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Toby Keith Will Play A “Men Only” Show In Saudi Arabia During Donald Trump’s Visit This Weekend

first_imgTomorrow, May 20th, during President Donald Trump‘s diplomatic visit to Saudi Arabia, bro-country superstar Toby Keith will play a free show in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. An outspoken supporter of the embattled POTUS, Keith was one of the (very) few mainstream artists Trump was able to recruit for his inauguration celebration earlier this year.Toby Keith has built a massively successful country career on songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Whiskey Girl,” “Drunk Americans,” and “Beer For My Horses.” But for this empirically bizarre performance, there will be no bars, whiskey, drunk Americans, or even girls in sight (although there may, in fact, be some horses around somewhere). That’s right: In keeping with the Middle Eastern country’s strict adherence to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law, there will be no women allowed at the performance.Saudi Arabia adheres to a conservative interpretation of Islamic law: Alcohol is strictly prohibited, unrelated men and women are required to be segregated in public, and women are forbidden from doing a number of things that men can do, including driving a car and, apparently, going to see Toby Keith concerts.The Associated Press reports that in addition to the concert, Saudi Arabia has arranged for an extensive schedule of events for Trump’s two-day trip. The various public figures involved in the itinerary include Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (who has previously been indicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court), Fox News anchor Bret Baier and, of course, nobody with a vagina.Of course, the barring of women from the performance is a symptom of the social climate in Saudi Arabia and not necessarily a reflection of Keith’s or Trump’s personal views (though POTUS’s history of sexist behavior is well-documented). That said, just the thought of a sweaty, sober, Trump-ified sausage fest in the sweltering Saudi Arabian heat headlined by Toby Keith makes Fyre Fest seem like Heaven on Earth.[via NBC][Cover photo via Reuters (Trump), Bio.com (Keith)]last_img read more

Finalists in health, science challenge

first_imgHarvard University today announced the selection of eight finalist teams in the inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge.Sponsored by deans from across the University and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), the Challenge recognizes that the delivery of affordable health care to people around the globe is one of the world’s most pressing problems.“Access to affordable health is an issue that crosses global and institutional boundaries and we need to collaborate to tackle these problems,” said Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School and co-chair of the challenge.  “By bringing together a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and capturing the ingenuity of those impassioned by the field, we can develop solutions that will save lives.”The challenge invited Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows from across Harvard’s Schools to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care and the development of new and effective therapies for global populations.“To address the global health issues facing the world today, entrepreneurs, scientists, and health professionals must all work together to find innovative solutions that lead to better outcomes,” said Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School and co-chair of the challenge.The challenge hosted a mixer and workshops where potential applicants met other students interested in developing global health solutions. Finalists were selected from a pool of 54 applications by a judging panel that included Harvard faculty, alumni, and industry experts.“It was great to see students from across 11 schools of Harvard interested and actively working to address global health issues,” said William Sahlman, co-chair of the judging committee. “Many of the applications were made up of two or more Schools and the caliber of ideas was high — making the selection of finalists difficult.”Teams were selected from one of four challenge topic categories, with more finalists in the categories of redesign and health delivery and changing behavior, based on the volume of submissions in those fields. The finalist teams and their proposals are:In the redesign of health delivery categoryCareSolver focuses on improving the health and wellness of the elderly by helping family members and informal caregivers provide better, more coordinated care to older loved ones living at home.TraumaLink is tackling the lack of a formal pre-hospital system in Bangladesh by connecting users to first-aid and ambulance services.Broadleaf HEA is integrating care for children with mental health needs into a model for comprehensive school health in rural India.In the changing behavior categoryPriming Pregnancy wants to prevent obesity before it starts.  Research has shown that prenatal factors such as blood glucose levels are critical to a child’s future healthy weight, and this Web application helps women have the best pregnancy possible.Healthy Motives aims to address unhealthy behaviors by building an integrated Web application that incorporates behavioral feedback, social support, and financial incentives to improve long-term health habits.Sqweeki’s mission is to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and significantly improve individual and public health by providing a simple, safe, and secure mobile application that lets individuals share their sexual health information.In the computation and data analysis in health categoryMobile Urban Sensors is developing a means of data collection, analysis, and dissemination of urban environmental conditions that will better inform discussions about public health.In the stem cell biology and regenerative medicine categoryMatriTarg Laboratories is characterizing the genetic changes in cells implicated in progressive diseases throughout the body to ultimately facilitate the identification of novel therapeutic targets.The finalists will receive $5,000 to continue developing their projects before they present their ideas to the local and Harvard communities at Demo Day on May 22. The grand prize winner and runners-up will be announced in late May, when they will take home a share of the $75,000 purse. Teams will also continue their residency at the i-lab, with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge is one of three challenges hosted by the i-lab and designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial community at Harvard and to foster cross-School collaboration. Finalists for the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship were announced March 25 and finalists for the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge were announced April 1.last_img read more

1xBet teams up with Champions League holders Liverpool FC

first_img Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 International gaming and technology company 1xBet has teamed up with Champions League holders Liverpool FC.The new partnership will see 1xBet become an Official Global Betting Partner for the club, enabling its supporters to take advantage of exclusive offers and sporting entertainment.Meanwhile,1xBet will increase its own brand awareness within key global markets through stadium branding at Anfield and branding on Liverpool FC’s digital platforms, along with access to first-team players and club legends. Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer of Liverpool FC, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1xBet as our newest partner. I am sure that their games and special offers will appeal to our fans around the world and we look forward to starting the 2019/2020 season with them on board.”Alex Sommers, 1xBet spokesman, said: “Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most iconic football clubs with a wealth of history and a huge global fanbase. We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with the club to meet our goal of bringing fans closer to the sporting action through our innovative products and supercharged betting experience. “We’re very proud of the relationship we have with Liverpool Football Club and we’re keen to work closely with fans around the world to bring them exciting entertainment opportunities and unique offers in the upcoming season.”The news comes just a week after 1xBet signed a five-year sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona, which will see the online betting company work as a Global Partner of the Spanish giants through to 30 June 2024. Related Articles Submit Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Brothers get life terms in murder

first_imgA second jury convicted the Robinsons of murder and robbery in October 2002. Two were sentenced to life in prison without parole two months later. An appellate panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed the murder convictions in October 2004, saying a Pasadena Superior Court judge erred in excluding evidence that someone else could have been responsible for Hussain’s death. Avila said jurors were allowed to hear the omitted evidence in the third trial, which took less than two weeks to complete. “It took some time, but I think the victim’s family finally found justice,” Avila said Friday after the hearing.No family members testified at the sentencing. Hussain, 51, was shot twice about 12:25 a.m. Nov. 23, 1998, in the 7-Eleven store at 1802 Huntington Drive in Duarte. [email protected] LOS ANGELES – Two brothers were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a Duarte 7-Eleven store clerk during a 1998 robbery. On March 9, a jury found Cory Robinson, 26, and his 27-year-old brother, Brandale Robinson, guilty of first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 1998, shooting death of Syed Hussain, a father of five. Jurors also convicted the brothers of second-degree robbery and determined that Cory Robinson fired the handgun that killed Hussain. Both men had an additional three years tacked onto their sentence for the robbery. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe also added another 25 years to life to Cory Robinson’s prison sentence for discharging the weapon. Rappe denied a motion for a new trial for the brothers. Attorneys for both have already filed papers to have the convictions appealed. This was the third trial for the Robinsons. The first trial ended in a hung jury, with nine of the 12 jurors voting guilty, said L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more