New South Park Features A Hilarious Hillbilly Send-Up Of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” [Watch]

first_imgWhile there may be a lot of things wrong with the world we live in today, the new season of South Park just started last night, so thats at least one recent event that we can mark in the “win” column. Known for their bitingly clever satire and absurdist sense of humor, the show has frequently riffed on popular music and artists, from gay fish Kanye West, to the “mysterious” true identity of Lorde, to crunchy “Hippie Jam Fest 2005” headliners Phish.Last night, the show kicked off its 21st (?!) season, and while the kids are still somehow in elementary school decades later, their humor hasn’t lost step with the art of topical humor. In the episode, the main “joke” is that, in order to increase jobs, tasks for which we’ve gotten used to relying on electronics are replaced by actual human laborers. Perpeturally-spoiled and bratty character Eric Cartman learns of this “advancement” when his precious voice-activated “Alexa” device disappears and his mom informs him that she has replaced it with a “Jim Bob.”Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform Fiery Medley Of “HUMBLE.” & “DNA.” At The Video Music Awards“Jim Bob,” it turns out, is a fat redneck wielding a bunch of cell phones and other devices to “replicate” the functions of “Alexa.” As part of demonstrating the abilities of the “Jim Bob,” responds to a command to “Play Kendrick Lamar” with a hilarious twangy southern country reinterpretation of his recent smash hit, “HUMBLE.”You can watch the hillbilly “HUMBLE.” below, via Hulu:For comparison, in case you have been living under a rock since April, here’s the original version of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” for comparison:New episodes of South Park air Wednesday nights on Comedy Central.Kendrick Lamar completed a full-blown national arena tour this summer behind his critically and commercially successful LP, DAMN., and recently won 6 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, where he performed a medley of two DAMN. tracks complete with flaming ninjas and more pyrotechnic brilliance. The rapper has no tour dates or projects currently announced, but with his recent success, it’s hard to imagine that being the case for too long.[h/t – Pitchfork]last_img read more

Senate amends constitution and announces class council leaders

first_imgStudent senate passed 10 resolutions and two senatorial orders Wednesday night, making numerous changes to the constitution of the undergraduate student body and ordering the suspension of the rising junior and senior class council elections. Since the elections for both councils each had only one ticket, a senatorial order was proposed and passed for each class council to suspend the elections and declare the unopposed ticket the winner. For the rising senior class, the only ticket included Sara Dugan for president, Janet Stengle for vice president, Paul Stevenson for treasurer and Matthew Peters for secretary.The sole ticket for the class of 2019 listed Michael Conlon for president, Daniel Hopkinson for vice president, Eddie Griesedieck for treasurer and Jane Driano for secretary. (Editor’s Note: Eddie Griesedieck is a photographer for The Observer).All 10 of the resolutions were passed with strong support and included amending the responsibilities of the parliamentarian, off campus council and the departments of gender relations, University policy, student life, athletics, diversity and inclusion, faith and service, and health and wellness. A resolution indicating which members are required to attend the weekly executive cabinet meeting was also passed.Brian Fremeau, director of facilities for the Campus Crossroads project, gave a presentation to explain the plans for the addition of three new buildings surrounding the football stadium: Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall. He also discussed other enhancements to the stadium.Construction on Campus Crossroads, which began November 2014, is expected to conclude in August 2017. Fremeau’s presentation included images of the partially built rooms compared with artist’s representations of the finished interiors.Fremeau said the Duncan Student Center will not be open during the fall 2017 semester, as the various groups slated to occupy the space will be moving in. “We do expect in spring 2018, at the start of the semester, the doors will fly open and it will be open to everyone,” he said.Fremeau also said that while he cannot currently say which dining options will be available in the new student center, he expects this information to be publicly released soon.Notre Dame Day program director Pablo Martinez also delivered a presentation, discussing Notre Dame Day and the opportunities for club fundraising that it offers, as well as the opportunity to show alumni, parents and friends what students are doing.“It’s one way for us to really engage alumni, parents and friends when they’re not here on campus,” Martinez said. “A lot of people come back sometime during the fall for a football game or a tailgate or a reunion, but other than that people don’t know what’s going on — people don’t know the great work that students are doing. This is our way of showing them.”Julia Dunbar, director of health and wellness, announced that “Love Your Body Week” — hosted by the Gender Relation Center — will kick off Sunday with a talk on eating disorders. On Monday, a “Berry Brunch Break” will be provided in the LaFortune Student Center. The week will conclude with a yoga session, hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being.To conclude the meeting, student body vice president Becca Blais announced the Notre Dame Box Office is now selling $5 tickets for Show Some Skin, an event in which students anonymously submit stories to be performed by other students as monologues. The event, according to its website, “gives voice to unspoken stories about identity and difference.”Tags: Senate, Student Gov, Student governmentlast_img read more

Asia battles second wave of coronavirus with fresh lockdowns

first_imgCountries around Asia are confronting a second wave of coronavirus infections and are clamping down again to try to contain the disease, with Australia recording a record daily rise in cases and Vietnam locking down the city of Danang.In China, infections not involving people returning from overseas hit the highest number since early March, with a total of 57 domestic transmissions reported out of 61 new cases.In the northeast, Liaoning province reported a fifth straight day of new infections and Jilin province reported two new cases, its first since late May. Hong Kong is expected to announce further restrictions on Monday including a ban on restaurant dining and mandated face masks outdoors, local media reported.The measures, which are expected to take effect from Wednesday, would be the first time the city has completely banned dining in restaurants. Since late January, more than 2,600 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 19 of whom have died.Australian authorities warned a six-week lockdown in parts of southeastern Victoria state may last longer after the country registered its highest daily increase in infections.Most of Australia is effectively virus-free but flare-ups in the two most populous southeastern states have authorities scrambling to prevent a wider national outbreak. Victoria reported a daily record of 532 new cases on Monday and six more deaths, taking the state toll to 77, almost half the total national death toll.In Japan, the government said it would urge businesses to increase telecommuting and enhance other social distancing measures amid a rise in coronavirus cases among workers.Japan has avoided mass infections but a record surge in cases during the past week in Tokyo and other urban centers has experts worried the country faces a second wave.Tokyo last week reported a daily record of 366 cases, with 239 on Sunday. The southern city of Fukuoka reported a record 90 cases on Sunday, along with rising numbers in Osaka.Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from the central city of Danang after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus at the weekend, the government said on Monday.The Southeast Asian country is back on high alert after the government on Saturday confirmed its first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in Danang.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to focus on COVID-19 and the economy in his annual State of the Nation Address later on Monday, amid a renewed coronavirus outbreak.Manila is weighing whether to re-impose stricter lockdown measures after easing them saw a dramatic surge in infections, with 62,326 cases reported since June 1.North Korean state media reported on the weekend that the border town of Kaesong was in lockdown after a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned this month with symptoms of COVID-19.If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting in response to what he called a “critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country”, the KCNA state news reported.South Korea has reported more than 14,000 cases and 298 deaths from the pandemic. Saturday’s 113 infections were the highest on a single day since March 31.Indonesia is expected to report its 100,000th case on Monday, having surpassed China with the highest number of cases and deaths in East Asia.More than 16.13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 644,836​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.Topics :last_img read more

Testing ramps up with over 10,000 test performed in 2 days

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 634 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 26,053 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 160,239 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 16.3% positive rate and 26 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,508 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 216 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 107 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 105 positive cases and 6 deaths.last_img

Regulated market expansion sees NetEnt deliver H1 solid growth & profits

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Publishing its H1 2017 interim trading results (period ending 31 June), Stockholm-listed industry content and games developer NetEnt has detailed a strong commercial momentum, recording growth across its core metrics.Updating investors, NetEnt governance stated that H1 had delivered ‘solid growth’ for its verticals, with the company hitting H1 revenues of SEK 805 million, up 15% on corresponding H1 2016’s SEK 697 million.Adding a further 21 new customers during the H1 period, NetEnt would declare a period profit of SEK 281 million (H1 2016: SEK 251 million) despite the firm recording a slight decline in operating margins to 35%.Closing a busy period, NetEnt governance would declare a group profit after tax of SEK 258 million (H1 2016: 235million), representing a 9.5% increase in performance.NetEnt governance detailed that the delivery of growth and profits was a testament to the firm’s ongoing strategy of expanding its services within regulated markets. The company would highlight the performance of its content within the UK and Italian markets.The company further highlights that it expects rapid growth in the markets of Spain, Denmark, Belgium and New Jersey to support its established markets in the coming months.Per Eriksson, President and CEO would comment on H1 2017 trading “The number of gaming transactions in our systems amounted to 10.1 billion during the quarter, corresponding to an increase of 14.4 percent compared to the second quarter of last year. At the same time, the royalty level for our products remained stable. Mobile gaming continued to contribute to our growth and accounted for more than half of our revenues in June. NetEnt continues to generate strong cash flows – in the second quarter free cash flow after investments amounted to 131 SEKm, an increase of 39.8 percent compared to Q2 2016. At the end of May, 540 SEKm of cash was distributed to shareholders through an automatic redemption program. The cash flow generation of our business gives us the financial flexibility to invest in future growth while we continue to aim for significant cash returns to our shareholders.”last_img read more

Cubs return to Chicago with NLCS lead over Los Angeles Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Aggressive bullpen management has become the mortgage bundles of the postseason. It can make you rich – or leave you destitute.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Kenta Maeda, with two outs in the fourth inning Thursday night despite the fact that Maeda had allowed just one run and the opposing pitcher was coming up. The march of matchup relievers began – and blew up in the Dodgers’ faces when setup man Joe Blanton gave up a two-run home run to Addison Russell in the sixth inning.Russell’s second home run in as many days was only the start as the Chicago Cubs handed the Dodgers an 8-4 defeat in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.After going 21 innings without a run, the Cubs have scored 18 times in the past 15 innings. “He was around 75 pitches and I felt that he was starting to lose that fastball command and I thought the breaking ball wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said even though Maeda had struck out Russell and got David Ross on a soft fly out to bring Lester to the plate.Lester had “put a good swing” on a fly ball in the second inning and Roberts had no intention of letting him face the top of the order, Dexter Fowler again. So he pulled Maeda and brought in Josh Fields to face Lester and starting the tag-team relay of six relievers.“I was a little surprised,” Maeda said through his interpreter, the diplomacy in his answer not lost in translation.The baton was successfully passed to Blanton in the sixth inning with the score tied, 1-1. He gave up a leadoff single to Baez who stole second while Heyward was striking out.That brought up Russell who was 1 for 25 in the postseason and hadn’t hit a home run since Sept. 19 before he went deep against Julio Urias in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. Russell had two more hits in Game 4 but struck out in both at-bats against Maeda on Thursday.He took a slider from Blanton for a called strike then clubbed the next one as it hung over the plate. During the regular season, Blanton allowed just two home runs after June and none after the end of August. But he has given up two of the most costly blows of the NLCS – Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 1 and Russell’s lead-grabbing homer in Game 5.“Going back to the last series, my slider hasn’t been ‘normal’ even though I was getting the results,” Blanton said, adding that he has been trying to find “fixes” during the limited down time between postseason games.“You go through cold spells over the course of the season. I’m just having one at a really, really bad time.”The Dodgers tried to give Lester – whose defensive yips are his biggest weakness – a bad time with bunts and aggressive leads when they did manage to get on base. That wasn’t often though. They had just five hits in seven innings against the left-hander – that again! – and scratched out just one run.Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the fourth. With Adrian Gonzalez batting, Kendrick broke for third and stole the base – only after replay corrected the original call.Nursing a 1-0 lead at that point, Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to play the infield in. The strategy could have worked when Gonzalez bounced weakly to Rizzo. But the Cubs first baseman bobbled the ball, allowing Kendrick to score without a throw.“The last few times we’ve faced him we’ve gone out with a gameplan of trying to make him uncomfortable with bunts and being aggressive with our leads and he pitched two incredible games,” Gonzalez said. “So maybe we should go out there trying to slug.”By the time the Dodgers scored again in the eighth inning, the Cubs had regained the lead on Russell’s home run and padded it with a blunder-aided five-run slog of an eighth against reliever Pedro Baez.Baez was guilty of making his own mess. He dropped Gonzalez’s feed on a play at first base and failed to cover first when Gonzalez made a nice stop on a Fowler grounder with runners at second and third.An overturned call at second base extended the inning long enough for Javier Baez to drive in three runs with a double, sending the Cubs back to Chicago with a 3-2 lead in the series.“Obviously our backs are against the wall. But we kind of feel like we’ve been ther all year,” Blanton said. “When Kersh went down, everyone wrote us off. When we went to Washington for Game 5, when we lost Game 1 (to the Cubs), everyone wrote us off again and they’re probably writing us off now. That’s fine.”center_img “We can grab that momentum back with one name – Kershaw,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “Obviously we don’t want to put it all on him. Obviously we have to score some runs for him.”They will have to do it at Wrigley Field where the Cubs had the best home record in baseball during the regular season (57-24) and now need to win just once more in order to advance to their first World Series since 1945. The Cubs will have to beat either a rested Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 on Saturday or Rich Hill in a potential Game 7 on Sunday to do it.“I thought (the past) two nights we got beat. We got beat,” Roberts said. “So we’ll get a day away from this to re-set and we’ve got Clayton going in Game 6. So that’s a game we expect to win.”Maeda’s early postseason results did not make him a candidate for a long leash in Game 5. Three of the Cubs’ first four batters reached base against him on Thursday but only one scored on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double.He ducked and dodged away from any more damage but Roberts had clearly seen enough when Maeda gave up a double to Javier Baez leading off the fourth and followed that up by hitting Jason Heyward with a pitch.last_img read more