Even though he’s no longer the President, Barack Obama is still working at one of his longtime side hustles: creating surprisingly eclectic playlists for the people of the world to enjoy. Today, as the year draws to a close, Barry O has shared a list of his year-end lists of his favorite books, movies, and songs of 2018.As Obama notes in his social media post,As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening. You can check out a list of Obama’s favorite songs of 2018 below, which includes the likes of Leon Bridges, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Brandi Carlile, Cardi B, J. Cole, Prince, Chance The Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Hozier, Mavis Staples, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and more.“Apes••t” by The Carters“Bad Bad News” by Leon Bridges“Could’ve Been” by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)“Disco Yes” by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)“Ekombe” by Jupiter & Okwess“Every Time I Hear That Song” by Brandi Carlile“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde“Historia De Un Amor” by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)“I Like It” by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)“Kevin’s Heart” by J. Cole“King For A Day” by Anderson East“Love Lies” by Khalid & Normani“Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe“Mary Don’t You Weep” (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince“My Own Thing” by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)“Need a Little Time” by Courtney Barnett“Nina Cried Power” by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)“Nterini” by Fatoumata Diawara“One Trick Ponies” by Kurt Vile“Turnin’ Me Up” by BJ the Chicago Kid“Wait by the River” by Lord Huron“Wow Freestyle” by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson Barack Obama’s Favorite Songs of 2018As you may recall, as Obama was about to vacate the nation’s highest office in early 2017, Spotify put out a job listing for a “President of Playlists” position that seemed perfect for the former POTUS. While he didn’t take the job, we still feel that he would’ve been a great fit for the role. Well, he may have been the only fit for the role. You can see the desired qualifications for that “President of Playlists” gig at Spotify below: Have at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation.Familiar with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level. Anything from an eclectic summer playlist, to a celebratory, “I just found my birth certificate” playlist.Have good relationships with a wide range of artists and musicians. Ever had Kendrick Lamar play at your birthday bash? We’d love to hear about it!Can speak passionately about playlists at press events. Let us be clear, you should be nothing short of one of the greatest speakers of all time.A keen attention to detail and consistency. Able to work closely with other departments, so playlists can hold up to public scrutiny.Someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize.President of Playlists Job Requirements
Read Full Story Being overweight or obese does not lead to improved survival among patients with type 2 diabetes. The large-scale study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers refutes previous studies that have suggested that, for people with diabetes, being overweight or obese could lead to lower mortality for people compared with normal-weight persons — the so-called “obesity paradox.”The study appears in the January 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.“These data dispel the notion that being overweight or obese confers survival advantage among diabetic patients,” said Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and senior author of the study. “Clearly, weight management is an important therapeutic strategy for overweight or obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.”The researchers analyzed data from 8,970 women in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-based Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and 2,457 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS) with type 2 diabetes. They calculated participants’ body-mass index (BMI) shortly before the diagnosis of diabetes and excluded participants reporting a history of diabetes at baseline or cardiovascular disease or cancer before they were diagnosed with diabetes; underweight participants were also excluded. Participants were followed for a maximum of 36 years (NHS) and 26 years (HPFS). A total of 3,083 deaths were recorded.
Men who consume just three or four weekly portions of foods and drinks containing flavonoids—which include berries, citrus fruits, and red wine—may reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia. They also found that men who were physically active in addition to consuming high amounts of flavonoids had the lowest risk of erectile dysfunction.The study was published online January 13, 2016 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Making lifestyle choices to improve their erectile function may have the added benefit of improving men’s heart health, said senior author Eric Rimm, professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Chan. “Erectile dysfunction is often an early barometer of poor vascular function and offers a critical opportunity to intervene and prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and even death,” he told The Telegraph in a January 13, 2016 article. “Men with erectile dysfunction are likely to be highly motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as exercising more and eating the right foods—which would greatly benefit their long-term cardiovascular health as well.” Read Full Story
Tony winner Helen Mirren took her final bow in The Audience on June 28 at the Schoenfeld Theatre, and theatergoers showered her with oodles of riches. Well, $1,425,523, to be exact. The play concluded its run with its highest-grossing week and with a capacity once again over 100%. Meanwhile, a handful of new musicals celebrated their highest-earning weeks as well, including the Tony-winning Fun Home and The King and I, plus Something Rotten! and Finding Neverland. An Act of God inched closer to hitting the $1 million mark. With summer crowds flocking to see Jim Parsons as the Almighty, the play looks poised to extend its run. A change of venue would be in order, though; Thérèse Raquin inhabits Studio 54 beginning in October.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 28:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,120,670)2. Wicked ($2,047,143)3. Aladdin ($1,644,688)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,524,996)5. An American in Paris ($1,433,433)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($538,365)**4. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two ($515,472)3. It Shoulda Been You ($415,180)2. Hand to God ($400,070)1. Amazing Grace ($200,392)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.55%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)3. The Audience (101.85%)**4. Matilda (100.34%)5. The King and I (100.02%)=5. The Lion King (100.02%)=5. Aladdin (100.02%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (76.62%)4. It Shoulda Been You (75.09%)3. On the Town (69.92%)2. Amazing Grace (59.91%)*1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (49.71%)* Number based on five preview performances** Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments
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In a sunny temple courtyard in Vietnam, Le Van Thang pushes an iron rod hard against his eye socket and tries to make it bend — his dizzying strength honed through years of practicing centuries-old martial art Thien Mon Dao.Thang, 28, is one of an increasing number of Vietnamese to find refuge in a sport that grew out of a need to protect the country from invaders, but now offers a route to mental wellbeing in the rapidly changing Communist nation.Practitioners of Thien Mon Dao have long taken pride in the incredible shows of strength that form part of their routines. The eye-popping feats include bending metal against their bodies, carrying heavy objects using their throats and lying under the path of motorbikes.Now many say they also take pleasure from how the sport — which includes elements of self-defense, kung fu and weapons training — has steered them on a new course.Thang, a furniture seller who first began practicing eight years ago, said he used to get into fights in high school and was also a gambler. “Once I stole money from my family but after that, I was brought to Thien Mon Dao by my family and I changed,” he told AFP. “There are so many benefits: I learned how to express my ideas, how to walk properly and behave.”Thien Mon Dao was first developed in the 10th century, according to master Nguyen Khac Phan, whose school trains in the complex of an ornate temple on the outskirts of Hanoi.In recent years it’s seen a surge in popularity, he says, with up to three new clubs set up in the capital each year. Vietnam currently has around 30,000 Thien Mon Dao practitioners across the country, with occasional public performances helping boost the sport’s appeal.”People come for different purposes but mostly they want to improve their health and mental health,” added Phan, who has been teaching the sport since the early 1990s.”Learning martial arts can help people see life in a better way, improve their strength… give up their mistakes to aim for better things,” he said.From tiny children who have barely started school to people in their eighties, Thien Mon Dao embraces anyone who wants to kick their way up through 18 different levels and seven belts.Sixteen-year-old Vu Thi Ngoc Diep, one of around 10 women training at the temple compound, said the sport had also given her a way to fight gender stereotypes.”Southeast Asian people think that girls should be gentle and not suitable for learning martial arts,” she said. “But I see it differently.” Topics :
Unai Emery’s Arsenal required an injury time goal to force a 2-2 draw against Southampton (Picture: Getty)Tottenham’s decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho could force the Arsenal board to sack Unai Emery, according to Tony Adams.The Spaniard was effectively given a vote of confidence during the international break after Arsenal lost 2-0 at Leicester earlier this month, and his team delivered another disjointed performance against struggling Southampton on Saturday.Alexandre Lacazette rescued a 2-2 draw in injury time against a side struggling at the bottom of the table, while Emery was subjected to a torrent of abuse and cries of ‘your’re getting sacked in the morning’ from his own fans.Meanwhile, across London, Spurs recorded their first away win in the league since last December in what was Mourinho’s first match in charge, and Adams believes Daniel Levy’s decision to act with such ruthlessness heaps the pressure on Arsenal’s board.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘What’s happened over the other side of north London has put huge pressure on this guy, they’ve made a significant change.”They’re going backwards..”Tony Adams paints a bleak picture for Arsenal fans as the pressure grows on Unai Emery.#BTSportScore pic.twitter.com/eCiMsHbKQh— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) November 23, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Nov 2019 5:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Arsenal could sack Unai Emery because of Jose Mourinho’s return, claims Tony Adams Advertisement ‘This is a really poor performance. Absoutely, the fans are not going to be happy with this‘I don’t want anybody to go because I do think there’s been a huge problem with recruitment at the club for lots of years.‘But he’s not getting the best out of this group of players. They are literally all over the place and they’re going backwards.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked whether Pochettino would be a suitable replacement for the beleagured Emery, Adams added: ‘I’m not sure he’s the right manager.‘I wouldn’t want him at this club I think the Tottenham connection and there might be other people out there.‘Someone who can do the defensive side of the game would be a start.’MORE: Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams stunned by awful David Luiz defendingMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka Comment Advertisement
A local buyer has splashed $4.45 million on 4 Duringan St, Currumbin.An award-winning curved beach house, perched on a hillside with views of the ocean and national park, scored a sweet seven-figure deal.The impressive Currumbin beach house sold last week for $4.45 million.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis copper home is truly unique01:33RELATED: Curved beach house with copper facade unlike any other on the CoastThe seven-bedroom property boarders Currumbin National Park.It was designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects.The three-storey property was designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects and featured a copper clad facade shaped like a wave.Natural materials including timber, stone, iron and stainless steel were used throughout the contemporary residence which was created to blend into its surrounding environment of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest.MORE NEWS: Fairytale ending to competitive auctionMORE NEWS: What the interest rate cut means for youThe sellers are the founders of bottled water manufacturing company Nu-Pure.They sold their trophy home to move closer to their kid’s schools.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche sold the seven-bedroom trophy home alongside Eoghan Murphy.Mr Kollosche said a local buyer secured the keys and loved the home’s unique architecture, private location and views.The owners, Krystle and Mark Holmes, were calling for expressions of interest when they first listed the property before attaching a $4.975 million price tag.They decided to sell to move closer to their children’s school.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Holmes is the founder and managing director of Nu-Pure, a bottled water manufacturing business which produces about 120 million bottles of spring water each year.The property was listed with a $4.975 million price tag.Its curved shaped resembles a wave.“My husband and I, we wanted to build something for our children,” Mrs Holmes told the Bulletin when the property hit the market in August.“I’m very hands on, so is my husband, so everything in our home is how we wanted it. 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Norway’s Eidesvik Offshore has secured multiple contracts for its liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled platform supply vessels Viking Prince and Viking Queen.PSV Viking Prince is awarded an 85-day contract with Deceiper Production for operation on the UK continental shelf with a start-up date in February 2018, Eidesvik said.Following this contract, the Viking Prince will continue to a contract for Norwegian Shell to support their drilling of two exploration wells, one on Tyttebær close to the Knarr field and the other on Coeus close to Ormen Lange field, both on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.the two contracts mean the vessel will remain employed through the third quarter of 2018.The second LNG-fueled PSV, the Viking Queen has been awarded a contract with Saipem for the support of their pipe-laying vessel Castorone, which will be engaged in laying pipes from the Johan Sverdrup Field in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea to Mongstad and Kårstø oil and gas terminals in Norway.The contract starting in March/April will have a term between 100 and 160 days, Eudesvik said.