The GRAMMY winner has held a low profile for the last couple of years, coming off his hugely successful debut album, 2014’s In The Lonely Hour. But judging from a new note Smith’s shared with fans, it seems he is poised to make his presence known again soon.”To all my beautiful fans, first of all I want to say thank you,” wrote Smith. “Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely. I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you. … The wait is so nearly over.” Sam Smith: “The Wait Is So Nearly Over” stay-him-new-sam-smith-music-coming-very-very-soon https://twitter.com/samsmithworld/status/903271570709381120 The Londoner’s debut spawned GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album and Record and Song Of The Year (“Stay With Me”) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. He also took home the coveted Best New Artist award.Feature: Kacy Hill, Melissa Manchester On Building A Village Of Fans Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 10:52 pm Sam Smith Wins Record Of The Year Stay With Him: New Sam Smith Music Coming “Very, Very Soon” News Twitter GRAMMY winner says he’s “rejuvenated” — does this mean new music is on the way?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 3:33 pm Between new albums from the likes of Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Beck, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato, just to name a few, the schedule for new music in fall 2017 already looks pretty exciting. And now it’s looking like Sam Smith could be adding his name to the mix as well.
Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflix Tags That guy is a dead ringer for Han Solo. Lucasfilm Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we host a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.A lot of big name movies came to the Netflix catalog with the new year. As you probably could tell with the title of this post, the Indiana Jones tetralogy is streaming right now. There are also A-list titles like Pan’s Labyrinth and Pulp Fiction joining Indy on the streaming service. Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: Netflix sneakily released a Black Mirror movie called Bandersnatch. It’s an interactive experiment where you can make decisions that will change the outcome of the story. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Mutt Williams, eh? Share your voice Comments For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) TV and Movies Home Entertainment 3 Your browser does not support the audio element.
.An accused of a rape case was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kurushkul area of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased was identified as Selim, 22.He was accused in several cases including a rape case filed in connection with a violating 3-year-old girl in the upazila on 23 August.Major Ruhul Amin, commanding officer of RAB-7, said that a team of RAB arrested Selim from Natun Fishery Ghat area adjacent to airport on Monday evening.Later, the team conducted a drive along with Selim in Kurushkul area around 2:00 am to arrest his associates and recover arms.When the team reached the spot, his associates opened fire on the elite force, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gun fight.At one stage, Selim was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while his associates managed to flee the scene.The law enforcers recovered a foreign pistol and a one-shooter gun.
US President Donald Trump departs from Andrews Air Force base in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, DC, US. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump hit back at critics within his own party Wednesday, painting them as outliers in what is otherwise a “love fest” between him and Republican lawmakers.A day after Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker described Trump as having a “flagrant disregard” for truth and decency and of “debasing” the nation, the combative president shot back.Trying to forestall a broader party backlash, Trump tweeted that Flake and Corker were resigning because they had “zero chance of being elected,” and insisted his meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill a day earlier had been a resounding success.“The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!” he continued.Trump’s allies cheered Flake’s departure as an unbridled victory for their effort to take over the party and a “monumental win for the entire Trump movement.”It “should serve as another warning shot to the failed Republican establishment that backed Flake and others like them that their time is up,” said Andy Surabian, a former Trump White House advisor.Still, while the departure of the two senators may ultimately play to Trump’s advantage, both will remain in Congress for more than a year and will be less likely to fall in line behind the White House on key votes.No room for defectionsTrump had already faced a difficult task of mustering 51 votes to pass tax cuts, an effort that appears to be the glue holding the party together.There are currently 52 Republican senators, so more than one defection would hamper reform efforts, unless Democrats can be brought on board.It is also far from clear that more hardline Republican candidates can beat Democrats in places like Flake’s native Arizona, where Trump campaigned hard in 2016 yet won by less than four percentage points.Many Republicans see Trump’s presidency as the best way to enact long-standing goals like tax reform and cutting the size of government, and the White House has worked hard to keep the rank and file focused on those targets amid rolling scandals and failed attempts to pass legislation.“Working hard on the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Great support from so many sides. Big winners will be the middle class, business & JOBS,” Trump also tweeted Wednesday.“I’ll tell you what, honestly, the Republicans are very, very well united,” he said.The White House points to the president’s solid approval ratings among Republican voters as evidence that his brand of politics should dominate the party.According to an Economist/YouGov Poll, 84 percent of Republican voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president.‘Not a watershed’Against that backdrop many Republicans privately express grave misgivings about Trump’s behavior in office, but remain publicly supportive.“Parties always have their disagreements. Look no further than Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party. That’s just part of party politics,” Senator Steve Daines told AFP.Political science professor Larry Sabato said Flake’s attack on Trump was a “beating” for the president, but is “not going to be a watershed.”“I always tell people JFK’s book ‘Profiles in Courage’ was a very slim volume.”Yet there is no doubt that Flake and Corker’s comments have exposed a simmering battle for the soul of the Republican party.Establishment conservatives—who have managed since 2007 to co-opt waves of populist and nationalist party insurgents—have struggled to retain control since Trump’s election.Senator Marco Rubio admitted the party “is going through a moment of realignment internally.”He cited “an internal debate about what the party is going to be about, what it’s going to represent in the years to come. So is the Democratic Party. And by the way, so is every institution in America.”
News • Photos of the Week Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Creative duo reimagines the Bible for a visual generation Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes much sorrow and tragedy, ranging from the Ethiopia Airlines disaster to mass murders in Brazil and New Zealand.A relative mourns at the scene where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia on March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)Emergency personnel move an injured man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. At least 49 people were killed in attacks at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)Exiled Tibetans shout slogans during a march to mark the 60th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 Tibetan Uprising Day, in New Delhi, India, on March 10, 2019. The uprising of the Tibetan people against the Chinese rule was brutally quashed by the Chinese army, forcing their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and thousands of Tibetans to flee into exile. Every year exile Tibetans mark this day as the National Uprising Day. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)A relative places a hand on the head of Caio Oliveira, a victim of the shooting at the Raul Brasil State School, during a collective wake for those who died in Suzano, greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, on March 14, 2019. The Sao Paulo suburb prepared to bury its dead and look for reasons why two masked former students of the Raul Brasil State School, armed with a hand gun, knives, axes and crossbows killed five teenagers and two adults at the school before killing themselves as police closed in. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)A worker attaches name tags of individuals donors to lanterns for the upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday on May 12 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, on March 13, 2019. Similar lanterns will be displayed in all Buddhist temples around South Korea for public viewing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)A woman weeps in the rain during the burial of 15-year-old Kaio Lucas da Costa Limeira, a student victim of a mass shooting at the Raul Brasil State School in Suzano, Brazil, on March 14, 2019. Classmates, friends and families began saying goodbye on Thursday, with thousands attending a wake in the Sao Paulo suburb, while authorities worked to understand what drove two former students to attack the school with a gun, crossbows and small axes. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Many people were killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, witnesses said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on March 14, 2019, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched on Thursday, March 14, with U.S. astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Nick Hague, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin aboard. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)Ethiopian religious leaders pray at the house of crash victim air hostess Sara Gebremichael, 38, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 13, 2019. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)Greek men wearing bells around their waists and masks that include a meter tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail walk in the village of Sohos as they take part in a Clean Monday festival, on March 11, 2019. The procession is one of many customs across Greece marking the Lenten season. Celebrated toward the beginning of Lent, many experts believe Clean Monday rituals are rooted in the ancient past and originally honored fertility. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like By: Kit Doyle Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts
Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsEarlier this year there were fears that the 32-year old health care system that covers hundreds of thousands of retired teachers was approaching a death spiral. The Teacher’s Retirement System’s TRS-Care was expected to experience a shortfall in excess of $1 billion.Lawmakers came to the rescue with an infusion of cash – a temporary patch intended to shrink the system’s deficit to $700 million. But now, the Austin American-Statesman reports on another threat to the program – retired teachers are leaving it in droves.Statesman Reporter Julie Chang says some 7,800 retired teachers have requested to withdraw from the program’s health insurance coverage. She says more participants leaving could increase health care costs for those who remain, because fewer members would be sharing the cost of health insurance.“Because TRS has such a high unfunded liability, the Texas Legislature, through TRS, has had to make some difficult financial decisions, including making plans that are not as attractive to retired teachers anymore,” Chang says.Chang spoke with a retired Austin teacher whose health premium has gone up 31 percent, to $271 per month. The teacher’s pension of $2,200 per month makes absorbing the increase difficult, Chang says. That’s why the teacher, and others, have sought insurance on the open market.Chang says the situation at TRS-Care is worrying, but that the system is unlikely to collapse anytime soon because legislators are likely to step in to make up the shortfall.“But that’s not to say that in subsequent years, there couldn’t be changes to their health care plans in order to save the state some money,” Chang says.
Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E/APPresident Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to continue to square off in 2018. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /18:34 Trump declares war on former adviser Steve Bannon And finally, Brandon and Jay unpack what 2018 will look like during President Trump’s second year in office. We do a weekly Texas-centered episode too which you can subscribe to on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017:My button is bigger than yours – President Trump comparing nuclear button sizes to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un President Trump dissolves controversial voting commission to look into voter fraudNew York state sues the Feds on tax changes This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen X
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » November 21, 2013 3 min read One startup is using technology to reinvent a piece of cumbersome safety equipment — with a fashionable flair.Everyone knows that wearing a helmet is important while you’re riding a bicycle. After all, that precious brain inside your noggin is pretty essential. But bike helmets, while much more fashionable than they used to be, are still fairly cumbersome and awkward, especially if you spend a lot of time making sure your coif is perfectly coiffed and would like it to remain so.In 2005, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, then industrial design students at the University of Lund in Sweden, decided to tackle that issue in their master’s thesis. It was a response to a new law mandating helmet use for cyclists under age 15, and the subsequent debates over whether a similar mandate for adults should be implemented. The problem, the women proposed, was to create a helmet that adults would be happy to wear, whether they were required to do so or not.Their idea was to create an airbag “helmet” that is actually a collar worn around the neck, which inflates instantly during a crash. The device is called the Hövding.The team contacted a head trauma specialist, studied countless hours of bicycle crash data and staged their own controlled crashes to collect movement patterns. Test cyclists also gathered data about normal riding conditions — the sorts of starts, stops and events that happen during everyday cycling. They then used this data to develop an algorithm that can distinguish normal cycling from accidents. After all, it wouldn’t be helpful if your airbag helmet deployed when you bend down to pick up your keys, right?Made of an ultra-strong, rip-proof nylon fabric, the airbag looks like a hood when inflated, giving the wearer greater coverage than a traditional helmet, as well as softer, gentler shock absorption. Unlike an automobile airbag, which deflates again almost as soon as it deploys, the Hövding is designed to remain inflated for several seconds, allowing it to withstand several impacts during the same accident.Sounds kinda wacky, right? Check out this video:So is it safe? The short answer is yes. According to the company’s website, “Hövding is CE marked and has successfully undergone SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden’s extensive approval process. CE marking is required for a cycle helmet to be able to be sold in Europe, certifying that the helmet complies with the requirements laid down in the EU’s Personal Protective Equipment Directive.” That means it meets or exceeds every standard for safety related to bicycle helmets sold in Europe.Like a regular bicycle helmet, the Hövding can’t be reused after it’s deployed during an accident. But unlike a regular helmet, it might actually be able to help with future product safety developments. Inside the collar there is a black box that records 10 seconds of data on the cyclist’s movement patterns from an accident. In the event of an accident, the company requests that you send the Hövding back to them so that they can use this data in further research.Such a stylish and innovative device isn’t inexpensive. One collar plus a colorful shell will set you back about $535, but some insurance companies will subsidize the cost of protective gear such as the Hövding.Here’s to safe, fashionable cycling.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals