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Social media enjoys Bryson DeChambeau's first round at the Masters – ESPN



Bryson DeChambeau has finished his first round of the Masters, and it was something.

After crushing drives during practice, he came out with big statements about the course and how far he wanted to hit drives.

“I’m looking at it as a par 67 for me because I can reach all the par-5s in two, no problem,” DeChambeau told the media Tuesday. “If the conditions stay the way they are, that’s what I feel like par is for me. “That’s not me being big-headed. I can hit it as far as I want to …”

Oh, and he hit it far. And sometimes wide. Sometimes into the bushes. DeChambeau, who started the tournament as the clear favorite, double-bogeyed the par-5 13th, but he rallied to finish at 2-under par and tied for 11th place.

Here are some of the social media reactions to sum up DeChambeau’s wild first round at Augusta National.

Don’t talk smack about the course at the Masters. Just good advice.

This is the 13th hole. Taking a 7 on the par-5 hole, his shots basically became a real-life “how it started/how it’s going” meme if both sides were bad.

DeChambeau, who started his round on the 10th hole, sailed drives left on the 18th and first hole.

The errant shot on No. 1 saved the world from seeing a nude Nick Faldo.

“When he does, I will leap out of my [broadcast] tower and run around naked around Augusta National,” Faldo, a CBS broadcaster for the Masters, told the media about the possibility of DeChambeau using his driver to reach the green on the 445-yard, par-4 first hole.

DeChambeau rallied and overcame some of the off-target drives. You might say he muscled his way to a decent finish Thursday.

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Singer from Montreal’s south shore becomes social media sensation – Global News



When COVID-19 struck in March, all of singer songwriter Damien Robitaille’s musical gigs got cancelled. He had been touring in Europe, but quickly cut short his work trip to return to his home in Longueuil.

With his children living in Europe, Robitaille found himself alone and with a lot of time on his hands.

“I had two options: either I could just sit at home be depressed or just do what I know what to do…sing, sing, sing,” he said.

So, to pass the time, Robitaille started posting videos of cover songs on social media. For the first 100 days of lockdown, he posted a new video each day. He taught himself the songs in one day, using his piano, drums and a shaker to make his music.

The quirky, but charming videos typically get a few thousand views on various social media platforms. His song choices ranged from everything from classics like Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Jump by Van Halen.

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But this week, 39-year-old Robitaille posted a video that struck a chord with social media influencers.

He made a cover video of the popular 90s song, Pump up the Jam by Technotronic. His dog, Suki made an appearance in his video.

“The one perfect take was when my dog decided to pop into the scene and photo bombed,” he said. “I tried to keep a straight face and keep singing to the end. Then I was like, ‘Do I keep this? The dog ruins the video’, but then I think she helped to bring it to the next level.”

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Former basketball player Rex Chapman, with one million Twitter followers, retweeted the video. So did actor Elijah Wood, and this week, Quebec Premier François Legault gave him a thumbs up. Robitaille estimates that the video was seen on all his social media platforms about 10 million times.

“I am so touched by the outpouring of love,” he said.  “I’m also like finally finally it broke through. It took 137 songs for the dam to open up, and now the waters are flowing.”

The Franco-Ontarian Robitaille mainly sings in French, releasing a Christmas album last year.

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But sitting home alone during the pandemic, with his children living in Europe, he got inspired.

He sometimes spends up to 12 hours a day learning the songs and recording his videos, all on his own. He often dresses up in costumes, because he says he’s putting on a show for his audience.

The songs don’t bring him any money. Robitaille says he simply gets joy from all the positive feedback he’s receiving.

“For me it’s a gift spreading joy and happiness for everyone. People need some good news in these dark times,” he said.

Robitaille doesn’t know what’s next for him. But he’ll keep posting his videos, hoping they bring smiles and a few minutes of joy to those who need it.


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CURE Media Group Announces the 2020 MPN Heroes® Winners – Business Wire



CRANBURY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CURE Media Group, the industry-leading multimedia platform devoted to cancer updates and research that reaches more than one million patients, has named the winners of the MPN Heroes® Recognition Program. The virtual celebration will take place tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CST.

Keynote speaker Devon Still, former professional athlete, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author and advocate for childhood cancer awareness, will join in this year’s annual evening of gratitude and celebration honoring these eight remarkable heroes who have gone above and beyond, making a difference in the field of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).

The following individuals will be recognized in the Commitment to the Individual category:

  • Nicholas Callahan is a caregiver for his significant other, Toula Bonié, who is a professional violinist w living with essential thrombocythemia (ET). Ever since they met in 1991, Callahan has viewed himself as a facilitator, doing whatever he can to help Toula overcome the daily challenges of ET. His selfless patience and kindness have a huge impact on her ability to live and enjoy her life.
  • Rami S. Komrokji, M.D., is vice chair of the Department of Malignant Hematology and head of the myeloid section at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. While at the University of Cincinnati, Komrokji reactivated the American VA Hematology/Oncology Association (AVAHO), serving at various times as president and vice president. Komrokji demonstrates a true understanding of what veterans and other patients go through on their MPN journeys. He also shares his expertise with the MPN community as an author and co-author of scientific literature on MPNs, as well as partnering with numerous patient advocacy organizations.
  • Carmen Orrico was diagnosed with ET at the age of 17 and felt “a little bit alone” when she realized she did not have a place to connect with other young patients with ET. Orrico created an Instagram page about ET to raise awareness of the condition, and shares resources that may help others overcome obstacles presented by ET. She and other young adults all over the world now share stories and compare notes about managing ET.
  • David S. Snyder, M.D., is acting chair of the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. A fixture at City of Hope for more than 36 years, Snyder is a nationally recognized expert in stem cell transplantation for managing MPNs, chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and other blood disorders. Whether through patient advocacy forums or talking one-on-one with patients, Snyder has helped people with MPNs live with hope, strength, and courage.

The second category honors MPN specialists whose efforts have helped the broader MPN community:

  • Michele A. Couri, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist at the Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women’s Health in Peoria, Illinois, as well as an avid hiker who is living with myelofibrosis (MF). To help raise awareness and funding for MPNs, Couri founded a not-for-profit organization called MPN Peoria. Since founding the organization, she has organized two hiking events—one virtual—that cumulatively raised $150,000 to help people with MPNs.
  • Summer Golden is an MPN network manager for the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN), who is living with MF. Golden calls on her years of theatre training and comedy to cope with her condition and help others, while maintaining positivity about the future. In her role at PEN, Golden has made a positive impact on thousands of patients in the MPN community. She works to enhance patient health literacy, enabling shared decision-making and providing educational resources that empower patients and caregivers at every step of their cancer journey.
  • Nick Napolitano’s transformation into becoming an outspoken advocate for people with MPNs began in 2016 when a routine physical revealed he had PV. Napolitano dedicated himself to educating others and raising awareness of MPNs. He shared his story through a documentary titled “The Unknown,” which was sponsored by Incyte. In it, he discusses his determination to help others meet the challenges of living with an MPN. Since then, he has participated in numerous webinars and conferences and has partnered with Patient Power to create and share coronavirus coping strategies for patients with MPNs.
  • Hon. Col. Dr. Samuel Verniero Jr. has had a life of distinction as a United Nations diplomat, honorary Kentucky colonel, and leader in the state of Georgia for people with disabilities. Living with PV, he is passionate about increasing awareness about MPNs throughout the health care and public sectors of the community.

“These incredible heroes have truly dedicated themselves to improving the lives of people with myeloproliferative neoplasms,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of CURE Media Group. “This year marks the eighth anniversary of the MPN Heroes® Recognition Program, and we look forward to an amazing celebration this evening recognizing these champions who have made a difference in MPN care.”

The MPN Heroes® Recognition Program is sponsored by Incyte and CURE Media Group, publishers of CURE® magazine. Incyte partners with CURE Media Group to support the program, with CURE® hosting the annual MPN Heroes Celebration Event. The honorees were nominated by colleagues, patients and caregivers for their heroic contributions and dedication. The selected MPN Heroes were chosen by an independent judging panel comprised of patient advocates and healthcare professionals. Individuals or entities supported through funding or directed by Incyte were not eligible for consideration or recognition. Supporting the MPN community is an ongoing priority for Incyte, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on finding solutions for serious unmet medical needs through the discovery, development, and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics.

About CURE Media Group

CURE Media Group is the leading resource for cancer updates, research, and education. It features a full suite of media products, including the industry-leading website; innovative video programs such as “CURE Connections®”; a series of widely attended live events; CURE® magazine, which reaches more than 1 million readers; and the dynamic website for oncology nurses,, and its companion publication, Oncology Nursing News®. CURE Media Group is a brand of MJH Life Sciences™, the largest privately held, independent, full-service medical media company in North America, dedicated to delivering trusted health care news across multiple channels.

About Incyte

Incyte is a Wilmington, Delaware-based, global biopharmaceutical company focused on finding solutions for serious unmet medical needs through the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics. For additional information on Incyte, please visit and follow @Incyte.

MPN Heroes® is a registered trademark of Incyte. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Some Sino-U.S. relations damage 'beyond repair', China state media warn – The Guardian



By Brenda Goh and Se Young Lee

(Reuters) – Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to their lowest point in decades over issues such as trade, technology, security, human rights and COVID-19.

In an editorial, the government-backed China Daily said it viewed as “worrisome signs” Washington’s decision to limit visitor visas for members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families and a ban on Xinjiang cotton imports.

“Even if the incoming administration has any intention of easing the tensions that have been sown, and continue being sown, some damage is simply beyond repair, as the sitting U.S. president intends,” the paper added.

Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said.

The U.S. government also added Chinese chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged military companies, prohibiting U.S. investors from buying securities issued by the firms starting late next year.

China’s ambassador to the United States became the latest of the Asian nation’s senior officials to signal a desire to reset the increasingly confrontational relationship as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January.

“There are always differences between the two countries. None of them justifies confrontation and war, cold or hot,” Cui Tiankai said on Twitter.

“With sufficient mutual respect and mutual understanding, we are capable of managing these differences so that they would not derail the entire relationship,” he said on Thursday.

A person familiar with the matter also told Reuters U.S. prosecutors are discussing a deal with lawyers for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou to resolve criminal charges against her and end her detention in Canada, which would bring an end to a major source of tension.

It is unclear whether a Biden administration would bring a dramatic shift, however.

The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now.

Legislation targeting China or Chinese officials over charges of human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang and crackdown against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have won broad bipartisan support in Congress, as well, further suggesting current policies towards China will stay.

An exchange of insults on Thursday between U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.

Blackburn, a Republican and one of the more outspoken China critics, claimed without evidence on Twitter that China “has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing.”

In response, Chen accused Blackburn of being the most “racist and ignorant” U.S. senator he has seen and calling her a “lifetime bitch.”

Blackburn responded by calling Chen a “puppet” in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “dream for global domination” and vowed that the U.S. would not bow to “sexist communist thugs.”

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times newspaper, also criticised Blackburn on Twitter on Friday, saying it was a pity her “cognitive level is still as low as a monkey’s.”

(Reporting by Brenda Goh and Se Young Lee; Editing by Jane Wardell and Gerry Doyle)

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