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Kenzo’s Spring 2018 Show Featured 100 Percent Asian Models (and Gravity-Defying Stunts)

Models backstage at Kenzo's Spring 2018 presentation; Image: Imaxtree

Models backstage at Kenzo’s Spring 2018 presentation; Image: Imaxtree

Since joining Kenzo in 2011, creative duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have repeatedly proven that the runway can also be a stage — both for spectacle and awareness. For Spring 2018, the designers kept up the tradition. Leon and Lim divided their combined menswear and womenswear show into a play (“The Red String of Fate”) with two acts, one heck of an intermission — and an all-Asian cast.

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Act one, titled “Building the Bamboo Houses,” paid homage to Ryuichi Sakamoto, a contemporary musician who helped score films like The Last Emperor. Male models walked the runway in dapper suits and 50s-style baseball trousers. Some wore prints created by Sakamoto himself.

Act two, “Love Letter to Sayoko,” was, as its name implies, dedicated to Japanese supermodel Sayoko Yamaguchi, muse to founder Kenzo Takada. (Yamaguchi passed away in 2007.) The vibe was decidedly sporty. Female models walked the runway in frilly bike shorts, soccer jerseys overlaid with sheer ruffled dresses, retro sunglasses and vertical-striped knee-high socks.

During the intermission, Egyptian-Iranian singer Lafawndah serenaded the crowd as a group of aerial dancers flitted up and down the walls of the school building bordering the courtyard-turned-runway. (Their dance was meant to portray an imagined meeting of Yamaguchi and Sakamoto.) “We found this beautiful building and we loved how enclosed it was and we felt like it would be a shame not to use the vertical-ness of the space,” Leon told Dazed.

Of his and Lim’s “very directional” casting choice, the longtime diversity champ said, “We felt like it would be really beautiful and poetic to cast a full Asian cast and celebrate the heritage of the brand.” Among the Japanese, Chinese and Korean beauties who walked were Mae LapresManami Kinoshita and Fernanda Ly.

Take in the full, diversity-celebrating runway show in the slideshow below.

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COMMENTARY: Luckless Patrick Facing Career Crossroads

Danica Patrick just can’t win for losing.
The Stewart Haas Racing driver started her weekend at Sonoma Raceway is encouraging fashion; qualifying sixth for Sunday’s running of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. But as soon as the green flag waved, Patrick’s luck turned sour.
Just 14 laps into the event, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spun in Turn 11 and slid his Axalta-sponsored Chevrolet across the track, into the path of Patrick’s oncoming Ford.
“Wrong place, wrong time,” explained Earnhardt afterward. “Danica was trying to protect her position, and I went even lower than we normally go. It’s real slick down there, and I just locked up the rear tires. I’ll take some of the responsibility, for sure.”
Patrick sang a similar tune, saying Earnhardt, “kind of lost it.

“I went to the outside, and there were cars all slowing down … and he spun across,” she said. “There was a lot of dive-bombing today… but there’s a limit to the amount of grip and the amount of braking power that these cars have.”
The impact damaged both machines, and crew chief Billy Scott called Patrick to pit road for repairs and fresh tires. The Code 3 Associates driver quickly worked her way forward from the back of the pack, however. climbing as high as 21st before a scheduled, green-flag pit stop on Lap 22 for tires and fuel.
Not long after the start of the race’s second stage, Patrick once again found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time, Kyle Larson attempted a three-wide, banzai move that ended with a second round of contact with Earnhardt. Patrick went spinning into the path of boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who was left with nowhere to go.

“Tell Ricky I’m sorry,” said a sheepish Patrick, after Stenhouse suffered sufficient damage to end his day.
“They were three-wide in front of us trying to go through Turn 4, which never works,” said an angry Stenhouse after a mandatory trip to the track’s Infield Care Center. “They were all dive-bombing each other and then (Danica) got spinning and I tried to go low. She just kept coming down the track. We just clipped it a little bit and tore the left front up too bad to continue.”
Patrick was able to continue, once again pitting for tires and repairs. She began the race’s final stage in 18th place, and ran as high as fourth as the field cycled through a series of green-flag pit stops. She dropped to 28th after a final pit stop on lap 80, before racing her battered Ford back through the pack to finish 17th at the drop of the checkered flag.
“It definitely wasn’t the day the Code 3 Associates team was expecting,” said Patrick of her pinball-esque afternoon. “But we were able to battle back to a decent finish. The car was just awful in the final laps of the last two runs, but we made the most of it at the end.
“It’s just a lot of people dive-bombing” she added. “It’s part of what makes road-course racing exciting in a stock car, because you don’t climb wheels. You just bump fenders. It just wasn’t the day we expected to have.
Someday, (our luck) it will go the other way.”
In the aftermath of Sunday’s outing, Patrick now stands 28thin the championship standings. Her only shot at a 2017 playoff berth is to win a race in the next few weeks; an unlikely prospect considering that she is winless in 233 career stock car starts, and has recorded just one Top-10 finish – a 10th at Dover earlier this month – in her last 78 races.
When Patrick first came to NASCAR in 2010, fans and media stood 30-deep around her car and radio and TV clamored to interview her before and after every race. Sponsorship flowed like water, and Patrick ranked as one of the sport’s most recognizable drivers.
Since then, however, the hype has cooled. A half-decade or more of mid-pack finishes has made Patrick less relevant to the media and less attractive to sponsors these days, and the rumor mill is rife with speculation that she will not return to Stewart Haas Racing next season.
Patrick has openly admitted “not having fun” on the race track this season, adding that if her performances don’t improve, she may look for something else to do on Sunday afternoons.
“Every year I come into it with hope,” said Patrick earlier this season. “Now, that hope has kind of been crushed. We’ve been through enough races (that) it’s not going to be like a light switch. It’s time for some honesty. It’s time for some figuring out what the hell we’re doing because this is not helping anybody.”
“It doesn’t really help anybody if I’m out there running 25th. I’m not sure that does a lot for me.”
Patrick certainly isn’t in it for the money. She has been well compensated throughout her IndyCar and NASCAR careers, and recently published a health and fitness book, “Pretty Intense.” She launched her “Warrior by Danica Patrick” line of fitness apparel earlier this year to rave reviews, and admitted that if her on-track fortunes do not improve, there could be a team change – or even a career change – in her near future.
“It could mean either, to be honest,” she said. “If I could do better with a different team, then I would do it. I love racing. But I don’t love being miserable every weekend like I am now.
“The people around me probably aren’t that happy, either. None of us want to go out there and not run well. It’s a matter of being realistic about what’s going to be possible, what makes sense and where I’m going to be the most successful.”
With just 10 races remaining in the 2017 regular season – 10 more chances to regain her on-track relevance – Danica Patrick stands at a career crossroads. If her performance continues to flounder, 2017 will almost certainly mark her final season with a top-tier NASCAR team.
A little luck would certainly help change that outlook.

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A Woman Learns That A Cockroach Has Been Nesting Deep Within Her Nose

A Woman Learns That A Cockroach Has Been Nesting Deep Within Her Nose

During the nighttime hours, one woman from Asia experienced something moving around in her nose. Naturally, the woman became concerned for her physical and mental health. Was she losing her mind? Were these sounds in her head? Unfortunately, the answer to these two questions is a big “NO”. Instead the woman suspected a bug, because she claimed to have felt something crawl up into her nose right as she was falling asleep–we’re guessing she did not get back to sleep that night. After a few minutes of worrying, the woman became convinced that she had a bug crawl up into her nose–not a pleasant thought.

The woman described the sensation in her nose as a tingling crawling feeling. She said that whenever the bug moved, her eyes would water and she would experience intense burning. The woman also reported to doctors that she was suffering from severe headaches, and difficulty breathing. Unbelievably, the woman was forced to visit a multitude of clinics before her health issue was properly diagnosed, and the diagnoses must have read “giant cockroach invaded woman’s nose”. The competent doctors told the woman that the roach was burrowing into the roof of her nose, and that was why she was experiencing stinging eye pain.

The roach was found to be dangerously close to the woman’s skull-base, which is the dividing point between the nose and the brain. As shocking as this woman’s medical issue is, the fact remains that cockroaches almost never invade human orifices. Dr. Richard Nelson, an emergency medicine physician at The Ohio State University, agrees with the doctors that treated the woman, but he also said that he has encountered many patients in the emergency room who had roaches lodged in their ears. However, Dr. Nelson did admit that the nose is not often a target for insects. Luckily, the woman made a full recovery, and we can assume she is now sleeping with a facemask every night.

Have you ever had a bug lodged in one of your orifices?



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Video: Miles Daisher Sets New World Record with 63 BASE Jumps in a Day

Last week, on June 21, the summer solstice occurred here in North America. That’s marks the longest day of the year, and to celebrate BASE jumper Miles Daisher set a new world record, making 63 unassisted jumps in a 24 hour period. The biggest challenge in his quest? Climbing out of a narrow river valley 62 times, racking up some serious vertical over the course of the day. Check it out below.

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National Inquirer may have hired a Playboy Playmate to prevent her from going public with a negative story about Trump

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The head of the National Enquirer hired a woman claiming to be Donald Trump’s mistress to prevent her from going public with her story, another media mogul claims.

In a New Yorker expose on Trump’s relationship with the tabloid, Gus Wenner, whose father is the current publisher of Rolling Stone, said that American Media CEO David Pecker admitted to him that he killed negative stories about Trump. 

“He told me very bluntly that he had killed all sorts of stories for Trump,” Wenner told The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin. “He hired a girl to be a columnist when she threatened to go public with a story about Donald.”

Last year, The Wall Street Journal first reported that Pecker had paid $150,000 to Karen McDougal after she claimed that she and Trump had a longstanding affair during the first years of his marriage to Melania. McDougal was the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1998 and had also modeled for Men’s Fitness.

The National Enquirer told the Journal in a statement at the time that it had not hired McDougal to kill the story, but rather for two years of her fitness and magazine columns.

Pecker, who is good friends with Trump, once again told The New Yorker that he wanted McDougal in his magazine because her new beauty product line had become famous — on the condition that she not write anything bad about Trump.

“Once she’s part of the company, then on the outside she can’t be bashing Trump and American Media,” Pecker told the New Yorker.

When Toobin told Pecker that Trump was not synonymous with American Media, Pecker replied that it was to him because “the guy’s a personal friend of mine.”

McDougal declined to comment when contacted by the New Yorker, saying  “I don’t really like to talk about things other than my interests and passions—and that’s health, wellness, etc, etc!!”

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This covert technology listens for gunshots 24/7 and calls the police on its own


Terrell Ortiz was sitting in the passenger seat of his white Nissan Altima parked in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, when a man suspected of being a rival gang member walked up to Ortiz’s window, shot him multiple times, and fled.

At the same moment, three rooftop microphones picked up the sounds of the shots and sent them to a computer at the New York Police Dept. and to a person in California. Together, they confirmed the noises, figured out their location, and dispatched police within minutes.

Ortiz, 26, was rushed to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead. The shooter was never found.

11 feet away

The technology responsible for alerting the NYPD to Ortiz’s shooting is known as ShotSpotter, whose 16-year-old parent company went public on June 7. In more than 90 cities across the US, including New York, microphones placed strategically around high-crime areas pick up the sounds of gunfire and alert police to the shooting’s location via dots on a city map.

The technology builds on existing surveillance tools, many of which are aging, grainy-video cameras that don’t record sound and produce footage officers review only after a crime has been committed. ShotSpotter also sends alerts to apps on cops’ phones.

“We’ve gone to the dot and found the casings 11 feet from where the dot was, according to the GPS coordinates,” Capt. David Salazar of the Milwaukee Police Dept. told Business Insider. “So it’s incredibly helpful. We’ve saved a lot of people’s lives.”

When three microphones pick up a gunshot, ShotSpotter figures out where the sound comes from. Human analysts in the Newark, California, headquarters confirm the noise came from a gun (not a firecracker or some other source). The police can then locate the gunshot on a map and investigate the scene. The whole process happens “much faster” than dialing 911, Salazar said, though he wouldn’t disclose the exact time.


Playing ‘Moneyball’ with crime

In theory, this allows departments to do a couple things. On the one hand, it lets them respond more quickly to isolated incidents. But it also lets them deploy more resources in areas with “serial shooters,” or small clusters of criminals who make up the bulk of a given area’s crime, according to ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark.

But as Ortiz’s death and his assailant’s getaway highlight, the company still struggles to sell its value in concrete terms. It’s up to individual departments to collect and analyze their own data, and not all agencies take as much initiative as the MPD.

Some data indicate the technology still needs fine-tuning. Last year, Forbes discovered through a data analysis of more than two-dozen cities using the program, in 30% to 70% of cases, police found no evidence of a gunshot when they arrived.

Still, Clark says the program’s greatest value comes in its ability to deter people from committing gun violence in the future. In a recent blog post, he compared ShotSpotter to the story of “Moneyball,” in which pro baseball teams systematically overvalue certain traits in their players. In Clark’s analogy, homicides are home runs (overrated) and crime deterrence is on-base percentage (underrated).

“Our view is that when police show up quickly and precisely to every single gunfire event it sends a powerful signal to those otherwise tormented residents,” Clark wrote. “Each time the police show up to a gunfire incident, whether or not they make an arrest, they increase their [on-base percentage].”

Bullets handed in to the Seattle Police Department during the gun buyback event in Seattle, Washington January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Nick Adams

Saving lives is worth millions

Clark says this approach has been effective enough for departments to renew their contracts with the company.

“They’re getting value out of it,” Clark told Business Insider. “It’s aiding their investigations. It’s enabling them to better serve communities by better showing up.”

Salazar has been using ShotSpotter in Milwaukee since 2010. Previously, his department discovered just 16% of gunshot cases led to 911 calls. He knew he needed a better way to determine where shots were coming from.

“You can’t do something about something you don’t know about,” he said. “We found out we didn’t know about a lot.”

Salazar says ShotSpotter has helped Milwaukee police save lives, but the real benefit is helping the department deploy officers when and where they’re needed most. That, he says, is what made the millions in taxpayer dollars worth spending.

“Everybody wants to run up the hill and punch the guy in the nose who’s shooting a gun off,” Salazar said. “But to go there at nine in the morning, when nothing’s going on, and go talk to the people in the neighborhood who have lived there for the last 15 years … that’s where you can really make a difference. That’s where you can do some targeting.”

‘Big Brother’

Salazar says some may view the high costs as a waste of funds for what, to them, amounts to a toy with mere dots on a screen. But to get real value out of it, he said agencies must be willing to use the data, not just collect it. The technology alone can’t know how many lives it saves.

Clark of ShotSpotter says that’s not how it’s designed anyway.

“You’ll never, ever hear me say ShotSpotter is solely responsible for reductions in gun violence,” Clark said. “We can’t make that claim. There are a lot of things that go into a successful gun-violence-abatement strategy.”

Residents of the New York neighborhood where Terrell Ortiz was shot expressed mixed feelings that a technology like ShotSpotter would be an effective crime-fighting tool. While Jose Rodriguez, a 46-year-old deli manager, shrugged off the sensors, calling them “a good thing,” 60-year-old Felix Pizarro, who called himself the “mayor” of his block, said that neighbors who know one another and are friendly produce a safer environment than microphones on a roof.

“I don’t like Big Brother being in all my business,” Pizarro said.

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