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Justin Timberlake’s HomeMint Collection

Justin Timberlake’s HomeMint Collection

We’re convinced there are simply just some people who constantly win at life. People like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Gisele Bundchen always seem to be dropping a new album, designing a clothing line, walking the runway, or just simply killing it every chance they get. Also included in that elite group? Justin Timberlake. Think about it — how many times have you heard Timberlake’s name in the past few months?

Whether it was his stint on Saturday Night Live, his weeklong run on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the drop of his new album, The 20/20 Experience, his wedding to Jessica Biel, or his consistent front-row seat at every big-name fashion show during Paris Fashion Week, Timberlake is on fire.

Since Timberlake will be busying himself this summer with his 12-city concert tour with Jay-Z, it’s a good thing his newest collection for HomeMint, his luxury home brand, debuted this past weekend. Wait — his what? His luxury home brand? Yes — that is correct. You can go ahead and add designer to the list of titles Timberlake holds, in addition to actor, singer, Five-Timers Club member, and creative director for Bud Light Platinum.

Timberlake, along with celebrity stylist Estee Stanley, premiered the brand last October to rave reviews. With a luxe aesthetic in mind, the power duo has created a collection that spans every room of the house and brings a simple and sophisticated style to each space.

Now, with spring in full force, the pair pushed out their newest collection that consists of four assortments for four different types of people: the classicist, the modernist, the wanderer, and the artist. Their newest collections vary from office and travel goods, unique finds, hand-selected art, and brahms mount textiles.

From woven baskets to ceramic bowls to deep-blue plates and cheese board sets, explore the collection of tabletop and kitchen essentials, as well as pieces for the rest of your home, here.


You'll Never Believe Which Celebrity Might Be Moving to Leiper's Fork

When we heard that one big-time celebrity just made a major purchase inLeiper's Fork, Tennessee, we admit, we weren't expecting this: Singer and actor Justin Timberlake recently paid a hefty $4 million for 126.63 acres of land in the small Southern community.

While the news might seem surprising to residents of the town, don't jump to conclusions too quickly&mdashTimberlake has no plans to disrupt the area's country lifestyle. In fact, the Memphis native actually spends a lot of time in Williamson County, which neighbors Nashville. His mother and stepfather own 10 acres in Brentwood, a nearby town, and he's told The Tennessean that he has friends in the area as well.

"I admire this town a lot" Timberlake told The Tennessean of the Nashville community. "They take care of their own. There's not a lot of places in the world, much less America, that do that. It's just a great place."

Though Timberlake's plans for the property haven't been made public, the land is under a conservation agreement that typically restricts development, according to The Tennessean. Additionally, the sale was made by Aubrey Preston, a known preservationist in the area who was responsible for saving the historic Studio A building on Nashville's Music Row from being torn down.


Justin Timberlake launches HomeMint home collection

If you thought that Justin Timberlake would never get anywhere near your bedroom, do we have good news for you.

The super successful 31-year-old (we're not even sure what to call him anymore -- star-preneur? art-nessman?) announced yesterday he has now joined forces with the social commerce company BeachMint and his own interior designer Estee Stanley to launch HomeMint, "a curated selection of home goods and accessories, one of a kind finds, and art and photography from both established and up-and-coming artists."

"I like very clean, almost modern architecture, and the obstacle with something like that is making it extremely warm, because it doesn't naturally lend itself to that. With everything [he and Stanley] do together, we try to get the juxtaposition right," he says, explaining his personal style and collaboration with his longtime friend.

He also apparently has a thing for drawer handles.

" I'll sit and I'll look at hardware for hours. Literally, for hours, I'll sit and compare hardware. The devil's in the details. I mean, it's your home -- it has to be your own," he says.

And now we list the ventures that Timberlake can cross off in his quest for cultural (world?) domination: pop group singer, solo artist, dancer, songwriter, producer, actor, fashion designer, restaurateur, tequila baron, celebrity spokesperson, amateur golfer, philanthropist, interior designer -- with six Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and several multiplatinum group and solo albums.

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Bank of Canada reminds us of more things to worry about

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The news came as Public Health announced people aged 55 or older who received AstraZeneca as a first dose at least eight weeks ago are now eligible to receive a second dose of the vaccine, with their "informed consent." "If you decide not to take the AstraZeneca booster, you can wait to get a second shot with another product," said Russell. "We expect to receive direction from the federal government soon on using another brand of vaccine as a booster." New Brunswick has roughly 3,500 doses of AstraZeneca in stock, which will expire on May 31. If the doses aren't used by then, they will be disposed of, Russell said. About 43,000 New Brunswickers received AstraZeneca as their first vaccine dose. People 55 or older who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose at least eight weeks ago can now schedule an appointment to get a second dose either online through a clinic offered by the Vitalité or Horizon health networks by contacting a participating pharmacy that has doses available.(Reuters) "Many of those shots were administered prior to late March, when new evidence about rare post-vaccine blood clots led us to change our vaccination protocol," she said. New Brunswick continues to offer AstraZeneca as first doses to those 55 or older, or who are confined at home, and have provided their informed consent, depending on supply. "If we are to prevent further outbreaks and limit the spread of the virus, we must get as many people vaccinated as we can as quickly as possible," said Russell. "We need to use every tool available to us to expand the reach of our vaccination program." Russell participated in the briefing remotely from her home.Students, staff and household members of a school community have been asked to self-isolate for 72 hours and she is affected, she explained. "In this particular situation, it's unlikely that I have contracted COVID-19, but … it is vital that everyone follows Public Health guidance and advice. And that includes myself, the chief medical officer of health." Earlier this month, a New Brunswicker in their 60s died after developing blood clots following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. In April, someone in their 30s, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in March, and someone in their 50s, who received the shot in mid-April, also suffered blood clots but recovered. 127 active cases New Brunswick has 127 active cases of COVID-19. Of the 15 new cases announced Friday, nine are in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, pushing the total active cases in the region to 61. Fredericton is battling a cluster of 36 cases at the Delta Fredericton, an outbreak at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Veterans Health Unit, positive cases at four schools and a child-care facility. At least two COVID variants of concern are circulating — the one first reported in India and the one first reported in the U.K. Numerous potential public exposure notices have been issued and about 1,900 people were self-isolating, as of Wednesday. The majority of the cases are the highly contagious COVID variant first reported in India, said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell. Several new potential public exposure notifications were also added to the already extensive list. "We're watching this very closely. I mean, we're talking hour by hour," describing the situation as "concerning." Contact tracers have been able to establish links between almost all of the active cases of COVID-19 in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, said Russell.(Government of New Brunswick) But for now, the region will remain at the yellow COVID alert level. One of the reasons, she said, is because contact tracers have been able to establish links between almost all of the cases, and most of the spread has been among close contacts. "We have seen other types of transmission where people were in public spaces as well. However, we have not seen community transmission at this point." In addition, the hospital still has capacity, with available ICU beds, and there are no long-term care homes affected. If the situation worsens over the weekend with evidence of community spread or a spike of cases, the province will not hesitate to tighten restrictions, Russell said. "This can change literally overnight." The 15 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday put the total active cases at 127.(CBC) The breakdown of the new cases is as follows: Moncton region, Zone 1, one case: A person 40-49. This case is under investigation. Fredericton region, Zone 3, nine cases: A person 19 or under A person 20-29 Four people 30-39 A person 40-49 A person 50-59 A person 70-79 Five cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases, three are travel-related and one is under investigation. Bathurst region, Zone 6, four cases: A person 30-39 A person 40-49 A person 50-59 A person 60-69 All four cases are travel-related. Three of the four cases are isolating out of the province. Miramichi region, Zone 7, one case: A person 20-29 This case is a contact of a previously confirmed case. Six people are hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in an intensive care unit. One New Brunswicker is hospitalized out of province in an intensive care unit. New Brunswick has had 2,113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with 1,942 recoveries so far, and 43 COVID-related deaths. A total of 321,482 COVID tests have been conducted, including 1,611 on Thursday. As of Friday, 364,386 New Brunswickers have received at least one dose of vaccine. That's 52.6 per cent of the eligible population, aged 12 and over. Count on summer Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters Friday that loosening restrictions and plans to reopen the Atlantic bubble by July 1 will depend on the number of cases in the Fredericton region, Zone 3, remaining stable or dropping over the next few days. "At the current projection of where we are, people should be planning on summer in New Brunswick," he said, committing to release a detailed plan within the next couple of weeks. Details for loosened restrictions are still being finalized, said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, but she hopes to "tease out the road to green" by as early as next week "so that people can see that they have something to really push for. "Get vaccinated, get us there." Confirmed case at Kids Korral Day Care in Fredericton A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at the Kids Korral Day Care in Fredericton on Thursday and the building was closed Friday. Public Health has directed the children, staff, and their families to self-isolate for 72 hours while contract tracing is conducted. Families will be contacted directly with more information over the weekend, Public Health said in a news release. "If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact," it said. Latest public exposures Public Health has identified potential public exposures to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the Fredericton region: Scholten's, 325 Sunset Dr., Fredericton, on May 17 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Atlantic Superstore, 116 Main St., Fredericton, on May 16 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Progressive Credit Union, 395 Connell Rd., Woodstock, on May 13, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A&W, 1018 Prospect St., Fredericton, on May 12, between noon and 2 p.m. University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus, residence administration building, 20 Bailey Dr., Fredericton, on May 11 and May 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sobeys, 463 Brookside Dr., Fredericton, on May 11, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Public Health is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who has been in a public exposure area, even it they're not experiencing any symptoms. Residents may request a test online or call Tele-Care 811 to book an appointment. People experiencing one or more symptom are also encouraged to get tested. Previous public exposures Fredericton: Tony Pepperoni, 510 Brookside Dr., on May 11, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Drome, 301 Main St., on May 11, between 8:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. NB Power, 515 King St., on May 12, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sobeys Fast Fuel, 530 Brookside Dr., on May 12, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Costco, 25 Wayne Squibb Blvd., on May 12, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and May 13, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Giant Tiger, 1160 Smythe St., on May 13, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Scholten's, 325 Sunset Dr., on May 13, between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. McMath Law Office, 406 Regent St., on May 14, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Fredericton Mitsubishi, 327 St. Mary's St., on May 14, between 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pizza Delight, 243 St. Mary's St., on May 14, between noon and 2 p.m. The Abbey Café, 546 Queen St., on May 14, between noon and 12:30 p.m. Scotiabank, 490 King St., on May 14, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., on May 14, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Cannon's Cross Pub, 15 Riverside Dr., on May 14, between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, 665 George St., on May 15 between 10 a.m. and noon Moores Clothing, 1150 Prospect St., on May 15, between 11 a.m. and noon. Home Depot, 1450 Regent St., on May 15, between noon and 1 p.m. Montana's, 6 Trinity Ave., on May 2, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wolastoq Wharf, 527 Union St., on May 9, between noon and 2:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 14, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Pickle Jar Restaurant, 620 Queen St., from May 11 to May 16 Harvey: Kubbyhole Craft Shop, 1879 Route 3, on May 7, between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nackawic: Cal's Independent Grocer, 135 Otis Dr., on May 14, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Waasis: Irving Big Stop Blue Canoe restaurant, 415 Nevers Rd., on May 14, between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the virus at the following location and date in Edmundston: Jean Coutu, 177 Victoria St., on May 15, between noon and 1 p.m. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 314 – from Vancouver to Montreal, departed at 11:24 p.m. on May 11. Air Canada Flight 8902 – from Montreal to Moncton, departed at 1:06 p.m. on May 12. The province has also listed another flight with a passenger who has tested positive for COVID-19 on May 7. Air Canada Flight 318 – from Calgary to Montreal, departed at 11 a.m. Other exposure notifications Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 6 while on the following flights: Air Canada Flight 396 – from Edmonton to Toronto, departed at 6:50 a.m. Air Canada Flight 8898 – from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:43 p.m. Public Health has identified a positive case in a traveller who may have been infectious on May 10 while on the following flight. Air Canada Flight 8946 from Toronto to Moncton, departed at 8:47 p.m. Public Health has identified a potential public exposure to the coronavirus at the following locations and dates in the following regions: Moncton region: Pumphouse, 5 Orange Ln., Moncton, on May 4 between 8 and 10 p.m. Staples, 233 Main St., Moncton, on May 5, between noon and 8 p.m. Walmart Supercentre, 477 Paul St., Dieppe, on May 6, between 7 and 10 p.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 7, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Greco Pizza, 120 Killam Dr., Moncton, on May 5, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., May 3, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., and May 2, between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Greco Pizza, 311 Acadie Blvd., Dieppe, on May 4, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre emergency department, 330 Université Ave., Moncton, on May 7, between 2-9:30 p.m., and May 6, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saint John region: Foodland, 1 Market Sq., Quispamsis, on May 3, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Circle K, 309 River Valley Dr., Grand Bay-Westfield, between 11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, and 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Fredericton region: My Home Consignment, 5 Acorn St., Fredericton — May 8 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., May 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and May 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sobeys, 1180 Prospect St., Fredericton, — May 8 between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King Ave., Fredericton — April 28 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell — May 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and April 28 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lunar Rogue, 625 King St., Fredericton, on April 28, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fix Auto, 156 Greenview Dr., Hanwell, on May 6, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., April 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 29, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and April 28, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 1177 Prospect St., on May 5, at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant in Walmart, 125 Two Nations Crossing, on May 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Brainfix Clinic, 56 Avonlea Crt., on May 6. Adica Massage Clinic, 152 King St., on May 6. Williams Chiropractic, 169 Main St., on May 6. Simms Home Hardware Building Centre, 190 King St., on May 6. Costco Gas Bar, 5 Wayne Squibb Blvd., on May 6. Massage Experts, 169 Dundonald St., on May 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on May 7, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. STMR. 36 Restaurant – Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Rd., on May 6-12. Jack's Pizza, 379 King St., on May 7, at 1 p.m. Mitch Clarke Skate Park, 116 Johnston Ave., on May 7, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Garrison Skatepark, York Street parking lot, on May 7, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. James Joyce Pub, 659 Queen St., on May 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. McDonald's Restaurant, 94 Main St., on May 7, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and May 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Princess Auto, 21 Trinity Ave., on May 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton St., on May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Northside Market, 170 Main St., on May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Irving Oil, 181 King St., on May 9, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dollarama, 5 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. NB Liquor, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Home Sense, 18 Trinity Dr., on May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Tim Hortons drive-thru, Regent Street, on May 10, at 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Superstore, 471 Smythe St, on May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, 700 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, 800 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Veterans Health Unit, 680 Priestman St., on May 10-11. Shoppers Drug Mart, 1040 Prospect St., on May 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Scott's Nursery, 2192 Route 102, on May 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. What to do if you have a symptom People concerned they might have COVID-19 symptoms can take a self-assessment test online. Public Health says symptoms shown by people with COVID-19 have included: Fever above 38 C. New cough or worsening chronic cough. Sore throat. Runny nose. Headache. New onset of fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell. Difficulty breathing. In children, symptoms have also included purple markings on the fingers and toes. People with one of those symptoms should: Stay at home. Call Tele-Care 811 or their doctor. Describe symptoms and travel history. Follow instructions.

Research shows humans, not geology, source of high arsenic levels in Yellowknife

New research debunks a lingering belief that "natural arsenic" significantly contributes to high levels of the toxic substance around Yellowknife. For many years, elevated levels have been attributed to natural bedrock geology, but geology experts from Queen's University say it's not so. "The high values are due to pollution from human impact … Most of the emissions are from the roasters at Giant and Con [mines]," said Dr. Heather Jamieson, a professor and geology expert from Queen's. During more than half a century of mining, 19,000 tonnes of toxic arsenic trioxide dust went up the stacks of smelters at the Giant and Con gold mines and settled on the once-pristine land and lakes in and around Yellowknife. "Most of the emissions are from the roasters at Giant and Con [mines]," says Dr. Heather Jamieson, a professor and geology expert from Queen's University.(Submitted by Heather Jamieson) The gold mining industry began in the late 1930s. Giant Mine closed in 2004, leaving a toxic legacy that has deeply changed the lives of people in Nɽilo. The new study establishes a much lower figure for naturally occurring arsenic — five times less than previous estimates for the Yellowknife region. They used tools that can distinguish particles of arsenic trioxide released from Giant Mine and Con Mine roaster stacks from natural arsenic in soil samples. Jamieson said the sampling work was done by two masters students who collected 479 soil samples which were then analyzed under a scanning electron microscope at the university. Two master's students collected 479 soil samples around the city, which were then analyzed under a scanning electron microscope at the university.(Jon Oliver/Submitted) It found arsenic trioxide in 80 per cent of samples as far as 30 kilometres from Yellowknife and researchers say this substance is a marker of mining activity. "Within about 15 kilometres of Yellowknife, arsenic is predominantly hosted in arsenic trioxide … which is an arsenic mineral that's associated with mining emissions in the region," said Michael Palmer, the study's lead author and manager of the North Slave Research Centre at Yellowknife Aurora Research Institute. "Understanding how the landscape will recover, how arsenic is dispersed and when that is going to happen is a very important and challenging question," he said. A view of the Giant Mine site outside of Yellowknife in 2017. (Chantal Dubuc/CBC) When the researchers were preparing to dig into the state of soil around Yellowknife, they met with Yellowknives Dene, with elders and the N.W.T.'s lands department, said Palmer. "We really wanted to get a sense of where people wanted information from," said Palmer. The study published in the international research journal Science of the Total Environment, calls for further research, such as where arsenic accumulates on the land and how long it will last, said Palmer. "If we think of … the recovery of this landscape," he said, "future work should be devoted to understanding how much arsenic is still washing off the landscape from these soils into lakes and rivers. And what's its ultimate fate when it ends up in lakes and rivers?" 𧷯initely from mining emissions' In the last year, Yellowknives Dene have held a demonstration at Giant Mine to demand a federal apology for the impacts to culture and life through loss of access to traditional lands. Bobby Drygeese, chairperson of the board of directors for Det'on Cho, the economic development arm of Yellowknives Dene First Nation, walks with a sign at a demonstration in Yellowknife in December of 2020. (Avery Zingel/CBC) The First Nation says a recent federal response to a petition that garnered more than 32,000 signatures simply "repeats talking points they presented to media before [YKDFN] had our first meeting with senior officials in January 2021." They say the response fails to reflect over three months of discussions between the Yellowknives Dene and government representatives. Giant Mine poisoned areas used by the Yellowknives Dene for harvesting, berry picking and other cultural activities, all infringements for which they've never been compensated. While science has dug into the question of arsenic distribution since the 1970s, it hasn't, until now, scientifically proven that the arsenic levels are caused by human activity. "There are certain arsenic minerals that are definitely from mining emissions versus other minerals that are predominantly natural," said Palmer.

Hong Kong says Taiwan 'grossly interfered' in its affairs

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s government on Friday said it has pulled all of its staff out of Taiwan and accused the island’s government of having “grossly interfered” in the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s internal affairs. Taiwan responded by saying Hong Kong had politicized a connection that was dedicated to serving the public, and that it supports universal values of free speech and assembly. Hong Kong said its Economic, Trade and Cultural Office will remain closed while it closely monitors development and considers the way forward “in a holistic manner.” Relations between the sides have deteriorated in recent years as Beijing tightens its control over Hong Kong and ratchets up diplomatic, military and economic pressure on Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory, to be brought under its control by force if necessary. The future of Taiwan's de facto consulate in Hong Kong, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, also appears bleak, with Hong Kong refusing to issue visas to several of its officials, reportedly because they refused to sign declarations endorsing Beijing's contention that Taiwan belongs to China. Beijing has severely curtailed freedoms promised to Hong Kong after its transfer from British to Chinese rule in 1997, particularly with the imposition last year of a sweeping national security law demanding total loyalty to Beijing and the ruling Communist Party and outlawing involvement with overseas groups considered hostile to China. That has prompted some Hong Kong opposition figures and free speech advocates to flee to Taiwan, where the government has provided quiet support. In a statement, the Hong Kong government cited actions that have “severely damaged Hong Kong-Taiwan relations, gradually jeopardizing the operating environment for the HKETCO in Taiwan." It said staff members had been threatened by “radicals in Taiwan," but gave no details. It said the Taiwan-based “Hong Kong Aid Project” and “Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchanges and Services” had provided assistance to “violent protesters and people who tried to shatter Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.“ Taiwan's government voiced support for pro-democracy protests in 2019 which became increasingly violent amid a harsh crackdown backed by Beijing. “In recent years, Taiwan has grossly interfered in Hong Kong’s affairs on repeated occasions and created irretrievable damage to Hong Kong-Taiwan relations," the statement said. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, responsible for relations with China, said Hong Kong would bear the consequences of the disruption in contacts, and that Taiwan's office in the city would continue its work. It said protests outside the Hong Kong office in Taipei were legal and police had maintained order, while Hong Kong had allowed pro-China groups to smear its presence in the territory. Taiwan is obligated to protect those facing political persecution, while the Hong Kong government’s “contempt for democracy and the rule of law reflects its guilty conscience, which we regret deeply,” it said in a statement. The Associated Press

Leafs' Tavares discharged from hospital, out 'indefinitely' with concussion after frightening collision

The Toronto Maple Leafs say captain John Tavares has been discharged from hospital and will be out of the playoffs "indefinitely" following a frightening collision in Thursday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens. Head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed later Friday that Tavares had sustained a concussion. "It's a very unfortunate predicament," Keefe added. "Losing your captain, it's not what you want when you're going into a playoff run where you've got high expectations." The 30-year-old was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to hospital after colliding with Montreal's Ben Chiarot in the first period. He was hit in the head by Corey Perry's knee as he fell. The Leafs said Tavares was thoroughly examined and assessed by the neurological team at St. Michael's Hospital and the club's medical director. "He was kept overnight for observation and is now resting at home under the care and supervision of team physicians. Tavares will be out indefinitely," said a post on Twitter. "A scary situation," Leafs forward Auston Matthews said. "We're all thinking of Johnny and happy he's doing better and he's back home. Guys are going to have to step up, all of us are going to have to step up. It's hard to replace a guy like him. "He's our captain. He's our leader." Jason Spezza was speaking with Tavares on the ice in the immediate aftermath of the injury in an attempt to calm his friend and teammate. "There's a pit in your stomach," Spezza said. "It's sickening to see somebody lie on the ice like that. And especially John. He's so dialled in and in control. "To see him be in a state like that really makes you sick to your stomach." Perry: 'I tried to jump' Montreal defeated Toronto 2-1 in Game 1 to take an early lead in the first-round series. It's the teams' first post-season matchup since 1979. The centre shared his gratitude for the outpouring of support on Twitter. "The support I've felt since last night cannot be put into words," Tavares wrote. "I look forward to when I can wear the Maple Leaf on my chest again. Until then, I'll be cheering on the boys along with Leafs Nation as we compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs." Perry recounted the situation in a media briefing after the game, saying he tried to avoid Tavares at the last second. "I don't know what else to do. I tried to jump," he said. "I know Johnny pretty well, and I just hope he's OK." Canadiens' goalie Carey Price — who returned to the net Thursday — Perry and Tavares were all part of Canada's 2014 Olympic gold medal winning team. "It's a scary situation when that happens," Perry said. "You never want to see that." WATCH | Graphic Warning: Maple Leafs' Tavares exits Game 1 on stetcher: Dr. Paul Echlin, a primary care sports medicine specialist in Burlington, Ont., said he's "amazed" to see NHL officials calling Tavares's injury a concussion. He noted it's a small advancement over the last 25 years, from when concussions were disguised as "upper-body injuries." "It's a traumatic brain injury. It's serious and it's not John Tavares' first one," he said. Fight 𧫝resses the situation,' Foligno says Echlin described the trainers rushing onto the ice and working to control Tavares's neck and spine as he attempted to stand up. While the later part shouldn't have happened, Echlin said, the quick response was "good job." When the teams returned to play, Leafs winger Nick Foligno and Perry dropped their gloves for a fight. "Our captain's laying on the ice," Foligno said. "It's nothing more than that. Perry obliged . it just addresses the situation and everyone moves on." WATCH | CBC Sports' Jamie Strashin gives lastest update on Leafs' captain: But Echlin sees it differently. He said the potential for brain injury from big hits are "still not taken seriously enough" and that their impacts go beyond sport. "Didn't hear much about the fight, but everyone's horrified by the knee to the head," he said. "The hypocrisy has to come out. The science is already there." Echlin said the regulations haven't advanced "that much" and that the seriousness needed to protect the head and neck isn't there. People don't recover from brain injuries in a couple weeks, he said —they take months. "[The NHL] chooses not to prevent these injuries as much as they can from happening, making individuals responsible for their body, whether it's accidental or it's on purpose," he said. "As Pat Lafontaine said almost 15 years ago, the head and neck should be off limits." Keefe provided an update on Tavares' health following the game, saying he was conscious and communicating well. The centre had given a thumbs up as he was wheeled off the ice. "It's a big loss for us, but we've got lots of depth," he said. "Good teams overcome these types of things. That's going to be on us." Toronto and Montreal next play on Saturday.

Exclusive: In tactical shift, Iran grows new, loyal elite from among Iraqi militias

Iran has hand picked hundreds of trusted fighters from among the cadres of its most powerful militia allies in Iraq, forming smaller, elite and fiercely loyal factions in a shift away from relying on large groups with which it once exerted influence. The new covert groups were trained last year in drone warfare, surveillance and online propaganda and answer directly to officers in Iran's Quds Force, the arm of its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that controls its allied militia abroad. They have been responsible for a series of increasingly sophisticated attacks against the United States and its allies, according to accounts by Iraqi security officials, militia commanders and Western diplomatic and military sources.

Prince County Hospital doctors issue letter calling for surgeries to continue in Summerside

A group of physician leaders at Prince County Hospital in Summerside, P.E.I., released a letter Friday morning supporting the continuation of general surgery there. The letter is signed by nine heads of departments at the hospital. When contacted by CBC News, Dr. Steven MacNeill declined a follow-up interview, writing: "None of us are comfortable in the spotlight and are not comfortable giving interviews." Of the letter, he said: "We are hopeful that this will provide you with the physicians' perspective for future coverage." The status of surgeries at Prince County Hospital came to public attention earlier this month with the news that two of the hospital's three general surgeons were leaving. This was quickly followed by an announcement that the hospital would not be able to provide general surgery coverage over the course of an extended weekend span, and for five days any major trauma cases would have to be diverted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Charlottetown. This raised questions about whether offering general surgery at two locations on P.E.I. is sustainable. In the letter sent Friday morning, the doctors insisted that it is. "We as a medical staff do not support any move to centralize general surgery services to the QEH as we don't feel this increased distance would be safe for our patients (especially in western P.E.I.)," the doctors wrote. Two strong hospitals needed: letter They went on to question whether the Charlottetown hospital has the capacity to take on the extra work now handled in Summerside. "Our provincial leadership have reassured us that the overall vitality and resiliency of our provincial healthcare system depends on having TWO thriving acute-care referral hospitals that continue to work together to support each other," they wrote. The doctors also addressed questions about whether Prince County Hospital had the operating room support services that general surgeons need. "Our OR nursing staff are superb, our ORs are state of the art, and our laparoscopic equipment is some of the most advanced in Atlantic Canada," the letter said.The hospital has physiotherapists, respiratory therapists and occupational therapists, they went on to say, an Intensive Care Unit, and local specialists in anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, and otolaryngology. The doctors are urging the province to increase the complement of general surgeons from three to four, in order to reduce on-call expectations. The following doctors signed the letter. Dr. Alfredo Campos, head of otolaryngology. Dr. April MacPhee, head of pediatrics. Dr. Brenda Keeping, head of anesthesia. Dr. Hani Farag, head of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Helga Reisch, president, medical staff. Dr. John Morash, head of family medicine. Dr. Michael Irvine, head of internal medicine. Dr. Steven MacNeill, head of emergency medicine. Dr. Tanya Gallant, head of psychiatry. The doctors said they were not representing the views of Health PEI or the Department of Health in the letter, but were writing as a group of concerned local physicians. More from CBC P.E.I.

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, May 21, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 21, 2021. There are 1,347,445 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,347,445 confirmed cases (59,968 active, 1,262,366 resolved, 25,111 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,058 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 157.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 35,033 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 5,005. There were 45 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 286 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 41. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 66.07 per 100,000 people. There have been 33,863,629 tests completed. _ Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,216 confirmed cases (76 active, 1,134 resolved, six deaths). There were four new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 14.56 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 43 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is six. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 1.15 per 100,000 people. There have been 258,988 tests completed. _ Prince Edward Island: 199 confirmed cases (14 active, 185 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 8.77 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 11 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 156,571 tests completed. _ Nova Scotia: 5,065 confirmed cases (1,143 active, 3,848 resolved, 74 deaths). There were 65 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 116.71 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 658 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 94. There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of three new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 7.56 per 100,000 people. There have been 747,218 tests completed. _ New Brunswick: 2,098 confirmed cases (118 active, 1,937 resolved, 43 deaths). There were seven new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 15.1 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 58 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is eight. There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of two new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is zero. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.04 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 5.5 per 100,000 people. There have been 328,034 tests completed. _ Quebec: 365,642 confirmed cases (6,634 active, 347,942 resolved, 11,066 deaths). There were 662 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 77.37 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 4,660 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 666. There were eight new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 49 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is seven. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 129.06 per 100,000 people. There have been 8,951,131 tests completed. _ Ontario: 517,090 confirmed cases (23,026 active, 485,512 resolved, 8,552 deaths). There were 2,400 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 156.28 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 14,919 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 2,131. There were 27 new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 147 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 21. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.14 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 58.04 per 100,000 people. There have been 14,705,247 tests completed. _ Manitoba: 46,916 confirmed cases (4,659 active, 41,238 resolved, 1,019 deaths). There were 603 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 337.79 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,218 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 460. There were three new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 17 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is two. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.18 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 73.88 per 100,000 people. There have been 757,926 tests completed. _ Saskatchewan: 45,128 confirmed cases (1,785 active, 42,821 resolved, 522 deaths). There were 146 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 151.44 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 1,196 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 171. There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of nine new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is one. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.11 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 44.29 per 100,000 people. There have been 828,773 tests completed. _ Alberta: 222,279 confirmed cases (17,675 active, 202,442 resolved, 2,162 deaths). There were 812 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 399.72 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 7,086 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 1,012. There were four new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 30 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.1 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 48.89 per 100,000 people. There have been 4,430,264 tests completed. _ British Columbia: 140,953 confirmed cases (4,771 active, 134,521 resolved, 1,661 deaths). There were 357 new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 92.68 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 3,143 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 449. There were three new reported deaths Thursday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 29 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is four. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.08 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 32.27 per 100,000 people. There have been 2,653,028 tests completed. _ Yukon: 84 confirmed cases (zero active, 82 resolved, two deaths). There were zero new cases Thursday. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of zero new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is zero. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 4.76 per 100,000 people. There have been 9,129 tests completed. _ Northwest Territories: 126 confirmed cases (12 active, 114 resolved, zero deaths). There were zero new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 26.57 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 11 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is two. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is zero per 100,000 people. There have been 22,680 tests completed. _ Nunavut: 636 confirmed cases (55 active, 577 resolved, four deaths). There were two new cases Thursday. The rate of active cases is 139.76 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 30 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is four. There have been no deaths reported over the past week. The overall death rate is 10.16 per 100,000 people. There have been 14,564 tests completed. This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published May 21, 2021. The Canadian Press

Police identify 28-year-old victim of northeast Edmonton homicide

Police have identified the victim in a homicide in northeast Edmonton early Sunday morning The body of Gordy Loos, 28, was located by police early Sunday morning. An autopsy confirmed Thursday Loos was killed, but police withheld the cause of death citing investigative reasons, according to an Edmonton Police Service news release. Police said officers were called to a disturbance at a multi-unit residence in the Kildare neighbourhood at 2:25 a.m. Sunday. Once they arrived at the building at 80th Street and 142nd Avenue, officers found Loos dead. Police provided no further information about the incident. The Norshire Gardens condo complex was cordoned off with police tape Sunday as officers investigated. Homicide detectives are asking for any dashcam or security footage from the area at the time of the incident. Loos' death is the first of three suspicious deaths reported over the past week. An autopsy was completed yesterday on a woman who was found dead in Athlone neighbourhood in northwest Edmonton Saturday. There was no indication of foul play, police said, but the medical examiner was awaiting a toxicology report before determining the cause and manner of death. Monday, officers found a 57-year-old man dead in a residence in west Edmonton's Thorncliff neighbourhood after responding to a "trouble not known call", police said. A man, known to the deceased, was later arrested nearby. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Shenzhen skyscraper closed as officials seek cause of shaking

The owner of a 71-floor office tower in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen closed the building on Friday pending an investigation into what caused the skyscraper to begin shaking on Tuesday. Shenzhen Electronics Group Co Ltd will close the 356-metre (1,167 feet) SEG Plaza to tenants and shoppers to carry out inspections into the cause of the swaying, it said in a notice posted on the Weibo social media account of the state-owned Xinhua News agency. Reuters could not immediately contact Shenzhen Electronics for a comment on the closure.


An Exclusive Look at Justin Timberlake's Houseware Line

When it comes to entertaining, few do it better than Justin Timberlake--onstage or off. It's not just the sold-out world tours and big-budget movies, like the new film Trouble with the Curve with Clint Eastwood. We're talking about Sunday barbecues during football season that feature quality eats (organic flatbread pizzas and pretzel-bite sandwiches from Greenleaf in Beverly Hills), an exceptional playlist ("I'll go through a 25-song set of Gap Band and S.O.S. Band and Kool & the Gang, then bridge that into Radiohead and the Strokes," he explains), and maybe a late-night burger delivery from an In-N-Out truck. Entertaining is so important to the 31-year-old that he recently founded the home furnishings line HomeMint with his interior designer, Estee Stanley, so you can bring his welcoming vibe into your own living room. And when you do, we suggest the following method for keeping guests happy: "Make sure everyone has enough to eat--and booze on." As for those cocktails, one of his go-tos is a Pepino . "Every time I've been photographed at a Lakers game it's with a Coors Light in my hand," he says, laughing. "But I'm a big fan of tequila." Here's how to make one at home . --Mickey Rapkin

Sketched on July 29, 2012, on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Credit: Christopher Testani)

What's the key to being a great host?
Justin Timberlake: The key to good hosting is to make sure everyone has enough to eat--and booze on. In my house, we tend to host Sunday barbecues, which is convenient in football season. Everybody can do chips and dips. But a good friend of ours, Jon Rollo--one of the founders of Greenleaf in L.A.--will send over pretzel bite sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. He'll send over fennel salads. Don't get me wrong: I can never turn guacamole down. But this is a healthy alternative to loading your face with cans of Rotel.

What's your philosophy on being a good host?
JT: If you're hosting people, you want them to feel like they're in their own home. I don't like things to be too formal. I've hosted Halloween murder mystery dinners where people had to search through the house for clues. We did one that was Prohibition era-themed. The girls showed up as flappers and the guys showed up in waistcoats and pinstripes. At some point, people will drink enough to be hungry, so you need enough food. I've hosted parties where I'll have an In-and-Out truck show up later on in the evening. You know everyone will be hungry again.

What's your go-to drink to cool down?
JT: Every time I've been photographed at a Lakers Game it's with a Coors Light in my hand. But I pick my cocktails based on the seasons. In the colder weather I tend to drink whiskey cocktails. In the warmer months, I'm a big fan of tequila, obviously. You can do a Paloma--with tequila and grapefruit juice. But my go-to is a Pepino. It's cucumber, tequila, pineapple juice, and Grand Marnier. It's a BBQ cocktail. I'm into beer cocktails, too. I had a beer cocktail the other day: honey wheat ale, micro-brewed with blueberries. And then they serve half a shot of Woodford Reserve with it. You get the carbonation from the beer and this smokey thing from the bourbon, offset by the blueberry, which is sweet. Perfect flavors mixed into one. I only had one cocktail, which was really smart--I wanted to be able to walk out of the restaurant.

You were born in Memphis. If you're entertaining there, where's the food coming from?
JT: Gus's Fried Chicken is one of my favorites. But I'll mention a BBQ place youɽ have to search to find. It's called The Store on the Hill, and it's literally a convenience store on the hill. It's family-owned, and tucked away in the country, and the owner smokes a bunch of different pork shoulders every day. You can get a tub of pulled pork and a tub of baked beans and a tub of cole slaw and take it home to entertain 20 people. It's home-smoked BBQ. But the place itself? It looks like that scene in the movie where someone is going to be brutally harmed. Someone's about to say, "Goodnight."

What's the strategy for music when you're having people over?
JT: We're pretty chill at my house. We stay away from the EDM--electronic dance music--until the sun goes down. I try to keep the debauchery to a minimum until then. Music is the eternal mood shifter. I'll go through a 25-song set of Gap Band and SOS Band and Kool and the Gang--a good, funk-soul set--then you can bridge that into Radiohead, The Strokes. I find that classic rock seems to work really well, although that may sound cliché. My mixes run the gamut from Radiohead to Kanye to Steve Miller Band to Dylan.


Justin Timberlake’s Latest Project? Pillows

Courtesy of HomeMint

These days, fame has a tendency to metastasize, producing strange outgrowths that are often called 𠇌ollaborations.” Is it a surprise, then, that Justin Timberlake — who has already ventured into fashion and Memphis-style barbecue — would follow in Lenny Kravitz’s footsteps and design a home collection? Probably not. But it is refreshing that the entertainer’s enthusiasm for home dຜor appears to be rather genuine. “I do love a stripe,” he confessed to The Moment on Wednesday, while showing off the first parts of his HomeMint collection: a series of rather anodyne throw pillows.

Timberlake was sitting on a sofa in a suite in the Mercer Hotel, surrounded by his variously patterned puffs: paisleys, stripes and mazes. He designed them all with his partner in this venture, Estee Stanley, a fashion stylist and interior designer. Each month, more products designed by the duo will roll out dishes, bedding and towels are among the categories to go on sale next. “Honestly,” Timberlake said, “what excites me the most is to get to the point of designing rugs.”

HomeMint is the fifth “Mint,” following similar collaborations in the realms of fashion (with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and jewelry (with Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter). The parent company, BeachMint, was founded in 2010 and is run by Josh Berman, who was a co-founder of MySpace. Each Mint includes unique objects designed by the site’s creative minds, not to mention a host of other sellable stuff that is 𠇌urated” by them. In Timberlake and Stanley’s case, that includes dishes by Canvas and assorted artworks, including a $600 signed photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge that Timberlake took himself.

Stanley and Timberlake first intersected when she was styling ‘N Sync music videos in the 1990s. “It was so much fun,” she said of her boy band days. “It was the most fun of my life, probably.”

“That makes one of us,” he added.

The pair made their more significant aesthetic bond after Timberlake hired Stanley to design the interiors of his houses in Los Angeles and New York. “I think I was the only client she ever had — I know, out of the males, but probably out of the female clients, too — that literally wanted to know every detail,” he said. “I’m really into the bare bones of things. I care about hardware. If you come to my houses, every single piece of hardware I picked out.”

Still, Timberlake required a bit of convincing before embarking on this project. “You gave me half a bottle of wine before you asked me,” he said to Stanley. 𠇊nd then I wanted to do everything. To go to Disney World. Immediately.”

Naturally, Timberlake said, he expects skepticism from those already inclined to view this move into home decorations as little more than dilettantish dabbling. “I think people love to hate,” he said. “You know, there’s so many closet rock stars in the movie industry. And there’s so many closet actors in the music industry. And I just chose not to be either.”

Asked then if he considers himself a closeted interior designer, Timberlake said: “No. And I wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for Estee. But I know what I like, and I know when I have an eye for something.”


Do Bay Leaves Really Make Food Taste Better?

Overrated or underappreciated? We've got the final answer.

It's a question anyone who's stared at a $3.79 jar of withered plant remains has long debated: Do I really need bay leaves for this recipe? What do they even add to the dish, honestly? What if I just pluck the discarded leaves off my car windshield and throw those in?

It's a classic addition in soups, stews, and Mediterranean and Indian dishes, but ultimately, it always feels a little fussy, especially when you have to skim it out before serving your meal. The truth is, it doesn't add a lot &mdash this isn't like encasing your hot dog in a cored jalapeño or whipping avocado into your hummus.

"Just as a grind of black pepper, some sautéed anchovies, or a softened leek might not be instantly recognizable in a stew, they add a layer of subtle background music for the stars of your dish to play over," wrote Serious Eats' culinary director J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

You may be giving us side-eye right now, particularly if you've ever sniffed or nibbled a bay leaf. There's no discernible scent or flavor, really. That is, until you toss a few in boiling water for a few minutes &mdash and witness the VapoRub smell that erupts, as Lopez-Alt mentions. The longer it simmers, the more that tones down, turning into a tea-like scent.

Essentially, it adds another layer of flavor to a soup or stew, and the tea-like (oh-so-slightly menthol) aromas help lighten up a hearty dish, so it's less likely to bog you down after a big meal. If you're making homemade broth or stock, the bay leaf shines more. In a dish with a ton of other flavors &mdash lookin' at you, beef stew &mdash you're less likely to notice it.

With all that in mind, will it make a huge difference if you're halfway through a recipe and realize you don't have it? Nah. One Life Hacker writer &mdash who tested cooking rice with bay leaves that were fresh, dry, and older than Justin Timberlake's ramen hair phase &mdash provided an expert analogy: "I'm not going to panic if I run out of leaves. I'm also not going to panic if I run out of dryer sheets my clothes will just be a little less well-rounded." Hear, hear.

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Celebrity Interior Designs And Home Decors

Celebrities Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Cindy Crawford, Donald Trump, Lenny Kravitz, you name it! Everywhere we look today it seems that high profile individuals and designers / brands are teaming up to create home decorative lines. From the fashion world to the music world, the trend right now is to combine your name with a brand or retailer and your stuff will sell!! Let’s wait and see which one of these stars will create a great area rug line!

The Iconic fashion house Missoni collaborated with Target last year making everything from shoes to bicycles and within days the items were sold out of stores and being re-sold on e-bay for double or triple their original prices.

Donald Trump, a brand in his own right, has a line of furniture for the home, mattresses, lighting, bedding and decorative accessories with the Trump Home crystal collection, which premiered in summer 2011.

Cindy Crawford has collaborated with the furniture maker Raymour Flanigan to make chic sectional sets, bedroom furniture, and dining room collections. Most pieces are classic and can work in any room, and this line is particularly suited for anyone who is shopping on a budget.

Living Room Interior Design by Cindy Crawford

Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles, are expanding their style empire by launching the “House of Dereon home collection”. The line features beddings influenced by European and bohemian chic styles and will cater to both the sophisticated consumer and the younger generation as well.

Bedroom Interior Design by Beyonce

Both the talk show host Nate Berkus and Jonathan Adler have collaborated with HSN to make their own lines of affordable chic and decorative items that are exclusive to the Home Shopping Network.

Wave Pillow Designed by Jonathan Adler

Velvet Studio Sofa by Nate Berkus Interior Design

Justin Timberlake has teamed up with decorator, Estee Stanely, for a “home goods and art” website, called Home Mint. It will be a curated selection of home goods and accessories, one of a kind finds, and art and photography from both established and up-and-coming artists. According to Timberlake, “HomeMint combines my love of interior design with my passion for technology and innovation to create a brand that not only offers quality products, but also a personalized shopping experience.”

Justin Timberlake Homemint Interior Design

Justin Timberlake isn’t the only celebrity or musician turning to the home décor stage, Lenny Kravitz, who launched Kravitz Design in 2003, recently partnered with Kartell in order to update their iconic Mademoiselle chair. There are six different versions of the chair, which incorporate python, fur, leather and woven materials.

Chairs Designed by Lenny Kravitz

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'Framing Britney Spears': Justin Timberlake Criticized for How He Handled Their Split

" Framing Britney Spears," the new documentary from The New York Times (currently airing on FX and Hulu), has completely reset the cultural narrative around the pop icon, to say the very least. In a little over an hour, the doc exposes the complex&mdashand hugely damaging&mdashmachinery that simultaneously turned Britney into the biggest pop star in the world and sapped her of her sense of self and control over her own life. Decades after the fact, we're finally realizing the collective role we all played in perpetuating her misogynistic framing in the media and her mental health struggles over the years, prompting countless viewers to issue apologies and messages of support to the star online.

One apology that has yet to arrive? Justin Timberlake's. About 20 minutes into "Framing Britney Spears," the focus shifts to the breakup heard 'round the world, when Brit and JT called it quits in 2002 after three years of dating. In the aftermath of their split, Timberlake was portrayed in the media as a sensitive musician with a broken heart, while Britney made headlines for her "wild nights" and apparent "betrayal" of Timberlake, and was chastised in an interview with Diane Sawyer for causing her ex-boyfriend "so much pain, so much suffering." Because all breakups are completely one-sided, right?

Timberlake, meanwhile, did absolutely nothing to rectify the narrative that positioned him as the victim of Britney's actions as the apparently remorseless villain in their relationship. In fact, he further encouraged and profited off the rumors that he'd been cheated on by a man-eating vixen with his music video for "Cry Me a River," one of his first solo singles. The video acts as something of a revenge fantasy for Timberlake, who breaks into his ex-girlfriend's home and films himself making out with an anonymous dark-haired woman there, then leaves that video playing on the TV for his ex&mdasha blonde dressed in Britney's then-trademark newsboy hat and low-rise bootcut jeans&mdashto discover. Wow, so clever and not at all sexist!

The former boy bander has yet to comment on "Framing Britney Spears," but in the meantime, plenty of viewers have taken to his Instagram comments and their own social media feeds to demand that he issue a formal apology for the role he played in dehumanizing his ex and delegitimizing her own experience in the breakup.

Some are calling on JT to apologize to Britney

still waiting for justin timberlake to publicly apologize to britney spears

&mdash gh (@GabbieHanna) February 7, 2021

Today&rsquos a great day for @jtimberlake to publicly own up to his misogyny and apologize to Britney Spears. #FramingBritneySpears #FreeBritney

&mdash andrew (@andrew_a_smith) February 8, 2021

Justin Timberlake has done a lot of shit that he needs to apologize for, but his treatment of Britney is at the top of the list. I want a public apology, and acknowledgement of the harm he&rsquos done.

&mdash Sarah Putterman (@msputterman) February 6, 2021

who is justin timberlake&rsquos PR? because now would be an excellent time to make a long, thoughtful, heartfelt, statement apologizing to both britney and janet. wrap it in a &lsquoi was a young man doing what i was told and i see how incredibly misogynistic and harmful my actions were&rsquo

&mdash denver sean. (@DNVRSN) February 9, 2021

Everyone owes Britney an apology, but especially Justin Timberlake and Diane Sawyer. #FramingBritney #FreeBritney

&mdash Kristen Power (@KPow11) February 7, 2021

I know it&rsquos more popular to blame the woman, but Justin Timberlake owes Britney a muchhhhh bigger apology than the already enormous apology Diane Sawyer owes her.

&mdash Meaghan Oppenheimer (@MoppyOpps) February 9, 2021

So we all agree that Justin Timberlake has always been the villain and owes Britney an apology now right? Okay cool.

&mdash claudia 🌼 (@claudyyday) February 8, 2021

Others are simply fuming over his behavior

Watching this Britney doc and YES 2021 in the year we publicly acknowledge that Justin Timberlake LAUNCHED HIS CAREER BY SLUT-SHAMING BRITNEY. He completely capitalized on their private relationship. Dickhole. #FramingBritneySpears

&mdash Lady from the Poconos (@ladypocono) February 6, 2021

Can we just talk about the fact Justin timberlake bragged about taking Britney Spears virginity and sold stories to magazines for front cover spreads blasting it and was applauded! If that was a woman doing it she would instantly be cancelled and branded a &lsquoslut&rsquo #FreeBritney

&mdash A'WHORA (@awhoraofficial) February 9, 2021

hate when you watch a documentary before bed and then just lie there consumed with a desire to fistfight justin timberlake

&mdash Sarah Lazarus (@sarahclazarus) February 9, 2021

Twenty-five minutes into the nyt britney doc and ready to slowly pull out each of justin timberlake&rsquos teeth with a wrench

&mdash Natalie Walker (@nwalks) February 6, 2021

Justin Timberlake should be ashamed for allowing the world to tarnish Britney&rsquos while using it for his own personal gain.

&mdash BIMINI! (@biminibabes) February 9, 2021

Justin timberlake exploiting the media&rsquos obsession with tearing her down by capitalizing from their break up by releasing a defamatory music video & bragging about fcking her & became a legend while they tore her down was also a disturbing reminder of how misogynistic society is

&mdash 👑 Farrah Moan (@farrahrized) February 9, 2021

And many are bringing up the part he played in similarly villainizing Janet Jackson in 2004

what is joe biden and kamala harris&rsquo plans to finally make justin timberlake pay for his crimes against janet jackson and britney spears

&mdash brie. (@briebxrries) February 7, 2021

Crazy how Justin Timberlake had such a hand in fucking over the careers and lives of two of the most talented women in music, ever.

Anyways stream Janet Jackson and Britney Spears and I hope both women have an AMAZING day.

&mdash Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 7, 2021

the only way i will ever know peace is by getting a Britney/Janet half time show. it's the only way we can truly get revenge on Justin Timberlake.

&mdash Princess of Genovia (@megancarterxo) February 7, 2021

Justin Timberlake&rsquos career catapulted at the expense of two brilliant women in Pop music (Janet Jackson & Britney Spears) & to this day, he has yet to take ownership of his grotesque actions.

&mdash 𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙 𝕶𝖎𝖒 💥 (@TheCourtKim) February 7, 2021

the ascent of justin timberlake in the wreckage of both britney spears and janet jackson is really something we have to answer for

&mdash Terron Moore (@Terr) February 6, 2021

Can&rsquot stop thinking about how Justin Timberlake got to skate by without injuring his reputation while Janet Jackson and Britney Spears got publicly destroyed after professional (Janet) and romantic (Britney) entanglements with him.

It's clear from Justin Timberlake's career choices that he allows for women to take the fall in order to avoid accountability--Britney Spears, Janet Jackson---both major pop stars where the former influenced the latter in terms of performance and sexual charisma.

&mdash Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) February 7, 2021

Today is a great day for Justin Timberlake to apologize to Britney Spears. Tomorrow would be a great day to apologize to Janet Jackson.

&mdash dustin (@dustincjames) February 6, 2021

7 Insane Celeb Clone Imposter Theories

Remember on the pilot episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody when that popular kid called the Sprouse twins "the clones"? (Just me? OK.) Well, identical twin jokes aren't what we're going for with this article. No, we're referring to the celebrities whom conspiracy theories believe have either been cloned and/or are being impersonated.

Many of these theories posit celebs have died and their replicas are walking among us. Disney's Alice better be thankful she never fell down this twisted rabbit hole. Check out these crazy theories below.

YouTuber Kendall Rae talked about this insane theory in a video from October 2018.

Apparently, some people believe Post Malone and Justin Bieber are the same person. "Why. how. " you ask? According to Kendall, "If you pitch down a Justin Bieber song, it starts to sound like Post Malone, and if you pitch up a Post Malone song, it sounds like Justin Bieber."

Not gonna lie, they do actually sound alike.

One day, Miley Cyrus is being cute, innocent Hannah Montana on Disney Channel. The next, she's grinding onstage and dancing

. According to one theory, Disney allegedly killed the starlet and dumped her body in the California desert after her rebellious streak went too far. Some people think she was either cloned or one of her background dancers (some say body double) is pretending to be her.

Even more bizarre, one YouTube video claims Miley is a Draco Reptilian Shapeshifter Hybrid and that she blinks sideways.

Theorists believe producers got ahold of some of Bey's stem cells back when she first started singing, knowing her talent would be such a waste if she died prematurely. Apparently, they claim Bey died in 2000 (though some think it was in 1999), making the Beyoncé we know and love today a clone.

Zeena LaVey, aka Zeena Schreck, is a former high priestess of the church of Satan, and people are convinced she and Taylor Swift are clones. As Seventeen previously wrote, people noted Zeena was reportedly a high priestess from 1985 until 1990, just one year before Taylor was born.

The death of 6-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey in 1996 still remains unsolved, but some people believe pop star Katy Perry is actually JonBenét. Allegedly, she was kidnapped by the Illuminati, went into hiding, then returned to society as Katy Perry.

Fans believe the Avril who gave us "Sk8er Boi" is not the same person who gave us "Hello Kitty." In fact, after Avril's debut album, Let Go, dropped, her grandfather died and a Brazilian fan site claimed she fell into a depression and allegedly died. Her doppelgänger, friend Melissa Vandella, then took her place.

Of course, the person behind the Brazilian fan site admitted he made everything up to show how you can get anyone to believe anything they read online. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Back in 2001, a rumor that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were in a car crash spread like wildfire, thanks to radio DJs Kramer and Twitch, aka Keith Kramer and Tony Longo.

The DJs claimed Britney died and Justin was comatose, prompting a plethora of concerned phone calls to the LAPD. Kramer and Twitch were later fired for making the false report, but that didn't stop the conspiracy theorists from chiming in.

People believe the Britney we've been loving since the "car crash" is actually a clone, and the real Britney actually died.


Justin Timberlake creates home line

The singer turned movie star has transitioned into a unlikely career, interior designer.

The 31-year-old has collaborated with long time friend and interior designer Estee Stanley to create their new collection HomeMint.

Timberlake spoke to ELLE DECOR about the collection, his design inspiration and about moving into home design and said, ‘I don't think I would do it if we weren't in it together. We've known each other for a long time and have worked together on my homes.’

‘I like very clean, almost modern architecture, and the obstacle with something like that is making it extremely warm, because it doesn't naturally lend itself to that, ‘ Timberlake said about his design influences.

‘I'll sit and I'll look at hardware for hours. Literally, for hours, I'll sit and compare hardware. The devil's in the details. I mean, it's your home, it has to be your own. I like a lot of different things and the challenge is taking all the pieces you love and finding the common thread between them so it doesn't look like it's all just thrown into the same room.’

When asked if he would bring the same level of dedication to the collection as he does to his music and movies, Timberlake said, ‘absolutely. It's almost like being in the studio, or on a movie. Suddenly, hours have gone by without us even noticing. And we've even gotten a lot done-and enjoyed it.’

The collection will be available exclusively online in May. You can become a member to HomeMint.com with a monthly fee of $10 which lets you enjoy discounts and early access to new products.

But don’t worry Timberlake isn’t committing his whole time to the new home collection, he’s about to start filming a new movie on online gambling, called Runner Runner, rumoured to be alongside Ben Affleck.

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