Friday, December 19, 2008
18 December 2008
The X Factor is dominating the top 10 Christmas singles chart.
According to sales at HMV and hmv.com, this year's winner Alexandra Burke is currently No 1 with her cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, while her performance has sparked a rival in popularity for the late Jeff Buckley's version, placing him at No 2.
Leona Lewis, who won The X Factor in 2006, is at No 3 with her cover of Snow Patrol's Run. She also performed the song on the show this year.
Beyonce is at No 4 with her single If A Were A Boy - but her song Listen, which she performed live on the X Factor final with winner Alex, has re-entered the chart at No 6.
Britney Spears' Womanizer is at No 9 and Take That's Greatest Day is at No 10. Both songs were performed by the stars themselves on The X Factor during the run-up to the final.
Peter Kay's anti-X Factor song, Once Upon A Christmas Song, performed by transsexual Geraldine, is at No 7. . . .Read More
December 19, 2008
ISTANBUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) - A Turkish court has acquitted a popular Turkish transsexual singer over comments questioning a military campaign against Kurdish separatist guerrillas, state-run Anatolian news agency said.
Bulent Ersoy was tried on charges of "turning the people against military service" in a case that raised concerns about free speech in the European Union candidate, where criticising the military, powerful and respected institution, is a crime.
The court ruled that Ersoy's comments, which angered the country's powerful armed forces, were within the bounds of freedom of expression, the agency said late on Thursday. . . .Read More
What does a star player’s gender change imply for a traditional company’s culture?
by Loren Gary and Brian Elliot
♦ INTERACTIVE CASE: How would your company accommodate an employee's decision to change gender? Tell us your opinion.
Thunk! The Audi trunk slammed shut, and Eric and Henrietta Mercer carried their bags of groceries into the house. As Eric started putting away the food, Henrietta sorted through the mail. She was surprised to find a letter from Morgan, their 29-year-old daughter, a genome researcher in Boston.
“What’s the special occasion?” Henrietta wondered aloud as she settled into a kitchen chair and kicked off her shoes. A moment later she exclaimed, “Jeez Louise.”
Eric turned around. “What’s up?”
“Morgan sent us a copy of her Massachusetts driver’s license renewal form. Take a look at this: ‘Complete only if something has changed—name, address, telephone number, gender designation.’”
Morgan’s letter was eerily connected to the challenge foremost in her mother’s mind. As the senior vice president for human resources at LaSalle Chemical, Henrietta knew that about 25% of the leading U.S. companies had policies in place to protect employees against discrimination based on gender identity. But she had never imagined she would actually encounter the issue, and certainly not at LaSalle, a Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, that provided products and services to oil-drilling, refinery, and pollution-control businesses. . . .Read More