Snow pics: France’s most famed sites like you’ve never seen them before


Snow pics: France's most famed sites like you've never seen them before
The stunning Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. All pictures AFP
Have you ever seen the Iron Lady dressed in white or the Chateau de Chambord and Versailles Palace under a blanket of snow?

The famous tourist sites in and around Paris are photogenic enough but under a rare covering of snow they look even more spectacular.

We’ve dug out some photos of some familiar attractions that have been given a white makeover in recent days.

First lets start with the Iron Lady

The Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

The Palais Royale

 

The Arc de Triomphe

Notre Dame Cathedral

Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur

And just to remind you what it normally looks like…

The Bridges of the River Seine

Versailles Palace

The Chateau de Chambord, The Loire Valley

From the Local: France

 

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Greed: Sacramento


 

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If your a renter in Sacramento, you more than a bit worried these days.  The rumors are true.  Rents  are on the rise in a big way.  Not in small increments but several hundred dollars a month.   Gia lived in her Pocket area apartment with her daughter for 15 years, re-signing her lease was a simple formality until last October. Her landlord would only agree to a month to month lease.   Her rent increased $150.00 a month and by December it was raised from $1220 a month to $1445.    She is currently in the process of moving to Woodland, her new landlord agreed to a one year lease.

There are many Gia’s in Sacramento, many are worried.   In many cities, with rent control or rent stabilization, landlords are only permitted to raise the rent significantly if there are major capital improvements, otherwise they are limited to a percentage.

Sacramento, isn’t Santa Monica, San Francisco or New York.  There are no laws preventing rent gouging, allowing landlords to increase rents to the moon and beyond.

Gia isn’t out of her old apartment, 15 years is quite a challenge.   She loved her old apartment, it was a 10 minute drive to her job in Elk Grove.   On this day she is bitter and angry. As she cleared her dining room, her landlord moved in new counter tops, new linoleum and a new dishwasher,something she asked for five years ago, she says its more than a slap in the face .

Its clear, there are people who can afford sixteen hundred dollars for a one bedroom apartment.  New apartments are opening in midtown every month with new tenants paying upward of $2300 a month.  Between 2016 and 2017 Sacramento had the highest year over year rent increases than any city in the nation.

These rent increases have displaced many Sacramentians and is contributing to the cities homeless population.  Throughtout the city, owners are increasing rent by 40% and higher, adding no more than a can of paint. Simply because they can. Welcome to the new gold rush. Greed: Sacramento.

 

CityFella

 

 

 

Why Being a Morning Person Makes You Better Than Everyone Else


Hate sleeping in? You’re in luck: research says being an early riser is much better for your health.

 

By: Jenn Sinrich/Mens Health

Do you wake up in the morning at 6:30 a.m. on the dot, excited to start your day? Do you feel like you get your best work done right when you get to the office? When your friends bitch and moan about not being able to sleep in, do you not understand what they’re talking about? You are a rare breed, my friend. You are a morning person.

Lucky for you, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that your early rising habit is beneficial to your quality of life. Here are some science-backed reasons why it’s better to be a morning person (and if you’re a night owl, here are a few reasons why you should start setting your alarm clock for an hour earlier.)

 

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YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO EAT A WELL-BALANCED BREAKFAST.
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There’s a reason why people say breakfast is the most important meal: not only does it get your metabolism going, which is beneficial for overall weight loss, but it also gives your body and brain vital nutrients to help you perform throughout the day.

Eating a hearty breakfast with protein can help build dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control your brain’s pleasure centers and balances out the stress hormone cortisol,” explains Brandon Mentore, strength and conditioning coach, functional medicine practitioner and sports nutritionist. That’s not the case for night owls, who are more likely to grab a donut on-the-go — or worse, skip breakfast entirely.

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YOU CAN GET AN EARLY MORNING WORKOUT IN.
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During these early morning hours, your body is in prime condition for movement. “Your body produces more testosterone in the morning and these elevated levels can help support muscle repair and growth,” says Robert S. Herbst, a weight loss and wellness coach and powerlifter.

Herbst says that moderate-intensity exercises like cardio are best for this time of day. “If one is going to lift heavy weights, it is better to save it for later in the day when the body’s core temperature is elevated and joints and tendons are warmed up,” he adds.

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YOU GET MORE NATURAL LIGHT, WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOUR OVERALL MOOD.
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Additionally, when you’re up early enough to see the sun rise, you’re exposed to far more sunlight throughout your entire day. “The importance of natural morning light has been backed by science,” says Mentore. “One study out of Northwestern Medicine showed that the timing, intensity, and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight: people who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.”

Plus, exposure to natural light has been linked to increased workplace performance and an overall better mood.

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YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP.
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If you’re getting a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, waking up early helps get your body in sync with your natural sleep patterns. “Our circadian rhythm naturally encourages our body to calm down at dusk, sleep when it’s dark and awake when the sun comes up,” says Chris Brantner, the founder of the sleep research site SleepZoo. “So if you’re getting out of bed early on a regular basis and getting to bed early as well, your body is likely more in tune with its natural evolutionary processes.”

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YOU’RE LESS LIKELY TO PROCRASTINATE.
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If you’re a night owl, you might postpone important tasks for later in the evening. But morning people know that they have to turn in at a certain hour, so they’re awake and energized for the day ahead of them. This often leads them to be better prioritizers, according to a 2008 study assessing the work habits of night owls vs. early risers.

“There seems to be a correlation with waking up early and getting things done,” says Brantner. “Perhaps this is also because you’re more likely to have gotten longer sleep and be energized and ready to go!”

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YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE A HAPPIER PERSON.
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If you like to sleep in, you probably attribute your good mood to getting a few extra minutes of shut-eye. But researchers at RWTH Aachen University in Germany found that night owls are actually at an increased risk for depression (all of that late-night Googling isn’t good for anyone’s mental health).

Brantner says that lack of sleep and disrupted sleep cycles have also been linked to depression. “Sleep deprivation can lead to depression which can lead to more sleep deprivation which can lead to more depression… it’s a vicious cycle.”

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YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR CAREER.
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Setting your alarm clock for an hour or two earlier might also help you climb up the career ladder. One study conducted by a professor at the University of Education in Heidelbergfound that employees who perform better in the mornings are better positioned for success in their career.

Don Vaughn, a neuroscientist and data consultant at Santa Clara UCLA, agrees, adding that the morning is the best time of day for our brains to focus before daily distractions take over. “Although we can do deep work in the evening, the morning holds an advantage that many of us are squandering,” he says.

Real Housewives of Atlanta S10 Ep13 Drama by Wig


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The Jury is still out on whether or not Nene Leakes or Kim Zolciak’s return is paying dividends. I was once a big fan of both women, Nene’s bullying and Kim’s self centered  grew old and they both seem to suffer from a superiority complex.

So far this season, both Zolciak and Leakes have made a few sparks in Atlanta but it’s Zolciak’s return that has been the most disappointing thus far. There is history between the two.   If we were to believe the early interviews during the first season, the two were close friends.  Perhaps this is why the fights between the two seem personal.

Kim attacks on Kenya (her marital status) and the asinine remark about Kandi making moves on her, makes her seems desperate for camera time.

Last night, she brought the drama without being on camera.

The episode began in Barcelona.  In the van, Marlo, once again anoints herself as the director of etiquette and her first pupil was going to be Kandi.  Marlo is THAT cousin who is extra and knows everything.   Kandi wasn’t up for the lesson.

At one point its time to talk about the ladies who didn’t go Kim and Kenya. Nene goes after Kim and her inability  be away from her husband Kroy. Nene says,  Kim “is the only person [she knows] that has had cancer, thyroids, blood clots, a stroke, and is still walking around here being negative.”

Cynthia made the arrangements in the “fabulous villa”.  Problem was, that they couldn’t check in until  the evening.  Which lead to some spontaneous  sightseeing.  They saw a famous church but Cynthia didn’t check the operating hours, so they couldn’t go inside.

With the Villa on hold the ladies lunch.  Eva, apologizes to Cynthia about the Will mess. Cynthia thinks Eva’s heart is in the right place, but she also says that she believes Will over the women trying to tell her that he’s an opportunist.

While Cynthia is okay with Eva, she is not with Porsha’s heard something from someone else.  Cynthia’s history with Porsha’s heard (she heard her ex Peter was dating employees)  and Cynitha reminder Porsha, how she”heard” that Kandi and Todd was drugging her to have sex.

This was the first non hotel vacation for the ladies from Atlanta.    These ladies are used to room service, nice bathrooms and luxury.    The villa looks as if it was furnished by Ikea, to makes matters worse it has eight bedrooms and six bathrooms for seven women.

Room Fight

Its time, for the ladies to choose their rooms.  While Nene and Cynthia were leisurely about their rooms, the newbies (Marlo, Shame and Eva) quickly find rooms with Kandi ending up with the best room, with the best view and the largest bathroom.

With all the good rooms gone, Nene is clearly annoyed and corners Cynthia    Nene feels the rooms should be chosen by maturity, putting the seasoned ladies on the upper floors and so on  and wants a group meeting.  Cynthia knowing how this is going to go down, tells Nene to go for it.

And it went down as planned, Nene spoke and lobbied, Kandi said “I’m not changing” and wore Nene down.  Kandi said, Nene is the one who gets offended when people mention her age, so why is she using age now?

Shamea’s tosses a lil shade Eva’s way.  Asking Eva, if her boyfriend was okay with her dating women.  ‘Come again?’ Eva asked, ‘I just thought on the block that you dated Missy Elliott or somebody?’ Shamea said.

‘No,’ Eva insisted .Shamea insisting: ‘I mean, you’re a beautiful girl ,it’s not hard to believe.”Am I a lesbian? The answer is no,’ Eva insisted later during a confessional.

‘Did I date Missy Elliott? The answer is no. Have I ever had a girl-on-girl experience? The answer is yes, but still, why are we being messy?’

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After changing into pajamas, Shamea, Porsha, and Sheree calls Kim to bring her up to date.   Sheree is on it, as she barely lets the phone stop ringing before she tells Kim what Nene has said!    Saying it was dumb that she wouldn’t come on the trip without Kroy. Porsha starts to say something, then changers her mind, saying she’ll save it for another time, and Sheree says “No, that’s what we need to do.”

Porsha tells Kim that she didn’t know that Kim was  a cancer survivor, cause she  was going to say that’s wonderful and a blessing because cancer runs in my family.” Kim shoots back that she’s not a cancer survivor and wants to know why Nene was running her mouth!    Sheree tells her that Nene basically said she was faking her heath issues. Kim is beyond pissed and says , Nene is fucking  scum and I won’t even acknowledge it.”

“Kim  acknowledges it”

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The ladies sit down to the dinner table, where Marlo has placed a tiara in honor of Kenya and a wig in honor of Kim. Shamea brings up “the elders” situation from earlier, and Nene goes off big time ,fussin at everyone for continuing to talk about her age that she brought up.      Nene prays to Jesus to bring her down, before she loses it.

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 Suddenly everyone phones at table goes off!

Its a group text, from Kim!

Kim sends everyone a video made by Kim’s daughter Brielle of roaches in Nene’s bathroom.

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This is scaring the fuck out of the new girl Eva, who doesn’t know she’s signed up for!

Kim’s text continues: “For someone that has two beautiful kids and an amazing husband, she should be worried about karma. But this is coming from the same person who takes handicap spots from a handicap person.”  She had the receipts (a picture of Nene Rolls in a handicap parking space)

Sheree,  “A bone carrier is never off her job”

Nene is at 10 plus,  She wants to know how Kim knew what was talked about on the bus? I think Nene was SO PISSED her eyes shut down. !   How so nevah! with her eyes closed She said “Can’t none of y’all step in my house and say a mutha fucking thing!”  “All my shit is bran new with real tags and real labels!”  and Y’ALL bitches ain’t even got pools”

With her eyes still closed Nene doesn’t back down.  She believes Kim is a fake and faking all her illnesses and say’s Kim is a“She’s a trashy, no-good bitch, she’s always been trash, and she’s gon’ always be trash.

Was it super messy? Yes!

Was it calculated on Kim’s Part?  Yes

Your thoughts

 

CityFella

 

 

Students Plan Protests, Washington March, to Demand Gun Control After Mass Shooting


 

 

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PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rifle, joined others on social media to plan the events, including a Washington march.

“I felt like it was our time to take a stand,” said Lane Murdock, 15, of Connecticut. “We’re the ones in these schools, we’re the ones who are having shooters come into our classrooms and our spaces.”

Murdock, who lives 20 miles (32 km) from Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 children and six adults were shot to death five years ago, drew more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition on Sunday calling on students to walk out of their high schools on April 20.

 

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FOOD FIGHT! Why thousands of people join a massive food fight in this Italian town each year


Why thousands of people join a massive food fight in this Italian town each year
Ivrea’s Battle of the Oranges is one of Italy’s most famous and messiest carnivals. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Italy is home to many spectacular spring carnivals, from masks and extravagant costumes in Venice to political satire in Viareggio. But one of the most unusual festivals takes place in a small town in northwestern Italy, where thousands gather each February to wage war… with oranges.

 

The three-day food fight in Ivrea, Piedmont has taken place each year since 1808, making 2018 the carnival’s 210th edition.

Huge crowds descend on the city for the Battle of the Oranges, a messy fight believed to commemorate a revolt against the monarchy. The festivities kicked off on Sunday and continue until Tuesday, February 13th, the day before Ash Wednesday and the Christian festival of Lent.

According to legend, a 12th century rebellion began after a baron visited a peasant girl on the eve of her wedding, hoping to exercise the right medieval lords supposedly had to have sex with any women from the lower classes.

But the girl fought back, beheading the baron and marching around the town with his head, an action which sparked a peasant uprising.

These days, the battle is recreated using fruit, and festival-goers or ‘aranceri’ (orange-throwers) are divided into teams. Those on foot represent the commoners, split into nine teams with different emblems. Others, portraying the Napoleonic troops who used to rule the town, fight back from horse-drawn carts.


Participants in this year’s carnival. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

People dressed up as the Mugnaia (‘miller’s daughter’, the peasant girl who started the revolt), also called Violetta, and Napoleonic officers parade through the streets. Violetta hands out sweets and other small trinkets to those who have come to watch.

Huge stacks of crates filled with the citrus fruits line the streets to supply the participants with ammunition, while the carts are stocked with oranges too.

It is not exactly clear why oranges are the fruit of choice, and in previous decades, beans or apples were used instead. Each year, hundreds of thousands of kilograms of oranges are imported from Sicily to the northwestern town.

Spectators can choose to wear a red hat to mark themselves as a bystander (donning the hat also means you cannot throw any oranges yourself) or stay safe from flying pulp by sheltering behind the nets which are put up to protect Ivrea’s buildings.

Other rituals include a large bonfire, again symbolic of the revolt but also of the arrival of spring, as well as the musical and theatrical performances common to many Italian carnivals.