Month: September 2019

David Arn Releases “St. Paul’s Chimes” Music Video Without Fanfare

David Arn Releases “St. Paul’s Chimes” Music Video Without Fanfare

Norfolk, VA – Sep 30, 2019 – No extensive tease, no non-disclosures. In the world of the hit game, many viewers may not find David Arn’s new video “St. Paul’s Chimes” appealing.

Forget that it was produced by award-winning film maker, William Murray. Forget that even before the release of the music video, it had won the Bronze Award at Atlanta’s Spotlight Film Fest. And forget that the video’s sole character is brilliant actress Carly Erin O’Neil, who in a little more than four minutes pulls off the convincing transition from confident beautiful model to a woman who can still hear the long echo of abuse.

Forget it all. It is arriving without fanfare.

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Arn has been attempting music videos which are socially conscious in their story-telling but with this subject he was uncertain of the approach until he read a blog post by actress O’Neil. “It was a fine confessional piece” he said in a statement. Arn contacted her and asked if she would consider being in a music video. He had not yet written the song.

The video and single will be released (without fanfare) on October 1st. Mastered by Alex Wharton (McCartney, Radiohead, Pixies) at Abbey Road Studios the song will appear on David’s forthcoming CD “Traveler Tales”. It features Joni Fuller on violin and Toby Wilson on guitar.

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ABOUT DAVID ARN

Arn’s music has been played on myriad outlets: US FM and college stations featured on NPR stations, the BBC, and heard on Delta Airlines commercial flights. His single “Not Amused” broke through the top ten in Euro Indie Top 50 last Fall. The video was an award winner at multiple film festivals.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/81_xcYHe7_s

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The End of 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open Marks Chengdu’s Efforts of Becoming A World City of Sports

The End of 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open Marks Chengdu’s Efforts of Becoming A World City of Sports

On September 22, 2019, the 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open ended at Jincheng Lake. More than 300 paddlers from 16 countries took part in the competition held in Chengdu, including France, Spain, Belgium, Russia, America, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. Among the paddlers, top 20 of the Euro Tour World Rankings are included.    

According to incomplete statistics, the competition has reached over 10 million people through media. Chengdu residents actively joined in by registration or presenting as spectators. Apart from SUP lovers in Chengdu, SUP enthusiasts from Hubei, Chongqing and Guangdong organized teams to participate in the competition. Chengdu, a world city of sports, embraced another round of sports trend after the 2019 World Police and Fire Games.

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A paddler cheers

Liran machlev, a famous paddler of Israel, took the top prize home. “I have been a paddler for 19 years. It is one of my strategies to keep my first place throughout the competition. I’m very happy to be in Chengdu and I enjoy the food here very much”, Liran machlev said. Chengdu residents who play the sport for the first time told that it is beyond their expectation to have so much fun and to make new friends by taking part in the camp training and competition. They were looking forward to the competition next year.

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Liran machlev, the top prize winner

Contribute to the building of “Three Cities and Three Capitals”

Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that “could satisfy people’s tastes for all water sports”. It has become a new trend for water sports lovers in Europe and America. The 2019 Chengdu Tianfu Greenway Open is first SUP international competition held by Chengdu and is also the first time for top paddlers of Euro Tour, the biggest stand up paddle tour of its kind, to compete in a Chinese city. Through this trendy competition, the world has witnessed the international style and vitality of Chengdu, a city that is stepping up efforts to build itself into a world city of cultural creativity, tourist, sports and a world capital of gastronomy, music and exhibition.     

A paddlers in the competition once challenged himself on Lake Annecy at the foot of the Alps in winter; another paddler surfed between the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris. In September 2019, many paddlers has fallen in love with the hometown of giant pandas and enjoyed surfing on picturesque Jincheng Lake. The 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open is not only a competition, but also a new platform for countries to showcase their ecological values, quality of life, and development potential. With this competition, Chengdu has provided a “Model” for developing green economy.   

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Paddlers from different countries

Jincheng Lake Park is to Chengdu City as Central Park is to New York City.The competition held at Jincheng Lake Park embodies the sustainable and healthy development of Chengdu and poetical dwelling of Chengdu residents. According to a report on China’s largest cities in terms of GDP over the first half of 2019, Chengdu led the top 20 with a real GDP growth rate of 8.2%. Furthermore, Chengdu ranked 28th on the GSI Nations and Cities Index of the GSI Report 2019. Comparing to its 89th place in 2018, Chengdu is on its way of becoming a world city of sports. The achievement is attributed to the city’s efforts in transforming itself into a livable park city. Thanks to the new administration model of Chengdu government and its “path” of green economy development, the city attracts the world’s attention with a more blue sky, clearer water, and greener hills. A city of“Lucid waters, lush mountains,and blossoming flowers” is a new name card for Chengdu.

Addicted to Sports in Chengdu and Live A Comfortable Life in New Ways

On weekends, residents cycle or take subway to parks. Some run down the urban greenways and take children to boating on the lake. Chengdu never lacks ideas of happy life. Along with a strengthening basis of ecological system, more and more pan sports that promoting low-carbon life have become the favorites of Chengdu people.   

Take Jincheng Lake as an example. In recent years, in order to carry out the strategic deployment of building Chengdu into a world city of sports, the city regularly holds sports on the Tianfu Greenway, such as Tianfu Greenway International Cycling Fans Fitness Festival, Tianfu Greenway International Walking Festival, and Tianfu Greenway International Marathon. Meanwhile, with elaborate construction and public service facilities, the ecological carrying capacity of Jincheng Lake has been approved by more and more events. National canoeing and rowing races have already been held on the lake. According to the host, the water quality of Jingcheng Lake has reached between Class I and II. The submerged plants in No.1 and 2 lakes have covered 95% of the lakes with a Secchi Depth of 4.5 meters. You can clearly see the “forests” at the bottom by the lake.The lake can not only meets the requirements of nearly all water sports, but also integrate events into life with its beautiful scenery. More and more people are attracted and become addicted to sports at Jincheng Lake Park.

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High-quality water contributes to the competition

Except for being the first choice of hosting different events, Jincheng Lake that consisting of four lakes is an important part of Chengdu Tianfu Greenway Jincheng Park. As the first city to promote the concept of park city in China, Chengdu has steadfastly followed Xi Jinping’s thought on ecological civilization and offered to shoulder the political responsibility of theoretical research and creative practice on park city, as well as accelerated the completion of critical ecological projects and creative transformation of ecological values. This year, Jincheng Park has provided diversified ways for residents and tourists to enjoy. In the future, it will continue to transform itself into a place that serve multiple functions, including ecological protection, sports, entertainment, cultural tastes, water leisure activities, vacation, and emergency shelter. In this way, the park can become a green space for walking, boating, cycling, touring, rest, communication, learning, experiencing, and mass entrepreneurship and innovation.      

To eat hot pot and camp by the lake, on the water and hills is not a dream any more. And it is possible to hold concerts and events on the grass or the greenway. Different types of events will be blended in the park to echo the latest slogan, “To live a comfortable life in Chengdu”.

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The 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open Successfully Ends

The host expressed that the 2019 Tianfu Greenway SUP Open is not only a preparation for the 2021 Summer Universiade and the World Games 2025, but also a showcase for the great potential of “Greenway plus Sports” market. The successful hosting makes Chengdu more confident in bidding for hosting world events. In the future, Chengdu will do its best to continue to hold the competition and to win more people’s hearts by hosting world events with Chengdu characteristics. Besides, the function system of Tianfu Greenway will be improved with the events. To plan and construct Tianfu Greenway sports facilities will become a typical form of sports consumption in the new era.   

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India’s Festive Season Starts Strong For Flipkart, Amazon

Both Amazon and Flipkart announced record sales on the opening day of their annual festive season sales in India. The sales launched on Saturday (Sept. 28) and will end on Oct. 4, before the Hindu festivals Dussehra and Diwali.

Reuters reported that Amazon saw record sales of about 7.5 billion rupees ($7.07 million USD) in 36 hours for the premium smartphone brands category. Flipkart, owned by Walmart, said all major categories — including beauty, baby care, private labels and furniture — saw double-digit sales growth from a year ago in the first day.

The news comes during a slowdown in the country, which has led the government to introduce tax cuts and various other measures to boost growth.

Although Amazon entered the market seven years after Flipkart, the eCommerce giant has captured a large portion of Indian business through Prime, which the company rolled out in the country in 2016. It already has music, as well as video streaming and grocery delivery, in many of the country’s cities.

In an effort to compete, Flipkart introduced a Hindi version of its app that will include free videos — as well as other tech perks, like premium content — in August. Flipkart’s ultimate goal is to lure 200 million online consumers with streaming movies, shows and entertainment in direct competition with rival Amazon, and it plans to offer the app in other languages, including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Bengal.

Amazon is also reportedly planning to roll out a food delivery service in India, and is said to be working with Catamaran, having started hiring workers for the operation. In addition, the company is said to be planning kiosks in India that will enable consumers to purchase its hardware, including its Echo, Kindle eBook reader and the Fire TV stick. Amazon would install 100 kiosks in malls across India by the end of 2019.

India’s Festive Season Starts Strong For Flipkart, Amazon

Both Amazon and Flipkart announced record sales on the opening day of their annual festive season sales in India. The sales launched on Saturday (Sept. 28) and will end on Oct. 4, before the Hindu festivals Dussehra and Diwali.

Reuters reported that Amazon saw record sales of about 7.5 billion rupees ($7.07 million USD) in 36 hours for the premium smartphone brands category. Flipkart, owned by Walmart, said all major categories — including beauty, baby care, private labels and furniture — saw double-digit sales growth from a year ago in the first day.

The news comes during a slowdown in the country, which has led the government to introduce tax cuts and various other measures to boost growth.

Although Amazon entered the market seven years after Flipkart, the eCommerce giant has captured a large portion of Indian business through Prime, which the company rolled out in the country in 2016. It already has music, as well as video streaming and grocery delivery, in many of the country’s cities.

In an effort to compete, Flipkart introduced a Hindi version of its app that will include free videos — as well as other tech perks, like premium content — in August. Flipkart’s ultimate goal is to lure 200 million online consumers with streaming movies, shows and entertainment in direct competition with rival Amazon, and it plans to offer the app in other languages, including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Bengal.

Amazon is also reportedly planning to roll out a food delivery service in India, and is said to be working with Catamaran, having started hiring workers for the operation. In addition, the company is said to be planning kiosks in India that will enable consumers to purchase its hardware, including its Echo, Kindle eBook reader and the Fire TV stick. Amazon would install 100 kiosks in malls across India by the end of 2019.

India’s Festive Season Starts Strong For Flipkart, Amazon

Both Amazon and Flipkart announced record sales on the opening day of their annual festive season sales in India. The sales launched on Saturday (Sept. 28) and will end on Oct. 4, before the Hindu festivals Dussehra and Diwali.

Reuters reported that Amazon saw record sales of about 7.5 billion rupees ($7.07 million USD) in 36 hours for the premium smartphone brands category. Flipkart, owned by Walmart, said all major categories — including beauty, baby care, private labels and furniture — saw double-digit sales growth from a year ago in the first day.

The news comes during a slowdown in the country, which has led the government to introduce tax cuts and various other measures to boost growth.

Although Amazon entered the market seven years after Flipkart, the eCommerce giant has captured a large portion of Indian business through Prime, which the company rolled out in the country in 2016. It already has music, as well as video streaming and grocery delivery, in many of the country’s cities.

In an effort to compete, Flipkart introduced a Hindi version of its app that will include free videos — as well as other tech perks, like premium content — in August. Flipkart’s ultimate goal is to lure 200 million online consumers with streaming movies, shows and entertainment in direct competition with rival Amazon, and it plans to offer the app in other languages, including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Bengal.

Amazon is also reportedly planning to roll out a food delivery service in India, and is said to be working with Catamaran, having started hiring workers for the operation. In addition, the company is said to be planning kiosks in India that will enable consumers to purchase its hardware, including its Echo, Kindle eBook reader and the Fire TV stick. Amazon would install 100 kiosks in malls across India by the end of 2019.

MARRKNULL SS2020 reconstructed fairies and brought them to daily life

MARRKNULL is a women’s ready-to-wear brand from Beijing, founded by Wang Wei and Tim Shi in 2017. This season MARRKNULL inspired by contemporary fairies, the MARRKNULL 2020SS collection launched at Paris Fashion Week with beauty brand FUNSACE. 

MARRKNULL uses the regional culture as a background to describe its contradictions and impressions with the modern developing social system. It focuses on changes of clothes structure, based on the consistent use of structural stitching techniques, combined with Chinese native clothing structures. The brand use special tailoring and silhouette changes to express a unique perspective on social culture and breaking gender limitations.

The myth begins at the primitive society which is the interpretation of natural phenomena by human beings through reasoning and imagination. Fairies as a representative of mythical figure has always existed in people’s imagination as a perfect avatar. MARRKNULL is trying to bring this flat perfect image into modern life and give it a more realistic role in their SS2020 collection.

MARRKNULL re-constructed the classic professional wear structure, embellished with a variety of floral fabrics with Chinese taste in soft spring and summer color tone. Bodice-style slim-fit suit jacket and contrasted stitching line jacket with elegantly twisted lapel collar; double-waist straight skirt and slim flared trousers; a nude organza coat and a skirt with multiple layered ruched organza; oversize denim jackets, sweaters and shirts with random rips joined by hand-cranked Chinese buckles. Based on the continuation of its consistent street-style Chinese style, MARRKNULL has found a distinctive taste in the shape, fabric and craftsmanship, based on its consistently Chinese street-style. This season, MARRKNULL and UOOYAA cooperated to launch a capsule series, combining workwear structure with professional fashion style, activewear details with feminine mesh, which undoubtedly created the most chic image of the fairies who walking on to streets.

In the post-Internet era with virtual reality, is the perfect and idealized image still untouchable? MARRKNULL attempts to dismantle the ideal embodiment of fairies, allowing people to explore more possibilities of perfection.

Special thanks: Hair and Make up by Visée AVANT

Showlook Pictures taken by Guillaume Roujas from NOWFASHION

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Arizona father accused of killing 6-year-old tried to exorcise demon with scalding water, police say

TUCSON, Ariz. – Police arrested an Arizona father accused of killing his son while trying to exorcise a demon from the 6-year-old boy’s body Thursday.

Pablo Martinez, 31, faces a murder charge after officers arrested him at the Pascua Yaqui reservation in Tucson that afternoon.

Court documents obtained by KOLD say Martinez claimed to have noticed his son acting demonic during the past week, and, while bathing the child, “saw something evil” in him and attempted to cast it out.

Martinez allegedly “poured hot water down” the boy’s throat, according to KVOA. Documents say he held him under the water for five to 10 minutes.

Romelia Martinez, the boy’s stepmother, told investigators she heard a “gurgling” sound coming from in the bathroom and tried to open the door, but it was locked, KGUN reports. She allegedly screamed for him to stop and called the police.

Responding officers found the boy tucked into bed, naked and unresponsive.

Court documents say the 6-year-old died shortly after he was taken to Banner University Medical Center with burns on 15 percent of his body.

The boy’s principal at Lynn Urquides Elementary School, Marisa Salcido, wrote a letter to parents Friday conveying “deep regret and sadness” over his death. Salcido added that counselors would be provided to ensure the students “every means of support and assistance.”

Martinez appeared in court Friday was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service after appearing in court Friday, KOLD reports.

 

16 Indiana students sent to hospital after getting insulin shot by mistake

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Ind. – More than a dozen Indiana students were sent to the hospital after being given the wrong shot at school Monday.

The Lawrence Township school district said 16 students were undergoing a TB screening at McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology when medical personnel from Community Health Network administered a small dosage of insulin instead.

The students were taken to area hospitals for observation, according to the school district, and were accompanied by McKenzie staff and school personnel. Parents have been notified.

“We are working closely with Community Health Network to determine the cause of the error; and to evaluate processes as needed,” the school said in a statement.

“The MSD of Lawrence Township has a long-standing and strong partnership with Community Health Network. We have full confidence that the events of today are isolated in nature and will be addressed swiftly by the Community Health Network.”

Louisiana mother, daughter arrested after paralyzed dog’s back legs ‘sawed off’

SLIDELL, La. — A Louisiana woman, her 17-year-old-daughter and another teenager are all facing animal cruelty charges after police say the back legs of a partially paralyzed dachshund were “sawed off.”

The 50-year-old woman and her daughter reported to police that their dog Buddy had been shot in February of this year, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. But they failed to get any medical treatment for Buddy, and the shooting left Buddy partially paralyzed.

St. Tammany officers were alerted to the dog’s condition on September 25th, and when they arrived at the trailer park where the mother and daughter live they found that both of Buddy’s rear legs had been removed.

The woman and her daughter initially told officers that the dog’s legs had fallen off after they had been bandaged too tightly, but a veterinarian orthopedic surgeon consulted by the sheriff’s department confirmed that the dog’s wounds were “maliciously inflicted.”

The veterinarian also confirmed that the dog’s limbs were not removed by a veterinary professional, and that they did not fall off naturally.

“As a dog owner myself, I was completely appalled when we received a complaint of such horrific animal cruelty in our community. Our investigators acted swiftly, and the parties responsible have been charged accordingly,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

The 17-year-old daughter was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

The 50-year-old woman was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a summons.

A 17-year-old friend of the daughter’s was also arrested for animal cruelty, and later released into the custody of a relative, according to the STPSO.

An online fundraising effort to cover the continuing costs of Buddy’s recovery has raised more than $14,000 after nearly 500 people pledged money in the Facebook campaign’s first six days.

“I would urge anyone with information about this case or any instance of cruelty to defenseless animals, to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-898-2338 or St. Tammany Parish Animal Services at 985-809-0183,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash arrested for domestic battery

Stacey Dash was arrested for domestic battery after an incident Sunday night in New Port Richey, FL, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The “Clueless” actress was taken into custody after an argument with a male, whose name was redacted in an incident report obtained by CNN. She is accused of pushing and slapping him.

The report states that police were called to a home Sunday evening “to respond to a domestic dispute” between the two.

“The victim sustained red scratch marks to his upper left arm from being pushed,” the report states.

Dash was taken into custody and transported to the Land O’ Lakes detention facility without incident. She posted bail and was released on Monday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff.

CNN has reached out to Dash’s representatives for comment.

Dash, 52, has worked as a conservative pundit and continued to appear in film and TV projects in recent years.