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New Jersey ~ Corporate Income Tax: Credit Limit Increased for Qualified Residential, University Infrastructure and Mixed-Use Parking Projects

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe overall amount of the New Jersey Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant (ERG) program corporate income tax credit or grant provided to developers of certain qualified residential, university infrastructure and mixed-use parking projects has been amended. The amendment increases the total amount of tax credits that can be approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to $823 million (previously $718 million) for qualified residential, university infrastructure or mixed use parking projects. The credit is subject to restrictions based upon location and category of project.Of the $823 million cap, $395 million (previously $290 million) is restricted to projects: (1) that are not located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cap May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean or Salem counties and (2) that involve qualified residential projects that are located in urban transit hubs that are commuter rail in nature, Garden State Growth Zones, mixed use parking projects in urban transit hubs or Garden State Growth Zones, disaster recovery projects, SDA municipalities located in Hudson County, Garden County Growth Zones with a population in excess of 125,000, or qualified residential projects that include a theater venue for the performance arts when the project is located in a municipality with a population of less than 100,000.Further, of the $395 million, $105 million of the credit is now restricted to qualified residential projects and mixed use parking projects in Garden State Growth Zones having a population in excess of 125,000 and that are not located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cap May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean or Salem counties. A developer seeking credit towards this type of qualified residential project or mixed use parking project must submit an incentive grant application prior to July 1, 2018. If the application is approved after May 1, 2017, the developer must submit a temporary certificate of occupancy for the project no later than July 28, 2021.Ch. 59 (S.B. 2868), Laws 2016, effective May 1, 2017last_img read more


Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

first_imgVictor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Pacers, the NBA’s third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and then opened Friday’s game by missing 13 of their first 17 attempts.They shot 38.1 percent on the night, including 2 for 25 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season they shot less than 40 percent in consecutive games. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Pacers had won five of seven.TIP-INSPacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while G Darren Collison has become a fixture at point guard. … C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.Lakers: Maybe it’s Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars: G Lonzo Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.UP NEXTPacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they have lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Knicks on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Maurizio Sarri raises doubt over players’ attitude after Wolves defeat

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementChelsea are going through a sort of a rough patch as of late, conceding 2 defeats in the last three games, the latest being a shock 2-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton. Manager Maurizio Sarri cast doubts over the attitude of his players after the match, saying that Chelsea were “another team” after conceding the first goal at the Molineux Stadium.Chelsea started the game well, scoring through Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 18th minute and the Blues led till the 59th minute when Raul Jimenez equalised for Wolverhampton. The home team bagged the winner four minutes later through Jota to earn a famous victory over the London heavyweights.Maurizio Sarri however said that it was not the result that bothered him, but the fact that his team failed to conjure up a response after conceding the first goal. “After the first [Wolves] goal – that was an accident because we were in full control of the match – we were suddenly another team, without the right distances, without our football. I don’t know why. I am really worried not for the result but for the fact that we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent.”, Sarri said at the post match interview. Chelsea face a daunting task this weekend at Stamford Bridge when they host leaders Manchester City, who are ten points ahead from the Blues at the top of the table. Sarri, who has reportedly given up title hopes for this season after the Wolves defeat, admitted to being intimidated by the prospect, claiming that City was the best team in Europe this season.“For me, City is the best team in Europe and maybe in the world. So the match is difficult for this reason. Of course, after this match, we lost confidence, but maybe it’s better because sometimes my players show me that they have too much confidence.”Read full article here : also :Real Madrid reportedly ‘agree deal’ with Chelsea over potential Hazard saleTroubled Chelsea register 2nd PL defeat in 3 games against clinical Wolveslast_img read more


Manoj Tiwary banks on domestic form to thrive in IPL 2018

first_imgBengal’s Ranji Trophy skipper Manoj Tiwary is a sort of batsman that never goes out of form in first-class cricket. A regular scorer for his home side, runs churn out of Tiwary’s bat effortlessly. Playing at an average of 50.27, the 32-year-old has scored 7642 runs in his domestic career so far.This season, was no different for Tiwary. His heroics in the Deodhar Trophy helped India ‘B’ win the tournament against Karnataka. Tiwary scored 120 and an unbeaten 59 in the final at Dharamsala to resurrect his domestic prowess.Now with the Kings XI Punjab, Tiwary banks on the same domestic success to lead the Mohali side to Indian Premier League glory.”I had a wonderful domestic series, especially the shorter format. Ranji Trophy didn’t go as planned, we had to play at a wicket that was bowler friendly and so it was difficult for me. However, in the shorter format, starting from Vijay Hazare (Trophy) to winning the Deodhar Trophy, I had an incredible time. I’m happy to have contributed with the bat and ball. I just need to carry forward this momentum,” Tiwary told Mail Today on Friday.What gives him an edge in the IPL this season, Tiwary said, was the fact that he doesn’t have the responsibilities of captaincy, thus giving him a free mind to play on the front foot.”Definitely yes, I will relish that. You know, I led Bengal for a long time now, and there are responsibilities as a captain. With the Kings XI, I won’t have to think much before attacking the ball. In T20, it becomes important to assess the situation and play how it demands.advertisement”Last year, (with Rising Pune Supergiants) I had a plan to play on the front foot. I wanted to play at a higher strike-rate no matter what the situation was. If you go through my last year’s IPL, my average is really good. It’s not bad. That’s what I want to continue the same mindset,” he said.At Kings XI Punjab, Tiwary will be rubbing shoulders with some of the explosive T20 batsmen in the likes of Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell and Yuvraj Singh. For Tiwary, though, the chance to learn nuisances of batting from mentor Virender Sehwag is a bigger prospect.”It’s like a dream for me. I was a part of Delhi Daredevils in first IPL season but at that time I was just 19. At that point, you hesitate to ask too many questions to a player of his aura. Now, I am pretty matured and I have toured India with him and that understanding is there.”Sehwag Bhai has been an inspiration for me as he’s helped me in my professional life. I have a lot to learn from him as far as T20 is considered as he known to dominate the bowlers. It’s going to be perfect for me. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an exciting season for me,” said an elated Tiwary.As sharp and distinct his domestic credentials look, Tiwary has been rather unlucky as far as the national team is concerned. He last played for India back in 2015 against Zimbabwe in Harare, but with a successful IPL season, Tiwary has set his mind that a call up is reckoning.last_img read more


Ohio State’s Mike Weber Trolls Penn State On Instagram After Comeback Victory

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)For the majority of Saturday night’s contest between Penn State and Ohio State, Nittany Lions fans were an excitable bunch. Penn State led 13-7 at the half and eventually built a 26-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter.But the Nittany Lions couldn’t hold the lead, and gave up two touchdowns in the final seven minutes to suffer one of the most heartbreaking defeats in years. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins found Binjimen Victor for a 47-yard touchdown with just under seven minutes to play – and the game-winner came on a 24-yard pass from Haskins to K.J. Hill. Ohio State wound up winning 27-26.As a result, yes, it’s fair to say that the fans in “Happy Valley” on Saturday night were a bit sad after the contest.At least, that’s what Ohio State running back Mike Weber is saying. Weber took to Instagram to troll Penn State and its fans after the contest. It’s a post that will probably be used as bulletin board material this offseason for the Nittany Lions:Weber himself didn’t have his best game – with 51 yards on nine carries and one catch for five yards – but his team won, and that’s all that matters.Ohio State, with the win, is very much alive when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Penn State now probably needs to win out and get help to have any chance of that happening.The Nittany Lions will have a week off to lick their wounds. They get Michigan State on October 13.last_img read more


AAL to Introduce Low Sulphur Surcharge Ahead of IMO 2020

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: AAL Kobe/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Singapore-based multipurpose shipping company AAL Shipping revealed its plans to become fully compliant with the new IMO sulphur regulation that comes into effect on January 1, 2020.“Over the past year, we’ve been researching the options available and decided that migration to the use of low sulphur fuel … will best meet the interests of the customers, trades and industries we service globally,” AAL Shipping said.This fuel — with sulphur content of 0.5% or less — comprises variants such as low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), ultra low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) and low sulphur marine gasoil (LS-MGO).As all of the variants are currently more expensive than standard marine fuel, AAL expects significant implications on the economics of its daily operations.“In the multipurpose shipping sector, we know well that one size does not fit all. Therefore, in consideration of the wide variety of cargo and trades that we handle and manage worldwide, we will be implementing various calculation methodologies to fairly share the increased cost of low sulphur fuel usage with our customers,” the company added.According to AAL, the new measure will be implemented from September 1, 2019, as the company starts to prepare its fleet for the low sulphur fuel and begin bunkering same.The purpose of the new regulation is to reduce sulphur oxide (SOx) levels produced across the entire shipping industry, resulting in more sustainable air quality conditions.AAL is joining a number of companies that have already implemented low fuel surcharge as a means of compensating for the rising fuel costs stemming from the 2020 low-sulphur fuel regime. Maersk, CMA CGM, OOCL, HMM, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC are among the companies which have already started introducing the new measures to mitigate their exposure to higher costs.last_img read more


Investments in Community Museums Gets Boost

first_imgCommunity museums across the province are getting an additional $670,000 to help preserve and promote Nova Scotia’s heritage. The province’s 67 community museums receive a total of almost $1 million annually through the Community Museum Assistance Program. This year, each community museum will receive an additional one-time grant of $10,000. “Our heritage strategy identified a need for greater support for museums,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “These community museums, and the heritage workers and volunteers who operate them, tell the local stories that make up our unique and diverse heritage. I’m pleased to be able to provide this much-needed support.” The funding will be used to maintain infrastructure, refresh exhibits and support operations. Nova Scotia’s heritage strategy, A Treasured Past, A Precious Future, was released in February. The strategy outlines three broad directions and makes several recommendations specific to museums, including the development of an interpretive master plan. In addition to providing support for 67 community museums, the province also funds the Nova Scotia Museum’s 27 sites.last_img read more


Canada Post strikes hit Toronto and 11 other cities in southern Ontario

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada Post rotating strikes have hit the country’s largest processing centre in Toronto for a second time in three weeks as workers in 11 other southern Ontario communities walked off the job just after midnight.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says 4,500 Canada Post employees joined picket lines in Toronto at 7 p.m. Tuesday.CUPW says that was before workers in Chatham, Clinton, Georgetown, Milton, Orangeville, Port Hope, Stratford, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, Wingham and Woodstock walked off the job early Wednesday.Canada Post says in a statement that the union continues to escalate their strike activity, adding more communities each day and shutting down major processing centres for extended periods.Toronto facilities were shut down by the union for two consecutive days in October.Canada Post says there is no indication when that strike will end, adding it will worsen backlogs in mail or parcel deliveries across the country.“Prior to the union’s decision to target Toronto again, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at a Canada Post facilities sat at over 150,” Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in a statement late Tuesday.“The escalating strikes have now shut down our three largest processing facilities in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal up to 48 hours. Combined, those three plants can process a million parcels and packets a day for communities across the country.”The union and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations.“After … the intervention of two mediators and two weeks of rotating strikes, Canada Post’s true colours are emerging,” Mike Palecek, CUPW national president, said in a statement Wednesday.“The lofty rhetoric of wanting to work with us to reach fair agreements for our workers is turning out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors.”CUPW has also called on a national overtime ban for both of its major bargaining units, meaning workers will not work more than an eight-hour day and no more than a 40-hour week.last_img read more


Riverdales USA Casting Director David Rapaport Talks Discovering New Talent for TV

first_imgPhoto Source: Raquel Aparicio Advertisement Advertisement David Rapaport’s first solo casting gig was assembling the now iconic ensemble for “Gossip Girl” on the CW. The casting director, who loves being part of the “pop culture connection,” has since landed himself (along with casting partner Lyndsey Baldasare) a spot as co-collaborator with superproducer Greg Berlanti, the man behind much of the CW’s slate of shows, including “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and “Riverdale.”What’s your process when casting a pilot?We go through a really long casting process, about 10 weeks. But it’s quick in the sense that it’s a fast and furious process. We’re seeing so many people over those 10 weeks for leads and regulars, guest star roles, and recurring roles. We could be casting about 15 roles in that time. It sounds like a long period of time, but when you think about the potential for how big the show could be and how iconic these roles are, it’s not an endless period of time. You have to go through the auditions, studio tests, network tests, screen tests, lots of conversations and back and forth and questioning who’s right and who’s wrong.How do you cast an ensemble?It kind of falls into place based on the way the casting works. In an ideal world, we’d cast all the roles at the same time, but most of the time it doesn’t work out that way. I really have to take a leap of faith. Sometimes we’ll do chemistry readings for love interests to make sure there’s a palpable onscreen chemistry, but a lot of times, you don’t even get to do that and actors read with a reader, usually an associate from my office. I’m piecing together the chemistry in my brain; I never quite know what’s going to happen until I get on set or see the first edit of a pilot. We read people so many times to make sure that there are no questions left unanswered so you know what to expect or what you’re going to get. Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more


Alumna sees program she helped start benefit her students

As Jennifer Currie watches her students enjoy their activity-filled day at Brock University, she’s proud of how much the PALS program has grown since she helped create it 21 years ago.“It’s something to feel good about,” the Brock alumna and Prince of Wales principal said recently, as she shared laughs and memories with old friends.She visited with a class taking part in the Positive Active Living for Students (PALS) program, which aims to expose students to a variety of sports and activities that are inclusive for all students.I started the program in 1995 to expose local students to Brock and the facilities.Currie’s history with PALS dates back more than two decades, when she was an undergrad student in the Physical Education program.Through the next several years, she would earn her Masters in Education from Brock, while serving as the team captain and eventual head coach of the women’s volleyball team. Once she landed a full-time position at Brock, Currie knew there was more she could do to build on the University’s connection to the community.“I started the program in 1995 to expose local students to Brock and the facilities,” she said.“I wanted to give students a positive experience on campus and provide them with the opportunity to participate in activities that they wouldn’t otherwise have at their schools.”Seven-year-old Ruth Rix came to Brock for the day with her Grade 2 class, and enjoyed “learning about different games” she hadn’t heard about before.“I really liked archery because we get to shoot the arrows,” she said. “I’m excited to try rowing later because we get to go in the kayak.”This year, 196 classes and 4,442 students from 67 different schools from the Niagara Region and Greater Toronto Area attended between May to June, and the program continues to sell out each year.“The high quality instructors and the varsity athletes who understand the importance of physical education help make this program thrive,” Currie said. read more


The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img 11,319 Views Image: Shutterstock/stockcreations The 9 at 9: Wednesday Catch up on the news on the morning of the longest day of the year. Short URL Jun 21st 2017, 8:58 AM Share1 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #MAY DAY: As Britain’s monarch prepares to deliver the Queen’s speech in the House of Lords in Westminster, there’s still no deal between the Tories and the DUP.2. #ROADS: A cyclist in his 50s has died in hospital following a collision with a car in Dublin earlier this week.3. #HANDEL WITH CARE: Donald Trump has been celebrating after Republican Karen Handel won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia.4. #DEPORTATION: After the arrest of an Irishman in Boston on alleged immigration offences, Irish citizens living in the States are becoming increasingly concerned.5. #OUT THE DOOR: The embattled boss of Uber has reportedly stepped down from his role as CEO of the multi-billion dollar valued company.6. #COURTS: A former Christian brother would “lick” pupils ears clean, and fondle their privates, a Limerick court heard yesterday.7. #ROYAL RESHUFFLE: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ousted his nephew as crown prince, and installed his son.8. #TEMPER: A Dublin taxi driver who who “snapped” and ran down a passenger who ran away without paying the fare has had his four-year driving ban lifted.9.  #HEAT WAVE: There are temperature warnings in place around the country, but can we call it a heat wave? Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 8:58 AM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/stockcreationslast_img read more


Greek Panorama presents Greece to America

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The lights of Greek tourism, culture and gastronomy will flash in Manhattan this May thanks to the highly-anticipated first exhibition ‘Greek Panorama’.Organised by Hellas North American Events Inc. in collaboration with North Events and Emirates, the exhibition will be held in the iconic Grand Central Terminal Station, which is one of the most important historic buildings in the city centre. The exhibition will take place at the Vanderbilt Hall of the Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue junction) and will include presentations for each tourist destination in Greece focusing on luxury tourism, Greek gastronomy, real estate, shopping as well as yachting and cruises, among other topics.It’s the first time such a dynamic and integrated organised promotion and advertisement action for Greece has taken place in this area; a spot more than 750,000 residents, workers and foreign visitors of New York pass through daily.With three American companies flying directly to Athens, the event steps forward to bring Greece closer to the American traveller − an audience that has doubled its visits to Greece in recent years.The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday 11 May, 2017 and will be dedicated exclusively to professionals from the US and the Greek market with b2b meetings at a central hotel in New York.The aim is to cultivate professional relationships and networking channels on both sides. In the evening, professionals and exhibitors will have the opportunity to attend the official ‘Greek Panorama’ dinner with guest representatives from the Greek and American tourism markets, joined by numerous journalists and participants.On Friday 12 May and Saturday 13 May the exhibition will be open to the public for free.For more information regarding the exhibition and its exposure packages visit North Events is responsible for the exhibition’s sales in Greece and can be reached at Due to the interest already expressed, the participation requests will be processed in priority order.last_img read more


GLOW is Better Fake Wrestling Than Real Fake Wrestling

first_imgStay on target Netflix’s new half-hour dramedy GLOW debuted last Friday, and it appears the entire internet has fallen in love with it. It’s easy to see why. It’s funny, touching, and the cast is filled with incredible talent. The characters are all fully-realized people with their own desires, goals, secrets, obstacles, and stories. There really isn’t a flat, one-dimensional character on screen. It pits characters against one another without making any of them purely evil. Sometimes you feel bad for Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) and other times you’re behind Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin). In all instances, you can see exactly where their characters are coming from, even when you disagree with their actions. That makes for great drama, and during my entire binge of the show, I couldn’t help wondering: Why can’t actual pro wrestling be this way.Sure, GLOW is all about the lives of the women outside of the ring as they learn to become wrestlers. There’s not a ton of actual wrestling in it. But because we’ve gotten to know all these women so well, the few wrestling sequences that are there are as exciting and dramatic as a real (fake) match. After all the differences they’ve had with each other, it’s fun to watch two characters work together to pull off an amazing stunt. And when you know there’s still beef between two of them; you do wonder how much they’re actually trying to hurt each other. GLOW is a scripted drama with recognizable actresses that has somehow managed to put out better wrestling product than the WWE manages most weeks.Alison Brie, Britney Young (Image: Erica Parise/Netflix)I have to admit; I’m not the biggest wrestling fan in the world. I’ve tried. Every time a friend or someone I respect as a storyteller talks about how much they love wrestling (which happens more often than you’d guess), I give it another shot. I can see why they like it. No other TV show allows for such longform storytelling. Even decades-old soap operas wish they had the long-running, intricate internal continuity that the WWE does. These characters age and change over the years, switching loyalties, betraying each other, teaming up with each other, all played with maximum emotion and drama. It sounds amazing on paper. Then you watch it.Maybe I’ve just always come in at a bad time. I keep hearing fans talk about gigantic, ridiculous stories where cars explode, and wrestlers come back from the dead. Then I tune in and see something that’s really trying to be taken seriously as a sport. Character motivations don’t go beyond “I want to win, ” and the wrestling itself is often stilted, predictable and goes on way too long. Maybe there was a time when bigger, crazier stories were told, but it’s not in any of the wrestling I’ve seen. That’s where GLOW succeeds. Because it’s a TV show like any other, it’s not trying to be a sport or even a sports drama. But because the writing is so good, we’re able to connect with the characters, which in turn makes the wrestling scenes better. Pro wrestling doesn’t need to abandon its pretense of being a real sport. That’s part of what makes it so fun. But it could still take some valuable lessons from GLOW. If it embraced its scripted nature, strengthened its character work and gave them some real conflict to work with, the actual wrestling product would probably improve.Gayle Rankin, Sydelle Noel (Image: Erica Parise/Netflix)Of course, like any wrestling show, GLOW isn’t without issues. Not all the episodes are great, and there’s a bit of a lull after the first. The first episode bombards you with classic ’80s music and fashion before delivering an intriguing story about friends, desperation, nd wrestling. It instantly sucks you in and before the first half-hour is done, you’ve already decided to binge the whole thing here and now. Then the next few episodes can’t quite live up to the first. It’s a lot of set-up, and falls into a brief holding pattern where the central conflict doesn’t evolve, and neither do Ruth’s tactics for dealing with it.It’s here that GLOW could have taken a lesson from wrestling. At its core, the show is about a broken friendship between two women. Ruth betrays Debbie, and they both end up working for this new women’s wrestling promotion. It’s not clear at this point who you’re supposed to be rooting for.  Since the show follows Ruth around, we assume it’s her, but then she becomes the most annoying main character. She realizes she’s done something wrong, but doesn’t try to do anything about it. She interjects herself into every scene with the kind of condescending enthusiasm that even actors hate in other actors. All this would be OK, and would probably make her a fun anti-hero, if she weren’t so bland. I realize that’s the entire point of these episodes, but when she’s surrounded by so many more interesting women, who allude to stories we haven’t seen a million times before, it makes me wonder why the show isn’t about them.Britney Young, Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, Ellen Wong, Britt Baron, Sydelle Noel, Alison Brie, Sunita Mani, Marianna Palka, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn (Image: Erica Parise/Netflix)Yes, the central plot of this show involves having Ruth find her wrestling persona and become less bland, but the show doesn’t give much of an indication of that early on. Watching someone with no personality try to find one isn’t all that interesting, especially when Ruth doesn’t exactly have a rich inner life. GLOW does eventually take a cue from actual wrestling and begins to build her into a heel. That’s when the show picks back up. When you realize you’re not necessarily supposed to be rooting for this person, that she’s the bad guy in this wrestling match, she becomes more fun to follow. In the end, she even wins you back on her side. For the most part, it’s a wonderfully-written character arc. It just doesn’t get out of the gate as quickly as you’d like it to.Of course, a good wrestling show needs more than well-paired face and heel. The rest of the roster in GLOW shines as well. Every character has a unique perspective and reason for being there. Their scenes alone make me wish GLOW didn’t have to end after a measly five hours. That’s particularly true of Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel), a stuntwoman and former exploitation actress who hasn’t been able to get a role since 1979. She holds the group together, making sure these first-time wrestlers are all on top of their game. She also keeps both Ruth and director Sam Silvia (Marc Maron) in check, preventing either character from getting too annoying or tasteless. Silvia says some pretty disgusting things over the course of this show, but Cherry is there to keep him in check. And when Ruth starts to complain about never getting any good roles, or acts like she’s better than wrestling, Cherry shuts her down and gets her back to work.Marc Maron is also fantastic as the drug-addicted, perverse creative director Sam Silvia. He’s just the perfect sad sack with just enough genuine belief in what he’s doing that you can’t help but feel sorry for him. And yeah, he’s a little racist and extremely sexist. But the character is clearly trying to do right by the women he’s hired, and Maron’s portrayal gets you behind him despite all that.Kia Stevens, Ellen Wong, Marc Maron, Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel (Image: Erica Parise/Netflix)I do wish it spent a little more time addressing the embedded racism that (in some cases) continues to plague wrestling. GLOW does spend some time on it. The show is very aware that many wrestling personas are based on stereotypes, and that often leads to some pretty racist caricatures showing up in the ring. For most of the series, they sidestep it. Tammé Dawson (Kia Stevens) raises concerns about portraying a character called “welfare queen,” but Sam plays it off as a satirical critique of Reagan republicans’ idea of a person on welfare. Is anyone buying that? Later, she asks Cherry’s husband if Silvia is racist and the husband says he’s more sexist than racist. The issue is dropped there and not spoken of again.The farthest GLOW goes in confronting racism in wrestling is when Arthie Premkumar (Sunita Mani) takes the ring as a terrorist character. Two men in the audience start hurling racial slurs at her and throw their beer cans. After the match is over, she’s shocked and saddened. “They really hated me.” It’s the only moment where the show makes any sort of case that these stereotypes aren’t just harmless fun. They can have some pretty terrible consequences, intended or not. But then we don’t see her again, and the show’s big finale is all about Ruth and Debbie. The next time we see Arthie, she’s excitedly preparing to watch the finished TV product. Wrestling doesn’t have the best history when it comes to its treatment of performers of color. It would have been nice if GLOW explored that a little more.Betty Gilpin (Image: Erica Parise/Netflix)In the end, GLOW gave me something that pro wrestling never seems to deliver: A satisfying ending. The show’s final moments ended the series on a hopeful note and summed up everything that can be great about wrestling. When Welfare Queen did a heel turn and stole the crown from Liberty Belle, Sam told Debbie that the show can’t end with America on top. The fun is watching the good guy chase the crown. “The money’s in the chase” is a simple line, but it crystallizes why wrestling has perpetuated for decades the way it has. And then, it followed its own advice. We watched Debbie grow as a person and assert her independence over her (hopefully soon-to-be-ex) husband. We watched her embrace her new role as a wrestler and work together with the woman who betrayed her to put on an amazing show. Then, Ruth invites Debbie out for a drink, and is shot down. They’re not friends, and they’re not making up anytime soon. At once, it’s a satisfying ending and an intriguing direction for season two to go. If they get one. I hope they do. Finally, there’s a good wrestling show on TV. All they had to do was take out most of the wrestling.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more


Amazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized in Bear Repellent Incident

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Things you never expect to say after a day at work in an Amazon warehouse: “Sorry I’m late. I was accidentally poisoned by bear repellent.”Dozens of workers complained of breathing problems Wednesday morning, after a 9 oz. can of bear repellant was punctured inside the 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Robbinsville Township, N.J.Someone called 911 around 8:50 a.m. ET, reporting the diffusion on the third floor of the warehouse’s south wing.The aerosol can, containing what is essentially bear pepper spray, was hit by an “automated machine,” Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone told The Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos). No further details have been released.“Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said in a statement to Geek.“The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to a safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated on-site,” she continued. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.”Twenty-four workers were moved to nearby hospitals; one person was listed in critical condition.Bear pepper spray—like the lachrymatory agent many humans carry for self-defense—is a non-toxic, non-lethal deterrent that causes the animal’s mucous membranes to swell. The result: A confused bear with near total, yet only temporary, loss of sight and severely restricted breathing.The perfect moment to RUN.According to an explainer released by Yellowstone National Park, symptoms usually subside within 45 minutes. Folks who’ve been exposed, however, should be closely monitored.Amazon did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Editor’s note: This article was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET with comment from Amazon.More on Out Yetis Are Really Just BearsAmazon Wants to Bring Its Cashierless Tech to Bigger StoresAmazon Accidentally Aired ‘Doctor Who’ Episode Early Stay on targetlast_img read more

Emre Can reacts to Ronaldo red card We are not women

Juventus midfielder Emre Can reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s dismissal against Valencia on Tuesday night by bizarrely saying “we are not women”Ronaldo’s coming together with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo saw referee Felix Brych hand him a straight red card in the 29th minute.A teary and devastated Ronaldo then left the Mestalla as a 10-man Juventus regrouped and secured a 2-0 win through penalties from Miralem Pjanic.After seeing the incident himself on replay, Emre told DAZN: “That’s supposed to be a red?”He added: “I just heard he said it was because of hair pulling. We’re not women, we’re playing football.“If you’re going to give a red for that, you can give a red for anything. It was 100 per cent not a red card.”Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro also voiced her frustration over the match official’s decision.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Shame on football. Justice will be done. They want to destroy my brother but God never sleeps. Shameful,” she posted. read more

Abductors beat up Farhad Mazhar

first_imgUntitled-4Immediately after picking him up in a white microbus, the abductors beat up Farhad Mazhar, according to the detective branch (DB) of police.In the wee hours of Monday, poet, essayist and political analyst Mazhar was picked up from his Shyamoli residence while he reportedly went out to buy some medicine.”You are over-doing things,” they shouted at Mazhar who, however, managed to call her wife Farida Akhtar over his cell phone.After snatching the cell phone, the abductors blindfolded him, and kept him like that throughout the journey from Dhaka till he was freed in Khulna in the evening.Farhad Mazhar said this during the interrogation by DB officials who interrogated him for about two hours on Minto Road DB office on Tuesday.After being rescued from Abhoynagar of Jessore, Farhad Mazhar was taken first to the Adabar police station in Dhaka.From there, he was taken to DB office on Minto Road for interrogation.Joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Krishna Pada Roy, joint commissioner of DB police Abdul Baten and Tejgaon zone police deputy commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker were present during the interrogation.”We are verifying Farhad Mazhar’s statements,” joint commissioner Abdul Baten told Prothom Alo on Wednesday.They wanted to know whether Farhad Mazhar went out on his own accord or someone called him over cell phone? Why did he go out so early in the morning?During the interrogation, Farhad said he was going towards the pharmacy adjacent to Dhaka Central Medical College Hospital in Shyamoli to buy medicine for his eyes and to walk. When he reached to a lane near Golden Street, a white microbus stopped near him and three men got down and picked him up in the microbus.How did Mazhar manage to make a cell phone call to his wife?In his statement to police, Farhad Mazhar said,” Two men sat on both side of me. After closing the door, they slapped and scolded me. They said you are over-doing things.””When the microbus turned left from the Shyamoli intersection, at one stage I made a phone call to my wife and whispered they would kill me. Then they snatched the cell phone and blindfolded me”.About ransom, Mazhar said first they claimed Tk1 or 2 crore, later they demanded Tk35 lakh within a day. They held the phone in his ear and asked him to inform his wife. Then the abductors snatched the phone.”I attempted to use phone frequently so that I can be tracked easily. I could not realise in which direction the vehicle was going as I was blindfolded”.During the interrogation, Farhad Mazhar said, “The microbus did not stop till it reached Khulna. They got me down at around 7:00pm in Khulna. While freeing me in Khulna, they said they were staying to a somewhere close by. They asked me to go straight to Dhaka.””The abductors gave me a bus ticket of Dhaka-bound Hanif Paribahan. Do not disclose anything to anybody, they threatened. They did not create pressure on me for paying the ransom,” Mazhar said in his statement.Asked why he carried the bag.Farhad said, “The bag is with me all the time. They did not touch it. After being freed in Khulna, I went to the Hanif counter in a rickshaw. I had my cell phone in my bag, but it had no charge. I charged my phone at the counter”.Why did not Mazhar make a call after getting in the bus?Farhad said, ” I had no sense and no energy to make phone calls”.According to family members, Farhad Mazhar carries a bag all the time. He keeps essentials in his bag.Farhad Mazar also gave judicial statements before the court under section 164 on Tuesday. He gave almost similar statements as he had given to the law enforcers.In the judicial statement, Farhad Mazhar said, “I did not know the people who picked me up. It seems to me that those who do not like the present government, picked me up to embarrass the government at home and abroad”.The court recorded his deposition and permitted him to go home on his own accord on Tuesday.His family members said Farhad Mazhar seemed to be exhausted when he was rescued.Farhad Mazhar has been undergoing treatment at BIRDEM (Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders).His family members said Mazhar is recovering gradually.Read more:Farhad Mazhar admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac HospitalFarhad Mazhar free to go home‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in JessoreFarhad Mazhar taken to DB headquarters*The report originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

All HISD Students Eligible for Free Meals This School Year District Says

first_img Share Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Flickr account Houston Independent School District’s Nutrition Services announced that all students will eat meals at no charge during the 2018-2019 school year.Houston ISD announced Monday it will provide free meals to all students in the 2018- 2019 school year, regardless of economic status.The district said in a press release it’s schools will be operating under a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service program, called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The program provides free meals for students at high poverty schools and districts. Eligibility for schools is based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals, through programs like SNAP. #HISD to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to all students at no charge for 2018-2019 school year, thanks to @USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Community Eligibility Provision.— Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) August 6, 2018According to the Houston Chronicle, about 75 percent of HISD’s over 200,000 students qualified for free or reduced-price meals last school year.HISD Nutrition Services Officer Betti Wiggins said CEP will also help remove the social stigma from students who qualify for free or reduced meals, because the meals will be available to all students. “We are committed to providing students with as many opportunities as possible for them to get complete, healthy meals. This program expansion allows us to remove a roadblock to that access for many of our students,” HISD Nutrition Services Officer Betti Wiggins said, in a press release. “It also allows us to grow our program in a way that help us to better serve our students.”HISD said it has already provided free breakfast to all students, since 2009. It also has had a free dinner program at over 178 schools.The Houston Food Bank said this summer, it has been serving a record number of meals for food insecure children in the Greater Houston area.last_img read more

Today AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday November 13

first_imgIn a special Facebook Live episode of the AFRO First Edition, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network discuss breaking news being reported by the New York Times, a fifth accuser has come forward saying Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Pressure is mounting for Moore to end his bid for the U.S. Senate, while many Alabama Republicans seem to be standing by Moore, for now. These stories today on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more


No 4 Louisville Plays at Virginia on Thursday

first_img Game Notes LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 4 Louisville women’s basketball (23-2, 10-2) looks to get back in the win column when it plays at Virginia (10-15, 4-8) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Earlier this season, UofL’s 48-point win (W, 91-43) over Virginia marked its biggest margin of victory in ACC history. The previous record was a 42-point win (W, 71-33) vs. Clemson on Jan. 28, 2016. They also held Virginia to just one free throw (1-4) which marked the fewest amount of free throws allowed since Clemson had just one free in the same game (1-6).  ABOUT THE CAVALIERSVirginia enters Thursday’s game with a 10-15 overall record, 4-8 in ACC, in head coach Tina Thompson’s first year at the helm. They are 7-7 at home and 3-3 in ACC home games. Listen Louisville has won 89 consecutive games against non-AP Top 25 teams. Their last loss a 79-66 setback vs. unranked Dayton in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. on Nov. 29, 2015. Evans and Shook were a combined 8-12 (.667) from 3-pt range in the loss vs. Miami, while the rest of team was 3-22 (.136). The 79-73 loss to Miami on Sunday ended an 18-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center for the Cardinals. They now look to avoid losing two straight games for the first time in two seasons when they lost consecutive games to NC State (L, 72-70) and at Notre Dame (L, 85-66) in early February 2017. UofL gave up a season-high 32 points to Miami in the fourth quarter. The previous high was 29 in the fourth vs. Western Kentucky. It marks the most points allowed in a quarter since Dayton scored 33 in the fourth on Nov. 29, 2015 (L, 79-66).center_img Story Links The Cavaliers are third-to-last in the ACC with 58.8 points per game and their 35.5 field goal percentage and 11.0 assists per game rank last. Watch Following Sunday’s loss, UofL is 223-21 when surpassing the 70-point plateau under head coach Jeff Walz. They have scored 70-plus in 21 of 25 games this season and are 20-1 in those games. The loss ended a 49-game winning streak when scoring 70-plus points. They last lost when scoring 70-plus vs. Notre Dame in ACC Tourney on March 4, 2017 (L, 84-73). Live Stats Junior Jocelyn Willoughby leads the team with 14.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Entering the first game against UofL, Willoughby was shooting 35-69 (.507) from 3-point range and leading the ACC. She is 4-31 (.129) from deep in the last eight games. Junior Dominique Toussaint averages 11.8 points per game and leads the team with 3.4 assists per game.Series History – UofL is 8-2 all-time against UVA and 3-2 away from home. The Cardinals are 8-1 since joining the ACC and have won seven straight. They won 91-43 at the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 17. Last season, UofL won 77-41 at UVA and 51-39 at the KFC Yum! Center.Date: Thursday, Feb. 21Time: 7 p.m. ETSite: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (14,593)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ACCNE, Fran Harris, play-by-play; Lauren Moses, analystLast Meeting: W, 91-43 (Jan. 17, 2019 at KFC Yum! Center)Series History: 8-2 (5-0 Home, 3-2 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 4th Associated Press, 4th USA TodayFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at Friendly Versionlast_img read more