QUOTE MOMENT: Days after

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“You have to fight through the worst days in order to get some of your best days”

 

 

 

 

SOURCES:
HEM Businesses, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses
musicukacts, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/musicukacts
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Calendar*” – Dafne Cholet, Flickr (20 January 2011) https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948

CHINA MINING ACCIDENTS: Two reported last week

Beijing, CHINA
VIJAY SHAH via Reuters and the Jerusalem Post

 

 

At least two mining accidents have been reported in China in the past week, causing the deaths of 38 miners in total, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported via Chinese state-owned media and the international Reuters news agency today.

As a rapidly industrialising country with a wealth of natural resources, the People’s Republic has seen hundreds of mines established to explore for coal, precious metals and other materials, but many mines are unlicensed and the country has a poor safety record generally, with fatal accidents a regular occurrence.

In the past five days, two fatal accidents have been reported. The first occurred in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, where an explosion at a privately owned coal mine killed 21 people, the national news agency Xinhua stated. The incident, which took place in the city of Qitaihe this past Tuesday, trapping 22 miners underground. There is believed to be one survivor and rescue work is still in process.

The second disaster occurred just today, when another coal mine exploded in the Inner Mongolia province on China’s northern border with Mongolia, killing 17. An undisclosed number of mine workers are also trapped, and rescue teams have reached the remote region to try and pull out survivors, according to Xinhua.

 

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Chris #MAGA, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Chris_1791
“Chinese mine disasters kill at least 38” – Reuters via Jerusalem Post – Breaking News/Jpost Inc. (3 December 2016) http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Chinese-mine-disasters-kill-at-least-38-474322
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Coal mine in Inner Mongolia 002.jpg” – Herry Lawford via Zolo, Wikimedia Commons (13 August 2005) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coal_mine_in_Inner_Mongolia_002.jpg

BATUCO ROBBERY: Yoga instructor kills two burglars in self-defence

Batuco, CHILE
VIJAY SHAH via Associated Press and Daily Mail

A Kundalini yoga instructor in Chile allegedly shot dead two burglars in her home after four men attacked the property to rob it, the Daily Mail newspaper reported via AP this Friday.

Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa, a convert to Sikhism from Texas, USA who has been living in Chile since 1979, was in her bedroom at the property in Batuco, 20 miles north of the Chilean capital Santiago, when four men broke into her home the previous Thursday. The 61-year-old, who is a martial arts expert and studied sociology in her native country, was taken by surprise by the burglars, who struck her in the head with a firearm, the Daily Mail reported.

 

 

She was then tied up, but managed to free herself, and in an act of self defence, picked up a registered Taurus model revolver she owned, and gunned down two of the robbers. The gunshots caused the two others to flee the house. One news site, Emol.com said one of the robbers was shot five times. Dallas News reported that a second man collapsed and died in Khalsa’s front garden.

Local police have said that Khalsa will not be charged over the incident at her home, as she is considered to have acted in ‘legitimate self-defence’ under Chilean law. Prosecutor Osvaldo Soto said she will be allowed to remain free, but will be allocated a security escort in case of revenge attacks by associates of the four men who tried to rob her.

“This is not a grandma as you can imagine,” Jose Nuñez, who manages the condominium where she lives told local press.

“So don’t be imagining a little grandma who killed two crooks with her cane.”

The men who were killed have not been identified. Khalsa has refused to speak further about the incident.

SOURCES:
“American yoga instructor, 61, shoots dead two of four burglars after they broke into her home in Chile” – Associated Press via Mail Online News/Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group/Associated Newspapers Ltd (25 November 2016) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3972488/US-yoga-instructor-kills-2-burglars-self-defense-Chile.html
Sherrie Bachell.
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Sunset yoga” – graham, Flickr (10 July 2007) https://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamking/826142536

 

 

CARLSBERG: Drink lots of beer, get lots of money

Singapore, SINGAPORE
Vijay Shah via Mel Ramsay and The LADbible

If you are a massive been fan, know your Tyskie from your Tennant’s and just happen to be in Singapore, a world-famous Danish brewery will pay you for the privilege of drinking the amber nectar for four hours.

According to a report by online men’s magazine The LADbible, Carlsberg, famous for its “If Carlsberg did..” advertising campaign, is now recruiting for what is probably the best job in the world, if you are not teetotal or watching the pounds. As part of an advertising promotion, Carlsberg’s Singapore branch is offering one lucky person the chance to earn SGD $200,000 (£11,241), which will include drinking as much Carlsberg beer as you want (or can handle) while working as a ‘Carlsberg Ambassador’.

 

 

An advert by the brewery states that in addition to drinking copious amounts of alcohol, the job candidate should also entertain their friends for drinks (Carlsberg beer only) and need only put in four hours a day, plus be 18 years of age or over. Other perks of the position include a chauffeur, as clearly you won’t be in much fit state to be behind the wheel, no experience required whatsoever and a chance to quaff as much Carlsberg beer as you want, a good thing if that is your favourite tipple.

General manager of Carlsberg Singapore, Jimmy Toh, told Today Online: “Whatever Carlsberg does, we strive to do better. While the exhilarating job of a beer taster remains the same this year, the successful applicant will earn S$20,000, which is double the salary offered last year – simply to enjoy ‘Probably the best beer in the world’.

“We are looking for the best candidate that exemplifies this spirit, and demonstrates passion for the Carlsberg brand to bag this unique job opportunity.”

Candidates for interview will need to submit creative and witty answers to three questions posed by the beer company, and must tender their applications in by the 4th December 2016.

SOURCES:
The LAD Bible, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/
“Carlsberg Is Advertising Probably The Best Job In The World” – Mel Ramsay, TheLADbible/TheLADbible Group (25 November 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/more/awesome-carlsberg-is-advertising-probably-the-best-job-in-the-world-20161125
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Carlsberg Journey – Making Of” – locosoho, Vimeo/Vimeo, Inc. https://vimeo.com/55270799

GENE THERAPY: Researcher discovers safer way to keep cancer out of studied genes

Pullman, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH via Medlab

Grant Trobridge, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University engaged in research, has discovered a method of reducing harmful cancer cells which occasionally surface while conducting gene therapy, genetics events site Medlab reported this week.

Trobridge and his team have found a way to change how a virus carries a beneficial gene to its target cell. Under natural conditions, viruses attached themselves to the surface of a cell, and use the cell to replicate themselves, often rupturing and killing the cell in the process. Trobridge’s modified ‘viral vectors’ as these altered viruses are known, also have the side effect of reducing the number of cancerous cells, and the research team at Washington State believe that the vectors may be useful for treating blood diseases. The team plan to adapt the viral vector technology to help fight SCID-X1, a potentially life-threatening disease that occurs in babies, and is also known as “Boy in the Bubble Syndrome.”

 

 

Gene therapy, a relatively recent branch of science, has useful applications for biomedicines, and may eventually be capable of tackling genetic diseases by replacing defective genes with repaired ones prepared in a laboratory.

Trobridge and colleagues adapted their vectors from a type of virus, foamy retrovirus, named for its habit of creating foam under certain conditions. Retroviruses are popular choices for viral gene therapy as they rarely infect humans and do not activate genes for dangerous diseases such as cancer. Gene scientists also find retroviruses easier to work with as they like to insert their own genes into the host cell’s genome when they breach a cell’s membrane, making it easier for the researcher to study the virus’ effects on the genetic structure.

The Washington State University team altered the vector to make it safer by changing how it behaves with a targetted stem cell, a type of junior cell that can develop into anything from reproductive cells to muscle cells. The altered virus can then insert itself into safer parts of the genome, avoiding areas where genes for life-threatening conditions reside. The vector successfully avoided areas of the human genome which has an abundance of cancer-causing genes. The researchers hope that this new discovery will be ready for clinical trials within five years.

“Our goal is to develop a safe and effective therapy for SCID-X patients and their families,” said Trobridge. “We’ve started to translate this in collaboration with other scientists and medical doctors into the clinic.”

Trobridge and team have published their results in Scientific Reports, an online open-access journal produced by the Nature Publishing Group.

SOURCES:
Informa Accounts, The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/informa-accounts
Saudi Health, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Health_Saudi
“Researcher Develops Safer Gene Therapy” – MEDLAB/Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions (14 November 2016) http://www.medlabme.com/press-releases/industry-updates/researcher-develops-safer-gene-therapy/
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Symian virus.png” – Phoebus87, Wikimedia Commons (19 July 2007) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Symian_virus.png [This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licence.]

 

NEW ENGLAND MANAGER?: Gareth Southgate to interview for top national football job this Monday

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via PA Sports and ESPN FC

Current caretaker England football team manager and former international star Gareth Southgate has said he will undergo an interview for the manager’s job this Monday, ESPN FC reported via PA Sports yesterday.

Southgate has been the interim manager after previous incumbent Sam Allardyce was expelled from the role last September after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal concerning players, their agents and FIFA. According to the FA (Football Association, the governing body of English football) chief executive Martin Glenn, Southgate has said he wants to make the role permanent and the two will hold further talks on the matter at the start of next week, ESPN reports.

 

 

Before taking over from the disgraced Allardyce, Southgate was head of the England under-21s side. He quickly assumed managerial position after Allardyce was caught on camera telling an undercover reporter from the Daily Telegraph newspaper ‘controversial comments’ about overriding FIFA rules concerning player purchases.

So far, Southgate has shown some promise in the role. In addition to his many years of experience at the top end of English football, Southgate has now overseen two wins and two draws of the four matches under his guidance.

It is not known if anyone else is also been interviewed for the manager’s post. Glenn refused to be drawn into naming other candidates, citing confidentiality in the FA’s interviewing processes. He only went as far as saying that Southgate was one of their stronger choices.

He added: “Not just [because] the facts of the last four games have shown a lot of signs of encouragement but the fact he’s worked in the FA for the last couple of years.

”He’s run the Under-21s well, he understands how the international set-up works so we’re going to be having discussions with him in the coming weeks to really understand what his learnings are, what his ambition for the England team is and really, really understand that well and then we’ll take a considered view.”

Gareth Southgate was born in Watford, a commuter town north of London in 1970 and began his playing career at London side Crystal Palace as a central midfielder. His prowess on the pitch soon led him to captain the side and saw them win the 1993/1994 First Division cup. He later transferred to Aston Villa before eventually becoming manager of Middlesbrough in 2006, after joining them five years earlier. He also made appearances internationally starting with Euro 1996, the 1998 World Cup and then again at Euro 2000. In 2013 he began his first national position as head of the youth side for England.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Bitcoin Sportsbook, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SportsbookBTC
“Gareth Southgate’s interview for England job set for Monday – reports” – PA Sport via ESPN FC Global (18 November 2016) http://www.espnfc.com/england/story/2998606/gareth-southgates-interview-for-england-job-set-for-monday-reports
“Gareth Southgate” – Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Southgate
IMAGE CREDIT:
Pixabay via PEXELS https://www.pexels.com/photo/grass-sport-game-match-39562/

SULLEE J: Solo

Baltimore’s finest underground rapper Sullee J has just released his autobiographical album, entitled SOLO, that tells the story of his musical journey. The mixtape is guaranteed to be a treat for fans of the upcoming musician, it being packed full of phenomenal bars and wisdom for every listener, with a story behind every track.

To make the launch of SOLO, Sullee J has also released a special music video on YouTube, produced by BCHILL Music and directed by Michael ‘G-Nut’ Flores. It was filmed on the streets of Chicago and features contemporary footage of recent events since the shock election of Donald Trump as the American president this past 8th November, revealing the stark intimidation people face under a new order. Sullee J delivers hard-hitting poetic justice over a gentle Nineties beat, asking where do we all go?

 

 

Sullee J also used the album launch to reveal his latest thoughtful slogan “Let’s Keep America Awake” – a direct reinterpretation of the election slogan of the Trump campaign “Make America Great Again”.

The artist was recently picked up by indie record label Bogish Brand Ent. owned by King Ca$his, who was himself previously signed as an artist to Shady Records. His latest single with his group TRIPL3 Threat was just released last week on iTunes, Apple Music & other locations, featuring Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9. 

SOLO’s headliner track is available on YouTube and SoundCloud, and you can stream the full album at Sullee J’s Bandcamp page below.

 

 

BANDCAMP https://sulleej.bandcamp.com/album/solo-by-sullee-j

officialsulleej.com

 

SOURCE/IMAGE & VIDEO CREDITS:
Sullee J Management/Team Justice.

PHOTO MOMENT: Problematic Rubik’s cube

 

 

How I deal with my problems.

 

IMAGE CREDITS:
Purple Clover, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/purpleclvr/
Helen Mutton.

QUOTE MOMENT: Real things

Today’s quote, from my aunt, is about life and certain things we should always be mindful of in coping with it.

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“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”

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Thomas Cole - The Voyage of Life Old Age, 1842

Thomas Cole – The Voyage of Life Old Age, 1842

IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Thomas Cole – The Voyage of Life Old Age, 1842 (National Gallery of Art).jpg” – Thomas Cole via Crisco 1492 and National Gallery of Art (27 October 2014) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Cole_-_The_Voyage_of_Life_Old_Age,_1842_(National_Gallery_of_Art).jpg

SULLEE J: Trump & beyond

Baltimore rapper and street poet Sullee J has this week kindly submitted an article regarding the US presidential elections taking place on the 8th November, one of the most contentious the country has even seen. As there are so many things and controversies happening in America and across the world with the elections being right around the corner, Sullee J has penned this article as he considered it vital to open up people’s minds before they go out to the polls, and that it will influence them towards a positive decision.

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I initiate this with a few words to Trump –
A man who has changed his belief more than he’s changed his undergarments. What has happened? A man who is trapped in a self-made illusion in such a level of hate finds it to be a form of satisfaction. A man whose word reflects spasticity but actions remain flaccid. A man who’s focus is worse than Dick Cheney, no matter what brand his glasses. A man who’s addicted to a lifestyle inspired by ignorance wants to tame the masses? A man who, back in 1999, went from activist to Democrat to Republican and whatever next seems to look attractive! Distractions. Distractions.

War over seas, and you’re here playing Pokémon, what happened? “War against blacks” “all lives matter” “prays for humanity”, which is the caption? Syria faces bloodshed, Yemen is being massacred. World War 3 has already begun, poisonous waste in the vascular. Brilliant vernacular but actions real amateur. Sounds like the most wicked have taken over the vehicle and kill off any awake passenger. The ambassador of evil, faith vanisher. Quite interesting, as this next subject is tempting.

 

 

One Kardashian falsely robbed and the worlds in a frenzy. My skin isn’t bright enough for that action; they’d have me burned before they exempt me. I learned that reaching for your wallet could have you murdered, and that the law isn’t friendly. I learned that protect and serve was for a certain group, now I understand how nepotism affects me. I also hate that my religion is the reason they won’t accept me. Distractions, distractions, how dare they neglect me!

Biased traditions, force fed capitalism, torched heads for alliances, which allowed tyrants to be risen. Manipulate science to where they afflict the most pious chemical and spread disease for monopoly. Programmed virus in the vision and this is by default they flaw the nucleus, more signs of division. The origin of all new creation, motto: keep you as far from the cure, healthy lifestyle deviation. Aggravate the internal, solution alleviation. This is pollution with a constant reign, who’s mediating. I watched the debate recently, saw fools in the making. Money rules, if you haven’t picked up on the clues, and the news is just a tool to distract you from the truth. The view is all faking.

Magnitudes of abuse, racial feuds, and cruel hateful fumes. Can we really count on anyone in power right now to change this fuse? Who dare save us from this flagrant noose? Systematic slavery, what a game they choose. How can we win when the way they set up the rules have us aimed to lose. Confused. Avenues tainted with a heinous lube. Oh, and how many strange things to attain fame, that they would do. This is all entertainment now; everything from the election to Isis. False created groups to spread hate amongst nations. If you didn’t know, your tax money is supplying the mass murders overseas, you probably think you aren’t apart of the crisis. I still don’t understand the power of paper, money isn’t real, where the f*** do they get these artificial prices. How do you sell a star, something nobody owns, I swear greed makes you lifeless. Distractions, distractions. This is a call to all the righteous.

I hope you picked up on the last ring. This message is to alter your rhythms and get the lights flashing. Awaken all the sleep; life is too short to stay a sheep. We can’t allow them to keep separating us through lame tactics, quit obeying the freaks. They got money in their pockets, but surely the character they display is weak. I will starve before I eat off the plates they offer. Some of the realest speakers are the fakest authors. You may have the same watch as me but our time is different. I’m on a mission to lift my generation and my grind’s consistent. I rebut not with a roguish mind full of puckish thoughts. It’s as if Trump was designed for an atrocious crime, what a sucker’s plot. We can stand up now and prevent this. Otherwise future demise is endless. You think they really care if we die? That’s senseless. Just one more question before I end this. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a politicians intention?

DISCLAIMER: Views are of the author only. The Half-Eaten Mind is impartial.

 

SOURCE/IMAGE CREDIT:
Sullee J Management.