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Hollywoods 50 Most Powerful TV Showrunners of 2017

first_imgKenya BarrisBlack-ish (ABC); Grown-ish (Freeform) Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKennaCrazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Login/Register With: Advertisement David Benioff and D.B. WeissGame of Thrones (HBO) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBOWith its brief seven-episode return for summer 2017, GoT reaffirmed its status as the biggest TV series in the world, pulling an average 31 million U.S. viewers alone. Benioff, 47, and Weiss, 46, head into the final run with a controversial follow-up gestating at HBO (revisionist history slave drama Confederate) and the continued adoration of their peers. Their show tops the list of most discussed series in other showrunners’ writers rooms.Best thing I saw this year Weiss: “The ‘Ricklantis Mixup’ episode of Rick and Morty. Benioff: “The ‘Pickle Rick’ episode of Rick and Morty.” Aziz Ansari and Alan YangMaster of None (Netflix) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What does it take for a television show without dragons, zombies or Sterling K. Brown to get a little attention?More than 400 U.S. scripted series are set to air in 2017 — thanks for the sobering stats, John Landgraf — and getting lost in the logjam is the new normal. So in highlighting the most impactful writer-producers working in TV right now, THR focused on a few key factors. Lisa Joy and Bryan Fuller – Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt THR unveils the writer-producers of TV’s Golden Age — from ‘Game of Thrones’ masterminds David Benioff and Dan Weiss to ‘Atlanta’ creator Donald Glover — with the sharpest pens, the wildest visions and the richest deals. Their Netflix series, more of an experiment in tone than a traditional comedy, continues to earn raves and Emmy adoration (eight noms in 2017 and a key writing win for Ansari, 34, and rising star Lena Waithe). Yang, 35, and much of the writing staff now turn their attention to a buzzy Amazon vehicle for Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph — part of Yang’s own deal with Universal TV.Best thing I saw this year Yang: “Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders, and Logan, by James Mangold.”Dream casting goal Yang: “Aziz and I are both continuing to say Hugh Jackman constantly until he responds in some way.”Most invaluable person in my career Yang: “My loving wife of over 40 years, Dame Helen Mirren.”Most-discussed series in our writers room Yang: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, specifically the episode where Uncle Phil is revealed to be a pool shark when he says to his butler Geoffrey, ‘Geoffrey, break out Lucille.’ Lucille is the name of Uncle Phil’s custom pool cue that Geoffrey keeps stored in his pants.” Advertisement These 50 power showrunners rise above the churn with unprecedented deals (ka-ching, Shonda Rhimes), surging output, cultural cachet and legit “hits.”Most have paid their dues (witness the reunions of two pairs of past collaborators), a few struck gold early (hear from Stranger Things‘ Duffer brothers ahead of their sure-to-be-scrutinized sophomore season) and all have a few choice words to say about the challenges of making TV today.METHODOLOGY Eligible showrunners had at least one current scripted (not animated) series air new episodes between August 2016 and July 2017 (sorry, Seth MacFarlane!). Greg BerlantiArrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning (The CW); Blindspot (NBC); Deception (ABC); You (Lifetime) Advertisement Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic Heading into season four, Black-ish is considered the gold standard for broadcast comedy — with an average 2.1 rating among adults 18-to-49, two Emmy noms and a Golden Globe for star Tracee Ellis Ross. Barris, 43, has diversified his portfolio by setting younger-skewing spinoff Grown-ish(starring breakout Yara Shahidi) at Freeform. Oh, and he wrote a little summer film called Girls Trip.Most discussed series in our writers room Game of ThronesDream casting goal Eddie MurphyRight now, TV viewers need … “Perspective outside of their own.” Amanda Edwards/WireImage Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in MediaWith each having locked her own big deal with CBS Studios and now developing separate projects, the duo have a third season of their critically beloved musical comedy arriving on The CW. Ratings pressure is low — good thing, because it’s broadcast’s least watched series — but the show remains a favorite of network boss Mark Pedowitz. Bloom, 30, is now a bona fide CBS star, featured at the net’s telecast of the Tonys and Emmys.You know a pitch isn’t going well when … McKenna: “They say, ‘Thank you for coming in,’ at the end.”READ MORE The undisputed king of TV, at least in terms of volume, Berlanti, 45, essentially owns The CW with more than half of its primetime lineup this season, plus dramas at NBC (Blindspot) and ABC (Deception) and soon a cable entry with the Lifetime thriller You.Best thing I saw this year “The second season of Master of None.”You know a pitch isn’t going well when … “They tell you they love it but don’t say in the room that they want to buy it.”Right now, TV viewers need … “To watch more shows live.”Most invaluable person in my career “Peter Roth.”last_img read more

The opportunity we have is immeasurable BC First Nation waits for LNG

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsLocated at the mouth of Douglas Channel on the north central coast of B.C. is Kitimat – a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and waterways mixed in with industry.This is where LNG Canada is building the largest private-sector investment project in Canadian history.Natural gas will travel down a new 670 km pipeline from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the processing plant in Kitimat where the gas will be liquefied and put on tankers destined for Asian markets.The $40 billion project got the final go ahead by investors in October and the people of the Haisla Nation couldn’t be happier.“The opportunity that we have here is immeasurable,” said Chief Councillor Crystal Smith.Haisla has an impact benefits agreement with LNG Canada.Smith said she’s proud of her nation’s partnership – and the company treats her people as rightful landowners.“We have had industry in our territory for the last 50 to 60 years. The difference with this project is that we have had a meaningful partnership within it,” she said. “That means an equal level of playing field in terms of our involvement of how this project is built, the standard in which it is built, and terms of that environmental aspect, what is suitable and what is acceptable for our Nation in terms of our cultural existence in this territory.”The processing facility owned by LNG Canada will be built on the Haisla Traditional territory which sits just across the water from the nation’s home community of Kitamaat Village.Smith said she wants this project to bring her people back home. Only 700 of 1,800 members live on reserve.“This project provides a real opportunity to building capacity, providing programs that heal from past traumas and a bright future that is provided right in our backyard when it comes to education and employment opportunities,” she said.Smith was born and raised in Kitamaat Village.Much of her support for the project is fuelled by personal experience.“In 2013 my common law of 16 years committed suicide,” she said. “Lack of resources, lack of awareness, education, a lack of everything for assistance with mental health issues.  Lack of resources for alcohol and drug addiction.“It motivates me to do my job so no other family in my community has to go through and endure what I have gone through, my children have gone through.”Edmund Grant is also from Kitamaat Village.He has a job doing site prep for the project and said he’s thankful his leadership signed on.“I am very happy I got a job.  It’s good hours, good pay,” he said.“It’s not just the project itself that brings in work.  Once we get a project this big coming to town it brings in more businesses.”During construction, the project is expected to employ as many as 10,000 people – with 950 full time jobs.Susannah Pierce, a spokesperson for LNG Canada said the company hopes to help provide a new future for First Nations.“It’s not just a construction opportunity, but is an opportunity for a lifetime,” she said. “And that is how we are trying to create this company because we are going to be here for 40 years.”The pipeline and facility have signed agreements with all elected First Nation communities along the route.But that doesn’t mean everyone feels this partnership with a big gas company is a good idea – some people have criticized their leaders for selling out.“Am I a sell out for wanting a better life for my people? To say that we would sell our environment short for a dollar sign is completely untrue,” said Smith. “I value this, I value our territory, I value our land.“Most importantly I value this water, this is our dinner plate, this environment is my culture, this environment is Haisla.The project is expected to be up and running by 2025.lhamelin@aptn.ca@lauriehamelinlast_img read more

Moroccan parliament to vote on controversial rape prosecution law

first_imgSidi Ifni, Morocco- Following the bitter controversy that rape prosecution avoidance law has caused in Morocco, the Justice and Human Rights Commission of the country’s Parliament has proposed to eliminate a paragraph from the Moroccan penal code.  Article 475 permits a rapist to avoid prosecution for rape if he marries the underage victim.Morocco’s conservative society has traditionally preferred to permit a rapist to marry his victim rather than permit the victim’s family to suffer the dishonor and shame of rape.  The case of Amina Filali, a sixteen year old girl who killed herself by ingesting rat poison after being forced to marry the man who raped her, went viral on social media two years ago, and has spurred women’s rights associations to call on the government to intervene and revoke the rape law, which many think is an infringement of  women’s rights. The proposal to revoke the rape avoidance provision has come as one of the promises of the current Islamist-led government to restore dignity to underage victims of rape.Amending Article 475 of the penal code gained much international attention after the Filali suicide, and the suicides of other girls who were forced to marry their rapists.While some wronged families have had no other choice but to agree to a judge’s decision requiring their raped girl to marry her rapist in order to protect the family’s honor, women’s rights activists have deemed forced marriage under the provision a serious threat to girls’ dignity, life, and human rights.Since 16-year-old Amina al-Filali was married to her 23-year-old rapist and committed suicide in 2012, calls for revocation of the provision have escalated to address the injustice.According to some Moroccan women, marrying a raped girl to the man who raped her is tantamount to rewarding the rapist, not penalizing him for his heinous crime.It is now up to the Parliament to vote on the Commission’s proposal to Amend Article 475 and repeal the paragraph once and for all.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco Participates in the Al Jazeera Annual Forum

Fez – Al Jazeera kicked off its 8th Annual Forum Monday in Doha with the participation of delegates from 51 countries, including Morocco under the theme: “Change in the Arab World: Where To?”Organized by the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera‘s 8th Forum is a youth platform that opens windows of opportunity to young individuals from different backgrounds to debate issues of common interest in “the context of the current transformations in the Arab world.”Morocco is being represented by a high level delegation, including Mr. Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, and Ms. Soumiya Benkhaldoun, Minister-delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Executives Training, according to state news agency Mahghreb Arab Press. In His opening speech, Dr. Mustafa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Network, said: “AlJazeera will continue to cover human rights issues wherever possible, and will strive, as it always has, to give every human a right to defend his/her rights and make his/her voice heard because it is a voice for the voiceless and a platform for those who have no outlet.”Soumiya Benkhaldoun took part in the the first plenary session of the forum entitled: Reviewing the Arab World’s Path to Change: Decade in Review,” discussing the major changes that affect the Arab World in the past decade. Mustapha El Khalfi will be a part of a panel entitled “reconsidering the movement of change.”Participants that are  scheduled to speak at the Forum include: Mr. Bulent Arinc, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ahmed Tomeh, Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of the Syrian National Coalition, and Ali Laarayedh, former Tunisian Prime Minister.This international forum gathers 400 participants from different fields, including academic, activists, journalists and politicians, to discuss change in the Arab World and share ideas on other international and local issues.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Yahoo agrees to sell half of its stake in Chinas Alibaba for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 21, 2012 5:52 am MDT Yahoo agrees to sell half of its stake in China’s Alibaba for about $7.1 billion HONG KONG – Struggling Internet company Yahoo Inc. has secured a lifeline after agreeing to sell half of its prized stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1 billion, with most of the cash going to shareholders.The deal, announced Sunday in the U.S., will see Alibaba Group buying back half of its 40 per cent stake from Yahoo Inc. for $6.3 billion cash and up to $800 million of Alibaba preferred shares.The announcement caps at least a year of rocky on-and-off talks as Yahoo tried to sell the stake as part of efforts to turnaround its business. Money from the sale will give Yahoo the financial firepower to return cash to disgruntled shareholders, many of whom are still upset after it squandered an opportunity to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. in May 2008 for $33 per share, or $47.5 billion. Yahoo’s stock has sagged since then, trading at $15.42 on Friday.Yahoo said in a joint statement with Alibaba that it plans to return “substantially all” of the after-tax cash proceeds to shareholders. It said its share buyback program had been increased by $5 billion though a final decision on how to return the cash had not been made.The deal, which closes in six months, is good for Yahoo because the company gets a “wad of cash” but still has exposure to fast-growing China, said Napoleon Biggs, head of digital integration at public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard Asia Pacific.“China for them was like a sore tooth,” said Biggs, who has worked in the China Internet and media industry since 1997.Yahoo’s interim CEO Ross Levinsohn said the stake sale provides clarity for Yahoo shareholders. Levinsohn stepped into the role earlier this month after Yahoo cast aside CEO Scott Thompson because his official biography included a college degree that he never received.Thompson had been working on a complex deal earlier this year that would have allowed Yahoo to escape taxes, but it fell apart. The deal announced Sunday is taxable.Alibaba and Yahoo also have an agreement for Yahoo to sell the remainder of its Alibaba stake in stages later on. Yahoo bought the stake in 2005 for $1 billion and the deal suggests it’s now worth $14.2 billion.The statement also indicates Alibaba may hold an initial public offering in the future.Under the terms of the deal, if Alibaba Group goes public, it would have to buy back another 10 per cent stake from Yahoo or let Yahoo sell those shares in the IPO.That condition expires in December, 2015, according to a blog post on Alizila, Alibaba’s in-house news site.Alibaba Chairman and CEO Jack Ma said the deal establishes a “balanced ownership structure that enables Alibaba to take our business to the next level as a public company in the future.”Hangzhou, China-based Alibaba started out as a business-to-business website linking factories in China to buyers around the world. It also operates Taobao.com, the country’s version of eBay, and TMall, which brands can use to sell directly to consumers.The relationship between Yahoo and Alibaba began amicably but deteriorated as the Yahoo went through successive CEOs trying to engineer a deal. They also feuded last year after Alibaba spun off its payment service, Alipay, but failed to disclose it right away, rattling Yahoo investors.Yahoo said at the time the change was necessary because Beijing would only license an electronic payment service wholly owned by Chinese citizens.By eventually reducing Alibaba’s foreign ownership to a minority level, that could help the company if it plans to expand further into e-payments, Biggs said.Biggs said Ma may be thinking that “I’ve got the businesses, the consumers, I’ve got the brands. All I need now is to grow my payment mechanisms.”After the $7.1 billion transaction is completed, Yahoo and Japan’s Softbank, which owns about 30 per cent of Alibaba, will hold about 50 per cent of Alibaba. But the two companies have agreed to cap their collective shareholder voting rights at less than 50 per cent, according to the Alizila blog post.That means Ma will be in the driving seat for any company decisions.Yahoo and Alibaba also agreed to modify their technology and intellectual property licensing agreements.Under the changes, Yahoo will grant Alibaba a license to continue using the Yahoo China brand for up to four years. Alibaba will pay Yahoo $550 million and make royalty payments over that period. Yahoo will no longer be restricted from making other investments in China.Alibaba is in the process of taking Hong Kong-listed unit Alibaba.com private. Shareholders will vote Friday on whether the company should buy back the 27 per cent it doesn’t already own.____Online:Alibaba Group:http://www.alibaba.comFollow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanman read more

UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmars Kachin

“Women and girls need to have a meaningful and active role in the peace process,” said said Mrs. Jolie, who is the Special Envoy for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it’s essential that all of Myanmar’s people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future.”The Special Envoy stopped in the Myitkyina township, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.There, she spoke with displaced families and heard about challenges related to access to basic services, particularly health care. A 90-year-old woman described how she has been displaced for most of her life – perhaps 10 times since the 1960s, and most recently in 2012.“We have relatives and friends who are still stranded in the forest. They need help urgently,” Mrs. Jolie Pitt was told by the head of a family who had just arrived after fleeing another township and spending 10 days in the forest.The Special Envoy stressed the importance of humanitarian access to assist the displaced families. No local or international humanitarian actors have been able to access this conflict area since clashes started in late June this year. read more

Ohio State keeping focus on Illinois before home stretch of season

OSU players attempt to take down Illinois then-junior running back Josh Ferguson (6) during a game on Nov. 1, 2015 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, the important part of the season sits on the horizon.Looming are matchups with No. 13 Michigan State, No. 12 Michigan and, if things go right for the Buckeyes, a meeting with No. 5 Iowa is likely in the Big Ten Championship Game.Before any of those games come, however, OSU (9-0, 5-0) has a meeting with a team that has played spoiler in the past.A trip to Champaign, Illinois, to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-4, 2-3) is on the docket for the Buckeyes on Saturday at noon.While the team understands the season-defining importance of the games following Saturday’s, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan said the team’s coaches have made sure the team is only thinking about the task immediately ahead.“With (coach Urban) Meyer’s mentality, and our whole coaching staff’s mentality, it’s one game at a time,” McMillan said. “We really don’t worry about what’s down the road or what’s two weeks from now, we have to worry what’s right now and what’s coming at this time.”The Illini have given the Buckeyes trouble in the past in “trap games.”In 2007, Illinois came into Ohio Stadium and stunned the No. 1 Buckeyes. In three of the next four years following that game, the Illini put up a fight against OSU, losing by 10 points in 2008 and 2011 and 11 points in 2010, though the 2011 meeting saw OSU as the underdog pulling off an upset victory.However, Meyer’s arrival in 2012 has been accompanied with a turnaround in that trend.In Meyer’s three games against Illinois, the Buckeyes have won by a total of 96 points, scoring 167 points.Previously for IllinoisIt has been a season of change for the Fighting Illini, as the team fired its coach Tim Beckman just one week before the season, replacing him with interim coach Bill Cubit.Then, on Monday, the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas followed Beckham out the door following a report detailing mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players.Amid the high rate of turnover off the field has come an equal rate of inconsistent play on it.After a strong start to the season that saw the Illini start 4-1 — with its only loss coming against now-No. 23 North Carolina — the wheels came off the bus. In its last five games, Illinois has gone 1-3.That stretch featured a three-game losing streak, with competitive losses to No. 5 Iowa and No. 25 Wisconsin by nine and 11 points, respectively. However, the third game was a 39-0 thumping at Penn State.The Illini bounced back last Saturday, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to blow away Purdue 48-14.Other than the rushing attack, one of Illinois’ strengths this season has been forcing turnovers, as it has come away with 11 interceptions, second most in the Big Ten. Redshirt junior safety Taylor Barton has led the way with four picks.Illinois is led by a strong run game anchored by the tandem of redshirt senior Josh Ferguson and true freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who combined for 313 yards rushing against Purdue.“This team is going to try to establish the run, but it’s up to us to stop it,” McMillan said.Ferguson missed two games before the Purdue game but came back with 133 yards against the Boilermakers.“He’s a spark for that team,” McMillan said. “He wants to be that playmaker, so they’re going to put the ball in his hands a lot.”Back to full strengthAfter OSU lost a starter on the defense to the injury for the first time this season in the last two games, it appears the top 11 will be getting back to full strength on Saturday.Senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt made his return to the depth chart for the Week 11 matchup after missing two games with a wrist injury.Though he will still have to wear a cast on the field, Schutt’s return comes welcome for a defensive line that rotated redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill in Schutt’s absence.For the season, Schutt has 20 tackles, including four for a loss.While not missing more than part of the fourth quarter, redshirt senior Braxton Miller is also expected to be able to play.Meyer said the H-back suffered a neck injury when his head was thrown to the turf on a tackle, but he should be fine for Saturday’s contest.OSU will also be getting redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett back following a one-game suspension for a citation for operating a vehicle impaired.“I think it’s going to be a good thing,” redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall said about Barrett. “He’s proven himself as a great player, so we’re looking forward to having him back with the offense and the team.”Up nextThe Buckeyes are set to finish up their home schedule in a key Big Ten East division game against No. 13 Michigan State on Nov. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for either noon or 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Nutrition professor loses 27 pounds on diet of Twinkies and Doritos

first_imgWe are forever being told that high calorie and sugary snack foods are bad for us. We should limit out intake and stick to a healthy diet. But 41-year-old human nutrition professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University has proven otherwise with a 2 month diet.His food intake consisted mainly of Twinkies, Doritos, Oreos, and sugary cereal with a portion every 3 hours. His usual 2,600 calorie daily intake was cut to 1,800 so as to not eat more calories than he burned.AdChoices广告While you may expect his weight to balloon, or his cholesterol to go sky high, the sugary diet seems to have been of significant benefit to the professor’s health. In 2 months he lost 27 pounds, his body fat went from 33.4% to 24.9%, his bad cholesterol was lowered 20% and his good cholesterol went up 20%. He also had a lower level (39% less) of triglycerides which is a form of fat.The problem is, Haub can’t explain or decide if this is a good or bad thing to continue doing. We are told junk food is bad, but in the short term it seems to of had a positive effect:These foods are consumed by lots of people. It may be an issue of portion size and moderation rather than total removal. I just think it’s unrealistic to expect people to totally drop these foods for vegetables and fruits. It may be healthy, but not realistic.I wish I could say the outcomes are unhealthy. I wish I could say it’s healthy. I’m not confident enough in doing that. That frustrates a lot of people. One side says it’s irresponsible. It is unhealthy, but the data doesn’t say that. It’s important to point out that Haub did manage to also consume a multivitamin, protein shake, and the occasional vegetable like some sticks of celery. But no main meals were eaten beyond the junk food.A different diet before turning to junk food was attempted by Haub which was heavy on vegetables, fruit, and wholegrain food. But he didn’t lose weight mainly because he was taking in too many calories.Read more at CNNMatthew’s OpinionThis is clearly down to the reduction in calories. He was eating 800 calories less every day so the type of food being eaten is not that significant. However, this is a short term study and I bet if this was carried on for years then problems would surface.Top of the list for issues would be diabetes due to the high sugar content of all the food. There may also come a point where Haub’s metabolism changed and the calories being eaten may have to reduce further, but this could leave him hungry due to the high calories in these foods meaning he had to have fewer. We all know sugary snacks don’t keep us full for long.I’m sure Haub’s concentration and energy levels would also be effected. There’s nothing in those foods giving out energy slowly, it’s all quick bursts from the sugar.If you want to go on a diet then this clearly works, but only short term. I’d go back to regular meals, lots of fruit and veg, and limited junk once you’d lost a few pounds. The experiment shows watching your calorie intake is key to dieting so a similar setup using fruit and veg would probably wield similar results. However, it may be a lot harder to do for those who love their snacks.last_img read more

WTF Wednesday Yuck Becomes Yum at the Disgusting Food Museum

first_img WTF? Wednesday: This High-Tech Pizza ATM Is #CollegeDietGoalsWTF? Wednesday: Celebrate National Sci-Fi Day With These Eerie Books Stay on target A meal you find super gross might be someone else’s most-loved dish at the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles.The museum, which opened its doors on Dec. 9, is a culinary exhibit that displays 80 of the world’s most un-appetizing foods. Stinky fruit, maggot-infested cheese, and metal-cleansing chemical candies are a handful of the global delicacies available to see, smell (and yes, taste), at the Disgusting Food Museum. Click through the slideshow below to see some of the delicacies on display.View as: One Page Slides1/211. Mopane wormsPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesMopane worm, the caterpillar of the Emperor Moth, a popular dish in Southern Africa, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, California. 2. ‘Sheep Eyeball Juice’Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images’Sheep Eyeball Juice’ from Mongolia is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.3. Casu marzuPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesCasu marzu, maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia, Italy, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.4. Stink BugsPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesStink bugs from Zimbabwe and South Africa are presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.5. Fried TarantulaPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesFried tarantula from Cambodia is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.6. Mouse WinePhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesA visitor photographs mouse wine from China at the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. 7. Bull PenisPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesBull penis, from China, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.8. ‘Turtle Soup’Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesTurtle soup from China is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.9. Kopi LuwakPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesKopi Luwak from Indonesia, coffee beans eaten and excreted by the Asian palm civet, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, California. 10. Rocky Mountain OystersPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesRocky Mountain Oysters (bull testicles) from the US, are presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. 11. Goat Milk LollipopsPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesPaleton de Cajeta (goat milk lollipops) from Mexico are presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.12. MidgesPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesMidges, mosquito-like flies which are captured on oiled plates and then mushed together to form high-protein black patties called Kunga Cake and are popular in Eastern Africa, are presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.13. Fish sperm sacksPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesShirako, fish sperm sacks, popular in Japan is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.14. ‘Fruit Bat Soup’Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesFruit bat soup from Guam is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.15. Lab-Grown MeatPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesLab-grown meat from the US is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.16. Jugo de Rana (Frog Juice)Photo Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images’Jugo de Rana,’ from Peru, a drink made of whole skinned frog, quail eggs, honey and other ingredients combined in blender and strained to remove bone fragments is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.17. Salty salmiak liquoricePhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesSalty salmiak liquorice, from Nordic countries, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 18. GrasshoppersPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesNsenene or grasshoppers, a popular bar snack in Uganda, is presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif.19. Pop-TartsPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesPop-Tarts from the US are presented in the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.20. Disgusting Food MuseumPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesVisitors take in the sites and smells at the Disgusting Food Museum on December 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.21. Canned Pork BrainsPhoto Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesCanned pork brains are displayed in the Disgusting Food Museum in Los Angeles, California. You might already be thinking “EWW,” but there’s much more to the Disgusting Food Museum than observing “nasty” cuisine. According to the museum’s website, the emotion of disgust plays an important role in our gastronomic preferences. What we might find gross to nosh on could be another person’s favorite feast. At the end of the day, we can still appreciate what other people eat across the globe.“What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another,” says the museum’s website. “[The] Disgusting Food Museum invites visitors to explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible.”When you visit the museum, you’ll see these scrumptious delights displayed in glass cases. Other noteworthy foods you’ll be able to view include Surströmming (fermented herring from Sweden), Hákarl (well-aged shark from Iceland), and Cuy (roasted guinea pigs from Peru).Weird beverages are also on display at the museum. “Mongolian Mary,” a cocktail made with tomato juice and pickled sheep eyeballs, is commonly used to cure hangovers, reported Los Angeles Magazine. Oh, and dead mouse wine is said to be a handy health tonic that tastes like gasoline.We might have different food preferences, but the one thing that keeps us running (besides Dunkin’), could bring us together. Epic mealtime might feature different dishes and beverages, but at the end of the day, we all love to eat, drink, and be merry.Get your tickets to the Disgusting Food Museum, which is open from December 9, 2018 to February 17, 2018 here. More on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: Feast Your Eyes on the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village WTF? Wednesday: Wacky International Banana Museum Exists for Fruit FanaticsWTF? Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buylast_img read more

Shawn Michaels on new book 2002 comeback best rival

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Donald Wood sent this in.Fellow columnists Mike Chiari, Brandon Galvin and myself had WWE Hall of Famer SHAWN MICHAELS on the show this week, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content.YouTube interview: http://youtu.be/jWQxA1T0Szw Ring Rust Radio Episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio/2015/02/17/ring-rust-radio–feb-17-w-wwe-legend-shawn-michaels-and-fastlane-preview Donald Wood: Your new book, Wrestling For My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar, hit the shelves this week. I had the pleasure of reading the book already, and discovered the overarching theme is your faith and how it turned around your life. What made you feel like it was the right time to publish this book and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing your stories of faith?Shawn Michaels: It’s certainly a book I’ve wanted to do for quite some time but it’s very hard to do that when you are in the throes of a WWE career. It’s a wonderful, wonderful line of work but it keeps you very busy but obviously takes the forefront and spotlight of everything you do. In the truest sense, my faith and my family have been the biggest and most impactful parts of my life. They have the tendency though to take the back seat to the WWE since it is so big and grandiose. Really since 2002 it was just my job, and rarely does someone’s job take the forefront of everything they do in their life. I wanted to do a book that certainly gave them what I thought was the just due for their wonderful and positive influence and impact they had on my life. As far as what I’m hoping to accomplish, I’m just a guy trying to tell a story certainly from a faith perspective. In the church, we believe in giving ones testimony a way of glorifying the Lord and what you have done in your life. It also might make it easier for other folks to be honest or be open or come to a crossroads where they might not have all the answers and they are searching for them. Giving them a way and an outlook on what helped us. Perhaps giving them an opportunity to reckon themselves with the almighty God and Jesus Christ and the impact that could have on your life.Mike Chiari: Your book largely focuses on the second half of your WWE career, which kicked off with the unsanctioned street fight at Summer Slam 2002 against Triple H. How was that decision to come back after so much time away from the ring ultimately made in terms of who was involved in it, and also how did you know that the time was right and that you were ready for it?Shawn Michaels: How the process sort of went was I had gotten saved, I called Vince about a previous offer months before that to come back, and I had turned them down because something was going on in my life that I didn’t want to miss. So after I got saved, I called him and said this is what it is, Jesus had saved me, and my life is wonderful now. If you still want me to come back I would love to. At that time, he said that window had closed but they will keep the door open if something comes up. Few more months down the road and I got the call, “We’d like to bring you back as an on-air character.” Of course we agreed to that and we did the short NWO stint. In that time if I recall, I think it was Nash that was going to the next PPV with Hunter? It might have been they were building to a match with them and that’s when Kev blew out his quad. The next day I was on a plane reading the book of Joshua and just thoughts came into my head about possibly returning. The words “be strong and courageous” at the beginning of Joshua just kept jumping off the page at me. Then I thought maybe I can come back and do this. So I made a call to Vince and threw out an idea that involved just wrestling him actually more than a street fight. The story line was him pushing and forcing Kevin to be in a match when he wasn’t healthy and ended up getting hurt. I was going to come in and defend the honor of wrestlers being pushed too hard by Vince. The story line would cumulate in a throwaway match between Vince and myself. He asked if I was ready and I said I believe I can do it. He said let me think about it and he called me back two weeks later. He said, “Look, if you can do that with me, couldn’t you have a match with Hunter? He is a heck of a lot better than I am.” I said of course but Hunter was the main guy at the time. I wasn’t looking to come back in some big fashion. Just like a couple of exciting matches something a little lower on the card. Just so this way all the focus wouldn’t be there and if I’m going to stumble and fall that it’s done a little lower on the card without the spot light. The opportunity was there to do it with Hunter and I guessed that would be fantastic but it turned into a much bigger and promoted match than what I originally had anticipated. As far as knowing if I could come back I didn’t. That was the million dollar question. Those are all great ideas but you still gotta deliver. Haven’t been in the ring in almost four and a half years, how is it gonna be, and clearly I didn’t know. That soon after my salvation and everything of that nature I was feeling pretty confident that it was either gonna be there or it wasn’t. It really was a sink or swim moment. Thankfully, everything went well when we got out there.Brandon Galvin: I was there live at Nassau Coliseum for your return match against Triple H at Summer Slam in 2002. Do you recall what the atmosphere was like backstage for your return?Shawn Michaels: Best I recall, I had my wife and child there and it was pretty positive. A number of us were wondering how it would go and if it was going to be a big finger in the wind moment to see just how well this was going to be or how big of a flop it was going to be. For the most part everybody was very positive. If they had their reservations, they were kind enough not to express them to me too openly or honestly. I remember Arn Anderson said, “One thing I’ve learned about this job is it’s not like riding a bike. If it takes a little bit don’t be hard on yourself, it happens to all of us.” Then when I came back he said, “Well clearly I was wrong. It is like riding a bike to you”. Again, best I recall everything was pretty positive and encouraging.Donald Wood: Shifting gears a bit, when wrestling fans see you on TV now, you are typically wearing camouflage. For those unaware, you are an avid hunter. As a hunter myself, there is something very spiritual about sitting alone in silence for hours on end. How has hunting impacted your faith and what do you say to those who question the morality of hunting?Shawn Michaels: I don’t say anything to the folks that question the morality of it. It’s sort of a fruitless conversation. I get a lot of people that, with no disrespect, but obviously have never read the Bible when they say it’s not Christian. I would encourage them just to read the book of Leviticus if they want to find out where God stands on where animals fall in the food chain. Or open up the beginning of Genesis and its pretty clear. As far as it being a spiritual experience I think that’s only something that people have done it can comprehend. I honestly didn’t know the first time I went out but it was. Its peaceful, it’s serene, you have the opportunity to sit there and really take in the beauty of a day beginning or a day coming to an end. It’s a really awesome experience. For me, you can just feel it. There is an oneness you feel with nature and the creator of the universe when you sit there and take the time. Honestly, I think a lot of it for me was because it was the polar opposite of the job I was doing for so many years. It’s a moment to stop and slow down. It’s the epitome of slowing down and smelling the roses. You slow down and take a lot in and when you do that, it’s a fascinating and incredible thing to do.Mike Chiari: Over the course of your career you had so many great rivalries and matches with legends like The Undertaker, Triple H, Bret Hart and many others too. Looking back, though, if you had to pinpoint one guy as your greatest rival, as the guy who you most associate yourself with in terms of being their opponent, who would that be and why?Shawn Michaels: Well, anytime I do these interviews and someone asks me to pinpoint it down to one that’s the hardest thing. When it comes down to mentioning me or someone else and who you would directly associate it with, it’s hard not to say Bret and I. Even though our angles from a pure television story line standpoint weren’t always the longest, when you think of Bret you think of me, and when you think of me you think of Bret. That would be one for sure. Beyond that, I feel like it’s sort of in stages. It’s hard not think about Razor when you think about me. Jericho and I have something like that now to a point. Even Taker and I, there weren’t a huge amount of matches, but the ones we did were so impactful so it’s hard not to say him too. I don’t know how well I can narrow it down to one, but I think it would probably have to be Bret and Shawn because clearly we had so much history with each other.Brandon Galvin: Heading in, or immediately following the Montreal Screwjob, did you have an idea how historic and important that event would become? Also, during your hiatus from the business, did you ever wish you could’ve had a rematch at WrestleMania?Shawn Michaels: Well I think in regards to the impact, a great deal of it had to do with being young and not having the maturity to grasp the impact that the WWE has on its audience. From that standpoint, you knew it was going to be big, but I can’t say in all honesty I knew it was going to be something that would be talked about till the end of time. On one hand I think you sort of get it but again just how busy the job is you’re living in the moment. You have the tendency to not grasp the depth or severity of something you’re doing. It would be great to be able to go back and change things to do it better but that’s not reality. I do the best not to dwell on those things. I am incredibly thankful for the relationship Bret and I have now. I think that played out in a way, again not the greatest for everyone involved, but in the annals of a cool wrestling story it’s certainly one of them with a great ending.Donald Wood: It’s WrestleMania season once again and you’ve been dubbed Mr. WrestleMania. The biggest storyline this year is Roman Reigns ascension to the top of the card. What kind of pressure will be on his shoulders in the main event and what are your thoughts on Reigns as a top star in the WWE?Shawn Michaels: As far as him being a top star moving forward, I have very little insight on that. I’m the guy that sits there and looks in the rearview mirror and am very thankful for the stuff that I got to do. As far as the pressure, it’s going to be tough. WrestleMania is pressure filled anyway and more so when you’re going for the first time in what might be the main event. If you are being dubbed or people seeing you as the next guy those things mount up. They are important and you want to live up to them and it’s especially hard. Back in my day it was the beginning of the internet and we had the newsletters, but I imagine now with social media it’s all right there at your fingertips. I’d imagine it’s even tougher nowadays. Our line of work if very cynical and a lot of it is driven by cynicism, cruelty, and meanness. It’s easier to believe the negative stuff than the positive stuff. The feel good stories don’t usually spend a lot of time on the front pages. It’s gotta be a pretty tough row to hoe for the guys nowadays. Along with the great notoriety and the good stuff that comes with it, there’s always some negative that comes with it and you have to do your best to balance it along the way.Mike Chiari: One of the greatest and most emotional moments of your career was your final match at WrestleMania 26 against The Undertaker. When you came to the conclusion that you wanted to have your last match at WrestleMania 26, was it ultimately your decision to have that match against The Undertaker? And if so, why did you tab him as the guy that you wanted to go out against?Shawn Michaels: There was never the tabbing him as the guy, it was coming out of the first one at 25, and feeling so awful great about it. As I mention in the book on the way home, being in a place where if it were all to be over, I would be wonderful with it. That’s when you realize you’re at that stage; it’s time to give that some serious thought. You go through that whole process and you make that decision, and then it was just that and a combination of at the same time getting the call saying, “hey what do you think of this idea?” From my standpoint, my faith played a part in me making my decisions in my wrestling career, it just felt very right with everything Mark and I have been through personally and professionally. Again even though it wasn’t a huge, long drawn out storyline to the degree that the Jericho and I storyline was, it was still one that you felt pretty impacted by and was pretty big. The duration and length of it didn’t give it justice to the impact that it had on me and the fans in general. It was just one of those things where when it all feels right, it can’t be wrong. With all those things falling into place it made that decision that much easier to make.Brandon Galvin: You helped lay the ground work for the much-beloved Attitude Era by encouraging a more realistic product. Today, WWE is routinely criticized for being too scripted or safe in this PG Era. Why do you think there is such a hesitancy or reluctance to make things less scripted and do you and Triple H ever talk about his vision for the future of WWE’s product?Shawn Michaels: Regards to talking to Hunter, no, I’m the one guy that’s doesn’t talk to him about the job. I just feel like that’s the last thing he needs since the job consumes his life far more than it does anyone else. The best way I can be a friend to him is to not talk about wrestling. From that standpoint, it’s not a big topic with us. As far as being too scripted and things of that nature I think it’s a combination of both. I’ve been doing these interviews for quite some time and they have asked me a similar question and I feel like there has been times in the wrestling business, the Attitude Era was one, back in the 80s another, and there will be more to come, where it’s a figuring it out stage. Sort of an old guard dealing with a new guard and they are figuring out the best way to work with each other. I think that’s taken some time. The Attitude stuff was being talked about and we were taking tons of heat for it. All the traditionalists, not trying to speak ill of anyone, but there were a number of people that found what we were saying and our ideas a slap in the face, a spit in the eye of tradition. That was going on two, three years before it ever happened before someone finally said let’s try this. I think that is what’s going on now, a figuring out stage. I think it deals with trust on both sides. I sympathize with talent now that says you want me to go out and grab the brass ring but then you get mad at me if I don’t say this or that. It’s that figuring out stage and to me; it’s not going to be done until a number of people are willing to get in those areas where it’s uncomfortable. In my humble opinion, until you make a decision as an athlete, where it’s more important to do the things that are best for the business and follow your vision, that you stick by it and do it no matter how unpopular it makes you. Nowadays I can see where that’s tough. With social media, you’re going to have people filling up your timeline with horrific things about you. Sometimes that may be what it takes to make change but some people don’t want to face that. It’s more important to have those people think your nifty and that’s a more comfortable and easy place to be.Donald Wood: One of the biggest stars in wrestling today is Daniel Bryan. You worked with Bryan as he was coming up through the business and you have seen his rise to the top. What do you think makes Bryan such a special talent and was there ever more planned between you and Bryan when you super kicked him at Hell in a Cell 2013?Shawn Michaels: There was nothing more planned, there was actually less planned then what we actually did. It was just the kick and I was going home the next day. I think what separated him is what people see in him. They see a real love and a real passion in him. It doesn’t hurt when you find a very simple catch phrase or something that connects with people like the yes thing. It’s easy, it’s simple, and the fans connected with it so that doesn’t hurt. For everyone that will jump down my throat for trying to take something away from Daniel I’m truly not. Clearly the nifty little catch phrases will not last long if you don’t have the ability to back it up and he clearly does. I think they can see the genuine enjoyment he has for the job and that will always separate the long standing guys from the guys who are flashes in the pan. They know when you are doing it just for the money, and they know when you are a guy that would do it for free. I was once one of them, those guys are smart and you can see it in their eyes. It makes a huge difference.Mike Chiari: With Sting recently joining WWE and entering an angle with Triple H it looks like there’s a good chance that fans are finally going to see a dream match that they probably never thought was going to happen. You had so many awesome matches with all-time greats over the course of your career, but is there one dream match or dream rivalry that you never got to take part in that you wish would’ve come to fruition in one way or another?Shawn Michaels: For me, I would have loved to have been in there with the likes of Ricky Steamboat, Dick Murdoch, Harley Race, Wahoo, guys that I was watching when I was younger. It’s a great many of the guys that I watched growing up that I would of liked to be in there with. I far surpassed anything I thought I would accomplish, so certainly no complaints from my standpoint. Those are some guys though that would have been really cool to wrestle.Brandon Galvin: What do you view as your most important legacy or contribution to the business?Shawn Michaels: I guess performance. There are phrases like stealing the show and stuff like that that weren’t even talked about years ago. Some folks are going too far when they base everything on the idea of don’t pay attention if I win or lose just pay attention to my performance. I think you can go too far in that one direction. Even the truth taken to extreme can be a bit dangerous. It’s important to still strike a balance, but I think my legacy would be performance. A smaller guy that can prove you can still do well. My legacy is going to be determined between the WWE and the internet folks and neither one of them are dealing in hard and fast reality. I’ve done what I’ve done and very proud and thankful for it. Somebody else will make those decisions and I’ll be just living with them.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The Miz Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Google+last_img read more

Boy 14 arrested for alleged Alki Middle School shooting threat

first_imgA 14-year-old who attends Alki Middle School sent a Snapchat message Thursday morning to another student that said “Perfect day for a school shooting,” according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The boy sent the message at about 11:08 a.m., deputies said. The recipient alerted authorities.A Clark County school resource deputy went to the middle school and took the teen into custody on suspicion of felony harassment and disrupting school activities, as well as threatening to bomb or injure a building.“There was no active threat at the school and the school was not placed into lockdown,” deputies said.last_img read more

Success Universe profit soars 230 in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Macau casino investor Success Universe reported a 232% increase in profit attributable to owners of the company in the first six months of 2019 thanks to a higher share of profit of the associates relating to Macau integrated resort Ponte 16.The group’s profit of HK$48.7 million for the period compared with profit of HK$14.7 million in 1H18, with the HK$56.6 million contributed by Ponte 16 more than enough to offset losses in other reportable segments. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More Located on the waterfront of Macau’s inner harbor, Ponte 16 is operated by Success Universe under license from SJM and offers 109 gaming tables, including 98 mass gaming tables, seven high-limit tables and four VIP tables. While the company didn’t provide a comprehensive breakdown of Ponte 16’s gaming results, it noted that GGR grew 6% for the period, outperforming Macau-wide GGR.Adjusted EBITDA for the reporting period increased by around 20% to HK$206.1 million while Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 maintained occupancy of around 90% for the first half of 2019.Success Universe also maintains a property investment portfolio in Hong Kong and runs a travel agency out of Canada, Jade Travel.last_img read more

Google CEO meets with Trump to discuss relationship with China

first_img Tags 1 Just met with @SundarPichai, President of @Google, who is obviously doing quite well. He stated strongly that he is totally committed to the U.S. Military, not the Chinese Military….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2019 Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday. James Martin/CNET President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai.The president said in a tweet that Pichai told him the search giant is “totally committed to the US military,” as Google faces criticism over its work in China. Trump also said the two discussed “political fairness,” adding that the meeting “ended very well.” (The president misstated Pichai’s role at Google as the company’s president. He’s the CEO.) ….Also discussed political fairness and various things that @Google can do for our Country. Meeting ended very well!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2019 Share your voicecenter_img A Google spokeswoman confirmed the meeting. “We were pleased to have productive conversations with the president about investing in the future of the American workforce, the growth of emerging technologies and our ongoing commitment to working with the US government,” she said in a statement. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.Google has faced blowback over its projects in China. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said earlier this month that the search giant’s work in the country is “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.” Pichai was also scheduled to meet with Dunford on Wednesday, according to a report by Bloomberg. Since 2017, Google has had an artificial intelligence lab in Beijing. The company has also been under fire for a project called Dragonfly, reportedly an attempt to bring Google search back to China, after the company left the market in 2010. At the time of the departure, Google co-founder Sergey Brin cited the “totalitarianism” of Chinese policies. Pichai has said the work is “exploratory,” and that Google has “no plans” to launch a search product in China.Meanwhile, Google last summer decided not to renew a contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, an initiative to use AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. The decision, which reportedly grated on US military officials, came after protests from Google workers that said the company should not use its technology for warfare. Last June, soon after Pichai said the contract would not be renewed, he released a set of ethical guidelines for how the company would develop AI. Those guidelines include vows to never develop AI for weaponry and to only create technologies that are “socially beneficial.” On Wednesday, Trump also suggested that he and Pichai discussed allegations of political bias that conservatives have lodged at Google. Last August, Trump had a very different tone when he tweeted about the search giant. He complained that Google was suppressing his message by not promoting his State of the Union speech (which turned out to be untrue). He also said that search results for news associated with him was “rigged.” He later told reporters, “I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of people.” Comment Tech Industry Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Gandhi Peace Foundation slams government for revoking Article

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Gandhi Peace Foundation slammed the Union government on Friday for revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcating it into union territories, and accused it of using force to “silence” the people of the Valley. In a statement, the foundation said one state has “disappeared” due to this “undemocratic” decision. It said Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India with some condition and Article 370 of the Constitution was an outcome of this. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us The government has asserted that the voiding of Article 370 will lead to curbing of terrorism and usher in development. Article 370 has ended up fuelling separatism, terrorism and corruption in Jammu and Kashmir, it has said. Responding to the ruling BJP’s assertion that a handful of people, including three families, were behind the corruption and other troubles in the region, the foundation said the government should have acted against them if this was true but. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us But the entire Valley has been turned into a “jail”, it alleged. It said there is a need to stand with the people of Kashmir and asked the government to allow them to express themselves. The foundation’s president Kumar Prashant, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi’s Ramchandra Rahi, The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies’ Ashish Nandy and Raza Foundation’s Ashok Vajpeyi are among the signatories to the statement, according to the statement.last_img read more

Dileep tried to create issues between Antony Perumbavoor and Mohanlal says film

first_imgPopular film journalist Ratnakumar Pallisseri has claimed that Dileep had several times tried to create issues between Mohanlal and Antony Perumbavoor. The veteran journalist revealed that Dileep had enmity towards Mohanlal after the ‘Lucifer’ star acted with Manju Warrier in the movie ‘Ennum Eppozhum’ directed by Sathyan Anthikadu.When Sathyan Anthikadu roped in Manju Warrier to play the lead role in ‘Ennum Eppozhum’, Dileep apparently asked Mohanlal to expel Manju from the star cast. However, Mohanlal refused to do that, and the Superstar informed him that it is the right of the director to cast actors and actresses in his movie.This issue created enmity in the mind of Dileep, and he started considering Mohanlal as his enemy.”To destroy Mohanlal’s place in Mollywood, Dileep tried to create issues between Antony Perumbavoor and the Superstar. Dileep initially offered a whopping sum of money to Antony Perumbavoor. But Antony Perumbavoor was like a brother to Mohanlal, and Dileep’s efforts went in vain. It should be also noted that Mohanlal’s growth was catalyzed to new heights after he joined hands with each other, and both of them shares a brotherly relationship,” said Pallisseri in the video.In the video, Pallisseri also alleged that Dileep had tried to stop the production of a movie which was supposed to be directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. However, Pallisseri added that the film was shelved due to alleged involvements of Dileep.As per Pallisseri, Dileep had also brainwashed the minds of his daughter Meenakshi so that the young girl will talk against her mother Manju Warrier.This is not the first time that Ratnakumar Pallisseri is targeting Dileep in his videos. A few weeks back, Pallisseri revealed that Dileep had threatened to kill Kavya Madhavan’s ex-husband Nishal Chandra. Pallisseri argued that Dileep made these threats when Nishal Chandra called Dileep over the phone and asked him to stop the relationship with Kavya Madhavan.last_img read more

Disqualification of war criminals children in polls demanded

first_imgEkattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee president Shahriar Kabir. Photo: BSSEkattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to chief election commissioner (CEC) K M Nurul Huda demanding five-point including the disqualification of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and war criminals’ children in the 11th parliamentary elections.Nirmul Committee president Shariar Kabir submitted the memorandum to the CEC at a meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban (election building) in the capital.Earlier, a meeting was held between the CEC and the members of the Nirmul Committee.Former justices Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Nizamul Haque, freedom fighter Alamgir Sattar, security expert retired major general Mohammad Abdur Rashid, professor Muntasir Mamun, Shaheed Dr Alim Chowdhury’s widow Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury, Kazi Mukul, barrister Nadia Chowdhury and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, among others, were present in the meeting.After the meeting, Shahriar Kabir told newsmen that they demanded to the election commission for taking steps in this regard.last_img read more

This Artists ReImagines KitKat Flavors as Beautiful Anime Boys

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Kit-Kats are obviously famous in Japan, which we already know. But what would you say to artwork that takes popular Japanese Kit-Kat flavors and reimagines them as hot bishounen boys? That’s exactly what illustrator Cioccolato-kun has done, or @cioccolatodorima on Facebook. This artist takes Kit-Kat flavors and makes them into the most handsome men you’ve ever seen this side of anime.First off, you have the sake flavor, which translates to a kind-looking, fair-haired man in a flower kimono.Then the sake Kit Kat man looks a little fox-like, kind of in the realm of Inuyasha.The Maguro, Tamago, and Uni “sushi” Kit-Kat boys are little cuties, if you ask me, but check out the “Mr. Kit-Kat” and your heart just might melt.It seems that there’s a different kind of Kit-Kat drawn by Cioccolato-kun for just about everyone, covering most of the flavors and even the ones you may not have heard of before. It looks like Cioccolato-kun is taking it upon themselves to be the premiere Kit-Kat bishounen artist.It’s actually a pretty interesting gimmick, and good way to get the artwork noticed. The one question that’s probably on everyone’s minds, however, is why this artist hasn’t been hired to do promotion for Kit-Kat in Japan, because there’s a lot of fans out there that would probably thrill to have some of these pretty boys on their wall, or as some part of a campaign where you choose your “favorite” flavor.Which would your favorite “flavor” of Kit-Kat boy be, or would you rather sample them all? The answer may sound kind of lewd, but you’re definitely in a safe place here, so just let us know what you’re thinking, or better yet head to Cioccolato-kun’s page and let them know! They’d no doubt love the extra attention.last_img read more

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Coming to PS4 Xbox One and PC

first_img Back when the original Mega Man Legacy Collection was released, many felt it was incomplete. After all, it only featured the first six games in the series. A follow up with the rest of the Blue Bomber’s adventures was inevitable, and today, Capcom has officially announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox One both digitally and at retail on August 8 for $19.99.Where the original collection focused exclusively on Mega Man games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, this collection is all about everything that came afterward. The compilation features Mega Man 7 through 10. Mega Man 7 was originally on the SNES while Mega Man 8 came out on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The most fun games of this collection are Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 While these came out for the PS3 and Xbox One, they were purposely made to look and play like the old NES games. They are every bit as great as those classic titles.Capcom didn’t just toss the old games into a collection without also including new features. New players (or those who don’t want to be mercilessly slaughtered) can choose the “Extra Armor” option which reduces damage by half. There are even checkpoint saves throughout the levels — useful for when you meet an untimely demise. More experienced gamers have the option of playing remixed stages and testing their mettle in Challenge Mode. There’s even a global leaderboard for those who want to prove they are the best Mega Man player on Earth! A museum mode containing production art, sketches, development materials, concepts, a music player, and more rounds out the entire package.AdChoices广告Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be demoed at Capcom’s E3 booth. As a huge fan of the franchise, you had better believe I will be checking this game out when I’m at the show next week. As for everyone else, August 8 isn’t that far away so the wait won’t be so bad. Considering how we’re also (finally) getting Sonic Mania in August, this summer will be great for fans of retro games. The Marvel Universe done in the style of MegamanStreet Fighter IV characters reimagined as MegaMan sprites Stay on targetlast_img read more

Meriton now the largest Australian owner of hotel rooms

first_imgMeriton now the largest Australian owner of hotel roomsThe burgeoning Meriton Serviced Apartments business has reached a new milestone – it has become the largest owner of hotel rooms in Australia.Meriton Serviced Apartments has moved to No.1 by overtaking the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), which bought the Tourism Asset Holdings portfolio in 2013.The Meriton Serviced Apartments ascendency has come with the opening of 254 new suites at Church Street, Parramatta, taking the luxury portfolio to 4403 suites in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.Meriton Serviced Apartments is poised to widen its lead over the ADIA portfolio of 4096 hotel rooms and to cement its place as the nation’s fastest-growing hotel operator – it has opened three new all-suite apartment hotels in the past two months, with one more to come in a couple of weeks’ time.That move, a reinforcement of Meriton Serviced Apartments’ commitment to the Australian hotel and tourism industry, will lift the number of its suites to 4621 spread across 18 hotels.Leading the way in this expansion are the owner and founder of the Meriton Group, Harry Triguboff AO, and the general manager of the serviced apartment division, Matthew Thomas, who over the past 12 years have shared a vision of creating a world-class apartment-hotel brand that delivers luxury accommodation tailored to both Australian and international travellers.The Meriton Serviced Apartments buildings, among the tallest in the world, have become prominent landmarks in their respective locales, delivering memorable and unrivalled views in tandem with the brand’s commitment to providing and maintaining a first-class standard for all guests.Meriton Serviced Apartments soon is to introduce the newest hotel in North Sydney, a property that will offer unrivalled high-rise hotel accommodation and breathtaking views across Kirribilli and Neutral Bay, of Sydney’s iconic harbour and east toward the beautiful coastline.Meriton Serviced Apartments, with many of its hotels, plus its 23 Penthouse Collection suites, awarded a five-star rating by Star Ratings Australia, is constantly striving to improve its products and services. Meriton Serviced Apartments offers outstanding products at normal hotel prices, so travellers who are keen on ‘value for money’ need not look any further.Meriton Serviced Apartments, in upholding world-class standards across its portfolio, continues to provide generous open-plan living spaces, plus the modern conveniences of a gourmet kitchen, an internal laundry and flat-screen TVs, coupled with a 24-hour reception, five-star concierge services and daily housekeeping to deliver better value and quality than a typical hotel. Source = Meriton Serviced Apartmentslast_img read more

Ethiopian Airlines to continue its operation in Nigeria

first_imgEthiopian Airlines is all set to continue its scheduled operations to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, despite the recent withdrawal by some Airlines out of Lagos and Abuja.Solomon Begashaw, Country Area Manager Nigeria,  remarked, “As a veteran Pan-African carrier it has always been our source of pride to serve our beloved continent, Africa, both in good and bad times. Our presence in Nigeria dates back to the 1960’s, same time the Federal Republic of Nigeria got independence from foreign colonisation. Ethiopian has been part of Nigeria’s historic growth and always considers itself as a partner in the history and growth of Nigeria as a country. Hence, the Management of Ethiopian Airlines wishes to clarify its stance of pursuing its operation to Nigeria and keep Nigerian travellers connected to five continents around the globe.  As an indigenous Pan-African Carrier, Ethiopian Airlines will remain with the Nigerian public in good and bad times like it has always done in the past 50 years.”At present, Ethiopian serves the four Airports in Nigeria, which include Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, and Kano. To reinforce its support to the country, it is offering to hire Nigerian pilots for its ever growing fleet of B777, B787, B737 and Dash 8 Q-400 Aircraft, along with training more Nigerians in its aviation academy. Besides, Ethiopian Airlines had always served Nigeria with the best Aircraft in its fleet like the A350 Airbus, B787 Dreamliner and the B777 wide body.As the airline is celebrating its 70 years of existence, it has extended free tickets to Nigerians who liked Ethiopian Airlines Nigeria Facebook page.last_img read more