Interview with Vijay Lakshmi

first_imgTell us what the main difficulties in straddling two cultures are. Do you find this to be inherently harder for men or for women?Straddling even a small stool throws you off balance. When one crosses national boundaries, leaps across oceans, and steps over cultural codes, difficulties grow forbidding. The body may master new skills easily enough, whether it is for using a food processor or a scanner. The more difficult is the psychological adjustment, both to the loss of one’s cherished forms and to the adoption of new ones. Even when one finds oneself at home with American attitudes and manners, one is haunted by a sense of loss or betrayal. To use a phrase from “Journey of the Magi” one is no longer at ease till at least one outgrows thinking of oneself in terms of national or cultural categories. It is, indeed, harder for women if only because they are supposed to be the keepers of their culture on the one hand, and on the other they must keep in step with the new. It’s the paradoxical nature of adjustments required of them that makes it difficult for women.Does one eventually shed the “outsider” mentality or merely learn to adjust to it?I am not sure that one can ever completely shed the outsider’s mentality, because I tend to take the existentialist view. We are all outsiders in some sense no matter who we are and where we are.However, I like to believe that we do manage to suppress the outsider’s mentality. Sanity demands that we do so.How is the Indian woman’s perception of herself influenced (or is it?) by how those outside of her society view her? What is significant is how she sees them viewing her. I have tried to portray that conflict in my story “Mannequins.” When the woman, a mother of two, changes into a western dress for the first time, she feels that all eyes in the store are glued upon her, while the truth is that no one is even aware of her. Similarly at home, no one even bothers to look at her, not even her children. I find that the younger generation of Indians growing up in the US is not going through the same self-consciousness of being “the other” as the first generation of immigrants did.Loneliness is highly subjective. Your fiction seems, so far, to focus on the alienation of an individual in Western society, due, in part to the Western sensibility of fierce individualism. What compromises are you willing to let your characters make without surrendering long held beliefs and estrangement from a community mentality?This is a great question. Western sensibility of fierce individualism does create a sense of alienation for my characters. And yet, I feel that it is because they too possess a fierce sense of individualism. If they didn’t, then adaptation would come very easy to them. Indian individualism is like Gandhi’s passive resistance, subdued but strong.As for what compromises I am willing to let my characters make, I am afraid, they don’t let me make any decisions for them. Once they take shape, my characters begin to take their life into their hands.In my earlier pieces I could still tweak them here and there, not so any more. I dare not tamper with their integrity. They hrefuse to be dictated by me. For example, I tried to keep Priya in Pomegranate Dreams from going over the edge, but I couldn’t. Every time I changed her character, she stalled the narrative.This is the case with all the characters. If they make compromises, they make them in spite of me. After a while, the author begins to be maneuvered by her creations.What is a typical writing day like?A typical writing day for me would be the one when I shut the door on the world and retreat to my room, sit at my computer, and write for four to five hours at a stretch. However, the days such as this are infrequent in a professor’s life. I am devoted to my writing, but I am also committed to my teaching at the Community College of Philadelphia, and, of course, to my family.Who have been your literary influences? My mother was very strong with Hindu mythology and devotional songs of Meera, Surdas, Tulsi, and Kabir; my father was passionate about Urdu poetry and English literature.Unconsciously, I must have imbibed much from both before I started out on my own and gobbled up everything I could lay my hands on, from Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing to Tony Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from Faulkner and T.S. Eliot to Paule Marshall and V.S. Naipaul, from Sharat Chand and Prem Chand to Patrick White and William Golding.I think that works you have read and admired always swirl around you like spirits, invisible but there.Do you ever see yourself veering away from the theme of alienation and loneliness as it applies, particularly to women?Not altogether, I am afraid. Loneliness or alienation is, after all, a part of the general human condition. It crosses the boundaries of race, time, space, and gender. We can never get away from these feelings unless we give up the world. I am always reminded of a scene in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse when Mrs. Ramsay, surrounded by her family, friends, children, servants and the daily whirl of activities, suddenly stops to ask herself, “But what have I done with my life?”That to me is the moment of epiphany. Women, I believe, are given more to such moments. So in some form or the other, I think the theme will surface now and then. However, I already find other interests crowding in upon me. I expect to cast my net wider in my next work.What are you working on currently?It’s an ambitious project – a novel about a beautiful world divided by hatred and violence. Related Itemslast_img read more

The U.S. Stock Market Towers Over the Others. But at What Cost?

first_imgMuch of the world has recovered from the global financial crisis of a decade ago, but one market has prospered above virtually all others: the United States stock market.In addition to outpacing other major markets, the American market has outstripped the growth of the U.S. economy to such an extent that it is a global outlier. Whether the surge — which has helped fuel economic inequality in the United States — can continue, and what the domestic and global consequences might be, are unresolved questions.The American market’s exceptional performance stands in stark relief in a global survey of post-crisis markets and economies published this month by the Brookings Institution and conducted by Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economics professor and senior fellow at Brookings, and Karim Foda, a former associate fellow at the institution.“There has been a disconnection between stock markets and economies around the world, with stock markets generally outperforming their economies,” Prasad, a former International Monetary Fund official, said in an interview. “But the United States stands out. There’s a much greater degree of outperformance and disconnection from domestic economic growth. And you don’t typically see a disconnect like this for such a long period.”The Brookings survey shows, for example, that while the two biggest emerging market economies — those of China and India — have grown far faster than America’s in the past decade, those countries’ stock markets have not fared as well as their American counterpart. India’s stock gains were substantial in its local currency, the rupee, but were almost eliminated when translated into dollars. The Chinese stock market has actually lost value since the financial crisis.Since the end of 2007 through June of this year, the survey says, gross domestic product in the United States grew by 18 percent, after adjusting for inflation. “The U.S. leads the pack among major advanced economies,” the report says, while noting that the U.S. economy’s growth trailed that of emerging market economies like those of China and India.In nominal terms, without the inflation adjustment, gross domestic product in the United States grew more: 38 percent. But the S&P 500 nearly doubled from December 2007 through August 2018, a better return than other major stock markets experienced.This trend — stock markets growing much faster than domestic economies — also appeared in advanced economies like those of Britain, France, Germany and Japan, but it was much more extreme in the United States, the report says.The American stock market’s outperformance can be explained by factors like the rising share of corporate profits in the domestic economy and by the sheer force of American financial power on a global scale, Prasad said.Although the United States contributed mightily to the global financial crisis, it has been a source of financial stability for most of the last 10 years, attracting investments from around the world. The dollar has strengthened against most other currencies in that time, becoming, if anything, an even more central part of the world financial system, he added.What’s more, the dollar’s strength has magnified the outperformance of the American stock market when compared against markets in most other countries.India outpaced the United States in economic growth, and its stock market rose roughly 90 percent from December 2007 through last month, almost as much as the American stock market did, when both are tracked in their domestic currencies. But the Indian rupee lost ground against the dollar, and its weakness has wiped out most of the value of its stock market’s gains: When converted into dollars, the Indian stock market rose only 6 percent.China is the rare country whose currency, the renminbi, actually has strengthened modestly against the dollar since the end of 2007. But that was not enough to offset the decline of the Shanghai stock market, which fell 48 percent in renminbi and 45 percent in dollar terms.The Chinese stock market, like the U.S. market, is an outlier, Prasad said, but in a radically different dimension: The Chinese market has significantly trailed other markets as well as the Chinese economy.One reason is that the Chinese stock market, to an even greater degree than the U.S. stock market, represents only a small slice of the country’s overall economy. Publicly listed Chinese corporations, Prasad said, tend to suffer from endemic structural problems: high debt levels, poor accounting disclosure and weak governance. Until these problems are solved, China may be a risky for global stock investors.The U.S. stock market, which has been a global magnet, is rife with its own anomalies. For one thing, Prasad said, stock market growth has exceeded GDP growth by so much and for so long that it bears close attention. “Over long periods there is typically a close correlation between stock market growth and economic growth,” he said. “And this is already a long period.”That does not mean that the American stock market will necessarily fall soon. It is being supported by several macroeconomic factors, aside from cash inflows from foreigners. Corporate profits, supported in part by tax cuts and relaxed regulation and low interest rates, have been rising more rapidly than the GDP, while wage growth has been constrained.Because stock ownership is concentrated among richer people, the rising market wealth has exacerbated economic inequality in the United States. “Most of the stock market wealth has been going to those who are already very rich rather than to the poor,” Prasad said. “The disconnect between the stock market and the real economy is manifest in the disconnect between corporate profits and real wages. It has potential sociopolitical implications.”In short, the American stock market could well keep rising for some time. But that might increase domestic political tensions, if increasing corporate and stock market riches are not accompanied by broad-based growth in wages.From a global perspective, the American stock market appears to be attracting capital that might otherwise bolster other markets and economies. The U.S. market is exceptional and it has enriched stock investors. But the decade of outperformance has incurred mounting costs.© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsEconomylast_img read more

Euro 2016: No glory, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic proud after final curtain call

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career did not end in a blaze of glory at the European Championship but the striker said he was proud to have represented Sweden at the tournament. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games, netted 11 of Sweden’s 19 goals in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. (Euro 2016: Belgium knock out Sweden in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s last game)However, he was unable to add to his tally in France as Sweden bowed out of the tournament on Wednesday with 1-0 defeat to Belgium.”It feels heavy. It feels disappointing but at the same time I enjoyed it,” the 34-year-old told reporters in France. “We had the possibility of playing in the European Championships, I represented Sweden at this tournament so at the same time I am proud. (Sweden coach doubts they will find another Zlatan Ibrahimovic)”This was my last game and I have many fantastic memories of the national team. It is a nice story as where I came from, what people called the little ghetto, I made the country my country. Sweden.”Ibrahimovic left Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain at the end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.last_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely XI vs Swansea

first_imgManchester United v Swansea City Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:20 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United FA Cup OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images Manchester United v Swansea City Premier League Swansea City Manchester United Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to secure the runner up spot in the league but will be confident of maintaining their good domestic form on Saturday Manchester United are looking to stretch their winning run in the Premier League to four games and hold on to second place when they host Swansea City on Saturday.The Red Devils have little chance of catching Manchester City, but Jose Mourinho’s side can be caught themselves, with Liverpool lurking two points behind and Tottenham Hotspur a further two back in fourth.Although United won the earlier meeting, Swansea won on their visit to Old Trafford in April 2017 and have lost just two of their last five away games at United and will be hoping to increase their chances of survival with a positive result.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man Utd injuriesDaley Blind is still injured, while Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and ​Ander Herrera are doubts for Saturday’s game. Man Utd suspensionsManchester United do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Man Utd potential starting line-upPaul Pogba and Anthony Martial are available again after recovering from injury, meaning the former Juventus man could start as Scott McTominay returned from Scotland duty with an injury.GFX Info Man Utd potential XI SwanseaSwansea City team newsRenato Sanches, Angel Rangel, Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer are all injured while Jordan Ayew is suspended.TV channel & kick-off timeThe fixture will not be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom), but can be watched in the United States on NBC Sports and kicks off at 10:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Manchester United have already beaten Swansea twice this season without conceding a goal – they won 4-0 at Liberty Stadium in the Premier League in August and 2-0 in a League Cup tie in October. The Swans have avoided defeat in three of their last five visits to Old Trafford (W2 D1 L2) in all competitions, having lost eight of their first 10 games there against Man Utd. The Red Devils have scored in all 15 of their home matches against Swansea in all competitions – only against Luton (19) and Port Vale (21) have they played more often without failing to score in their history. Man Utd have won all three of their home Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday this season, scoring seven goals and conceding none.. Romelu Lukaku – currently on 99 Premier League goals – has been directly involved in 14 goals in 14 games in all competitions so far in 2018 (10 goals, 4 assists). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

US Investors Urged to Tap into Logistics Hub Project

first_img US investors have been urged to explore and tap into the myriad of investment opportunities Just over 12 Caribbean countries participated United States (US) investors have been urged to explore and tap into the myriad of investment opportunities that will be available under the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.Outlining the development at a one day expo in Washington DC on Monday, September 9, Minister Counselor for Trade at the Embassy of Jamaica, Ariel Bowen, informed that the initiative is a massive undertaking, valued at several million US dollars, with a number of sub-projects designed to enhance global trade.She said that the initiative would require significant support and investment in a number of areas, including, energy, transportation and infrastructure, which provide areas for partnership.“The development of infrastructure and the provision of institutional support, including in the areas of maritime, air, road transportation, as well as the development of an information communication technology (ICT) system…to attract ICT entrepreneurs and organisations …is central to Government’s objective of doubling the number of jobs held predominantly by young Jamaicans in this rapidly expanding sector,” she stated.Mrs. Bowen pointed out that the logistics hub development is being spearheaded by the Government of Jamaica to position the country to take advantage of an anticipated increase in maritime activities, consequent on the expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled for completion in 2016.She further outlined other potential areas of investment that are available in Jamaica, including tourism, IT, agriculture, sports, the film industry and mining.The expo, entitled: ‘Business Opportunities in the Caribbean’, was organised by the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors in Washington D.C., and was held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre.Chairman of the Caucus and Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the US, His Excellency Neil Parsan, said the staging of the event was to provide an opportunity for members to come together to promote the investment opportunities in the region.“It is time that we start to promote what we in the Caribbean have to offer under one umbrella, rather than in isolation.  If this is done, then I can guarantee you that we will reap the benefit much better rather than if it is done in isolation,” he argued.Just over 12 Caribbean countries participated and presented a myriad of investment opportunities that are available in their respective countries.The one-day expo was sponsored by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Developments, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, US Small Business Administration, and the US Commercial Service. Story Highlights The initiative would require significant support and investment in a number of areaslast_img read more

Grandweld Hands Over Hybrid Seismic Support Vessels to …

first_imgGrandweld Shipyards, December 4, 2013 My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Grandweld Shipyards has completed the delivery of Bourbon Gannet, the third Hybrid Seismic Support Vessel in a series of six for Bourbon Offshore. The vessel was handed over in a delivery ceremony held on Saturday November 23, 2013 at Grandweld facilities at Dubai Maritime City.The 54metre length, 50 Tons bollard pull vessel will be operated by CGG to assist in seismic operations such as chasing, towing, storage and transport of offshore supplies and crew. Bourbon Petrel and Bourbon Fulmar, sister vessels of Bourbon Gannet and previously delivered by Grandweld as part of the same newbuild contract with Bourbon, are fully operational and already in service and are operating in Europe.Bourbon Gannet is equipped with a highly flexible hybrid propulsion system that allows operation under efficient propulsion configuration including diesel-mechanical, diesel-electric and hybrid mode resulting in significant fuel savings and reduction in CO2 and sulphur emissions.Bourbon Gannet is fitted with two electric bow thrusters and two flap-type rudders to ensure highly responsive maneuverability. It also comes with a distance line winch, dip winch, moonpool, fuel hose storage reel, Yokohama fenders and workboat davit.Jamal Abki, Grandweld General Manager, said: “The highly innovative features of these vessels will set high market standards for efficiency and operational excellence. The delivery of these vessels marks yet another fruitful collaboration between Grandweld and Bourbon.”last_img read more

Zuckerberg faces Grandpa questions from lawmakers

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before House and Senate committees Tuesday and Wednesday to address Facebook’s privacy issues and the need for more regulation for the social media site.Yet the hearings in Washington managed to showcase the normally press-shy Zuckerberg’s ability to perform as an able and well-rehearsed, if a bit stiff, CEO of one of the world’s biggest companies — and the degree to which much of Congress appears befuddled about technology and the relevant issues.“For the most part, so far, this has been a victory for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg and enormous validation that D.C. is ineffectual,” said Scott Galloway, who teaches marketing at New York University.The hearings were a major test for Zuckerberg. Facebook is confronting its biggest privacy scandal in 14 years after it was revealed that the data firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from up to 87 million users.Some members of Congress hold computer science degrees or other technical knowledge and were well-versed in the issues, drilling Zuckerberg about how Facebook tracks people who are not on the site and what changes the social media will make to protect user data. Others focused on concerns like censorship and perceived bias on the site as well as children’s privacy policies.But many appeared out of touch on the fundamentals of how Facebook works and lobbed mainly softball questions.On Wednesday Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican, asked about the removal of inappropriate opioid advertisements from the site. But he also waxed on about how many people his age and older use Facebook.“My friends, my constituents — we all use Facebook,” Bilirakis said. “It’s wonderful for us seniors to connect with our relatives.”Part of the problem was the structure of the hearings. Dozens of lawmakers had just four or five minutes to ask questions. Tough follow-up queries were few.Another was age: The average age of senators who questioned Zuckerberg is 62, with several in their 80s. On Tuesday, senators peppered Zuckerberg with questions about Facebook’s lengthy privacy policy and its data but often didn’t seem to know how to follow up on Zuckerberg’s talk of algorithms and AI systems.Many of Zuckerberg’s answers to Congress people served as a crash course in Facebook 101, or basic information about Facebook’s business model. On Tuesday, 84-year old Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who had been a senator for nearly eight years when Zuckerberg was born, asked how Facebook’s business model works given that it is free.“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg explained, a smile breaking through his solemn demeanour.Another laugh came when Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked whether Facebook was a monopoly.“It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me,” Zuckerberg repliedOn Wednesday, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, had a similar “Grandpa” moment, holding up his phone and observing that he had received a question from a constituent “through Facebook.”“I actually use Facebook,” he added.Bobby Rush, D-Ill., appearing frail, reached back in history to liken Facebook’s privacy policy to J. Edgar Hoover’s covert FBI surveillance program, called Counter Intelligence Program, or Cointelpro, in the 1960s. Zuckerberg responded with one of his oft-repeated statements that users control who sees what on their Facebook page.And in the fourth hour of the House hearing on Wednesday, Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., asked a question Zuckerberg had been asked multiple times. Once again, it was about the basic way Facebook works.“How can someone control keeping the content within the realm they want it to without being collected?” Mullin asked.“If you don’t want any data to be collected around advertising, you can turn that off and we won’t do it,” Zuckerberg reiterated.The soft questioning “goes directly to the point that the technical expertise among senators is weak,” said Timothy Carone, a Notre Dame business professor.And they allowed Zuckerberg to repeat his talking points — that Facebook doesn’t own or sell users data, that he and other senior executives weren’t proactive enough with Cambridge Analytica but they’ve changed that, and that using artificial intelligence in elections to stop fake accounts is a top priority.The result?“He’s giving the same responses to the same questions from different senators,” said Helio Fred Garcia, a professor of crisis management at NYU and Columbia University in New York.Zuckerberg seemed often to retreat to three “safe havens,” Garcia said:One, diffusing responsibility to his “team.”Two, when pressed on policy issues, agreeing to a principle without committing to details.And three, never failing in answering questions to start by addressing the questioner as “senator” or “congressman.”“He’s diligent in showing deference and respect,” Garcia said.Still, Richard Levick, CEO of public-relations firm Levick, who has worked with executives to prepare for testimony, said that while Zuckerberg performed well, Facebook’s problems don’t end with the end of the hearing.“The real challenge is going to come now,” Levick said. “Everyone will be looking at what Facebook is doing in court and around the country and take issues with the promises that he made today.”___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit https://apnews.com/tag/FacebookPrivacyScandallast_img read more

Nine countries elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee

25 October 2007Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today. Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today.Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria and Sweden were each elected to four-year terms during the General Assembly of the 184 States Parties to the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, held in Paris.The new members of the World Heritage Committee replace Benin, Chile, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands, whose terms expired this year. The terms of Canada, Cuba, Israel, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Spain, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia and the United States will expire in 2009.The committee meets every year to inscribe sites on the World Heritage List and to review the state of sites already on the List and whether action needs to be taken to support their safeguarding. It also maintains the List of World Heritage in Danger.There are currently 851 cultural or natural sites on the World Heritage List, and they are situated in 141 countries. read more

UN calls for global help in Afghanistans battle against rising opium production

“In Afghanistan, drugs are now a clear and present danger,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at the launch of the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2004 at a press briefing in Brussels.”With 131,000 hectares dedicated to opium farming, this year Afghanistan has established a double record – the highest drug cultivation in the country’s history, and the largest in the world,” he added.Compared to last year, opium cultivation in Afghanistan has increased by 64 per cent, according to the survey. Despite bad weather and disease, the country produced a total of 4,200 tons of opium in 2004.Mr. Costa praised Afghanistan for making political progress, but doubted if it could be sustained in the wake of the growth of a narco-economy. “We all salute President [Hamid] Karzai for his courage and determination,” he said. “Yet, opium cultivation, which has spread like wildfire throughout the country, could ultimately incinerate everything -democracy, reconstruction and stability.”Voicing his belief that there were “strong links” between drugs and terrorism in Afghanistan, Mr. Costa said the international community, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US-led coalition forces and donors should help the Afghan Government to reduce poverty as well as back military operations against traffickers.Noting that in the past three years drug production has decreased elsewhere in the world, Mr. Costa suggested that the opium economy in Afghanistan could only be dismantled with democracy, the rule of law and economic improvement. “It will be a long and difficult process,” he said. “It cannot be done ruthlessly as it was done by the Taliban, nor with mindless disregard for the county’s poverty.”Meanwhile, at a press briefing in New York, UNODC representative Vincent McClean said drug trafficking from Afghanistan was causing a great deal of concern in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, where millions of people had fallen victim to heroin addiction.”Drug trafficking poses a clear threat to the national security in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that about 11 million people were addicted to heroin in that country. read more

Russell Westbrook Does Not See Himself As A Problem

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has drawn criticism for his decision-making and shot selection that has contributed to the Thunder  falling behind the Miami Heatin the first halves of Games 1 and 2.ABC analyst Magic Johnson said Westbrook had one of the worst performances for a point guard in the Finals that he’d seen, after the Heat built a 17-point lead in the first half of Game 2 en route to a 100-96 win, evening the series at 1-1. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was just as critical, among others.“I’m not making no adjustments, regardless of what anybody says,” Westbrook said Saturday before the Thunder’s practice. “I’m going to play my game regardless of what happens.”Westbrook is averaging what would seem like an impressive 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the Finals, but it’s his 40 percent shooting on a team-high 50 shots in the first two games that’s garnered more ire. Kevin Durant, who is shooting a remarkable 57 percent in the Finals, has taken eight fewer shots.Teammates and coach Scott Brooks, however, have been staunch in defending Westbrook’s play.“We need Russell to score. I know some (people) don’t like that,” Brooks said. “He got off to a bad start but he came back. Him and Kevin are both terrific players, they both have to score points for us to be successful. I don’t look at who gets more, who doesn’t get more. I look at the quality of the shots. Could Russell have taken two or three better shots? Absolutely. Going into (Game 3), hopefully that’s the case.”Said Durant: “Everyone thinks he should be a traditional point guard like a (John) Stockton. There’s a lot of people that cannot be like Russ either. Of course he’s going to make mistakes.”This is the continuation of an issue that has been a common talking point since the playoffs last year. The shot comparison between Durant and Westbrook is closely watched by critics. Westbrook’s attitude on the matter has remained mostly constant.“It’s just something that comes along with the territory,” Westbrook said. “We’re in the NBA Finals now and the more negative you hear, the better you’re doing. That’s how I look at it.” read more

Quick Hits Former Ohio State football coach embarrassed by NCAA violations

The wide-ranging topics that were discussed at first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell’s Tuesday press conference included a season-ending injury for one defensive player, the role of a previously suspended player in Saturday’s game at Illinois and the battle among quarterbacks for the backup job. After the press conference, a former Buckeyes coach spoke to The Lantern about the NCAA violations committed by OSU players. “Coop” isn’t content Former OSU head coach John Cooper, who led the Buckeyes to a 100-34-4 record from 1988-1999, sat among members of the media during Fickell’s remarks. Afterward, Cooper had some pointed remarks about the state of OSU football, saying he was troubled by the program’s recent run-ins with the NCAA. “It’s unfortunate,” Cooper said. “That doesn’t have to happen. It shouldn’t happen at Ohio State. This is too good of a school. It is too good of a program to have that happen to us. “It’s embarrassing, to be honest with you.” Injury update Senior defensive lineman Nate Williams, who has missed the Buckeyes’ last five games after sustaining an injury to his left knee on Sept. 3 against Akron, is likely done for the season. “Nate probably won’t be with us for the rest of the year,” Fickell said. “I think he’ll probably have another surgery. It’s a part of the game.” Freshman quarterback Braxton Miller is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the latest OSU depth chart. Fickell said the most important thing is how Miller practices this week. “I think (Miller) is going to be OK,” Fickell said. “We’ll see how he feels when he runs around today.” Captaincy carousel slowing down Senior center Mike Brewster will make his fourth appearance as an OSU game captain at Illinois this Saturday. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat will make his third appearance as a game captain as well. Junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, who caught his fifth touchdown pass of the year last Saturday at Nebraska, is first-time captain and will join Brewster and Sweat at midfield Saturday for the pregame coin toss at the Fighting Illini’s Memorial Stadium. “Boom” is back“ After being suspended for the first six games of the 2011 season due to two separate NCAA violations, Dan “Boom” Herron will dress and play for Buckeyes at Illinois this weekend. “Dan will get some touches,” Fickell said. “You might see Dan initially on special teams. Dan is a big part of who we are.” Quarterback shuffle The battle among Ohio State’s quarterbacks is still on, but now they’re competing to be the No. 2 option behind freshman Braxton Miller. Fickell said that sophomore quarterback Ken Guiton will get more reps in practice and have a shot at being the backup. “Kenny will get some more reps (this week),” Fickell said. “He showed the team and everyone how much it means to him. He’ll get more and more opportunities in the weeks to come.” read more

BBC dont televise Monty Python today because it shows how bad modern

Cleese said in response that Terry Gilliam “has decided he’s a black lesbian, and Graham Chapman – I’m not allowed to use the word ‘poof’ – Graham was homosexual and also dead, so there’s a certain amount of diversity.”The 78-year-old former comedian plans to move to the Caribbean island of Nevis later this year. When Nick Robinson, the Today interviewer, suggested that people might suspect Cleese was moving there “because he doesn’t have to pay tax and he has four marriages to pay for”, Cleese replied: “People will find some discreditable reason.”He was on the show to promote his daughter, Camilla, who is performing stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.  The BBC stopped showing Monty Python episodes because they were “too funny” and would show up the rest of the corporation’s comedy output, John Cleese has claimed.Cleese singled out Men Behaving Badly, the hit 1990s series, as an example of a comedy that paled by comparison.Asked about the absence of Monty Python’s Flying Circus from the BBC schedules, where it first aired in 1969, Cleese said: “It’s not been shown for 17 years. Michael Palin told me that a few years ago.“Maybe it’s too funny. It might not contrast well with some of the comedy they’re doing now, that’s the only explanation I’ve got. People might not laugh at modern comedy.“Do you remember in [former director-general] John Birt’s reign, they had a show called Men Behaving Badly? And they had a poll [of] the funniest comedies of all time, and that won.“It was voted number one. Have you ever heard of it since?” The BBC no longer has the broadcast rights to Monty Python. The shows are currently available on Netflix.Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Cleese criticised the BBC’s head of comedy, Shane Allen, who suggested last month that Monty Python would not be commissioned today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Adobe Flash Player and Air updates unofficially confirm imminent release of Android

first_imgWe’ve been hearing a lot of rumors lately that Google intends on releasing Android version 2.3, aka Gingerbread, sometime this week… but a recent update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air might confirm the fact that Gingerbread will be dropping imminently. If you downloaded the last update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air, check out the release notes: the description says that the update is dropping specifically to prepare Android devices for the future arrival of a future version of Android OS. The updates to Flash Player and Air are versions 10.1.105.6 and 2.5.1, respectively.If Adobe’s to be believed, they may have just unofficially confirmed that Gingerbread will be dropping sooner rather than later. Given how closely Google has been working with Adobe to make sure that Android plays well with Flash — capability that Android can exclusively boast over the iPhone — we wouldn’t be surprised if Adobe had insider information on the matter.As for Gingerbread, we can’t wait to see it: although most of the improvements in Gingerbread are still unknown, it will be the first Android update to specifically target features that are required for larger display mobile devices like tablets. We’re hoping that Gingerbread will end up making the Samsung Galaxy Tab even better than it already is.Read more at Android Spinlast_img read more

Le laboratoire Lilly met en garde contre lachat de médicaments sur Internet

first_imgLe laboratoire Lilly met en garde contre l’achat de médicaments sur InternetUne campagne vient juste d’être lancée par le laboratoire Lilly afin de sensibiliser les Français sur les risques encourus concernant l’achat de médicaments sur Internet.Face à la possibilité sans cesse croissante d’acheter des médicaments sur la Toile, le laboratoire Lilly a décidé de mettre en place une campagne d’information et de sensibilisation qui a débuté hier. A destination du grand public, explique Relaxnews, cette campagne tient à rappeler aux Français les risques auxquels ils s’exposent en achetant et consommant des médicaments issus d’Internet.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Ainsi, le risque majeur présenté est celui des médicaments contrefaits destinés à tromper les clients et enrichir les vendeurs. Au mieux, les médicaments contrefaits ne sont que des placebos, au pire, ils peuvent contenir des substances dangereuses pouvant entrainer la mort. La campagne d’information se décline en format vidéo et bannière sur Internet. Le film documentaire réalisé montre par exemple comment un jeune chef d’entreprise peut se révéler fier de son affaire jusqu’à ce que l’on découvre qu’il gagne sa vie en produisant des faux médicaments. Le “Business du siècle” est une campagne qui vise à mettre en garde les Français, à les pousser à ne pas seulement se fier à un site Internet “à l’apparence sérieuse”. L’OMS a dernièrement fait savoir qu’un médicament sur deux vendu sur Internet est une contrefaçon.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 20:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Cast of Con Man Season 2 Revealed and We Talk to

first_imgStay on target Stargate: Origins Brings the Series Back to its RootsNintendo is Doomed in There Will Be Brawl Even if you haven’t yet seen Alan Tudyk’s hilarious web series, Con Man, the premise will probably sound familiar. Tudyk plays Wray Nerely, an actor who played a spaceship pilot on a beloved cult science fiction TV show cancelled before its time. Unlike the real-life Tudyk, Nerely isn’t happy with the direction his career is going. He reluctantly attends fan conventions and meet-ups, taking any small acting gig that comes along.With Season Two premiering today on Comic Con HQ, some of the cast sat down for a conference call to talk about the series. We spoke with Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, Felicia Day, Laura Vandervoort, Alison Haislip and series co-producer PJ Haarsma about being real-life con men and women, and what to expect for season two.If you’ve watched Con Man, you might wonder how many of the over-the-top fan interactions depicted on the show have actually happened. Apparently, the answer is all of them. According to Haarsma, everything that happens on the show has a kernel of something that’s happened to either Tudyk or Nathan Fillion (co-producer and a co-star of the show).Tudyk as Wray Nerely and Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore on “Con Man” Season 2Sterling, who plays Nerely’s… let’s say eccentric booking agent, spoke about a possessiveness that fans at a convention sometimes have. “[They] want to take up your time… and know everything, they don’t want to know about your life, they just want to talk about what you’ve done, like “oh that was a funny episode when this happened and that happened.” Sterling says there can be a sense of no reality that some con-goers don’t seem to be aware of.Thankfully, Sterling has never come across anyone dangerous. When she said she thinks Felicia Day probably has, Day told us that it’s never happened in person, only online. While that’s partially a relief, it does make you ask: What’s wrong with people?Day also mentioned that some of her strangest convention experiences didn’t even come from fans. She once saw an actor (she wouldn’t say who) take home food from the green room, where actors hang out in between appearances. That’s apparently a common occurrence on set. Sterling even admits to taking meals home from the craft service table while filming. While Day doesn’t know if that made it into season two, we can expect a few great green room scenes.Vandervoort and Haislip shared probably the most interesting fan stories from conventions. Shortly after Vandervoort was cast as Supergirl on Smallville, she met a fan whose face was tattooed on his leg, an experience she described as both frightening and cool. Another questionable fan tattoo she came across happened after she was asked to sign a fan’s arm. He came back later with her signature tattooed on him. So now, she says, that person permanently knows how to forge here signature. Lovely.Haislip told a story where she had the opposite effect. At a Comic Con a few years ago, while she was still working at G4, a fan recognized her on the floor and asked for a photo. She obliged, and that started a chain of people asking for pictures.The last person to ask for a photo turned to her afterward and asked, “So who are you cosplaying as?”“I was like, ‘So you don’t know who I am, great,’” Haislip said, “That was humbling, thanks.”The cast has already had their first surprising moment of fan-dedication for Con Man too. Before the series had even aired, when there had only been one photo of Tudyk as Nerely released, a fan showed up in full Wray Nerely cosplay. She had the costume down perfect. Felicia Day’s character imitating Nerely’s wardrobe whenever she’s on screen doesn’t sound so far fetched now.If you’ve watched the show, you know that one of the recurring themes is Nerely’s resentment of being typecast. In real life, actors who get typed into sci-fi roles have more nuanced feelings about it. On the one hand, it can make getting jobs easier. There is a lot of competition in the acting world, so if you have a certain type, casting directors might more readily think of you for a specific role.On the other hand, being typecast can also be limiting, which can be frustrating for actors who got into the business to play a diverse range of characters. Day says she’s created all the characters she’s written for herself to break out of type. Of course, she says she ended up creating a hacker/geeky girl stereotype for herself, so breaking out doesn’t always work. She says as long as you can evolve out of type or find ways to grow within it, you’ll be OK.That said, everyone agreed that if typecasting is going to happen, there’s no better group to be typed into than sci-fi. “When you’re typcast into this geek-nerd world,” Haislip said, “you have the best fans. You’re guaranteed to work in some capacity because the fans are so loyal and they want more and more and more… It’s the best world to be in.”Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore on “Con Man” Season 2Sometimes, Day said, typecast do have to turn down work in order to make sure their careers are going in where they want them to. She mentioned she’s had to turn down offers to host shows in order to focus on getting roles she really wanted to play. So far, it’s worked out. Day says it’s all about how much you can trade off what you want to do versus what you have to do. (It was at this point that North joined the conversation to say that he turns down all work that doesn’t involve full frontal nudity.)North actually had a lot of insight into how actors need to treat their jobs like a business. As he has a son who wants to go into acting, it’s been on his mind a lot lately. As much as acting is about art, he says, producers think about it in terms of business and money, and that’s how actors need to think about it too. He got Con Man the way most people get their jobs: through networking. He met and worked with Tudyk and was available when Tudyk asked him to be a part of the show. North says that kind of thinking also helps actors deal with not getting work. It’s not that the producers think you’re bad, you’re just not right for their business at that time.Haislip added that it’s easy for actors to avoid planning their careers like businesses because they’re so dependent on other people giving them the job. It was during a night out with a friend that she realized she needed a five-year-plan like every other working person.They couldn’t say a whole lot about what to expect from season two, but they did share one thing they’re looking forward to. In season two Fillion has to wear a skin cap on his head. Haarsma says they were afraid it wasn’t going to make it into the show. Everyone was convinced that Fillion would never go for it. Fortunately for them and all of us, he loved the idea. He thought it was hilarious. When he wears it at conventions, Haarsma said, there are always audible gasps from fans.It will come as no surprise that everyone involved absolutely loves working on the show. Haislip said that she’s learned so much from the experience that she almost forgets it’s a job that she gets paid for. Being able to work in that kind of environment with great friends is an actor’s dream, she said.All the big names they’ve been able to get as guest stars have eagerly joined the show. Haarsma says the only reason they haven’t been able to get some people to appear was scheduling conflicts. There is a  Con Man game coming out soon though. Maybe we’ll see a few surprising guest stars then.Con Man season two is available now on Comic Con HQ.last_img read more

CM Punk debuts as writer for Marvels Thor Annual 1

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Google+ Thor, The King Of The Dead? Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Now Playing Up Next Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Now Playing Up Next Avengers: Endgame Named Best Movie The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWEcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Twitter AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet ComicBookResources.com is reporting that former WWE star CM Punk has made his writing debut for Marvel’s “Thor Annual” #1 writing about young Thor. Punk is quoted in the story.“[T]he only thing [Jason Aaron] said to me was, ‘I need a story about young Thor. Tell me what you think. And the first idea that popped into my mind was the first thing I pitched to him, and he said he loved it, so we’re running with it. [T]he idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer. My dad’s full of [expletive]. I don’t know why I’m not “worthy” of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.’ And it’s more or less like a drinking story. He’s gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they’re all gonna be drinking, and Thor’s gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won’t give him the keys to the car.”You can check out the full article at the link below.Comic Book Resource: CM PUNK MAKES HIS MARVEL WRITING DEBUT ON “THOR ANNUAL” #1Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThor, The King Of The Dead?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:25/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Overnight closure in Portland of I84 planned for Jan 12

first_imgOn Friday night, Jan. 12, Interstate 84 will close in both directions between interstates 5 and 205.The closure begins at 11 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Single-lane closures and some ramp closures on I-84 will begin as early at 8 p.m.Plan for alternative routes.The full I-84 closures will include all on- and offramps to and from I-84 between I-5 and I-205, including:• OMSI/Central Eastside Industrial District offramp from I-5 northbound.• All ramps from I-5 and I-205 to I-84.• Ramp to I-84 eastbound from the Morrison Bridge.The road will be closed so crews can install new electronic sign structures at two different locations on the interstate. The work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled if there is strong wind.last_img read more

Arthur prays that Neymar can return to FC Barcelona

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur, revealed that he is praying hard to get Neymar back as an FC Barcelona player in the not so distant future.It was just recently revealed that Neymar is desperately pushing forward the plan of making his shocking return to FC Barcelona from PSG, he is not the only one doing everything in his power to do it as compatriot Arthur is also praying for this to happen.The former Palmeiras midfielder has Neymar as a very good friend, and recently revealed that he would love it if both players could share a dressing room at club level.Arthur Melo is considered one of the biggest revelations at FC Barcelona this season, his contribution to the squad could be one of the most alluring factors that could pull Neymar back to the Catalan club.But the midfielder understands how busy the PSG star’s life is, he knows that getting him back on the Barcelona train will be very difficult.“I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”“Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here,” he added.Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nnR0yOgIR1— Goal Singapore (@Goal_SG) December 26, 2018last_img read more

Phil Satre takes over as Wynn Resorts Chairman

first_img Wynn Palace expansion to better position property for premium mass recovery: Maddox Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Former Harrah’s boss Phil Satre has officially taken over from D. Boone Wayson as Chairman of Wynn Resorts following a unanimous vote at a board meeting overnight.His appointment comes almost three months to the day since he first joined the board as Vice Chairman as part of an agreement between Wynn Resorts and its largest shareholder Elaine Wynn, who ran a lengthy campaign against a number of former board members following the downfall of her ex-husband and company founder Steve Wynn in February. Under the terms of the agreement, Elaine Wynn will no longer push for any new board changes. RelatedPosts The Wynn Resorts board is now comprised of 10 directors including six new to the board in 2018 and of whom four are women.“I am honored to be named Chairman of the newly refreshed Wynn Resorts Board and look forward to continuing to support the company’s transformation for the benefit of its shareholders and all of its stakeholders,” Satre said.Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox added, “We appreciate Boone’s contributions to our company since its inception and for his leadership, which was crucial in maintaining stability at Wynn Resorts in 2018.  He was instrumental in driving key initiatives and in our recent board refreshment process.“I am pleased to have a director of Phil’s caliber to succeed Boone and help Wynn Resorts solidify its position as the premier luxury resort developer and operator in the world.” Load More Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

8 receive pet insurance as an employerpaid employee benefit

first_imgFewer than one in 10 (8%) receive pet insurance as an employer-paid and discounted employee benefit, according to research by online legal services organisation Epoq Legal.Its survey of 1,234 UK employees also revealed that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 years old agree that their employer offers benefits that are relevant to their life stage, compared to 32% of 35- to 54-year-olds and 18% of over 55s.The research also found:17% receive health or medical insurance through their employer, 12% have access to employer-paid dental treatment insurance and 13% can utilise critical illness insurance as an employee benefit provided and paid for by their employer.15% can take up discounted, employer-paid life insurance, compared to 12% who can access income protection.11% receive car insurance net through their employer, which is discounted and employer-paid. Respondents can also access home insurance (9%), travel insurance (11%) and phone or gadget insurance (11%).15% are offered legal advice as an employee benefit and 12% have access to legal documents, such as wills, through their employer.Andrew Walker (pictured), commercial director at Epoq Legal, said: “While medical and life insurance were understandably the most common forms of employer-paid insurance, there may be room to add extra value to the type of employee benefits on offer.“For example, last year’s Epoq research found that just over two-fifths of respondents (41%) have a will, the majority of whom (45%) are in the 65+ age bracket. Oddly, the ages at which most people are most likely to have a mortgage and dependents represent the age brackets least likely to have a will.“This suggests there are lots of people of working age that need to create important legal documents like wills, but aren’t doing so, possibly due to lack of advice, awareness or simply a lack of convenient access to the right services. Clearly there’s a need here and if employers were to provide a wills service as a benefit, it stands to reason that more people would more likely choose to make one and so protect their interests and those of their loved ones.”last_img read more