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The Banana Splits as an Rrated horror movie This 70s kid is

first_img 1 More retro news TV and Movies The Banana Splits were four guys in animal costumes who played music in a (terrible) rock band, had meetings in a (psychedelic) clubhouse, and drove around in the (coveted) banana buggies, customized six-wheel ATVs that looked like Fisher-Price-mobiles. Their clownish skits would introduce cartoon and live-action shorts (Danger Island! Micro Ventures!) Their theme song was the first earworm many of us kids came to know, starting out with a bunch of tra-la-las, moving into a one-banana, two-banana motif, and throwing in random, we-gotta-rhyme-this-somehow lines like “Flippin’ like a pancake, poppin’ like a cork/Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork.”And now The Banana Splits, of all the weird little pieces of nostalgic flotsam out there, have been resurrected for … an R-rated horror movie? Yep. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Syfy are bringing back Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky for The Banana Splits Movie, coming sometime in 2019, and it looks like they’re not afraid to spill some blood. If you’re familiar with the premise of the Five Nights at Freddy’s video game series, well, it seems a lot like that, with costumed characters meant to be happy innocent entertainment for children, but who are actually psychotic murderers.  2019 movies to geek out over But I’m OK with that. I get that the original show was terrible, even by my (very forgiving) 1970s kid standards. Their mouths didn’t move. Snorky the elephant honked instead of talked. Danger Island was not all that dangerous. The Splits were often outsmarted by their cuckoo clock. But I don’t love it because it’s Citizen Kane. I love it because of all the dumb memories it’s wrapped up with, how it makes me picture the hideous green carpet in our den, and the ancient console TV we watched it on, and the little round table where mom served us Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. And maybe because of the goofy innocence of kids who hadn’t yet been spoiled by computers and virtual reality and CGI, and who could still sit rapt in front of some moldering old animal costumes and a set jerry-rigged together with props left over from Laugh-In, and who never would’ve even thought of signing a petition to try to change any plot line.There’s no threat to my childhood from the Banana Splits going all Michael Myers for one two-hour movie. The trailer looks like a decent mix between faithful nostalgia and complete camp, and that’s fine by me. I’ll even watch it. Maybe with a bowl of Campbell’s chicken soup or a jar of Koogle at the ready. Tagscenter_img Share your voice Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork. If these names ring some kind of long-lost bell in your mind, back there with the memories of Koogle peanut-butter spread, Schoolhouse Rock and Time for Timer, it’s time to lock all your doors and start sleeping with a machete and a giant dog.The Banana Splits are back as the main characters in a Five Nights at Freddy’s-style horror flick, and the first trailer dropped Thursday.I was a 1970s kid, so I watched a lot of television (duh), but it being the 1970s, much of it was terrible television. We watched whatever was on, whenever it came on, staring at anything that filled the time before all the TV stations switched over to golf or pro bowling and mom kicked us all outside to step on rusty nails with our bare feet while she drank Tab and smoked Larks.I watched the original Charlie’s Angels, endless Brady Bunch reruns, and everything Sid and Marty Krofft got their crazy puppeteer hands on. And I watched The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Hanna-Barbera’s first attempt at mixing live action and animation, with the costumes and sets made by the Kroffts because of course they were. Sigourney Weaver confirms return for new Ghostbusters Try to recognize Mark Hamill as Chucky in Child’s Play clip Archie Comics welcomes the royal baby into the Archie club Comment 77 Photoslast_img read more

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Prepare plan to prevent rainwater logging Minister Vellampalli

first_imgVijayawada: Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas has instructed VMC Commissioner Prasanna Venkatesh to prepare a plan and estimate for a permanent solution to clear rain water logging on the roads. The minister along with the VMC officials visited RR Apparao street, Vinukondavari street, Subbaramaiah street, Geetha Mandir, Kaleswararao Market and other places in One Town on Monday. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The locals complained to the minister that even after a small spell of rain, drain water would overflow at Nehru Bomma centre. The residents elaborated their tale of woes because of delay in underground drainage works at Apparao street and UCD connection works at Convent street. The minister took a note of the issues and directed the concerned department officials to prepare a plan and estimate for a permanent solution to these problems. Chief Medical officer Dr Ajun Rao, EE Koteswara Rao, Assistant city planner Jagadish, YSRCP leaders and others were present.last_img read more

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Corporator Shanthi inspects development works

first_imgNacharam: Local corporator Shanthi inspected Lal Bahadur Shastri social welfare building construction works in Yerrakunta on Friday.She directed the officials concerned to ensure the works were completed in time. She also directed the contractor not to compromise on quality. Assistant engineer Abhishek, works inspector Vijay Kumar, local leaders Saizen Shekar, Naveen T Tirupathi, Shiva, Katta Buchanna, Satyanarayana and others were present.last_img

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Why You Should Play More Than One Video Game

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits We sound like broken records at this point, but 2017 will truly go down as one of the greatest years for video games. No matter what systems you own, no matter what genres you are into, you can find excellent new diverse games to play. We’ve been absolutely swamped just trying to keep up.2017 is the year that launched with an excellent Resident Evil game, saw the release of epic bangers like Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and just last week had Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein II, and Assassin’s Creed Origins all drop on the same day. It’s madness.That’s why I’m so sad that some people won’t get a chance to play barely any of this wide swath of great games. It’s not because they can’t afford them or don’t have the time in their lives. Rather, they’re just too obsessed with playing the same game over and over again for hundreds of hours, a game specifically designed to dominate their lives.I’ve heard a few different names for these types of games. They’re tough to pin down because they exist across genres. The awesome game design YouTube show Extra Credits uses the term “lifestyle games” since properly playing these games requires centering your entire life around them. And we’re not talking about Animal Crossing. Publishers seem to have latched onto the idea of “games as service” because if a game is a service you keep coming back to (and spending in-app dollars on for drip-fed DLC) you’ll be less inclined to trade it back in at old pesky old GameStop.Whatever you want to call them, you know the kinds of games I’m talking about. PUBG, League of Legends, Minecraft, Overwatch, Rocket League, Dota 2, Madden, FIFA, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter, Call of Duty, Destiny, Splatoon, Spelunky, Binding of Isaac. Hearthstone. These are all very different, and very good, video games. But they inspire the same impulse in entire communities of players to stick with that one game at the expense of everything else in ways beyond just being addictive. And as great as these games are, I think that’s kind of a shame.If you want to deeply devote yourself to one video game, that’s absolutely your right. More power to you. Become an expert. But I do think overall it’s healthier for people to have gaming tastes as broad as possible, and I dislike the trends surrounding these lifestyle games that have gotten us to this point where there’s not the case.What are those trends? What cloud should I start old-man yelling at first? Let’s start with the rise of online livestreaming. As much as I hope people enjoy reading the words I write about video games, there’s no denying that these days more and more folks get their gaming Content from services like Twitch and YouTube Gaming. Why read a description of someone playing a game when you can just watch the game for yourself?Personally, I think watching other people play video games is pretty boring. But I do understand the appeal. Plus, streaming can provide precious visibility for smaller, more experimental indie games that may have never gotten a shot otherwise. Dream Daddy is a game that could only exist and thrive because of streaming.However, streaming also feeds into some gamers’ desires to only play and consume media surrounding one game all of the time. Regardless of whatever new games are out, the top games on Twitch are by and large always the same. League, Counter-Strike, PUBG. They are lifestyle games. If you’re not playing the same game you’re watching someone else play it before you have a chance to play it again. You never have to leave the loop.Part of what gives many of these games such longevity are their deep competitive aspects. You always have to be playing or watching so you can stay skilled and knowledgeable of the metagame. Don’t get left behind when new strategies develop. And you can’t talk about the shift toward competitive multiplayer games without talking about the growing mainstream acceptance of eSports. The top Dota players take home millions in prize money. They show EVO finals on ESPN now.I’m of two minds about this. Some of my favorite games of all time are incredibly competitive. I love following trends in StarCraft and studying evolving Super Smash Bros. techniques. I think it’s fascinating how the speedrunning community can turn isolated single-player games like Super Metroid or Prey into unexpected competitions. I had a blast at the Nintendo World Championships. But games are interesting and valuable to me because they change, and because we’re always getting new games while we pick apart the old ones.Experiencing fresh new video games to me is the opposite of paying attention to the same handful of relatively static sports that have had a vice grip on culture for decades. So turning games into sports just bums me out. Sports encourage restrictive dogma, “correct” ways to play, that go against the glitchy creativity of interactive expression I adore in games. Sports philosophy also exacerbates gamer culture’s troubling elitist nature, its stupid “get good” mentality. Meanwhile, when publishers with dollar signs in their eyes try to artificially turn their games into eSports they hurt the games in the process. Remember the absolutely thriving eSports scene for Evolve?Fake eSports are one of many symptoms of how publishers’ lust for ever-profitable games-as-service, one huge endless game customers can play and pay for forever, is compromising their games’ designs and damaging the health of their shrinking overall AAA output.Why should EA bother making a “risky” linear, single-player Star Wars game when they can make a sort of social open-world Star Wars game with paid loot boxes and sell the billions needed to break even?Why should Valve bother making new Portal or Half-Life games that aren’t Pastebin files when they can make more money from Steam and Dota card game spin-offs?Why should Rockstar bother making an awesome new Grand Theft Auto VI any time soon when they can just support GTA Online or whatever Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer will be for the rest of time?Why should indie game studios spend the resources crafting specific fun levels when streamers would rather play randomly generated endless survival roguelikes?Art and commerce will always be at odds, keeping each other in check, but it’s distressing to see commerce win so thoroughly when it comes to video games, embraced by both people who make games and people who play them. It’s going to suck for Witcher fans if CD Projekt Red figures out it can make way more cash from Gwent.Again, there’s no invalid way to play video games. You can be like me and play as many games as you can get your hands on across the breadth of the medium, treating each one as a piece of art like movies or music while following the industry as a whole. Or you can wring endless amounts of enjoyment diving deep into one or a handful of lifestyle games, gaining satisfaction from comfortably knowing the familiar but complex experience inside and out. But these days forces are definitely funneling folks in one particular direction, so don’t forget you can always choose to embrace variety and play more than one video game.View as: One Page Slides1/51. 2017 has been an incredible year for video games.2. And yet instead of sampling all the medium has to offer, some gamers keep returning to the same games again and again.3. These “lifestyle games” tend to be competitive eSports publishers can get you to spend way more money on by treating it like a service.4. That’s not to say the games are bad. Usually they are very good.5. But in my opinion it’s healthier for folks to have as wide a taste in games as possible.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Dark matter may be an illusion caused by the quantum vacuum

first_img More information: Dragan Slavkov Hajdukovic. “Is dark matter an illusion created by the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum?” Astrophys Space Sci (2011) 334:215-218. DOI:10.1007/s10509-011-0744-4 Citation: Dark matter may be an illusion caused by the quantum vacuum (2011, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further “The key message of my paper is that dark matter may not exist and that phenomena attributed to dark matter may be explained by the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum,” Hajdukovic told “The future experiments and observations will reveal if my results are only (surprising) numerical coincidences or an embryo of a new scientific revolution.”Like his previous study featured on PhysOrg about a cyclic universe successively dominated by matter and antimatter, Hajdukovic’s paper on a dark matter alternative is also an attempt to understand cosmological phenomena without assuming the existence of unknown forms of matter and energy, or of unknown mechanisms for inflation and matter-antimatter asymmetry. In the case of the fast rotational curves of galaxies, he explains that there are currently two schools of understanding the phenomenon. “The first school invokes the existence of dark matter, while the second school invokes modification of our law of gravity,” he said. “I suggest a third way, without introducing dark matter and without modification of the law of gravity.”His ideas (like those in the previous paper) rest on the key hypothesis that matter and antimatter are gravitationally repulsive, which is due to the fact that particles and antiparticles have gravitational charge of opposite sign. (Though like matter, antimatter is gravitationally attractive with itself.) Currently, it is not known whether matter and antimatter are gravitationally repulsive, although a few experiments (most notably, the AEGIS experiment at CERN) are testing related concepts.“Concerning gravity, mainstream physics assumes that there is only one gravitational charge (identified with the inertial mass) while I have assumed that, as in the case of electromagnetic interactions, there are two gravitational charges: positive gravitational charge for matter and negative gravitational charge for antimatter,” Hajdukovic explained. If matter and antimatter are gravitationally repulsive, then it would mean that the virtual particle-antiparticle pairs that exist for a limited time in the quantum vacuum are “gravitational dipoles.” That is, each pair forms a system in which the virtual particle has a positive gravitational charge, while the virtual antiparticle has a negative gravitational charge. In this scenario, the quantum vacuum contains many virtual gravitational dipoles, taking the form of a dipolar fluid.“We can consider our universe as a union of two mutually interacting entities,” Hajdukovic said. “The first entity is our ‘normal’ matter (hence we do not assume the existence of dark matter and dark energy), immersed in the second entity, the quantum vacuum, considered as a sea of different kinds of virtual dipoles, including gravitational dipoles.”He goes on to explain that the virtual gravitational dipoles in the quantum vacuum can be gravitationally polarized by the baryonic matter in nearby massive stars and galaxies. When the virtual dipoles align, they produce an additional gravitational field that can combine with the gravitational field produced by stars and galaxies. As such, the gravitationally polarized quantum vacuum could produce the same “speeding up” effect on the rotational curves of galaxies as either hypothetical dark matter or a modified law of gravity. As Hajdukovic explains, the effect of the stronger gravitational field can be understood by looking at what happens when an electric field rather than a gravitational field causes polarization. He gives an example of a dielectric slab being inserted into a parallel plate capacitor, which results in a decrease in the electric field between the plates. The decrease is due to the fact that the electric charges of opposite sign attract each other. But if the electric charges of opposite sign were repulsive instead of attractive, then the electric field would increase. Back to the quantum vacuum scenario, since the gravitational charges of opposite sign are repulsive, the strength of the gravitational field increases.In his paper, Hajdukovic also presents equations in support of this scenario, one of which allows calculating the effects of the gravitational polarization at different distances from the center of a galaxy, which are in good agreement with observations. He also derives the famous Tully-Fisher relation as a consequence of the gravitational repulsion between matter and antimatter. This relation is an empirical law based on numerical data collected by numerous observations of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, and is still unexplained in the framework of dark matter hypotheses.Overall, Hajdukovic’s proposal lies in contrast with another concept proposed in the past few years by physicists Luc Blanchet and Alexandre Le Tiec. Although that idea also involves a dipolar fluid composed of gravitational dipoles, instead of being composed of virtual baryonic matter in the quantum vacuum, the dipolar fluid is a new form of dark matter. The dark matter is gravitationally polarized by the gravitational field of baryonic matter, such as massive stars and galaxies, which results in a stronger gravitational field. In other words, Blanchet and Le Tiec propose that dark matter in the form of gravitational dipoles of unknown nature can reconcile dark matter and Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) theory, a modification of gravity; on the other hand, Hajdukovic proposes that virtual gravitational dipoles in the quantum vacuum can lead to a stronger gravitational field.In the end, Hajdukovic notes that much more work needs to be done before claiming that this possibility is the correct one. For one thing, the rotational curves of galaxies are not the only phenomenon that can be explained by dark matter. Observations of the cosmic microwave background, gravitational lensing, supernovae, and other data can also be better explained by the existence of dark matter than without it. With many scientists currently investigating dark matter and other alternatives, Hajdukovic hopes that new answers will continue to be discovered. Could the Big Bang have been a quick conversion of antimatter into matter?center_img © 2011 When polarized, virtual gravitational dipoles in the quantum vacuum can produce a stronger-than-predicted gravitational field. (An electric dipole is shown. Currently, mainstream physics assumes there is only a positive gravitational charge.) Image credit: Wikimedia Commons ( — One of the biggest unsolved problems in astrophysics is that galaxies and galaxy clusters rotate faster than expected, given the amount of existing baryonic (normal) matter. The fast orbits require a larger central mass than the nearby stars, dust, and other baryonic objects can provide, leading scientists to propose that every galaxy resides in a halo of (as yet undetectable) dark matter made of non-baryonic particles. As one of many scientists who have become somewhat skeptical of dark matter, CERN physicist Dragan Slavkov Hajdukovic has proposed that the illusion of dark matter may be caused by the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Festival of expert acts

first_imgThe opening day of the festival (13 September) will feature the production called Civilisation on Trial, conceptualised, designed and directed by Sweety Ruhel, at 6.30 pm at Abhimanch Auditorium. Basket of Dolls, written by RK Leingaklembi and designed and directed by Oasis Sougaijam, will be staged on 14 September at Open Lawn at 7.30 pm. The third play of the festival, Kuch to Karo yaron, written by Pali Bhupinder and designed and directed by Amanpreet Kaur, will be staged 15 September at Bahumukh at 6.30 pm. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The next production is Dot Dash Dream Delusion, designed and directed by Vishala Ramachandra Mahale, and will feature on 16 September at Abhimanch Auditorium at 6.30 pm. The closing day of the festival, 18 September, will stage the production titled Gam Sereng, dramaturgy and scenography by Sourav Poddar, at Open Lawn at 7.30 pm. Seat card(s) will be available on first cum first served basis at the NSD Reception from 11 Sptember onwards.When: 13 -18 September Where: National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Das Roadlast_img read more

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Selfdrive road trips abroad on your Indian driving licence

first_imgTravelling by road is a great way to explore a country and experience it the “local” way. If you love driving and are wondering if you will ever be able to cruise down the autobahn, there are a few countries you can drive in with your Indian driving licence. 4Germany: Driving on Germany’s Romantic Road, an approximately 400-km-long route through the heart of Bavaria is one of the best ways of exploring the country. The German Castle Road is another classic route along which you can find more than 70 castles, and postcard-like views. Indians can drive in Germany with their Indian driving licence for up to six months provided you carry a German translation. You can get this from any German diplomatic mission. However, having an international driving permit, while not mandatory, can be handy as it carries translations.4Switzerland: You don’t want to miss trains “Dilwale Dulhaniya…” style, and instead want to drive in this gorgeous country? Good decision, because there are so many lovely driving routes in Switzerland. One of the most famous passes in the Alps is the St. Bernard Pass. The Swiss section of the road begins in Martigny and ends in San Bernadino, 56 km away. You can take this route if you’re driving from Zurich to some of the Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland. Indians can drive in Switzerland for up to one year with a valid Indian driving licence.4France: Whether you want to take in the beauty of the French Alps and drive hundreds of kilometres watching the dramatic changes in the scenery, or just take a nice short drive from Santenay to Dijon and enjoy the wine country, France doesn’t disappoint. Take your time stopping in between and sample some of the finest vintage wines the country has to offer. Indian visitors can drive in France for a year with a valid Indian licence as long as they carry a French translation with them.4Norway: The Land of the Midnight Sun beckons you to come and explore its amazing fjords. Drive from Oslo to Bergen and you’ll pass some of the most beautiful villages, waterfalls, and fjords in Europe. Indian visitors can drive in Norway for three months with a valid Indian driving licence.4US: This is a land where people love to drive, and when in Rome do as the Romans, right? Some of the best road trips in the US include the drive from Torrey to Bryce Canyon National Park (Highway 12, Utah) and the drive on the Pacific Coast Highway through California. This doesn’t even begin to scrape the surface, because the country has so many lovely driving routes. So plan your trip to the US well in advance to get cheap flight tickets. Then forget about any agenda, just get off the plane, rent a car and drive.Indian visitors can drive in the US for a year with their Indian driving licence as long as it is in English. If it isn’t, then an international driving permit is required with the translation. You also need to have an I-94 form, which shows the date on which you arrived in the US.4Australia: When you’re driving in Australia, there’s no dearth of pleasant surprises. You can drive in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory with an Indian driving licence. However, in the Northern Territory, you can drive only for three months. Also keep in mind that you can only drive those types of vehicles that your international driving licence allows you to drive.last_img read more

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BSIP joins hands with ZSI to bat for bringing back cheetahs as

first_imgKolkata: A joint study by the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences (BSIP) and Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has arrived at a conclusion that cheetahs, which had become extinct in the country from the early 1950s, can be imported from Africa.The study, which will soon be published in an international journal, will surely be a shot in the arm for the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEF & CC), which has been striving to reintroduce the African cheetahs in India for quite some time. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We began working on this since 2014 and after a detailed study, we can argue that Indian cheetah was very similar to its African counterpart and hence the big cats can be imported from Africa. They can survive in India easily. We will soon publish our paper in an international journal and will accordingly write to the Centre, urging them to take up the matter,” said Niraj Rai, senior scientist of the Lucknow-based BSIP. The work has been carried out by Rai along with Mukesh Thakur of the Centre for DNA Taxonomy of ZSI, Kolkata and Late Lalji Singh, the former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. ZSI director Kailash Chandra has provided his guidance and assistance. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOne of the two animal samples that were involved in the study dates back more than 150 years, while the other one was found in the Rewa area of Madhya Pradesh in the early 1950s, believed to be the country’s last recorded big cat in the wild. It may be mentioned that the centre’s argument for reintroduction of the big cats is presently pending before the Supreme Court with the latter stating that the government must give priority to protect Asiatic lions, an endangered species and to provide them a second home. The SC has also sought a detailed scientific study with objections being raised against import of a foreign species that never existed in India. The National Tiger Conservation Authority had stated before the apex court that there is not much difference between the African and Asiatic subspecies of cheetah. The Iranian cheetah is genetically closest to the one that went extinct in India, but it is now difficult to get them from Iran due to their small population size. Therefore, India may bring cheetah from Africa, with a vast majority of the 7,100 cheetahs left in the world being there.last_img read more

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The Celtics are the next pro sports dynasty

first_imgOBJ not to blame for passing on Sam DarnoldEli Manning is no longer a functional NFL starting quarterback, and Odell Beckham has become especially vocal about it in the media, so much so that team owner John Mara clapped back that he wished Beckham would make more headlines on the field than through the press.Colin thinks Odell Beckham popping off shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and doesn’t believe he’s causing the organization’s dysfunction. The real problem is that ownership lacked the courage to kill the Eli Manning era and draft Sam Darnold when they had the chance. Saquon Barkley has been brilliant, but that doesn’t win games or dictate culture. The Giants and Mara will be kicking themselves for passing on Darnold for the next decade. The Celtics are the next pro sports dynastyThe Warriors are favored to win their fourth title in five years as the NBA regular season gets underway, but Colin thinks the Dubs dynasty comes to an end this year at the hands of the always up and coming Celtics.Boston is excellent, top to bottom, in everything from coaching, to players, to front office. They showed how far ahead of the Sixers in the opener and look primed for a long stretch of title runs if they can stay healthy. It all starts now. Also:– Westbrook/Durant is an all-time lopsided NBA divorce– Buy, Sell or Hold– Joel Klatt on why Michigan is his new favorite to win the B1GGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First; Stephen Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and World Champion; Joel Klatt – FS1 CFB Analyst; Tom Verducci – Fox MLB Analystlast_img read more

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Wine Ring App Lets Your Taste Shape Your Ordering

first_img 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now One of the many things I love about the wine world is how it’s created an underground economy.Entrepreneurs have left their current jobs and poured their hearts and life savings into the wine world. From building wine cellars, to converting wine barrels into end tables, to even sewing beautiful bags to carry your bottles, they have risked it all to somehow be involved.“Maybe its because some of our best memories happen over dinner with wine,” says Pam Dillon, who once managed hotels and resorts and was a senior banker at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, covering technology, real estate and retail.Maybe that’s why she gave it all up, too.On a seven-week solo introspective trip to Medoza, Argentina, back in 2009, Dillon realized the locals were “so much more at ease when they talked about wine.  They didn’t have the insecurities we do.”And it was then she decided to create an app that would make wine conversations easier and help people understand their taste profiles.She called her former business partner, attorney Andrew Sussman, and asked him if he thought the idea was viable and if so, would he help run this company.She then recruited – of all people – her ex-husband Steve and asked him to be the Chief Science Officer. “His mind is a cathedral, and I knew I could trust with writing the algorithm,” she says. (The world would certainly be a happier place if more people could say something nice like that about their exes.)Related: Popping the Cork on ChampagneAnd since her expertise was in retail, hospitality and tech – not wine — she enlisted some of the smartest people in the wine world: five professionals who held the Masters of Wine certification and five who were Master Sommeliers. They were brought on to create a database with thousands of labels and hundreds of data points behind each wine, says Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, one of the five Masters of Wine, who now is in charge of curation and currently manages the wine team.Dillon believed the timing was right. “The first iPhone was just released and the wine market was ready to explode,” she says.But it wasn’t until 2011 that the idea started to catch on and some capital finally came in. And they got a huge industry nod when one of the world’s most famous chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, signed on to use the product in his restaurants.So, flash forward. They now have three patents and – practically six years later –the Wine Ring app finally was released to the consumer on October 27 of this year.How It WorksFirst, find your wine in the database of over 500,000 labels, including 50,000 brands from 14,000 geographical areas with thousands of grapes.Then rate it. Do you love it?Like it?Is it so-so?Or, do you not like it at all?Related: Why Large-Format Wines Are a Good BetAnd that’s it. The algorithm starts to keep track of your answers and your profile begins.No need to input fancy details about whether it was fruity, oaky, had minerality, blah blah blah. Just click: Love it, Like it, So so, or Don’t like it.And the more you participate, the better your profile will be. Then you can use it your when ordering at a restaurant or purchasing at a store. Either find the wine in the database or just take a picture of the label and the app will be able to tell you if you’ll like it based on what you’ve liked in the past. Check out this video for more details.But while other apps compile users’ opinions, Wine Ring only cares about yours. After all, no one can taste and enjoy a wine the exact way you can. Raise Your Glass to Perseverance.Six years is a long time to see you dream come to fruition.“But I couldn’t let myself fail and I couldn’t fail my people. They had trusted me,” says Dillon, now CEO of Wine Ring. They stuck with her because they all had skin in the game, too. Everyone involved was given equity in the company from the beginning and trusted in her that she was going to take the product to market. “At 3 am, it wasn’t about me or my dream anymore,” she says. “It was about the hundred or so investors that were expecting me to make it work.“But that’s what America is about – perseverance.”Click: Love it.Related: The Gadgets Every Wine Lover Needs to Own Enroll Now for Free October 30, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Domestic tourism back in business

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Australia’s domestic tourism industry has experienced a revitalisation with visitor nights and expenditure rapidly increasing, according to business information analysts at IBISWorld.IBISWorld revealed a generous rise in domestic figures, with visitor nights increasing 6.7 percent and visitor expenditure advancing 17.5 percent year-over-year.“In the coming year, IBISWorld expects these figures will rise by a further four percent, 4.6 percent and 5.9 percent respectively”, Ms Dobie said,” IBISWorld general manager Australia Karen Dobie said.“Domestic weekend getaways increased in popularity last year,” Ms Dobie said – citing a 5.8 percent rise in domestic overnight trips, compared to last year.Australia’s low-cost carrier aviation market has sustained a competitive edge for customers.“In particular, we have seen low-cost airlines increase their range of destinations, driving competition on routes and resulting in downward pressure on airfares, as well as an increase in cruises driven by lower prices and improved products”, Ms Dobie said. Australia’s international tourism industry also witnessed an increase in visitation of one percent on the previous year, with China listed as the top international inbound market by economic value.“In the coming five years, IBISWorld anticipates visitors from China, India, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States will play the most significant role in contributing to Australia’s tourism industry,” Ms Dobie said. “Tourism Australia’s marketing efforts in China, and the gradual rebound of the UK and US economies will support growth.”last_img read more

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crisis in Venezuela Madrid was against taking wider economic "sanctions that could affect people" in Venezuela European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani has also pushed the bloc to go further writing on Tuesday to European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker to ask them to consider sanctions against Maduro and his circle British junior foreign minister Alan Duncan appeared to play down the likelihood of EU sanctions Duncan said there "may come a point where we will become part of a world sanctions regime for instance if the United Nations were to impose one then we would" | Mumbai | Published: January 10 2017 4:42 am Top News The state Monday launched WiFi services connecting 500 hotspots across Mumbai under the smart city project By May 1 next year the government will extend the free WiFi services across 1200 hotspots Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wished Mumbaikars happy browsing He appealed to people to use the services for public welfareThe list of hotspots include prominent tourist places such as Gateway of India Churchgate Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Prabha Devi Shivaji Park Tarapore Aquarium Bombay Stock Market among various places across Eastern Western and Harbour railways For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | London | Published: February 15 2016 7:22 am Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu left actor Leonardo Di Caprio right with the Best Film and Best Actor award for the film ‘The Revenant’ presented by actor Tom Cruise centre backstage at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London Sunday Feb 14 2016 (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Related News The UK film industry showered Valentine’s Day love on “The Revenant” Sunday awarding the endurance epic five prizes including best picture and best actor at the British Academy Film Awards Leonardo DiCaprio cemented his Oscar-favorite status by taking the best-actor trophy for playing a bear-battling fur trapper in a brutally wild American West Alejandro G Inarritu was named best director for what he called a “human and tender story” and “The Revenant” also won prizes for cinematography and sound DiCaprio who has been nominated three times before at the British awards without winning said in his acceptance speech that he was “absolutely humbled” to beat “The Martian” star Matt Damon “Trumbo”’s Bryan Cranston Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs” and Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl” He cited the influence on his work of British actors including Tom Courtney Peter O’Toole Daniel Day Lewis and his “Revenant” co-star Tom Hardy and sent thanks and greetings to his mother whose birthday fell on Sunday The British awards known as BAFTAs are considered a portent of success at Hollywood’s Feb 28 Academy Awards “The Revenant” has earned DiCaprio his sixth Oscar nomination — and many believe his best shot at finally winning DiCaprio said it was out of his hands but expressed pride in what he called “not just a film but an epic journey we all went on” “We put our heart and soul into this movie … It’s up to the world now and voters to decide” he said at a post-ceremony news conference The best-actress trophy went to Brie Larson as a mother trying to shield her son from a terrible reality in “Room” She won out over Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl” Cate Blanchett for “Carol” Maggie Smith for “The Lady in the Van” and Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn” Supporting performer prizes went to Mark Rylance a soft-spoken Soviet agent in “Bridge of Spies” and Kate Winslet an Apple executive in “Steve Jobs” Winslet dedicated the prize to “all those young women who doubt themselves” recalling that she once had been told to go for “the fat-girl parts” “Look at me now” Winslet said “The Revenant” beat several hotly tipped awards contenders including Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” Each had nine BAFTA nominations but “Bridge of Spies” won only for Rylance’s performance while “Carol” was shut out Irish emigrant saga “Brooklyn” was named best British film a distinct category while the documentary prize went to “Amy” a powerful portrait of the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse George Miller’s dystopian thrill ride “Mad Max: Fury Road” took four prizes: editing production design costume design and hair and makeup Two leading Oscar contenders also won awards: “Spotlight” the drama about newspaper reporters investigating sex abuses in the Catholic Church for original screenplay and financial-crisis dramedy “The Big Short” for adapted screenplay On a crisp cool London winter evening hundreds of fans gathered to watch the stars arrive at the Royal Opera House Among the arrivals were nominees DiCaprio Mark Ruffalo Fassbender Blanchett Spielberg Winslet and “Star Wars” action hero John Boyega Inside the plush auditorium actor-comedian Stephen Fry hosted a ceremony that included a Valentine’s-themed kiss-cam stunt which saw seatmates including DiCaprio and Maggie Smith smooch onscreen Boyega won the Rising Star award — decided by public vote — and dedicated it to “all the young dreamers who are hard-working who are determined and who quite frankly are amazing” ”Star Wars: The Force Awakens” won the BAFTA for visual effects The black comedy anthology “Wild Tales” written and directed by Argentine Damian Szifron won for non-English language film Famed Italian film composer Ennio Morricone 87 received the music award for his score to Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” The movie awards season has been dominated by debate about why the film industry remains dominated by white men All the acting nominees for the Oscars both this year and last have been white The BAFTAs are slightly more diverse with two black actors nominated — Boyega and Idris Elba a supporting-actor contender for “Beasts of No Nation” Pioneering black American actor Sidney Poitier — the first black best-actor Oscar winner in 1963 — received a lifetime achievement award the BAFTA fellowship A group called Creatives of Colour Network organized a protest beside the red carpet against a lack of racial diversity in show business Demonstrators rallied under the hashtag #baftablackout and distributed leaflets declaring the awards “male pale and stale” The head of the British film academy said she supported the protesters’ aims “Our industry isn’t diverse enough so the pool of people to draw award winners from isn’t diverse enough” chief executive Amanda Berry told the Daily Telegraph newspaper Like Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the British film academy says it will work to make sure its 6500 voting members become a more diverse group On the red carpet Boyega said he was glad the issue was being aired “I just think a larger conversation is being had and I think that’s a very very positive thing” he said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy 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But for actors like me–who are paid way less in comparison–cannot afford the fee of these assistants, Fernandez says But parity of treatment and attitude is exactly what this new rule will bring about The trend of an entourage accompanying stars is relatively new During an earlier interview to the publicationveteran actress Neetu Kapoor spoke about how stars did not have vanity vans or stylists at their disposal in the 1970s We used to put a table on the roadplaced a mirror on it and did our makeup ourselves? his son and party Treasurer MK Stalin said on Wednesday. Subsequently, It will become clear that my name has been dragged in this matter. For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: October 15 2014 1:10 pm You don’t always need to go to the gym to shed few inches Top News You don’t always need to go to the gym to shed few inches Here’re three easy workout that you can try at home EXERCISE 1 Hold your hands and lift your knees up While lifting your knees make sure it is touching your tummy Pull your navel in to the spine and also add a push By adding it your heart rate will slowly elevate EXERCISE 2 Spread your legs while standing Try to touch your foot and turn to the other side Repeat the movement on the other side EXERCISE 3 Rest your palms on the ground Push your legs back Bring your legs back and stand up Repeat this a couple of times For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 29 2017 5:12 am Top News Delhi Police Special Cell Friday questioned four Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students in connection with the sedition case lodged in February last year The four students were called at the administration block at noon and were examined by a team led by an inspector-level officer said sources Sources said the students were questioned about the organising members and people who came from outside the university during an event held to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru Police have already questioned several others in connection with the case A police officer said there were some facts to be verified for the final drafting of the chargesheet in the case He said other students may come on Saturday and if required the questioning may be extended by a few days For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Budapest | Published: July 31 2017 1:42 am Vettel was suffering with steering problems and had to stay off the kerbs (Source: Reuters) Top News Ferrari headed into the August Formula One break with a one-two victory in Hungary on Sunday but race winner and championship leader Sebastian Vettel recognised that team mate Kimi Raikkonen had been faster The German’s fourth win of the season put him 14 points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton who could have been on the podium but instead ceded third place back to Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas in an act of sportsmanship Vettel was suffering with steering problems and had to stay off the kerbs but there was never any suggestion that he might let Raikkonen who was in danger of being caught by Hamilton go through “I didn’t do a favour to Kimi who obviously could go faster I didn’t have the pace” the relieved German said in podium interviews Vettel explained that the steering wheel had started to go sideways from early on forcing him to focus on keeping the car steady “Towards the end it did come back a bit I had a couple of laps where I had a bit of a cushion and I could breathe a bit But yeah I 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New Delhi | Updated: August 25 2017 9:59 pm From L to R: Ileana D’Cruz and Sonam Kapoor Related News Stars are under a constant pressure to dress up well but there are hardly a few celebs who seem to get it right at most times Sonam Kapoor is one of them and joining her as a strong contender is Ileana D’Cruz Both these Bollywood beauties were recently spotted at the airport stepping up their fashion game exponentially while giving some major inspiration to fashion connoisseurs Let’s start with Sonam Kapoor The Neerja actor who was in the US brought a bit of New York City styling with her when she landed in Mumbai The way she styled the preppy musical keynotes shirt dress from Yves Saint Laurent with an oversized denim jacket is the best thing we have seen in a long time The pair of white sneakers from Nike and the Louis Vuitton handbag complemented her outfit well We love that she kept her make-up minimal wore her hair centre-parted and put on those classic sunglasses Talk about taking casual style to the next level Meanwhile Ileana D’Cruz was seen trying something which most of us would stay away from for the fear of failing – mixing prints What she did is definitely not a child’s play and the fact that it came out really well is a bonus The Baadshaho actor looked effortlessly chic in a chevron print boat neck dress and a longline summer jacket designed by Swati Vijaivargie It would be fair to say that her outfit had both classic yet boho vibes to it and she rounded it out well with a pair of beautiful dusty grey block heels a blue handbag and retro-inspired orange tint sunglasses We think the print-on-print style on Ileana and the NYC vibes on Sonam Kapoor worked well Now these two beauties chose these outfits to ace their travel style but we think it’s so good that you can even wear it to a date night What do you think about their style quotient Let us know in the comments below For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsOm Sakthi Sekar was the first to state openly that “the party’s permanent General Secretary is and can be only Amma” File image of Om Sakthi Sekar Agencies This was in the wake of late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s demise on 5 December 2016 and the subsequent clamour by MLAs and party leaders for Jaya’s close aide and confidante VK Sasikala to take over as the General Secretary of the party Om Sakthi Sekar former AIADMK MLA in Puducherry and the man who was the party’s candidate for the Nellithope bypoll – the controversial bypoll for which Jaya’s thumb imprint was affixed on his nomination form while she was hospitalised – was also the first AIADMK leader to be sacked from the party Considered to be one of the strongmen of AIADMK’s party unit in the Union Territory Sekar was sacked from the organisation for his “anti-party” stance He had wept openly on the news of Jayalalithaa’s death Sekar has now put his weight behind former chief minister O Panneerselvam who revolted against VK Sasikala on February 5 But this did not deter Sekar who is known for his unflinching loyalty for the late J Jayalalithaa and the party The former legislator who contested and lost against the present Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy in the Nellithope by-polls last November says he is not at all concerned with the action taken against him but is very much behind "Annan” (elder brother) OPS “who should be allowed to rule the state of Tamil Nadu as public wanted him as the chief minister of the state” Recalling that Amma (Jayalalithaa’s moniker) had always chosen Panneerselvam as the acting chief minister when she was out of power due to legal wrangles Sekar said the public and those who elected the AIADMK legislatures want OPS as the CM and not an unknown entity like Sasikala Sekar is an emotional man He had once raked up a controversy by allegedly attacking a person for speaking “foul” of Jayalalithaa “The party MLAs are now threatened coerced and illegally confined in a resort by Sasikala and will support Annan OPS if they are allowed to express their choice” he told Firspost Om Sakthi Sekar is known for his strength for working for the people of his constituency Nellithope by establishing a firm rapport with them by reaching out to them whenever an issue cropped up The former Indian Army soldier defeated DMK veteran and former chief minister RV Janakiraman in the 2011 Assembly elections in Nellithope constituency but lost the 2016 polls to A Johnkumar in the same seat Johnkumar resigned to pave way for Congress Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to contest as he was not a member of the Assembly when he became Chief Minister of the UT During the present crisis in the AIADMK party Om Sakthi Sekar is firmly behind O Panneerselvam and hoped that party MLAs and cadres will come forward to pledge support for OPS “The threat of disciplinary action makes them (four AIADMK MLAs and cadre in Puducherry) afraid to come out in support of Panneerselvam” he said The former legislator says that only the family of Sasikala and her family members wanted her to be the CM of Tamil Nadu but the people’s heart is for Panneerselvam who had received the blessings of Jayalalithaa “The MLAs are kept hostage and they do not know what is happening at the moment in the state as they have no access to communication They better come out boldly and understand the ground realities which will help them face the people in future” he said and claimed that the number of MLAs supporting OPS will swell in the next few days “At present they may be under the influence of wretched minds with ultimate selfish motives But they should understand that they may have to face the people (in the eventuality of an election now or polls after four years) in future Then these so called “protectors” will not be there for their rescue” he said Stressing that OPS has all the experience as a legislator and a rule Sekar claimed that Sasikala was no match for him Pointing to the move to “take over” the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa Sekar said the Tamil Nadu government should take over all the properties of Jayalalithaa and do everything within limits of law to ensure this as the properties are encroached upon illegally “The ongoing tussle is between “Dharmam” (justice) and “Adharmam” (injustice) and Adharmam has an upper hand at the moment But ultimately “dharmam” will prevail” he added Interestingly the AIADMK functionaries of the Nellithope constituency also switched loyalties to the OPS camp as they resigned “en masse” from the party Led by party’s constituency secretary Ganesan they gathered at the party office and burnt an effigy of VK Sasikala after beating it with chappals AIADMK MLA A Anbalagan and his brother A Baskar who is also a party MLA preferred to wait and watch before taking a decision Some time ago both had urged VK Sasikala to take charge as the party’s General Secretary after Jayalalithaa’s death? 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