BTS Hits Billboard 100 with a Dynamite #1

After landing with Billboard #4 with the last single “On,” in March, K-Pop boy band BTS debuted with an all-English single, “Dynamite” at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100.

BTS is the first K-Pop group to lead the Hot 100. Released on August 21, 2020, showed a result of 33.9 million US stream, 300,000 sold, and drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions the week ending August 30.

BTS’ “Dynamite” made the best digital sales since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” 5 years ago, and marks BigHit entertainment’s first #1 on the Billboard chart. Consultations to BTS!

Of course, much of BTS’ success comes from BTS’ use of technology (mainly YouTube and V Live) to gain followers, interact with them, and establish themselves as serious brands. Many analysts tout that the globalization of Broadband access has made not only information flow throughout the world, but also allow easier means for fans to gain access to their favorite bands’ music and show clips.

 

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Frenchwoman posts nude video for her business, gets arrested by Indian police

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27-year old Frenchwoman, identified only as Marie-Helene was arrested on August 27 by the local Indian police in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, after her Indian social media followers recognized the background of her nude video as the holy bridge.

The Ganges is a sacred river to Hinduism, and it is known that at the location of where the holy bridge is, is where Hindu deity Lakshmana crossed the river on jute ropes.

According to the Indian police, the woman filmed the material to promote her jewelry business. In the video, she originally begins by wearing a shawl, but drops it midway through filming, appearing nude.

She is currently on bail but has been charged with obscenity in a public place and with publishing obscene content online.

Marie-Helene stated that she’d chosen to become nude on the holy bridge because each time she crossed the bridge, she felt she was being harassed, and that she felt other Indian women and her “fellow female travelers” surely have experienced the same.

She apologized for her insensitivity to the local culture.

Public nudity is an issue in France as well, with the interior minister defending the right to sunbathe topless, while the localities might impose different rules, to include fines in association with topless or nude sunbathing.

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Large Companies Enforce Gag Orders for Positive Coronavirus cases

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Cheesecake Factory, Amazon.com, Cargill, McDonald’s, Target have given instructions to their employees not to talk about Coronavirus positive cases at work places.

As the countries start to reopen, with many businesses closing or being sluggish, big corporations noted to be important were able to make up some of the financial losses, but in doing so, they’ve also forced their employees to hide the true nature of the positive coronavirus cases occurring at these locations.

According to Bloomberg, Workers at Amazon.com, Cargill, McDonald’s, and Target say they were told to keep coronavirus cases quiet. The same sort of gagging has been alleged in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) complaint against Smithfield Foods, Urban Outfitters, and General Electric.

At Recreational Equipment Inc., an employee texted colleagues to say he’d tested positive and that “I was told not to tell anybody” and “to not post or say anything on social media.”

These are just on the surfaces, but there is no doubt that many companies are keeping their employees quiet even where positive coronavirus cases are appearing. It is quite saddening that even in times of crises, what is most important are profit margins for these large corporations.

As of August 27, coronavirus positive cases are 5.8 million+ and deaths are 180,635 in US. With nearly 1,000 people dying every day, these behaviors aren’t helping the problem, only worsening it.

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17-year-old boy kills 2 people and injures 1 before arrest

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Tuesday night about at about 11:45pm, Kyle Rittenhouse (17), a high school student shot his long gun at protesters, killing 2 people and injuring 1 on the intersection of 63rd street and Sheridan Rd in Kenosha, Illinois.

It was the third night of protest for justice for the police shooting of 29 year old Jacob Blake, as hundreds of people gathered at the scene. Then an armed young man began to shoot.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Facebook shows him with a long gun. He apparently had been in a program for kids who were considering a career in law enforcement.

One of the victim identified was a 26-year-old Anthony Huber.

Kenosha County authorities issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, on Wednesday morning, charging him with first-degree intentional homicide.

Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday morning in Antioch, and he was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

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MANASSAS HELPING RESIDENTS GET BACK TO WORK

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City Takes Innovative Approach to Using CARES Act Funds

Manassas, VA –August 19, 2020 –The City of Manassas is dedicating $400,000 to expanding its long-standing partnerships with SkillSource and Northern Virginia Community College. The funds will directly help residents who have been furloughed or are unemployed as a result of the pandemic. “We will be using CARES Act funds to help people get the skills and support services they need to land the jobs they want,” said City Manager Pat Pate. “Manassas has a resilient and diversified economy. Almost all of our businesses will weather this storm, but too many of our residents are out of work and we need to address that.”

Using SkillSource as the lead agency, the City is working with NOVA and its own Department of Social Services to provide jobseeker and employer services focused on the needs of individuals. The $400,000 will go towards occupational training, subsidized work experiences, job fairs and worker training. The money will also fund much needed supportive services like transportation, child care, and providing work-related equipment. The Jobseeker Services programs run

by SkillSource and the training provided by NOVA already receive federal or state funding that reduces these costs. The City is allocating additional funding of up to $5,000 per participant that, in most cases, eliminates the cost altogether. “By removing cost as a barrier and adding supportive services, the City can best help residents get jobs,” said Economic Development Director Patrick Small. “By helping people get jobs we help businesses meet their workforce needs.

Like most local governments, Manassas initially used CARES Act funds to make small business grants. The City awarded 140 small businesses $2,500 each to help offset the loss of revenues caused by having to close or curtail operations to meet social distancing guidelines; mostly personal service providers and restaurants. The grant programs were anticipated to have a much broader appeal, and City leaders were surprised by the low number of applicants who actually qualified to receive grants despite a significant advertising campaign. “Many of the businesses that didn’t qualify or didn’t apply simply didn’t have the revenue losses we expected,” said Small. “That doesn’t mean all of our businesses haven’t been hurt in one way or another.”

The City has also dedicated CARES Act funds to George Mason’s Small Business Development Centers to provide counseling and support services as a way to further help businesses. “Manassas relies heavily on partners in education and workforce development to meet the needs of residents and employers,” said Economic Development Assistant Director Nicole Smith.

For more information, visit choosemanassas.org/business-resources-covid19/. About the City of Manassas Department of Economic Development

The City of Manassas fosters economic development through collaborative partnerships, sustainable fiscal management and supportive City services. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is directly responsible for business attraction, retention, expansion and tourism initiatives in the City. As a resourceful and collaborative organization, we work in partnership with our key stakeholders to ensure that we have what businesses need; including a highly educated and technical workforce with access to major universities and first-class training providers. We take an active leadership role in all that we do, serving as a community builder, collaborator and agent of economic growth. For help with your business needs please visit: https://choosemanassas.org/ or call 703.257.8882.

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Democrats Announce Highlights for Night Two of the 2020 Democratic National Convention: “Uniting America”

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Tuesday Night’s Theme is “Leadership Matters”

MILWAUKEE—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today previewed the official program for night two of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, happening Tuesday, August 18 from 9:00-11:00 PM Eastern.

The theme of Tuesday’s program is “Leadership Matters.” A moment like now demands real leadership. A leader who has the experience and character to meet the moment. A leader who will unite us, tell us the truth, take responsibility, listen to experts and be an example for the nation. Strong people and strong countries rise up during crises, don’t shy away from what is tough, and lead with competence. With Joe Biden as our president, we will restore honesty and integrity to our government, and stake out a renewed leadership role in the world. And we will create more justice, more fairness and more equality for all.

Tonight’s focus is on the leaders and the experts, the veterans, the activists, and all those who seek to unite and not divide, and who step up—and don’t back down—from a fight over what’s right.

Highlights from tonight’s program are listed below:

LEADERSHIP MATTERS

Call to Order

The Honorable Tom Barrett

Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Credentials Committee Report

James Roosevelt Jr.

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

Lorraine Miller

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

Rules Committee Report

The Honorable Barney Frank

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

Maria Cardona

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

Platform Committee Report

Julie Chavez Rodriguez

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

Dennis McDonough

Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee

THE LEADERS WE ARE

Keynote Address: “We Step Up to Lead”

Young and diverse elected leaders will offer different ideas and different perspectives during the keynote address, but everyone will speak to the future we’re building together—and why we need Joe Biden’s leadership right now.

Full list of participants here.

Introduction

Tracee Ellis Ross

American actress

We Respect the Constitution

Remarks

Sally Yates

Former Acting Attorney General of the United States

Remarks

The Honorable Charles Schumer

Minority Leader of the United States Senate

We Lead from the Oval Office

Remarks

Caroline Kennedy

Former U.S. Ambassador, daughter of President John F. Kennedy

Jack Schlossberg

Grandson of President John F. Kennedy

Remarks

The Honorable Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States

Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady of the United States

Remarks

The Honorable Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States

THE LEADER WE NEED

Introduction

Tom Perez

Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Nominating Speeches for The Honorable Bernie Sanders

Bob King

Former President of the United Auto Workers

The Honorable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York

Nominating Speeches for The Honorable Joe Biden

The Honorable Chris Coons

United States Senator, Delaware

The Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Delaware

Roll Call Across America

THE LEADERS WE ARE

We Take On the Toughest Challenges

The Biden Plan: Healthcare

We share Joe Biden’s plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, protect those with preexisting conditions, and expand access to every American – because for Joe Biden and his family, this is personal.

A More Perfect Union: A Conversation on Healthcare

Joe Biden listens to, and engages with, everyday Americans on what the Affordable Care Act means to them, to their health, and to their loved ones – and they all stress why we can’t stop working to expand access and bring costs down, especially during this pandemic.

Remarks

Ady Barkan

Progressive activist

THE LEADER JOE BIDEN IS

Remarks

The Honorable John Kerry

Former United States Secretary of State

Former United States Senator, Massachusetts

2004 Democratic Nominee for President

A True Commander-In-Chief

The Biden Plan: National Security

National Security leaders who have served Democratic and Republican Presidents make the case for Joe Biden’s steady, experienced leadership.

Family, Faith, and Country First

“Teacher”

The story of Dr. Biden’s life, her career, and her relationship with Joe Biden, family, and staff.

Remarks

Dr. Jill Biden

Former Second Lady of the United States

Performance

John Legend

American singer-songwrite

 

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Beating Summer 2020 with this recipe: Focaccia bread

Unexpectedly in 2020, we have met in the midst of horrid pandemic, the COVID-19, It impacts our ordinary lives and has ruined our social, economic, entertainments, and all enjoyments. We emptied the toilet tissue and paper towel shelves at the groceries, and we had to line up in front of the big stores to purchase such simple items. People in North America have had to stay at home mandatorily since the second week of March.

This period of time, we experienced the pros and cons of staying home.

I, the writer, stopped writing novels, and rather, started cooking and other things that I was interested in but had no time to do that in my regular time.

So today, I introduce this focaccia recipe for you all to try at home, while beating the stress of being limited to a certain lifestyle this year. I hope you enjoy it with your lovely ones.

Focaccia bread

Ingredients:

  1. All purpose flour 3cups
  2. Sea salt 1 tbs
  3. Brown sugar 1/2 cup
  4. Yeast 1ts
  5. Olive oil

Process:

  1. Mix All purpose flour, salt, sugar, yeast mix with warm water (40 c) and make dough.
  2. Proof the dough for 20 minutes with covering lid or saran lap.
  3. Fold the dough left to right and down to up like stretching dough. Every time you fold the dough mix some olive oil in the dough to give moisture and make it glutenous.
  4. Proof the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for four times.
  6. Shape (poking dough with fingers) and proof for 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven at Fahrenheit 500 or Celsius 260 degrees.
  8. Lower the temperature to Fahrenheit 460 or Celsius 238 and put the dough into the oven.
  9. Bake it for 12-14 minutes, then flip the bread pan Fahrenheit 360, Celsius 180 degrees to bake the other side for 12-14 minutes equally.
  10. Remove from the oven, put garlic salt and herbs sprinkles on the top of bread and cool the bread.

Enjoy with avocado and fried egg on the top of the bread and a cup of coffee or a cup of almond milk for breakfast to start a brand new day!

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Former Presidential Rival is Biden’s Running Mate

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Senator Kamala Harris of California is Joe Biden’s running mate for the 2020 presidential election.

A prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation, Ms. Harris was once a former rival who sharply criticized Biden. She is the first black woman and person of Indian descent to be nominated by a major party for national office.

Many believe that if Joe Biden wins the 2020 election, she will likely become de facto party leader in about 4-8 years. Her views tend to mirror that of Joe Biden, and as a reliable ally of the Democratic Party, her presence is expected to appeal to black voters and women.

Her personal story excites many: as a daughter of two immigrant academics, she was raised in Oakland and Berkeley California and attended Howard University for a career in criminal justice. She is only the second black woman ever elected to the Senate.

Of course, she isn’t without flaws; as district attorney of San Francisco and as attorney general of California, she has been the center of high profile cases such as her decision to defend California’s death penalty regardless of her stated opposition to capital punishment.

Ms. Harris and VP Pence will be holding their first debate in October 2020, in Salt Lake City. Whether she becomes the key that brings in the much needed minority and women voters, only time will tell.

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Shooting Near White House Disrupts Trump Press Briefing

During a press briefing, Pres. Trump was evacuated from the room by security on Monday, as the Secret Service confirmed an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

After a few minutes, the President returned, and the Secret Service officers confirmed that a male subject was detained and on his way to the hospital, with no entry into the White House.

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A Cup of Poem~~ Cicada/Henry Seo

百年林樹一旬生

晝夜不休求道聲

只有黃衣長嘯去

莫非羽化上天行

(庚韻:生,聲,行)

매미

백년을 사는 나무에

고작 열흘 살면서

밤낮으로 쉬지않고

소리 높여 길를찾네.

노란 허물 덩그런데

휘파람도 잦아드니

아마도 신선이 되어

하늘길에 올랐구나

백년림수일순생

주야불휴구도성

지유황의장소거

막비우화상천행

立秋

24번째 중 13번째 절기

매미를 그리워 하면서…

(서형삼 시인)

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