adidas D Rose 5 “Woven Blues” Available Now

With Derrick Rose back in action after missing time due to nagging injuries, his adidas D Rose 5 is still going strong at the retail level. Next up for the performance silhouette is this “Woven Blues” offering that sees the model’s woven base clad in collegiate navy, with a touch of orange hitting up the […]

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Nike Air Huarache “Black Friday” Pack

Nike kick off the annual Black Friday bonanza with a pair of highly wearable Air Huarache sneakers. Sporting tonal uppers and offset against crisp white midsoles, both tan (“Umber”) and grey (“Dark Dune”) colorways are offered, sporting the sneaker’s signature heel clip, neoprene sockliner and highly cushioned sole unit.

Head over to OVERKILL to cop both Umber and Dark Dune colorways, and for more Huarache content check out this Stussy collab from way back in the year 2000 as part of our Highsnobiety #TBT series.

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Mia Martina Teases Stills From Her “HFH” (Or “Heart Fucking Hurts”) Video: Idolator Exclusive

After building a loyal cult following with club hits “Heartbreaker”, “La La” and the Dev-assisted “Danse”, Canadian dance diva Mia Martina has signed with Ultra Records and is gearing up to release “HFH” (or “Heart Fucking Hurts”) as her debut US single. The expletive-filled break-up anthem represents a change of direction for the 29-year-old with its raw and emotional lyrics.

“When creating ‘HFH’, I wanted to capture exactly how you feel when someone you love hurts you,” Mia tells Idolator. “I think sometimes​ it is really hard to express those emotions verbally, so I wanted to create a song that everyone could relate to at some point in their life. That’s why I decided to release this song first in the U.S. — it expresses a feeling that many people have experienced and I want my fans to feel relatable to me and also get to know me on a personal level.”

The club queen kindly shared some pics from the set of the “HFH” video shoot and it looks very promising. Mia looks incredible, there are mask-clad cellists and a room plastered with graffiti. Check out our exclusive stills after the jump and get acquainted with the fiery gem.

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Take a listen to “HFH”:

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Daniel Levy Is to Blame for Spurs Failings This Season

Over the years, Daniel Levy’s stock has risen and fallen in line with that of Tottenham Hotspur’s.

Since becoming the club’s chairman in 2001, Levy has presided over a gradual improvement in the club’s fortunes.

Prior to his arrival, Spurs had finished in the top half of the Premier League just three times. Since he’s been in charge, they have finished outside of it just twice and have breached the top four on two occasions.   

However, despite not having finished lower than sixth for the last five years, all is not well at White Hart Lane.

Levy’s reputation has never been in worse shape, and while the season is still young, Spurs look to have taken several steps backwards under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Until around 2012 and the replacement of Harry Redknapp with Andre Villas-Boas, Levy’s reputation was iron clad. He was famed for being one of football’s toughest negotiators, adamantly refusing to pay any fee he deemed over the odds. He also had a penchant for signing players that he perceived to be bargainswhether his manager wanted them or not.

However, while the dismissal of Martin Jol in 2007 drew some criticism for fans, it wasn’t until recently that Levy has truly begun to be scrutinised.

He has been spared the ignominy of becoming the poster boy for managerial chopping and changing by the likes of Massimo Cellino at Leeds and Giampaolo Pozzo at Watford. That said, it has been his proclivity for swapping head coaches that has halted Spurs’ progress.

It is a time-proven truism that consistency is conducive to success in footballprovided, of course, you’ve picked the right person to be consistent with. Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Brian Cloughit’s a mantra that has been borne out time and time again.

Repeatedly, he’s given managers massive financial backing and then pulled the rug out from under them. Jol was sacked despite securing consecutive fifth-placed finishes.

His replacement, Juande Ramos, won so far the only silverware of the Levy era with the 2008 League Cup. However, he, like Jol, was sacked shortly into the season after a poor start.

The shortsighted timing of these movesjust after the closure of the main transfer windowis indicative of Levy’s impatience for results and his unwillingness to allow for short-term failings in the name of long-term progress.

In a recent interview, Ramos described how rapidly Levy’s belief in his abilities evaporated: “When we won the Carling Cup I understood and then I don’t understand any more! They sacked a manager they’d given a four-year contract to.”

Redknapp’s removal was arguably justified by his courting of the England job and Spurs’ dramatic collapse in the second half of the 2011/12 season.

However, a more forgiving chairman would have surely given him more time, given his achievements in the previous seasons. Indeed, even after that slump, Spurs only failed to qualify for the Champions League due to Chelsea’s victory in the competition.

Compounding all of this is Levy’s lack of consistency in his managerial choices. His tendency has been to alternate between pragmatic man-managersJol, Redknapp and, last season, Tim Sherwoodand those with loftier ambitions for their projectsRamos, Villas-Boas and now Pochettino.

It’s a pattern that is so entrenched that it’s become a source of ridicule for Levy:

The huge contrasts between each manager have made for a muddled, unbalanced squad of players with hugely varying qualities. This disastrous sequence reached its nadir last summer, where Levy and Villas-Boas set about reinvesting the funds from Gareth Bale’s sale.

Just over 12 months on, the club has very little to show for it. Under Pochettino, youth-team graduate Harry Kane has had more of an impact than either Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamelawho cost a combined £51.7 million last year.

A club that has gone about their business in almost completely the opposite manner has been Southampton, from whom Pochettino joined in the summer. Their famous youth academy, coupled with consistency in their scouting and managerial philosophies, continues to pay dividends.

Levy has recently poached Southampton’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, presumably in the belief that he alone is responsible for Saints’ cohesion and can be the remedy for Spurs’ lack thereof.

While there is no doubt that Mitchell has worked wonders on the south coast, it would be miraculous if he has any chance to do the same in London. He has been successful because he has been allowed time to establish a framework for the club, something it’s hard to imagine Levy having the patience for.

If Pochettino’s reign carries on in a similar fashion, he won’t be long for White Hart Lane. He signed six players in the summer, and rumours of a January raid on his former club abound.

However, even with a restructured recruitment system, unless he convinces Levy that he is the man for the job, then Spurs will be quickly left with another group of players who have no place in a new manager’s plans.

Levy should be looking more closely at himself and less at his managers and the club’s backroom staff if he wants to guide Spurs to the next level.

Is Walmart the World’s Worst Corporation?

Domestically and abroad, Walmart wreaks havoc on the lives of its employees and supply-chain workers, making it a serious contender in Public Eye’s competition for world’s worst corporation. The company denies a living wage, full-time work, predictable scheduling and employment security to its global workforce of 2.2 million people. Walmart’s contempt for the core labor and human rights of its global workforce and supply-chain workers is arguably second to none.

Demonstrators call for higher wages at one of 1,500 Black Friday protests planned at Wal-Marts across the country, in Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2013. The retailer filed trespassing injunctions in California and four other states to bar protesters from Wal-Mart property. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)Demonstrators call for higher wages at one of 1,500 Black Friday protests planned at Walmarts across the country, in Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2013. The retailer filed trespassing injunctions in California and four other states to bar protesters from Walmart property. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

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That was the question posed last week by Public Eye, a counter-event to the World Economic Forum, as it sought a worthy winner for its “lifetime achievement award.” For sure, Walmart – which has already won a Public Eye award in 2005 for labor rights violations in its global supply chain – faces stiff competition in the online poll. Among the other outstanding nominees for the world’s worst corporation are Goldman Sachs, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Union Carbide.

Walmart’s impeccable credentials for the world’s worst corporation were covered last week by Truthout. The company denies a living wage, full-time work, predictable scheduling and employment security to its global workforce of 2.2 million people. It drives down wages and labor standards in its enormous global supply chain, most notably in the Bangladesh textile industry and the Thai shrimp industry. Walmart’s contempt for the core labor and human rights of its global workforce and supply-chain workers is arguably second to none.

There’s also no shortage of worthy nominees for the worst corporation in the United States: Amazon, a company whose disdain for labor rights is legendary, has similar employment practices to Walmart, minus the bricks and mortar; and Uber, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service whose vice president apparently believes in smearing journalists, has done more than most corporations to promote precarious employment.
 
But even these enemies of decent work cannot compete with Walmart’s appalling record:

  • The company’s low-wage business model means that most of its 1.3 million domestic employees earn less than $25,000 per year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Walmart cashiers earn an average of just $8.48 per hour.
  • US taxpayers subsidize the nation’s largest private-sector employer to the tune of $6.2 billion per year because it pays workers so little that many of them rely on food stamps, Medicaid and other taxpayer-funded programs. The public subsidy for an individual Walmart store may be as much as $1 million per year in higher usage of public-assistance programs by Walmart employees and their dependents.
  • Walmart workers suffer not only from poverty wages, but also from a lack of full-time work and erratic schedules that make it virtually impossible for them to gain second jobs or go back to school.
  • “Associates” who speak out against low wages and poor working conditions face the constant threat of management retaliation. In an earlier round of workplace actions, Walmart terminated 19 workers and retaliated against 40 others for participating in legally protected strike actions and protests.
  • Walmart has engaged in the economic intimidation of lawmakers who oppose its low-road practices. In September 2013, Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, DC, vetoed a bill that would have provided a living wage for employees at big-box retailers after Walmart threatened to leave the District of Columbia.
  • Walmart’s abuses extend to its domestic supply chain. One Walmart supplier, C.J.’s Seafood of Louisiana, committed “grave and systematic” violations of labor rights, including forcing its H-2B migrant workers from Mexico to work 24-hour shifts and paying them 40 percent below the legal minimum wage.
  • Poor conditions are endemic among Walmart’s domestic logistics chain workers: Temporary workers at several warehouses under contract with Walmart have repeatedly gone out on strike in the past two years because they work in unsafe and arduous conditions under the threat of termination if they speak out.
  • Walmart has contributed to the corruption of the nation’s politics. In September 2014, Common Cause and Public Citizen accused the company of violating federal campaign finance laws by asking employees to donate to its political action committee in exchange for matching donations to a company charity.

But time may be finally running out for Walmart’s business model based on poverty wages, poor conditions and worker intimidation. The company’s workers and their supporters will engage in strikes and protests on Black Friday at 1,600 retail stores across the country, including at stores in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, DC. And criticism is spreading. At a congressional briefing last week, Rep. George Miller (D-California) excoriated Walmart’s employment practices for “singlehandedly wreaking havoc on American families . . . making it impossible for hundreds of thousands of workers to have a shot at the American Dream.”

Walmart easily deserves the title of the country’s worst corporation, and by wreaking havoc on the lives of its employees and supply-chain workers worldwide, it must also be a strong contender for Public Eye’s award for the worst corporation in the world.

Shayne Ward Offers Up Cover Art & New Release Date For Fourth Album ‘Closer’

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The onetime 'X Factor' winner has teamed up with a legendary pop producer.

When we last checked in on Mancunian singer Shayne Ward, he was recording his fourth album with producer Mike Stock (of the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman pop production team) and funding the album through Pledge Music. Two months later, Shayne has reached 124% of his goal for the LP, so roll on February! Er, actually, make that April.

In a new update posted on Pledge Music today, Ward revealed the above cover art and title for the album, Closer. He also noted that the LP’s release date has been pushed back two months, to April 13, 2015, due to his involvement in a UK musical adaptation of War Of The Worlds. (Incidentally, Shayne will co-star in War Of The World alongside another artist who worked with Mike Stock: Jason Donovan.)

Catch Shayne’s full update on upcoming album Closer below.

Hello Pledgers,

Thank you for your support so far – it means the world to me. I’m so excited to finally give you guys a first look at my album cover and reveal the title: ‘Closer’.

I’m currently working on a really special deluxe edition of the album with lots of additional tracks not found on the standard CD or download. I didn’t get to finish recording before rehearsals started for War of The Worlds so I’m heading back into the studio in January, which means that sadly the album will now be out on 13 April 2015. Everything else will carry on as usual, except the video shoot will now be in January and the Album Playback Party will be in March.

Sorry it’s going to be a little longer wait but I hope it will all be worthwhile when you hear the new music.

With love,
Shayne

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Jil Sander Perforated Leather Shoulder Bag: Best I Ever Had

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But just look at it! The irregular, bubble-style laser cuts are so fun, yet the motif manages to remain sophisticated. Round, punched-out dots make for a total ‘60s-retro feel, while with the lean north-south shape and, yes, minimal design, it’s also a hundred-percent modern.

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DELI Customizes Cities to Your Tastes

DELI is an entirely new tech/lifestyle/travel platform that addresses a shared sentiment we all have when traveling – trying to find unique experiences that are tailored to your own personal tastes. Users are introduced to the DELI site through a brief personality test of sorts, the results of which are shown through a variety of relevant suggestions of places and activities. Thus far, the platform is fully operational with Amsterdam as a pilot, with ParisBarcelonaBerlinLondonCopenhagen and Stockholm in the pipeline. From what we’ve seen so far, DELI seems to be presenting a very interesting prospect for those abroad in a new city.

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