Talent is irrelevant in Bollywood

first_imgNew Delhi: Three-time National Award-winning star Kangana Ranaut, who has had her share of struggle in the initial years, says she now finds that talent is irrelevant in Bollywood. “I have become tough. Initially, when I came in, I’d think that talent was everything and you got to prove yourself. I did many things (and) I struggled on my way up. I learnt filmmaking and script writing. I did everything, thinking talent is everything. Then, when I made it big, I realised talent is not relevant in this industry.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”People who play power politics and games have woven their little web of contacts and a small mafia. They work in sync with each other,” she added. Kangana stepped into the world of acting with the thriller Gangster. Over a decade later, she is tagged as one of the top actors in the Hindi film industry, after working in blockbusters like Queen, Tanu Weds Manu franchise and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The actor, who is often surrounded by controversies, hit the headlines in 2017 when she called filmmaker Karan Johar “intolerant” towards outsiders and a “flagbearer of nepotism”.last_img read more

We made a mistake Alberta charges zoo after icecreameating bear video

first_imgINNISFAIL, Alta. – A central Alberta zoo is facing two charges under the province’s Wildlife Act after a bear was taken through a drive-thru for ice cream.A video, posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive Kodiak bear named Berkley leaning out a truck’s window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.Officials with the province investigated the video and the terms of the zoo’s permit.“Under the terms and conditions of the zoo’s permit, the charges are directly related to the alleged failure of the park to notify the provincial government prior to the bear leaving the zoo,” said a statement from Fish and Wildlife.One count is related to the bear being taken through the drive-thru for ice cream, while the other stems from the bear leaving the facility on other occasions in 2017.The charges were laid against Discovery Wildlife Park and its owners, Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, under Section 12(3) of the Wildlife Act, which states a person must not contravene the terms or conditions of a licence or permit.Bos said they made a mistake.“What we got charged for under the act was that we failed to notify them that we were going to do those things,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “We were busy, we made a mistake and we didn’t email them and tell them.“I’m glad that they followed through with it because it shows how strictly regulated the zoo industry is in the province.”Bos said they plan to plead guilty on May 28 when they are to appear in provincial court in Red Deer, Alta.The zoo’s permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.They include requiring the zoo to provide more details when asking to transport a controlled animal or wildlife and to keep those animals in a cage, crate or kennel when in a vehicle.It also says the zoo cannot put any animals on display outside the facility without prior permission from the province nor can it allow any member of the public to have physical contact with animals such as monkeys, cougars, wolves or bears.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. Follow @cderworiz on Twitterlast_img read more

Jackson Browne Performs Benefit Concert For Safety Harbor Kids

first_imgSinger/songwriter Jackson Browne performed Tuesday evening at the Majestic Theatre in Ventura, CA as part of his Solo Acoustic Fall Tour.The concert was a benefit for Malibu charity, Safety Harbor Kids, which Jackson has supported for many years and sits on the board.Delighting the audience with stories and songs, Jackson’s show included “Living Off Wonderland” written about his antics with Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward and others in Laurel Canyon and other favorites including Jackson’s “Take It Easy” made popular by the Eagles version.Jackson even invited a surprise guest to treat the audience. Guitarist Fred Tackett of the rock band Little Feat, came on to play “Willin” written by Lowell George. The song was recently featured on Cameron Crowe’s hit TV show “Roadies” on which Jackson played a part. Luke Wilson the star of “Roadies” was also in attendance.In 2009 Jackson performed a duo with Inara George (Lowell’s daughter and member of Bird and the Bee), “Silver and Gold” for the Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection CD (available at www.safetyharborkids.org).Safety Harbor Kids is a nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts.Many music industry celeb’s, companies and individuals support the cause. The charities 9th Annual Music Fundraiser was supported by Jackson, McCabes Guitar shop and Stress and Pain deletion guru Marnie Greenberg with proceeds going to benefit education programs for parentless children.Through its Enrichment Programs in academic tutoring, college planning, career development, internships and music and the arts, Safety Harbor Kids seeks to break the vicious cycle of homelessness, poverty and prison that have ensnares thousands of children each year.Safety Harbor Kids is currently raising funds for 1,000 holiday gifts for parentless children. For more information or to donate a gift, visit www.safetyharborkids.org.last_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Canada is storming back to the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with five more productions in the hopes of building on last summer’s success stories.In 2017, the first year for CanadaHub at the Scottish festival, the two-women show Mouthpiecefrom Quote Unquote Collective won two major awards, received more than 15 four- and five-star reviews, and secured tours in Europe and the U.S.Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story from 2b theatre garnered a two-month, sold-out run in New York and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards. And Theatre Conspiracy’s Foreign Radical, another Canadian Fringe offering, will tour for five weeks this fall, partially as part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network. Cliff Cardinal plays all the characters in Huff, a traumatic story of a family living on a contemporary Canadian Aboriginal reserve. (ED MARUYAMA / AKIPARI) Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

More than 80000 people driven out by clashes in northwest DR Congo

15 December 2009Tribal violence in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent 84,000 people fleeing across the border into the Republic of the Congo since last month, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting today that supplies to assist the displaced are running low. Inter-ethnic clashes between the Enyele and Munzaya tribes erupted in Equateur province in November over farming and fishing rights, and fearing the spread of fighting, people are continuing to leave their homes. Some 100,000 people are said to have been internally displaced so far in the province, where the situation remains tense and Government troops have reportedly taken control over several areas.Some of the uprooted have told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) that they fled after hearing that Enyele militiamen, who killed and wounded scores of people in the Dongo area, were heading towards the town of Gemena.Others said they came for the scene of conflict or said they were fearful of a Government counter-offensive.In the latest wave of arrivals, Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR spokesperson, said that agency staff met with people with fresh gunshot wounds and those who had been raped, including three girls under the age of 18.“Together with our partners, we are trying to cope with the influx but aid reserves are running low as the number of refugees mushrooms and current needs overcome the actual resources,” he told reporters in Geneva.Humanitarian agencies are also facing logistical obstacles in delivering aid as the entire refugee population is scattered along a 500-kilometre stretch on the banks of the Oubangui River.The displaced are living in overcrowded conditions, and the risks of respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malaria are high.UNHCR and other agencies have set up nine health centres in areas of high refugee concentration, but they need more personnel and medicine.Because they lack clean water, the refugees are turning to the river for their needs, posing another health risk, and Mr. Mahecic said UNHCR is distributing water-purifying tablets and its partners have installed water bladders holding a combined 60,000 litres.“The massive presence of the DRC refugees is also exerting pressure on local communities, some of whom are hosting them in their homes, sharing their meagre resources,” he noted.Other refugees have taken shelter in public buildings, such as schools, making it difficult for children to attend classes.After being allocated land by local authorities, UNHCR has started work on a new camp site where it plans to transfer some of the refugees. read more

Home Capital repays 2B line of credit from Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway

Home Capital repays $2B line of credit from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 3:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG), the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender that was on the verge of collapse earlier this year, says it has repaid a $2-billion line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway.The company was given the financial lifeline last month by Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by Warren Buffett, as it was trying to regain investor confidence following a run on deposits from customers.When it provided the line of credit, Berkshire Hathaway also bought a $400 million stake in Home Capital.Home Capital says proceeds from asset sales helped it repay the line of credit, bringing down the amount of interest expenses it faces as it continues to strengthen its liquidity position.The lender, which provides mortgages to borrowers who don’t qualify for a loan from the big banks, faced allegations earlier this year from Ontario’s securities regulator that it misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.It has since settled that case and a separate class-action lawsuit filed by investors. read more

Romanian goalkeeper Dedu stops Olympic winners

The Olympic champions from Rio, Russian girls are defeated in big battle with Romania 22:17. Fantastic night had goalkeeper Dedu with amazing 22 saves, but also Neagu and Buchesci with seven goals each made this night unforgetable for the Romanian handball fans.In the second match of group D, Norway smashed poor Croatia 34:16 (16:9).Much more interesting was in Group C, where rejuvenated Montenegro beat Czech Republic 28:27 in thriller, when Hrbkova didn’t score in the last attack for a draw. However, Czech girls are at Main Round, as Denmark as weel, who beat Hungary 23:19. ← Previous Story Bella Gullden after two matches in Stockholm: We have to start running Next Story → Sweden and Serbia to start from the TOP in Gothenburg

Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from last nights World

first_img Marcelo lies dejected on the pitch during the semi final. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesWinnerMiroslav Klose broke the all-time World Cup goals record when he tapped in his own rebound to put Germany 2-0 up. It was the striker’s 16th goal at the tournament and his fourth consecutive semi-final goal, having netted was back in 2002 to set up a final clash with Brazil. Ronaldo, who set the 15-goal tally, won out in 2002 but Klose secured satisfying revenge 12 years later. Source: Frank AugsteinLoserDavid Luiz was at fault for Germany’s opener and was caught in midfield as the deficit went from 3-0 to 4-0 in 12 horrendous seconds. He failed to close down André Schürrle for the German’s seventh goal. He seemed determined, too, to get sent off in the closing stages but could not get close enough to any red and black shirts to do any meaningful damage. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images GERMANY RAN RIOT at Estádio Mineirão and became the first ever country to score seven goals in a World Cup semi final. Brazil’s players wore ‘Forca Neymar’ caps and t-shirts ahead of the match and badly missed their playmaker as Germany tore them asunder. By the time the final whistle was shrilled, the Germans had triumphed 7-1. 24-year-old Müller has now scored 10 World Cup goals. Source: Frank AugsteinThe hosts struggled without their captain, Thiago Silva, in the centre of defence as Germany racked up a dolly mixture of superb and faintly ridiculous goals. Toni Kroos and André Schürrle scored doubles, with record-breaking Miroslav Klose, Sami Hhedira and Thomas Müller heaping on the woe. Joga BonitoGermany’s André Schürrle controls a throw-in, on the run, with his right foot and buries a high drive in off the crossbar with his left.https://vine.co/v/MPX2h0zYxlaWhat we’ve go to look forward to today Lionel Messi, left, sits next to teammate Gonzalo Higuain in Argentina’s Tuesday training session. Source: Victor R. CaivanoThe minor matter of another World Cup semi-final. Argentina will hope their top trump, Lionel Messi, can out-gun Holland’s Arjen Robben. The match kicks off at 9pm inArena Corinthians, São Paulo.As it happened: Brazil v Germany, World Cup semi-finalRobin van Persie a serious fitness doubt ahead of World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

HPs opensourcing of webOS begins today

first_imgThe last time we heard about webOS, HP had opted to open-source the mobile platform, letting developers take a stab at breathing some life into it. It was an unconventional move, but not necessarily a bad one: it puts the platform largely in the hands of the development community, and it doesn’t require a large investment.Today we found out more about HP’s plans for the second coming of webOS. The first step of the open sourcing process, the release of the Enyo application framework, took place today. The entire process is expected to be completed by September of this year. Upon completion of the open-sourcing transition, it will be known as Open webOS 1.0.The Enyo release lives up to HP’s pledge to continue development, as it shows a refresh over the previous version. Enyo 2.0 is no longer tied to WebKit, so it can be developed for any browser, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.Additionally, webOS is getting a new kernel, making the switch to Linux (like Android). This move is designed to a) make webOS more easily installed on a variety of hardware, and b) make it easier for Linux or Android developers to jump in and start developing webOS applications.HP laid out its timeline for the open-sourcing process, which started today. The company has major updates scheduled for almost every month from now until September. Highlights include the Linux kernel in March, Enyo 2.1 in April, a Beta release in August, and the 1.0 version of Open webOS in September.Will this go anywhere? Only time will tell, but remember that HP’s plans for webOS are only a couple of steps removed from killing it off. There’s lots of potential for creativity when you hand a platform over to developers, but don’t expect webOS to make a dramatic comeback to do battle with Android and iOS.via The Vergelast_img read more

Heres why you might be seeing stories about Sofia Vergara being sued

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3129364 Image: Jordan Strauss AP/Press Association Images Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:35 AM 24,910 Views Dec 9th 2016, 8:35 AM Image: Jordan Strauss AP/Press Association Images 33 Comments Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here’s why you might be seeing stories about Sofia Vergara being ‘sued by her embryos’ The suit alleges that not allowing the embryos to be born is “depriving them of their inheritance”. An in vitro fertilized human ovum is a juridical person which cannot be owned by the in vitro fertilisation patients who owe it a high duty of care and prudent administration.In other words, Vergara’s  frozen embryos would be viewed as having the rights of a person under Louisiana law until such time that they are implanted in the womb. Furthermore, parents owe the embryo a duty of care, and do not “own” the embryo.In Ireland, under the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, a supreme court ruling of 2009 indicated that that a frozen embryo does not have have the same right as a foetus in the womb.Chief Justice John Murray said: “Accordingly in my view it has not been established… that the frozen embryos constitute “life of the unborn” within the meaning of Article 40.3.3.”The latest lawsuit on behalf of the embryos is unusual and a “longshot,” legal experts told The Daily Beast, but had a “very real chance at some kind of success” thanks to Louisiana’s pro-life laws.The surprise filing by a trust apparently established for the embryos comes as Vergara’s ex-fiancee Nick Loeb this week sought to end another lawsuit he had filed against her.In that suit, the businessman had tried to gain custody of the two fertilised eggs he and Vergara created via in-vitro fertilisation with the aim of bringing them to term.The Modern Family actress has been adamant that she wants to keep the embryos frozen indefinitely.Last year, she told the Howard Stern Show that she was doing the right thing by refusing to sign over custody of the embryos to Loeb.A child brought into the world needs “more than a mother, it needs a loving relationship of parents”.Loeb signed an agreement with Vergara in November 2013 before they proceeded with IVF, stipulating that nothing would be done with the embryos unless both agreed. Nick Loeb with Sofia Vergara in 2013. Source: John ShearerAP/Press Association ImagesHowever, Loeb sued the actress for custody after their breakup, saying the agreement did not clearly state what would become of the embryos if he and Vergara were to split.In a statement to People Magazine, lawyers on behalf of Vergara said that this latest court case was the “latest manoueuvre” by Loeb to try and keep the case in the spotlight.They said:Loeb apparently thinks that he will garner sympathy from the public and the courts through this latest maneuver, one that we believe will also result in failure.With reporting from AFP – © AFP 2016Read: Mick Jagger welcomes eighth child at age of 73Read: Baby born in Mexico using ‘three parent’ fertility technique Share Tweet Email TV ACTRESS SOFIA Vergara has become embroiled in a bizarre lawsuit in the US, brought on behalf of two frozen embryos she created with an ex-boyfriend.In effect, Vergara is facing a lawsuit from her own embryos for not allowing them to be born.The embryos are listed as plaintiffs “Emma” and “Isabella” in papers filed with a Louisiana court, the New York Post reported.According to the lawsuit, not allowing the embryos – currently frozen at a California fertility clinic – to be born is “depriving them of their inheritance”.Louisiana is a pro-life state where embryos are given rights as people. Its governor from 2008 to 2016, Bobby Jindal, was a staunch pro-life supporter and passed a series of measures while in office limiting abortion.One such measure was limiting abortion past 20 weeks only if the woman’s life is endangered, her physical health is severely compromised or the pregnancy is “medically futile“.According to Louisiana law, “an in vitro fertilised human ovum exists as a juridical person until such time as the in vitro fertilised ovum is implanted in the womb. By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Tough talks on austerity measures resume

first_imgTough negotiations are to resume this week on two fronts — between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners on the one hand and between ministry officials and representatives of the country’s troika of foreign lenders on the other — in a bid to move toward an agreement on a tough package of some 11.5 billion euros in austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors.Kathimerini understands that the talks will focus on some 4 billion euros in measures that have yet to be agreed, with the bulk of the package believed to comprise cuts to state spending, pensions and social welfare benefits.With Samaras and his coalition partners – socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis – having rejected the troika’s calls for layoffs in the public sector, negotiations are expected to shift to an alternative measure being proposed by the government — the raising of the retirement age to 67 from 65.Other cuts that government officials are expected to insist on — as alternatives to even heavier cutbacks in the area of pensions and salaries — are in the areas of state administrative costs, local authority funding and spending on health and defense. The troika is said to have expressed reservations regarding the extent to which such measures can be enforced but government officials will try to win some concessions.Another sensitive issue which the troika is expected to broach is the proposal for changes to the labor market, including the introduction of a six-day working week and a reduction in the amount of compensation private employers are obliged to give dismissed employees. In an interview with Kathimerini, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis said that adding such onerous new measures to existing austerity “does not contribute to the creation of a smooth climate.”Meanwhile the government is also reportedly examining the scrapping of a 5,000-euro income tax-free threshold as a way of making potential savings.The aim of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, as expressed at the end of Friday’s informal summit of eurozone finance ministers in Nicosia, is for the austerity package to be finalized in the next 10 days so that the troika can issue its report by early October, paving the way for a decision on the release of funding for Greece at a European Union summit on October 18. Without the 31.5-billion-euro loan, Greece faces defaulting on its debts.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une sieste pendant la pause déjeuner pourrait rendre plus intelligent

first_imgUne sieste pendant la pause déjeuner pourrait rendre plus intelligentÉtats-Unis – Non seulement une sieste revigore votre esprit, mais elle pourrait également vous rendre plus intelligent, selon une étude menée à l’université de Californie.Bien des personnages célèbres de la science ou de la politique ont vanté les mérites d’une sieste, utile pour couper la journée et permettre au cerveau de se reposer. Margaret Thatcher avouait ne dormir que quatre heures par nuit, à condition de faire une sieste d’une heure dans la journée. De même, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein ou encore Winston Churchill avaient l’habitude de se reposer afin de supporter leur dure journée de travail. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Les scientifiques ont démontré qu’en effet, une pause d’une heure aidait à s’aérer l’esprit mais surtout, que le cerveau retenait ensuite mieux les informations. L’expérience a porté sur trente-neuf étudiants, divisés en deux groupes. Tout d’abord, il leur a été demandé de mémoriser des visages et leur nom. Ainsi l’hippocampe, région du cerveau qui sert à classer les informations, est stimulé. A 14h, le premier groupe a été invité à faire une sieste d’une heure et demie alors que le second devait rester éveillé. A 18h, tous les étudiants se remirent au travail. Les scientifiques ont remarqué que ceux qui avait dormi avaient de bien meilleurs résultats lors du second exercice que les autres. De plus, les résultats du groupe des dormeurs pour le second test étaient meilleurs que ceux du premier, passé quand ils n’avaient pas encore fait de sieste.D’après les scientifiques, le sommeil permet au cerveau de faire le tri dans les informations reçues pendant la première partie de la journée et de libérer de la place pour les informations qui arriveront dans la deuxième partie de la journée. Le Dr Walker compare le cerveau humain ou plus précisément l’hippocampe, à une boîte mail : si elle est pleine, il faut dormir afin de trier les mails et de pouvoir en recevoir de nouveaux. Cette activité de “rangement” et de tri des informations nécessite la moitié du temps de sommeil, et se situe entre le sommeil profond et le sommeil paradoxal, pendant lequel se produisent les rêves.Le 28 février 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jesse Had Found God All Along on Preacher

first_img We should have known the show had something like this planned. Given the apparent throwaway joke scene’s prevalence in the opening credits of this season, it had to be more important than we gave it credit for. It’s an effective way to make us feel Jesse’s frustration upon finding out that he’d found God on his first night in New Orleans. Now, the only question is why was God acting as an S&M latex dog for people to do with as they pleased in the back room of a bar?It’ll probably be a while before we get an answer to that question. Jesse’s search for God is what drives the story, but the show never lets us know why the search is so important. This episode begins to hint that Jesse isn’t entirely sure either. While that has some interesting implications for his character, it’s not great for building drama in a season that appears to be meandering toward its conclusion. There’s been some fun to be had in the second half of this season, but I wish the characters would do something already. Fortunately, that seemed to be part of the point of this episode. With only two hours of the season left, it’s about time something got the show back on track.Starr’s plan is laid out for Featherstone and Hoover, and since he killed his boss on his first day, there’s no one to stop him. He wants to replace Humperdoo with Jesse as the Messiah, and we finally know why. He wants to control people, and that will be much easier to do if the Messiah isn’t an inbred imbecile who pees on people. Most of his story this episode is spent trying to convince Jesse to join him. For a minute, it seems like he might. Starr has all of Heaven’s reel-to-reel recordings of Jesse’s prayers. (The angels decided to start keeping backups in case God missed anything.) It’s a clever idea, and it’s used to great effect by the end. Starr spent most of the comics being utterly humiliated by Jesse and others, so it’s nice to see the TV show carry that on. There’s something extra fun about watching him order Jesse’s execution while being compelled to shove prayer tapes up his ass.Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Pip Torrens as Herr Starr (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Of course, what ultimately makes Jesse decide not to join Starr is the final prayer he plays. The one where he thanked God for killing his dad and bringing him to his mom’s family. In a flashback, we find out that prayer was made under duress. His grandmother locked him in an airtight container and held him underwater until he renounced his last name. While the motivations behind the act were simpler in the comics, it’s still a scary panel-perfect recreation of the scene. This is probably setting up for next season, more than anything else though. With only two episodes left, and the Saint of Killers now on the loose again, it wouldn’t make sense to head for Angelville just yet.Speaking of the Saint of Killers, Tulip’s part of the episode didn’t make a ton of sense, but at least it’s an improvement on the PTSD plot. After the opening credits, the first thing we see is her and Jesse having the armored truck pulled out of the swamp. They open it up, and the Saint has seemingly escaped. Apparently, the show decided we didn’t need to see Tulip confront Jesse about leaving the Saint of Killers alive. She appears to understand that he had reasons for doing it, even if she doesn’t particularly like the idea. Nobody is particularly scared or even all that affected by the news that the Saint could still be out there. Tulip and Cassidy reason that the Saint would probably just be after Jesse, who can handle himself. But then why spend so much time on her PTSD? It feels like the show really didn’t know what to do with Tulip after Victor was taken care of. As a result, one of the coolest characters from season one has turned into one of season two’s most ineffective.Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) and Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) (Photo by Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony)Though Tulip’s story didn’t go much of anywhere this week, it at least gave us some interesting information about the Saint of Killers. Specifically, his guns can’t be fired by anyone but him, and they can’t be melted. Even after spending some time in the fire, they’re cool enough to touch. In the end, Tulip deals with the problem by sending the guns to Brazil. That will probably have some darkly funny consequences down the road, but we’ll have to wait to see what they are. It makes sense that the Saint’s guns are indestructible, and fleshes out the character a little bit. He is a saint, of course, his tools have some kind of holy power. Now that they’re on their way to Brazil, we’ll see what he’s capable of without them. As the episode ends, we learn that The Grail had swapped out the armored trucks. They had the one with the Saint in it the whole time. And since Jesse forced Starr to shove tape up his butt, they let him out.For an episode that was all about setting up for the last two hours of the season, Preacher managed to make all that set-up pretty fun. Denis is much darker than Cassidy expected, and may end up being more evil than he can handle. Cassidy is disturbed by Denis’ suggestion that he just take Tulip if he wants her. He’s going to have to deal with his evil vampire son before the season’s out.Finally, the Hell subplot continues to be a highlight. It wasn’t in the comics at all, but the oppressive tone mixed with goofy humor fits the series so well. We got to see Hitler’s worst memory, which according to him is the last day he was a good person. It was the day an art professor rejected his work, his girlfriend left him because he refused to stand up to violent communist demonstrators, and a Jewish man got the last plum cake. It’s just the right blend of funny and deeply uncomfortable that Preacher pulls off so well. Because of a series of very minor setbacks, Hitler committed genocide and started a world war. It’s making Hitler out to be a sympathetic character, which immediately makes you feel icky. That’s almost certainly what the show’s going for, but I’m going to guess that Hitler won’t be so sympathetic by the end of the season. As he and Eugene go into The Hole in search of a backdoor, he clearly has his own motives. Maybe he wants to escape Hell and Eugene is his way out? As Tyler says, “Everyone knows you can’t trust Hitler.”Ian Colletti as Eugene (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)While the story is stalling until the final two episode, Preacher at least appeared to find its pace again this week. After a few episodes of wandering aimlessly, it finally has everything it needs to get going again. Jesse has a better idea of where to look for God, the show has a real antagonist, and the Saint of Killers is back to inject some desperately-needed tension back into the show. Not a ton happened for any of the characters this time around, but at least it got the show’s engines started. Just in time, too. With only two weeks left, things are going to have to start happening next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mbappe certain that Neymar will stay

first_imgThere were a lot of rumours saying that Neymar can possibly leave PSG and come back to La Liga to join Real Madrid – but his teammate Kylian Mbappé believes that he will stay no matter what.The Brazilian star joined the French club before the season from Barcelona and he became the most expensive player in the football history – and Mbappé insisted that another transfer is just a “hot air”.The French youngster spoke about Neymar’s situation as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“It’s nothing but hot air.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Neymar sends me messages, gives me the news. I wished him a good World Cup, but not to win it.”“Of course, I have the goal of winning the World Cup. It’s even a dream. If we progress well, we can achieve something.”“I’m not sure that Emery will leave, even if he is at the end of his contract.”“I don’t know if he talks to the club. We’ll see who will replace him if he leaves, but he is not leaving at the moment.”last_img read more

Macau casino operator Success Universe to complete full purchase of Canadian travel

first_img RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau gaming investor Success Universe, which operates peninsula integrated resort Ponte 16 under license from SJM, is set to complete the full acquisition of Canadian travel agency Jade Travel Ltd as it looks to enhance its burgeoning travel business.Success Universe already holds 75% of Jade Travel but announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement to buy-out the remaining 25% from 1034635 BC Ltd for around HK$8.2 million. Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share “As mentioned in the interim report of the company for the six months ended 30 June 2018, Jade Travel Ltd. had achieved an encouraging performance with a revenue increase of approximately 76% for the first half of 2018, driven by the substantial growth of the wholesale segment and the stable revenue contributed by the retail segment,” the company said.“Jade Travel Ltd also continued to work closely with leading regional and international online travel portals, including the most well-known and widely-used portals in the PRC, for the penetration of its broad range of travel products.“After completion, the croup can consolidate its shareholding control of [Jade Travel] and will have greater flexibility in formulating business strategy for Jade Travel Ltd which will help to improve the value of the travel business of the group.”Success Universe recently announced a profit of HK$14.2 million for the first half of the year – a considerable improvement on a loss of HK$23.3 million recorded in the same period in 2017.last_img read more

Leigh Day announces first 1000 equal pay claims against Tesco

first_imgFollowing the announcement of legal action in February 2018, law firm Leigh Day has now lodged 1,000 equal pay claims against supermarket chain Tesco, and reports that it expects that number to rise because it has received thousands more enquiries.Approximately 75% of the claimants are female.The legal action, which may emerge as the largest ever equal pay challenge in UK history, has been estimated to have a potential cost of £4bn for the supermarket.Research by Leigh Day has found that employees in the predominantly male workforce of the Tesco distribution centres may earn more than £11 per hour, while the most common pay grade for the mainly female-staffed stores is approximately £8 per hour. Employees in stores could, therefore, be earning £5,000 less per year than distribution workers.Leigh Day claims that the underpayments could apply to more than 250,000 Tesco employees, and that estimated pay shortfalls could reach £20,000.Almost all (99%) of the claims have been filed with the Employment Tribunal (ET), with the rest currently with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) before being taken to the ET.The firm has created a specialist unit to handle calls from women and men who work in the stores, and who might be eligible to make a claim. The employment team has held meetings in various cities and towns, including Swansea, Liverpool and Cambridge.Leigh Day is also representing more than 20,000 shop-floor workers in similar claims against Sainsbury’s and Asda.A Tesco spokesperson said: “We cannot comment on an ongoing legal matter, but we will be defending this claim about equal pay. Tesco has always been a place for people to get on in their career, regardless of their gender, background or education, and we work hard to make sure all our colleagues are paid fairly and equally for the jobs they do.”Paula Lee, employment lawyer at Leigh Day, said: “We’ve had an incredible response to the announcement of this legal action. Many proud members of staff have realised that this claim is not anti-Tesco, but it is to ensure that the work done in stores and distribution centres is recognised as being of equal value; not the same work, but work of equal value, and that they should be paid the same as [employees] in distribution.“Both store staff and distribution staff play an essential role in making billions of pounds for Tesco executives and shareholders, they should both be paid equally for what they contribute to the business.“The concept of ‘women’s work’ is an outdated approach to employment from the middle of the last century which needs to be corrected.”last_img read more

Pope to Meet with US Church Leaders over Clergy Sex Abuse

first_img Share Vatican NewsPope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.A Vatican spokesman says the meeting at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday will include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops’ conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.Separately, Pope Francis is also expected to meet with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled Washington, D.C., archbishop accused of helping to cover up for abusive priests.In a letter to his priests released on Tuesday, Wuerl said he recognized that “a new beginning” may be needed in his church, and he said he will travel to Rome “in the very near future” to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.The church’s handling of clergy sex abuse is also due to be discussed at the meeting Thursday between the pope and U.S. bishops. Cardinal DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington, D.C., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teenage boy.One question is how early Pope Francis was advised of McCarrick’s alleged misconduct and what, if anything, he did in response. The Vatican’s former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.In that letter, Vigano implicated Pope Francis in the McCarrick cover-up and called on him to resign the papacy. Francis has yet to respond to Vigano’s accusations, but the pope’s Council of Cardinals reported this week that the Vatican will soon provide some “clarifications” regarding recent events.The pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation in July and ordered him to remain in “prayer and penance” until the accusations against him could be examined in a canonical trial. The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed.A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican’s attention as early as 2000.Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense pressure to step down since last month, when a Pennsylvania grand jury reported several instances when he, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was told of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision but still gave the men new parish assignments.In the letter sent Tuesday to priests in his archdiocese, Wuerl said it became clear “that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”As is customary for bishops who turn 75, Wuerl had already submitted a formal letter of resignation, but it is up to Pope Francis whether to accept it.The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the uproar over McCarrick’s past conduct amount to the most serious crisis facing the Vatican in years. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church’s “own 9/11” catastrophe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Jamal Bryant Pastor Preacher Purveyor of Peace

first_imgNext week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a  part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.last_img read more

3rd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby

first_imgUrban American Outdoors TV (UAOTV) along with the U.S. Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People, National Wildlife Federation, Department of Energy and Environment and the Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to host the third Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby. The fishing experience and celebration will be held on June 3 at the Constitution Gardens located at 1850 Constitution Ave., NW.  Registration and derby begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. This is a catch & keep derby and it is free. It will officially kick off National Boating and Fishing Week. For additional information, visit uaotv.com.last_img

Harness the Power of Freemium

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On the Web, services such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter are the undisputed kings of free, providing robust services at no charge to users. But a host of other companies use free in a much more traditional way–as an enticement for paid upgrades. The model is known as freemium, and while it may not make headlines, proponents say it can make millions. Unfortunately, finding the right balance between free and paid in the freemium model can leave a new business in uncharted waters, with few hard and fast rules to follow. Here, three entrepreneurs using the freemium model with services in different stages of development explain how it’s being implemented in their businesses, and how it might be implemented in yours as well.Set expectations from the beginningIf paid web services have an evangelist, it may very well be Jason Fried, partner at 37signals, a web-based software company that offers a suite of online applications. Basecamp, the company’s flagship product, helps companies of all sizes collaborate on projects with their clients through a simple but powerful web interface. The privately held company is tight-lipped about revenue, but with more than 3 million user accounts in Basecamp alone, Fried says that both revenue and profit are in “the multi-million dollar area.”As for when a web service should start charging, Fried’s answer is simple: immediately. Charging from the outset tells users that the product has a specific value, Fried says. Trying to charge for something that was previously free can undermine the product’s value, causing potential customers to ask why the service is suddenly worth more than it was in the past.”My feeling is that you should begin charging right from the start…The longer something is free, the less it’s worth,” he says.Chris Nagele, principal at Wildbit, offers a slightly different perspective. Starting as a free service can work, he says, if the addition of paid plans is done correctly. His company’s flagship product, Beanstalk a version control service that helps software developers and designers track and save changes to a project, launched with only a free plan, but that free plan came with the understanding that paid plans would soon be available.When the paid plans launched, the free plan was left unchanged. The new plans simply offered more features for a higher monthly fee. Adding a price only works if you’re adding value as well, Nagele says.Scratch your own itch to find a compelling productWhen creating a service that users will pay for, the best source of inspiration is often to solve your own problem, according to Fried.37signals began as a web design firm, but in working with clients Fried and his partners became frustrated with existing project management software. They developed Basecamp for their own use before offering it to the public in 2004. As a result, the company stopped doing contract work a year later. It now devotes 100 percent of its efforts to developing and supporting its own applications.”We consider ourselves the target, and then we go out and find other people who are exactly like us,” he says.Sachin Agarwal, CEO of Posterous, tells a similar story. He and his co-founder, Garry Tan, wanted an easy to use, premium blogging platform for their own use. The result was a service in which creating (or updating) a blog is as simple as sending an email. (Try it by e-mailing post@posterous.com.) Attachments of almost any kind–images, videos, audio–are automatically converted and posted along with any text.The 15-month-old startup has yet to generate revenue, but plans to introduce paid features to complement its free offerings, Agarwal says.Find the natural break pointsUnfortunately, creating the product is often the easy part, at least for those companies that already possess adequate technical talent. Splitting a product into free and paid tiers that provide sufficient value to users while turning a profit–creating a sustainable business, in other words–is more difficult, and sometimes comes down to trial and error.At 37signals, Fried says, he and his partners look for the natural “break points” in a product, and create tiers accordingly. Basecamp, for instance, specializes in project management, so each paid plan is distinguished by the number of projects it allows a user to create. The free plan limits users to one project. The Basic plan, at $24 per month, increases that limit to 15 projects, and so on.”The best advice I can give regarding pricing is this: Have a price. Don’t be afraid to charge for your work. And make it a number you’d pay yourself,” he says.With Beanstalk, plans are differentiated by the number of storage repositories that users can create, and the amount of overall storage space available to them. The free plan limits users to one repository with 100 megabytes of total storage, while the first paid plan ups that to 10 repositories with 3 gigabytes of total storage for $15 per month.Beanstalk’s paid plans are further separated from the free plan by the ability to deploy completed software to production servers, and the use of encryption for greater security. The latter two features have been the most common reasons users cite when upgrading, Nagele says.The company did quite a bit of research into prices at other services and did its best to estimate potential costs when creating its price structure, but in the end, some of those decisions were simply educated guesses, Nagele says.”There’s no real how to for it, because there’s so many conditions,” he says.Posterous plans to charge only for those advanced features needed by businesses and the most technically advanced users, and for storage space greater than that offered in the free plan, according to Agarwal.Understand who will payNagele says that some decisions about pricing are directed by the audience that a particular service is using. Services that target businesses or professional audiences usually have an easier time converting users to paid plans than services that target consumers.Beanstalk currently converts “upwards of 10 percent” of its users to its paid plans, Nagele says, no small feat considering that rates as low as one percent are not uncommon. The service targets small to medium sized businesses, and it became profitable soon after its launch. Its most expensive plan costs $200 per month.Fried declined to give exact numbers on the percentage of paid accounts among 37signals products. But he did say that “free accounts outnumber paid accounts,” and the company has “more paying customers who started as paying customers than paying customers who upgraded from free plans.”The goal at Posterous has always been to serve as large an audience as possible with the free product, Sachin says, while charging a minority of users for advanced features. Though some question the value of serving nonpaying users, he sees the larger audience as a way to inspire development of new features.”That’s where we drive a lot of passion for the product from…That’s what makes us happy, what we would call success.”When considering which features should be free and which should be paid, Agarwal likes to use “the mom factor.””Does my mom need this for Posterous to be useful for her? If so, I think it should be free. If a feature is only important to a smaller group of advanced people, then it’s something we can charge for without making the service less useful for the masses,” he says.Focus on the basicsAs a startup that plans to serve large numbers of free users, Posterous keeps costs as low as possible, Agarwal says. When it was time to lease office space, the company passed on the trendy area next to Twitter’s offices in San Francisco, settling instead on a much less expensive space in the North Beach area. Posterous is operated by three full-time employees and one contractor, and the company intends to grow no faster than it needs to.Fried says too many businesses–both online and off–get distracted with things that don’t matter, whether focusing on wasted employee policies, scheduling unnecessary meetings, or worrying too much about branding. What’s important is to build a great product that’s worth more than you charge for it, he says.For Nagele, it all comes down to value.”A lot of this stuff is really just fundamental old school business models, you know. We’re entering a space where a lot this stuff seems unique, but in the end it’s all about how much value you’re offering, and if you can offer enough value people are probably willing to pay for it,” Nagele says. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Yes, You Can Build Your Own Web App Entrepreneur Assist More on Web Services Enroll Now for Free 8 min read September 10, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more