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Williams brothers enjoy stirring send-off at Athletic after international calls

Williams brothers enjoy stirring send-off at Athletic after international calls


Having beaten Rayo Vallecano, Iñaki Williams heads for Ghana duty while his brother Nico has been called up by Spain


On Sunday evening Iñaki Williams boarded a plane north to Paris. About the time he set off from there to Le Havre on Monday, Nico Williams was heading in the other direction, south to Barajas and on to Las Rozas, 25km outside Madrid. On Saturday, a night none of them would ever forget – a delirious, joyous celebration of everything they are – they had embraced; then, for the first time, Bilbao’s brothers went separate ways. “It was always our dream to play together and see our mum happy,” Iñaki says. This week they won’t, a new chapter beginning in their lives. But they’ll be back and, boy, had they had a send off.




As for their mum, Maria, she couldn’t be happier. The scheduling means hopefully she’ll be able to see both her sons take their next, giant steps, for a start. This Friday, Iñaki Williams will probably make his debut for Ghana against Brazil in France, aged 28. The following night, Nico Williams, eight years younger, will probably make his for Spain against Switzerland in Zaragoza. They arrive having celebrated those call-ups with a 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano to take Athletic into a Champions League place. It was Inaki’s 239th consecutive game – yes, two hundred and thirty-ninth and, yes, consecutive – for Athletic. It was Nico’s 48th in total. It was also the first match in which they had both scored, San Mamés roaring all around them.




The first time Iñaki played for Athletic, back in 2014, he still didn’t know exactly how he had got there. He was 20 when his mum sat him down and told him how she was pregnant with him when she and her husband Felix left Ghana and crossed the Sahara by truck and barefoot – Felix still has problems walking – and climbed the fence into Melilla, Spanish north Africa. A few months later, Iñaki was born in Bilbao. Destiny, he calls it. “My friends and I talk about it: bloody hell, incredible. Everything happens for a reason. If I hadn’t been born in Bilbao, I could never have played for Athletic.”


Iñaki joined the club at 14, driven by an objective. In 2005 or 2006, with the family living in social housing in Pamplona and the financial crisis brewing, Felix left for London, desperately seeking work, doing everything and anything he could find. “I knew that if I made it, I would solve many things and that idea of bringing the family together again was the most important thing,” Iñaki recalled. “I dreamed of being a footballer but I also dreamed of uniting my family.” He did so at San Mamés: Inaki has played 346 times for the first team, deep into that consecutive run when Nico, who had come to the club aged 11, joined him.






Nico was always a bit special, almost as quick as Iñaki but smaller, more skilful, more creative. “More talented,” by Iñaki’s own admission, even if he didn’t have the same drive, the same sense of destiny. He also had another advantage: he had his brother. Nico has only one tattoo, of a lion with its cub representing him and the brother who he says was like a father. When Felix left for London – “we saw him once a year for practically 10 years” – Nico was two or three. Iñaki would prepare his lunch, pick him up from school, take him to football, even referee games – the €10 fee came in handy. In short, raise him. He could be severe, strict at times, guiding him. Above all, there was love.—-2022–107to2YSqS



There was a glimpse of that at the Super Cup when Nico took off his runners-up medal; Iñaki admonished him and told him to put it back on again, to value what he had achieved. He also laid a gentle hand on Nico’s neck as he watched Real Madrid collect the trophy. After the semi-final when Nico scored his first goal, he had tweeted: “If I loved you any more I would die.” More messages came, like a proud parent following his son’s career. And when Nico found out about his Spain call-up this week, Iñaki saw a dream fulfilled for both of them.


Iñaki had played for Spain’s U21s and been called to the senior squad once before, in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016, but never went back. He had been approached by Ghana, but turned down the opportunity, believing it was not his place: he speaks Twi but was born in Bilbao, feels Basque, and didn’t think it was right to take another player’s hope from them. The federation were insistent – they approached Nico too – and Iñaki changed his mind. Age played a part (at 28 this would probably be his last chance to go to a World Cup) and in the summer he visited Ghana for the first time in many years, seeing grandparents, family, places that shaped his life. There were long discussions, and something shifted inside him.


Even as they went their separate ways they were brought together, senior call ups unexpectedly coming at the same time, their likely debuts a day apart. If they do not play in Le Havre and Zaragoza respectively, they could begin their international careers on the same night: next Tuesday Spain play Portugal in Braga and Ghana face Nicaragua in Lorca. If Iñaki knew this was coming, Nico


Winners, losers from Chargers-Chiefs on Thursday Night Football

The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers delivered on Thursday night.

In a back-and-forth affair, Kansas City erased a 10-point third-quarter deficit and held on to beat Los Angeles, 27-24.

Patrick Mahomes (2 TDs) and Justin Herbert (3 TDs), as expected, led the way for their respective squads.

Before giving away too much more, let’s take a look at some winners and losers from Thursday Night Football:

Winner: The Watsons

Two plays shifted the game for the Chiefs, and they both came courtesy of a man named Watson.

First, it was wide receiver Justin Watson. With Kansas City trailing 17-7 in the third quarter, Watson beat newly paid Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson for a 41-yard touchdown catch. The 26-year-old Watson hasn’t had many highlights in his NFL career, totaling just 23 receptions in his first four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The second play came from cornerback Jaylen Watson. A seventh-round rookie, Watson was one of the Chiefs’ best players in the secondary all night. At this point, the score was tied at 17 and the Chargers were driving. They got down to the goal line when Herbert misfired, giving Watson the opportunity to pounce. He did just that, intercepting the pass and returning it 99 yards for the tie-breaking score.

Loser: Chargers for Charger-ing

We’ve seen this story too many times. Regardless of the coaches or players, the Chargers always find a way to give away wins.

Leading 17-7 midway through the third quarter, the Chargers allowed 20 unanswered points before a garbage time score. In the process, their star quarterback suffered a rib injury. If Herbert isn’t healthy – which he didn’t look to be, even after returning – the Chargers could quickly fall behind in a competitive AFC West. The good news is that they have a long week before they face the Jaguars on Sept. 25.

Los Angeles had a prime (video) opportunity to improve to 2-0, both overall and in the division after beating the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1. In an AFC West that could be decided on a tiebreaker, in-division record will be crucial.

Winner: Patrick Mahomes

When isn’t this guy a winner?

Mahomes had a few potential interceptions dropped, but he ultimately was in total control for most of the night. The 2018 league MVP finished 24 of 35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his two-game total to seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Entering this season, there were questions about how Mahomes would play without Tyreek Hill. He has quickly silenced those doubters, spreading the ball out to a number of different weapons. Nine different Chiefs had a reception on Thursday, and six different players have already caught a touchdown from Mahomes after two weeks.

Winner: Mike Williams

The Chargers won’t be happy losing to a division rival, but Williams was one positive after a quiet Week 1 performance.

He had just two catches for 10 yards last week, even after Chargers No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen left with an injury. Against the Chiefs, though, Williams performed like a No. 1 option with Allen sidelined. He had eight receptions for 113 yards and a wild, one-handed touchdown grab.

Loser: Injuries

Herbert’s injury could be a killer, but we’ll wait on more details before speculating. It wasn’t only that, though, as L.A. also lost its starting center Corey Linsley and right tackle Trey Pipkins.

The offensive line has long been an issue for the Chargers. It finally looked like the problem was solved heading into this season, with stud left tackle Rashawn Slater and first-round rookie Zion Johnson as recent additions. Now, there are questions again about keeping Herbert on his feet.
Thursday Night Football odds, spread, line: Chargers vs. Chiefs prediction, NFL picks from expert who is 17-5

R.J. White has his finger on the pulse of Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and the Los Angeles Chargers

After a wildly exciting opening week of the 2022 NFL schedule, Week 2 begins in earnest on Thursday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to Arrowhead Stadium for an AFC West tilt. Both teams are led by star quarterbacks, with Patrick Mahomes starring for the Chiefs and Justin Herbert emerging as the face of the Chargers. The two teams split a pair of matchups in 2021, with both winning on the road, and each won season-opening tilts last week to begin the campaign at 1-0.

Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET in Kansas City. Caesars Sportsbook lists Kansas City as a four-point home favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 54 in the latest Chargers vs. Chiefs odds. Before making any Chiefs vs. Chargers picks or NFL predictions for Thursday Night Football, see what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.

White, a Fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports, consistently crushes as SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert in picks against the spread, and went 445-378-24 on his ATS picks from 2017-21, which returned $2,542 to $100 players. He's also gone a whopping 17-5-1 on his NFL picks involving the Chargers, meaning he's well-qualified for this selection.

He's well-known for cashing out big in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest twice since 2015. White also cashed big on his NFL futures in 2021, including nailing Jonathan Taylor as the NFL rushing leader at 10-1. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has locked in on Chargers vs. Chiefs from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can visit SportsLine now to see his TNF picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Chiefs vs. Chargers:

Chargers vs. Chiefs spread: Chiefs -4
Chargers vs. Chiefs over/under: 54 points
Chargers vs. Chiefs money line: Chiefs -210, Chargers +175
LAC: Chargers are 9-9 against the spread in the last 18 games
KC: Chiefs are 11-10 against the spread in the last 21 games
Chargers vs. Chiefs picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Chargers can cover

The Chargers have enjoyed trips to Arrowhead Stadium with Justin Herbert at the helm. Los Angeles is 2-0 in Kansas City over Herbert's tenure, with the talented quarterback throwing for 583 passing yards and seven touchdowns in those games. Herbert is an elite option in any context, as evidenced by 279 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. Dating back to the 2021 season, Herbert threw for more than 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns and ranks in the top four in NFL history in passing yards and passing touchdowns through the first 33 games of a career.

The Chargers are highly explosive as a result, ranking in the top five of the league in passing offense, total offense, and scoring offense a year ago. Running back Austin Ekeler is not a bruiser, but he compiled more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage in 2021, ranking No. 6 in the NFL. Ekeler also tied Jonathan Taylor for the league lead with 20 touchdowns last season, and the Chargers can also take solace in a defense that produced six sacks in the season-opener four days ago.

Why the Chiefs can cover

Kansas City isn't known for its defense, but the 2022 season-opener set a strong baseline. The Chiefs held the high-powered Cardinals offense to 282 total yards in Week 1, and Arizona averaged only 4.4 net yards per pass attempt. Kansas City scored the most points in the NFL in the Week 1 with 44, and the Chiefs accumulated 488 total yards and 33 first downs. The Chiefs also racked up a whopping 33 first downs, and Kansas City went 6-for-6 in the red zone while converting more than 60% of third down chances.

Kansas City protected Patrick Mahomes at an elite level, allowing zero sacks in the opener, and the Chiefs also ran the ball effectively against the Cardinals. The Chiefs used 27 carries to accumulate 128 rushing yards and a touchdown with a rotation of running backs, and Kansas City ranked in the top four of the NFL in scoring offense and total offense during the 2021 season.

How to make Chiefs vs. Chargers picks

For Thursday Night Football, White is leaning Under on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's only sharing what it is and which side of the Chargers vs. Chiefs spread to back at SportsLine.
Prisco's NFL Week 2 picks: Saints knock off Tom Brady again, Chiefs outlast Chargers in AFC West shootout

Pete Prisco reveals his Week 2 picks, including Bengals handling Dak Prescott-less Cowboys

The first week of the NFL season is always so unpredictable. So I will be happy with my first week of picks after seeing what transpired in Week 1.

I went 7-8-1 straight up, which stinks. I went 8-8 against the spread, which is so-so. But the great news is that I went 5-1 with my best bets as part of the Pick Six Podcast. And if not for me adding the Jacksonville Jaguars late, it would have been a clean sweep. Even that looked good for a while, too.

So let's get back at it in what I call get-even week in the NFL. Teams that looked bad in Week 1 probably won't look that way in the second week, while the reverse is likely true for some of the winners. It won't always play out that way, but I think it will this week in a lot of the games.

Time to get the straight-up record back on track but, most of all, let's stay hot with the best bets.

This is the game of the week with Justin Herbert against Patrick Mahomes. That is a treat anytime they meet, and Arrowhead will be rocking on Thursday night. The Chiefs rolled against the Cardinals with Mahomes lighting things up. But the Chargers can rush the passer with Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa. Look for a high-scoring game with the Chiefs winning a close one.

The Dolphins and Ravens both won in impressive fashion last week, but now Miami goes on the road for the first time. The Dolphins dominated the Ravens last year at home, but this will be different. The Ravens and Lamar Jackson get the best of the Dolphins.

The Browns will be facing a familiar quarterback this week in Joe Flacco. He wasn't good last week in the Jets' loss to the Ravens. The Browns got a close win against Carolina last week, but they are home in this one and Jacoby Brissett will play better in his second start for the Browns. They go to 2-0.

The Commanders are coming off a home victory over the Jaguars where Carson Wentz drove them to the game-winning score late. The Lions looked good on offense against the Eagles, but the defense was terrible. This could end up being a shootout. Washington is the better team, and I think that will show up. Commanders take it.

The Colts haven't won in Jacksonville since 2014 and lost there last year in the final week to cost them a playoff spot. They are also playing consecutive road games, while Jacksonville is playing its home opener. That's a big edge to the Jaguars. The Colts rallied to tie the Texans last week, but this time around they won't rally to win. The Jaguars will get their first victory.

The Bucs are playing consecutive road games after a Sunday night game, which is always tough. But they are also banged up on offense in a big way. The Saints' defense gets after Tom Brady when his line is healthy, which it is isn't. Look for the Saints' defense to come up big here after struggling last week. The Saints take it.

The Giants did some good things in rallying late to beat the Titans on the road. Saquon Barkley was special. He will again carry the team here against a Carolina team that lost last week to the Browns. The Giants go to 2-0. Can you believe it?

The Patriots are playing consecutive road games after a terrible showing in Miami. The Steelers are playing their home opener after upsetting the Bengals. But the Steelers will be without T.J. Watt, which matters in a big way. The defensive dynamic changes. The Patriots will hang around in this one as the offense finally shows some life. They will then win it late.

The Rams will have been rested for 10 days after a terrible showing against the Bills. Sean McVay is too good a coach for that loss to linger. The Falcons played well in losing to the Saints in a game they probably should have won. This is a long trip against a good team that will be focused. Rams take it big.

The Seahawks are 1-0, while the 49ers are 0-1. Who saw that after Week 1? Seattle played well in upsetting the Broncos on Monday night, but now they head out on a short week. That's a challenge. The 49ers didn't play well in the bad conditions at Soldier Field in losing to the Bears, but that will change here. Trey Lance gets it going.

The Bengals get a break in facing Cooper Rush rather than Dak Prescott. It took Joe Burrow a while to get going against Pittsburgh after sitting out much of training camp, but he got the rust off in the second half. I think that carries over. The Cowboys are too limited on offense. The Bengals win it.

The Broncos are playing their home opener after losing Monday night to the Seahawks in a game they should have won. The Texans played well in tying the Colts last week, but this will be a bigger challenge on the road. I think they can hang around in this one, but the Broncos will win it late.

The Raiders lost to the Chargers, but played well. The Cardinals lost to the Chiefs, and played terrible football. Now they head out on the road for the first time. The Cardinals just don't have the feel of being a good team. Derek Carr lights them up.

The Packers were awful in losing to the Vikings, while the Bears shocked the 49ers in a driving rain storm. This is the get-right game for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and the passing game will get it going, and the defense will dominate Justin Fields and the Bears' offense.

The Titans are coming off a brutal loss to the Giants where they blew a big lead. Now they head north to play a Bills team that will have been rested for 11 days. That matters. Buffalo has had problems with the Titans in recent years, but that won't be the case here. Josh Allen continues to roll up big numbers.

This is one of the best games of the week, with two 1-0 teams coming off impressive victories. The Minnesota defense was outstanding last week against the Packers, but this is a different style of offense. The Eagles will roll to a lot of points here, but the Vikings will get theirs too. This will be a shootout with the Eagles getting the best of it.


Hillsborough Survivors group and Sir Kenny Dalglish call on Liverpool fans to pray tonight for Queen Elizabeth II

A Hillsborough Survivors crew and Sir Kenny Dalglish have entreated Liverpool followers to exhibit 'respect' throughout tonight's minute's silence in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II following her loss of life at the age of 96.

Liverpool made a request to UEFA for the tribute to be held earlier than the Champions League sport towards Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday, with their supervisor Jurgen Klopp insisting it was once the proper issue for the membership to do in this momentous period.

There is antipathy in the direction of the monarchy in some quarters on Merseyside and there used to be a furore earlier than the FA Cup last in May when Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, was once booed by means of Liverpool fans.

Sections of Liverpool supporters additionally booed the countrywide anthem, as had been the case earlier than the Carabao Cup ultimate in February, whilst others sang alongside at Wembley.

The equal came about prior to the Community Shield victory over Manchester City at Leicester's King Power Stadium in July, the place Prince William used to be additionally jeered as he shook the fingers of the players.

The Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance has warned Reds supporters that they may additionally face growing abuse over Hillsborough must they figure out to boo the anthem or the minute's silence in reminiscence of Her Majesty.

The team posted: 'Everyone attending tonight's match, please exhibit admire and have a look at the minutes silence.

'You probable suppose that any backlash might not have an effect on you however it will have an effect on us and household contributors with the extend in abuse over Hillsborough.

'Respect charges nothing and that goes each ways.'

Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was once knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours listing in 2018, backed the group's message by way of additionally encouraging followers to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

The former boss and membership legend quoted the group's tweet and said: 'Brilliantly put. I hope all and sundry at Anfield can recognize these needs tonight.'


Current boss Klopp has insisted he has no fears of a repeat from the Liverpool devoted and believes they will exhibit respect, simply like they did to Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo closing season after the tragic demise of his son.

'I do not assume our humans want any form of recommendation from me for displaying respect. There are masses of examples the place humans showed precisely the proper respect.

'One which amazed me - and I used to be without a doubt proud of that second - used to be final season when we performed Manchester United round a very unhappy state of affairs with Cristiano Ronaldo's family. And that is what I expect.

'For me, it is clear that is what we have to do. That's it.'

Klopp added: 'She is the solely Queen of England I ever knew. I did not recognize her, however the matters you can see, she was once a absolutely warm, nice, cherished female and that is all that I want to know.,56671775.html

'I recognize their grief a lot and that is why I will exhibit my respect.'

Pundit Graeme Souness has additionally pleaded with all soccer followers to recognize the minute's silence in reminiscence of Her Majesty, whilst he additionally has insisted that the recognition of Liverpool may want to be 'tarnished for a lengthy time to come' if they do not appreciate the Queen in advance of their Champions League encounter.

'I individually would have favored some thing more suitable [from Klopp]. It comes down to you have obtained any individual who died, which is extraordinarily unhappy for the complete nation,' he instructed talkSPORT.

'He's bought to remember, it is the title of Liverpool Football Club that will be tarnished if each person misbehaves tonight, if they exhibit any shape of protest.

'Liverpool will be tarnished for a lengthy time to come.

'Someone has died, our Queen has died, exhibit some respect. That lady was once such a loyal servant to our us of a for 70 years. She was once simply a younger lady when she got here to the throne. For me, she's been faultless.

'For any Liverpool supporter, for any soccer supporter, to exhibit disrespect at this time would be unacceptable. Someone has died.'

Souness added: 'If you are no longer absolutely on facet with what I'm saying, simply suppose of the soccer club. Go there tonight and assist your soccer membership by way of displaying admire in assisting your soccer club.

'If you exhibit disrespect, you are going to injury the title of Liverpool for the duration of the world. That's what you have to assume about.'

All the interest will be on Liverpool followers at Anfield and whether or not they exhibit their respects to the longest-reigning monarch in the country's records following their records of booing the countrywide anthem due to an anti-royalist sentiment amongst some compon


Rapper PnB Rock fatally shot during robbery at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

PnB Rock, the Philadelphia rapper best known for his 2016 hit “Selfish,” was fatally shot during a robbery at the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Times.

Los Angeles police Capt. Kelly Muniz said a shooting took place at 1:15 p.m. at the famous eatery on Main Street and Manchester Avenue. She would not identify the victim.

Rock, 30, whose real name was Rakim Allen, had been at the restaurant with his girlfriend, who had posted a location-tagged photo in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Muniz said a suspect brandished a firearm inside the restaurant and demanded items from the victim. Sources told The Times that Rock was targeted for his jewelry.

The victim was shot almost immediately by the assailant during the robbery, Muniz said.

“He shot the victim and ran out the side door to a getaway car and then fled the parking lot,” she said.

Muniz said the victim was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m.

According to a law enforcement source, Los Angeles Police Department investigators are examining security video from inside the restaurant to identify the shooter. They also are checking surrounding businesses to see whether security systems captured any images of the suspect leaving on foot or in a vehicle.

Investigators were processing evidence Monday night, Muniz said. She declined to comment on what was recovered.

Rock was born Dec. 9, 1991, in Philadelphia. He told Paper Magazine he was inspired to make music at age 19 after hearing Drake’s decade-defining album “Take Care.”

Rock’s ability to blend melodies with his rapping made him a natural fit for hip-hop’s next evolution. He gained national prominence with the 2015 single “Fleek,” turning the viral Vine video into an anthem for women doing up their appearance across the country. He went on to collaborate with a bevy of artists, including Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper on “Cross Me.”

One of his biggest moments came alongside Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci, when the two joined forces in 2016 for the victorious anthem “Everyday We Lit.” The song peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest-charting song for either artist.

“It’s like, what do you label yourself, when you still infuse rap into your s—?” he told Paper Magazine in 2017. “People can’t say I’m a rapper, but I don’t feel like I’m a singer either. I’m not hitting super high notes and going crazy. I can’t give you Chris Brown singing. I just got good melodies.”

“Selfish” peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rock released his latest song, “Luv Me Again,” on Sept. 2.

Rock’s death comes as authorities say they are up against a rising trend of “follow home” robberies and other violent incidents.

In February 2020, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills.

Authorities believe social media posts, including one of a black gift bag tagged with his address, led the assailants to his location.

The LAPD’s Southeast Community Police Station, which covers the area where Monday’s shooting occurred, has seen 34 homicides this year through Sept. 3, compared with 35 over the same period last year.

The statistics also noted a 25.2% increase in robberies during that period, from 373 to 467.

Rock spoke about prior robbery attempts in Los Angeles during a Sept. 2 episode of the podcast “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks.”

The rapper said he was out with his girlfriend and daughter on Fairfax Avenue “mid-pandemic” when people tried to rob him.

“Where I’m from, we like sneaky criminals,” Rock said. “In L.A. … they bold.”

Rock and the host spoke about how robberies targeting rappers seemed to be becoming more common.

“I never got robbed, ever in my life,” Rock said. “I ain’t gonna say never because I don’t like saying never. I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed.”

“That’s why I feel like L.A.’s spooky, man,” Akademiks said. “It’s just so bold. I’m seeing mad videos, like they don’t even do it at night. Like night maybe, but broad daylight, that’s when they really do it.”

Rock said that after his oldest brother was killed, he changed — becoming more on edge and conscious of how suddenly a situation could turn deadly.

“It’s just been something in me that just let me know, like this s— real life,” Rock said. “I done seen people die. I done been around people that died…. Anybody can die.”
PnB Rock: Rapper shot dead in LA waffle house in suspected robbery

US rapper PnB Rock has been shot dead in an apparent robbery at a Los Angeles restaurant.

The musician, 30, was with his girlfriend when a gunman reportedly demanded jewellery before opening fire inside a waffle house in the south of the city.

Police found PnB with multiple gunshot wounds and he was pronounced dead in hospital 45 minutes later.

No arrests have yet been made over Monday's shooting.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt Kelly Muniz said a suspect approached a couple inside Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and demanded they hand over personal items.

She told reporters at the scene this led to "some sort of verbal exchange" before the victim was shot several times and fell to the floor.

The suspect then "removed items from the victim", she said, before running to a waiting getaway car and fleeing the scene.

US media has said law enforcement sources confirmed the rapper was the target of the attack.

Tributes have since flooded in for PnB Rock - real name Rakim Hasheem Allen - who rose to fame with the release of his 2016 hit Selfish and had collaborated with artists including Ed Sheeran.

Superstar Drake posted a photo of the pair together on his Instagram story, and rapper Offset posted a Twitter tribute urging followers to pray for PnB's two children.

Others pointed out that the shooting follows the death of fellow rapper Pop Smoke - who was killed in a Hollywood Hills burglary last February.

It's been suggested his killers were able to find his address after he accidentally revealed it in a social media post.

The latest shooting has led to discussions about the safety of rappers, after it was suggested an Instagram photo of PnB and his partner may have revealed the pair's location.

DJ Akademiks, who runs a popular hip-hop YouTube channel, said he had interviewed the rapper just a week ago about a previous attempt to rob him.

Nicki Minaj said Pop Smoke's death had taught rappers to be more cautious about their whereabouts.

Meanwhile Cardi B took a different view, and challenged people who had blamed PnB Rock's girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang for posting the photo.

She tweeted that it was "highly unlikely" that the suspects had tracked them online and that it was "irresponsible and inconsiderate" to blame Stephanie for "something so tragic".

PnB Rock was born in Philadelphia in 1991, going on to record two studio albums, Catch These Vibes and Trapstar Turnt PopStar.

He released his most recent song, Luv Me Again, just two days before the shooting.
Rapper PnB Rock fatally shot at Roscoe’s Chicken ‘N Waffles in Los Angeles, report says

Rapper PnB Rock was fatally shot during a robbery in Los Angeles Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police responded to a possible robbery at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles on West Manchester Avenue at 1:15 p.m., where they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, Los Angeles Police Department Captain Kelly Muniz said during a press conference.

The Los Angeles Times reports that law enforcement sources say the victim is PnB Rock. The LAPD has not yet named the victim.

During the incident, at least one suspect approached the victim and a female witness inside the restaurant while they were eating and demanded “property,” Muniz said. She was unable to say what type of property the suspect demanded.

After a verbal exchange, the suspect shot the victim multiple times and fled in a getaway car in an unknown direction, according to Muniz.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and died at 1:59 p.m., according to Muniz. She said no one is in custody, and there is very little on the suspect description at this point.

PnB Rock made waves at the end of the 2010s with two albums between 2017 and 2019 – “Catch These Vibes” and “TrapStar Turnt PopStar.” Between 2016 and 2019, PnB Rock had eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, four of which were in 2019.

The Philadelphia rapper has been featured on hits like “Everyday We Lit” with fellow rapper YFN Lucci in 2017 and “Dangerous” with rapper Meek Mill and singer Jeremih in 2018. “Everyday We Lit” peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Dangerous” peaked at 31.

In 2019, he also collaborated with singer Layton Greene and rappers Lil Baby and the City Girls on “Leave Em Alone,” as well as with Chance the Rapper and Ed Sheeran on “Cross Me.”

His latest song, “Luv Me Again,” was released on September 2.


What Women Need to Know About Anal Sex?

What Women Need to Know About Anal Sex?
While sometimes taboo, anal sex is a form of intimacy that can be enjoyed by people of all genders and sexual orientations. Now, the act seems to be on the rise among heterosexual women in particular.

A British study, published on August 11, 2022, in BMJ, pooled data from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle. The researchers found that anal sex among heterosexual people ages 16 to 24 has more than doubled in recent decades, going from about 13 percent to nearly 30 percent. In the United States, rates are even higher: About 36 percent of women and 42 percent of men ages 18 to 44 reported having anal sex at least once, per the CDC (PDF).

That’s not surprising, according to experts. “Any place on the body where there are nerve endings can be an erogenous zone,” says Shannon Chavez, PsyD, a sex therapist based in Beverly Hills, California. “Anal sex has nothing to do with your sexual orientation. It is a variation of sexual play that can be highly pleasurable for different bodies, regardless of sex and gender.”

If you’re interested in exploring anal play, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re having safe, pleasurable sex — no matter how you’re choosing to do it.

Start Slow
Since the sphincter muscle takes time to relax and stretch, going slow is key to comfortable anal play, and you may want to start on yourself, says Megan Fleming, PhD, an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)–certified sex therapist and clinical instructor of psychology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. That way you can go slowly and explore what you like.

Whether you’re solo or with a partner, “start by using your finger and rimming the anus, then continue to massage and stimulate around the anus with your hands,” she says. “When you feel open and relaxed, insert a clean finger or small sex toy that has a flared base.”
A flared base — meaning the end of the sex toy is significantly wider than the tip — provides a solid grip and allows you to move a toy in and out safely, according to Planned Parenthood. If you use a toy without a flared base for anal play, the toy could slip all the way into the anus and get stuck.

Use Lots of Lube
Julia Bennett, MPH, director of digital education at Planned Parenthood, emphasizes the importance of using a lubricant when exploring or having anal sex.

“The anus does not make enough lubrication on its own for comfortable anal sex, so it’s important to use lots of lube and go slowly,” she says. “If it’s painful or uncomfortable, you shouldn’t keep going.”

Alyssa Dweck, MD, a gynecologist in Westchester County, New York, recommends using a silicone lube since this type is “super slick” and lasts longer than a water-soluble lube — although you should be aware silicone lube typically isn’t compatible with silicone sex toys.

Going slowly can help the sphincter muscle relax and make anal play more comfortable, she adds. You may also need to add more lube throughout.

Safe Sex Measures Are Even More Important
Bennett also warns that hygiene is extra important with anal play, especially oral-to-anal contact, which can transmit parasites and hepatitis.

Due to the nature of the area, and the potentially high amounts of bacteria and parasites it can contain, anal sex can carry a higher risk of infection from not only sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but other infections, such as giardia or shigella. For those reasons, condoms are extra important when having anal sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 90 percent of anal cancer is caused by HPV, an STI that around 40 percent of men in the United States have and for which there is no screening for men.

Bennett recommends using water- or silicone-based lube with latex condoms, since oil-based lube can break down latex. She also recommends putting lube both on the inside and outside of the condom to increase sensation. If using an internal condom, take the inner ring out for anal sex.

Bennett says it’s also crucial to clean all toys or body parts with soap and water if you and your partner or partners are wanting to switch between anal sex and vaginal or oral sex. You should also use a new condom if switching from anal to another type of sex.

“As a rule, never put anything that has been in an anus directly into the mouth or vagina. Essentially there are poop particles that you want to keep away from the vagina or mouth,” she says.

To ensure the area is clean before you get started, Dr. Dweck recommends simply washing the area with soap and water. Some people prefer to use an enema to get any waste out of the rectum before engaging in anal sex. Dweck says that while this is perfectly safe, it isn’t necessary. She also cautions against cleaning with scented wipes that can irritate the area.

What to Do if There’s Bleeding
According to Dweck, bleeding during or after anal sex can happen for many reasons, but the two most common reasons are hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

Hemorrhoids are enlarged and swollen veins around the outside of the anus or in the lower rectum. Although they can be uncomfortable, Dweck says if bleeding during or after anal sex is caused by hemorrhoids, it usually stops on its own and is nothing to worry about. Also, using plenty of lubricant can help prevent bleeding if you do have hemorrhoids, she says.

Anal fissures, on the other hand, are superficial cuts in the anus, Dweck says. “They are painful, so most people don't want to engage in anal when they have them.” Anal sex can also cause tearing, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

If you do bleed during or after anal sex, Dweck says to wait until the bleeding stops and then wash with soap and water if that is comfortable to ensure the area is clean. She also recommends a sitz bath, which can be helpful anyway for someone who needs hemorrhoid relief.

Consent Is Not a One-Time Conversation
The BMJ study also found that around one-quarter of young women report being pressured into having anal sex at some point. Pressuring someone in any sexual situation is not okay.

“Pressure is not pleasure and sets up expectations and anxiety around sex,” says Dr. Chavez, noting that anal sex is a personal preference that is different for everyone. “It is not necessary to enjoy anal sex to be sexually healthy and evolved.”

Chavez also makes clear that consent is not a conversation partners have once. Healthy and safe sex requires constant communication about everyone’s boundaries in the moment — which may be different than past interactions, especially if anal play is new territory.

“If anal sex is new to you, it may be difficult to know what boundaries are important right away. The boundary talk should be continual and necessary at each step of the way — before, during, and after play,” she says. “The consistent communication allows for space and safety as you are changing, reinforcing, or creating new boundaries.”

Talking to Your Heathcare Team About Anal Sex
Communication doesn’t end with your partners. Having open conversations with your healthcare providers about any questions you have is also an important part of any kind of sex.$AVh

“When it comes to speaking with you doctor, there are no bad or stupid questions, and I can pretty much assure you that there is nothing you can say that they haven’t heard or seen,” says Dr. Fleming.

Bennett recommends writing questions down before you get to your appointment so you’re prepared and have time to think about what you’d like to know. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, she recommends practicing asking the questions aloud.

“There is a lot of stigma around sex in general and anal sex is no different. Healthcare professionals are here to help you and there should be no judgment,” Bennett says.


Barcelona draw with Manchester City in charity match to benefit ALS research

Riyad Mahrez scored a stoppage-time penalty as Manchester City and Barcelona played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in front of 91,062 fans at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The fixture was a fundraiser for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neurone disease (MND), which former Barca goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue was diagnosed with in 2020.

Julian Alvarez opened the scoring for City in the 21st minute, but Barca turned the game around with goals either side of half-time from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong.

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Cole Palmer drew City level, but the home side looked to have won it when substitute Memphis Depay, who has been told to find a new club before the transfer window closes next week, turned home 10 minutes from time.

However, there was a final twist in the tale when City were handed a late penalty after Erling Haaland appeared to trip himself up in the box accidentally -- even the Norway striker looked perplexed at the decision -- and Mahrez made no mistake from 12 yards.

Unzue played alongside City coach Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou between 1988 and 1990 and was later part of his coaching staff between 2008 and 2010, with Barca winning six trophies in 2009 while current Blaugrana boss Xavi Hernandez played in the side.

He returned to Barcelona as Luis Enrique's assistant in 2014 following spells in charge of Numancia and Racing Santander, helping the Catalan club win their second ever Treble the following season.

Unzue, who gave an emotional pre-game speech, took the honorary kickoff from his wheelchair on the pitch before taking his place in the City dugout alongside Guardiola for the opening stages.

Both teams made changes from their previous games. Jules Kounde, not yet registered for LaLiga action due to Barca not having room within their spending cap, started for the home side, as did Aubameyang, who is in talks to join Chelsea.

City brought in youngsters Palmer and Rico Lewis, while new signing Sergio Gomez started at left-back against his former side.

Barca started quickly. Aubameyang saw an early header saved by Stefan Ortega before Franck Kessie rattled the post. Raphinha then had a shot stopped, but it was City who took the lead.

Goalkeeper Inaki Pena failed to deal with a simple cross into the box and his fumble was turned in by Alvarez.

A Kounde error handed Palmer a chance to double City's advantage, but he blazed over and moments later Barca levelled when Aubameyang fired in at the near post from Raphinha's free kick.

A Kounde error handed Palmer a chance to double City's advantage, but he blazed over and moments later Barca levelled when Aubameyang fired in at the near post from Raphinha's free kick.

Memphis couldn't quite make it around Ortega but the ball fell kindly to De Jong and the Netherlands midfielder converted from close range.

City returned to the attack and were soon level when Mahrez found Joao Cancelo on the overlap to set up a tap-in for Palmer.

As both coaches made wholesale changes, the arrival of Haaland was warmly welcomed by the home crowd. His warmup drew a loud cheer.

Meanwhile, Memphis restored Barca's lead after good work from Sergi Roberto before a lengthy stoppage due to an injury to City youngster Luke Mbete, who left the pitch on a stretcher after receiving treatment for almost 10 minutes.

That led to an extended period of stoppage time, with Haaland's tumble and Mahrez's penalty expertise earning a draw for City.
Bernardo Silva: Pep Guardiola says Manchester City midfielder 'likes Barcelona a lot' amid transfer speculation

"There are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay," said Pep Guardiola, who conceded Bernardo Silva 'likes Barcelona a lot' after Man City's friendly with the Spanish side on Wednesday

"There are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay," said Pep Guardiola, who conceded Bernardo Silva 'likes Barcelona a lot' after Man City's friendly with the Spanish side on Wednesday

Pep Guardiola says he is keen to hold onto Manchester City ace Bernardo Silva but conceded the player 'likes Barcelona a lot' amid transfer reports linking the Portuguese with a move to the Catalan club.

Silva played 65 minutes of a friendly between City and Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and afterwards Guardiola spoke about the midfielder's future.

Guardiola insisted he was keen to keep hold of the 28-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles at City, and underlined that no offer had been made from Barcelona for the player, despite reports outlining the Spanish side's interest in him over the past two summers.

However, he accepted Bernardo has an affection for Guardiola's former side.

"I'm no one to tell Barca to forget about (signing) Bernardo," Guardiola told reporters after the friendly contest finished 3-3.

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"We want him to stay with us, but I don't want anyone who's not happy. The first thing would be for the clubs to come to an agreement, but there has been no offer for him in these last two years.

"I don't want him to go, he's a superlative player and a great person... and there are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay. That said, it is true Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot."

"I don't want him to go, he's a superlative player and a great person... and there are only seven or eight days left (in the window) and we would have to turn to the transfer market. I want him to stay. That said, it is true Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot."

City help Barca raise money for ALS research
There were 91,062 fans at the Camp Nou for the midweek fixture, which was organised to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at Luzón Foundation, in support of former Barcelona goalkeeper and coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the incurable degenerative neurological condition in 2020.

In the game, Julian Alvarez opened the scoring before goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong - two players interesting Premier League clubs - put Barcelona ahead.

City youngster Cole Palmer levelled the match and after Memphis Depay - who has been linked with a return to Manchester United - scored a third for Barcelona, Riyad Mahrez grabbed an injury-time equaliser.

"I would like to thank Barcelona and Manchester City for their commitment and sensitivity to our cause," said Unzue. "I also want to thank everyone who bought a ticket, and everyone who donated via the row zero initiative. I would like you to know that everyone from the ALS team - here on the pitch with me - want to keep living and enjoying life."

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Barcelona vs. Man City result: Teams play to exciting draw to conclude charity friendly at Camp Nou

The European season began a few weeks ago, but giants FC Barcelona and Manchester City broke from their competitive endeavors as they faced off in a charity match at the Camp Nou that benefits a cause close to home for both organizations.

The clubs played to a 3-3 draw in front of 91,000 fans, with Barcelona want-aways Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Memphis Depay all on the scoresheet for the hosts. Julian Alvarez and Cole Palmer scored for Man City, and Riyad Mahrez finished off a penalty in stoppage time to level the score.

The teams got together at the Camp Nou to support Juan Carlos Unzue, a former teammate and assistant coach of Pep Guardiola's, in a match dubbed "A Great Game for a Greater Cause". Each manager has named a strong squad for the event, with the teams expected to feature top players in support of ALS research.

While the match is scheduled in the midst of the league season, it's still early enough in the campaign that it shouldn't cause too much trouble for either, as Champions League group stage games are not scheduled for a couple of weeks.

The 90 minutes were a success, with a massive audience to bring exposure to a cause important to many. The only blemishes on the game came at the end, as Man City youngster Luke Mbete-Tabu was stretchered off after a clash of heads. Then, moments later, Erling Haaland blatantly flopped to win the equalizing penalty which Mahrez blasted home.

The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

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FULL-TIME: Barcelona 3-3 Man City

Guardiola and Xavi have a friendly embrace and a laugh at the full-time whistle that brings an enjoyable evening to a close.

It's a wonderful match that had plenty of action for a good cause. It ended with a whimper as thoughts are with the injured Mbete, and Erling Haaland flops to win a penalty. But the match on the whole was a success from every angle.

90+8 min: PENALTY, MAN CITY! Only just on the field, Erling Haaland wins a penalty for the visitors, as they look to level the score at the death! It's a hilariously bad decision to be completely honest, as Haaland runs across Christensen and then simply flops to the turf. A replay shows the slightest of touches to the back of his foot, but it doesn't appear to cause him much trouble before seemingly face-planting out of nowhere. Watching the replay a second time, you can actually see the moment that Haaland decides to go down. Unfortunate.

Riyad Mahrez steps up to take, and GOAL, MAN CITY! An absolutely thunderous penalty into the top-right corner.

90+6 min: We're finally back under way after over 10 minutes of stoppage. 11 minutes of injury time are given, with six of them already used up.

89th min: Concerning signs for Mbete after that clash of heads. He's sitting up and speaking with trainers, but then he lays back down. The cart comes out and there's been a significant delay, with Mbete eventually strapped into a backboard and taken off via the cart. As the board is loaded on the cart, players from both sides come by to send their wishes to the Man City youngster.

84th min: Goodness, it's been a rough night for Barcelona goalkeepers. Arnau Tenas, newly into the game, nearly with a gruesome error in possession, but he gets away with the bad heavy touch, touching himself back out of trouble as Kevin de Bruyne closed in.

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There's a stoppage as Andreas Christensen, newly on for Jules Kounde, smacks heads with Mbete-Tabu of City. Christensen is up, while Mbete needs a little more attention.

Attendance announced as over 91,000 fans. Incredible turnout for the charity match to benefit ALS research.

79th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Nothing Ortega could do about that smashed finish from Memphis Depay! A big switch of play comes to Sergi Roberto who lays off a perfect low cross to Depay on the penalty spot. The Dutchman is unmarked, and it's a blasted finish as he streaks in.

Barcelona make another few changes, with Arnau Tenas coming on in goal to replace Inaki Pena. Also, Sergino Dest comes on to replace Sergi Roberto, who interestingly hands the captain's armband to young Ansu Fati.

76th min: Chance, Barcelona! Memphis Depay looks to finish off a charge forward from Gavi, but Ortega is there to make the save for Man City. A good stop from the City backup.

74th min: First real moment of aggression in this match sees Palmer, who scored minutes ago, go flying in with a crunching tackle on Gavi. The referee shows leniency, but a free-kick is given in a dangerous position. Barcelona can't convert, as it's looped into the goalkeeper's bread basket.

70th min: GOAL, MAN CITY! Moments after Cancelo missed a glorious chance to equalize, he's involved in the move that does bring Man City level. Cancelo's cross from the right finds Cole Palmer for an easy finish on the doorstep, and it's too easy for the visitors.

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Erling Haaland about to be introduced, as he's shown with his bib off on the sideline, chatting with Guardiola. Alvarez the man to come off.

Barcelona make more changes, with de Jong and Busquets off in favor of Miralem Pjanic and Pablo Torre.

69th min: Chance, Man City! The game has yet again exploded! Man City are pushing for an equalizer, and Julian Alvarez has a vicious rip from distance that is hammered right at Inaki Pena. The Barcelona goalkeeper can only push it away, right into the path of Joao Cancelo, but his follow-up is blasted over the bar.

66th min: GOAL, BARCELONA! Frenkie de Jong may be departing Barcelona this summer, but he's left one more mark on the Camp Nou. Kevin de Bruyne gifts the chance to Barcelona with a horrific square pass in his own penalty area which Gavi steals. Depay draws the goalkeeper out with his dribbling, and de Jong is there to finish off the chance with a drive that ripples the net. The hosts in front!

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64th min: A huge applause from the Camp Nou fans who want to see the biggest players. That's a result of Kevin de Bruyne entering the pitch, replacing Bernardo Silva who's been heavily linked to Barcelona this transfer window. Could he be back soon?

56th min: Kalvin Phillips is receiving treatment from the Man City training staff, holding his shoulder after an awkward 50/50 battle with a Barcelona player. It did appear the midfielder, who joined this summer from Leeds, was in a bit of pain, but seemed to have full range of motion. He then has a laugh with Guardiola, which is a good sign.

Meanwhile, Barcelona make a host of changes. Memphis Depay, Alex Blade, Gabi, and Eric Gacia come on, while Aubameyang, Alba, Kessie, and Gerard Pique are withdrawn. Aubameyang has a wave to the crowd, which could be a sign for his immediate club future.

Unzue is now shown in the Barcelona dugout, seated next to Xavi and conversing with his former midfielder. Reminds us what the players are playing for.

48th min: Chance, Man City! How has that not gone in?! Inaki Pena, who had a disastrous mistake in the first half to gift Man City a goal, makes up for it here with a fabulous double-save on Julian Alvarez. Somehow, the Barcelona goalkeeper keeps City out.

46th min: We anticipated halftime changes given this is a friendly, but it's fewer than we expected. Barcelona bring on Ansu Fati, who changed the game with his second-half substitution against Real Sociedad. The Camp Nou fans applaud Fati upon his introduction.

Just a trio of changes for Man City, as Joao Cancelo, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, and Luke Mbete-Tabu come on along the back line, replacing Rico Lewis, Kyle Walker, and Sergio Gomez. Otherwise, all the starters remain on the field. We'll try to keep up with what will surely be a deluge of substitutions through the second half.

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Beatrice Berry, 27, a warehouse

-Beatrice Berry, 27, a warehouse operative based in Hertfordshire

Beatrice Berry, 27, a warehouse operative based in Hertfordshire, is representative of a new generation of naturists who prefer naturist social media to traditional in-person social clubs, and small-group activities, such as naked trekking with clothed friends. It’s a looser form of public nakedness that’s sometimes described as “free-range naturism”.
“I’m an introvert at heart, so I’m quite wary about who I get involved with in any aspect of life,” she says. Her timidity doesn’t extend to Instagram, where, as @beatriceelizabethberry, she greets her 43,000 followers with her naturist portraits, conquering the summit of Pen Y Fan in Wales, naked and peeking through the windows of a red phone box, and striding about unclothed in various sun-dappled woodlands.
Berry discovered naturism at the same time as millennial body-positivity discourses and uses it to heal her own mental health and body-image issues. “I can’t be arsed to go to the gym to get a six-pack or whatever,” she says, “and honestly I really don’t think any of that stuff is healthy. It’s ‘Here I am, with my clothes off, take me as you find me.’” She explains that she always travels with a sarong to hand for an impromptu cover-up. “Saying that, I think it is good, in a way, for families with kids to encounter me, just this normal-looking naked woman walking in the woods.”

Naked festivals such as The Naturist Foundation’s Party in the Stark (held at their holiday park in Kent) and Nudefest at Thorney Lakes in Somerset, where hundreds of naturists will gather for naked yoga, axe-throwing and naturist trips to the East Somerset Railway, cater to a generation of youthful and less committed naturists, as do charity events such as World Naked Bike Ride and Naked Run. For some, these events might be a stepping stone to naturism as a way of life.

“You might take part in a charity skinnydip and realise it is actually rather wonderful to swim naked and surprisingly natural to be naked around other people,” Rouse says. “Young naturists are less club-centred, but also much more public about their naturism and I think that’s OK: social movements have to move forward or they stultify,” he adds.

Berry and her boyfriend hope to launch a series of small-scale events and overseas holidays that are inclusive of bodies with tattoos and piercings, which can, they say, be disapproved of on the traditional naturism scene. “It can be conservative like that and it does put my generation off.”×39/1/…..index.html…..fault.aspx…..tfordshire

Free-range naturism, too, has its drawbacks, says David Salisbury, 47 and a gay naturist of Asian British heritage. “Some naturists, particularly women naturists, struggle to feel safe in an uncontrolled environment, so the traditional clubs offer a safe space where diversity can flourish away from the gawkers that you can find at nudist beaches,” he says. Sun clubs often have strict rules that have been set down for decades. At other venues, an unspoken etiquette holds sway, says Fiona Discombe, naturist travel blogger and manager of Sussex naturist retreat Max’s Garden. “When you’re talking to people, you have to talk to their faces rather than their breasts or bits,” she says, “and that can take effort at first. There’s no videoing or taking photos: phones are left at the door.”

Partly, of course, the fabric of social clubs that have grown up around naturism is down to the climate: Britain lacks the sun-blessed, naturist-friendly coastlines of Croatia and the Côte d’Azur but, in other senses, is a warm climate for the unclothed. Being naked in public is not a criminal offence in England and Wales, unlike in some countries and many US states, although under Section 66 of Sexual Offences Act 2003 an individual can be arrested if it is proved they went naked with an intent to shock or cause distress.

Salisbury, whose partner Rich also dabbles in naturism, sees himself as a “functional naturist”, fond of living as much of his life as possible unclothed and never happier than when he’s swimming naked in an Alpine lake. Having lived in Germany and seen both naturist cultures close up, he now views naturism as something of a social-spiritual tonic.…..rice-berry

“Naturism improves your emotional wellbeing, definitely, but I wonder whether it’s nudity that’s good for you or, rather, that there’s a widespread complex around the body that’s profoundly damaging to our self-image and that naturism is an inoculation against this,” he says.

Donna Price, 57, also sees naturism as the simple gesture of going about one’s ordinary life without clothes. Price and her retired husband John, 72, have been keen naturists since they chanced upon a nudist beach on holiday in New Zealand in 2010. Price is a committed naked gardener and buff baker, posting her experiments on her Twitter account, @nakedfreestyler. In 2019, the Prices moved from Kent to Lincolnshire so they could potter naked in the garden without upsetting their suburban neighbours.

The pandemic has also seen them turning their hands to naked house-painting, which Price admits requires a certain dexterity. “During the pandemic people started enjoying the feeling of being naked when they were doing really normal things, such as office work, gardening, cooking and housework,” Price says. “And I love that.” She recently spoke to the WI, naked via Zoom, as an ambassador for women in naturism, and believes that the souls of middle England are ripe to be captured.

“The members were really receptive, so I really hope we see a rash of WI naturists,” she smiles.

Following her Damascene conversion, Berriman believes that all of our lives might be better lived in the buff. “You won’t understand the absolute feeling of freedom and acceptance that comes from being naked in public until you try it,” she says. “Yes, your body is saggier and older than it ever was, but this is the body you’re travelling through this life in. Why not embrace it and start living?”


Business Plan – Pengertian, Jenis, Manfaat dan Cara Membuat

Bagaimana cara membuat rencana bisnis yang baik? Berikut penjelasannya.

Menurut Financial Treat, Rencana bisnis adalah salah satu hal penting yang Anda ketahui sebelum memulai bisnis. Perancangan akan berisi penjelasan tentang jenis usaha, strategi dan tujuan yang ingin dicapai.

Rencana bisnis juga menjadi salah satu pertimbangan utama bagi investor. Jika ingin mendapatkan suntikan uang dari investor, sebaiknya jangan asal-asalan saat menyusun. Yuk pelajari pengertian, jenis dan cara membuatnya di bawah ini.

Rencana bisnis atau rencana bisnis adalah dokumen tertulis yang memproyeksikan informasi keseluruhan tentang bisnis yang sedang berjalan. Rencana bisnis biasanya berisi strategi pemasaran dan penjualan terperinci untuk bisnis, pendapatan dan hasil bisnis, status keuangan, dan informasi lainnya.

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Rencana bisnis pengembangan adalah deskripsi rinci tentang bisnis yang akan dibuat. Dalam rencana bisnis operasi ini, manajemen bisnis, struktur organisasi perusahaan dan tanggung jawab setiap karyawan umumnya disertakan.

Oleh karena itu, dokumen ini dimaksudkan untuk digunakan tidak hanya oleh pihak internal, tetapi juga oleh pihak eksternal.

Rencana bisnis wirausaha

Rencana bisnis startup adalah penjelasan tentang sebuah perusahaan, terutama startup yang akan datang. Rencana bisnis tersebut mencakup penyediaan barang atau jasa kepada calon pelanggan, penilaian pasar, struktur pemasaran, manajemen risiko, dan struktur manajemen lainnya yang akan diterapkan kemudian.

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Dibandingkan dengan rencana bisnis lainnya, rencana bisnis strategis adalah jenis rencana bisnis yang paling kompleks. Dalam rencana bisnis ini dijelaskan lebih detail berbagai strategi untuk mencapai tujuan perusahaan.

Biasanya, beberapa komponen rencana bisnis ini yang dianggap penting antara lain: visi dan misi perusahaan, faktor kunci, strategi untuk mencapai tujuan, dan jadwal pelaksanaan strategi tersebut.

Ketika perusahaan Anda ingin mengembangkan rencana bisnis, Anda harus mengetahui komponen apa saja yang harus disertakan di dalamnya. Beberapa komponen rencana bisnis meliputi:

Setelah memahami apa itu rencana bisnis dan komponen apa saja yang harus disertakan di dalamnya. Hal selanjutnya yang perlu Anda ketahui adalah cara membuatnya. Beberapa cara untuk membuat rencana bisnis adalah:

Lantas, apa saja manfaat dari mengembangkan rencana bisnis ini? Ada banyak alasan mengapa rencana bisnis penting ketika Anda membangun bisnis, di antaranya:

membantu membuat keputusan

Tentu saja, ketika Anda memulai bisnis, Anda mungkin menghadapi banyak tantangan. Misalnya, mengembangkan produk baru, mempekerjakan pekerja, masalah keuangan, dll. Ini membutuhkan pengambilan keputusan yang tepat, jadi salah satu manfaat rencana bisnis adalah membantu Anda membuat keputusan itu.

Kelola sistem keuangan di seluruh perusahaan

Selain itu, rencana bisnis juga dapat membantu Anda merencanakan sistem keuangan perusahaan yang baik. Tujuannya agar Anda bisa terhindar dari kesalahan dalam persiapan keuangan dan kerugian di kemudian hari.

Bantu menarik lebih banyak investor

Pada akhirnya, manfaat terpenting dari rencana bisnis adalah dapat membantu Anda mendapatkan lebih banyak investor. Hal ini sangat penting untuk pertumbuhan bisnis Anda, terutama ketika bisnis baru dimulai, perlu dukungan investor untuk membuat bisnis yang Anda buat lebih sukses.

Nah, itulah penjelasan tentang apa itu rencana bisnis dan betapa pentingnya dalam membangun bisnis. Setelah Anda mempelajarinya, Anda mengerti cara mengaturnya, apakah Anda siap untuk memulai bisnis baru?


Apa Yang Dimaksud Dengan Vertikal Garden

Apa Itu Vertical Garden?

Istilah vertical garden alias taman vertikal merujuk media taman dengan tanaman yang diatur secara vertikal ke atas dalam sektor tegak lempeng atau dekati tegak lempeng. Taman vertikal ini bisa memberi efektivitas dengan manfaatkan dinding sebagai salah satunya mediumnya.

Vertical garden tawarkan jalan keluar untuk pemilik rumah yang ingin mempunyai taman tapi tempat yang dipunyai terbatas. Akhirnya, tipe taman ini lebih banyak diketemukan di dalam rumah atau apartemen yang mempunyai kebatasan tempat yang tidak mungkin ada taman horizontal.

kamu akan mendapati taman vertikal dalam beragam jenis design dan ide yang lain. Dalam pembikinannya, vertikal garden masih tetap menggunakan elemen softscape (tanaman) dan elemen hardscape (batu-batuan, besi, dan stepping stone).

Mekanisme Vertical Garden

(Unsplash) Agar bisa mengaplikasikan taman vertikal ini dalam tempat tinggal, kamu dapat pilih dua tipe mekanisme yang umum dipakai, yakni green facades dan living wall. Ke-2 mekanisme tanam ini secara peranan akan lengkapi dasar dari kehadiran vertical garden sebagai alternative tempat tanam. Berikut penuturannya:

Living Wall

Mekanisme living wall sebuah kerangka tempat tanam yang ditempel atau dibangun pada dinding atau mempunyai penyangga sendiri. Tipe tanaman untuk mekanisme ini umumnya lebih variasi dan bukan tanaman rambat.

Dinding yang dikasih tempat tanam untuk tumbuh tanaman, direncanakan dengan sisi yang terbagi dalam kerangka (frame), panel tanam berbentuk pot atau kantung, irigasi, dan pemupukan secara automatis periodik.

Green Facades

Sama manfaatkan dinding, tapi pada mekanisme ini dinding sebagai tempat tanam banyak tanaman menjalar. Dibanding mekanisme living wall, mekanisme tanam tipe ini mempunyai jenjang yang condong lebih gampang.

Pemilik taman vertikal, kamu perlu memotong rambatan yang bila mulai mengusik panorama.

Keuntungan Membuat Taman Vertikal di Rumah

Argumen khusus orang membuat vertical garden di dalam rumah pasti untuk manfaatkan tempat yang terbatas sebab bisa memakai dinding yang berdiri tegak. Kenyataannya, bukan hanya pendayagunaan tempat, membuat taman tegak mempunyai keuntungan diantaranya:

Ruang Lebih Sejuk dan Fresh

Taman vertikal menjadi sumber udara bersih untuk lingkungan sekelilingnya. Ini pasti jadikan ruang lebih sejuk dan fresh karena bisa memberi supply oksigen yang dibuat dari tanaman yang ditanamkan di vertical garden itu.

Bila kamu mengaplikasikan taman vertikal di ruangan kerja, beragam riset memperlihatkan jika vertical garden bisa membuat kamu lebih produktif dan menolong kurangi depresi karena ruang yang sejuk dan fresh.

Kualitas Udara Jadi Lebih Baik

Masih terkait tanaman yang ditanamkan, kenyataannya rumah yang mempunyai taman semakin lebih sehat karena kualitas udara terbangun secara baik.

Mendatangkan vertical garden dalam ruangan menolong mendetoksifikasi udara, kurangi pencemaran udara, dan hilangkan zat yang tidak bagus untuk badan seperti formaldehyde dan benzene.

Bisa Menyerap Keributan

Pada tempat tinggal, baik itu rumah atau apartemen, yang mempunyai plafon tinggi, karena itu taman vertikal bisa menjadikan lebih kedap suara.

Ini berlaku bila kamu pas dalam tempatkan taman vertika hingga bisa membuat lingkungan yang semakin tenang.

Gampang Diatur

Dibanding taman horizontal, vertical garden condong lebih gampang diatur karena tidak begitu luas. Bila memakai tempat tanam dalam pot, kamu perlu geser pot di bagian yang ditukar.

Begitu juga saat ingin menukar tamanan, karena itu perlu mengurusinya dalam pot saja.

Perawatan Lebih Gampang

Masalah perawatannya juga taman vertikal lebih gampang. Apa lagi sekarang ini tempat tanam telah diperlengkapi dengan mekanisme pengairan automatis hingga tak perlu menyirami dengan manual sepanjang sumber air untuk pompa ada secara baik.

Menambahkan Artistik Tempat tinggal

Bila ditempatkan dalam ruangan, taman vertikal bisa memberi nilai lebih pada keelokan ruang itu. kamu dapat pilih beragam tipe tanaman yang mempunyai bunga yang cantik supaya untuk lengkapi keelokan vertical garden ini.

Vertical garden kelihatan mengundang perhatian sekalinya ada di ruangan yang tidak besar.

Langkah Membuat Vertical Garden

Tehnik bercocok tanam ini jadi hal menarik karena akan membuat situasi tempat tinggal yang nyaman, kerja dari rumah juga jadi tidak memiliki masalah. Bila kamu tertarik membuat vertical garden sendiri, yok kenali triknya di bawah ini.

Tentukan Dinding

Langkah pertama untuk membikin taman vertikal dengan pilih dinding. Berita baiknya, sebagian besar dinding dapat dipakai untuk membikin taman vertikal. Terkecuali bila kamu ingin membuat taman vertikal yang besar sekali atau menanam pohon.

Penetapan dinding ini akan memengaruhi tipe tanaman apa yang hendak diputuskan. Pilih dinding yang memperoleh supply cahaya matahari yang cukup, kelembapan yang cocok, dan angin. Lantas, dinding yang diputuskan itu dapat memberi keadaan perkembangan terbaik untuk tanaman.

Buat Kerangka

Biasanya, susunan dasar dinding vertical garden ialah sandwich tiga lapis yang dibuat dari frame, terpal plastik, dan kain. Buat lebih dulu formasi ini sesaat akan menggantung pot tanaman.

Pakai pipa PVC 3/4 inch atau kawat tebal, siku, dan ikatan empat arah untuk membikin frame. Lebih bagus bila frame ini tidak memakai material logam karena berat dan ongkos tambahan. Disamping itu, material kayu pun tidak dianjurkan karena akan membutuhkan tindakan penekanan untuk melindunginya dari kelembapan.

Pasang Terpal Plastik

tahap selanjutnya lekatkan selembar plastik ke frame. Plastik berperan sebagai penyangga untuk susunan kain sekalian meredam air dari dinding. kamu dapat memakai lembar PVC yang diperlebar.

Tetapi, bila ingin coba ini pada dinding kayu, kamu membutuhkan tambahan sirkulasi ada di belakang.

Pakai Kain untuk Mengirit Ongkos

Sisi ini nanti bisa menjadi tempat di mana tanaman akan hidup, dan yang hendak meredam air untuk tanaman itu. Pemakaian kain dapat menjadi opsi untuk menghindar beban terlampau berat pada kerangka vertical garden.

Untuk cara ini, kamu memerlukan minimal dua lapis kain. Gantungkan kain pada kerangka, selanjutnya isikan dengan tanah dan tanaman hias. Bila ingin lebih sederhana, karena itu dapat memakai pot.

Tentukan Tipe Tanaman yang Akan Ditanamkan

Paling akhir, kamu langsung bisa tentukan tanaman apa yang hendak menghias taman vertikalmu. Ada beberapa tipe tanaman dan faedahnya yang dapat kamu tentukan untuk ditanamkan di tanam vertikal.

Misalkan tanaman vertical garden yang menjuntai seperti Dischidia Geri yang bisa digantung atau sebagai percantik jendela ruang.

Nah, itu informasi-informasi sekitar vertical garden yang dapat kami berikan. Bila kamu mempunyai tempat yang terbatas tapi ingin mempunyai taman yang elok, karena itu taman dinding ini dapat diaplikasikan. Mudah-mudahan info ini berguna!