Faiths Pixel Patch Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:32:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Faiths Pixel Patch 32 32 In Turkey, religious values ​​are used to censor online content Thu, 11 Aug 2022 04:04:54 +0000

By Arzu Geybullaeva | –

( – Turkish authorities have been increasingly censoring online content that does not align with Turkey’s religious, moral and family values ​​in recent years. The most recent example is an investigation launched by Istanbul’s General Prosecutor’s Office against Spotify.

The prosecutor’s office says Spotify approved the names of the playlists.

The Bureau claims the music streaming platform endorsed playlists that “insulted religious values ​​and state officials.” According to reports, the decision to launch the investigation came after “the Presidential Communications Center received a large number of complaints that the playlists encouraged Islamophobia by insulting religious values ​​and state officials. “.

Some of the playlist names include “Songs that Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to while drinking raki”, “Songs that God listened to while throwing Adam out of paradise”, “Songs that Prophet Ali listens to while driving at high speed” and a podcast titled “Devlet Bahceli [leader of National People Party] concept hotel, Love with a girl wearing Shakira belt,” according to Bianet reporting. It’s not the songs in particular, but the names of the playlists that are drawing the wrath of officials.

The prosecutor’s office says Spotify approved the names of the playlists, but under Spotify’s rules, an individual user can create as many playlists as they want without Spotify’s approval or oversight.

A Twitter user share the names of other playlists as well, among them “God’s ringtone” or “Eve did not hear God’s announcement about forbidden fruits because she was listening to this playlist”.

Others joked on the following other platforms:

⏰😸windows, excel and winzip are next!

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Spotify is under investigation for allegedly ‘insulting religious values ​​and heads of state’. The Istanbul Prosecutor General’s Office has launched an investigation against Spotify because of the names of the playlists.

of course we will investigate spotify when we have no problem thanks to our stellar justice system.

Spotify has learned its lesson from Gen Z humor when creating playlists. Its leaders must be in shock, as this is probably the first time they have faced an investigation of this nature.

This isn’t the first time Spotify has found itself in hot water in Turkey. In May 2021, the platform was ordered to remove “inappropriate content” from its site. In an interview with ArabNews, Cathryn Grothe, research associate at Freedom House, said: “Streaming services like Spotify create a unique space where people can express themselves, connect with loved ones and friends on shared music or podcasts, and engage on a range of important issues, including human rights and politics.

Screenshot of the official Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous trailer from Netflix via YouTube

Also in August 2022, the Chief Censor of the Radio and Television Supreme Council of Turkey (RTÜK) launched an investigation into Netflix’s Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous anime series. “We are determined not to allow content that could negatively impact our children and young people and that does not respect our values”, tweeted the head of RTÜK, Ebubekir Sahin. The show would feature LGBTQ+ characters.

In December 2021, RTÜK fined Netflix for the film “The More the Merrier”, claiming that its plot and characters were immoral. The chief censor said the film was “based on fiction in which homosexuality, incest relationships and swinging are intensely experienced”. In addition to being fined, the streaming platform was ordered to remove the film from its platform in Turkey.

In 2020, Netflix said it would not proceed with the local production of a film called “If only” (Simdiki Aklim Olsaydi) because RTÜK did not approve the script for the show in which one of the characters was gay.

In 2019, RTÜK was granted the power to monitor online broadcasting ranging from on-demand platforms such as Netflix to regular and/or scheduled online broadcasts to amateur videographers. Since then, online broadcasters must obtain a license from RTÜK, which means the organization frequently censors or rejects content it disapproves of. Netflix applied for a license the same year, while Spotify did so in October 2020 after RTÜK threatened to ban them otherwise.

Arzu Geybullayeva is an Azerbaijani columnist and writer, specializing in digital authoritarianism and its implications for human rights and press freedom in Azerbaijan.

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When is the best time to book vacation flights? Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:20:46 +0000
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Radio stations are far from lining up for Christmas playlists, but it’s time to start thinking about booking holiday flights. Travelers who shop months earlier tend to have an advantage over those who wait – less competition.

“Airfares are tied to supply and demand, and prices are always cheaper when there are more seats available,” said Mark Crossey, US travel expert for booking platform Skyscanner, in an email.

And as the seats fill up, the prices go up.

“It’s exactly the same way you want to buy your winter coats in the summer,” said Scott’s Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes. “Ditto with those winter holiday flights for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years.”

Does that mean you should book this minute? Not enough. We spoke to industry experts to share best practices for booking budget-conscious vacation travel.

September is the sweet spot

To look at Google Flights data, airfares tend to drop about three months before the holidays, Google spokesman Craig Ewer said. This means that for late December travel, “the second half of September was a good time to review your options and set up price tracking alerts,” Ewer said in an email.

Data from Price line leads to a similar conclusion. According to CEO Brett Keller, the closer you get to the holiday season (but not too close), average prices for domestic flights and hotels tend to drop. In previous years, air fares were cheapest in September and October. Keller therefore recommends that buyers book their holiday trips in the fall.

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Hayley Berg, Chief Travel Booking App Economist Hopper, indicates that traveler demand is decreasing after the peak holiday months of May, June and July. In October and November, when people shift their focus from summer vacations to winter plans, holiday travel prices will come back along with demand.

Moral of the story: Prices should drop in the fall, but go too far out of season and “it’s almost certain that fares are going to get more expensive for this winter vacation rather than cheaper,” he said. Keyes.

Last minute exceptions

If you can be very flexible with your travel plans, it may be possible to find a last minute deal on airfare for the holidays. “You must be lucky,” Keyes said.

Ewer says technically the cheapest winter holiday fares Google Flights has seen in the past were available right after Thanksgiving. However, “they’re not dramatically lower than what you’d see in October or November,” Ewer said, “and you’ll probably want to plan further in advance, as prices can vary depending on the route you’re taking. “.

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Chris Hutchins, travel expert and podcast hostAll hacksindicates that you can improve your chances of getting an offer if you pay with points or miles. Even when spot prices for last-minute fares skyrocket, Hutchins says most airlines “often drop to very low amounts when you’re paying with miles.”

Hutchins says that’s because airlines know that business travelers and wealthier (or desperate) customers will pay directly for high fares. But if they need to fill the plane, agreements with miles can emerge.

“On most mainstream airlines — United, Delta, American — I’ve found a lot of great deals over the past five to seven days,” Hutchins said.

How does this year compare to past holiday trips?

Naturally, demand for airfare during major federal holidays is higher, so you can expect to pay more for flights than during quieter times of the year. While Keyes says deals have popped up for Christmas and New Years travel, it could still cost you more this year.

“Then again, pretty much everything we buy is more expensive now than it was a few years ago,” Sara Rathner, travel expert at NerdWallet, told The Washington Post in an email.

Berg says overall holiday ticket prices are expected to be above 2019 levels. Currently, the average domestic airfare around Christmas is $462 per return ticket, up 25% from this period in 2019 and by 11% compared to 2018. For international flights, prices increased by 16% compared to 2019 and by 7%. higher than 2018.

“We can be almost certain that vacation travel demand in 2022 will exceed that of 2019,” Clem Bason, chief travel officer of travel and e-commerce company Snapcommerce, said in an email. “There are many factors that all point to higher prices, bumpy travel and more moving bodies.”

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Your best bet for finding a decent plane ticket for the holidays is to let your computer do it for you.

Start tracking prices for your desired routes by setting price alerts. These will show you when prices are falling and rising, and analyze whether prices are high, low or standard.

Remember that ticket prices can change up to 130 times before the flight takes off, so just because they go up one day doesn’t mean they won’t go down again.

For example, airlines may add flights to meet demand for busy routes. “As they do, the prices will change,” Crossey said. A price alert would catch the change.

How do you actually get those $49 flights? There is always a catch in airline sales.

Be creative with the routes you follow. Crossey says the best deals are often found by using different airlines for outbound and inbound flights, or co-opting departure and return to different airports (like taking off from JFK and returning to LGA).

Once you see a great fare, especially if it’s on an airline with no change fees that you know you’ll be flying again, “you can book an attractive flight now and continue shopping for a lower price”, Rathner said.

If you find something cheaper, you can void your original ticket for a flight voucher to use later. Or you can simply book with points. Hutchins says that in many cases, if you cancel a flight booked with miles, you’ll just get them back.

But be warned, “different airlines have different rules, so before trying this, make sure your reservation would be eligible for a change,” Rathner said.

]]> Olivia Newton-John’s heartbreak when husband Matt Lattanzi ran away with babysitter Cindy Jessup Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:39:47 +0000

Olivia Newton-John’s first marriage ended in heartbreak when her husband ran away with the couple’s young babysitter as the singer battled breast cancer.

Dancer Matt Lattanzi has split from Newton-John after being confronted about his “very close” relationship with Cindy Jessup, then 23, while on a cancer charity bike ride.

The Australian legend divorced in 1995 and Lattanzi, then 40, married his young lover two years later – but Newton-John refused to be bitter over the split.

“She’s delighted,” a friend insisted to reporters at the time of the wedding.

“It looks bad because Cindy often babysat her daughter and she was a friend of hers and Olivia’s – but at that time there was no romance.”

Olivia Newton-John’s first marriage ended in heartbreak when her husband, Matt Lattanzi (right), ran away with the couple’s young babysitter, Cindy Jessup (left), as the singer was battling breast cancer.

Newton-John married American Lattanzi – 11 years younger than her – after the couple met on the set of Xanadu in 1980, when she was 32 and he was 21.

Despite the age gap, they immediately had chemistry, Newton-John revealed, and dated for four years before getting married in 1984 and having daughter Chloe in 1986.

But the marriage hit the rocks after the singer was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and she put her career on ice to focus on her recovery.

The couple moved from their home in Malibu, California to the tranquility of their farm near idyllic Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, but the move ultimately killed their marriage.

“When I had breast cancer I thought this would be it,” she admitted to the Daily Mail in 2005.

“I went to my farm near Byron Bay and seriously thought about retiring.”

Newton-John married American Lattanzi - 11 years younger than her - after the couple met on the set of Xanadu in 1980, when she was 32 and he was 21.

Newton-John married American Lattanzi – 11 years younger than her – after the couple met on the set of Xanadu in 1980, when she was 32 and he was 21.

Lattanzi was starring in Australian soap opera Paradise Beach in 1993 when the busy couple hired Jessup to help look after Chloe and she quickly became part of the family.

Jessup cycled from Sydney to Perth in 1994 in aid of Newton-John’s charity, supported during the three-month trip by the singer and her husband.

But Newton-John began to have suspicions about Jessup and Lattanzi’s relationship – and reportedly confronted him in an agonizing showdown.

The row led to Lattanzi moving in with Jessup and divorcing the singer in 1995 before marrying her former babysitter in 1997, when he was 40 and she was 28.

“I’m so lucky,” he said at the time. “I couldn’t ask for a better result.”

Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi hired Cindy Jessup (left) to help care for daughter Chloe and she quickly became part of the family

Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi hired Cindy Jessup (left) to help care for daughter Chloe and she quickly became part of the family

Newton-John continued to blame her battle with cancer for what she said was the inevitable end to her marriage, not her husband’s love of the babysitter.

“I think our marriage would have ended eventually, but it happened earlier because of cancer, which was a good thing,” she told the Daily Mail.

“It was very painful, but we were never at odds with each other.

“We tried to stay friendly because we have a child and we made a pact that she was the most important thing in our life and we would never fight for her.

“What happened between us was between us, and we wouldn’t allow it to affect him.”

She added: ‘Divorce is never right. Everyone wants the happy ending and the white picket fence, especially me.

Olivia Newton-John continued to blame her battle with cancer for what she said was the inevitable end to her marriage, not her husband Matt Lattanzi's love for their babysitter

Olivia Newton-John continued to blame her battle with cancer for what she said was the inevitable end to her marriage, not her husband Matt Lattanzi’s love for their babysitter

“My own parents divorced when I was 10 and maybe because of that I kept postponing the wedding.

“When I got married, I wanted it to last forever, but it didn’t.”

It wasn’t to last for Jessup and Lattanzi either, as the couple split after 10 years of marriage in 2007.

Jessup’s acting career was also brief and uneventful, appearing in little-known hour-long videos Prescription for Peril in 1999 and Tied Up All Night in 2000.

Lattanzi’s career – which saw him appear in Grease 2, starring Michelle Pfeiffer in 1982, the flop followed by Newton-John and John Travolta’s worldwide hit original – also came to a halt following his split. with Newton-John.

He never worked on screen again after his stint in Paradise Beach in 1993 and is now 63, has remarried and lives in Oregon in the United States.

His third wife, Michelle, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, but is in remission and the couple now run the 115-acre Laughing Dog medicinal cannabis farm.

Matt Lattazni, seen here with his daughter Chloe, now runs a cannabis farm in Oregon with his third wife Michelle, who was also diagnosed with cancer in 2014

Matt Lattazni, seen here with his daughter Chloe, now runs a cannabis farm in Oregon with his third wife Michelle, who was also diagnosed with cancer in 2014

Michelle Lattanzi paid tribute to her husband’s ex-wife on social media on Tuesday, saying the world had lost an icon.

“Today we lost one of the greatest in the world, Olivia Newton-John,” she posted on behalf of the couple.

“Matt and I are so overwhelmed by the love and gratitude shared with us by friends, family and a deeply loving community of fans who will all miss Olivia’s presence in this world.

“I have heard some truly lovely stories and memories from people near and far, and I honor each of you where those feelings and memories come from.

“Nothing will replace the icon we have lost, but her legacy lives on in our hearts and memories, along with her contributions to our global culture, her beloved daughter Chloe Lattanzi and her cancer research center and wellness in Melbourne.

“Please honor your sadness and then celebrate the joy that Olivia’s heart and lifetime’s accomplishments have brought to our world.

‘Sending all kinds of love.’

Canadian Thrashers Razor – New Song + First Album in 25 Years Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:23:45 +0000

Canadian thrash lords Razor have been lurking in the shadows for the past 25 years, active in a light-hearted capacity, but now they have ended the 25-year drought between albums and have just announced Cycle of contemptan 11-track effort featuring new single “Flames of Hatred”.

“We are so excited to finally offer this recording to our awesome and patient fanbase! We had the pleasure of preparing it for you and sincerely hope you think it was worth the wait. Play hard my friends,” exclaims guitarist Dave Carlo, one of the two remaining original members, bassist Mike Campagnolo being the other.

Joining them in the lineup is vocalist Rob Reid, whose first stint lasted from 1989 until Razor broke up in 1992 and has been at the forefront since reuniting in 1996, as well as drummer Rider Johnson, who joined the group in 2014.

Age hasn’t softened this band at all, as evidenced by the song titles on Cycle of contempt alone, projecting a no-nonsense attitude, done with your bullshit to the likes of “Jabroni”, “All Fist Fighting” and “King Shit” to name a few.

“I tried to write songs that everyone could listen to and say, ‘Yeah, I know a guy who did this to me or did this, or I know this situation. I can relate to that,” adds Carlo, “And I didn’t want to do everything about me specifically because when you do that, you exclude people. I wanted to include anyone who has ever felt upset about anything.

“Flames of Hatred” is a biting dose of adrenalized thrash that’s no different to how Razor has been doing it since it was first released. Executioner’s Song in 1985.

Listen to the new track below and check out the album art and track listing further down the page. Look for Cycle of contempt to drop September 23 on Relapse Records and pre-order your copy here.

Razor, “Flames of Hate”

The razor, Cycle of contempt Album cover + track list

Razor, ‘Cycle of Contempt’


01. “Flames of Hatred”
02. “Jabroni”
03. “Off My Meds”
04. “A Bitter Pill”
05. “Crusader”
06. “First Order Hatred”
07. “Cycle of Scorn”
08. “Punch Your Face In”
09. “All Fist Fights”
10. “Darkness Falls”
11. “The King of Shit”

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Rampage rating rebounds nicely from record low Mon, 08 Aug 2022 22:00:00 +0000

Ratings are for August 5.

AEW’s Friday night show is coming off of historically bad numbers, as WWE rides a wave of excitement with Triple H taking over the creative slack. Curiously, the show that got better on July 29 was not Smack downbut Carnage.

A live show gave Carnage an audience of 468,000 (25% better than the previous Friday) and a 0.15 rating among 18-49 year olds (a 36% improvement week over week). The competition wasn’t terribly impressive to kick off a summer weekend, but AEW reached No. 5 among Cable Originals.

Despite being a Slam summer spinoff episode with Roman Reigns announced, Smack downThe numbers fell for the second week in a row. Sure, the highs in their drop were pretty high – the edition that aired hours after Vince McMahon “retired” on July 22, but lows are lows. Viewership was down just under 5% from last Friday, to 2.09 million. The demo number of 0.49 was a drop of more than 5%…but WWE and FOX aren’t sweating those numbers since the blue brand remained the highest-rated show on TV by a comfortable margin.

Can AEW retain this audience for a pre-recorded show? The surprise ending of Smack down bringing people back this Friday?

Let us know what you think, ratings while watching Cagesiders.

Numbers via Showbuzz Dailythere

A passenger who booked a flight months in advance is upset about being rushed Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:52:58 +0000

Passengers feel helpless after discovering that airlines can knock them out of seats to make room for other travelers without warning.

Auckland wife Kylee Davis booked a trip to Queenstown in April, ahead of the school holidays.

But when she arrived at the airport for her Air New Zealand flight on July 10, she found she had been pushed around in order to make room for other passengers on another flight which had been cancelled.

She says staff told her she was put on hold because she paid a cheaper fare. She received a $100 travel voucher and was assured that she would still travel to Queenstown that day.

But that didn’t happen. She missed subsequent flights and then learned that there were no direct flights for the next four days.

“Why are you penalized for being organized?” Kylee told Fair Go.

“It made us think that next time, the September holidays, will we wait until the last minute to find out that we will take this flight?”

Davis eventually found a flight to Invercargill for her and her son and flew out the next day, which cost an extra $850 and required her husband (a Koru member who was not bumped from the flight) to take a five-hour round trip from Queenstown to Pick Up Les.

Under the Civil Aviation Act, customers are entitled to compensation of up to 10 times the price of their ticket or the actual cost of the delay, whichever is lower. This excludes whether it was due to bad weather, government orders or air traffic control instructions.

Gemma Rasmussen from Consumer NZ explained why airlines are going after people in cheap seats.

“The more expensive the flight, the more they may have to pay you.”

She says it’s essential that passengers understand why they were kicked off the flight and can then find out if they are actually entitled to a refund.

Consumer NZ says that while there is no definition of what events are considered to be within an airline’s control, it would include things like mechanical issues, staffing, scheduling and overbooking.

However, the airlines are not responsible for bad weather, air traffic control instructions, government orders such as Covid restrictions, major events such as an earthquake or volcanic eruption or a medical emergency.

Air New Zealand told Fair Go that it does not deliberately overbook or oversell flights.

Head of customer sales and officer Leanne Geraghty explained that the Davis family’s flight was overcapacity because it had to carry passengers from a previous flight which had been disrupted by crew illness.

“We are sorry for the disruption to the Davis family’s trip. Unfortunately, it was one of Air New Zealand’s busiest weekends since pre-Covid and our flights were extremely full.

“Due to understaffing at the airport and long call wait times in our contact center, Kylee made her own reservation and paid a higher rate than if we had made the reservation for her.”

When Davis complained to Air New Zealand, the airline credited her with her original flight, but not the additional expenses. After Fair Go raised the issue with Air New Zealand, the company reconsidered its case and has now offered to cover the additional costs of accessing Queenstown via Invercargill.

Air New Zealand’s Overbooked and Denied Boarding Policy outlines a range of factors it takes into account when rebooking people on different flights after a cancellation or disruption.

These include:

• If passengers are heading for an international flight

• If they have special assistance needs

• Their medical condition

• If families are traveling together

• If the passenger is an unaccompanied minor

• Fare type and loyalty status

• If the passenger is an unaccompanied minor

• Fare type and loyalty status

Manchester United fans baffled with loudly booed Cristiano Ronaldo message Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:50:32 +0000

Manchester United leave fans baffled by posting video of Cristiano Ronaldo being loudly booed by supporters at Old Trafford ahead of opening defeat to Brighton

  • Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench before facing Brighton
  • The 37-year-old was booed by Manchester United fans ahead of the game
  • A video was posted by the club’s official account, leaving fans baffled

Manchester United fans have been left confused after the club released a video of Cristiano Ronaldo being booed loudly ahead of their loss to Brighton on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag’s reign at Old Trafford began in defeat as Pascal Gross scored a first-half brace for the Seagulls before Alexis Mac Allister netted an own goal.

Ronaldo was included in the squad but not in the starting XI to face Graham Potter’s side and he came off the bench to replace Fred after 53 minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo was loudly booed by fans ahead of the game against Brighton

Before kick-off, United fans made their feelings known during a protest against the Glazer family.

They then loudly booed Ronaldo as he came out to warm up. A video was posted on the club’s official Twitter account, leaving fans baffled.

One fan posted: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo just got booed by the Stretford End. You like to see it.

A second fan simply said, “they posted the boos”, while another wrote, “Damn they booed it”.

A fourth fan was aggrieved by the decision to boo Ronaldo. He said: “Boo a player who wants to leave because of lack of ambition but don’t boo the players who have us on this 5 year trophy drought…

“This fanbase and the glaziers are aligned in their philosophy.”

Ronaldo has openly declared his desire to leave the club this summer for Champions League football after United’s poor season left them in the Europa League.

There was a mass protest ahead of Manchester United's season opener against Brighton

There was a mass protest ahead of Manchester United’s season opener against Brighton

Erik ten Hag implored Cristiano Ronaldo to

Erik ten Hag implored Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘do more to get fit’ after missing most of pre-season

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have all refused to sign him and could now stay at the club.

After the match, Ten Hag urged the 37-year-old to “do more” to get back into shape.

The Dutchman told Sky Sports: “It takes time, you can’t force it. It’s a week in training.

“He needs to do more to get fit. This match will help him and he will be better next week.

If they don’t come to the museum, then the museum has to go to them Sun, 07 Aug 2022 20:04:00 +0000

CHICAGO — Projects of a collective and dispersed nature, with countless moving elements both human and artistic, are not new, but they are freshly embraced by the artistic establishment. The Art Institute of Chicago comes at just the right time with Floating museum: a lion for every housea community-driven business on view until October 17.

What lion? these lions. You can avoid them and the crowds by entering the museum through the Monroe Street gates.

In Floating Museum, the AIC has chosen the ideal partner. The collective was founded in 2014 by poet avery r. young, architect Andrew Schachman, artist and community organizer Faheem Majeed and sculptor Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. As their name suggests, they basically exist to think outside the box on museums, and they’ve done it with equal glee and smarts all over Chicagoland – in traveling park facilities visible from CTA trains, even atop a river barge. Invited by the AIC’s photo and media department to tap into its holdings, they’ve greatly increased the typical response to such requests, which usually results in delightfully idiosyncratic collection display, as in the long-running MoMA. Artist’s choice series. What Floating Museum did instead was go after the art rental programs run by some colleges and museums (including, formerly, the AIC). They identified 10 hosts from across the city and offered each a choice of three reproductions of the collection to have in their homes; commissioned 10 local photographers to create national portraits of hosts and their loans; and incorporated the commissioned photos into a series of new sculptures. It seems unwieldy, but it’s awfully simple. Instead of asking people to come to the museum, bring them the museum and then bring everything back to the museum.

Installation view of Floating museum: a lion for every house at the Art Institute of Chicago

A lion for every house, of rare coherence and sobriety for a collectivist enterprise, begins with 10 large photo-sculptures arranged in a circle facing inward, like a group meeting. These photos feature the hosts with the loans, displayed in light boxes supported by elaborate metal armatures, supported by inscrutable arrangements of domestic light fixtures, a few of which resemble lamps seen in the illustrated scenes. It’s hilarious to find the borrowed artwork in these compositions; most hosts live with so many loved ones that one more fits in perfectly. That’s literally the case in Jonathan Castillo’s simple portrait of artists Roman and Maria Villarreal sitting on their sofa, surrounded by a densely hung collection of art, including a 1985 photo of the couple, a watercolor of a lion and Edward Weston’s 1941 image of self-taught sculptor William Edmondson’s open-air studio. It’s comically amplified in one of my favorite photos here: Guanyu Xu’s staging of Field Museum curator Alaka Wali resting contentedly at the center of a whirlwind of her private objects and photos. , along with Xu’s photos of her space and possessions, and, if you can find it, Lucas Samaras’ polka dot still life from her necklace collection. This is a total non-issue in the pose of Heather Miller, director of the American Indian Center of Chicago, by Monica Boutwell, outdoors amid tall grass, blue sky, slender forest and four Polaroids large format that make up the magic of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. take on birds, nesting and hair.

The exhibition raises and answers in its own way all kinds of questions about how museums can decentralize power, knowledge, property and privilege. These are deep-seated issues rocking art institutions right now – but not really what I was thinking as I stood at the center of this circle of hosts. What I wanted to know is why they chose the art they did, why they didn’t choose the other works offered, how they decided to display the loans in their homes and how it was to temporarily share the space with these new things. . Living with art has nothing to do with seeing it in a museum.

Installation view of Floating museum: a lion for every house at the Art Institute of Chicago

The exhibition invites reflection on all these points and more through its skilful organization. The next room features a salon-style hanging of the 20 works that weren’t shortlisted, and I’m pretty sure pictures by Indian photographers Gauri Gill and Dayanita Singh were suggested to hosts Shireen and Afzal Ahmad, founders of the South Asian Institute and longtime collectors of South Asian art. Perhaps Roman Vishniac’s study of a workman’s hand in the 1930s and Judith Joy Ross’s tender likeness of a schoolboy were offered to welcome Joann Podkul Murphy, a longtime history teacher and Community Archivist of Southeast Chicago. Again, maybe not. As for Kenneth Josephson’s clever collage of Chicago postcards or An-My Lê’s jungly Vietnamese landscape or Larry Sultan’s scene of his retired parents at their kitchen table – I really have none idea, but it was fun to think about and also just to see such a random group of excellent photographs hanging together.

In the room presenting the originals of the 10 chosen works, detailed information is finally available on these collectible works and their creators, as well as on the local hosts and photographers who made these joint portraits. Waiting until the third gallery was a nice, if unusual, gesture; it gives viewers permission to have their own feelings, to think their own thoughts, when they haven’t been told what’s what and who’s who yet. Here, everything comes out, and everything falls into place, on certain ace wall labels. We learn that West Side Cultural Arts Council director Levette Haynes chose a late 1960s print by freelance photojournalist Bob Crawford because she could imagine herself as the artist he was documenting: Myrna Weaver painting a section of the historic African-American community mural “The Wall of Respect. Naturally, Haynes’ portrait was painted by Nicole Harrison, whose LEGACY project fashions stylish images of Chicagoans from Great Migration families. It all ties together, likewise, Luis Medina’s bizarre photo of a tree covered in plastic sheeting for protection while the adjacent apartment building received a fresh coat of paint. Erika Allen, who runs urban farms on the South Side, chose it for its juxtaposition of plant life and city; Tonika Lewis Johnson, who portrayed Allen, created the Folded Map Projectwhich matches addresses at opposite ends of Chicago’s segregated geography.

The last of the exhibition’s four galleries provides insight into the personalities, undoubtedly considerable administrative effort and noise of a company like A Lion for every home. It presents a video with excerpts of online conversations between the hosts, the floating museum and the curators of the AIC. Everyone is interesting, but more is revealed about how art can make sense to a diverse group of individuals, and that’s thankfully brief.

Installation view of Floating museum: a lion for every house at the Art Institute of Chicago

Floating museum: a lion for every home continues at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) through October 17. The exhibition was curated by Floating Museum and Art Institute of Chicago curators Grace Deveney, Elizabeth Siegel, and Matthew Witkovsky.

Groundbreaking research revealed at Alzheimer’s Association international conference Sat, 06 Aug 2022 04:17:28 +0000

Alzheimer’s News:

ALBUQUERQUE – With more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are working tirelessly to advance the science that will lead to earlier detection, preventions and additional new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s and all dementias.

This week, more than 10,000 researchers attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2022 both in person at the event site in San Diego, California – and virtually – to share the latest scientific advances in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The researchers who gathered in San Diego included two key presenters from New Mexico:

  • Kiran Bhaskar, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, UNM; Co-Director, UNM Brain and Behavioral Health Institute (BBHI); Co-Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center of New Mexico). Dr. Bhaskar presented a poster on the topic of brain inflammation in driving Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (“Pathological tau activates nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and drives neuroinflammation”) .
  • Gary Rosenberg, MD – Professor of Neurology, UNM; Director, Center for Memory and Aging, SOM – Neurology, SOM – Neurosciences, Director, New Mexico Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (NM ADRC). Dr. Rosenberg presented a poster on the topic of diagnosis of mixed dementia by double dichotomy. Like Dr. Bhaskar, Dr. Rosenberg is also a member of the Medical Sciences Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association, Chapter NM.

Executive Director Tim Sheahan of the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter also made it to the conference, along with several other esteemed state attendees.

Among them:

  • Dr. Goutam Gupta (New Mexico Consortium); and
  • Dr. Lena Ernst (Retreat Healthcare, Alzheimer’s Association Board Member).

“We were very happy to have New Mexico represented so well at the conference. So much great research is happening right here in our state,” Sheahan said. “It was impressive to have it showcased alongside some of the most critical and groundbreaking dementia science in the world.”

“This year at AAIC, we heard new ideas about what puts us at risk, as well as a wide range of treatments and prevention methods for Alzheimer’s disease and all dementias,” Sheahan continues. . “There have been great advances in research into Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and the work of the scientific community is extremely promising for the future.

Highlights from the international conference include:

  • Another reason to move your body. The results come from the longest-ever clinical trial of exercise in older adults with mild memory problems. After 12 months of regular physical activity – aerobic exercise or stretching – study participants experienced no significant cognitive decline.
  • Junk food could harm our brain. Researchers studied more than 10,000 people over eight years and found that high consumption of ultra-processed foods led to a 28% faster decline in cognitive function.
  • The impact of racism on memory. In a study of nearly 1,000 adults, exposure to interpersonal and institutional racism was associated with lower memory scores, particularly among black people.
  • Longer term impacts of COVID-19. Researchers have found that loss of smell due to COVID-19 infection may be a better predictor of long-term cognitive and functional impairment than disease severity.
  • Earning less money can increase the risk of dementia. Compared to workers earning higher wages, people with sustained low income experienced significantly faster memory decline at older ages.

Alzheimer’s disease has devastating consequences, not only on those affected, but on entire families. In our own state, 43,000 New Mexicans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, that number is expected to reach 53,000. Our state has 85,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are family members, contributing 158 million hours of care worth $2.6 billion. .

*Source for all statistics: The Facts and Figures on Alzheimer’s Disease 2022 report on

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to the care, support and research of Alzheimer’s disease. Our mission is to lead the way to ending Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia by accelerating global research, promoting risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing the quality of care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementias®. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

The Tesco Clubcard point trick saved me £2,600 on holiday flights – how you can do it too Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:11:12 +0000

HOLIDAYS looking for a last minute deal could use a cheap Tesco Clubcard to score a bargain.

A savvy saver has explained how you can halve your flight costs by using your Tesco Clubcard when booking.


You could get thousands off your flight costs using a Tesco ClubcardCredit: Getty

To collect points on your Clubcard, simply scan it at checkout when shopping at Tesco – if you don’t have one it’s easy to sign up, just download the app.

You can earn points on groceries, fuel, online purchases, and anything else you find in-store.

To register for free, you must create an account with Tesco. But all you need to do is enter a few details like your name and address, and you should receive your card in the mail.

You get one point for every £1 spent – or one point for every £2 of fuel – and 150 points equals a £1.50 voucher.

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But rather than using the points to get cash on your groceries, it’s often better to spend vouchers with one of Tesco’s rewards partners.

Points are worth up to three times as much when redeemed with one of the supermarket’s partners.

There are many brands you can use the points with, including RAC, Disney+, Thorpe Park and more.

But you might not realize that there is also an option to turn your Clubcard points into flight points if you are part of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

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She was traveling to the US and said: “I converted my Tesco Clubcard points into Virgin points.

“I had a value of around £30, which was equivalent to 9,350 points. Then I bought the remaining points for £180.

“As a result, the flight which would have cost £3,195 cost me £548.”

To convert Clubcard points into Virgin points, you must be a member of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club programme.

You can find out how to do this on the Virgin website here.

Membership is free and you can save Flight Points for as long as you need them – they won’t expire.

To redeem points you will need to log into your account and scroll down the page until you find ‘Voucher Schemes’ and then tap on the ‘Blank Points’ box.

You should be able to select the number of Clubcard points you wish to redeem using the shopping cart in your account.

Each Clubcard point is worth 2.5 Virgin points, which means that every £2.50 of Clubcard points is worth 625 Virgin points.

£2.50 is also the minimum value you can choose if you convert points through Virgin.

If you want to buy more Points, there should be an option for this at checkout – but you must already have Virgin Points stored (no matter how many) for this to work.

But note that there are always cheaper flights available with other airlines, so we recommend having a scout before making a decision.

You can get flights for £100-£200 if you go later in the year too – so be sure to check various booking sites for a range of options.

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But if you’re traveling overseas this summer, be sure to watch out for roaming charges so you don’t face an unexpected bill when you get home.

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