As we count down to Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS, country music star Maren Morris is using her voice to push for change in the music industry. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter is nominated for female artist of the year. "I think that it's a really interesting time to be in music right now, when all of the post #MeToo conversations happened. It makes you recognize in yourself things that you've allowed that aren't acceptable," Morris told CBS News. "Everything from a program director of a radio station hanging on you and being drunk and inappropriate, to feeling like you have to laugh at someone's joke that isn't funny. … I've learned that I don't have to do those things." Her latest album, "Girl," debuted at No. 1 on country Billboard charts and broke streaming records for a female country artist. "I remember when we wrote the song 'Flavor' for my record, there was a line in the bridge that says, 'I won't play the victim. I don't fit that mold. But shut up … [Read more...] about Maren Morris raises her voice for women in country music
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When people are under stress, they sometimes say things to let off steam. Such a remark then reveals anger, frustration or maybe just calculated provocation: “I've been wondering what the special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.” That was of course EU Council President Donald Tusk, speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Irish Prime Minister. Tusk's blunt language revealed the hostility London may face if it fails to find a compromise with European neighbors whom it will be counting on to maintain good relations in the future. Reactions in Britain and in the EU were what you would expect from two sides digging deeper and deeper into the trenches. While Theresa May's spokesman a diplomatically suggested Tusk's remarks were “not helpful”, others took off the gloves. The hard-line Brexiteer Nigel Farage, for instance, never shy to land a catchy punch if nothing else works, … [Read more...] about State of the Union: raising hell over Brexit, generation climate and unusual encounters
AMAZON can now track how you look after your baby using a creepy new tool released for its Alexa smart assistant. Echo speakers will soon be able to keep a log of your baby's sleep, feeding times and even nappy changes. They'll do this through a new Alexa application programming interface (API) – a piece of software that allows app developers to tap into your Echo speaker's tech. This means the boffins behind childcare apps and gadgets can now create Alexa "skills" that make full use of the digital assistant, including voice control and data tracking. Alexa skills are apps that you can download to your Echo speaker to give Alexa more abilities and let her speak to more devices. Available only in the US for now, initial skills include the ability to track weight, sleep, nappy changes and feeding, with more to be added down the line. Through the new Skills, you could use your Echo speaker to control childcare gadgets using your voice, Amazon said. "With the Baby Activity … [Read more...] about Amazon invents Alexa for BABIES – and wants it to track how many times you change your child’s nappies
WHAT was your last act of rebellion? If it was bailing on that 7am spin class or not keeping off the grass, then you might want to step it up a notch. A growing body of experts believes that being a little less Gwynnie and a little more Gaga can make a huge difference to your life. “We all have the potential to be rebels, but it’s not always easy to break rules,” says behavioural scientist Professor Francesca Gino, author of new book Rebel Talent: Why It Pays To Break The Rules At Work And In Life. “Rebelling means leaving behind what’s comfortable, familiar and known. It’s normal to feel pressure to fit in, but that’s the wrong approach. We succeed best when we are authentic and play to our strengths.” So up your rebellious streak to reap rewards. The rebel at work Rebelling during your nine-to-five job can be tough when there are targets to meet and dress codes to follow. But there are ways to rebel without ending up in the boss’ … [Read more...] about How unleashing your inner rebel can re-energise your career, boost your love life and improve family relationships
PUBLISHED: 12:03 26 January 2019 Steve Russell Ray Sidaway in 2010, during the Save Kiln Meadow campaign Picture: PHIL MORLEY Archant The Westbourne High School teacher also gave hundreds of youngsters a love of cricket Helping people learn about and safeguard the natural world can involve getting a bit mucky... But it's fun. This was one of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust midweek work parties installing a dipping platform. Ray Sidaway is on the right Picture: Stuart HollandRay Sidaway will be widely remembered for his dedication and enthusiasm for nature conservation in Ipswich and around Suffolk. Key roles included being spokesman for the successful Save Kiln Meadow campaign and chairman of Ipswich Wildlife Group. In a 25-year teaching career and in his 20 years as a cricket coach he helped shape the formative years of thousands of young people.Ray was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, on May 15, 1947. His early years were blighted by health problems; … [Read more...] about Tributes: Was Ray Sidaway one of your teachers in Ipswich?