Actress Jameela Jamil and comedian Celeste Barber just redefined BFF goals with the new cover of InStyle magazine for which they recreated the classic John and Yoko cover for the 1981 Rolling Stones. The iconic photograph featuring The Beatles' John Lennon and his activist partner Yoko Ono was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibowitz in 1980 just a few hours before the sensational assassination of Lennon. Almost half a century later, the image has been recreated by Jamil and Barber, who like the former muses, believe in shock value and share the duo's penchant for going against the grain. The image is meant to convey the message of discarding body and beauty standards and embracing the real self that both propagate while also describing the close relationship that the two women share. The friendship is a result of both Jamil and Barber's fierce and vocal feminism and their tirade against unrealistic beauty standards perpetuated by the glamour industry. Jamil, who acted in the NBC … [Read more...] about BFFs Jameela Jamil and Celeste Barber Recreate Iconic John and Yoko Rolling Stones Cover
82 flood warnings are in place, as well as 117 alerts after river levels surged during the weekend's heavy rainfall.The downpour has caused train delays and flooded roads, with river levels remaining high, particularly in the Midlands.In the West Midlands, the River Severn is set to remain a flood risk until Tuesday, while the Wye and the Trent also have a warning in place.Travel disruption is expected in the affected areas, along with the risk that some houses may flood, according to the Environment Agency.Defences are already in place in Bewdley, Hereford, Upton-upon-Severn and Shrewsbury, as well as temporary barriers in Ironbridge. Advertisement Despite the warnings, the weather is expected to brighten up on Monday, offering respite to the rising river levels.The Met Office's forecast for Monday said: "Most areas bright with long periods of sunshine, albeit hazy across southern England. More from Weather UK weather: Parts of England and Wales covered in snow as … [Read more...] about UK weather: 82 warnings in place as country braces for heavy flooding
FLOOD-C-02DEC02-MT-RAD FLOOD-C-02DEC02-MT-RAD Photo: KATY RADDATZ Photo: KATY RADDATZ Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 FLOOD-C-02DEC02-MT-RAD FLOOD-C-02DEC02-MT-RAD Photo: KATY RADDATZ Stately icon holds flood of memories 1 / 9 Back to Gallery Like a proud father showing off his child's growth in inch marks on the wall, Jim Flood takes visitors to the photo gallery he has created in the hallway outside his office. "Let's start way back here in the beginning of time, which is 1863. This is the corner of Market and Powell," he says. "There was nothing but a little white picket fence around the property." The property turned into one of the world's prime pieces of real estate. It's … [Read more...] about Stately icon holds flood of memories
Since the 1960s, the United States Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional for public schools to teach religious practices such as prayer. But today, mindfulness meditation—a Buddhist religious practice similar to prayer—is promoted by schools nationwide. Why aren’t the courts intervening? Because promoters assert, as the Asociated Press did recently, that “Western culture has secularized” this “centuries-old” religious practice. But what does it mean to “secularize” mindfulness? It boils down to a simple change of vocabulary. Promoters drop the terms “Buddhism” and “meditation” and add the terms “neuroscience” and “scientific research.” Meanwhile, the same practice is taught in both public schools and Buddhist basics classes. Indeed, the Associated Press notes that the Portland, Oregon high-school mindfulness program it features, Peace in Schools, is the “brainchild” … [Read more...] about Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools
If you were at the Mumbai Press Club terrace the other evening, you would have seen, to your right, Azad Maidan and Bombay Gymkhana, which hosted the first Test on Indian soil in 1933. In front of you would have been Andrew Leeming, a cricket conservationist and historian, talking about Sir Don Bradman. Leeming, an Australian banker with the girth and wavy hair of a Kapoor family veteran, bought and restored Bradman's childhood home in Bowral, Australia. Bradman spent a crucial phase of his life in this house - from age three to 16, his formative years. This was a house where, after returning from school, the young Don would reportedly fling his satchel and ask his mother Emily to bowl to him. This is where he lived when his father George took him to watch a Test for the first time - Australia vs England at the famous SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground). Bradman was 13 then. He was already a confident boy with cricket dreams. This experience further inspired him. "I will never be happy till … [Read more...] about Did you know that Don Bradman met his wife after he fell off his bike?
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Engaged in environmental battles with the Trump administration on multiple fronts, California Gov. Gavin Newsom angered some allies on Friday by vetoing a bill aimed at blunting federal rollbacks of clean air and endangered species regulations in the state. The bill would have made it easier for state regulators to counter the Trump administration’s efforts to change enforcement of the federal Endangered Species Act and other environmental pillars — at least in California. But Newsom, a Democrat in his first year in office, called the bill “a solution in search of a problem.” He said the bill would force the state to rely on old science and would imperil the complex negotiations between state and federal agencies over how to manage the state’s water. “No other state has fought harder to defeat Trump’s environmental policies, and that will continue to be the case,” Newsom said in a veto message. But Democratic … [Read more...] about Gov. Newsom Vetoes Bill That Countered Trump Rollbacks of State Environment Laws