Netflix has finally announced when Cobra Kai will return for season 3. Clear your calendars (LOL) for Friday, January 8, a mere 98 days away. (But who's counting?) And the good news just keeps on coming: The teaser also reveals that season 4 is currently "in training," which is definitely not a surprise but a welcome announcement nonetheless.
After debuting on YouTube in 2018, Cobra Kai — a Karate Kid sequel dramedy that follows rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as adults — moved to Netflix in June. "We always felt there was a huge untapped audience for Cobra Kai," exec producer Jon Hurwitz told EW. "We always felt like if Cobra Kai was on the biggest stage, it would perform well on that stage." He was right: Once seasons one and two hit the streamer in August, the series quickly rocketed into Netflix's top 10 — but the network remained vague about when new episodes would drop.
The season two finale ended on a major cliffhanger, and now we're just a few months away from getting some answers.
Cobra Kai season 3 premieres Friday, Jan. 8 on Netflix.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Friday it would bar the Chinese-owned mobile apps WeChat and TikTok from U.S. app stores as of midnight Sunday, a significant escalation in America’s tech fight with China that takes aim at two popular services used by more than 100 million people in the United States.
In a series of moves designed to render WeChat essentially useless within the United States, the government will also ban American companies from processing transactions for WeChat or hosting its internet traffic as of midnight Sunday.
Similar restrictions will go into effect for TikTok on Nov. 12 unless the company can assuage the administration’s concerns that the popular social media app poses a threat to U.S. national security. TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, is currently in talks to do a deal with the American software maker Oracle. The Commerce Department said the prohibitions could be lifted if TikTok resolves the administration’s national security concerns by the November deadline.
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
The actions follow an Aug. 6 executive order by Mr. Trump, in which he argued that TikTok and WeChat collect data from American users that could be accessed by the Chinese government. The administration has threatened fines of up to $1 million and up to 20 years in prison for violations of the order.
TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner said in a statement that the company was disappointed in the Commerce Department’s decision.
we will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods,” he said.
Tencent Holdings, which owns WeChat, said in a statement it was reviewing the new rules and had submitted a proposal to address the government’s national security concerns about the app. It said it would “continue to discuss with the government and other stakeholders in the U.S. ways to achieve a long-term solution.”
Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Ross, in an interview on Fox Business Network on Friday morning, said that the ban would initially have a much greater impact on WeChat.
TikTok would also face some changes, but would still be allowed to function until Nov. 12, Mr. Ross said, at which point it would face the same ban as WeChat if there was no deal that satisfied the administration’s concerns.
“As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” he said.
That delay will allow users of the popular social media app — who are primarily young — to continue using the service ahead of the Nov. 3 election. TikTok has increasingly become a political force, with its users posting in support of their favored candidates and offering commentary on current events. It has also been utilized as a political tool — hundreds of teenage TikTok users claimed credit for low turnout at a rally for Mr. Trump in Tulsa, Okla. earlier this year.
Specifically, the U.S. government will ban American companies from transferring funds or processing payments through WeChat. It will also prohibit companies from offering internet hosting, content delivery networks, internet transit or peering services to WeChat, or using the app’s code in other software or services in the United States.
Many of the internet services targeted by the government’s order “are like the FedEx for the data business,” said Charlie Chai, an analyst for 86Research, a research firm focused on Chinese companies. “If no FedEx is willing to carry the data package for WeChat, then WeChat is dead” in the United States.
The actions take aim at two of China’s most popular and successful tech exports, which knit together nearly two billion people worldwide.
As of Friday morning, the Chinese government had not issued any statements, and it was not immediately clear if China would retaliate. China has long blocked access to such American social media as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp that it cannot readily monitor or censor.
Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Both have said in the past that they comply with the local laws in each country they serve.
Apple is the highest-profile American tech company in China, and could have the biggest target on its back if agrees to carry out the administration’s restrictions. Apple assembles most of its products in China, and the country is Apple’s biggest sales market after the United States, putting it at risk from any retaliation by Beijing.
Other tech companies responded to the announcement with concerns about potential retaliation that could hamstring U.S. services. Adam Mosseri, who leads Facebook’s Instagram product, said in a tweet that a TikTok ban “would be quite bad for Instagram, Facebook, and the internet more broadly.”
Facebook, which does not operate its services in China, has tried to leverage Washington’s fear of Chinese companies to its advantage, including citing it as a reason not to try and subject the U.S. tech giant to antitrust actions. But Mr. Mosseri said that the cost of other “countries making aggressive demands and banning us over the next decade outweigh slowing down one competitor today.”
Vanessa Pappas, TikTok’s interim global head, said in a response to Mr. Mosseri that Facebook should “publicly join our challenge and support our litigation” against the ban. TikTok sued the Trump administration over the ban last month, arguing that the move had denied it of due process.
Tech companies have raised concerns about arbitrarily blocking apps without a clear policy process and have suggested it infringes on the First Amendment, said Adam Segal, a cybersecurity expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Segal said it was not entirely clear why the administration had chosen to go after these two Chinese services, and not other similar ones. “A lot of it just feels to me to be improvisational,” he said.
In a call with reporters Friday, a senior official with the Commerce Department pushed back on the idea that a ban would curtail Americans’ freedom of speech, saying that the administration had chosen to target these apps in part because they are used to censor speech.
“We are not China. We are not attempting to censor speech. In fact, it’s the exact opposite,” the official said.
The Commerce Department declined to say whether the regulations could be used as a template for other Chinese companies, but noted that the secretary had the ability to prohibit other transactions by the companies in the future if it was determined to be in the interest of national security.
The administration is already taking a wider scope to review Tencent’s activities in the United States beyond WeChat. The government has sent letters asking a series of questions about data policies to several companies in which Tencent has partial ownership, including Epic Games, the maker of the popular game Fortnite, Riot Games and Spotify, according to people familiar with the situation.
Mr. Ross portrayed the threat from Chinese apps in stark terms, likening it to a window that allows Beijing to peer into the everyday lives of Americans.
“What they collect are data on locality, data on what you are streaming toward, what your preferences are, what you are referencing, every bit of behavior that the American side is indulging in becomes available to whoever is watching on the other side,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to squelch.”
In its announcement, the Commerce Department said that both WeChat and TikTok collected information from their users including location data, network activity and browsing histories. As Chinese companies, they are also subject to China’s policy of “civil-military fusion” and mandatory cooperation with Chinese intelligence services, it said.
Cybersecurity experts have debated the extent to which the bans would address national security threats. Many other Chinese-owned companies gather data from mobile users in the United States, as do Facebook, Google and other non-Chinese services.
James Lewis, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the administration’s moves seemed aimed at pushing ByteDance to give the U.S. more control over TikTok.
“It looks like it’s largely a continuation of the pressure tactics to get ByteDance to make a deal,” said Mr. Lewis. “WeChat is sort of the human sacrifice of this deal. They’ve gone nuclear on them.”
TikTok has been downloaded nearly 200 million times in the U.S., about 9 percent of the app’s downloads outside of China, according to Sensor Tower, an app analytics firm. WeChat has been downloaded nearly 22 million times in the U.S. since 2014, or about 7 percent of its downloads outside of China, Sensor Tower said.
The ability of the U.S. to enforce the ban remains an open question. As Chinese authorities know, internet bans are easier declared than enforced. While the U.S. rules block the app from stores within the country, workarounds will likely materialize. Users could switch their settings to access to an app store outside the U.S., or switch to other Tencent apps, like a messaging service called QQ.
A Commerce Department official on Friday acknowledged that such workarounds were possible, and said the department’s focus would be not on policing individual users but gradually limiting the ability of the apps to operate in the United States over time.
The official declined to discuss enforcement but said that the administration hoped to work with American tech companies, noting that “every company that this touches is becoming increasingly aware of the challenges that these applications pose.”
Apple and Google regularly remove apps from their app stores for a variety of reasons, including security flaws, violations of the companies’ rules and, in some places, requests from the government.
In China, Apple has appeared to pull thousands of apps from its App Store in the country under orders from the government, including certain gaming apps and news apps like The New York Times. Last year, Apple removed an app from its App Store in Hong Kong that helped protesters there track police after it was criticized by Chinese state media.
And in Russia, the messaging app Telegram complained in 2018 that Apple removed it there because of the app’s dispute with the Russian government.
Because of Apple and Google’s dominance of the smartphone market — they make the software that backs nearly all the world’s smartphones — governments can target the companies to try to roll out such bans, which otherwise could prove tricky to enforce given the open nature of the internet.
Apple, in particular, has been used as a tool by governments because it only allows apps and software to be downloaded onto iPhones via its App Store. That means forcing Apple to remove an app would effectively stop any new user from downloading it.
People who already have the app on their phones can continue to use it. Yet eventually the app will become obsolete on those phones because the app’s developer will not be able to update it to make it compatible with updates Apple and Google make to their smartphone software.
On Google’s Android software, users can download apps and software from outside of its official Google Play Store. That means requiring Google to pull an app from the Play Store would only create a hurdle for some users to downloading that app on Android devices.
Android underpins most of the world’s smartphones, in part because of its dominance in many developing countries like India, but Apple and Google roughly split the U.S. market.
Experts said that the bans on providing hosting and other services to WeChat’s American service could quickly disable the app for users in the United States.
Mr. Lewis said that it appeared the app’s payment functions would not work under the rules. Whether users would be able to message other people would hinge on how effective the administration had been at banning companies from connecting users in the United States with WeChat’s infrastructure in China.
“And it looks to me like they’re certainly trying,” he said.
Go 'Inside the WAP' With Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion in Revealing Behind-The-Scenes Clip
Nine extra minutes of "WAP."
How much "WAP" is too much "WAP"? We're about to find out, because on Wednesday (Sept. 9) Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion unleashed the first episode of "Inside the WAP (Part 1)," a compendium of behind-the-scenes peeks into the making of the video that broke the summer. The nine extra minutes of rehearsal footage chronicle how the dynamic duo rushed to get the visual wrapped in Los Angeles in early July, with stops at snake wrangling and chest pains along the way.
Things kick off with Cardi -- wearing a simple black tank and shorts and no make-up -- describing the rundown of the action to a room of dancers and Meg before shifting to choreography rehearsals and Cardi practicing in a too-tight corset that is giving her "troublesome" with her... chest.
A montage of the set build-out makes way for news footage of California Gov. Gavin Newsom putting new restrictions on indoor gatherings around the 4th of July, which lights a fire under the crew to get the video wrapped quickly. Before Meg hits the set filled with a masked-up crew she takes two big shots to steel her nerves for the scene where she rocks an Albino Burmese Python around her neck. "They got a big motherf---er out there, like 120 pound," Megan says, warning a freaked out-looking Cardi that "this snake is big as s--t."
Watching Megan do her thing clearly delights Cardi, who claps and sings "motivation, motivation," revealing that she'd had the song for nine months and was just waiting for the right partner. "You are the nicest f--king person I know," Stallion says about the moment Cardi called to invite her into the fold.
We also get to see Cardi, in a white robe, giving extras including Mulatto, Normani, Sukihana and Rubi Rose some motivation for their extra sexy moves.
Cobra Kai season 3 release date: when is it coming to Netflix?
In short… sometime in 2021. However, fans of Karate and nostalgia probably won't have to wait too long. While the coronavirus pandemic has hurt most ongoing productions, Cobra Kai Season 3 has already filmed and was going through its finishing touches when the lockdown hit.
Speaking to CBR, series co-creator and executive producer Josh Heald confirmed that principal photography wrapped before the end of 2019, and the show is pretty much good to go.
"Thankfully with season 3, we wrapped production before the end of 2019 and we wrapped post-production...I think there was a little bit of overlap," Heald told CBR. "We were still doing some finishing touches for the effects and some quality checks on season 3 while the quarantine aspect of the pandemic was just beginning but we finished our final mix – the last big piece of post-production – that was done in-person with raising champagne and eating cupcakes and all the things you do to feel like you're at your absolute unhealthiest coming out of the completion of a season."
So, Cobra Kai is in the can. As one of Netflix's newest acquisitions, it seems like it's really up to the streaming giant when they want to release Cobra Kai season 3.
The U.S. Department of Labor is making available $50 million more for the island's unemployment assistance program and the next batch of payouts will likely cover cleared claims through July 28, Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell'Isola said on Friday.
"The additional $50 million brings us to more than half a billion dollars in unemployment benefits for the people of Guam in three months," Dell'Isola said.
This is the third installment of funding for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that the Guam Department of Labor administers locally:
First installment: $276 million
Second installment: $185 million
Third installment: $50 million
Total so far: $511 million
Guam Labor requested a $924 million PUA budget for an estimated 38,000 displaced workers through December.
As of this week, $324 million in PUA payouts and taxes have circulated in the local economy. The new $50 million is expected to be loaded into the system by this weekend.
$400 a week
Guam on Wednesday submitted its application for the Lost Wages Assistance program, which provides $400 in additional weekly assistance to those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dell'Isola said.
This program authorized by President Donald Trump is in addition to the weekly PUA of up to $345.
Dell'Isola said his agency received feedback from the local office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on how to "strengthen" the application by providing additional information.
Under the proposal, Guam expects that the program will cover 25,000 displaced workers, Dell'Isola said.
The program covers three weeks of unemployment, from July 26 to Aug. 15, he said.
FEMA will cover 75% of the costs while Guam, or any participating state or territory, will cover the remaining 25%.
Guam's request to FEMA is about $22.5 million, and Guam will shoulder the remaining cost of about $7.5 million.
If there is still funding left after states and territories' applications are approved, then they could be eligible to apply for two more weeks of benefits for displaced workers, Dell'Isola said.
Nominees And Date For '54th Annual CMA Awards' Revealed
September 1, 2020 at 6:28 AM (PT)
Nominees were revealed this morning (9/1) for the "54th Annual CMA Awards," which will take place WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th at 8p (ET) on ABC-TV. MIRANDA LAMBERT tops the nominees with seven nods, breaking the record for most nominations by a female artist in CMA history with 55. Her new nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (“Bluebird”), Album of the Year ("Wildcard"), Song of the Year (“Bluebird”), Musical Event of the Year (“Fooled Around And Fell In Love”), and Music Video of the Year (“Bluebird”).
Other top nominees include LUKE COMBS, with six nominations, MAREN MORRIS with five, and DAN + SHAY, JAY JOYCE and CARLY PEARCE with four a piece. Additionally, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, KEITH URBAN and Pop artist JUSTIN BIEBER each received three nominations.
“This year’s nominees represent the passion, creativity and hope our world could use more of these days," said CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN. "From record-shattering milestones to reaching across genre lines, these finalists are outstanding examples of the craft and camaraderie Country music holds deeply. As we navigate the coming months and look to properly honor our nominees and the community, we are committed to delivering the safest and most memorable live television experience our artists, creators and fans could ask for. We cannot wait to reveal our two incredible CMA Awards hosts in just a few weeks and we look forward to celebrating Country music this NOVEMBER!”
LUKE COMBS and CARLY PEARCE took to the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE stage to reveal the nominees on ABC-TV's "Good Morning AMERICA," (watch here) while INGRID ANDRESS and GABBY BARRETT revealed broadcast nominees in a live stream hosted by APPLE MUSIC's ASHLEY EICHER on CMA’s YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK pages (watch here). See all nominees below:
Entertainer Of The Year
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Male Vocalist Of The Year
• ERIC CHURCH
• LUKE COMBS
• THOMAS RHETT
• CHRIS STAPLETON
• KEITH URBAN
Vocal Duo Of The Year
• BROOKS & DUNN
• BROTHERS OSBORNE
• DAN + SHAY
• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
• MADDIE & TAE
Vocal Group Of The Year
• LADY A
• LITTLE BIG TOWN
• OLD DOMINION
• RASCAL FLATTS
New Artist Of The Year
• JIMMIE ALLEN
• INGRID ANDRESS
• GABBY BARRETT
• CARLY PEARCE
• MORGAN WALLEN
Album Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist And Producer(s))
• "Heartache Medication"– JON PARDI
Producers: BART BUTLER, RYAN GORE, JON PARDI
• "Never Will" – ASHLEY MCBRYDE
Producers: JAY JOYCE, JOHN PEETS
• "Old Dominion"– OLD DOMINION
Producers: SHANE MCANALLY, OLD DOMINION
• "What You See Is What You Get"– LUKE COMBS
Producer: SCOTT MOFFATT
• "Wildcard" – MIRANDA LAMBERT
Producer: JAY JOYCE
Single Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist(s), Producer(s), And Mix Engineer)
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER)
Producer: DAN SMYERS
Mix Engineer: JEFF JULIANO
• “Beer Never Broke My Heart” – LUKE COMBS
Producer: SCOTT MOFFATT
Mix Engineer: JIM COOLEY
• “Bluebird” – MIRANDA LAMBERT
Producer: JAY JOYCE
Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
• “The Bones” – MAREN MORRIS
Producer: GREG KURSTIN
Mix Engineer: GREG KURSTIN
• “I Hope” – GABBY BARRETT
Producers: ROSS COPPERMAN, ZACH KALE
Mix Engineer: BUCKLEY MILLER
Song Of The Year (Award Goes To Songwriters)
• “Bluebird” Songwriters: LUKE DICK, NATALIE HEMBY, MIRANDA LAMBERT
• “The Bones” Songwriters: MAREN MORRIS, JIMMY ROBBINS, LAURA VELTZ
• “Even Though I'm Leaving” Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, WYATT B. DURRETTE III, RAY FULCHER
• “I Hope You're Happy Now” Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, RANDY MONTANA, CARLY PEARCE, JONATHAN SINGLETON
• “More Hearts Than Mine” Songwriters: INGRID ANDRESS, SAM ELLIS, DERRICK SOUTHERLAND
Musical Event Of The Year (Award Goes To Artists And Producer(s))
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER), Producer: DAN SMYERS
• “Be A Light” – THOMAS RHETT featuring REBA MCENTIRE, HILLARY SCOTT, CHRIS TOMLIN & KEITH URBAN, Producer: DANN HUFF
• “The Bones” – MAREN MORRIS with HOZIER, Producer: GREG KURSTIN
• “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – MIRANDA LAMBERT (feat. MAREN MORRIS, ELLE KING, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, TENILLE TOWNES & CAYLEE HAMMACK), Producer: JAY JOYCE
• “I Hope You're Happy Now” – CARLY PEARCE and LEE BRICE, Producer: BUSBEE
Music Video Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist(s) And Director)
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER), Director: PATRICK TRACY
• “Bluebird” – MIRANDA LAMBERT, Director: TREY FANJOY
• “Homemade” – JAKE OWEN, Director: JUSTIN CLOUGH
• “I Hope You're Happy Now” – CARLY PEARCE and LEE BRICE, Director: SAM SISKE
• “Second One To Know” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Director: DAVID COLEMAN
Musician Of The Year
• JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle
• PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel Guitar
• ROB MCNELLEY, Guitar
• ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Guitar
• DEREK WELLS, Guitar
National Broadcast Personality
• “AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN” (KIX BROOKS) – WESTWOOD ONE
• “THE BLAIR GARNER SHOW” (BLAIR GARNER and “OFF ERIC” GARNER) – WESTWOOD ONE
• “CMT AFTER MIDNITE” (CODY ALAN) – PREMIERE NETWORKS
• “COUNTRY COUNTDOWN USA” (LON HELTON) – WESTWOOD ONE
• “THE MAYOR OF MUSIC ROW” (CHARLIE MONK) – SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO
Major Market Broadcast Personality
• ANGIE WARD – WUBL/ATLANTA
• “CHRIS CARR & COMPANY” (CHRIS CARR, KIA BECHT, and MCKAILA GRANNING) – KEEY/MINNEAPOLIS
• “DOUBLE-L” (LOIS LEWIS) – KNIX/ PHOENIX
• “FITZ IN THE MORNING” (CORY FITZNER) – KNUC/SEATTLE
• “PAUL SCHADT & SARAH LEE IN THE MORNING WITH PRODUCER GEOF” (PAUL SCHADT, SARAH LEE and GEOF KNIGHT) – WKKT/ CHARLOTTE
Large Market Broadcast Personality
• “THE BIG DAVE SHOW (“BIG DAVE” CHANDLER, CHELSIE SHINKLE, JASON STATT and ASHLEY HEMPFLING) – WUBE/CINCINNATI
• “JIM, DEB & KEVIN” (JIM DENNY, DEBORAH HONEYCUTT and KEVIN FREEMAN) – WFMS/INDIANAPOLIS
• “LEXI & BANKS” (“LEXI” ELENA ABATGIS and “BANKS” JARED DANIELSON) – KUBL/SALT LAKE CITY
• “OBIE & ASHLEY” (“OBIE” OBED DIAZ and ASHLEY MORRISON) – WWKA/ORLANDO
• “RIDDER, SCOTT AND SHANNEN” (“RIDDER” SHAUN RIDDERBUSH, SCOTT DOLPHIN, and SHANNEN OESTERREICH) – WMIL/MILWAUKEE
Medium Market Broadcast Personality
• BRENT MICHAELS – KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD
• “CLAY & COMPANY” (CLAY MODEN, ROB BANKS, and VAL TOWNSEND) – WYRK/BUFFALO
• KENN MCCLOUD – KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD
• “SCOTT AND SARAH IN THE MORNING” (SCOTT WYNN and SARAH KAY) – WQMX/AKRON
• “STEVE & GINA IN THE MORNING” (STEVE LUNDY and GINA MELTON) – KXKT/ OMAHA, NE
Small Market Broadcast Personality
• “BIG RICK IN THE MORNING” (“BIG RICK” DANIELS) – WGGC/BOWLING GREEN, KY
• “BOBBY & STEVE (AND MANDI!)” (BOBBY COOK, STEVE SCHWETMAN and MANDI TURNER) – WKYQ/PADUCAH, KY.
• “BRENT AND CANDY - THE CAT PAK MORNING SHOW” (BRENT LANE and CANDY CULLERTON) – WYCT/PENSACOLA
• “OFFICER DON & DEANN” (“OFFICER DON” EVANS and DEANN STEPHENS) – WBUL/LEXINGTON
• “STEVE AND JESSICA MORNINGS” (STEVE WATERS and JESSICA CASH) – WFLS/FREDERICKSBURG, VA
Major Market Station
Large Market Station
• KUBL/SALT LAKE CITY
Medium Market Station
• KATM/MODESTO, CA
• WHKO/DAYTON, OH
• WXCY/WILMINGTON, DE
Small Market Station
• WBYT/SOUTH BEND, IN
• WKXC/AUGUSTA, GA
• WXBQ/JOHNSON CITY-KINGSPORT-BRISTOL, TN
• WXFL/FLORENCE-MUSCLE SHOALS, AL
The governor announced that she is inclined to extend the restrictions of Pandemic of Condition of Readiness 1.
The lockdown was expected to be lifted by Friday at noon.
“Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is looking to extend the public health emergency beyond Aug. 29. We can expect the official announcement tomorrow,” said Governor's Press Secretary Krystal Paco-San Agustin. “She’s inclined to allow banks and government treasury to open as early as Friday. She’s also inclined to open parks and beaches for individual use only by the weekend.”
Paco-San Agustin said that the administration can’t stress enough though that the stay at home order remains in place.
“We are not meeting the four criteria’s to move from one PCOR to another,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said On Wednesday morning. “So we continue to have high numbers at the hospital.”
As of midday Wednesday, the island has reported 984 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. The governor said she anticipates that total number to surpass 1,000 today.
Her "Never Worn White" music video baby bump reveal
That baby bump in her March 4-dated music video gave fans all the feels, but the real kicker is why she chose to announce her pregnancy with this single and video.
"Honestly, I was getting way too fat to hide it, so I was like, 'Well, I think this song would be a great reveal! Let's start there,'" she revealed to SiriusXM Hits 1 in her first interview following the major news. "And that's how I communicate things -- I communicate through music."
Her explanation that it's not a food baby
For her first performance of "Never Worn White," Perry went down under and shimmered in her coral gown in Australia while appearing on the local TV show The Project on March 10. Before she took the stage with a pianist and string quartet, she told the panel of TV hosts that this was indeed the real deal.
"I'm definitely in it; there's no hiding it and no passing it off as, like, you know, just a breakfast burrito," she said during the interview. "I've always been a very curvy girl and I love to eat, so there had been rumors in the past that people had thought that I was pregnant... and now, they're right! They're more than right, yes. These are not cookies in my belly."
Her spicy pregnancy cravings with a dash more of Tabasco
Perry jumped on Instagram live with super pop producer/songwriter Benny Blanco on April 23 to talk about what exactly she's chowing down while cooking her bun in the oven. From pickles to avocado toast, she's only fueling the fire by adding a few dashes of hot sauce.
"During this time there’s lots of cravings but lots of things to consider when going to the grocery store -- but trust and believe I have stocked up on pickles," she divulged her pregnancy diet to Blanco. "My number one craving is avocado toast with Tabasco. I’ve never been into spicy foods in my life but light my mouth up right now!"
Her Pure-ll maternity costumes
She's never worn white, but she's absolutely worn an entire wardrobe of funky costumes these past few months. Perry has shown off her baby bump and bushy tail with her festive Easter onesie, pumped out some good ole' clean jokes with her hand sanitizer outfit while taping American Idol, and celebrated a certain Disney mother for a special themed Idol episode.
Her unborn daughter flipping her off during a sonogram
A popstar for a mother and an actor for a father, Perry and Bloom's daughter already started rebelling like the rockstar of her family when the singer showed off not her baby's hummingbird heartbeat but her middle finger waving in the womb.
"When your unborn daughter gives you a middle finger from the womb you know you're in for it #happymothersdaytome," Perry teased in the caption of the sonogram clip posted May 11, a day after the holiday.
Her "What Makes a Woman" track dedicated to her unborn daughter
As the 35-year-old pop star's interviews keep teasing more KP5 tracks before the Aug. 14 due date, she dished to Lebanese radio station NRJ Lebanon that one track comes to mind when she thinks about her daughter. "There is a song on the record called 'What Makes a Woman,'" Perry said in the June 23-dated interview. "That is a hope I have for my future child, is that she doesn't have any limits on any of her dreams, or what she wants to be, or who she thinks she is. And, you know, she can change whenever she wants. She doesn't have to... she can try everything on if she wants; figure out what fits. And so I think that song is important to me and important for her."
Her Smile crop top showing off her growing baby bump
Perry was all smiles showing off her official album merch during her July 19-dated interview with the Australian radio program The Kyle and Jackie O Show. She completely bore her baby bump hanging out of her crop top, which she deliberated wearing because of her upcoming mommy duties.
"But I was looking at it and I was like, 'It's a crop top. Can I wear that? I'm going to be a mom.' I was like, 'F--- it! I can still be young and fun and wear a crop top!'" she stated before standing up again to show off her tummy.
Since April 7, the number of new COVID-19 positive cases have relatively low while the number of people who have recovered have increased.
"Again our numbers look good, we are at 136 positive confirmed cases. We have 109 total recoveries. That’s about an 80% recovery," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said in her Saturday morning briefing.
The governor also clarified a statement previously made and encouraged local employers who have been affected by COVID-19 to register online with the Guam Department of Labor's website. DOL officials have said information will be used for, among other things, to verify information for unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, people who have lost their jobs or who are forced to work fewer hours will be able to apply in a few weeks, the governor said.
She said with the new numbers and other developments, several things have been triggered.
"We are going to do more tests …using FDA test kits," she said. "We have the capacity that we are building (and) we will be able to test more."
She said the expanded testing will provide "a better understanding of the community spread."
It has also triggered plans to direct recovery programs, the governor said.
To that end, she's empaneled an advisory group that includes doctors and other medical personnel, representatives from the business community, including the tourism industry, and government agencies.
The group will create the plan and strategy that drives the recovery.
“The recovery, I have to tell you, is going to be gradual, and going to be controlled and … monitored very closely,” she said. “Restrictions are going to be lifted but they’re going to be lifted gradually."
The governor expressed a concern that lifting restrictions too quickly could result in the coronavirus spreading as seen in other countries that re-opened borders and lifted restrictions only to see an upswing in positive cases that were traced back to local contact as well as people traveling from other countries.
"We want to protect against that," she said. "The best way to do it is to have a panel of advisors, have a plan that’s approved, look at the plan make sure its gradual slow and being monitored all along the way to make sure that if … there are early, early surges or early, early infections that are increasing we can address that rapidly so that we don’t have again massive infections in our community."
The governor added her thanks to the community saying the "success of our sustained coronavirus containment (with) very low numbers is because of you."
"Your commitment, your compliance, your persistence in staying home, only being out for essential business, washing your hands, distancing yourself, using your mask - these are all the measures you have been using to minimize the COVID infections," she stated. "And because of you we are winning this war."
2020-03-29 01:37:00 by Congressman Michael San Nicholas
'Help is on the way': What the COVID-19 stimulus package means to Guam residents
President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion bipartisan stimulus package on Friday, Washington, D.C., time, that will provide economic relief to individuals and companies.
The stimulus package will provide $1,200 checks to individuals, and more for families. It would compensate people who are laid off or furloughed because of the crisis, and it directs cash to hospitals and other medical facilities.
"Help is on the way," Del. Mike San Nicolas said.
On Guam, the local government will need to set up some programs and infrastructure so money can get to eligible individuals, according to San Nicolas.
San Nicolas explained the package, and how it will work for Guam residents.
Direct cash assistance to households
$1,200 per adult earning $75,000 a year or less. This amount gradually reduces and phases out as income goes up.
$500 per child.
This is a one-time payout.
"For a typical household you're looking at $2,400 for mom and dad and you're looking at it, you have three kids another $1,500. And so that comes out to a total of $3,900," San Nicolas said.
If you are on the 2018 or 2019 tax rolls, your name is included. You also need a Social Security number.
"You don't need to have paid taxes," San Nicolas said. "You need to have filed,"
In the rest of the country, this will be paid through the IRS. On Guam, the local government will need to reconcile the Department of Revenue and Taxation tax filers with the U.S. Treasury, San Nicolas said.
$930 a week for everyone who is unemployed, partly unemployed or furloughed because of the pandemic. This varies by state. On Guam, the figure is calculated using the average state benefit of $330 a week and adding an extra $600 a week for four months.
The federal government supports state unemployment programs, so there is already a mechanism in place to get unemployment insurance payments to individuals who live in states. On Guam, no unemployment insurance program exists.
For the pandemic unemployment insurance program, Guam will have to work out a program with the U.S. labor secretary, and the federal government will have to approve that program.
"We've created an opportunity for Guam to be able to access money that normally we would have lost out from because we don't have the existing infrastructure," San Nicolas said.
If you have a federally backed mortgage, for as long as there is a declared emergency on Guam, you will not need to pay your mortgage, San Nicolas said. Interest will continue to accrue, but banks must give you mortgage forbearance for 180 days.
"That passes through to renters, because in the legislation we also suspend evictions," he said.
On September 16, 2015, a singer, rapper, and flutist from Minneapolis fired off a tweet from her iPhone: "Heads up: imma be me at every stage--- Grammys, to ya granny's backyard." It earned five retweets, 17 likes, and was probably nothing more than a tiny, if somewhat presumptuous blip on her followers' timeline. Nothing spectacular, in other words.
Oh, how things have changed.
The tweet in question came from Lizzo, who, at the time, was fresh off a stint opening for a Sleater-Kinney tour and was gearing up for the release of her second album, Big Grrrl Small World. She wasn't signed to a major label; rather, she was headlining small clubs and hustling hard. But she clearly believed in herself. And when the 2020 Grammys touch down in Los Angeles this Sunday (January 26), we'll see just how majorly that hustle paid off.
It's Lizzo's year to lose, with the "Truth Hurts" singer leading the pack of nominees with eight nods to her name, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Oh, andshe'll hit the stage for a live performance, just like she predicted she would five years ago.
In celebration of Lizzo's Grammy debut, take a look back at some of her old tweets about the awards show that, in the wake of her dominating breakout year, have aged remarkably well. She always knew she was 100 percent that bitch.
NEWS Rihanna Stars in Sultry Valentine's Day Savage x Fenty Campaign Video
1/2/2020 by Rania Aniftos FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Fenty Rihanna attends the FENTY x Webster Pop-up Cocktail at The Webster on June 18, 2019 in New York City. If you're hoping to look sexy on Valentine's Day, Rihanna's got your back. The songstress unveiled her new Savage x Fenty V-Day collection on Thursday (Jan. 2), created alongside fellow fashion designer Adam Selman. Tinashe photographed on Nov. 13, 2018 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. READ MORE Tinashe & Dreezy Get Tapped as Brand Ambassadors for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty The video, featuring RiRi herself and models Paloma Elsesser, Adesuwa, Fiffany Luu and Joan Smalls, takes place in a flashy hotel room full of neon lights, lava lamps, oversized teddy bears, and cut-outs of conversation heart candies on the walls. The lingerie itself is everything a woman needs on Valentine's Day and beyond, full of red satin, leather and lace. Check out the video below, and shop the collection here.
In the wake of the 20th anniversary of Dr. Dre’s seminal album 2001, the West Coast rapper sat down with Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine to speak about the state of the industry in an interview with Apple Music.
“Right now, I have to really, really search hard to find something that I really like, as far as hip-hop goes,” he said. “But I think it’s just about the substance. Right now, it feels like it’s a little more quantity over quality. ‘Made a song last night, I need to put it out tomorrow.’ What are you gonna dedicate yourself to, the art or the money? It’s that simple.”
Iovine specified what sets Dre apart. “Some artists in music, all they are is searching for inspiration,” he said. “And then there are artists that are just searching for hits. He’s only searching for inspiration, and if hits come, great.”
The Compton rapper underscored this generational shift by reflecting on the ‘90s era. “In 1996, it’s like fucking hip-hop Vietnam,” he said. “In the ‘90s, hip-hop was a contact sport. All of a sudden, I’m on my own again, and I have to go find new artists, new musicians to work with.” His rift with Suge Knight shaped 2001—he had to change the name of his legacy-redefining album.
When he was searching for collaborators, he discovered that Eminem was the “missing link.” “Hearing that demo with Eminem and how it made me feel, and then meeting him and how we saw eye to eye as far as the work goes,” he recalled. “He was hungry, and I was hungry. That spontaneous combustion – we just clicked. That just brought everything and everybody together that was happening at that time.”
When it came time to make 2001, Em’s demo vocals ended up making it to the final version of “Forgot About Dre.” “That was Eminem’s idea,” he said. “He wrote the song for me and Snoop originally. He laid reference vocals for Snoop, and I liked the way it sounded. So we just kept it that way. I laid my vocals, and that was it.”
Dre also recalled how Iovine encouraged him to reconfigure the lead single. “I thought ‘The Next Episode’ was the single, and he said, ‘I will lay down on the street in front of these trucks before we let that go first.’ When you’re trying to come up with your single at the end, it’s extremely difficult. It’s either not as good as what you’ve done or it sounds like something you’ve done already.”
“It was a great song,” Iovine added. “I just felt the album needed something coming at it from a different way.”
Iovine’s request prompted Dre to turn to JAY-Z for “Still D.R.E.” “JAY-Z wrote those lyrics. I think they came back in maybe 24 hours with the whole song written.”
He released his latest solo full-length, Compton, back in 2015.
Online lingerie retailer Yandy has been making absurd Halloween creations for years featuring scantily-clad versions of inanimate objects, government officials, religious figures, and viral memes.
There's been a Sexy Pizza Rat, Sexy Poop Emoji, Sexy Pope...and now, the cheeky company has come up with a "Sexy Mister Rogers" costume.
Officially called “Yandy Nicest Neighbor Costume” that retails for $59.95, the racy outfit features a cropped red cardigan, a collar-and-tie combo, and grey booty shorts. The hand puppets, wig, belt, and socks are sold separately, in case you were wondering.
The description on the Yandy website reads:
Clearly, it's a harmless costume that even the retailer itself poked fun at in a blog post titled "The Yandy Costumes You'll Make Fun of This Halloween."
While some people agree and think it's hilarious albeit ridiculous (which is the point, according to Yandy CEO Chad Horstman), others have predictably taken offense at the jokey sexualization of their cardigan-wearing childhood icon, who is played by Tom Hanks in It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a critically-acclaimed biopic that hits theaters November 22.
Walker, Texas Ranger is set to serve up more martial arts-fueled, Lone Star state justice in a new TV version of the beloved Chuck Norris action series.
Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is set to executive produce and succeed Norris in the upcoming show Walker, described as a "straight reboot" in the same vein as the recent CBS reboots Magnum PI and MacGyver.
Deadline broke the news and has further details on the premise:
Both CBS, the original home of Walker, Texas Ranger and current home of Supernatural, and CBS Television Studios are reportedly shopping Walker. Anne Fricke (Valor) is attached as a writer and executive producer alongside Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon) and Dan Spilo (Sunnyside).
NBCUniversal announced Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named “Peacock” and will be available in April 2020. It will feature reboots of the classic TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Additionally, Peacock will house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”
(Peacock and chill?)
There’s an interesting story behind Ashton Kutcher‘s ’70s mustache — and it randomly all comes back to Adele.
When Jimmy Fallon inquired as to why he’s rocking the ‘stache, Kutcher said, “I never intended to have this, I don’t think I look good with this but I’m keeping it!”
He explained that he and wife Mila Kunis were invited to Adele’s birthday party recently, and on the day of the event, the actress told him the theme for the bash was “1970s New Year’s.”
“We were both on ‘That ’70s Show.’ I think we got this,” Kutcher, 41, said, adding that he got some bell bottoms and boots and shaved his beard into a mustache.
But when the pair got to the party, he noted Kunis, 36, was wearing a “timeless jumpsuit,” and quickly realized the theme was actually 1930s New Year’s.
“I look like Burt Reynolds from ‘Boogie Nights,'” he said. “What are you going to be like? ‘I got the decade wrong?’ So, I’m just playing it off like this is what I’m doing these days. Like, ‘What’s up Jay-Z? Yeah, this is my thing now.'”
He added, “It was really awkward. So now it’s a spite ‘stache, and I’m keeping it … and now [Kunis] likes it, so I can’t get rid of it.”
Popular singer Ariana Grande has sued Forever 21 for $10 million, accusing the fashion retailer and a beauty company started by its billionaire founders’ daughters of piggybacking off her fame and influence to sell their wares.
In a complaint filed on Monday, Grande said Forever 21 and Riley Rose misappropriated her name, image, likeness and music, including by employing a “strikingly similar” looking model, in a website and social media campaign early this year.
She said this followed the breakdown of talks for a joint marketing campaign because Forever 21 would not pay enough for “a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature,” whose longer-term endorsements generate millions of dollars in fees.
Grande has more than 65 million Twitter followers and 163 million Instagram followers. A core part of the 26-year-old’s fan base overlaps Forever 21’s and Riley Rose’s target markets.
“Forever 21 does not comment on pending litigation as per company policy,” the company said in a statement. “That said, while we dispute the allegations, we are huge supporters of Ariana Grande and have worked with her licensing company over the past two years. We are hopeful that we will find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future.”
Riley Rose did not immediately respond on Tuesday to emailed requests for comment.
Founded in 1984, Forever 21 said it recently had 815 stores in 57 countries.
Its founders, Do Won and Jin Sook Chang, are worth $1.5 billion according to Forbes magazine. Their daughters, Linda and Esther Chang, opened the first Riley Rose boutique in 2017.
According to Grande’s complaint, Forever 21 and Riley Rose misappropriated at least 30 images and videos, including by using audio and lyrics from her recent No. 1 single “7 Rings,” and by using the look-alike model.
“The resemblance is uncanny,” the complaint said.
Grande’s lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court seeks damages for copyright and trademark infringement, false endorsement, and violating her right of publicity.
Justin Bieber just proclaimed he had the best day of his life after finding an ancestral relation to both Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne.
Bieber posted a list, generated by ancestry.com, that was able to connect the 3 mega-stars by DNA over many generations.
"I also just found out that I’m related to both Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne this is the best day of my life.. it seems super legit it’s on ancestry.com" the singer wrote.
Clearly, Justin is questioning the authenticity of the finding. Also, the story and pictures have been going around the internet for years. It seems Justin was just doing some surfing and came across the list.
Either way, JB's friends and fans love it. It also started a wave of people trying to connect themselves with the Biebs.
"You are also related to me but you are my 27th cousin," one fan wrote."
"Ryan Gosling being your 11th cousin once removed has me weak," another confessed.
A few people also pointed out the obvious, "They are all French Canadians !!! Wouldn’t it be awkward if you had dated one of them."
Living on Guam definitely has it’s perks, too many to mention in fact. The pristine beaches, the second to none diving spots, the food! The list goes on and on, however, even paradise has some downfalls. The most glaring to me isn’t the fact that NFL games start at 4 am, OR that sometimes brown tree snakes can wander into a transmitter and send the island into a lengthy ‘brown-out!’ NO! It’s the crap chute that is ordering online!
Few things are more exhilarating than coming across something online that catches your eye. For some maybe it’s an exact replica of the dress Rihanna was wearing on the red carpet, for others, it’s that air fryer you convinced yourself was worth splurging on. No matter the item, or sometimes the price, the impulsive buy just doesn’t seem to have any downside…until it comes to shipping. You know, getting the actual item to its destination. A tiny island in the south Pacific that, according to some online distribution centers “doesn’t exist!?!” Doesn’t Exist!?! There are exceptions, and can sometimes be even more infuriating than not receiving the order at all.
“I was so stoked!” says Jason Mendoza, about his new purchase from Amazon. “I ordered a dual chin-up and tricep dip rack. It’s just the problem was, when it came in the mail there were NO BOLTS to put it together!” Jason isn’t the only online buyer from Guam to experience disappointment. Jennika Terlaje waited several months to finally save for enough to purchase her family’s patio furniture. A great deal on eBay no less, a whole set for $12.99. Checkout. E-mail confirmation. Yellow slip in the mailbox. Delivered. “I thought something was off when they handed me one small box at the post office. I opened it as I walked out and it was patio furniture. Patio furniture that would go great…in MY DAUGHTER’S DOLLS’ PLAYHOUSE!” she said. “I couldn’t believe it! NO WONDER it was $12.99!” Now, whether she could tell it was small or not from the picture is still unknown, but too true are both of these stories. I myself have tried to navigate through the rough waters of online purchasing living on Guam.
A child of the late 80’s early 90’s I’ve been an on again-off again collector of anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new line of toys is great and all but it just doesn’t seem to hold the nostalgia the original Playmates line does for me. I’ve said all of this to say that the best place to find vintage toys online, in my opinion of course, is eBay. Cruising through eBay for a vintage toy collector is much like walking through a virtual mall of your childhood. You can find almost any and ever toy that existed in that splendid time of. I was so overwhelmed just trying to find that one certain something. Finally, I found the purchase worthy of the money I had slaved about a week and a half for. An original 1989, complete in parts and with the original box, Ninja Turtle Party Wagon. Buy it Now. Confirm and Pay. Await confirmation E-mail. Everything was all good, and going seemingly well. Until about 2 days later, when I noticed that I had been refunded the exact amount I THOUGHT I had just spent, into my pay pal account. No explanation. The seller, I guess had decided to end the transaction, and really with no explanation. Weird. Ok, well if at first, you don’t succeed, RIGHT!?! Oh, look at THIS! What a chord my next find struck. It was an original 1989 Playmates Donatello figure (the first one of the series I got as a kid). I couldn’t click buy fast enough! Again, await confirmation E-mail. Again, a refund in the exact amount of what I thought I just spent. No explanation. I’ve since been told by other collectors that it’s nothing new. Some sellers just don’t trust that Guam exists or that anyone buying from here is going to pay them…? I really don’t know seeing as myself nor anyone I’ve spoken to has ever gotten a logical explanation.
I do hold out hope, however, that one day ordering ANYTHING on the internet isn’t such a pain. I have faith that as technology advances, Guam will no longer show up on a seller’s list as too far to ship to or, at least more will be made aware of the fact Guam exists. It does. We do. The residents of Guam like shopping and online ordering as much if not MORE than anyone else due to the fact that the ‘brick and mortar’ options are so limited. Ordering and receiving online have made strides in the past decade for sure. It’s not all doom and gloom. Ten years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find ANY seller on Amazon that would ship to Guam, now it’s rare you find one that doesn’t, even if they do charge triple what the item you’re buying costs and it takes 8 weeks longer than expected to arrive. Must have got caught up in Richmond.
Could the NFL go co-ed? If the viral response to video U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd perfectly splitting the goalposts with a 55-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles practice session is any indication, it's not completely out of the question. Speaking to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Lloyd—a two-time gold medalist and two-time FIFA player of the year—indicated she was shocked the video took off but she also had no doubt about her ability to kick in the NFL.
“This totally took me by surprise,” Lloyd said of the huge response to footage of her field goal.
“I know the power of social media," she said, "I get that, but I just casually brought my boots to Eagles practice, did a few kicks, nailed a 55-yarder on my first try and next thing I know everything’s blowing up, and I was laughing about it with my husband at first, but now I’m sort of entertaining the idea.”
Lloyd is a pro athlete and understands that confidence has to be supported with training. "I think I definitely could do it with the right practice and the right technique and get my steps down and figure all that out,” she told NBC's Gregg Murphy.
Lloyd went on to say she was sure she "definitely could do it because anything I set my mind to do I can do it—and I actually do kick balls for a living. So, yeah, it’s all about the technique, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m now entertaining the idea.”
Fox Sports reported Tuesday that Lloyd "has been offered the chance to make history by becoming the first woman to play in a National Football League preseason game," according to her trainer, James Galanis.
It still could happen, though. Galanis continued, "We are definitely thinking about it. Knowing Carli, this is why it is enticing for her, because it is a challenge. That’s what Carli thrives on, it is the next thing she can conquer. That’s why we have had half a dozen conversations about it in less than a week."
There's always the question of the size disparity between the undoubtedly fit but 5'7" Lloyd and the kinds of 6'3" to 6'6" behemoths who might come charging in a regular game. But Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Cairo Santos (for example) is just an inch taller than Lloyd—and kickers are often the slightest members of any NFL team.
But not everyone was so gung-ho of her chances in the NFL. Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen said she'd be a liability if one of her kicks didn't get past the line of scrimmage.
“Sound sweet til somebody block the kick and all of a sudden she on defense,” Allen wrote. “Would be like the stampede scene in the lion king movie.”
A Washington woman, hoping an octopus on the face would make for a prize-winning photo, instead wound up with something she never expected: a faceful of pain and a trip to the hospital.
Jamie Bisceglia told Fox News on Wednesday that she was participating in a fishing derby in the South Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge last Friday when a group of men in the competition snagged an octopus.
Bisceglia, 45, of Fox Island, on Wednesday, recalled asking the men for the juvenile Pacific octopus they'd snagged, saying, “I’d like to eat it for dinner.”
She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby's photography contest: "It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you -- I put it on my face.”
And at first, that wasn't so bad. “The tentacles were squirming in my ear, my nose, it was just playing with me on my face,” she said.
“And then all of a sudden its beak entered my chin and my eyes popped open wide and they could all see that I was getting attacked, and the photos are taken at the moment it was attacking me.”
The sensation was vivid and unforgettable. “Oh my gosh," she said, "when it bites you it feels like it’s barbed and if I pulled it out it was going to take out my flesh.”
When she finally pulled the octopus off, she said, the pain was intense, and the bleeding lasted for a half-hour.
Still, she didn't go to the hospital for two days, determined to finish two back-to-back fishing derbies first.
Between derbies, she even went to a friend’s house, cooked the octopus for dinner and “enjoyed a beautiful meal that was delicious.”
“I got a little revenge,” she added.
The next day she competed in the second derby. But when she woke up after, she realized she had to see a doctor immediately.
“I could tell I couldn’t swallow properly and I could tell when I opened my eyes it was kind of blurry, the left side of my face, my throat, my glands were swollen and it felt my left side of my face was paralyzed,” Bisceglia said.
Days later, she said, she's still hurting, and her face and throat remain swollen. She also has a rash on her chin to show for her bid to grab a memorable photo.
Bisceglia said doctors told her the swelling could linger for months. And "I have to take tons of medicine, three different heavy doses of antibiotics and I’m taking milk thistle, which is supposed to help with the venom."
Her takeaway? “I would tell everyone not to touch something that they don’t know what the consequences are.”
And who won the fishing derby photo contest that set this misadventure in motion. The results, she says, are still coming sometime this week. After her octo-ordeal, she's hoping it'll at least pay off with a win.