Texas Senate readies to pass bathroom bill and others by end of week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate on the second day of a special session ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.Click through our gallery that details some of the things you should know about the 'bathroom bill'... Photo: Eric Gay, STF / The Advocate

An early morning start had the Texas Senate on track to pass out all 20 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priority items by the end of the second week of the session.

After a rare midnight session Thursday and a weekend of around the clock committee meetings, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, had dozens of bills primed to be heard on the Senate floor over the next three days starting at 9 a.m. Monday. That includes bills dealing with highly controversial issues like abortion, transgender bathroom policies, school vouchers and tree ordinances.

DEBATE: 10 hours of public testimony in Austin over ‘Bathroom Bill’

But while the Senate plows through the agenda with Patrick’s promise to pass all of them by week’s end, the prospects of each in the House remains in doubt. House Speaker Joe Straus and the House met for less than 2 hours all of last week and have yet to pass out the one bill considered must pass — a bill reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other agencies. That bill cleared the Senate early Thursday morning.

Though “bathroom bills” targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue continues to be white hot in Texas. The Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it, and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don’t approve it.

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The Legislature’s regular session ended in May, but Abbott forced lawmakers back into a 30-day special session to restore the Texas Medical Board and the other boards. But he said last week that if he was going to call the lawmakers back, he was going to make it count.

OPPOSITION: Turner tells lawmakers ‘bathroom bill’ tries to solve non-existent problem

That has meant adding 19 other items to the special session call that are mostly celebrated by conservative groups, such as the bathroom bill, which would bar schools and local governments from enacting transgender bathroom policies and instead give the state full authority to set the rules. On Friday, a Senate committee overwhelming passed a bill that would require all people to use the bathroom of the sex that is listed on their birth certificates.

That legislation and other controversial items had hundreds of people filling the Texas Capitol over the last seven days, mostly in protest against the conservative agenda that Abbott has lined out.

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Stand-alone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered could go on sale next week

all of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the remake of the 2007 classic that came bundled with last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, may be getting a stand-alone version. A call to Target puts the the current street date for the unannounced title at June 27.

The story began yesterday over on Charlie Intel. It received a tip in the form of pictures showing a shrink-wrapped version of Modern Warfare Remastered for PlayStation 4 as well as an image of a Target shelf tag listing the price as $39.99. Later that day, a reader sent in a picture of the Target computer system listing the game’s street date as June 20.

Polygon called several Targets in the Chicagoland area for more information. Several employees confirmed that they had a listing for a product that matched the SKU given to Charlie Intel. They could confirm that it was a video game, and that the street date was June 27. However, all other information on the product listing was redacted. One employee said this is common practice internally at Target for new titles entering the computer system prior to their street date.

Polygon has reached out to Activision for more information.

Last year’s Infinite Warfare didn’t achieve the kind of success at retail that Activision had hoped for. Fan reaction to the game, which took the series to outer space in the far future, was extremely negative when the first trailer was released on YouTube. Later, Activision admitted that the game “underperformed” and that the setting “just didn’t resonate” with players.

Modern Warfare Remastered has seen continued support from Activision, including new character models and new weapons.

The next Call of Duty title is called Call of Duty: WWII and will tell the story of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. We had hands-on the game’s multiplayer mode at this year’s E3. The title is expected to be released on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

[Source”pcworld”]

Stand-alone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered could go on sale next week

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the remake of the 2007 classic that came bundled with last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, may be getting a stand-alone version. A call to Target puts the the current street date for the unannounced title at June 27.

The story began yesterday over on Charlie Intel. It received a tip in the form of pictures showing a shrink-wrapped version of Modern Warfare Remastered for PlayStation 4 as well as an image of a Target shelf tag listing the price as $39.99. Later that day, a reader sent in a picture of the Target computer system listing the game’s street date as June 20.

Polygon called several Targets in the Chicagoland area for more information. Several employees confirmed that they had a listing for a product that matched the SKU given to Charlie Intel. They could confirm that it was a video game, and that the street date was June 27. However, all other information on the product listing was redacted. One employee said this is common practice internally at Target for new titles entering the computer system prior to their street date.

Polygon has reached out to Activision for more information.

Last year’s Infinite Warfare didn’t achieve the kind of success at retail that Activision had hoped for. Fan reaction to the game, which took the series to outer space in the far future, was extremely negative when the first trailer was released on YouTube. Later, Activision admitted that the game “underperformed” and that the setting “just didn’t resonate” with players.

Modern Warfare Remastered has seen continued support from Activision, including new character models and new weapons.

The next Call of Duty title is called Call of Duty: WWII and will tell the story of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. We had hands-on the game’s multiplayer mode at this year’s E3. The title is expected to be released on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

 [Source”timesofindia”]

New Collections by Flou at Milan Design Week

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Flou boasts more that thirty years of dedication, creativity, and specialization on a continuous journey that started with the beds that oriented us spontaneously to expand the types of products and to develop articles with increasing global appeal. The result is a comprehensive design collection, a wide variety and a complete selection of items, ideal for every ambience that is furnished with style. At Salone del Mobile in Milan Flou presents the new proposals designed by Carlo Colombo, Emanuela Garbin, and Mario Dell’Orto.

During one of my numerous trips around the world, I was looking out the window on an aircraft and distractedly observed the wing of the plane that was carrying me home from China. I started thinking about how our perspectives could change if we were able to look at things we have seen a thousand times through new eyes! Observing the curve of that wing was the inspiration for my design of a product collection that I called Softwing, consisting of bed, armchair, pouffe and an LED lamp connected by the same common features: a soft fold, gentle roundness, an elegant curve.’  – Carlo Colombo

 

Softwing Bed
This is a size double bed that fully respects the tradition of the Flou textile bed. The strong point of Softwing is the fabric, draped over the frame and stitched like an haute couture garment. The stylish lines are joined by the soft headboard with rounded corners, the elegance of the details, the position of the folds, the precision of the stitching. The end-result is a bed with extraordinarily comfortable softness, simple yet sophisticated elegance, the perfect tailor-made product.

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Bartoli Design at Milan Design Week 2016

Bartoli Design is fond of lasting collaborations with companies willing to establish a long-term professional relationship. Their new 2016 designs are thus developed a number of historical collaborations, withBonaldo, Laurameroni, Kristalia and Segis, which led to the creation of ten new products for the Salone del Mobile.

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New challenges are no less stimulating, as the one started with the very new Da a brand, for which the studio designed a new armchair, exhibited at the Fuorisalone in the set of the Erastudio Apartment Gallery. Interpreting Bonaldo’s international vocation in the spirit of rigour, Bartoli Design creates two products designed both for the residential and the contract markets: Ketch, a chair inspired from sails inflated by the wind and constructed making use of the leather or fabric upholstery tension over a metal frame and Menù, a collection of fixed and extendable tables with minimal lines, designed for manufacturing optimization and a democratic cost.

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Bartoli Design has contributed to the creation of Laurameroni’s identity, centered on surface design and materials and craftsmanship valuing. In 2016, those values are expressed in Terre, a new wall panelling, proposed in metal and stone varieties; Echo, a series of three occasional tables where marble and glass are supported by a thin brass structure – in a balance of forces; 40/40, the first modular system by this brand: interpretation of the parallelepiped element, featuring minute details; Drapè Lounge and Drapè Sofa, revolving armchair and large sofa, are added to the earlier ottomans for a collection defined by its generous and informal upholstery draping.

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Twenty years of collaboration, friendship, and successful products mark the relation between Bartoli Design and Kristalia. In Maki, a family of fixed and extendable tables featuring an aluminum frame and thin tops, the study has been about the evolution in curvy shapes of the table typology with portals, started by the earlier Sushi, Nori and Torii models. The new designs for Segis pay specific attention to the contract market: Iceland, a large bench, with trapezoidal backrests which seem to float on the seating top and Camel, a versatile family of chairs with eight different bases and the seating in a curved shape, welcoming and comfortable, available in polypropylene or upholstered.

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The Da a company asked Bartoli Design to design new seatings with metal, the brand preferred material, which is exploited to create furniture items with a strong identity. During the Fuori Salone, in the heart of the Brera District, the scenic venue of Erastudio Apartment Gallery will be the framework for the new Sensu Lounge, an indoor-outdoor armchair made of steel rods outlining a sturdy frame, despite its graphic texture with a surprising visual lightness.

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[Source:- Interiorzine]