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chip manufacturing: India comes full circuit: Global tech giants set sights on the country for electronics production

Have you ever thought about how much goes into making the smartphone that is your window to the world? Here’s some food for thought: As per a report by the White House, a semiconductor chip, that is used within the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi component of your phone, could’ve crossed international borders as many as 70 times before it reached you. And this entire process can take up to 100 days, 12 of which are spent in transit between various supply chain steps. And this is just one tiny component that makes up the lifeline of…

‘Languages Are Coming Into Our Country’

The former president kicked off his appearance in Eagle Pass, Texas, with a heavy dose of xenophobia Both Donald Trump and President Joe Biden addressed migration across the southern border during dual visits to Texas on Thursday. Trump spoke in Eagle Pass, a border town in the Rio Grande Valley that has become a flashpoint recently due to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s dispatch of the Texas National Guard to wrest control from U.S. Border Patrol agents.  During his speech, Trump said that Biden

Black artistry is woven into the fabric of country music. It belongs to everyone | Music

What is country music? Who is allowed to play it? Whenever a Black artist puts out a country song the judgment, comments, and opinions come thick and fast. “That’s not real country!” “That’s cultural appropriation.” “She needs to stay in her lane.” Or, as Dukes of Hazzard actor John Schneider so charmingly stated in a discussion earlier this month: “You know, every dog has to mark every tree, right?”All of these comments, which range from simply ignorant to downright misogynoir, presuppose that commercial country music –…

Beyoncé becomes first Black woman to top US Hot 100 with country song | Beyoncé

Beyoncé has become the first Black woman to reach the US No 1 spot with a country song with her new single Texas Hold ’Em, after debuting last week at No 2.The lighthearted country song is the musician’s ninth solo No 1 (after four as a member of Destiny’s Child), and the first of two tracks to be released from Act II, the second in a rumoured trilogy following the release of Renaissance: Act I in 2022.It’s the latest record-breaking accolade for the song: last week, Texas Hold ’Em made Beyoncé the first Black woman to…

TikToker who made ‘Saltburn’ country house go viral regrets fans trespassing on estate

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeA TikToker whose videos about Drayton House – the location featured in the movie Saltburn – garnered millions of views has expressed regret over fans trespassing on the estate.Rhian Williams said it was “such a shame that people are trespassing” and emphasised that “there is a public footpath through the estate that everyone should stick to if they want to visit”.She told the BBC:…

Cars in One Country Are Emitting Way More CO2 Than Elsewhere : ScienceAlert

Australian passenger vehicles are emitting 50% more carbon dioxide (CO₂) than the average of the world's major markets. And the real-world situation is even worse than official figures show.That's the finding of a new study comparing the CO₂ emissions performance of cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles in Australia and overseas.The comparison suggests Australia will probably fall well short of the economy-wide 2050 net-zero emission target for road transport. To hit the target, policies to cut vehicle emissions have…

‘Look at your country! It’s amazing’: Armistead Maupin on moving to London | Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is just where he wants to be. But that’s not where you might expect. The writer who made his name as the bard of San Francisco – or at least an earlier incarnation of it, featuring gay jockey-short dance competitions, weed‑smoking landladies and, crucially, affordable housing – is now happily ensconced in south London. A 1930s terrace in Clapham feels so much like home that he looks at me wide-eyed when I say that my trip to see him in SW11 met with not a few gasps of surprise. “Oh, get over it,” he…

Dolly Parton congratulates Beyoncé on her country debut

Dolly Parton has confirmed her Beyhive membership.The “Jolene” singer took to Instagram Thursday to congratulate Beyoncé on her country debut, which consisted of a surprise dual release announced during the 2024 Super Bowl. The livelier of the singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” made Beyoncé the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, while the softer ballad “16 Carriages” followed close behind at No. 9.“I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your…

Dolly Parton Congratulates Beyonce on History-Making Country Hit

Beyoncé‘s history-making No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart was celebrated by a country icon: Dolly Parton.  After Beyoncé’s single “Texas Hold ‘Em” became a hit, turning the superstar into the first Black woman to have a chart-topping track on the Billboard Hot Country chart, Parton released a statement on social media, applauding the accomplishment.  She wrote, “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot…

Dolly Parton Congratulates Beyoncé on Massive Hot Country Number 1 Song

The star became the first Black woman to top the chart this week Dolly Parton congratulated fellow legend Beyoncé on topping Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her new single “Texas Hold ‘Em.” Taking to social media, Parton shared an image on Instagram Thursday night that read: “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!” The Jolene singer recently