manufacturing IT and customer-facing digital products. It is also ahead of Rivian’s planned expansion into Georgia, where it is building another factory, and overseas through a partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Rivian said IT and cybersecurity will need to become more sophisticated as it scales globally.

The appointment also comes amid a restructuring that resulted in layoffs of about 6% of its workforce and executive changes, including the appointment of Frank Klein as its new chief operating officer.

IT and cybersecurity infrastructure are critical components — some argue the foundation — for any company, regardless of size. In Rivian’s case, the company isn’t just large (about 14,000 people work there) it has a widening network of offices, factories and other facilities spread throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK. And while PricewaterhouseCoopers executive Christopher Perrigo was interim CIO since January, prior to that the position didn’t exist.

Rivian’s headquarters are in Irvine, California and its only factory (for now) is in Normal, Illinois, where the R1T pickup truck, R1S SUV and commercial electric van are produced. Its software stack and vehicle electronics department is based out of Palo Alto, California; vehicle engineering, prototyping, supply chain and accounting are in Plymouth, Michigan and its vehicle management software teams are at an office in Vancouver, British Colombia. Rivian also has an office in Carson, California focused on electric power conversion, a test facility in Arizona and an advanced concepts engineering team in the UK. Its European commercial center is in Amsterdam.

“With Diane’s experience scaling global technology teams across multiple industries, including retail, technology and finance, we are extremely excited that she is joining Rivian at such a critical time in our growth,” Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe said in a statement.

Lye has held numerous tech-centric leadership roles over the past three decades, including a nine-year stint at Amazon on the retail business side and at Amazon Web Services. She went onto the capital markets division at Citi and consumer banking and capital markets at Bank of America.

More recently, Lye was executive vice president and credit card divisional CIO at Capital One, where she led a 4,500-person organization responsible for all the technology required to run the company’s credit card businesses. During her six-year tenure, Lye led a program to migrate all data, analytics technology, risk technology, and financial systems to the AWS cloud.

Rivian taps Capital One exec Diane Lye as its first CIO by Kirsten Korosec originally published on TechCrunch

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:40:02 +0300 JoriPress
Here’s what you think Google will get wrong with the Pixel 7 series https://joripress.com/heres-what-you-think-google-will-get-wrong-with-the-pixel-7-series https://joripress.com/heres-what-you-think-google-will-get-wrong-with-the-pixel-7-series
Credit: Google

The Google Pixel 7 series launch is only a few days away, so we’ll officially know everything there is to know about these phones on October 6. But history tells us that no Pixel handset is truly without issue.

So with that in mind, we asked Android Authority readers what Google would get wrong with the Pixel 7 series (if it got something wrong). The votes are finally in, and here are the results.

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:30:04 +0300 JoriPress
SMACK League 2022: Zuluz, Block Owners in tight race after match day 16 | Season V https://joripress.com/smack-league-2022-zuluz-block-owners-in-tight-race-after-match-day-16-season-v https://joripress.com/smack-league-2022-zuluz-block-owners-in-tight-race-after-match-day-16-season-v

SMACK League Sundays are now “major plot” in Kampala because of a combination of football, top artiste performances, networking and the usual exciting banter.

Sunday, 2nd October 2022 was no different as old boys of St. Mary’s College Kisubi and other fun lovers flocked Legends, Lugogo for match day 16 of the league.

The day saw competition at the top get tighter as Zuluz (Class of 2009) increased their prospects of winning the league after overcoming the Devils 1-0 to make 34 points.

They lie just one point behind the table leaders Block Owners who drew 0-0 against the Mafiaz.

Zuluz against the Devils in the 2022 SMACK League at Legends Rugby grounds, Kampala.

However, football is not the only crowd puller at the Guinness sponsored league.

The outfit that was meant to bring together SMACK alumni has transformed into a social phenomenon that attracts and entertains Kampala party lovers.

Hosted by a different cohort each match day, the league has made a name for itself for great entertainment as each hosting class makes it their goal to outshine their predecessors.

Mama Teo Legends and the Gladiators who hosted Sunday’s do made no compromises when it came to entertainment.

Mama Teo Legends and the Gladiators co-hosted match day 16 of the 2022 SMACK Legend

The two brought in the Abeeka Band who are popular for making one dance and sing along to every song and boy did they live up to their reputation.

Abeeka arguably shared the ululations with the Mama Teo Legends.

Abeeka’s Pages performing at the 2022 SMACK League

The team is made up of OBs who were in SMACK in the early 90s and 80s.

With Sanyu FM’s Roger Mugisha as host, they claimed the bragging rights for having invented the Jabba dance and put up an entertaining display.

The SMACK league provides an opportune platform to network and socalize

Now in its fifth season, the SMACK League was created by the old boys of St Mary’s College Kisubi to unite, network, creating opportunities, keep fit and give back to community.

Female fans at the 2022 SMACK League
Excited fans during the after party of match day 16 at the 2022 SMACK League

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:20:01 +0300 JoriPress
Emmanuel Lwasa is on the hunt for a lover who is ready to settle https://joripress.com/emmanuel-lwasa-is-on-the-hunt-for-a-lover-who-is-ready-to-settle https://joripress.com/emmanuel-lwasa-is-on-the-hunt-for-a-lover-who-is-ready-to-settle

It is safe to say Masaka city businessman Emmanuel Lwasa Kaweesi’s relationship with Vanessa ended in premium tears following the cancellation of their Kukyala ceremony that was scheduled to take place yesterday.

Based on the reports that we received, Vanessa’s relatives called off the ceremony due to comments the Masaka businessman made which were regarded as disrespectful toward their daughter.

The statements rubbed Vanessa’s relatives the wrong way to the extent that they couldn’t permit Lwasa to get closer to their home thus issuing threats of possibly embarrassing him on arrival.

When the threats reached Lwasa who had invested millions of shillings in the Kukyala ceremony, he took a chill pill and followed what he had been told.

Also Read: Why Emmanuel Lwasa and Vanessa’s Kukyala was called off

He immediately took to his Facebook page to reveal how he is currently on the hunt for another lover who is ready to settle down with him and hold marital ceremonies.

He wrote saying the person he had promised to offer a bunch of bananas, just made off with a cluster and went on to scoff at Vanessa stressing that she had gone through a lot of stressful lifestyles.

Gwenasuubiza enkota adduse nekiwagu. Ennaku ebadde yamuyonka dda .
Ani ali ready ?

Emmanuel Lwasa

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Mon, 03 Oct 2022 16:00:02 +0300 JoriPress
Morning Digest: Republicans dump $2 million on TV ads to help them win the Ohio Supreme Court https://joripress.com/morning-digest-republicans-dump-2-million-on-tv-ads-to-help-them-win-the-ohio-supreme-court https://joripress.com/morning-digest-republicans-dump-2-million-on-tv-ads-to-help-them-win-the-ohio-supreme-court The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Cara Zelaya, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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Leading Off

OH Supreme Court: Republicans are pouring vast sums into three races for the Ohio Supreme Court, per cleveland.com's Andrew Tobias, who reports that the Republican State Leadership Committee just reserved $2 million in TV ad time for the final four weeks of the election. Democrats have yet to follow suit, though a spokesperson for the state Democratic Party says it plans to get involved, as do other progressive organizations.

At stake is an enormous array of issues, including abortion rights and redistricting. Currently, Republicans hold a 4-3 majority on the court, but Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor repeatedly sided with Democrats this year to strike down gerrymandered GOP maps for both Congress and the state legislature. O'Connor, however, is stepping down this year after hitting the mandatory retirement age of 70, so there's a battle to replace her as chief justice between two incumbents: Democrat Jennifer Brunner and Republican Sharon Kennedy.

The outcome of that contest likely won't affect the partisan balance of the court because the governor would be able to appoint a replacement for whoever wins, and Republican Mike DeWine is the favorite to win his own bid for re-election. Still, the post is a powerful one: The holder is considered the superintendent of the state's entire court system and, among other things, is solely responsible for assigning temporary judges to fill absences, deciding motions to disqualify lower court judges, and even appointing judges to the Court of Claims, which hears all lawsuits against the state of Ohio.

The two other races going before voters, however, hold the court's fate in their hands. They pit a pair of Republican incumbents against two Democratic women who sit on the state's Court of Appeals: Justice Patrick Fischer is facing Judge Terri Jamison, while Justice Pat DeWine—who happens to be the governor's son—is going up against Judge Marilyn Zayas. If either Jamison or Zayas can win, then the court would flip to a Democratic majority.

Such a result would be especially important in the fight over gerrymandering, which is still ongoing in litigation thanks to successful GOP efforts to run out the clock on 2022. Should Republicans gain unfettered control over the court, we can expect them to ignore O'Connor's earlier rulings and simply side with their party. But abortion will be critical, too. The Supreme Court declined to block the state's new abortion ban this summer, and it will eventually have to rule on a case in which a lower court judge recently found that the ban violated the state constitution.

Despite Ohio's sharp turn to the right in recent years, Democrats scored a major win in 2020 when Brunner defeated Republican Justice Judith French by a surprisingly wide 55-45 margin. However, Republicans reacted to that loss by changing the way that Supreme Court races appear on the ballot. In the past, while parties would pick nominees, general elections were officially nonpartisan. Now, candidates will be identified with party labels, likely creating an additional hurdle for Democrats.

A new poll from Siena College, though, shows a 40-40 tie between Brunner and Kennedy, even as it has DeWine winning by a considerable 55-32 spread in the governor's race. A recent survey from Suffolk University likewise had the pair deadlocked at 42 apiece, with similar numbers for the other two races. The issue for Democrats will be winning over undecided voters, who likely lean to the right in a red state like Ohio, and that will mean finding the resources to match the GOP's new infusion.

Senate

NH-Sen: NBC reports that the NRSC has booked another $1.1 million to aid Don Bolduc, who still has not aired any TV ads in his general election campaign against Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan.

NV-Sen: NBC puts the size of the buy of the Club for Growth's new ad campaign against Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto at $3.9 million.

UT-Sen: The NBC affiliate KSL Television has pulled a TV spot by the Club for Growth against independent Evan McMullin after "receiving a complaint about the factual nature of its content."

The Club, which backs Republican Sen. Mike Lee, had shown clips where McMullin appeared to say, "The Republican base is racist ... these bigots," which the spot argued demonstrated that he showed contempt for conservatives. As the Gephardt Daily explains, though, the footage came from two very edited clips from a 2017 CNN segment right after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where McMullin made it clear he wasn't attacking most Republicans.

McMullin, who was a CNN contributor at the time, said, "Not all Republicans, of course, are racist" before declaring, "But there is an element of the Republican base that is racist, and our leaders who are afraid to stand up to them, because if they do, if they do so, they'll be criticized, and they'll potentially lose votes, so they don't do it." He went on, "We need leaders, especially on the Republican and conservative side these days, who will serve the country, and serving their country means standing up to these bigots." (Lee himself also denounced the Unite The Right Rally and criticized Donald Trump's "there is blame on both sides" comments.)

None of that context is present in the Club's commercial, though, which makes it look like the independent is attacking the GOP base. McMullin responded to the Club's offensive by saying "we have informed every television station running this ad that it is clearly deceptive and false, and we've asked them to remove the ads immediately." KSL ultimately complied.

As we've written before, candidates can try to get outside group ads bumped from the airwaves because TV and radio stations can be held liable for defamatory content in third-party ads. Knowing this, campaigns try to hunt down inaccuracies (real or perceived) in third-party ads and demand that broadcasters stop airing them, with the stated or unstated threat that if they fail to comply, they could find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit. Whether or not such suits would ever succeed, TV and radio stations have to think hard every time as to whether they want to incur legal costs should a campaign ever follow through.

The same isn't true, though, for commercials from candidates. Under federal law, broadcasters cannot censor or refuse to air ads from candidates as long as they're paid for: In 2018, for example, a TV station in New Mexico had to run a spot from a Democrat who started his ad by saying, "Fuck the NRA." Consequently, because they have no choice but to run such ads, stations have successfully argued that they should not be liable as publishers if they're ever sued for defamation for anything said in a candidate ad.

Polls:

AZ-Sen: Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) for Fox News: Mark Kelly (D-inc): 46, Blake Masters (R): 40 (Aug.: 50-42 Kelly)

WI-Sen: Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) for Fox News: Ron Johnson (R-inc): 48, Mandela Barnes (D): 46 (Aug.: 50-46 Barnes)

WI-Sen: Data for Progress (D): Johnson (R-inc): 50, Barnes (D): 48

Governors

PA-Gov: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Commonwealth Leaders Fund, which was the only organization airing ads against Democrat Josh Shapiro, has stopped running TV spots with $3.2 million left on its reservation after gradually scaling back throughout September. Reporter Chris Brennan says the super PAC, which is funded by billionaire Jeff Yass, will instead focus on aiding Republican legislative candidates.

The move wasn't a surprise because the group's head, Matt Brouillette, recently said of Republican Doug Mastriano, "I've not seen anything that is even a semblance of a campaign." However, Brennan also believes that it's no coincidence that the super PAC is redirecting its efforts at a time when Shapiro is adopting a "cautious embrace of school vouchers," which is one of Yass' pet issues.

Polls:

AZ-Gov: Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) for Fox News: Katie Hobbs (D): 44, Kari Lake (R): 43 (Aug.: 47-44 Hobbs)

IL-Gov: Fabrizio Lee (R) for People Who Play By The Rules PAC (pro-Darren Bailey): J.B. Pritzker (D-inc): 48, Darren Bailey (R): 40, Scott Schluter (L): 3 (early Sept.: 50-38 Pritzker)

MN-Gov: Cygnal (R) for Scott Jensen: Tim Walz (D-inc): 48, Scott Jensen (R): 44 (July: 50-46 Walz)

OR-Gov: Clout Research (R): Christine Drazan (R): 39, Tina Kotek (D): 35, Betsy Johnson (I): 16 (Aug.: 33-32 Johnson)

OR-Gov: Nelson Research for the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter: Drazan (R): 33, Kotek (D): 32, Johnson (I): 19 (May: 30-28 Drazan)

WI-Gov: Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) for Fox News: Tony Evers (D-inc): 47, Tim Michels (R): 47 (Aug.: 49-46 Evers)

WI-Gov: Data for Progress (D): Michels (R): 48, Evers (D-inc): 47, Joan Beglinger (I): 2

IL-Gov: The trendlines come from a previously unreleased poll for this client. People Who Play By The Rules PAC, which is funded by conservative megadonor Richard Uihlein, has had at least two of its ads pulled by TV stations in the last few weeks.

MN-Gov: The memo touts that “Jensen Closes the Gap” even though the gap is essentially unchanged from its last poll. A mid-September survey from Mason-Dixon showed Walz up 48-41.

WI-Gov: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Evers and his allies have outspent Michels by a 2-1 margin so far. Michels, though, self-funded $15.7 million through the end of August, and he may be capable of throwing down more in the final weeks.

House

FL-28: Democrat Robert Asencio has publicized an internal from Impact Research conducted Sept. 8-13 that shows him trailing freshman Republican Rep. Carlos Giménez 50-40 in an exurban Miami seat that would have backed Trump 53-47.

The memo finds the Democrat cutting his deficit to 49-44 after "balanced positive bios are read" and argues, "If Asencio has the resources to tell his story, he can quickly close the gap in this Congressional race." Friday was the end of the third fundraising quarter, so we'll know soon if Asencio, who served one term in the state House, has a notable amount of money available for a contest that hasn't attracted much outside attention so far.  

IA-03: Moore Information Group, polling on behalf of Republican Zach Nunn and the NRCC, shows Nunn edging out Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne 46-44, a small improvement from the 43-43 tie it found in July. A mid-September Axne internal also had things deadlocked 47-47.

MI-03: CNN recently reported that Republican John Gibbs argued against women's suffrage as a college student in the early 2000s, and Democrat Hillary Scholten is now airing a commercial blasting him over it. The ad uses news clips where reporters say that Gibbs back then believed that "the United States has suffered as a result of women having the right to vote," "women should not be allowed to be in the workplace," and "women don't have the characteristics necessary to govern."

Ballot Measures

KY Ballot: Protect Kentucky Access is airing its first TV spot in its campaign to beat the anti-abortion Amendment 2, and it stars a woman talking about how she needed a life-saving abortion. "We wanted this baby," says the commercial's subject, "But me and the baby were at risk. Amendment 2 means no abortions, no exceptions." She adds, "It's an impossible decision, I can't imagine a politician making it for me." So far Amendment's 2's backers, who have considerably less money available, don't appear to have run any TV ads yet.

Other Races

NV Treasurer, NV-AG: News broke Friday that former Republican Sen. Dean Heller is co-hosting a fundraiser for Democratic state Treasurer Zach Conine, a move that comes as a surprise even though Conine's general election opponent is the one and only Michele Fiore. Still, while Heller awkwardly refashioned himself after the 2016 elections from an ardent Trump critic to a MAGA supplicant, even Fiore appears to be just too much for him.

Heller's announcement came days after one of Fiore's Republican colleagues on the Las Vegas City Council, Victoria Seaman, filed a lawsuit alleging that Fiore broke her finger in a fight they had at City Hall last year. Fiore is also still reportedly under FBI investigation for alleged campaign finance violations.

Heller and Fiore were briefly competitors this cycle when they each sought the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. The two were on stage together at a January crowd where the crowd repeatedly booed the former senator when he tried to assert that he was the most conservative candidate. The audience, though, was enthusiastic about Fiore, a longtime far-right figure who, among many other things, stood out in the Assembly for her desire to castrate pimps, belief that cancer victims could "flush" tumors out of their bodies with the magic of baking soda, and obsession with guns.

Fiore ultimately bailed on the race for governor just before filing closed and instead ran for treasurer. Heller stuck around but took a distant third in the primary, a result that may have convinced him that he has nothing left to lose by crossing party lines for Conine now.

Heller, though, isn't the only prominent Republican to wind up in Conine's corner. Former state party chair Amy Tarkanian said over the summer she was supporting the incumbent because a "qualified state treasurer is beneficial for every person in our state, and having someone who is running for treasurer after being under investigation multiple times is not a good start."

Tarkanian, who is the wife of perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian, also crossed party lines to back Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford over Sigal Chattah, whom she called "an unprepared, dangerous candidate who lacks the experience, foresight and temperament to be able to do right by Nevadans." The state GOP responded to Tarkanian's endorsements by calling its former leader a "failed chair." The Douglas County Republican Central Committee also told her that it was planning to boot her from the body, to which she responded, "If these people are willing to treat me this way, then I'm not going to give them the time of day, but I am still a Republican."

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The Download: Europe’s AI crackdown, and Iran’s internet resistance https://joripress.com/the-download-europes-ai-crackdown-and-irans-internet-resistance https://joripress.com/the-download-europes-ai-crackdown-and-irans-internet-resistance This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

The EU wants to put companies on the hook for harmful AI

What’s happening: The EU is creating new rules to make it easier to sue AI companies for harm. A bill unveiled last week, which is likely to become law in a couple of years, is part of Europe’s push to prevent AI developers from releasing dangerous systems.

The details: The goal of the bill is to hold AI companies accountable for potential damage and discrimination caused by their systems by making it easier for consumers to launch EU-wide class actions. The new bill, called the AI Liability Directive, will add teeth to the EU’s AI Act, which is set to become EU law around the same time, and would require extra checks for “high risk” uses of AI that have the most potential to harm people, including systems for policing, recruitment, or health care.

The response: While tech companies complain it could have a chilling effect on innovation, consumer activists say it doesn’t go far enough. Whether or not it succeeds, the legislation will have a ripple effect on how AI is regulated around the world. Read the full story.

—Melissa Heikkilä

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 How Iranians are circumventing the country’s internet blackout 
Overseas digital rights groups have scrambled to help. (NBC)
+ Iranians living abroad have been watching the police’s brutal crackdown in horror. (The Guardian)
+ Security forces have clamped down on student protestors. (BBC)

2 Celsius Network’s founder withdrew millions before it went bankrupt
The crypto lender is one of the industry’s biggest casualties to date. (FT $)
+ Bitcoin’s fair-weather investors are nowhere to be seen. (Bloomberg $)
+ Indian exchange WazirX has laid off 40% of its workforce. (CoinDesk)

3 Big Tech bankrolled a group that paved the way for the end of Roe
The Independent Women’s Forum has long lobbied for a conservative-led Supreme Court. (Intercept)
+ The cognitive dissonance of watching the end of Roe unfold online. (MIT Technology Review)

4 What we can learn from tracking suicidal ideation through smartphones
A new research project is harnessing algorithms to develop an effective intervention system. (NYT $)

5 Meet the internet’s Father Time
Engineer David Mills created the software that keeps the internet’s clocks in sync, but it’s unclear who his successor will be. (New Yorker $)

6 Invasive species have a bad reputation
A new wave of researchers wants to rehabilitate their image—but not everyone agrees. (The Atlantic $)

7 China’s same-sex couples are getting married over Zoom
By way of Utah. (Rest of World)
+ Google Translate has been shut down in China. (CNBC)

8 Dating app Hinge is overrun with fake men
While some are obvious bots, others aren’t so easy to spot. (Wired $)
+ How to tell if you’re talking to a bot. (MIT Technology Review)

9 White noise is notching up millions of streams
But who’s making it, exactly? (The Guardian)

10 Elon Musk’s robot is super underwhelming ????
To the surprise of precisely no one. (IEEE Spectrum)
+ Musk is planning to make millions of them, regardless. (Reuters)

Quote of the day

“I would never do it if we weren’t in a time where social media is king.”

—Alice Hirsch, a photographer based in Toronto, explains how they’ve learnt to create content that appeases Instagram’s video-biased algorithm to the New York Times.

The big story

A hole in the ground could be the future of fusion power

February 2022

On an overcast day in early December, a yellow earth mover scooped dirt from the edge of a deep pit in Devens, Massachusetts, on the site of an old Army base some 50 miles outside of Boston.

This is the future home of SPARC, a prototype fusion reactor that, if all goes as hoped, will achieve a goal that’s eluded physicists for nearly a century. It will produce more energy from fusing together atoms, the same phenomenon that powers the sun, than it takes to achieve and sustain those reactions.

Facilities that can harness nuclear fusion should provide a cheap source of carbon-free energy from abundant fuel sources. Crucially, fusion would generate a constant, steady stream of electricity, filling in the gaps during the hours, days, or even weeks when solar and wind sources flag.

But the sheer technical complexity and massive cost of achieving fusion have repeatedly dashed the hopes of scientists and hardened the stance of skeptics. What chance does SPARC have? Read the full story.

—James Temple

We can still have nice things

A place for comfort, fun and distraction in these weird times. (Got any ideas? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ There’s no denying that battle robots are seriously impressive.
+ First it was chess. Now poker and fishing are weathering their own accusations of cheating.
+ You’d definitely want this fearsome pool shark in your corner.
+ It’s true, these cool streets live up to their reputation.
+ I defy anyone to watch this and not end up hooting with laughter (thanks Charlotte!)

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Loop raises $60M to send EV charging infrastructure for a Loop https://joripress.com/loop-raises-60m-to-send-ev-charging-infrastructure-for-a-loop https://joripress.com/loop-raises-60m-to-send-ev-charging-infrastructure-for-a-loop Electric cars are great and all, but internal combustion engines (ICE) have one thing going for them: comprehensive, well-oiled infrastructure that means you can add 300 miles of range to your car, in 5 minutes, at any of 65,000 or so gas stations. Compare that with the one-hour stop at only about 6,000 high-speed charging stations (1,900 or so of which are Tesla-only chargers), and it quickly becomes obvious why solving EV charging is one of the biggest challenges in the world of EVs. Loop just raised $60 million to solve part of that puzzle, offering turn-key EV charging station networks.

With as many as 230 million electric vehicles expected to be on the road by 2030, the demand for affordable and reliable EV charging infrastructure is extremely high. The part where Loop is trying to help is by adding smart, affordable EV charging products for at home, at work, and in other locations. The company also has high-speed direct-current (DC) chargers that compete with other high-speed charging networks such as ChargePoint, EVgo and Tesla’s supercharger network.

The cool thing about the chargers is that they can be individually metered; if you have a single parking spot with charging across a number of units or houses, the person using the power will be paying for their own charging. It also opens the door to sharing charging with neighbors or even, potentially, strangers who need to top up their car.

“At Loop, we believe the transition to clean electric vehicles will only move as quickly as the EV charging infrastructure that is there to support it,” said Dustin Cavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of Loop in an interview with TechCrunch. “Loop is streamlining this transition by making next-generation EV charging infrastructure solutions for property owners that are uniquely affordable and provide the lowest total cost of ownership on the market.”

To date, Loop says it has sold more than 7,000 charging stations worldwide through its partner program consisting of over 750 electrical contractors. The company’s next-gen EV charging solutions are currently being adopted by both national and international municipalities, as well as commercial, retail, multitenant, fleet and hospitality businesses.

Loop has a number of chargers available, ranging from at-home chargers to high-speed DC chargers. Image Credits: Loop

The fundraising round comes in two parts — a $40 million Series A led by Fifth Wall, and a $20 million line of financing to fuel operational growth.

“It’s no secret that electric vehicles are the future of the transportation sector,” said Peter Gajdoš, Fifth Wall partner and co-lead of its Climate team. “Loop’s vision is to completely transform the delivery of turnkey EV charging networks through an end-to-end, cost-effective solution which enables property owners to passively offer EV charging services to their tenants, employees or customers.”

Loop’s growth is driven by the desire to build a broadly available network of EV chargers to stay ahead of the growth curve of electric vehicle roll-outs.

“I am driven by the opportunity to help solve our generation’s energy management problems with novel, actionable solutions. Technology has always fascinated me as a means to help simplify and automate manual tasks, so from an early age I took an interest in a career building custom software applications to help make businesses operate more efficiently,” says Cavanaugh. “However, it wasn’t until I started to learn about sustainability initiatives and clean energy technologies did that passion turn into purpose. I learned that multitenant buildings are some of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas production, largely because the majority of them operate extremely inefficiently.”

As the transition away from gas-powered vehicles to battery electric vehicles has emerged as the next great global climate initiative, the company quickly recognized that the biggest challenge facing widespread EV adoption was going to be access to affordable and convenient EV charging infrastructure. The company’s CEO believes that property owners are the gatekeepers to EV charging solutions at scale, and he decided to leverage his energy management expertise to this industry. He saw an opportunity to create and introduce a new EV charging solution to the market that makes actual business sense and incentivizes the property owner. 

“This company is important to me because we have the generational opportunity to create a better planet by helping accelerate the transition from traditional vehicles to battery electric vehicles, while also redefining the refueling experience by providing next-generation EV charging infrastructure solutions that make financial sense for the market,” says Cavanaugh. “Gone are the days of having to go out of your way to refuel; instead, we can prioritize convenience, as electric vehicles enable a driver to charge virtually anywhere the energy is there to support it. As such, up to 90% of polled consumers prefer to charge passively — that is either at home, at work, or on the go — where they are already spending the majority of their day. This means that property owners of apartment complexes, office buildings, hotels, retail centers, etc. will all have to invest in EV charging infrastructure if we are truly going to effect scale and redefine convenience.”

In stepping into its journey, the company discovered that virtually all gen 1 charging solutions were over-engineered, too expensive and ultimately didn’t work out the way they were intended for property owners.

“This round of fundraising is co-lead by Fifth Wall and Agility Ventures with support from B. Riley Financial as our investment banking partner. It was very important to us that we worked with strategic investors who have a track record with sustainable infrastructure investments,” Cavanaugh explains, highlighting the alignment between his investors and the overall direction of the company. “Beyond capital, both of these companies are providing significant strategic value in helping Loop advance our company goals. Fifth Wall is the largest proptech VC in the world and their fund consists of limited partners that also happen to be made up of REITs, property owners and managers that could benefit greatly from Loop’s next-generation EV charging solutions. Agility Ventures, a subsidiary of Agility Logistics, is one of the leading investment firms in global transportation and supply chain technologies. Together, they are helping introduce Loop into different market segments where our turnkey EV charging solutions can be a significant value-add.”

Loop has a vision for the medium to long term, too, that puts EVs firmly in the driving seat.

“Gas-powered vehicles will no longer be in production,” Cavanaugh predicts, when asked about a world one decade from now. “Electric vehicles will make up over 30% of the vehicles on the road and the world will have made a social and economic paradigm shift in approaching energy infrastructure by prioritizing clean, sustainable energy resources. Investment into these initiatives will have a significant positive impact on the world economically, environmentally and socially.”

Loop raises $60M to send EV charging infrastructure for a Loop by Haje Jan Kamps originally published on TechCrunch

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3 guiding FinOps principles that will help you explain cloud costs to the board https://joripress.com/3-guiding-finops-principles-that-will-help-you-explain-cloud-costs-to-the-board https://joripress.com/3-guiding-finops-principles-that-will-help-you-explain-cloud-costs-to-the-board

Has the price tag for innovation become untenable?

When venture-backed companies were chasing growth metrics, higher cloud bills were shrugged off as unavoidable. But the exuberance of the last few years is fading, and investors are adopting a more somber approach to their portfolio companies’ financials. Usage-based cloud and SaaS services, which have become a major cost center, are coming into the spotlight.

Dev teams need to face the music and start being financially accountable for the infrastructure and services they use. Meanwhile, CFOs and CTOs need to get ready to answer some tough questions at board meetings.

The practice of FinOps offers key ideas and tools that let you understand, design and forecast cloud spend in a way that’s aligned with company goals. By applying FinOps principles, companies have an opportunity to significantly improve their gross margins and chart a path towards profitability, as well as alleviate investor concerns around revenue metrics.

Gross margins are a board-level concern

Knowing your cloud unit economics is key to building an explainable, transparent model of your cloud costs.

The cloud and app ecosystems that have developed in the past decade help fuel innovation. They enable developers to build features, design experiments and run tests at breakneck pace, with minimal worries about infrastructure. However, this innovation comes with a hefty price tag and leads to a loss of financial oversight as teams struggle to understand which features or customers are driving up costs.

This has become a pressing issue today. Venture capital firms have grown reluctant to pour more funds into money-incinerating businesses. Gross margins, previously seen as a problem to be solved at some indeterminate point in the future, have become an immediate board-level priority.

What’s particularly troubling for investors is how opaque cloud spend tends to be: a single figure might encompass many internal and customer-facing use cases, making it impossible to coherently justify or optimize.

The shift from cost optimization to FinOps

3 guiding FinOps principles that will help you explain cloud costs to the board by Ram Iyer originally published on TechCrunch

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Body Building: 2022 Central Regional Championship a complete success https://joripress.com/body-building-2022-central-regional-championship-a-complete-success https://joripress.com/body-building-2022-central-regional-championship-a-complete-success

2022 Central Regional Body Building championship:

Top Performers:

  • Overall: Lameka Muwanga (Power Body club)
  • Men’s Physique: Stephen Ssande (ISK)
  • Women Bikini: Zulaikah Najjuma (ISK)
  • Para Representative: Safalu Tamale

The 2022 Central Regional Body-Building championship was successfully held at the ISK Gym and Fitness Centre, Ndeeba in Kampala city.

A couple of outstanding body builders from the different clubs across the country took part in the event that prepares the athletes for the forthcoming “Mr Uganda” championships in Buziga.

Lameka Muwanga of Power Body club was the most outstanding performer.

Muwanga beat STS’ Nasser Mwanje and Aksam Kisekka (Suplex) to the top gong.

Lameka Muwanga (overall winner) shows off his prizes

Other outstanding personalities:

ISK’s Stephen Ssande took home the accolade as the best in men’s Physique.

Another ISK club athlete, Zulaikah Najjuma was outstanding in the women bikini as Safalu Tamale was recognized in the para section.

Zulaikah Najjuma smiles with her trophy and accolade
Stephen Ssande (middle) with his medal, plaque and certificate

Muscle Display:

Muwanga (Power Body) won the middle weight category in the muscle display, Brian Opendo (ISK) took the Bantam weight award, Aksam Kiseeka (Suplex) excelled in the light weight and Hassan Ssentongo (ISK) was the best in welter weight.

Abdul Nasser Mwanje (STS) won the light heavy weight cluster and Jeremiah Rwabuhinga (Power Body) championed the heavy weight ahead of ISK’s Arafat Ssekitoleko.

All the top three performers per category qualified to the “Mr Uganda” contest that will be held on 4th December 2022 at Buziga Country Club, Kampala.

The best performers per category were awarded with trophies, accolades, medals (gold, silver and bronze) as well as certificates.

All Top performers:

Overall:

  • Winner: Lameka Muwanga (Power Body club)
  • 2nd: Abdul Nasser Mwanje (STS)
  • 3rd: Aksam Kisekka (Suplex)
  • 4th: Hassan Ssentongo (ISK)
  • 5th: Brian Opendo (ISK)
  • 6th: Jeremiah Rwabuhinga (Power Body)

Men’s Physique:

  • Winner: Stephen Ssande (ISK)
  • 2nd: Kevin Ssebulime (Exclusive)
  • 3rd: Elvis Ssekamuli (Power Body)
  • 4th: Hillary Mulungi (ISK)
  • 5th: Enock Kukiriza (Power Body)
  • 6th: Joseph Kinobe (Exclusive)
  • 7th: Gerald Mwitiriri (STS)
  • 8th: Davis Kizza Kana (ISK)
  • 9th: Ali Mwebe (STS)

Women Bikini:

  • Winner: Zulaikah Najjuma (ISK)
  • 2nd: Shamirah Mukyala (Amrap)

Muscle Display (Body Building):

Middle Wight:

  • Winner: Lameka Muwanga (Power Body)
  • 2nd: Godfrey Lubega (Fitness Club)
  • 3rd: Raymond Ssentamu (STS)
  • 4th: Daniel Mwesigwa (STS)
  • 5th: Yasin Kibirango (Power Body)
  • 6th: Abubakari Kyakulumbye (Power House)
  • 7th: Denis Iyep (ISK)

Bantam Weight:

  • Winner: Brian Opendo (ISK)
  • 2nd: Shafiq Kato (Classic)
  • 3rd: Sewali Mugisha (ISK)

Light Weight:

  • Winner: Aksam Kisekka (Suplex)
  • 2nd: Hussein Mbajja (Suplex)
  • 3rd: Safalu Tamale (ISK)

Welter Weight:

  • Winner: Hassan Ssentongo (ISK)
  • 2nd: Micheal Ddumba (Classic)
  • 3rd: Francis Ssemuyaba (Power Body)
  • 4th: Jimmy Nasmal (ISK)
  • 5th: Joseph Ssenyonga (Power House)

Light Heavy Weight:

  • Winner: Abdul Nasser Mwanje (STS)
  • 2nd: Isaac Mukiibi (Suplex)

Heavy Weight:

  • Winner: Jeremiah Rwabuhinga (Power Body)
  • 2nd: Arafat Ssekitoleko (ISK)

Special Awards:

  • Para Representative: Safalu Tamale
  • Women Representation: Zulaikah Najjuma & Shamirah Mukyala
  • Director Mobilization (State house) and UBBAFA

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A mix of old and new as Uganda summons twenty&one for Safari Sevens preparations https://joripress.com/a-mix-of-old-and-new-as-uganda-summons-twenty-one-for-safari-sevens-preparations https://joripress.com/a-mix-of-old-and-new-as-uganda-summons-twenty-one-for-safari-sevens-preparations

Former Uganda Men’s Sevens international Allan Otim, who serves as Rugby Cranes XVs and Heathens Rugby Club Strength & Conditioning Coach, has been handed the reins of the academy side that will represent Uganda at the Safari Sevens from October 14-16.

Otim has summoned twenty-one players from the Uganda Men’s Sevens national team and the ongoing Nile Special Rugby Sevens Series 2022.

  • Players summoned for training for Safari Sevens 2022:
  • Alex Aturinda (Pirates), Mark Osuna (Kobs), Wandera Mubarak (Pirates), Bob Kawanda (Walukuba), Denis Etwau (Hippos), Hossana Opileni (Rams), Aaron Tukei (Buffaloes), Timothy Kisiga (Pirates), Adrian Kasito (Kobs), Kato Nicholas (Heathens), Joachim Chisano (Heathens), Karim Arinaitwe (Kobs), William Lukwago (Mongers), Sydney Gongodyo (Pirates), Davis Shimwa (Rhinos), Nobert Okeny (Heathens), Roy Kizito (Impis), Karl Edo (Rams), Daniel Kateregga (Buffaloes), Timothy Mugisha (Hippos), Edgar Kairu (Mongers).

Aturinda, Kisiga, Kasito, Okeny, and Arinaitwe have been on national duty since the start of the year, and have represented the country at the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens, Commonwealth Games, World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, and the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Tukei, Shimwa, and Mugisha were part of this squad in training.

Speedstar Denis Etwau, who has been part of the Uganda Sevens academy for ages but somehow never made the breakthrough to the playing squad, has also been summoned.

Kyabazinga Sevens’ Most Valuable Player, Bob Kawanda of newly-promoted Walukuba Barbarians, will join the squad too. Kawanda has scored 16 tries and kicked 35 conversions so far and is among the most underrated players in the series.

Joachim Chisano

In a year when URU decided to officially split the Sevens and XVs formats at national team level, Joachim Chisano attempts to be the second man – Philip Wokorach is the other – to play for both teams after featuring during the Rugby Africa Men’s Cup in July.

This will be the twenty-fifth edition of the iconic Safari Sevens event that started in 1996. It will be played at the RFUEA Grounds on Ngong Road in Nairobi, Kenya which has hosted eighteen events. Uganda finished fifth out of twelve participating teams in the last edition which was played at the Nyayo National Stadium.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic Next For Life Is Good After Woodward Win https://joripress.com/breeders-cup-classic-next-for-life-is-good-after-woodward-win https://joripress.com/breeders-cup-classic-next-for-life-is-good-after-woodward-win Breeders’ Cup Classic Next For Life Is Good After Woodward Win - originally posted on Sportslens.com

The Breeders’ Cup Classic 2022 will be next on the agenda for last Saturday’s comfortable Woodward Stakes winner Life Is Good and a clash against the unbeaten Flightline.

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Life Is Good On Target For Breeders’ Cup Classic After Easy Woodward Stakes Success

Next stop the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov 5, for the Todd Pletcher-trained LIFE IS GOOD @ 7-1 with Bovada after winning this third Grade 1 race this year when taking Saturday’s Woodward Stakes (full Breeders’ Cup Classic betting below)

The 4 year-old was sent off as the very short 1-20 favorite and despite only getting the job done by 1 1/4 lengths at the post, the result never looked in doubt and it’s also worth pointing out it was his first run on a sloppy track.

Pletcher said “He’ll ship to Keeneland tomorrow afternoon and train towards that.”

“They were coming home pretty good. The last three-eighths went in 36-and-1, and going a mile-and-an-eighth, it’s hard to come home that fast, especially on an off and heavy racetrack,” Pletcher said. “I thought it was probably a little better than people might consider just looking at the final margin. Law Professor ran a good race, and I’m happy to accomplish what we were hoping to.”

Life Is Good will be stepping up in trip again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to 1m2f – his only previous try over that trip saw him run fourth in the Dubai World Cup in March.

Watch Life Is Good Winning The 2022 Woodward Stakes

Todd Pletcher’s Only Breeders’ Cup Classic Win Came In 2019

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s only Breeders’ Cup Classic success came in 2019 with the Irad Oritz Jr-ridden Vino Rosso. It’s the Bob Baffert barn that have dominated the race in recent times, winning the lucrative prize 4 times in the last eight.

Flightline Remains Breeders’ Cup Classic Favourite

However, it’s still the John W. Sadler-trained FLIGHTLINE @ 1-2 with Bovada that tops the betting market for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic, with this exciting unbeaten 3 year-old odds-on with all Sportsbooks.

We last saw him bolting-up in the TVG Pacific Classic (watch below) at Del Mar on Sept 4 and that success made it 5-from-5 after also taking other key Grade 1 races the – the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap and the RUNHAPPY Malibu Stakes.

Watch Flightline Winning the TVG Pacific Classic This Season

Breeders’ Cup Classic 2022 Betting

See below the latest betting ahead of the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday Nov 5

Breeders’ Cup Classic Horse Latest Odds Win Probability Bookmaker
FLIGHTLINE 1/2 66.7% Bovada Logo
EPICENTER 5/1 16.7% Bovada Logo
LIFE IS GOOD 7/1 12.5% Bovada Logo
TAIBA 8/1 11% Bovada Logo
DEFUNDED 12/1 7.7% Bovada Logo
OLYMPIAD 12/1 7.7% Bovada Logo
HOT ROD CHARLIE 14/1 6.7% Bovada Logo
ART COLLECTOR 18/1 5.3% Bovada Logo
CYBERKNIFE 18/1 5.3% Bovada Logo
COUNTRY GRAMMER 22/1 4.5% Bovada Logo
HAPPY SAVER 25/1 3.8% Bovada Logo
BAR THE REST 25/1 3.8% Bovada Logo

All odds correct as of on Mon Oct 3 and subject to change

Recent Breeders’ Cup Classic Winners

  • 2021 – KNICKS GO
  • 2020 – AUTHENTIC
  • 2019 – VINO ROSSO
  • 2018 – ACCELETATE
  • 2017 – GUN RUNNER
  • 2016 – ARROGATE
  • 2015 – AMERICAN PHAROAH

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NFL Takeaways: The Biggest Talking Points in a Records&Galore Week 4 https://joripress.com/nfl-takeaways-the-biggest-talking-points-in-a-records-galore-week-4 https://joripress.com/nfl-takeaways-the-biggest-talking-points-in-a-records-galore-week-4 NFL Takeaways: The Biggest Talking Points in a Records-Galore Week 4 - originally posted on Sportslens.com

Week 4 concludes with the 49ers’ clash with the Rams on Monday, but we are taking a comprehensive look at the biggest talking points following an enthralling game week in the NFL.

Josh Allen Joins Prestigious Company in Record-Breaking Comeback

Buffalo Bills are expected to have a storming season this year, and they showed their resolve in a monumental 17-point comeback against the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend.

Led by the ever-imperious Josh Allen, the 26-year-old registered a 22nd career game with at least one pass and rush touchdown; in terms of first five seasons in the NFL, this is second only to Cam Newton who had had 31 by 2015.

He also has 147 career offensive touchdowns, and in doing so moves level with five-time MVP Peyton Manning for the fourth-most in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.

For the outright record, Allen needs to score 25 touchdowns in his final 13 games of 2022 to break the record of 171 set by Dan Marino in the late 1980s.

Grim Reading for Ravens Fans as Another Big Lead Blown in Baltimore

We started with one of the biggest winners of the week and quickly move on to the biggest losers.

As mentioned, the Baltimore Ravens blew a commanding 17-point lead against the Bills making it a second consecutive home game where they have seen a big lead slip out of reach; the Dolphins overturned a 21-point deficit in the second week of the season.

Rather incredibly, they also set another less than favourable record as the first team since play-by-play data was introduced to be drawing or winning, have the ball within the opponent’s 5-yard line and then see the ball turnover and fall to defeat without regaining possession.

With the Cincinnati Bengals up next in Maryland, the Ravens faithful will be praying its third time lucky at the M&T Bank Stadium.

Backup Quarterback Cooper Rush Sets New Cowboys Record

Three weeks ago, an opening loss the Buccaneers and a thumb injury to Dak Prescott left Dallas fans fearing for the worst.

Fast-forward to now, backup QB Cooper Rush has not only deputised with aplomb, but also became the Cowboys’ first quarterback in the NFL to win each of his first four career starts after their 25-10 over the Commanders. He also did it with a passer rating of 90 or higher in each of the victories.

While Prescott is likely to take back his starting position when he returns from injury, there is no denying the Cowboys have incredible depth at QB and are 3-1, behind now only to a domineering 4-0 Eagles side in the NFC East.

Name a Better Love Story Than Justin Herbert and 300-yards

Justin Herbert…wow, wow, wow.

The 24-year-old goes from strength to strength week on week. He has now hit the 300-yard passing mark in seven consecutive games on the road, which is the second-longest run only behind to Rich Gannon in the early 2000s.

It was also the 19th game he has reached 300 passing yards, in the process moving level  with Andrew Luck for the most in within a player’s opening three season in the league.

 

Check out our guide to the best NFL betting sites ahead of Week 5.

 

 

From Sportslens.com - Daily NFL News

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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The lure of the likely voter https://joripress.com/abbreviated-pundit-roundup-the-lure-of-the-likely-voter https://joripress.com/abbreviated-pundit-roundup-the-lure-of-the-likely-voter Mark Mellman/The Hill:

The likely voter sham

Pollsters usually assess a respondents’ likelihood of voting by asking them directly, sometimes buttressing that question with others that seem, in theory, to relate to turnout.

The simple, albeit unpalatable, truth is that these questions aren’t very potent in divining a respondents’ likelihood of voting…

Time/CNN released a poll that like every other (except ours) showed [Harry] Reid behind, in this case by 2 points. However, though the pollsters ignored “unlikely voters” in their analysis, they were surveyed, and Reid led by 30 with this segment.

By excluding them completely, the poll proved wrong.

A reminder that this works both ways, see the rural vote for Trump in 2016 that no one expected to turn out in the numbers they did.

It also amazes me that the US is trying to convince Europeans to do more to help Ukraine -- not the other way around.

— Ulrich Speck (@ulrichspeck) October 2, 2022

NY Times:

Facing a Dire Storm Forecast in Florida, Officials Delayed Evacuation

As Hurricane Ian charged toward the western coast of Florida this week, the warnings from forecasters were growing more urgent. Life-threatening storm surge threatened to deluge the region from Tampa all the way to Fort Myers.

But while officials along much of that coastline responded with orders to evacuate on Monday, emergency managers in Lee County held off, pondering during the day whether to tell people to flee, but then deciding to see how the forecast evolved overnight.

That decision cost lives. And as much as Republicans like to posture, when emergencies (see Uvalde) and disasters (see Katrina) happen, you need government to function. No more games.

“Staff members at the community center in Martha’s Vineyard arranged for a migrant named Pablo to call home to Venezuela, Ms. Rolanti said. He appeared broken. ‘My love, we were tricked,’ he told his wife, weeping uncontrollably. ‘This woman lied to us. She lied.’” https://t.co/Qtq3l9hj0C

— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) October 2, 2022

Ellen Ioanes/Vox:

The UK’s growing economic crisis, explained

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss introduced a massive tax cut package — and triggered a currency crisis.

By Monday, global markets responded by selling off UK-backed assets and pushed the UK’s currency, the po