A star contest

first_img“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” This immortal expression of William Shakespeare holds immense importance in today’s political scenario as celebrity candidates are being air-dropped by respective parties to cash in on their fame and popularity. But can such celebrity candidates make an impact in their new career? There are a few challenges. Firstly, it is important for them to live up to the expectations of their respective political parties; secondly, they need to maintain their own fan base. From ‘Rangeela’s Urmila Matondkar to the ‘dhai kilo ka haath’ of actor Sunny Deol, the list is pretty long and exceptional. For BJP, the party is eyeing seats which they have not won before. And for that, they have a star-studded line-up of Bollywood actors, Padma awardees, sports personalities, entrepreneurs, businessmen and other celebrities. Congress too has joined the practice of projecting high-profile candidates from other professional backgrounds. Matondkar took a surpris entry along with Shilpa Shinde of Big Boss fame. Amitabh Bachchan has had a close association with the party but his political career was short-lived. Congress has also given tickets to actor Govinda and former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and both won. Such personalities are well-known and their popularity enables the party to garner the support of more and more people; gain recognition and trust which ultimately translates into exercising one’s franchise in favour of that party. However, in this hysteria, one must remember that though these celebrities draw huge support, very few among them actually go on to become successful politicians. For example, Amitabh Bachchan’s entry into politics that was more due to his proximity with the Gandhi family was marred by a number of controversies. In her political journey, Jaya Prada switched parties, faced suspension and had a roller-coaster ride. Hema Malini, who is contesting from Mathura, has been subjected to severe criticism. Fighting from Mumbai-North, Urmila Matondkar also became a subject of social media trolling. Sunny Deol is the third person from his family after his father Dharmendra and stepmother, Hema Malini, to join the saffron party. Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen’s daughter Moon Moon is a TMC candidate from Asansol. New celebrity entrants for the Trinamool include Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan. Political pundits opine that it is a long-standing association between the two professions. It seems to be more predominant in the southern states where film stars have become regional superpowers. Celebrities joining politics is very common. From Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Murphy, Ben Jones, Glenda Jackson who held the highest constitutional posts in USA, to more recently, 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy winning Ukraine’s presidential polls, the list goes on. Let the legacy of cine stars joining the political bandwagon set by veteran actor and poet Harindranath Chattopadhyay, who was elected to the first Lok Sabha in 1952, live on.last_img read more

Ban arrives in Mexico for talks with President and disarmament conference

8 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is slated to meet Mexican President Felipe Calderón this afternoon in the North American country’s capital, where climate change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and human rights will be among the subjects for discussion. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is slated to meet Mexican President Felipe Calderón this afternoon in the North American country’s capital, where climate change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and human rights will be among the subjects for discussion. The gathering of the two leaders comes ahead of the annual General Assembly debate, starting on 23 September, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and Mr. Ban is also expected to meet this evening with the Ministers of Health, Social Development, Environment and Education. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to open the annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Conference, which this year focuses on disarmament.Over 1,700 representatives from NGOs and experts from 70 countries are expected at the three-day gathering in Mexico City, whose theme is “For Peace and Development: Disarm Now!”Amid renewed international initiatives promoting disarmament and non-proliferation, Kiyotaka Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, underscored the timeliness of the conference.“As you know, President [Barack] Obama of the United States will preside over a summit-level meeting of the Security Council on 24 September on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” Mr. Akasaka told reporters in New York on Friday at a briefing to publicize the DPI-NGO conference.Mr. Akasaka noted that global military spending amounted to $1.5 trillion, representing more than $200 for each person alive today. “This is untenable at a time when 1 billion people struggle to live on $1 or less a day.” read more

Nations finalize plans to meet later in 2004 to promote UN treaty

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime ended its final session in Vienna today, finalizing the rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, which will be held in the Austrian capital from 28 June to 9 July.The Convention, which entered into force on 29 September 2003, has 147 States Signatories and 60 States Parties. During the Committee’s session, several signatories announced their imminent ratification.Two of the treaty’s three protocols were adopted along with it: the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Air and Sea. The third Protocol – against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition – was adopted in May 2001, and is not yet in force.Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), praised the spirit of cooperation that pervaded the Committee’s work. He stressed the importance of this last session, which has set the stage for the effective and flexible functioning of the Conference of the Parties, an implementation mechanism with great potential.Mr. Costa urged Member States to expedite their ratification processes and join the Conference next June as full participants. He also appealed to countries to provide their full political, technical and financial support to the Convention. read more

Petition started to take down naked sushi caterers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2014 7:32 am MDT Petition started to take down naked sushi caterers One of Canada’s first naked sushi caterers is drawing the ire of feminists in Vancouver who’ve started a petition to BC’s Health Authority to shut it down. The company, based on the west coast, provides what they call a “traditional Japanese dining experience” where naked models are essentially used as platters laying down with the food displayed on their bodies. According to the National Post, those against the business say it is not only “gross” from a health standpoint, but also a sexist practice of “commodyfying women’s bodies”.Supporters say the dining experience is a form of art. read more

Return of Voice leads NBC to ratings victory

This image released by NBC shows judges, from left, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton on the set of “The Voice,” in Universal City, Calif. “The Voice” returned from a hiatus and earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company’s list of the most-watched programs last week. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP) Return of ‘Voice’ leads NBC to ratings victory by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2017 3:28 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Singing, dancing and Chicago was the formula NBC used for a weekly victory in the ratings.“The Voice” returned from a hiatus and earned three of the top four slots in the Nielsen company’s list of the most-watched programs last week. The exception was “Little Big Shots,” the debut of another variety show, this one featuring talented youngsters with Steve Harvey as host.NBC, rebooting for the midseason, also landed in the top 20 with all four of producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago-based dramas that aired last week, including the latest, “Chicago Justice.”NBC averaged 7.3 million viewers in prime-time for the week. CBS was second with 6.1 million, ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Univision had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, the CW had 1.39 million and ION Television had 1.3 million.Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, benefiting from its coverage of President Trump’s address to Congress. It averaged 3.38 million viewers in prime-time. ESPN had 1.75 million, HGTV had 1.63 million, USA had 1.56 million and MSNBC had 1.53 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.5 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 8.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million viewers.For the week of Feb. 27-March 5, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.03 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 11.72 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.35 million; “The Voice” (Thursday), NBC, 10.69 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.68 million; President Trump Address to Congress, Fox News, 10.68 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.16 million; “Presidential Address Analysis,” Fox News, 10.15 million; “Chicago PD,” NBC, 9.59 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 9.46 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

Win over Cincinnati a game for the record books

OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (left) forces a fumble from Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel during a Sept. 27 game at Ohio Stadium. The fumble resulted in an OSU safety.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorLed by a redshirt-freshman quarterback and a largely inexperienced offensive line, Ohio State put on one of the best offensive performances in school history Saturday, as it rolled to a 50-28 victory against Cincinnati.The Buckeye offense totaled 710 total yards against the Bearcats, just eight yards shy of the school record.In addition to yardage, the Buckeyes broke the school record and tied an FBS record for first downs with 45 and tied a school record for most plays run with 101.OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that the offensive diversity — along with improved line play — is what contributed to the record-setting night.“We’re an offensive line-driven team. And they won the game for us. And they controlled that line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “They protected our (redshirt-freshman) quarterback. J.T. (Barrett) played well. Other than a dropped third down and a fumble, I was very pleased for the night, offensively.”The explosive and balanced attack could have easily broken the school record, had it not been for a fumble by freshman running back Curtis Samuel and a dropped third-down pass by senior wide receiver Devin Smith, both in the second quarter. Despite the drop, though, Smith scored twice on the night.Smith’s fellow senior, tight end Jeff Heuerman, who recorded three catches for 38 yards Saturday after sitting out the Kent State game because of a foot injury, said the Buckeyes could have played even better.“We did a whole lot as an offense tonight. The crazy part is we didn’t play our best,” Heuerman said after the game. “We left points and yards out there, too. We punted once, but we fumbled and kicked two field goals. Overall, it was a pretty impressive performance.”Perhaps the most impressive performer was Barrett, who totaled 409 yards of offense. His performance left him just three yards shy of the all-time school record for most individual yards in a game, a mark held by Art Schlichter, a quarterback who accumulated 412 yards against Florida State in 1981.Barrett completed 26 of his 36 pass attempts for 330 yards Saturday, and six of those completions were to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, whom Barrett found wide open for a 24-yard score late in the third quarter.Wilson said Barrett’s hard work in practice is starting to show during games.“He is playing very well. I always knew he had it in him because he is such a great leader,” Wilson said. “He works really hard and now, he is just perfecting his craft.”Barrett said he attributes his big night to the big guys up front.“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” he said following the game. “They got it started for us and that’s what coach Meyer always talks about is relying on them to keep the offense going.”The Buckeyes seemed to do just that as Barrett was sacked only once, and OSU rushed for 380 yards.Of the 380 yards on the ground, 182 belonged to sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott in a new career high. But Elliott also said afterward that the offensive line deserves the credit, despite his big stat line.“It all goes to the line. The line made those big holes. It is not that hard to run when you got those gaping holes,” he said.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said following the game that it did not dawn on him how impressive Elliot was until after the clock hit zero.“I honestly didn’t realize we had run the ball so well until the end of the game,” Herman said. “The guys up front deserve a lot of that credit too. (Elliot) certainly got his pads north and south and was running through arm tackles, and it was fun to watch him run tonight.”Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said he thought his team played hard, but it couldn’t find a way to stop the Buckeye rushing game.“I’m proud of my team for fighting,” he said. “Effort was good on both sides and we played hard. We just got knocked off the ball on zone plays.”The win over the Bearcats marked Meyer’s first-ever win over Tuberville in three tries. Meyer lost twice to Tuberville when both coached in the Southeastern Conference at Florida and Auburn, respectively.The Buckeyes are set to travel to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

8 habits of people with a healthy relationship with food

first_img By Sarah Doyle 8 habits of people with a healthy relationship with food Life coach Sarah Doyle on why we should see food as fuel for our body. http://the42.ie/3283636 I SPENT ALL of my teenage years and most of my twenties completely out of touch and out of control with my food and weight. Source: Shutterstock/Oleksandra NaumenkoI was a fad dieter, obsessive exerciser, over eater, emotional eater and binge eater. I did it all.Looking back it is incredibly clear to me that I had a very negative relationship with food. I reached a point in my mid-twenties when I realised that if I didn’t help myself then, things would get so much worse.Over the last five years I have worked very hard to release myself of any negative feelings I associate with food.  To say that I have learned a lot along the way — about myself, my environment and the people around me — is an understatement. I am really excited to share some of what I have learned in the form of habits I believe people who have positive relationships with food have.In life there are very few absolutes, but a person’s relationship with food and their understanding of what this means should be pretty straight forward. If you have rules, control, manipulate, manage, guilt, shame, plan your food, and or if you use the word clean, treat, cheat or “it fits”, then I am pretty confident — from experience — you do not have a good relationship with food.But above all else, if you can balance your thoughts about food, exercise and your weight with other parts of your life then you do not have a good relationship with food.Habit 1: You are not ruled by rulesThere’s a fine line between thinking carefully about what we put into our bodies and obsessing, restricting, counting or making it fit. Source: Shutterstock/Sebastian DudaFor a lot of people who require a ‘structure to kick-start a healthy and sustainable eating plan’, rules can be a good thing. However, most of the time we are being sold complexity over simplicity and unhealthy relationships hidden behind diets.Whilst it’s easy to define a healthy diet by the foods that we choose to eat, the real magic lies in how we feel about those foods and ourselves as we eat them. Even starting off with the best intentions of a balanced approach to food we often find ourselves creating more and more rules or getting that little bit stricter in the hopes the results will come faster, and this is where a lot of people get themselves into trouble.Habit 2: You do not beat yourself upYou recognise you have a need for food and a desire to eat certain foods that you enjoy and you feel good about filling that need.Beating yourself up after eating certain foods, punishing yourself by exercising or depriving yourself at a later stage is unhealthy, both mentally and physically. If things go wrong, and you make a mistake do not use food as a tool to punish yourself. Do not use food to reward good behaviour and do not think that eating a couple of extra biscuits means that you have failed and can justify eating the whole packet.Don’t generalise an entire experience because of one small mistake and remember that your identity and worth is not determined by your diet, mistakes or successes.By our very nature human beings are fallible – we will make mistakes! When you do make a mistake, avoid creating more rules to make up for it and don’t blame your failures on a lack of discipline. Ask yourself these questions and be honest: ‘Is beating yourself up working for you? How long have you been dieting for and are you happy?’Habit 3: You indulge and know it’s okTo me, the word diet suggests fear, restriction and a lot of hard work. But when you have a good relationship with food you can eat certain foods without feeling guilty or ashamed. Source: Shutterstock/Arina P HabichYou understand how you can apply balance and moderation to your life and that you will not gain fat after a piece of cake. Food is a massive source of pleasure, fun and celebration and it is ok to enjoy this side of what food has to offer.Habit 4: You trust yourself with foodDo you use your diet as an excuse? Are diets like Paleo, low GI foods, counting macros and calories, avoiding sugar and anything artificial, intermittent fasting (IF), not eating breakfast or eliminating carbohydrates covering up the abundantly clear fact that you do not trust yourself around food?If you have convinced yourself that you need rules and diets in order to look, feel and perform at your best, then it is time to redirect this energy and hard work into developing trust with yourself. This trust will serve you in the long term by supporting you to create truly transformative change in your life. You can be healthy, fit and strong and still enjoy cake.Habit 5: You are thankful for foodWhen you have a healthy relationship with food, you are thankful for it. You might take food for granted and in certain parts of the world you would be forgiven for doing so. However, it is important never to forget that some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.Habit 6: You eat intuitively and mindfullyPeople who have a good relationship with food understand their body and respond to its need without conscious reasoning — intuitively. You eat when you are hungry, when the body silently whispers ‘it’s time to fuel up, feed me.’ Source: Shutterstock/JessmineAnd when you do eat, you eat mindfully — aware of the taste, textures and flavours — cherishing and celebrating every bite. I know the temptation to race through your meal or snack is there but wouldn’t you rather check in with your body and actually experience your food?Habit 7: You understand the multiple roles food plays in your lifeWhat do you expect your food to do for you? Fuel, perform, pleasure, manage weight?Food plays a multitude of roles. However, people who have an unhealthy relationship with food place too much emphasis on just one and as a result miss out on so much of what food has to offer our lives. Food is designed to enhance our life and how we chose to live it, it should never take away from it.Habit 8: You honour your bodyPeople who have a good relationship with food understand that certain foods, chemicals, and substances can work against them in all areas of life. A person who honours their body is sure to put into their body things that will make them feel good. They will not use food as a crutch to provide short term pleasure.This is why a person who has a good relationship with food will eat more nutritious, wholesome food then they do bad. Source: Shutterstock/naD photosThese are just a few of the many habits that a person who has a good relationship with food have. So let me ask you a question, what role does food play in your life and what habits are you building in order to create a positive and healthy relationship?If you do have a negative and unhealthy relationship with food, the problem is not actually food, it’s how you think about food. The problem is not your body, it’s that we live in a culture that has convinced you your body is broken. The problem is that we are surrounded by self-selected experts who think that they are promoting health, fitness and positive relationships, but are really just spewing out utter gibberish.Sarah Doyle is a life coach, motivational speaker, positive body powerlifter and host of Better Life Project TV. For more information, follow her on Facebook, Instagram or check out Sarah’s website here. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 36,875 Views 37 Comments Share Tweet Email5 center_img How to (better) motivate yourself to exercise6 foolproof strategies to kick-start your fitness resolutions this January Monday 13 Mar 2017, 8:45 AM Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Mar 13th 2017, 8:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Who should regulate social media in Ireland

first_imgPoll: Who should regulate social media in Ireland? TDs will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images I don’t know/I don’t care (1681) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FACEBOOK CEO MARK Zuckerberg will visit Facebook headquarters in Dublin today and will meet with three TDs to discuss the threat of fake news. The deputies have been vocal about the regulation of social media and plan to raise the issue with Zuckerberg as well as transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults online.Although Facebook admits it has been in denial about combating harmful content and safeguarding privacy for too long, it remains the responsibility of the social network to regulate social media content. So, today we’re asking: Who should regulate social media in Ireland?  Social media platforms  (3276) Share9 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4572384 87 Comments Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM Poll Results: Apr 2nd 2019, 10:00 AM Social media platforms The governmentI don’t know/I don’t careVote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By Cónal Thomas The government (4067) Short URL 19,876 Views last_img read more

Napolis Jorginho chooses between Manchester clubs

first_imgNapoli’s Jorginho has reportedly told his representatives that he would favour a move to Manchester City over rivals Manchester United, claims The SunThe Italy international is expected to be of great interest from several European giants in the summer transfer window after his impressive performances for Napoli over the past two years has seen him become regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe.Among these clubs are United, who believe that Jorginho will make an ideal replacement for their retiring captain Michael Carrick.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…However, Jose Mourinho is not alone in regards to being interested in signing the highly-rated 26 year-old with Pep Guardiola believed to be closely monitoring Jorginho’s progress at Napoli this season.The Catalan’s interest in the Italian may prove to be a decisive factor with Jorginho having revealed that he would rather join Manchester City for next season.Jorginho has made a total of 29 appearances in the Serie A this season and has contributed two goals and four assists to Napoli’s title battle with Juventus with Maurizio Sarri’s side looking to claim their first league title since 1990.last_img read more

Local college students happy about increase in opportunity scholarships

first_imgFor some college students, opportunity grew fivefold Wednesday.Southwest Washington recipients of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarships gathered at WSU Vancouver on Wednesday to hear the good news that the awards for college juniors and seniors will increase from $1,000 to $5,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. That $4,000 increase is significant in the tight budgets of college students.It means that Natasha Trachsel, 25, a Vancouver junior majoring in biology, can work just one part-time job instead of multiple jobs. She’ll continue working as a scribe in the emergency room at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. But she can give up her second job of teaching computer systems to medical staff at various hospitals.“I won’t have to worry so much about paying the bills,” said Trachsel of Vancouver, who plans to apply to medical school in 2014.That extra $4,000 means Tracy Larson, 26, a Longview junior studying mechanical engineering at WSU Vancouver, will be able to focus more on her studies instead of cobbling together a living with three part-time jobs.Four days a week, she spends $50 to $60 on gas to commute from Longview to Vancouver. Over two semesters, she spends from $1,600 to almost $2,000 on gas to get to school. The extra $4,000 will pay for all her gas and help toward her other expenses.last_img read more

China threat to crackdown on Philippines gaming industry could be a positive

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More An alleged crackdown by China on online gaming operations in the Philippines could benefit Macau, according to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein.The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines released a statement late last week expressing its concerns over the proposed transfer of Chinese workers employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to self-contained hubs and warning against the illegal inducement of Chinese citizens to gamble either online or in Philippines land-based casinos. “According to the Chinese laws and regulations, any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online-gambling, gambling overseas, opening casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is illegal,” the Embassy said. “The (POGOs) and other forms of gambling entities in the Philippine target Chinese citizens as their primary customers. A large number of Chinese citizens have been illegally recruited and hired in the Philippine gambling industry.”The Embassy also pointed to the Philippines gambling industry as the cause of a “huge amount of Chinese funds” having illegally flown out of China and promised concerted crackdown by the Chinese government on cross-border gambling activities.“The Ministry of Public Security of China has taken many actions and will carry out more special operations aimed at preventing and combating the cross-border gambling,” it said. “China will focus on investigating and cracking some major cases, including those of organizing gambling overseas and opening online gaming, and will destroy networks of criminal organizations involved in recruiting gamblers from China by overseas casinos and using the internet to open casinos in China.“China will also crack down on ‘underground banks’ and online payment platforms that provide a financial settlement for cross-border gambling and other crimes, and wipe out domestic network operators and companies that provide technical support for such crimes.”In a Friday note addressing the potential implications of a China crackdown on the Philippines, Bernstein analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said that while this posed a real downside risk for operators in the Philippines, it could work in favor of those in Macau.“This gesture by the Chinese government could be seen as a warning to junkets and online gaming operators about gaming activities outside of Macau,” it said.“If the warning is not heeded by the offshore operators, then China will likely begin a broader crackdown, which would be negative for POGOs and Philippine casinos.“China will be taking a stronger stance in trying to curtail gambling overseas (outside of Macau). We do not believe any of these statements refer to Macau or any attempt by China to stem Macau activities. In the longer run, this could be a positive for Macau as some gaming demand may return to the territory, which is under Chinese jurisdiction and control.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPostslast_img read more

Body found in Miami neighborhood

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Miami.7Skyforce flew over the scene, along Southwest 31st Avenue and 27th Lane, where evidence markers could be seen as well as a heavy police presence.According to Miami Police, they received a call about a man’s body found near a residential area. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.The victim has not yet been identified. However, the body has been removed and taken to the Medical Examiner’s office.At this point it remains unknown if police have any leads on the shooter.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Condé Nast Adopts GroupMs Digital Ad Viewability Standards

first_imgSince then, the industry, and especially big, blue-chip advertisers, have been pushing for viewability standards and guarantees.GroupM, which represents a good number of those advertisers, began demanding better standards this fall with one of their biggest clients, Unilever. The two called for 100 percent ad visibility of both video and online display ads, far above the 50 percent recommended by industry guidelines already in place.GroupM chief digital officer Rob Norman publicly stated even earlier that the firm would start pushing for deals with buyers that meet those terms. “A minimum threshold is just that, and certain creative assets require a higher standard. We won’t deal on a minimum threshold where the minimum is not good enough to represent a true opportunity to see,” he said in a MediaBiz blog post in May. “The minimum requires 50% of pixels to be in view. We believe that almost without exception 100% is the requirement. To that end we will negotiate terms with vendors that reflect this view.”With the Condé Nast deal, GroupM chief digital investment officer Ari Bluman echoed that sentiment. “Condé Nast is guaranteeing what GroupM clients require—ads that are viewed by human beings.”The deal includes Condé Nast’s network of 20 websites, 14 branded video channels and the dedicated video platform The Scene. It covers all devices and includes ads sold programmatically and direct. Condé Nast and GroupM have announced a deal that guarantees 100 percent viewability of digital display and video ads across Condé’s brand sites and video channels.The partnership is the result of an intensifying movement to achieve greater accountability in digital ad performance. In mid-2013, comScore dropped a bombshell report that concluded 54 percent of digital display ads were simply not seen by their intended audience. The report covered a period between May 2012 and February 2013. There were almost $8 billion worth of digital display ads and banners sold in 2013, according to IAB and PwC numbers. Digital video commercial spending reached almost $3 billion.last_img read more

Game of Thrones deepfake makes Jon Snow apologize for season 8

first_img TV and Movies Comments Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended 2 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 187 Photos Jon Snow has something to say. HBO The final season of Game of Thrones left a few fans upset at how it turned out, and 1.6 million of them signed a petition demanding a rewrite. They can now embrace a deepfake video that might make them feel a little better.YouTube channel Eating Things With Famous People, which features edited-in cameos of a bearded guy snacking on foods in movies and TV shows, posted a video of Jon Snow apologizing for season 8. Warning: a little swearing ahead.  See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Actor Kit Harington’s manipulated mouth movements are an uncanny valley unto themselves, but overall it’s a solid deepfake. Increasingly prevalent deepfake videos use altered footage and audio to make is seem like someone is saying or doing something they didn’t. Deepfakes can be used for entertainment purposes, like with this Game of Thrones entry, but leaders are concerned they may also be used to spread misinformation and manipulate the political process.”I’m sorry we wasted your time,” Snow declares. “I’m sorry we didn’t learn anything from the ending of Lost.” The video wraps up with the cast giving the script a fiery sendoff. It might not make up for all the fan ire, but it’s a start. 6:42 Tags Game of Throneslast_img read more

CEO of the City Campaigns to Bring Anchorage Business Acumen to Governors

first_imgAnchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is the lower profile Sullivan candidate in the upcoming elections. With two candidates—same party, same names, same state-wide campaign aims—this election cycle has been slightly more confusing than most. So, just to be clear, the next 700-or-so words are entirely about “Mayor Dan” Sullivan, born in 1951, co-owner of McGinley’s Pub downtown, and long-time Anchorage political presence.Affixed to incumbent governor Sean Parnell’s campaign for re-election, Mayor Sullivan’s bid for state-wide office has been low-key: few lawn signs, scant press releases, and the campaign has no website of its own beyond a Facebook page last updated on July 26th.But Sullivan aims to bring his focus on fiscal issues to the governor’s cabinet. Money has been the major theme of his time as mayor, and that’s how he’s framing his candidacy.Sullivan comes from a long-line of Alaskans, and first arrived in the city, or the state for that matter, were transformed by waves of money and development.“In 1959 we moved down to Anchorage,” Sullivan explained. The family had been in Nenana, and then Fairbanks before heading south. “It was literally still a small town in those days. You know, we grew up by the Park Strip on 12 Ave and those were dirt roads in those days.”This is Sullivan’s first run for statewide office. After nine years on the Anchorage assembly he was elected mayor in 2009, and then again in 2012.Having hit his term-limit as mayor, Sullivan decided to run for Lieutenant Governor, wanting to bring his record of financial prudence to the Governor’s inner-circle.“As Lieutenant Governor, in addition to your perfunctory duties of running elections and keeping notaries from going rogue on you,” he joked, “you are a member of the governor’s cabinet, you have a seat at that table when policy is being developed and decisions are being made. And as the leader of the largest city in Alaska by far, the CEO of that city, I think I can lend some really valid experience to those discussions.”Sullivan is a pocketbook politician: fiscal issues are his main priority. Even his early memories of Alaska are inflected with details about dollars.“I grew up in a time…before there was oil money. And I don’t think we had any conception that we were somehow poor or lacking in either in facilities or opportunities,” he reflected.  “And now that we have billions in the bank, students get charged for everything. And I still haven’t figured that out,” he finished, drifting off slightly.Sullivan sees the successes of his time as mayor, and on Assembly, as being the financial policies that helped the city emulate a healthy business: budget surpluses, improved credit ratings, and the controversial labor reform AO-37 that will appear on the ballot with Sullivan.Those who’ve worked with Sullivan in the past say it’s not just political posturing.“As long as I’ve known him he’s been consistent in his philosophical beliefs,” says Debbie Ossiander, who, in her nine years on the Assembly, worked closely with Sullivan, and sees a straight line in the policies he pursued.“I could have forecast that his focus would be on containing the budget and curtailing labor costs,” she continued. He talked about that when he was on the assembly, and it was no surprise to me that that was his focus when he was mayor.”Sullivan believes that since 55% of Alaska’s population lives in Anchorage and the Mat-Su valley, what’s good for Southcentral is good for the state. Take, for example, an investment opportunity he’s eager to continue if elected: modernizing the port of Anchorage.“The Port of Anchorage is considered the Port of Alaska,” he said, growing animated as he spoke. “Over 90% of all the goods that come in to the state, that are on the shelves throughout the Interior, Western Alaska come through the port…This port is so crucial to the entire state. That’s probably job number one in my mind. And it’s kind of self-serving because it’s my city and my port.”Sullivan’s current plan for overseeing the Division of Elections, one of the few concrete functions of the Lieutenant Governor’s office, are managerial modifications that make the organization run more efficiently, much like those he’s sought at the municipal level while mayor.It’s another example of Sullivan’s stance that the edicts of business should be imported to better deliver government. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s controversial A0-37 will appear on the same ballot as his bid to be Lieutenant Governor. (Photo: Dan Sullivan for Lt. Gov Facebook Page)last_img read more

What gamblers really won betting on Costa Rica

first_imgFor La Sele fansCosta Rica’s 3-1 win over Uruguay was a miracle, but for gamblers willing to take a risk on a long shot Costa Rica’s victory could have been a life changer.According to OddsShark.com, on average sportsbooks set the odds of a Costa Rica win at +800, or slightly over 11 percent. At these odds, people who hedged their bets on a triumph for Costa Rica would have recouped eight times their investment.After the game, rumors based on a fake story from a Costa Rica blog spread across the Internet saying that several gamblers won millions in Vegas betting on the exact score, but in truth sports books received very few bets on either side of the Costa Rica and Uruguay game.The Tico Times interviewed representatives from two Costa Rica-based sports books, both chose to remain anonymous. According to the experts, Costa Rica and Uruguay’s general betting volume is lower than that of other countries, and the skewed odds deterred most of their customers from betting on the game at all, let alone placing large bets. The same is true of large international sports books.According to Lee Phelps, a television and radio presenter with UK-based William Hill, one of the world’s largest  bookmakers, most of the company’s bets came in from Japan. The largest bet on Costa Rica came from a Russian who put €250 on Costa Rica at 15:2 odds and took home €1,875. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to cash in on 2014 World Cup with TV, print publicity around the world Snapshots from the Web of Costa Rica’s historic World Cup win What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014 VIDEO: World Cup 2014 Retrospective!last_img read more

Qatar Airways continues expansion in Europe and Russia

first_imgQatar Airways continues expansion in Europe and RussiaQatar Airways continues expansion in Europe and RussiaQatar Airways has announced that it will increase daily frequencies to the Scandinavian capitals of Stockholm and Oslo, alongside the Italian cities of Milan and Rome. Due to an increase in demand to key European destinations, especially from the Asia Pacific region, flights to Rome, Milan and Stockholm will increase to 17 per week from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, while flights to Oslo are set to increase from seven to 10 frequencies per week.*The award-winning airline has also announced that double daily flights to the Russian capital Moscow will increase to three times daily from 14 December, just five days before Qatar Airways’ inaugural daily flight to the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The additional frequency to Moscow will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways continues to expedite its ambitious expansion plans and demonstrate strong growth across Europe and Russia. These additional frequencies will provide our passengers with an array of convenient travel options when travelling to Doha or further afield on our global network.”The national carrier of the State of Qatar currently serves double daily flights to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, Milan’s Malpensa Airport and Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with a mix of Boeing B787, Airbus A330 and Airbus A321 aircraft. With a seamless stopover at the five-star hub of the airline, Hamad International Airport, European travellers can reach mor than 150 business and leisure destinations across six continents with the airline’s young fleet.The award-winning airline flies to four gateways in Italy: Rome, Milan, Pisa and Venice. Recently, Qatar Airways further strengthened its commitment to Italy with the acquisition of 49 per cent of AQA Holding, the new parent company of Meridiana fly (Meridiana), while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda has kept 51 per cent.In addition to the frequency increases to Moscow, Stockholm, Oslo, Rome and Milan, Qatar Airways recently announced additional daily non-stop flights to Kyiv, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki due to a significant increase in passenger demand.The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades this year, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’*Frequency increases as per Qatar Airways Winter ScheduleSource = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

Tight Credit Access to Hinder Housing in Final Quarter

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Federal Reserve Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-26 Abby Gregory Tight Credit Access to Hinder Housing in Final Quarter While the fall months look to be “”unprecedented”” for the housing market, “”LendingTree””:www.lendingtree.com expects tight lending requirements will keep many borrowers from taking advantage.[IMAGE]According to the online finance and lending network’s Monthly Mortgage Review, the summer’s average mortgage rate was 3.91 percent for a 30-year fixed, with the average home loan just more than $200,000. While LendingTree expects mortgage rates to hover near their record lows in the fall months, access to credit is expected to remain constrained as the industry works to adapt to new housing regulations.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Home values are beginning to improve just as we approach the close of the home-buying season,”” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “”Home prices are still below the levels they were five years ago, creating an excellent opportunity for first-time homebuyers to enter the market. Homeowners who want to refinance may find it is easier to meet loan-to-value requirements; however, mortgage lending overall is expected to remain tight due to continued uncertainty around housing regulations.””Mortgage rates spent most of the summer consistently hitting new record lows before bouncing back at the beginning of August. However, news of further efforts from the “”Federal Reserve””:www.federalreserve.gov/ to aid economic recovery sent rates spiraling back down.With both major party presidential candidates presenting different strategies for dealing with the slowly recovering housing market, the upcoming election also has experts and investors wondering about the future. No matter the outcome in the presidential race, if the Fed’s commitment to a third round of quantitative easing doesn’t translate into a healthier job market, LendingTree said any housing recovery may not be able to sustain itself. September 26, 2012 400 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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