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An activist short seller has written a letter to the chief executive of insurance giant Lemonade with details of an “accidentally discovered” security flaw that exposes customers’ account data. Carson Block, founder of investment research firm Muddy Waters Research, sent the letter to Lemonade co-founder and chief executive Daniel Schreiber on Thursday, describing the bug […]
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Problems with the cardiovascular system can show themselves in a lot of different ways.

Many people are totally unaware of the small, insidious signs that could indicate cardiovascular issues.

“Many look to chest pain as a warning sign of cardiovascular disease,” said Mariko Harper, a physician in Seattle who specialises in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. But, he added, “While more than one-half of people present with chest discomfort when they are having a heart attack, up to one-third of patients — especially women — don’t have any chest symptoms at all. They may present with more atypical or subtle symptoms.”

Ignoring these signs means ignoring your entire wellbeing.

If the body were considered a machine, the heart would be the battery that powers it, said Aeshita Dwivedi, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “In essence, without a properly functioning heart, the rest of the body cannot perform optimally,” she said.

Here are some subtle but serious signs that you may be dealing with a cardiovascular issue, plus some advice on how to better improve your heart health:

Swelling in the lower extremities

Christine Bishara, founder of the integrative medical practice From Within Medical in New York, said swelling in the lower legs, particularly the ankles and feet, can signify a heart condition. This issue is also known as an edema.

“If your heart loses its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body — either through weakened cardiac muscles or damage to heart tissue from a silent heart attack — blood flow can slow down and get backed up in the legs leading to swelling,” she said.

Shortness of breath

As mentioned, some people won’t experience chest pains when dealing with heart issues. While this can happen to anyone, Bishara said this is particularly true for those with diabetes. Instead, they may experience trouble breathing.

“Because diabetes affects and blunts nerve sensations, [someone who is diabetic] with a serious heart condition may never experience symptoms of chest pain,” she said. “This is why shortness of breath should never be ignored — especially if it’s a new onset.”

Fatigue

A tired feeling that you just can’t seem to shake might be another subtle sign of heart issues, according to Bishara. Especially if it has seemingly come out of nowhere. “If fatigue symptoms are an acute onset or without any identifiable underlying cause, consult with your doctor,” she said.

Unexplained upper back, left shoulder or arm pain

Bishara said these pains “should not be ignored, as they also may be signs of a heart blockage or impending heart attack. Back symptoms are frequent in women and may sometimes be the only symptom.” This is particularly true if the pain is random (for example, you didn’t strain something during exercise).

Palpitations that come out of nowhere

The timing of such palpitations matters just as much as the symptom itself. Keep in mind that exercise, caffeine and anxiety can all cause a quickened pulse. However, say you’re sitting down or in another relaxed state and your heart starts racing, that could be a sign that something is wrong. Dizziness and lightheadedness can also be symptoms.

Jaw pain

Cardiovascular issues may manifest as jaw discomfort. Marcus Smith, a physician at CardioVascular Health Clinic in Oklahoma, said he has had patients complain about jaw pain that they initially believed to be linked to their teeth. Later they learned it was related to angina, which can be a cardiac issue.

“The nerves that innervate your heart and pick up the sensation of pain are the same nerves that pick up the same sensation for orthopaedic issues, gastrointestinal issues, and dental issues; it’s the same distribution of nerves,” he said. “People who have heart issues many times will say they felt pain in their jaw. That’s why no symptoms should be pushed to the side because it could represent a cardiac symptom.”

What you should do if you’re having these symptoms

If you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to seek medical care. (If you believe you’re having a heart attack or stroke, definitely call 999.)

Smith said that your doctor will first ask you questions about your lifestyle habits and behaviours to assess your risk factors. From there, you may undergo an exam (or could be referred to a cardiologist) to get a better look at what’s going on.

There are also things you should do outside of your doctor’s surgery. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist in New York, recommended taking steps to improve your overall heart health. The first is to keep an eye on your blood pressure. A normal range is at or below 120/80.

“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “Watching your diet and exercise, and incorporating stress management are key components of lowering your blood pressure.”

Cholesterol also plays an important role. For adults, total cholesterol should be around 200 or below (the lower the better). LDL cholesterol (known as bad cholesterol) should be less than 100 for women and men. HDL (the good cholesterol) should be at 40 or higher for men and 50 or higher for women.

“High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol can often be managed with dietary changes, increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits as well as incorporating healthy fats. Cutting back on saturated fats is also an important part of this.”

Finally, try as best as you can to get some movement you enjoy. The American Heart Association recommends around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Here’s a list of activities that you can do to reach this goal ― no boring cardio required!)

“Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love,” Steinbaum said. “Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.”

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The tech industry has been talking about increasing minority participation for decades — I wrote my first story on the topic for an IEEE Computer Society magazine in 1990, and things have changed little since then.

This year, B2B review site TrustRadius surveyed employees at both tech providers and IT organizations to find out the status of ethnic minorities in the tech industry, and sought out minority voices for a direct take. The People of Color Tech Report released today drew 1,207 respondents, 53% of whom identified as people of color: 16% were Black, 16% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 5% Indigenous, and 7% other non-White, such as mixed-race.

To read this article in full, please click here

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“He had the most unbelievable creative enthusiasm,” Rosenfield says in Episode 383 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

He was having ideas well into his 90s.”

In A Trick of Light, a teenage YouTuber named Cameron Ackerson is struck by lightning and finds himself gifted with “cyberkinesis,” the ability to manipulate computers with his mind.

But events soon spiral out of control, as Cameron finds himself enmeshed in the internet’s dark side.

Even though people could get online and talk to people anywhere in the world, a lot of us felt more alone than ever.”

Rosenfield initially worried that she wasn’t geeky enough to work on A Trick of Light, but says that her collaborators, who also included Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, felt that she would bring a fresh perspective to the project.

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Loreen performing at Eurovision in 2012

If ever there were a moment Eurovision could have been considered “cool”, it would be Loreen’s game-changing win in 2012.

Widely considered by fans to be a turning point for the contest, Loreen’s performance of Euphoria seemingly went against everything Eurovision has come to be known for over the years.

Rather than leaning into the contest’s peppy, hyper-colourful and occasionally downright cheesy sensibilities, the Swedish singer did things her own way, keeping her staging dark and minimal, allowing her song to really shine.

“Is this going to work?” she remembers being asked by producers in the lead-up to the contest. “‘You’re barefoot and we can hardly see your face. Like are you fucking kidding me, man?’. Everybody was afraid.”

It was a risk that most definitely paid off, though, with Loreen now considered an icon of the Eurovision community – not bad going for someone who admits she “didn’t know anything about Eurovision” before she was invited to try out for Sweden’s national selection show, Melodifestivalen.

Loreen performing at Eurovision in 2012

Almost a decade on from her victorious performance in 2012, HuffPost UK spoke to Loreen about overcoming her original Eurovision reservations, and how following her intuition set her on the road to becoming one of the contest’s most loved winners ever...

Were you always a fan of Eurovision, and has your opinion of it changed over time?

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about Eurovision. People don’t know, I’m a hippie. I was hanging around these hippie communities, I was somewhere else, working on myself. And so by coincidence this platform came into my life, and obviously, I believe that things come into your life for a reason.

And so no, I did not know about the competition, I didn’t know about the Eurovision community, at all. It was Christer Björkman [producer of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen], he introduced me to the whole thing. He came to the studio where I was working... he heard me sing my first song, and he was like, ‘she needs to be in our competition’. And everybody was so hyped, like, ‘oh my god you need to do this’, and I was like, ‘...is it the right way to go? Is this where I’m supposed to go?’.

I was a little bit confused at first, because I’d been on [Swedish] Idol back in the day, and I was a little bit against competing in music… but I just intuitively felt that I needed to do this. I think it was Christer’s enthusiasm around my music, and he really believed in my vision. 

Loreen on stage in Baku

What’s your first memory of watching Eurovision?

Well, after that was when I then did my homework, to be like, ‘who’s been here? Oh, ABBA’s been here, oh! And Celine Dion, oh my god!’. So I did my research when Christer came into my life, basically.

But to be honest, it was the connection between me and Christer, that was when I thought, ‘OK, I trust you’. And to be honest, it’s always been like this, I’ve always felt the most connection to – and this is going to sound crazy – the gay community. Like, without the gay community, I wouldn’t be sitting here, to be honest. Because everybody else was like ‘no, no, no, no no’, wherever I went, ‘no’.

Do you have a favourite memory of being a part of Eurovision?

The thing is with Euphoria, I was a bit scared when I created the performance. I followed my intuition, and I knew that it was going to be completely different. And when things are different, people get afraid. They’re like, ‘this is not going to work’.

And so I was a bit afraid, because everybody was afraid. When I introduced the whole idea to the team, I didn’t have the lighting, I was just in a gymnastics studio. I was standing there, in my regular clothes, looking like shit, and there was no podium, no lights, no fan, no costume. No show! There was nothing. And I was like, ‘OK guys, this is what we’re going to do’. And you should have seen their faces, when I was dancing around. The director was like, ‘are you going to be barefoot? Not even any shoes? Not a pair of high heels?’. I could see his anxiety, he was so stressed out and frustrated.

The reason why I tell this story is that because everyone was so afraid, but I went on following my intuition. And when I won, I was standing there, waiting to do the performance again, and there was just something speaking to me in that moment. And what it said was ‘my god, when you follow your intuition, everything flows’. I was standing there, and I was overwhelmed. Everything was connected.

It was just such an awakening moment, realising that every time I’ve compromised, it didn’t flow, but the moment you tell the truth, about yourself, things just flow.

Loreen celebrating her Eurovision win in 2012

Who are you rooting for at Eurovision this year?

I am not a patriot, I don’t give a fuck about borders. But I think Tusse, the Swedish entrant, plays an important role. When I was in Eurovision, there were a lot of discussions around people of colour, and whether it affects you winning or not. And now we have Tusse representing Sweden, but also representing the world.

I really want him to win, because that’s like taking it to the next level again. I have met [Tusse] a lot, and I told him, ‘you have an important role, darling. It’s not only about the music, it’s about uniting.’ And I hope for that reason that he wins.

Tusse performing during the Melodifestivalen final earlier this year

What are your three all-time favourite Eurovision songs?

I have to say ABBA, with their song Waterloo. It just reminds me of my childhood, we listened to it all the time, and I just loved the way they dressed!

I really loved Conchita Wurst. I loved the whole performance, I loved the political statement in her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

And if I had heard Heroes before Måns Zelmerlöw, I would have taken that song! Honestly. Because I love that. My friend Linnea Deb wrote it, and she always writes these epic fucking chrouses, where you use your whole voice.

Måns and I, we have a very special connection, we’ve known each other for a long time. He was one of the guys that supported me when I was starting – and he was a kid, which is the crazy thing. So he has a very special place in my heart – he’s a Gemini, so of course, he has – and when he did Heroes, everything was perfect.

Måns Zelmerlöw performing at Eurovision in 2015

Why is Eurovision so important?

Because it’s a community of love – look at Conchita. Eurovision unites people, regardless of colour, sexuality, whatever. It’s a creative community of love. And we need that, we need that today.

We need to be in a borderless [world] – there’s so much segregation going on in the world. We need to find a common ground, you know what I mean? And Eurovision is that common ground, in a way.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

We’ll be publishing an interview with a new Eurovision legend every day leading up to this year’s live final. Come back on Friday when we’ll be speaking to the singer hoping to bring the win home for the UK this year, James Newman.

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Google Chrome debuted September 4, 2008, when Google was looking to create a better, more modern browser.

The post explained that they were releasing this new browser because they believed they could “add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.”

Google also explained that Chrome was an open-source initiative.

The browser’s source code was made available to the public via its open-source counterpart, the Chromium browser, and Google pulled components from Apple’s WebKit and Firefox to develop it.

First of all, Google had more money and resources than most of the competition.

Second, it built off of existing technologies and wanted to adhere to web standards.

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An activist short seller has written a letter to the chief executive of insurance giant Lemonade with details of an “accidentally discovered” security flaw that exposes customers’ account data. Carson Block, founder of investment research firm Muddy Waters Research, sent the letter to Lemonade co-founder and chief executive Daniel Schreiber on Thursday, describing the bug […]
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Problems with the cardiovascular system can show themselves in a lot of different ways.

Many people are totally unaware of the small, insidious signs that could indicate cardiovascular issues.

“Many look to chest pain as a warning sign of cardiovascular disease,” said Mariko Harper, a physician in Seattle who specialises in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. But, he added, “While more than one-half of people present with chest discomfort when they are having a heart attack, up to one-third of patients — especially women — don’t have any chest symptoms at all. They may present with more atypical or subtle symptoms.”

Ignoring these signs means ignoring your entire wellbeing.

If the body were considered a machine, the heart would be the battery that powers it, said Aeshita Dwivedi, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “In essence, without a properly functioning heart, the rest of the body cannot perform optimally,” she said.

Here are some subtle but serious signs that you may be dealing with a cardiovascular issue, plus some advice on how to better improve your heart health:

Swelling in the lower extremities

Christine Bishara, founder of the integrative medical practice From Within Medical in New York, said swelling in the lower legs, particularly the ankles and feet, can signify a heart condition. This issue is also known as an edema.

“If your heart loses its ability to pump blood to the rest of the body — either through weakened cardiac muscles or damage to heart tissue from a silent heart attack — blood flow can slow down and get backed up in the legs leading to swelling,” she said.

Shortness of breath

As mentioned, some people won’t experience chest pains when dealing with heart issues. While this can happen to anyone, Bishara said this is particularly true for those with diabetes. Instead, they may experience trouble breathing.

“Because diabetes affects and blunts nerve sensations, [someone who is diabetic] with a serious heart condition may never experience symptoms of chest pain,” she said. “This is why shortness of breath should never be ignored — especially if it’s a new onset.”

Fatigue

A tired feeling that you just can’t seem to shake might be another subtle sign of heart issues, according to Bishara. Especially if it has seemingly come out of nowhere. “If fatigue symptoms are an acute onset or without any identifiable underlying cause, consult with your doctor,” she said.

Unexplained upper back, left shoulder or arm pain

Bishara said these pains “should not be ignored, as they also may be signs of a heart blockage or impending heart attack. Back symptoms are frequent in women and may sometimes be the only symptom.” This is particularly true if the pain is random (for example, you didn’t strain something during exercise).

Palpitations that come out of nowhere

The timing of such palpitations matters just as much as the symptom itself. Keep in mind that exercise, caffeine and anxiety can all cause a quickened pulse. However, say you’re sitting down or in another relaxed state and your heart starts racing, that could be a sign that something is wrong. Dizziness and lightheadedness can also be symptoms.

Jaw pain

Cardiovascular issues may manifest as jaw discomfort. Marcus Smith, a physician at CardioVascular Health Clinic in Oklahoma, said he has had patients complain about jaw pain that they initially believed to be linked to their teeth. Later they learned it was related to angina, which can be a cardiac issue.

“The nerves that innervate your heart and pick up the sensation of pain are the same nerves that pick up the same sensation for orthopaedic issues, gastrointestinal issues, and dental issues; it’s the same distribution of nerves,” he said. “People who have heart issues many times will say they felt pain in their jaw. That’s why no symptoms should be pushed to the side because it could represent a cardiac symptom.”

What you should do if you’re having these symptoms

If you find yourself experiencing any of these issues, it’s best to seek medical care. (If you believe you’re having a heart attack or stroke, definitely call 999.)

Smith said that your doctor will first ask you questions about your lifestyle habits and behaviours to assess your risk factors. From there, you may undergo an exam (or could be referred to a cardiologist) to get a better look at what’s going on.

There are also things you should do outside of your doctor’s surgery. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist in New York, recommended taking steps to improve your overall heart health. The first is to keep an eye on your blood pressure. A normal range is at or below 120/80.

“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “Watching your diet and exercise, and incorporating stress management are key components of lowering your blood pressure.”

Cholesterol also plays an important role. For adults, total cholesterol should be around 200 or below (the lower the better). LDL cholesterol (known as bad cholesterol) should be less than 100 for women and men. HDL (the good cholesterol) should be at 40 or higher for men and 50 or higher for women.

“High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke,” Steinbaum said. “When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol can often be managed with dietary changes, increasing the amount of vegetables, whole grains, fruits as well as incorporating healthy fats. Cutting back on saturated fats is also an important part of this.”

Finally, try as best as you can to get some movement you enjoy. The American Heart Association recommends around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Here’s a list of activities that you can do to reach this goal ― no boring cardio required!)

“Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love,” Steinbaum said. “Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.”

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Phone calls. Web searches. Location tracks. Smart speaker requests.
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The tech industry has been talking about increasing minority participation for decades — I wrote my first story on the topic for an IEEE Computer Society magazine in 1990, and things have changed little since then.

This year, B2B review site TrustRadius surveyed employees at both tech providers and IT organizations to find out the status of ethnic minorities in the tech industry, and sought out minority voices for a direct take. The People of Color Tech Report released today drew 1,207 respondents, 53% of whom identified as people of color: 16% were Black, 16% Asian, 12% Hispanic, 5% Indigenous, and 7% other non-White, such as mixed-race.

To read this article in full, please click here

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“He had the most unbelievable creative enthusiasm,” Rosenfield says in Episode 383 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

He was having ideas well into his 90s.”

In A Trick of Light, a teenage YouTuber named Cameron Ackerson is struck by lightning and finds himself gifted with “cyberkinesis,” the ability to manipulate computers with his mind.

But events soon spiral out of control, as Cameron finds himself enmeshed in the internet’s dark side.

Even though people could get online and talk to people anywhere in the world, a lot of us felt more alone than ever.”

Rosenfield initially worried that she wasn’t geeky enough to work on A Trick of Light, but says that her collaborators, who also included Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, felt that she would bring a fresh perspective to the project.

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Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour are the ideal recruits for Scarlet Johansson's MCU mission impossible.
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Loreen performing at Eurovision in 2012

If ever there were a moment Eurovision could have been considered “cool”, it would be Loreen’s game-changing win in 2012.

Widely considered by fans to be a turning point for the contest, Loreen’s performance of Euphoria seemingly went against everything Eurovision has come to be known for over the years.

Rather than leaning into the contest’s peppy, hyper-colourful and occasionally downright cheesy sensibilities, the Swedish singer did things her own way, keeping her staging dark and minimal, allowing her song to really shine.

“Is this going to work?” she remembers being asked by producers in the lead-up to the contest. “‘You’re barefoot and we can hardly see your face. Like are you fucking kidding me, man?’. Everybody was afraid.”

It was a risk that most definitely paid off, though, with Loreen now considered an icon of the Eurovision community – not bad going for someone who admits she “didn’t know anything about Eurovision” before she was invited to try out for Sweden’s national selection show, Melodifestivalen.

Loreen performing at Eurovision in 2012

Almost a decade on from her victorious performance in 2012, HuffPost UK spoke to Loreen about overcoming her original Eurovision reservations, and how following her intuition set her on the road to becoming one of the contest’s most loved winners ever...

Were you always a fan of Eurovision, and has your opinion of it changed over time?

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about Eurovision. People don’t know, I’m a hippie. I was hanging around these hippie communities, I was somewhere else, working on myself. And so by coincidence this platform came into my life, and obviously, I believe that things come into your life for a reason.

And so no, I did not know about the competition, I didn’t know about the Eurovision community, at all. It was Christer Björkman [producer of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen], he introduced me to the whole thing. He came to the studio where I was working... he heard me sing my first song, and he was like, ‘she needs to be in our competition’. And everybody was so hyped, like, ‘oh my god you need to do this’, and I was like, ‘...is it the right way to go? Is this where I’m supposed to go?’.

I was a little bit confused at first, because I’d been on [Swedish] Idol back in the day, and I was a little bit against competing in music… but I just intuitively felt that I needed to do this. I think it was Christer’s enthusiasm around my music, and he really believed in my vision. 

Loreen on stage in Baku

What’s your first memory of watching Eurovision?

Well, after that was when I then did my homework, to be like, ‘who’s been here? Oh, ABBA’s been here, oh! And Celine Dion, oh my god!’. So I did my research when Christer came into my life, basically.

But to be honest, it was the connection between me and Christer, that was when I thought, ‘OK, I trust you’. And to be honest, it’s always been like this, I’ve always felt the most connection to – and this is going to sound crazy – the gay community. Like, without the gay community, I wouldn’t be sitting here, to be honest. Because everybody else was like ‘no, no, no, no no’, wherever I went, ‘no’.

Do you have a favourite memory of being a part of Eurovision?

The thing is with Euphoria, I was a bit scared when I created the performance. I followed my intuition, and I knew that it was going to be completely different. And when things are different, people get afraid. They’re like, ‘this is not going to work’.

And so I was a bit afraid, because everybody was afraid. When I introduced the whole idea to the team, I didn’t have the lighting, I was just in a gymnastics studio. I was standing there, in my regular clothes, looking like shit, and there was no podium, no lights, no fan, no costume. No show! There was nothing. And I was like, ‘OK guys, this is what we’re going to do’. And you should have seen their faces, when I was dancing around. The director was like, ‘are you going to be barefoot? Not even any shoes? Not a pair of high heels?’. I could see his anxiety, he was so stressed out and frustrated.

The reason why I tell this story is that because everyone was so afraid, but I went on following my intuition. And when I won, I was standing there, waiting to do the performance again, and there was just something speaking to me in that moment. And what it said was ‘my god, when you follow your intuition, everything flows’. I was standing there, and I was overwhelmed. Everything was connected.

It was just such an awakening moment, realising that every time I’ve compromised, it didn’t flow, but the moment you tell the truth, about yourself, things just flow.

Loreen celebrating her Eurovision win in 2012

Who are you rooting for at Eurovision this year?

I am not a patriot, I don’t give a fuck about borders. But I think Tusse, the Swedish entrant, plays an important role. When I was in Eurovision, there were a lot of discussions around people of colour, and whether it affects you winning or not. And now we have Tusse representing Sweden, but also representing the world.

I really want him to win, because that’s like taking it to the next level again. I have met [Tusse] a lot, and I told him, ‘you have an important role, darling. It’s not only about the music, it’s about uniting.’ And I hope for that reason that he wins.

Tusse performing during the Melodifestivalen final earlier this year

What are your three all-time favourite Eurovision songs?

I have to say ABBA, with their song Waterloo. It just reminds me of my childhood, we listened to it all the time, and I just loved the way they dressed!

I really loved Conchita Wurst. I loved the whole performance, I loved the political statement in her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

And if I had heard Heroes before Måns Zelmerlöw, I would have taken that song! Honestly. Because I love that. My friend Linnea Deb wrote it, and she always writes these epic fucking chrouses, where you use your whole voice.

Måns and I, we have a very special connection, we’ve known each other for a long time. He was one of the guys that supported me when I was starting – and he was a kid, which is the crazy thing. So he has a very special place in my heart – he’s a Gemini, so of course, he has – and when he did Heroes, everything was perfect.

Måns Zelmerlöw performing at Eurovision in 2015

Why is Eurovision so important?

Because it’s a community of love – look at Conchita. Eurovision unites people, regardless of colour, sexuality, whatever. It’s a creative community of love. And we need that, we need that today.

We need to be in a borderless [world] – there’s so much segregation going on in the world. We need to find a common ground, you know what I mean? And Eurovision is that common ground, in a way.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

We’ll be publishing an interview with a new Eurovision legend every day leading up to this year’s live final. Come back on Friday when we’ll be speaking to the singer hoping to bring the win home for the UK this year, James Newman.

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Robert Tuohy 2021-01-16
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Democrats have come up with police commissions in the past. But if they want to axe "defund the police" they'll have to come up with a better plan.
Robert Tuohy 2020-10-26
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A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.
Robert Tuohy 2020-09-14
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When many employers were forced to go fully remote in March they had to find new ways to keep workers engaged.
Robert Tuohy 2020-08-11
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Civil rights activists warn of "mission creep," as cameras installed to prevent break-ins are increasingly used to monitor protesters and communities of color.
Robert Tuohy 2019-09-05
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Google Chrome debuted September 4, 2008, when Google was looking to create a better, more modern browser.

The post explained that they were releasing this new browser because they believed they could “add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.”

Google also explained that Chrome was an open-source initiative.

The browser’s source code was made available to the public via its open-source counterpart, the Chromium browser, and Google pulled components from Apple’s WebKit and Firefox to develop it.

First of all, Google had more money and resources than most of the competition.

Second, it built off of existing technologies and wanted to adhere to web standards.