Altered Carbon‘s Season 2 Revamp Is Exactly What It Needed

Peak TV brought with it an embarrassment of riches—some good, some bad, some incomprehensible. But it’s also delivered something unexpected: a growing cadre of television adaptations capable of improving upon their source material. The Magicians, once a fantasy trilogy that pillaged franchises like Harry Potter to middling effect, is now the queer, emotionally devastating heir to Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s throne. James S. A. Corey’s Expanse books, while impressive in scope and detail, pale in comparison to their nuanced TV counterpart, which benefits from a living, breathing cast. Of course, in conversations about these things, there’s always that dragon-shaped elephant in the room, but generally speaking, the spike in adaptations of genre literature has given showrunners the opportunity to take …

Are Millennials Killing Beauty Treatments? | Betches

thFor much of history, beauty treatments—be it a facial, massage, or even facelift—were something to be savored. The best things in life take time, they would say, and these sorts of indulgences shouldn’t be rushed. But as younger generations have become more and more savvy about skincare and aesthetics, so too have they realized the importance and value of their time. While taking care of one’s skin is now seen as a necessity rather than an indulgence, consumers are increasingly wary of wasting their time, and they’re no longer willing to spend entire days at the spa or plan their weeks around a dermatologist visit as a result. Companies like Drybar and Anastasia Brow Bar were of course among the …

Could the US Contain a Coronavirus Outbreak?

For weeks, the world has watched as China has taken increasingly extreme measures to try to slow the spread of a deadly new coronavirus that emerged there in December. As diagnoses of the disease, named Covid-19, exploded in late January, Chinese officials took the unprecedented step of locking down the regions of Hubei province at the center of the epidemic. Since then, tens of millions of people have been living under government-imposed quarantine, forced to stay in their homes or rounded up into makeshift field hospitals. Disease-response experts in the US have puzzled over these escalating efforts—a public health playbook ripped from the era before drugs and vaccines (and air travel). There’s no evidence, they’ve said, that such large-scale quarantines …

UK ‘would be insane’ to let in chlorinated chicken

“We must not tie the hands of British farmers to the highest rung of the standards ladder while waving through food imports which may not even reach the bottom rung.” She said: “To sign up to a trade deal which results in opening our ports, shelves and fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane.” Ms Batters called for rules in the Agriculture Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, to ensure that food that would be illegal to produce here will not be imported. In countries such as the US, chicken is sometimes washed in chlorine or other chemicals to remove harmful bacteria. …

How the coronavirus is impacting sport

(CNN)As countries across the world scramble to get to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, sporting events across the board have been compromised. There are also fears Tokyo 2020 may be impacted but organizers insist preparations are going ahead as planned. Here is a list of the major sporting events so far hit by the coronavirus. READ: Tokyo 2020 preparations going ahead ‘as planned’ despite coronavirus threat Football The start of the Chinese Super League has been postponed. China’s women’s national football team was held in quarantine after Olympic qualifying matches were moved from China to Australia. South Korea’s professional soccer league has postponed the start of its new season. Four Serie A matches postponed in March due to a spike …

Chinese government disputes Xinjiang detention records leaked to CNN

Hong Kong (CNN)The Chinese government has challenged the authenticity of leaked detention center records from the Western region of Xinjiang, in its most comprehensive statement yet on the high-profile release. “They have been working and living in normal conditions and have not participated in vocational skills training,” he said. CNN submitted a detailed list of questions about the leaked records to the Chinese government prior to publication but has not yet received a response. The document was leaked to CNN, along with a number of international media organizations, and published on February 17. It was verified by a team of researchers, led by Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The experts …

Americans Should Prepare For A Significant Disruption Of Their Lives From COVID-19 Transmission, CDC Says

It is only a matter of time until COVID-19 – the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, formerly known as 2019-nCoV – begins to spread within US communities, top US health officials said Tuesday. With more than 80,000 people infected around the world, the situation in the US is “rapidly evolving and expanding”. At this time, the virus is not currently spreading in American communities, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports at least 14 confirmed cases, prompting warnings that transmission between people is likely to continue.  “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe …

Lori Vallow relative knows ‘whereabouts’ of missing Idaho kids but is unwilling to ‘cooperate’: reports

Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, are being sought by police in Rexberg, Idaho. Investigators are saying their mother, Lori Daybell, knows what happened to them but refuses to cooperate. (Rexberg Police Department) Vallow, 46, was arrested last week in Kaua’i, Hawaii after she failed to comply with a court order in Madison County, Idaho that she physically produce the children no later than Jan. 30. Joshua and Tylee have been missing for five months. She was charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. She also faces charges of resisting or obstructing police officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. Boudreaux went on to connect his ex-wife to a cult, similar to …

A playwright wants only critics of color to review her. Here’s what our own critics think

The Indigenous artist Yolanda Bonnell says criticism should come from a place of knowledge. We asked Guardian critics for their views When Yolanda Bonnells play Bug opened in Toronto last week, she had an unusual request for the media: that only people of color review it. Bonnell, an Indigenous artist from north-western Ontario, creates ceremonial art. Her new play explores the effects of intergenerational trauma on Indigenous women and aims to focus on storytelling. Bonnell says she has received a number of racist reviews in the past including one that suggested her work was more suited to reservations. She received an apology for that article, but after discovering that other artists of color had experienced similar treatment, Bonnell decided to …

‘My business was flooded twice in two days’

Image copyright Chris Harrison Image caption The Dale End Cafe was flooded twice in less than two days It’s a familiar story to business owner Mark Davies. He runs Darwin’s Townhouse bed and breakfast in Shrewsbury – on the banks of the River Severn. “I was away for a business meeting when the river started rising, and I got back to complete devastation,” he says. Mark says that the damage has taken two rooms out of action in the basement of the “main house”, an 18th Century property. “All our dry goods like coffee and tea, cleaning equipment, and even my maintenance tools are all underwater.” Eight rooms that sit at the back of the property were completely cut off …

Exhibition unites ‘greatest’ Anglo-Saxon digs

Image copyright Norfolk Museum’s Service Image caption The exhibition also features a Shield Fish Mount from Spong Hill, in Norfolk The exhibition – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund – will see 62 original Anglo-Saxon objects on display, on loan from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the British Museum and Norwich Museum and Art Gallery. Items will include gold and garnet shoulder clasps, gold and garnet sword pyramids, three gold Anglo-Saxon coins and a gold sword belt buckle. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The remains of the Sutton Hoo warrior’s helmet are at the British Museum in London

180 jobs to be lost with automotive plant closure

The company revealed in November that first half-year profits in its European operations were down – along with future forecasts. In a joint statement, the Labour MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Gerald Jones and assembly member Dawn Bowden said: “We are very disappointed to hear this announcement from Kasai, although the news does not come as a total surprise given the position at Honda in Swindon. “This is the latest in a number of job losses in our constituency, which shows the vital importance of stepping up support and intervention for those businesses which can help to sustain local jobs.” In a statement, the Welsh Government said it had worked with the company since the Honda closure was announced, …

Tourists stranded at airport by Saharan sandstorm

Image copyright Graeme Wharton Image caption Hundreds of passengers were stuck at Gran Canaria airport on Sunday Amanda Leashman, whose parents and sons are stranded at the airport, said they were ringing her back in the UK to access information, as they were not being told what was happening. The family, from Wakefield, who were returning from a cruise to mark her father’s 70th birthday, were forced to sleep at the airport on Monday night. Mrs Leashman said: “Dad is diabetic and is running out of medication. “There were no blankets or pillows and they didn’t have their cases or anything as they’d gone through security. “They got a food vouchers, but most of the outlets had run out.” She …

30 Pics Showcase How Unique This Two-Faced Cat Called Quimera Is

Internet users seem to celebrate animals with unique features, especially cats. From the late Grumpy Cat to Lil Bub, it seems like our culture is fascinated with the faces that stand out in the crowd. But what happens if it’s two faces that are equally unique? Well, Venus the Two-Faced Cat shows that people are just as mesmerized by the gemini-like cats. Turns out, Venus’ condition isn’t that rare (or maybe it’s just easier to spot these unique creatures with the help of the internet. A couple of years back we were all in awe when looking at the photos of Quimera. And it seems like she’s thriving! With nearly 100k followers on Instagram, this two-faces kitty draws the attention …