Here’s a Very Brief Preview of Drake’s Forthcoming “Energy” Video

5 months following his album’s release, the first visual is on its way


Drake‘s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape-album has fueled his 2015, allowing him to perform new material on several big stages, including Coachella, Governors Ball, Wireless Festival, and on his Jungle Tour, which he just recently wrapped up. It’s given him an insane amount of momentum heading into the release of his formal 4th LP, Views From The 6, which he’s been teasing for over a year.

Before he switches into VFT6 mode, however, he will liberate the first video of It’s Too Late, the crowd-favorite “Energy,” directed by Fleur & Manu, who worked with Skrillex on his “Doompy Poomp” video earlier this year. You can watch the short preview here on Drake’s Instagram.

Furry Friend Finder: Luke And Lola

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In this edition of “Furry Friend Finder,” CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock and Diane Macedo introduce us to Luke and Lola, who are looking for homes.

You can get to know them better by watching the video above.

Every Sunday morning around 8:20 on the CBS 2 news, The Humane Society of New York features some of its many great pets up for adoption.

Here you can keep track of which furry friends are still looking for homes, and which ones have been adopted by a loving family. The Humane Society of New York is located at 306 E. 59th St. near Second Avenue.

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World Bank removes critical section from China report

China's leaders are trying to engineer a transformation of the country's growth model whereby consumer demand becomes the main driver rather than investmentThe World Bank has removed a sharply critical portion from a recently released report on China's economy that called for reform of its financial system, saying the section had not been adequately reviewed and that its wording was inappropriate. On Wednesday, the Washington-based institution released its China Economic Update report in Beijing, which included a section urging the country to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector. In blunt language, the World Bank warned that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy.

Tour De France 2015: Stage 2 Results, Latest Standings and Highlights

Andre Greipel beat Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara in a sprint during Sunday’s Stage 2 of the 2015 Tour de France, one of the craziest opening road stages in the long history of the race. Cancellara is the new leader in the general classification and will like his chances of adding to his lead during Monday’s ride for Huy.

Sunday’s stage was supposed to be an easy, quick hop ending in a bunch sprint, but dreadful weather and tons of crashes turned the first open road stage of the Tour into a chaotic mess. Last year’s winner, Vincenzo Nibali, and Nairo Quintana both lost nearly 90 seconds on the other contenders for the general classification in a wild and wacky race.

Here’s a look at the results from Stage 2:

The voyage to Paris officially started on Sunday, as the peloton enjoyed the Grand Depart in Utrecht. The fine weather resulted in thousands of fans lining the roads at the start line, and via Le Tour Utrecht, the peloton enjoyed a rousing start:

Given the flat profile of Sunday’s stage, all signs pointed to an easy day for the peloton and a bunch sprint in Neeltje Jans. Four riders were given three minutes in an early break, but as reports of inclement weather at the finish line reached the peloton, Team Sky suddenly increased the tempo.

The riders were headed for Neeltje Jans, an artificial island near the Dutch coast, and according to the Tour’s official Twitter account, the wind picked up tremendously during the afternoon:

No one was interested in a tactical battle in such conditions, and it made sense for the peloton to increase the tempo. But Team Sky’s tempo was ridiculous and actually broke up the peloton before the halfway point of the race, per Le Tour de France.

Big names like Alejandro Valverde, Bauke Mollema, Rui Costa and Joaquim Rodriguez all fell behind and had to work hard to bridge the gap, a stunning development so early in the race.

Meanwhile, conditions at the finish line got even worse, with the Inner Ring reporting the banner signaling the final kilometer of the race had to be taken down. Former pro cyclist David Millar was starting to grow concerned:

Jan Barta placed an attack just before the intermediate sprint, grabbing the first points of the Tour. In the peloton, John Degenkolb beat Alexander Kristoff, a first sign the battle for the green jersey will be tense.

As the weather worsened, the first crashes of the 2015 Tour de France occurred as well. Local favourite Wilco Kelderman was involved in one of them, and pro cyclist Sam Bewley thought it was only just the start:

Quintana got stuck behind a group of riders that hit the asphalt and lost 40 seconds on his main competitors for the yellow jersey, a nightmare scenario for the Colombian. Minutes later, 2014 winner Nibali crashed, and suddenly, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador had a unique opportunity to grab an advantage, via BBC Radio 5 Live’s Simon Clancy:

The peloton increased the tempo even further, putting tremendous pressure on the chasing groups, whose smaller numbers meant they struggled more with the wind. Incredibly, things got even worse for the defending champion, as Nibali suffered a puncture with less than 30 kilometers left to ride.

Sagan, the green jersey winner the past three years, appeared to be in prime position to start his 2015 Tour with a bang, but as if this stage hadn’t seen enough drama already, he too suffered a puncture in the middle of the finale. The Slovak immediately battled his way back to the lead group, but he wasted valuable energy doing so.

Behind the leading group, Quintana and Nibali seemed to give up, losing well over a minute on Froome and Contador. It’s the worst start to this year’s Tour the two could have had, but with the Mur de Huy on the schedule on Monday, it made no sense wasting any more energy.

In the sprint, Mark Cavendish launched himself too early, and he was overtaken by a bunch of riders near the finish line. Greipel just about managed to hold off Sagan, while Cancellara did enough to grab third place and the yellow jersey. Here’s how the general classification looks:

Here’s a look at the points standings:

As reported by Sky Sports, Greipel credited his team-mates with the win:

I felt really strong and I’m really happy to have won. We were trying to push really hard at the front of the peloton in order to drop some of my rivals and it worked pretty well. It was really nervous with all the rain and the wind but the team kept me up at the front.

Quintana and Nibali are undoubtedly the big losers of Sunday’s stage, and with the Mur de Huy on the schedule for Monday and cobblestones lining the roads on Tuesday, things aren’t about to get any easier.

The duo already sits a minute behind Froome and Contador, who are both experts at defending a lead in the mountains. Expect Nibali and Quintana to be ultra-aggressive in the high mountains, pushing the entertainment value of this year’s Tour through the roof.



Free Book – MySQL Admin Cookbook

MySQL Admin Cookbook ($29.99 Kindle), by Daniel Schneller and Udo Schwedt, is free direct from publisher Packt Publishing.

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This book uses the approach of a cookbook, presenting solutions to problems in the form of recipes. Each recipe provides the reader with easy step-by-step descriptions of the actions necessary to accomplish a specific task. Example values and code samples are used throughout the recipes, which makes adaptation for individual needs easy Administrators of all skill-levels will find step-by-step instructions for practical approaches to MySQL configuration, maintenance, and optimization topics. Each recipe uses a concrete example for easy understanding. This book is for ambitious MySQL users as well as professional data center database administrators. Beginners as well as experienced administrators will profit from this cookbook and get fresh ideas to improve their MySQL environments. Detailed background information will enable them to widen their MySQL horizon. It does not cover SQL basics, how to install MySQL servers, or how to design a relational database schema. Readers are expected to have a basic understanding of the SQL language and database concepts in general.

Get the free book from Packt Publishing. Click on Claim, log in and the book gets added to your bookshelf; you can download a DRM-Free EPUB, Mobi (Kindle) or PDF. You can also access any code files and send the the book to your Kindle Library from the My Ebooks page.


We Told You Melrose Place Was Getting A Lifetime Movie, But Here Are Some Real-Life Scandals That REALLY Deserve One!

We told you that Lifetime was using Melrose Place as the subject of their next unauthorized behind-the-scenes story. We even handpicked a cast!

Now the network has officially confirmed the flick has been given the green light!

As interesting as that sounds, we miss the days when the network was on top of the latest scandals!

We’d LOVE to see their take on Josh Duggar, Rachel Dolezal, and even Donald Trump. But what actors could bring those real-life characters to the little screen?

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Greek referendum: millions vote as markets prepare for turbulence – live

As we flagged earlier, finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed that in the event of a NO vote, a deal can be reached with creditors “within 24 hours.”

Is there something in this, our correspondent Helena Smith wonders?

I have just conducted a two-hour straw poll asking 12 people, across all age groups, if they had voted today and, if so, which way they had gone? A lot were returning from polls stations in the vicinity of central Athens.

Of the 12 , ten said they had voted OXI (No). The two who voted yes owned shops in the district of Plaka beneath the ancient Acropolis.

Sources: If there’s a NO tonight Greek govt will send negotiators back to Brussels tomo to recommence negotiations w/ eurogroup immediately

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Fiat reveals updated 500 overseas

Filed under: Fiat, Europe, Hatchback, Budget

Fiat has unveiled a refreshed 500 in Europe, highlighted by new lighting clusters front and rear and a 5-inch Uconnect infotainment system.

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