Ethereum-focused multi-chain network, SKALE, launches Metaport to support users bridging between chains on the SKALE Network. In order to bring Web3 to millions and eventually billions of people, developers will have to create applications that are not only compelling but designed with usability and fast simple onboarding. SKALE has long understood that mass adoption requires the ability to marry the friendly UX of Web2 with the power of blockchain and decentralization. In line with this, SKALE is excited to announce SKALE Metaport.
SKALE Metaport was created as a super fast, simple way for users to use the chain to chain bridging capabilities of the SKALE Network. Dapp users have a fast and simple way to move tokens of all sorts (ERC20, 721 and 1155) between SKALE Chains and between the Ethereum mainnet. This is all done using an interface that takes users through the process of moving their tokens and NFTs between chains in a few easy steps.
Developers get a well designed UI layer that helps them interface with the API layers so that they can integrate this user friendly experience into their Dapps. Not only can they configure it to match their user interface, they can also specify which chains are available and what tokens can be transferred. This is all done at incredibly fast speeds, taking 18 seconds or less, and if the transfer is between SKALE chains, it’s always gas free.
One example of how the Metaport will be used is in an on-chain PvP game like
CryptoBlades, where players earn $SKILL tokens. In this example, CryptoBlades developers connect their chain to the Europa Hub (the premiere liquidity hub on SKALE) and can configure Metaport to allow users seamlessly in the Dapp interface to navigate and transfer a token to Europa. Metaport pops up for users and guides them through the process of transferring that token from the game chain to the Europa chain and then back. What’s most exciting is the developer has the ability to customize this to the needs of their game by specifying the token or to allow the user to perform any actions on any tokens that they wish.
SKALE Metaport is available for developers today to integrate into their Dapps! Watch the Metaport demo below with core team engineer Dmytro here
SKALE is an Ethereum native, modular blockchain network composed of high-throughput, low-latency blockchains that are optimized for Web3 user experience. SKALE chains offer zero gas fees to end-users and have advanced features such as on-chain file storage, interchain messaging, zero-cost minting, ML/AI smart contracts, and enhanced security features.
The SKALE network enables developers to deploy their own EVM blockchain in minutes without sacrificing speed, security, or decentralization. Welcome to the SKALEverse.
We just returned from an extended excursion through Russia, visiting almost twelve urban communities alone. However significant as our experience seemed, there are a couple of things I wish I had known in advance. Whether you’re arranging a Trans-Siberian experience or a speedy excursion to St. Petersburg, I trust these Russian travel tips will assist you with getting ready for the thing that’s coming down the road!
Our month in Russia flew by a long shot excessively fast. We would have remained longer to investigate more if it hadn’t been for our Russian visa restrictions (30 days for Canadians). I believe this was just the first of many visits.
Learning the language will be surprisingly gainful
Russian is the authority language of Russia, and English isn’t generally spoken beyond travelers’ friendly urban communities. Regardless of whether you have a well-thought-out plan to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, realizing a little Russian will assist you with getting around. I suggest learning the Cyrillic letter set and a couple of crucial expressions, for example, “Hi, farewell, thank you, and so on” and “Excuse me, I don’t communicate in Russian.” “Could you at any point convey in English?”
Google Translate will be valuable
Most signs and historical center data will be shown in Russian and English in Russia’s two significant urban communities. A few menus are deciphered, and you will likely experience servers and inn receptionists familiar with English. You’ll be all alone until the end of the time. The joke was planned. Luckily, there are some astounding (and free!) applications accessible to help you in defeating the language boundary. It’s likewise worth making room on your telephone for the Russian language to be downloaded inside the application so you can utilize it disconnected.
Stretch out certain rubles beyond time
Whether you’re flying into Russia straightforwardly from home or through another nation, stretch out neighborhood cash beyond time to hold you over when you show up. This will save you from being required to go to a cash trade office at an air terminal or rail route station, which will more likely than not give you a decent rate. Russia’s cash is the ruble. This might be shown as RUB, рy, or. 1 CAD is roughly 50 RUB, and bills are accessible in divisions 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5,000.
You can get a good deal on your excursion by being sharp
Our most excellent starting costs in Russia were visa application charges, train tickets, and housing. Besides that, despite what we’d caught wind of Russia being so costly, we had the option to adhere to a genuinely safe financial plan every day. We restricted ourselves to 1-2 paid visits and attractions per city and remained in lodgings in a portion of the more costly urban communities. Eating at cafeteria-style burger joints known as stolovi allowed us to get a good deal on food since we could eat serenely for around CAD 5 per feast.
Prepare for as much time as is reasonably possible
We appreciate unconstrained travel all through Europe and Mexico. However, we found that Russia isn’t the ideal country for those impromptu, last-minute escapes. First off, you’ll in all likelihood be going between urban communities via train, and buying tickets ahead of time guarantees you get both a decent seat and a lower passage. This is particularly obvious during top seasons, for example, summer excursions, when local people likewise take trains for their get-aways. The equivalent validates booking dwelling, theater tickets, and shows or games.
Making a trip to Russia is convoluted and poorly designed
It isn’t! It’s pretty straightforward and much less complicated than it was a couple of years prior. All you want is a Russian visa, a greeting (which can be gotten effectively from an inn or other housing), and a couple of different records. The technique is equivalent to any other country requiring a traveler visa. Try to work with an organization that has insight into Russian travel to assist with making the cycle smooth and straightforward.
Individuals might look (however won’t grin)
They were being brought up in Toronto; you try not to visually engage with outsiders on the road except if you’re going to cooperate with them. That is why it didn’t take long to see that everybody appeared to be gazing at us as we passed each other on the walkway. Individuals appeared to engage visually, and my usual response was to grin. Nobody returned the grin.
Featuring four premium, pre-batched cocktails from some of the world’s most iconic spirits brands, like Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey Shoulderwhisky and more, Batch & Bottle brings bar-ready cocktails directly into the home, elevating any holiday occasion this season. Whether gifting, hosting or looking for a spirited hassle-free experience, Batch & Bottle’s varieties offer something for all to enjoy.
The Hendrick’s Gin Martini is distilled with the unusual inclusion of cucumber and rose, and replete with undertones of floral, citrus and herbal curiosity. The Hendrick’s Gin Martini is light, yet intriguingly complex.
Recommended Serve: Freeze or stir over ice for extra chill. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
An Old Fashioned should be no-nonsense. So what better malt for the job than one that’s made for mixing? The Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned combines Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky’s rich, vibrant and smooth blend with bold, bespoke bitters and golden sugar to give imbibers a legendary Old Fashioned.
Recommended Serve: Chill and pour over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
Fans can plummet into adventurous Icelandic depths with this playful Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan. The glacial Reyka Vodka, made of Iceland, mingles natural rhubarb, tangy blood orange and zingy fresh lime to create an eruption of Icelandic intrigue.
Recommended Serve: Freeze or shake over ice for extra chill. Garnish with a lime wedge.
The mighty Manhattan needs a mighty Scotch. So Batch & Bottle chose a bold contender: Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This bright and balanced single malt soothes the sharp bitters and envelops the sweet vermouth, creating a cocktail both bold and delicate.
Recommended Serve: Chill and pour neat. Garnish with an orange twist.
Boston-Based Lyricist Hundred Round Kado Releases Never Lost A Gun Fight (Allegedly) a brick-laced bar-for-bar symphony of cohesive hood poetry
There is a throwback quality to Boston-based lyricist Hundred Round Kado whose name means “gift” in his native language, Haitian Creole. He embodies a revolutionary and emotionally raw spirit reminiscent of the Golden Age of hiphop; aggressiveness mixed with deep introspection. However the emerging underground MC, the byproduct of systemic racism, violence and poverty, was heavily influenced by trap music (Gucci, Jeezy, T.I., Boosie, ZRo, Playa Fly). This versatility is a testament to his superpower – being able to articulate his experiences into words without creative compromise.
At 32 years-old, Hundred Round Kado has spent one-third of his existence behind bars yet his passion for rap has never wavered; if anything, it has intensified. The evidence can be found on his latest body of work, Never Lost A Gun Fight (Allegedly). Artfully executed, Hundred Round Kado 11th release is a tightly-wrapped 14-song tracklist with varied moods and masterfully narrated by Charlie Masheen who shines seamlessly. The title single is cathartic ghetto gospel that opens with Masheen’s thought-provoking spoken word laying the energetic groundwork for Hundred Round Kado to spit his soul baring truths over a sparse soundscape. On records like “Gratitude,” “Dead Person” and “9 And A Nina,” there’s a soulful rap&b vibe as the MC flawlessly flows atop melodic basslines, while cuts like “Boolin In The Kut” and “Bring Your Skale” find Hundred Round Kado showcasing his ability for cinematic storytelling. Each track is thorough enough to stand on its own yet as a whole, Never Lost A Gun Fight (Allegedly) is a brick-laced bar-for-bar symphony of cohesive hood poetry. It took over a decade of growth; highs and lows, lock ups and freedom, death and life for Hundred Round Kado to produce the autobiographical content found on the project. From subject matter ranging from legal woes and street politics to relationship struggles and spiritual breakthroughs, Hundred Round Kado’s young OG reputation was earned. “I don’t rap, I make my life rhyme,” says Kado about why he makes music.
Over the last few months, Hundred Round Kado has managed to drop back-to-back music videos for tracks from Never Lost A Gunfight (Allegedly), all while being confined to house arrest. The ability to hone in on the art and focus is seen in the outcome of the visuals; they don’t follow conventional scripts. In the video for the single “Dededede,” the dynamic rapper shows himself as somewhat of a bibliophile as the camera pans across his bedroom bookshelf showcasing the works of literary icons like Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler and Zora Neale Hurston. This collection of female authors might seem somewhat of an anomaly for a gang member currently out on bail while awaiting trail for a gun charge (allegedly), but Hundred Round Kado is a rare breed.
On the strength of personal and professional respect, multi-Grammy winning artist Malik Yusef introduced Hundred Round Kado to Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa when he was on the 4:44 Tour with Jay Z in 2017. The connection proved to be mutually invaluable. “Hundred Round Kado is one of the most talented lyricists I know,” says Mensa. “The elite level of his wordplay is probably only trumped by the gravity of his story, which is literally breathtaking; born in federal prison, it’s a miracle he’s still alive and has been able to transmute his pain into passion. Kado really held me down in some tough times when I had a lot of people out for me, but it wasn’t until 2021 when he was locked up facing life that our relationship became what it is today. In those 8-9 months, I sent him nearly 40 books ranging from James Baldwin to Eckhart Tolle and saw this miraculous transformation take place in him as he really began to harness his innate power to build, as opposed to destroy. A lot of these verses he spit for me when he was doing his time and it always gave me inspiration to go harder.”
Known as the Godfather of New England, Hundred Round Kado has a head for entrepreneurship and a heart for service. The strategic businessman has a portfolio of investments alongside his astute partner Alabama Jones that encompass a barbershop, hair salon, clothing store, studio and art gallery. Living up to the meaning of his name, Kado is truly a gift. A marginalized outsider who became an insider against all odds, including a 20 year history within the criminal justice system, the intelligent artist doesn’t know what his future holds. However, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and creatively-speaking, he’s free.
In collaboration with Harris Reed, the acclaimed fashion designer known for challenging expectations, Lexus has reimagined an icon from “The Wizard of Oz” – Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. “Ruby Red Rims” were unveiled last night at W Magazine’s star-studded 50th anniversary party in New York.
Under license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the concept celebrates the automaker’s daring redesign of its bestselling, most iconic vehicle, the all-new 2023 Lexus RX. It is an extension of the vehicle’s launch campaign that reminds us to never lose our edge with a modern interpretation of one of the most celebrated films of all time. What if, in “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy had ignored the advice to “follow the yellow brick road” and took the road less traveled instead?
With the “Ruby Red Rims,” Harris Reed and Lexus present the RX as the ultimate vehicle for inspiring drivers to veer off of the beaten path. As the official vehicle of the W 50th anniversary party, the “Ruby Red Rims” RX was stationed at the event’s entrance, greeting the fashion icons, celebrities and luminaries who have graced W’s cover through the decades, and setting the tone for the 70s-themed bash.
“As a gender fluid designer, I’ve always been fueled and inspired by choosing the path less traveled,” said Harris Reed. “With the bold new design of the Lexus RX and the cinematic Hollywood classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” I took inspiration from the literal interpretation of choosing your own path and pursuing a new journey down the red brick road, with a nod to the film’s iconic ruby slippers and my own designs.”
In creating the “Ruby Red Rims,” Reed took inspiration from two of the signature hats in his recent Spring 2023 ready-to-wear collection. The backs of the rims are made of solid aluminum and feature gloss-sealed glitter. In the center sits the ruby core and Lexus logo, embedded in a polished ruby red color, and powered by LED lights that bring them to life. Fins reveal the ruby red color from different angles, creating a magical moment that celebrates the iconic power of the shoes and the rims. A dramatic color change signifies the transition between worlds, immersing viewers in the journey.
“With ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a foundation for our all-new RX launch spot, we were excited about the possibilities of connecting our wheels to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. The final design and thoughtful interpretation of the “Ruby Red Rims” far exceeded our expectations,” said Vinay Shahani, vice president, Lexus marketing. “We are grateful for the incomparable, trailblazing designer, Harris Reed, who helped us reimagine the ruby slipper in the most striking way for W’s milestone 50th celebration.”
The ”Ruby Red Rims” RX will make additional appearances throughout the country later this year and next. For more information on the 2023 RX, visit www.lexus.com/newRX.
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Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers nine F SPORT models, two F performance models and one F model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.
LIVE Performances with a Special Halloween Weekend Finale
Drai’s Nightclub will host an amazing Halloween weekend filled with treats, live performances and more
Drai’s Nightclub will host “Once Upon A Nightmare: A Dark Fairytale Story” throughout Halloween weekend with performances by Yo Gotti, Big Sean and DJ Franzen.
Yo Gotti will kick things off on Friday, Oct. 28 with a high-energy Drai’s LIVE performance. One of hip-hop’s most respected and timeless artists, Yo Gotti is the mastermind behind Billboard chart hits “Down in the DM” and “Rake It Up.” His longevity in the music industry has seen him perform alongside fan-favorite artists such as Nicki Minaj, YG and Lil Uzi Vert.
Drai’s will then host Grammy-nominated and Billboard chart-topping artist, Big Sean, who looks to continue his incredible 2022 run with a performance at Drai’s Nightclub on Saturday, Oct. 29. Big Sean is world-renowned for his poised, charismatic tone and notably smooth delivery on hits like “Mercy” and “Big Bank.” His latest solo album, “Detroit 2,” debuted no. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving Big Sean his third chart-topping album. He recently collaborated with Hit-Boy on an EP titled “What You Expect,” which also earned a spot on the Billboard 200 and Top Rap/Hip-Hop Album charts, respectively.
Following Big Sean’s spectacular set, Drai’s resident DJ and first-class music producer DJ Franzen is set to keep the vibes rolling on Sunday, Oct. 30 with his own non-stop flow of music.
Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub will host an October full of high-energy parties and performances featuring iconic artists, including Wiz Khalifa, DaBaby, Fabolous, Fat Joe and more, taking over the stage for full-length Drai’s LIVE concerts. Drai’s Nightclub tickets and VIP table reservations are available on the website at www.draisgroup.com. Other special requests are available by emailing email@example.com.
The Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub lineup for October is listed below.
Friday, Oct. 14 – Fabolous
o The Grammy, Teen Choice Award and BET Award-nominated rapper is known for his hits “Throw It In The Bag” and “You Be Killin’ Em.”
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Wiz Khalifa
o A multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa, is known for hits such as “We Dem Boyz” and “Black and Yellow.” Wiz Khalifa and Ronny J released a single titled “Another One” on June 10.
Friday, Oct. 21 – Fat Joe
o Grammy nominated recording artist, Fat Joe, is known for hits “All The Way Up” with Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Dre, “What’s Love” featuring Ashanti and Ja Rule and “Lean Back.” He recently released “Back Outside” with Remy Ma, Cool & Dre in 2021.
Saturday, Oct. 22 – DaBaby
o BET and Billboard Music Award-winning artist, DaBaby, is known for his popular song featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar,” and collaborations with some of today’s hottest artists. His most recent single is “Bonnet” featuring Pooh Shiesty.
Friday, Oct. 28 – Yo Gotti
o One of hip-hop’s most respected and timeless artists, Yo Gotti, is the mastermind behind Billboard chart hits “Down in the DM” and “Rake It Up.” His longevity in the music industry has seen him perform alongside fan-favorite artists such as Nicki Minaj, YG and Lil Uzi Vert.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Big Sean
o Multi-platinum artist, Big Sean is best known for smash hits such as “I Don’t F**k with You” and “My Last.” He released a new song, in collaboration with famed R&B singer Queen Naija, entitled “Hate Our Love.” The artist recently headlined at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Sunday, Oct. 30 – DJ Franzen
Friday, Oct. 14 – Jauz
o Jauz is a popular DJ known for his hit tracks “Ghost” with GG Magree, “On Fire” with Hypression, “Bring Em Back” with Tynan and the remix of SHAED’s “Trampoline.” His current Off The Deep End tour focuses purely on house music all night long.
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Fabolous
Drai’s is the only nightclub in Las Vegas that offers full-length concerts by today’s top-charting artists. Every weekend, the Drai’s LIVE concert series brings big names like Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Lil Babyand TIP to the rooftop of The Cromwell, with banner performances set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Drai’s Nightclub is open from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. Friday – Saturday throughout the month. Drai’s Nightclub will be open on Sunday, Oct. 30 for a special Halloween weekend celebration. Drai’s Beachclub is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Saturday until Oct. 15. The upcoming Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub lineup can be found at https://draisgroup.com/las-vegas/calendar-view/.
About Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary as the pinnacle of nightlife in Las Vegas, Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclubtakes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Nightclub is a 30,000-square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000-square-feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers such as Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Baby in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world.Drai’s Nightclub is open from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Beachclub is a 35,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by eight towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, a full-service gourmet kitchen and two full-service bars. The legendary Drai’s After Hours has solidified itself as the ultimate late-night, see-and-be-seen party destination for 25 years.Drai’s After Hoursis a sleek, sexy lounge where DJs play chart-topping songs of today, including top 40, Latin and hip-hop music. In addition to bottle service, Drai’s After Hours is one of the only spots on the Strip to offer hookah nightly. Drai’s After Hours is open from 1 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at DraisGroup.com. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @draislv, @draisbeachclub and @draisafterhours.
When you’re in the mood for some hot and sexy phone sex then you have a lot of options to choose from. It seems like there are more companies offering it than there could ever be horny women to provide it. Of course, the kind of time you have is always going to depend on who you’re talking to. If you end up with the wrong girl, then you’re never going to be able to enjoy yourself.
Are Porn Star Sites Good for Sexting or Phone Calls?
Real phone sex girls love to share fantasies
Porn star sites offer, but don’t deliver
The stars want to sell their content and get tips
The girls will never respond to your messages
Expensive credits to buy
Arousr has real phonesex girls ready for conversations
1. Real phone sex girls love to share fantasies
A good phone sex girl is going to be vocal and comfortable with talking about her fantasies. She’s also going to have to be ready and willing to let you hear her most intimate moments as she brings herself to orgasm while you listen. Not every girl you talk to is going to be willing to do all of that. You really need to be on the right site and talking to the right girls to have the adult fun that you’re seeking out.
2. Porn star sites offer, but don’t deliver
If you’re looking for one place to get all of your phone sex needs satisfied, then you’re most likely going to come across Porn star sites first. This is where most people go to have their fun. There’s a problem with it, though. Even though the site promises you a lot of fun, it never actually delivers on it. That’s because the girls who provide the phone sex have no real reason to put any effort into it. You’ll see right away that the women of this site are called porn stars. That’s a clue as to how the site actually operates.
3. The stars want to sell their content and get tips
The women here are only out to make money with their bodies. They never put any extra effort into what they’re doing. They also never have to show you a good time. They make most of their money by selling videos and that’s pretty much it. That’s why any person you talk to is going to spend all of her time trying to upsell you. If you’re not buying her videos, then she’s not going to want to have anything to do with you. Usually they will text you in between on these sites and ask you to tip them extravagantly. And what to expect more? Unusual hidden charges appearing in your credit card account and multiple charges to numerous porn sites.
4. The girls will never respond to your messages
The biggest problem with Porn star sites is the fact that you have to pay to send every single message. That would be fine if they actually led to anything, but they don’t. Almost all of the messages that you pay to send out are going to get totally ignored. The girls simply have no motivation to talk to anyone on a real time basis. They only log onto the site when they need money and that’s about it. Any message that you actually get back is going to be a mass email sent out to all of the email addresses that the girls have. That’s never going to be a good time for you.
5. Expensive credits to buy
You could sign up to any other site and get mass emails sent to you for free. You have to pay to send your messages here and the only thing you get in return is a generic email that’s only asking you to give the girl even more money. It’s not a good site and you’re never going to have a good time when you use it. If you want to have actual fun, then you’re going to have to switch it up entirely. In that case what we can recommend to you is to go for real phonesex at arousr.com. It’s a dedicated sexchat site that offers free sexting, phone sex and video chat at an affordable rate.
6. Arousr has real phonesex girls ready for conversations
If you’re actually after a night that you can enjoy, then you have to be on Arousr. This is a site that’s filled with girls who actually want to play around with you. They don’t have anything to sell and your messages are never going to go unanswered. When you see a girl is live on the site, you can be sure that she’s horny and in the mood to have an orgasm over the phone. It’s the only reason for them to login in the first place. They’re just regular women who love to have phone sex and it really doesn’t get any better than that when you’re in the mood. All you have to do is pick the girl you want to play around with and send her a message. She wants you to get her off and she’s going to be willing to do anything it takes to make that happen. All you have to do is try it once and you’re going to see the major difference that the right site can make for you. It’s the best phone sex that you’ll ever get to enjoy.
We’ve heard lots about the changes that happen to your body during menopause – hot flashes, sleepless nights, and a true knock to your libido, to name a few. But what about what happens to your mind? Cognition and Mood is the theme for this year’s National Menopause Day because the changes to your mind and mojo are definitely affected by the physical changes in your body.
But hey, it’s not all so bad! How about the top three upsides to menopause:
No more periods
No more PMS
Sex for pure pleasure!
Looking at this life change positively helps with mindset, for sure. And – there are so many things you can do to take charge of this time in your life, especially when it comes to your mind and mood!
The Mind + Body Connection and Menopause
The truth is a neurological change does happen with menopause. Hormonal changes can affect the chemicals in the brain. You aren’t just imagining it when you find yourself “searching for words” more often than not – menopause can cause a delayed verbal memory. General forgetfulness and some cognitive decline are normal for many. (Although it does come back post-menopause!) For some women, the neurological changes occurring around this time can trigger emotional issues like depression and anxiety. The great news is there are things you can do to get through the peri, post, and menopausal years without losing your mind!
Fight menopause brain fog and improve your mood with five simple steps:
Protect the Heart – You may be surprised to learn how connected your heart and mind are. As progesterone and estrogen levels decrease with menopause, cholesterol levels can increase, upping the chances of heart disease. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk of mental deterioration due to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Focus on small but mighty steps to being heart-healthy, like moderate exercise (starting with just a 10-minute walk a day), ditching bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking, and upping your healthy foods are great places to start.
Stay Active – You already know that exercise may improve your mood, but it can also be highly beneficial for your brain. Exercise increases your neurotransmitters which pump up your endorphins – the feel-good chemicals that boost your mood. For extra endorphin boosting, invite a friend to walk with you. The friendship connection is powerful for endorphin levels too. Studiesshow that regular exercise changes the brain, not just cognition but also memory. (Oh, and added plus, regular exercise also boosts the libido.) And keep your mind active too. It’s the perfect time to feed your brain with stimulating hobbies to help it stay sharp – crosswords, reading, even chess!
Establish a Sleep Routine – Hormones and hot flashes significantly impact sleep. And we don’t have to tell you, but less sleep = a bad mood, especially as we age. Good sleep is also one of the primary factors for overall good health, and studies show that varied sleep schedules worsen women’s cognition skills. It’s all about routine and sticking with it. We’ve probably all heard the basics of developing a sleep schedule: setting a consistent bedtime, limiting alcohol, putting the screens away well before bed, and so on. Try finding a mantra you can say in the middle of the night to get yourself asleep quickly and shut down the nighttime worrying. Remember how we were told to “count sheep” when we were little? There is something to that. Figure out a way to keep your mind busy and the worries away, you aren’t going to solve any problems in the middle of the night, and everything looks brighter in the morning anyway! Putting sleep as a top health priority will pay off in many ways.
Get your Mojo Back – Your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone dip following menopause, leading to changes in sexual drive. In addition, less estrogen means less blood flow to the vagina, more dryness, and painful intercourse. Also, mood disorders and depression can cause low self-esteem, physical fatigue, lowered libido, and Anorgasmia, or trouble having an orgasm. Cliovana can help with these issues. The sound wave technology boosts the process of regenerating cells in the genitals, resulting in improved blood flow to the clitoris, which creates a long-term increase in women’s sexual responsiveness and intensity, helps with painful sex and lubrication, and increases orgasm frequency. It’s a quick and easy, entirely non-invasive treatment that creates a long-term increase in women’s sexual responsiveness and intensity.
Be Friends with your Gynecologist – Many people in the menopausal years suffer from moodiness, anxiety, and even depression. It’s not just the hormones; some people feel sad that the childbearing years are over, and other significant mid-life changes complicate it physically and emotionally. Everyone’s journey and body are different. As uncomfortable as it may be, talk to your doctor. They have the resources and the knowledge to help you get back on track.
And… a bonus #6: Embrace this time in life! With middle age comes wisdom, unique opportunities to experience travel, go deeper in relationships, discover new hobbies, and more. We are all affected differently by our changing hormones. Every one of us going through menopause can focus on staying positive and not let menopause be a stumbling block to our happiness.
Focus on what you CAN do to get your mind and body in a better place to handle the changes you can’t control. You have the power to manage menopause and not let it rule you!
Dr. Julianne Arena is a double board certified physician from Harvard and a certified Cliovana specialist who specializes in women’s health and sexual well-being.
Welcome to the artistic landscapes, vintage tapas cuisine, cultural energy, and trendy fashion of Madrid, the Spanish capital known for its constellation of renaissance and contemporary art, elegant boulevards, and expansive royal landmarks. Whether you are visiting the historic city with family, friends, or a spouse, make sure to do so with keys in hand to an all-new 2023 Range Rover Sport. Likewise, my memorable time here was constituted by a global test drive experience of the newfangled British SUV while seeking out passionate activities to fulfill my adventurous spirit.
Embarking from Virginia, the journey transitioned from Washington Dulles International Airport to Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport through a direct 6.5-hour business class flight on United Airlines. After landing in the morning, please make your way into Centro Madrid in the back seat of the New Range Rover Sport luxury chariot and its plush cabin. The mobile lounge will softly sound you to sleep for a 45-minute nap before arriving at The Madrid EDITION, your innovatively-designed hotel accommodations during the European vacation. Before checking in, take a quick walking tour to enjoy the lively scenes and local energy to increase blood flow after the long flight. Next, seek a café for tea, fruit, and pastries while admiring Madrid’s sunny blue skies, eclectic neighborhoods, and historic buildings. Afterward, your beautifully-appointed apartment-styled suite will be ready to refresh, rest, and regroup.
Wake up to the vivacious echos of Spanish conversations and laughter, which will entice you to join the fanfare as you walk through one of the city’s most famous sites, Puerta de Sol, a busy and scenic square in the heart of the Spanish capital. Shopping is omnipresent, as well as restaurants, pubs, and lounges as you prepare for the next day of exploration. Of course the nightlife is active almost every evening, therefore be sure to conserve energy. Next, head to Casa de Valencia to satisfy your soul with the symbolic and authentic Valencian rice dish paella. Oh wow, you will eat until the sun rises if given a chance!
After a deep sleep, wake up revitalized for your drive to the countryside in the 2023 Range Rover Sport First Edition P530 V8, the lynchpin of four powertrain choices for the stately SUV. But first, hit the state-of-the-art gym for an immersive physical workout since it features every piece of equipment required to complete rejuvenation. Next up is drive time. Land Rover is proud of its dynamic British aesthetics and design philosophies thanks to the genius of Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern, who embodied the new Sport with intelligent controls, technological aggression, modish materials, and sustainable Ultrafabrics. En route to Soto de Mozanaque in Alcobendas, Madrid, my drive partner and I chose a Firenze Red Range Rover Sport First Edition glorified by a contrasting black roof and imperial 23” 10-spoke Gloss Black rims. Tucked in 285/45 R23 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires, the larger co-engineered rubber keeps the vehicle grounded and fills up the wheel wells nicely for greater definition. The A-pillar, window frames, grille, badges, rear diffuser, and tailgate spoiler are also blacked out.
The SUV is enthusiastically agile, powerful, and ultra-quiet inside and out until you floor it as the seductive growl emanating from the quad pipes takes precedence. With a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo engine and 523-horsepower, 4.3-second 0-to-60 mph acceleration is immediately at your disposal from every gear of the 8-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the picturesque roads outside the city were dignified by the First Edition’s All-Wheel Steering, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, Dynamic Launch Mode, Dynamic Air Suspension, Dynamics Response Pro, and an Electric Active Differential. Essentially, it felt like the Range Rover Sport was piloting itself.
Upon arrival to the majestic lands and countryside retreat of Soto de Mozanaque, owned by the Duke of Alburuqrque D. Juan Miguel Osorio Bertrán de Lis., we relaxed, inhaled the purified rural air, and ate a delectable vegano lunch. Visions of freeness came to mind while admiring the postcard panoramas of the garden and manicured lawn. With roots dating back to 1731, the wedding and corporate event space was originally built as a pleasure palace and hunting lodge. Its Soto Mozanaque golf course is equally lobbying to become a Rider Cup location. While here, media guests could reveal the exalted interior of the Range Rover Sport First Edition, which features reductive design pieces, a 29-speaker 1,430-watt Meridian Signature audio system, 22-way adjustable and massaging seats, forged carbon fiber trim, and a middle console cooler. Advanced tech is provided by a Cabin Air Purification Pro (CAPP), the dramatically improved 13.1” in-house engineered Pivi Pro Infotainment system, 3D Surround Camera, a ClearSight rearview mirror, and 60 Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates. SOTA should alleviate some of the previous Land Rover quality issues and save owners from visiting a dealership. CAPP minimizes odors, bacteria, and allergens such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus utilizing PM2.5 filtration and nanoe X technology.
Once a few hours of meditation passed, our next leg directed us towards Madrid’s famed Golden Triangle of Art, such as the renowned Museo Del Prado (Prado Museum), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Reina Sofía National Art Centre), and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum). My focus was Prado since it’s regarded as one of the best in the world for original paintings. The museum director set up a private tour for us to witness the magical illustrations of Francisco José de Goya, the highly-regarded Spanish romantic and prolific printmaker. Another collector’s item on display is the Adoration of the Magi by Hans Memling. Painted around 1479, Prado Museum acquired the oil on panel triptych in 1847. My time here was full of cultural expressions through these pristine art pieces. As well, the Prado Museum’s restoration lab highlights and corrects original works dating from 1881 when Picasso was born.
After a long and fascinating day it was time to return to the white-themed décor of The Madrid EDITION for a tranquil spa treatment, decompression in my fabulous suite, and socializing in the urbane lobby before venturing to dinner at Restaurante Amazonico. This Amazon-themed establishment was buzzing with vitality from the spirited hosts, upbeat DJ, and delicious Asian, Mediterranean, and Brazilian dishes. Our small group had a wonderful evening that flew by quickly due to the vibrant atmosphere. I believe I spent more time dancing in my seat than I did eating. And yes, I patiently awaited another night of beauty sleep in my quarters. The following day, rise to a wonderful Spanish breakfast before a morning walk to integrate with locals as they hustle to work. Then pull up a table at any of the hundreds of cafes at your disposal to people watch.
For the remainder of my stay, I focused on inner city happenings while cruising the Madrid streets and heading an hour North of Madrid to off-road around the grounds of Hotel Caserío Aldeallana in a 2023 Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE P400. The boutique hacienda features hundreds of acres, a courtyard, a chapel, and a historical 5-bedroom home to go along with the quaint guest rooms for those looking for weekend getaways with Mother Nature. I didn’t visit the property overnight, but I went for lunch and to witness the all-terrain capabilities of the Range Rover Sport. The plug-in hybrid features a 3-liter V6 engine with 434-horsepower and an electric motor good for 48 EPA-estimated electric miles. A full electric Range Rover is coming in 2024.
“The exceptional New Range Rover Sport sets new standards as the ultimate sporting luxury SUV, building on seventeen years of unique customer appeal,” said Thierry Bolloré, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover. “It is the latest embodiment of our vision to create the world’s most desirable modern luxury vehicles, effortlessly blending new levels of sustainability with the signature qualities that have made Range Rover Sport so popular.”
The PHEV derivative — riding on road tires — had no qualms traversing through deep trenches, around boulders, up steep hills, and descending as the SUV crept down slopes without the need for the driver to brake. We also demonstrated the capabilities of the new Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control and All-Wheel Steering with 7.3-degrees of rear turning to showcase the SUV’s nimbleness. Vivid cameras show actual views so you can position the Rover properly during specific maneuvers and Adaptive Dynamics and Terrain Response 2 adjust the vehicle to various road surfaces and conditions depending on its needs. Finally, after soiling the Rover with dirt and mud it was time to return to the city with Sport mode engaged to manipulate the ZF transmission utilizing the paddle shifters.
We headed to the Mercado de San Miguel back in town for various delicacies. Spanish gastronomy is presented in the historic building housing the food market through 20 stalls delivering tastes from all over Spain from Galicia to the Basque Country. Before leaving Madrid I similarly visited a theatre show, passed through one of an array of local parks, enthusiastically shopped including an outing to timepiece retailer Antigua Relojeria SA, and celebrated American Football wins at Sports Pub Madrid.
Starting at $83,000 in the US, the 2023 Range Rover Sport presents its loyal following with sophisticated luxury, electrifying power, focused refinement, and seamless technology. And what better way to nomadically explore the beauty of Madrid, Spain than with Britain’s most refined next-level SUV? It’s quite fitting for all of your exploratory endeavors. Therefore, build the newest member of your family HERE.
Video game players and developers, especially women, frequently suffer sexism, which is prejudiced conduct or discrimination based on sex or gender. Sexual harassment or the portrayal of genders in video games, such as when characters adhere to gender-specific clichés and stereotypes, are examples of how this could appear.
Video game culture changed significantly during the 1980s and 1990s when it was once thought of as a subculture exclusive to young men. As of the 2010s, women make up roughly 50% of all gamers. However, by not punishing users who engage in this kind of behavior or by including sexist elements in their plots, several video games actively encourage instances of sexism against women.
People in the video games industry are now more aware of sexism as a result of the growing number of women in the gaming business and the subsequently publicized cases of harassment of these women.
Sexism in Video Games
The International Game Developers Association carried out a survey in 2014 that revealed some unprofessionalism women encountered in the game development industry. Women first noted defiance from male coworkers who were beneath them. The study also revealed that white men were preferred for executive jobs and throughout the whole hiring process.
According to a poll, female developers were not treated with respect in the industry and were instead subjected to inappropriate behavior by male coworkers, such as being tricked into going on dates.
Online video games can be host to extreme sexism towards women, with 65 percent of women reporting an instance of sexual harassment in this setting. Women receive three times as many offensive or derogatory comments from gamers as men do, which can be made anonymously by gamers.
Why is Sexism So Widespread in the Gaming Industry?
Well, there are a few things that need to be considered before we answer that question. According to researchers, playing video games has traditionally been associated with men. At least since the 1980s, when the industry experienced a financial depression, game developers have prioritized targeting men as their main market.
Even Esports participants are affected by the video game industry’s male orientation with only 1 out of 500 earning professionals being a woman. Although there is some evidence that this is starting to change, male dominance in the business and its focus on its male clientele have led to the creation of video games with few female characters and hyper-sexualization of those few that exist.
Is There a Light at the End of this Tunnel?
Some people have expressed optimism in response to the most recent allegations of sexism in the industry, theorizing that a tipping point may have been reached and that significant change is feasible. They find encouragement in the fact that recent events have not provoked the customary backlash but rather compassionate reactions, resignations, and promises of culture change from firm CEOs. As part of their efforts to change and reform, several businesses have employed diver officers and recruited high-priced consultants.
Women’s rights activists actively work to change how women are portrayed in video games and how the gaming community as a whole treats them. For instance, feminist frequency, a group founded by media critic Anita Sarkeesian, offers training and seminars to influence game culture and change it for good.
Gaming companies have also taken initiatives to maintain a safe and respectful workplace, including adopting standards and training programs. The French government proposed legislation in 2016 that would reward or incentivize video game developers for portraying more positive representations of female characters in their works, in an effort to combat sexism. These recommendations also lay out a rating system that separates games that support positive female representation from those that do not, with the latter receiving the highest age 18 rating.
Although we still have a long way to go in this battle against not only sexism but all kinds of discriminatory behavior in the online video game industry. It is safe to say that the fact that harassment is now being talked about is a big step forward. Whether the games industry has actually been able to transform and create better working conditions remains to be seen. But for the time being, it has made a start.
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