Netflix announces five India Originals SRK Anushka to produce

first_imgMumbai: Streaming giant Netflix on Tuesday unveiled their new slate of Original series with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma attached as producers on two different projects.According to Netflix, Shah Rukh’s Red Chillies Entertainment will produce zombie horror “Betaal”, while Anushka and Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films will serve as executive producers on “Mai”.”This is my second collaboration with Netflix after ‘Bulbul’ and we are again looking to disrupt the kind of content audiences are consuming. We at Clean Slate Films have been dedicated to making clutter-breaking, powerful stories since our first production and we are looking forward to push the content envelope. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”The creative freedom to be able to translate these stories to screens that reach a global audience is exciting for us, which is why Netflix is such an important partner,” Anushka said in a statement.”Mai” revolves around 47-year-old wife-and-mother, Sheel, who finds herself accidentally sucked into a rabbit hole of violence and power, following a personal tragedy. The series is penned by Atul Mongia along with Tamal Sen, Amita Vyas, with Sudip Sharma as a creative producer. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryShah Rukh’s “Betaal”, which also marks the actor’s second collaboration with Netflix”, is based in a remote village, visited by two-century-old Betaal, a British Indian Army officer, and his battalion of zombie.”With Indian police pitted against the undead army, hapless villagers are trapped in a horrific, edge-of-your-seat conflict,” the plot line read. Patrick Graham is attached as writer/director and showrunner, along with Nikhil Mahajan as the director and Suhani Kanwar as writer. The Original will be executive produced by Blumhouse, known to design some of the best horror content, and Ivanhoe. Apart from this, Netflix is coming with “Masaba Masaba”, a scripted series based on real-life moments from fashion designer Masaba Gupta’s life. It follows her unique background, the diverse worlds she straddles across fashion and family, and her foray back into the dating world. The series will star Masaba along side her mother, veteran actor Neena Gupta, as themselves. The genre-bending show is created and produced by Ashvini Yardi’s Viniyard Films and will be directed by Sonam Nair.Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Bombay Begums” and American actor and director, Ravi Patel’s “Messy”, are also part of the streaming platform’s list of upcoming series. Bela Bajaria, VP, International Originals, Netflix, said they are excited to present these entertaining India-based stories. “India is home to some of the world’s greatest stories. It’s been thrilling to watch these amazing storytellers embrace the artistic freedom possible at Netflix to create entertaining stories. Audiences everywhere will love these five inventive series set in stories of horror, drama and comedy,” Bajaria said. “Bombay Begums” revolves around five women from different generations and their lives in contemporary urban India. Created, written and directed by Alankrita, the show has Chernin Entertainment and Endemolshine India attached as executive producers.”Messy” focuses on Mumbai’s rising stand-up comic, Beanie, who struggles to balance a career in comedy with pleasing a yuppie day-job boss, peculiar best friends forever, persistent parents, and proposal-popping boyfriend. Patel has co-written the series with Neel Shah. It is co-produced by The District’s David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer and Mutant Films’ Seher Aly Latif and Shivani Saran.last_img read more

Celebrities Celebrate World Oceans Day At Oceana Event

first_imgCelebrity Ocean Activists celebrated World Oceans Day in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday evening at the Inaugural Oceana Beach House presented by Nautica with support from LA Confidential Magazine.Keegan Allen, Aimee Teegarden and Tyler Blackburn celebrates World Oceans Day at Nautica’s Oceana Beach HouseThe event focused on the victories of Oceana, the world’s largest international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting the world’s oceans and ensuring our seas can increase in biodiversity and help to feed the one billion people who depend on the oceans for food.The event co-hosts Aimee Teegarden (lead of CW’s forthcoming Star-Crossed and formerly on NBC’s Friday Night Lights), Keegan Allen and Tyler Blackburn (ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars – returning with new season Tuesday, June 11th on ABC Family) were joined by celebrity supporters Elsa Pataky, Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood – returning with new season June 16th), Bethany Joy Lenz (new to cast of Showtime’s Dexter – returning June 30th and formerly on CW’s One Tree Hill for 9 seasons), Maya Gabeira (Champion Big Wave Surfer), Jesse Spencer (NBC’s Chicago Fire) Nadine Velazquez, Emily Osment, Leonor Varela, Ryan Newman (Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run) and more. Teegarden’s Star-Crossed co-stars, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley and Grey Damon came to learn more about the cause from Aimee and show their support. Recording artist Brett Dennen and DJ Benjamin Walker, provided a live performance and tracks, respectively.“I grew up in California, so it means a huge deal to me to work with an organization that has action behind what they say. I’m hoping that tonight will inspire another wave of supporters to get involved with Oceana,” said Teegarden during a speech to the party’s attendees.Oceana Beach House guests were treated to Hors d’oeuvres on the beach at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA, and served drinks generously provided by Chandon, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water.This inaugural event was presented by Nautica, a long-time supporter of Oceana. Nautica has generously supported Oceana’s mission to protect the world’s oceans since 2008. The evening was also supported by the exclusive media partner LA Confidential.last_img read more

CANADAS JACOB TREMBLAY SCORES 100K DEAL FOR THE SHINING SEQUEL

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Ewan McGregor will star as Danny Torrance in the upcoming film and has been claimed that King gave his blessing to cast McGregor in the lead role.Danny – the son of Jack Nicholson‘s alter-ego Jack Torrance – was played by Danny Lloyd in ‘The Shining‘, which was based on the author’s 1977 book, but in ‘Doctor Sleep’ he is an adult going by the name of Dan who, along with his mum Wendy, is still psychologically troubled by the events at the Overlook Hotel.Dan has been attempting to dull his “shining” powers – psychic abilities which allowed him to see the hotel’s terrifying past in the first film – with copious amounts of alcohol, but they will return in ‘Doctor Sleep’, and he finds out a young girl also has similar abilities.As well as this, Dan has to deal with alcoholism and rage he inherited from his father.Mike Flanagan will direct the forthcoming film, with Trevor Macy and Jon Berg set to produce.‘The Shining‘ – which was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Shelley Duvall as Wendy – has become a horror classic, despite initially appearing to disappoint at the box office, earning $44 million.JACOB TREMBLAY SCORES ‘SHINING’ PAYDAY FOR STEPHEN KING’S HORROR FLICKJacob Tremblay is continuing his pint-sized dominance of Hollywood, and has secured the bag for a new movie based on one of Stephen King’s horrifying tales.Tremblay, known for flicks like “Room” and “Wonder,” inked a $100,000 deal for a role in “Doctor Sleep,” according to his contract. The scary movie, which began shooting in October, is based on a 2013 book by King.The six-figure payment isn’t for months of work either, the 12-year-old star is making the fat stacks for only 2 days of work! If they need him to shoot additional scenes past the two required days, he will receive $50,000 per day.The young star actually signed his own contract, and his signature is just adorable.TheBlast.comTremblay’s role is only listed as “Role #24,” but “Doctor Sleep” is actually a sequel to the classic 1977 horror story, “The Shining.” “Doctor Sleep” follows the now-grown Danny Torrance as he struggles with psychic powers and alcoholism.Yadyap.Jacob Tremblay‘s stock keeps rising ’cause he keeps landing big roles … like his next one in the sequel to “The Shining.”The 12-year-old star child actor has scored a $100k deal to appear in the next movie based on Stephen King‘s work, tentatively titled “Doctor Sleep.” It’s slated to premiere in 2020 and it’s got a star-studded cast that includes Ewan McGregor.Jacob’s not even a teenager and already he’s landed some big roles in Hollywood … most notably and recently his part in “Wonder” alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The flick was a monumental success … earning more than $305 mil worldwide.He also starred in “Room” and had a recurring role on the TV kids series “Pete the Cat.” Jacob’s been busy in La La land … he also lent his voice in the made-for-TV movie “Pete the Cat: A Very Christmas Movie” and is also in the comedy “Good Boys” slated for 2019. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment JACOB TREMBLAY’S 100K SHINING ROLEJacob Tremblay has landed a $100,000 role in ‘The Shining’ sequel.The 12-year-old actor – who shot to fame in critically acclaimed movie ‘Room‘ – has landed a role in ‘Doctor Sleep’, an adaptation of Stephen King’s book of the same name, which is a follow up film to 1980 horror movie ‘The Shining‘.According to TMZ, Jacob will be paid $100,000 for his new role. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton Act give Americans the right to sue companies profiting from properties confiscated by Cuba’s government after its 1959 socialist revolution. But every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has suspended the key clause, known as Title III, in part because it could alienate U.S. allies whose companies have invested in Cuba.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now says the administration is suspending Title III again, but only for 45 days instead of the standard six-month suspension, and the issue is under review.The Associated Presslast_img read more

More than 10 stray dogs killed in Gurugrams posh area

first_imgGurugram: A NGO working for animal rights has alleged that more than 10 stray dogs were murdered brutally in Gurugram’s posh residential area of Uppal South End. It claims that the merciless killing took place for two consecutive days on April 1 and April 2 where people were brazen enough to commit this act of crime in broad daylight.According to the activists, old stray dogs were specifically targetted by the rogue elements who killed them by beating them with rods. The carcasses were then put in a sack and dumped in the vacant areas. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Recently on April 1 and 2 some goons were in the society during broad daylight beating dogs they managed to catch with rods and sticks. Some of this has been caught in CCTV and some has been witnessed by some children and guards. In fact, it was some children who first informed about this to the animal lovers,” said Smita, the official from the NGO which is pursuing the case “We believe that both RWA and security agency are to blame or are the mastermind for this as there is no way goons with weapons would come into the society 2 days in a row in broad daylight unless they were authorised,” she further added. A police complaint was filed by RWA on April 3 and the law enforcement officials have begun the investigations. This is not for the first time in Gurugram when stray dogs have been targeted by the people. In May 2018, five puppies were stoned to death in DLF City E Block colony, another posh locality in the city.last_img read more

UNICEF names Jordans Queen Rania firstever Eminent Advocate for Children

29 January 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan as the agency’s first-ever Eminent Advocate for Children. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan as the agency’s first-ever Eminent Advocate for Children. “Her Majesty Queen Rania has been a tireless champion for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where the queen agreed to take on the role. “This title recognizes her steadfast commitment to creating a better world for children.”In her capacity as Eminent Advocate, Queen Rania will champion children’s issues and promote the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), objectives which by 2015 aim to slash poverty and other global ills, in addition to improving the health, education and well-being of children.“For the millions of children whose voices are not being heard, let us commit to take a stand, and take a step, and make real strides for child survival and education,” said Queen Rania, who, as a member of the UNICEF Global Leadership Initiative for Children, has long been an enthusiastic supporter of the agency’s activities in the Arab world as well as globally.“I am convinced that transformational change is just the sum of many small steps – footprints marking a path ahead where none existed before,” she added. read more

Armed bandits continue attacks against vehicles in Darfur says UN mission

20 November 2007Armed bandits continue to carry out attacks on vehicles across Darfur, especially in the south of the war-torn and impoverished Sudanese region, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today. An estimated 30 bandits stopped commercial trucks on the weekend on a South Darfur road about 70 kilometres southeast of Nyala, the provincial capital, and exchanged fire with five soldiers from the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) who were escorting the convoy.UNMIS said two people were killed and two others injured during the exchange, although the identity of the dead remain unknown. The PDF soldiers are reported to have gone missing after the incident, while the attackers stole two of the trucks.A second convoy on its way to Nyala was later stopped at the same location, but the convoy was allowed to proceed after an hour without being looted.In a separate incident last Thursday, UNMIS reported that three armed men stopped a UN vehicle with two UN staff members aboard near the UN Office in Nyala. The staff suffered slight injuries after they were assaulted by the attackers and had their personal belongings looted.After a drive of about 10 minutes, the attackers let the staff members out and took off with the vehicle, which remains missing.The attacks by armed bandits are taking place amid concerted international efforts, led by the UN and the African Union, to bring peace to Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied militias since 2003.In the past four years more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced from their homes because of the violence, while an estimated 4 million now depend on humanitarian aid for survival. read more

Ban calls on Lebanon and Israel to fulfil obligations and consolidate stability

9 March 2011Lebanon’s paralysis over forming a government has prevented progress in implementing some of its key obligations in the United Nations resolution that ended the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue. Lebanon’s paralysis over forming a government has prevented progress in implementing some of its key obligations in the United Nations resolution that ended the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue.At the same time he calls on Israel to take the necessary “visible steps” towards implementation of its obligations. The Government, led by Saad Hariri, collapsed in January after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over its refusal to cease cooperation with the UN-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of Mr. Hariri’s father Rafiq and 22 others, with the media reporting that the court was about to indict Hizbollah members for the murders. Mr. Ban has called on the newly designated Government to continue to cooperate with the court, set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry was seriously flawed. The Commission also found that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. The first indictments were handed up in January, but their contents remain confidential. “I call upon the Government to be formed in Lebanon to reiterate its commitment to the full implementation of resolution 1701 (2006) in its ministerial statement, and to take necessary visible steps towards its implementation,” Mr. Ban says in the new report.Although the situation on the ground has remained relatively stable and calm during the three months covered by the report, both sides have yet to fulfil all the terms of the resolution. Israel has yet to withdraw from northern Ghajar and the adjacent area north of the Blue Line separating the countries, which Mr. Ban urges it to do as soon as possible.At the same time he voices concern at the almost daily violations of Lebanese sovereignty by Israeli over-flights of Lebanese. “These over-flights exacerbate tensions in the UNIFIL area of operations,” he writes, referring to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, which has almost 12,000 peacekeepers on the ground.“They also run counter to UNIFIL objectives and efforts to reduce tensions, and have a negative impact on the credibility of the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL. I call once again on Israel to cease immediately its over-flights,” he adds, while noting that Israel cites the alleged lack of enforcement of the arms embargo against militant groups, required by Resolution 1701, to justify them.The resolution calls for the disarming of all militias and armed groups outside the national army and Mr. Ban terms the continued presence of Hizbollah and other groups “a serious challenge” the State’s ability to exercise full sovereignty and control over the territory.“I call on Lebanese leaders to make progress towards the adoption of a national defence strategy that would address armed groups operating outside the control of the State and lead to their disarmament,” he says, also regretting the lack of progress in dismantling the military bases of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) and Fatah al-Intifada. He notes Israel’s assertion that Hizbollah continues to build up its military presence and capacity, including within the UNIFIL area, but writes that to date “UNIFIL has neither been provided with, nor found, evidence of the unauthorized transfer of arms into its area of operations.”Citing Israeli “allegations of significant breaches of the arms embargo across the border” between Lebanon and Syria, he adds: “While the United Nations takes these allegations seriously, it is not in a position to verify this information independently.”But he also notes that Hizbollah “asserts that it maintains a substantial military arsenal separate from that of the Lebanese State for defensive purposes against Israel.”Mr. Ban calls on both Israel and Lebanon to take “constructive and pragmatic” steps to visibly mark the Blue Line so as to reduce friction and maintain stability.UNIFIL, originally established in 1978, was greatly reinforced after the 2006 fighting to oversee the cessation of hostilities. It currently fields some 11,875 military personnel, including 495 women, and 341 international and 659 national civilian staff, and carries out some 10,000 patrols each month. read more

UAE joins USled coalition to protect Mideast waterways

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates says it has joined a U.S.-led coalition to protect waterways across the Mideast after an attack on Saudi oil installations.The state-run WAM news agency announced the UAE’s decision in a statement Thursday.It quoted Salem al-Zaabi of the Emirati Foreign Ministry as saying the UAE joined the coalition to “ensure global energy security and the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy.”Saudi Arabia joined the coalition on Wednesday. Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom also are taking part.The U.S. formed the coalition after attacks on oil tankers that American officials blame on Iran, as well as Iran’s seizure of tankers in the region. Iran denies being behind the tanker explosions.The Saudi oil installation attack Saturday has further heightened Mideast tensions.The Associated Press read more

Jimmy Vaccaro Isnt Excited About The Super Bowl

On Jan. 26, 1986, the Chicago Bears beat the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. That year, the fearsome ’85 Bears had become “more than just a really good football team,” Chicago native Chuck Esposito, the race and sports book director at Sunset Station casino, told me. They had iconoclastic quarterback Jim McMahon, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, and the best defense in NFL history. “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” the novelty record they cut, even peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard chart.7Amazingly, the song was nominated for a Grammy.At the time, Vaccaro was running the sports book at the MGM. His rise was swift. He’d cut his gambling teeth as a kid in his 1.4-square-mile hometown of Trafford, Pennsylvania, and in Youngstown, Ohio, where he attended but never finished college. He spent his young adult life playing cards, shooting dice and backing pool players. “Betting was in his veins,” Sonny said of his brother.In 1964, at 18, Vaccaro went to Vegas for the first time. He said he spent the next 10 years “coming back and forth. Going broke, going home, going broke, going home … ” He didn’t officially move to the city until 1975, when casino magnate Michael Gaughan gave him a job as a blackjack dealer at the Royal Inn. Soon Vaccaro was helping Gaughan open the hotel’s race and sports book. When Gaughan opened the Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino in 1979, Vaccaro was tabbed to run the new establishment’s sports book. Six years later, Vaccaro left for the MGM.Even then, bookmaking had not yet become the creative enterprise that it is today. Prop bets existed, but they were rare. In his 2013 article about the now ubiquitous medium, SB Nation writer David McIntire relays a story about the time in 1980 when the late bookmaker Sonny Reizner put up odds on who shot J.R. Ewing during the season finale of “Dallas.”8Cowboys coach Tom Landry was also a suspect. The odds on him were 500-1.“The person who pulled the trigger turned out to be the sister of J.R.’s wife,” Reizner, who died in 2002, later told the Los Angeles Times, “and she was my 7-to-2 fourth choice in the odds.”The Nevada Gaming Control Board forced Reizner’s Hole-in-the-Wall Sportsbook to take the bet off the board — it reportedly ruled that the show’s creators had already determined the shooter and might leak his or her identity — but the stunt drew plenty of media attention.It’s unclear whether the “Who shot J.R.?” prop influenced the Vegas bookmakers, but by the 1980s, they’d begun to look for ways to grow their business by piquing the interest of the general public. Vaccaro said that in January 1986, several of his colleagues gathered for lunch and discussed the possibility of creating a wager that might do just that. They wondered: “What if we put odds on whether William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry would score a touchdown in the Super Bowl?” During the regular season, the gargantuan Bears defensive tackle had three TDs, all on plays where he’d line up as a fullback. Still, with Payton in Chicago’s backfield, there was no way The Fridge would get the ball in the Super Bowl.The Fridge prop is often credited to Vaccaro, but in hindsight he thinks fellow bookmaker Art Manteris of Caesars Palace was the first to offer his customers the odds on Perry scoring. (“If I had to make a bet,” Vaccaro said, “I’d say it was Art.”) At the MGM, Vaccaro opened it at 75-1, but so much money poured in that the line moved to 5-1. “Who the fuck would’ve thought a defensive lineman would score a touchdown?” Vaccaro said with a smile. Sure enough, with the Bears on the 1-yard line late in the third quarter, McMahon handed off the ball to Perry, who barreled into the end zone.“I think we won overall on the game but we lost a quarter-million on that prop,” Manteris later told the Associated Press. “I sold it to the people upstairs by saying we got a million dollars in PR out of it.”Vaccaro said the MGM lost $40,000 on the Fridge prop. At the end of the night, Vaccaro didn’t curse out The Fridge or celebrate the publicity. “I’m a passive person,” he said. He climbed into his Jaguar, drove 6 miles on Interstate 15 to his house, ate a tuna-salad sandwich and went to sleep.But after the Super Bowl, reporters started calling. “It was the best money we ever spent,” Vaccaro said. After all, he adds, “We’re talking about it today.” This week, Vaccaro and the rest of Las Vegas’s bookmakers will turn their attention to Super Bowl XLIX. “The money that comes in on the Super Bowl is dominated by the betting public,” Kornegay said. “Not the sharps, not the so-called wise guys or professionals. It’s the public’s money.”And the public is spending more than ever. Last February, gamblers at Nevada casinos bet a record $119.4 million on one of the most lopsided title games in NFL history. Note that that figure doesn’t include the absurd amounts of cash bet via online sports books, office pools and your friendly neighborhood bookie.A chunk of that will be wagered on things that go beyond the outcome of the game. These are called proposition bets, and they’re everywhere. No place in Vegas offers more than the Westgate SuperBook, where you can bet on, for example, whether Russell Wilson’s first pass will be complete (-170) or incomplete (+150), or whether Tiger Woods’s fourth-round score at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (-5.5/-110) or Patriots receiver Julian Edelman’s number of receiving yards4The casinos stick to props decided on the field of play, but if you peruse some online betting sites, you’ll find things like: “How many times will ‘deflated balls’ be said during the game?” and “Will Marshawn Lynch be fined for actions on media day?” (+5.5/-110) will be higher.Oddsmakers don’t haphazardly toss these wagers up on the board; they try to approach them empirically. When Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM, recently tried to determine the over/under on Tom Brady’s total yards in the Super Bowl, he pored over the Patriots quarterback’s statistics in the regular season and the playoffs; considered the quality of New England’s opponents; applied his personal formula that he uses for yardage props to the data; and came up with 278.5.5Every sports book comes up with its own odds. But bookmakers aren’t automatons. There’s always a little psychology involved. Because “the public thinks Seattle is a defensive team and New England is an offensive team,” Rood said, he knows he can project “most of the Patriots statistics a little higher than the math says, and vice versa.”And though he’s equipped with ample information and institutional memory, Rood calls Super Bowl prop-making “exhausting.” Why? Because the sharps have caught on. And if the line on a prop isn’t made with care, they’ll pounce. “They no longer think they’re a gimmick,” Rood told Sports Business Daily. “They think it’s a massive opportunity to try and cart money out of the casino.”Devising multi-sport props is even trickier. Take the Woods/Edelman example. For it to work, the golfer’s typical single-round score must be in the same numerical range as the receiver’s typical single-game receiving yards total. Two incongruous options could create liability for the casino. As props become more esoteric, they get riskier.“You try to keep putting up more and more and more,” said Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations at Wynn Las Vegas, “but sometimes you go so far out of the box, you put yourself in a situation where there’s a prop that’s advantageous to the player.”The mundane props can also burn a book. In Super Bowl XLVIII last year, Seattle opened the scoring with a safety. The odds in Vegas of a safety occurring at all were about 8-1; the odds of a safety being the first points of the game were 50-1. “We lost $62,000 12 seconds into the game,” Vaccaro told Bloomberg News. “A sizable scream went out when it occurred.”6It was the third straight Super Bowl in which a safety occurred.For bettors, the allure of prop bets is simple. Even if the odds are lousy, it gives them the ability to plunk down a little money to have the chance to win a lot of money. “The public really enjoys low risk, high reward,” Kornegay said. “It doesn’t matter what it is. You know what? You can say, ‘Will Elvis come down on the field and do the coin flip?’ One-to-one odds. It’s a good bet.”Vaccaro helped start the prop bet revolution with something nearly as ridiculous as that. Jimmy Vaccaro, the dean of Las Vegas bookmakers, leaned back in his chair and kicked his black loafers up onto his desk, revealing the tube socks stretching between his shoes and his dad jeans. The NFC championship game was on his flat-screen television, and outside his office at South Point Casino there was a crowd filling a sports book the size of a state school lecture hall. Grown men in Packers and Seahawks gear,1In addition to Seahawks, Packers, Colts and Patriots gear, I saw a Joe Montana jersey, a J.J. Watt jersey and a Ben Roethlisberger jersey. My favorite fashion choice, however, was what appeared to be an authentic circa 1994 Stan Humphries Chargers jersey that went down to a scruffy dude’s knees. many of whom had money on the action, were screaming at stadium-grade video boards and sucking down Bud Lights. Vaccaro, on the other hand, was sipping Pepsi through a straw.“You wouldn’t know who I’m rooting for,” he said. His ability to stay calm during a major sporting event is a point of pride. “Once it starts, I can’t control it.” This Sunday, millions of people will realize the same thing. Betting on the Super Bowl has become, according to some estimates, a multibillion dollar affair, infiltrating the culture to the point where offshore gambling sites are offering odds on things like what color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach.The guy who helped it go mainstream — the one who was in the room when Super Bowl betting went from niche to zeitgeist — is Jimmy Vaccaro, the kid from tiny Trafford, Pennsylvania, who made good in Vegas.Since moving here permanently in 1975 — “40 freakin’ years” — Vaccaro has run more than a half-dozen race and sports books. “He was spearheading the movement,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of the 30,000-square-foot2The Westgate Las Vegas, which everyone still calls the LVH (depending how old you are, it’s short for the Las Vegas Hotel or the Las Vegas Hilton), claims it has largest sports book in the world. Westgate SuperBook.Vaccaro doesn’t drink, smoke or go to strip clubs. He even refuses to dress up, keeping an overstuffed cardboard box full of his signature all-white sweatshirts near his desk. Only New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick owns more hoodies. Vaccaro still makes calls on a flip phone, can count the number of visits he’s made to the East Coast over the past four decades on one hand, and is twice divorced. “I’m married to this,” he said.Vaccaro is the guy who helped destigmatize sports betting. He did it not only by being an expert linesmaker (which he is), but also by being a levelheaded booster of a supposedly illicit activity. When the media needed a no B.S. kind of guy to talk about the odds on a big game or a big fight, we called Jimmy Vaccaro.3For a live special called “Springfield’s Most Wanted”, “The Simpsons” asked Vaccaro to tape a segment touting fictional odds on who shot Mr. Burns. He agreed to do it, although he’d never seen the show. We still call Jimmy Vaccaro. And he’s here, 40 freakin’ years in, at an off-the-strip resort, still plying his trade.“Who’s the most famous bookmaker of all time? Jimmy ‘The Greek.’ ” said his older brother Sonny Vaccaro, the former sneaker company executive who signed Michael Jordan to his first Nike deal. “What did [the Greek] do? He publicized himself every time he took a shit. He craved publicity. My brother is the anti-showman.” By the time Vaccaro began running the sports book at the newly opened Mirage in 1989, prop betting hadn’t exactly taken off. But it had become more common. Leading up to Super Bowl XXIV in January 1990, a guest at the Mirage bet $5,000 on 4-1 odds that an extra point would be missed. After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana hit tight end Brent Jones for a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter, kicker Mike Cofer’s ensuing attempt was no good. The unidentified man collected $27,000, prompting Vaccaro to tell the San Francisco Chronicle that “it gave him more money to bet with us on the halftime line.”A string of blowouts — NFC teams won 13 straight Super Bowls beginning in January 1985 — forced the bookmakers to get creative. “It really took off in ’95, when the 49ers and Chargers met in the Super Bowl and it was a 19.5-, 20-point spread,” Kornegay said of a game that San Francisco won 49-26. “So we were just trying to devise propositions to keep everybody interested in the game by the time the second half rolled around.”Over the past 20 years, prop betting has gone mainstream. So has betting on sports in general. Is there anyone left who doesn’t fill out an NCAA tournament bracket? “Everyone in America likes to bet sports,” Nick Bogdanovich said. “It’s not like the old days when people painted it as a bad thing. Look, now all these college-educated kids want to work on formulas and crunch stats and algorithms.”On the day after the NFL conference championship games, Jimmy showed me his sports book’s intricate digital database. Employees can monitor global betting lines, check exactly how much has been wagered on specific events, and even access what Vaccaro calls the “What if?” screen. “Right now you could punch in, ‘Patriots 35-10,’ ” he said, “and it tells you exactly what we’re gonna win or lose.”Running a sports book is different than it was in 1975. “There’s no guessing anymore, which makes it so much easier,” Vaccaro said. “You know where you’re at on everything. It’s not hard. It isn’t like the old days when we were hand-writing everything.” More information is at his disposal, but his philosophy toward how he sets the line remains the same. “It’s a general feeling that it’s the right number.”That’s why, 40 freakin’ years in, his temperament hasn’t changed. He’s never too high, and he’s never too low. On Super Bowl Sunday, he’ll be in his office with his feet up on his desk, drinking a Pepsi and watching the action unfold. He’ll probably be rooting for someone, but don’t expect him to wear his emotions on the sleeve of his white hoodie.“I understand what it’s like to make a relatively big score, and I know even better what it’s like to get your ass kicked and broke and go through bad times,” Vaccaro said. “I’ve never gotten crazy with either one.” read more

Missing sex offender back in custody after handing himself in

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE confirmed that registered sex offender Joseph McCabe, 29, is back in custody.McCabe had been missing since early April after breaching the conditions that had been attached to his release on licence.Police said that McCabe had handed himself into a local police station earlier this morning.He was arrested and is currently helping police with their inquiries.Read: Police warn public about missing sex offender >last_img

Une faille découverte dans les réseaux GSM

first_imgUne faille découverte dans les réseaux GSMUn expert en sécurité affirme avoir découvert une faille permettant à un pirate de prendre à distance le contrôle d’un téléphone mobile.Karsten Nohl, responsable du cabinet Security Research Labs en Allemagne, a récemment découvert une faille d’une très grande importance, qui permettrait à n’importe quel pirate de contrôler un téléphone mobile tout simplement en appelant ou en envoyant un SMS vers un numéro surtaxé. Reuters a interrogé l’expert qui explique que “nous pouvons faire cela pour des centaines de milliers de téléphones en très peu de temps.”À lire aussiTéléphonie mobile : les ados appellent moins, mais envoient plus de SMSM. Nohl ne mettra pas à disposition du public le code source, question de bon sens, mais estime que les hackers pourraient découvrir également le trou de sécurité et répliquer l’attaque. Pourtant, il explique dans le même temps que les opérateurs ont été informés en premier lieu et que des dispositifs de sécurité ont été mis en place pour éviter une propagation des piratages. Une douzaine de pays, dont la France, ont déjà travaillé à sécuriser le réseau.”Le réseau mobile est de loin le maillon le plus faible dans l’écosystème mobile même en comparaison au nombre de terminaux Android ou iOS ayant subi des attaques”, conclut le scientifique, qui détaillera ses recherches lors d’une conférence sur la sécurité donnée à Berlin.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 11:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

James Cameron devient le 1er homme à toucher le fond du Pacifique

first_imgJames Cameron devient le 1er homme à toucher le fond du PacifiqueLe réalisateur canadien James Cameron est devenu le premier homme à explorer seul le site le plus profond connu de la croûte terrestre, dans la fosse des Mariannes, à plus de 10 kilomètres de fond. A bord de son mini sous-marin, il a filmé en 3D les fonds grâce à de puissants projecteurs et ramassé des spécimens qui seront étudiés prochainement.Réalisateur d’Avatar, de Titanic et d’Abyss, le CanadienJames Cameron vient de passer plusieurs heures, au plus profond du Pacifique, dont il devait ramener images et spécimens destinés à “mieux connaître et comprendre cette partie largement inconnue de la planète”, selon le National Geographic qui pilote l’expédition baptisée Deepsea Challenge. Hier à 22H52 GMT, James Cameron, 57 ans, est en effet devenu “la première personne au monde à avoir jamais touché le fond, seul, du site le plus profond de la croûte terrestre à un record de 10.898 mètres”. Il a refait surface ce matin à 03H00 GMT. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le précédent record de plongée remonte au 23 janvier 1960, quand le lieutenant de la Navy américaine Don Walsh et l’océanographe suisse Jacques Piccard avaient atteint la croûte terrestre à – 10.916 mètres. A l’époque, ils n’avaient pu rester que 20 minutes dans un univers obscurci par la vase. La fosse des Mariannes, une faille de 2.550 kilomètres de long dans l’océan Pacifique, atteint les 11,2 kilomètres de fond au point Challenger Deep. A titre de comparaison, une profondeur pareille engloutirait sans peine l’Everest, qui culmine à 8.850 mètres. Il s’agit, selon les scientifiques, de l’endroit le plus hostile du globe car plongé dans une obscurité permanente.James Cameron a atteint cette zone à bord du Deepsea Challenger, un mini sous-marin de huit mètres de long, qui a nécessité huit années de recherches. Celui-ci était équipé de technologies de pointe et capable de résister à des pressions colossales. Les films des fonds en 3D se sont accompagnés de la collecte de roches qui seront étudiés en biologie marine, astrobiologie, géologie marine ou géophysique. Mais ces images ne resteront pas secrètes, loin de là.Un documentaire bientôt sur les écrans L’expédition fera même prochainement l’objet d’un documentaire en 3D diffusé en salles et sur la chaîne de télévision de la National Geographic. Précédemment, un petit film en ligne expliquait comment, lors de la descente, Cameron devait traverser différents paliers : celui où vit 90% de la faune marine puis celui des derniers rais de lumière ou de la dernière zone connue habitée par un poisson filmé.Le 26 mars 2012 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Star Trek Adventures is the first official Star Trek roleplaying game in

first_imgHot on the heels of Star Trek: Beyond (a film our own MovieBob called “a great sci-fi blockbuster”), board game company Modiphius Entertainment, the publisher of Mutant Chronicles, Conan, and Achtung! Cthulhu, announced that it was working on Star Trek Adventures. This makes it the first official Star Trek roleplaying game in more than ten years.Adventures promises each player a different experience and plot based on the ship they’re assigned to. Players will be able to explore all the main captains — Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, Archer — and their respective series plus “many others.” Adventures will use the 2d20 system, a proprietary roleplaying game dice format from Modiphius.Later this year, Modiphius will launch an ongoing playtest (similar to what Wizards of the Coast did with Dungeons and Dragons Version 5.0). This will help players get a feel for it and allow the design team to make tweaks and modifications.A new line of Star Trek miniatures — the first in 17 years — will premier alongside the game. Figurines will be 32mm scale, made of either resin or metal, and feature new and classic characters.Star Trek fans will have a chance to play test the game as well as pick up exclusive Kirk or Picard figurines and choose a ship for free at Gen Con (which runs August 4-7). Star trek Adventures will launch summer 2017 — just in time for Star Trek: Discovery, the new TV series.last_img read more

This Adventure Time Gift Guide is Totally Mathematical

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s still summer, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to get down with the Party God. At least, that’s what we do during the warm months. So the seasons might not be as radical as the ones that Jake and Finn have in the land of Ooo, but that doesn’t mean they have to be without a little color or a little song. Adventure Time has brought us so much joy throughout the years, so there’s bound to be somebody in your life that feels the same. We’ve collected a few of our favorite themed gifts we’ve found online, but due to the popularity of the show, there are certainly way more options to choose from.Adventure Time: The Official CookbookThe food in Adventure Time is simple fare, but it always looks so good. It doesn’t help that half of the supporting cast is also delicious-looking dessert. This official Adventure Time cookbook tells the tale of how Finn and Jake got the recipes for their favorite meals (they found an old cookbook that probably belonged to his mom at some point) and features some of your favorite Adventure Time recipes. Yes, there’s more than one. Obviously, you can make some bacon pancakes (makin’ bacon pancakes), but there are recipes for pink and fluffy cream puffs for Bubbeline fans, and cinnamon buns for…Cinnamon Bun fans. Plus, the book just came out, so there’s little chance the person you’re getting a gift for will own it.Battle of Ooo PlaysetThe whole gang is here to recreate the pleasure and perils in the Land of Ooo. You can reenact it all or just set it up and have the scenes live on forever.Gunther and Ice King Four Piece Pint Glass SetWho could you trust more to keep your beverages chilly than Gunter and Ice King? This glass set will complete any kitchen and are perfect for entertaining snowmen. But you don’t have to live in an igloo castle too enjoy these.Finn and Jake Medium FigureAn amazing Kid Robot figure that was a Loot exclusive is still out in the ether! Jake is Finn’s puffy winter coat keeping him whether he likes it of not. Well, at least BMO is along for the journey to provide good vibes and positivity.Enamel Pins, Set of 3These adorable pins of BMO, Jake, and Finn were made with love by HelloItsQuokka. They are quality enamel and will fit right in with any outfit. All three are a steal for $22.Demon blood sword replicaFinn has had so many swords throughout Adventure Time, some more beloved than others. Because it’s the internet, and people love making things, you can find multiple replicas of your favorite, especially on Etsy. This specific one was one of our favorites that we found: inexpensive, 3D printed, and of the demon blood sword, which is obviously the second best of Finn’s main swords. Grass sword is number one, of course.Finn and Jake Watercolor PrintHere’s a handmade print to decorate your home. There are seemingly hundreds of Adventure Time-themed ones online, but we liked these, which are beautiful watercolor by Michelle Coffee.BMO FlaskBMO is a lot of things: video game console, portable electrical outlet, music and video player, video editor, roommate, camera, alarm clock, toaster, flashlight, strobe light, skateboarder, soccer player, tape player, chef and but best all a friend. So here we have good ol’ Beemo as one of the most useful tools of all, a flask. Let him save all your worst days with love and booze.Marceline & The Scream Queens Vol. 1Get ready to hit the road with Marceline as she rocks all of Ooo. Bubblegum has joined, and they are a match made in musical heaven. The brilliant Meredith Gran writes and draws this adventure. It’s a must read for any fan of the Vampire Queen.Lumpy Space Princess Print SweatshirtThe famous LSP. No one has more confidence than her. You’ll definitely feel that way and be in the best style of a purple space princess. Grab this cozy sweatshirt today.The Lich TshirtWhat is more metal than The Lich?! Here we have an amazing metalhead version of the King who was raised by Tree Trunks. So there must be goodness in there. The only downside here is that monologue from Ron Perlman isn’t included.Deadpool’s Adventure Time WatchYes, it’s that watch. The one that was used for a throwaway gag in Deadpool. Okay, it’s not the one that was directly on Ryan Reynold’s wrist (that would cost way more than $25), but it’s similar. It’s dorky and simple, but it can tell time, and it has Jake, Finn, and Princess Bubblegum on it. Although, whoever you get this for might be wary of wearing it to a job interview unless the company boss also loves Adventure Time. Then again, who doesn’t?Plush Peppermint ButlerSnuggle up to loyal…and maybe a little insane Peppermint Butler. He’ll wait on you all day and night just as he does for Princess Bubblegum. He doesn’t even care if you aren’t royalty either. Stay on targetcenter_img 11 Geeky Splurges to Spend Your Tax Refund On’Doctor Who’ Gifts for the Ultimate Whovian last_img read more

Walter Mazzarri confident of match against Juventus on Saturday

first_imgTorino Coach Walter Mazzarri is confident of their clash against Juventus on Saturday, adding that his side will give in everything to win.The Granata face with their city rivals on tomorrow night, with the Bianconeri undefeated in Serie A this season.“I’m a professional, and I’ll try to push everything in the right direction,” he said as quoted in Football Italia.“We’ll give our all, then, of course, there are the opponents and our own physicality. Let’s see what happens, we’re confident.”What will be Torino’s approach to the game?“It’s not like you can just do what you want every game. I’d like to impose our game, but we need to see what the opponents concede.“They also change as games progress, so we’ve been trying several things all week.“I hope tomorrow we can deliver what our fans expect of us. If people have a good opinion of us then it’s because we’ve done well, and we’ve certainly dropped some silly points.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It would have been better to face Juventus with the four points that we dropped, but we just need to think about ourselves and tomorrow’s performance.“We need to be more clinical, in some games we’ve been too profligate in the last third, and that’s what cost us those points.”The former Napoli and Inter Coach was also asked about his relationship with his opposite number, Massimiliano Allegri.“When I was ill he thought of me in his Press conference, that was nice and I want to thank him for that,” Mazzarri responded.“As for the rest, every Coach has his beliefs and his personality. His career speaks for itself.“Every person has their own character, what matters is that there’s respect.”last_img read more

ASA Reinforces Support for Crop Insurance Opposes Means Testing

first_imgASA joined a broad coalition of other farm groups this week in a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R. Miss.) reiterating support for strong crop insurance provisions in a new farm bill, and oppositions to certain provisions that would limit its effectiveness, specifically any form of means testing as a qualification for purchase.”Agriculture is only beginning to emerge from one of the most significant droughts in our nation’s history. From the fields we hear that crop insurance played a critical role in survival and a key reason that farmers will return to producing food, fiber, feed and fuel this year,” wrote the groups. “Limiting crop insurance support to producers of a certain size creates barriers to participation for producers trying to obtain this risk management protection and impacts the financial health of the agricultural community.””As with other lines of insurance, crop insurance requires a broad pool of participants to function properly,” continued the groups. “Arbitrarily assigning a means test for support will impact the pool of participants, both in the near term and longer term… Means testing unfairly discriminates against full-time farms and those producing higher value crops, such as specialty crops.”The groups concluded the letter by highlighting the potential long-range fiscal ramifications of means testing, saying, “Making crop insurance protection unaffordable would cause producers to reduce their program participation, resulting in a higher risk pool of insured producers, higher loss ratios over time and increased premium rates for those that remain in the program. Limiting crop insurance protection would also yield the unintended consequence of increased calls for ad hoc, off-budget disaster assistance, which were not heard during the devastating 2012 crop production year.”last_img read more

DOD Opens New Intelligence Campus at Maryland BRAC Site

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) held a ribbon cutting last week at a Bethesda, Md., campus that will house about 3,000 intelligence community employees.The Bethesda site had been the home of offices for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency until 2011 when the agency moved to what is now NGA Campus East at Fort Belvoir, Va. The 2005 round of BRAC called for the agency to consolidate multiple sites, primarily in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington, to Fort Belvoir.By preserving existing structures, the new intelligence facility in Bethesda was built for about 60 percent of the cost of new construction, reported Government Executive. The new building is a “sleek glass façade that wraps around the three pre-existing buildings to create a unified modern structure that centralizes and efficiently distributes mission services,” according to ODNI. A six-story parking garage also was built on the campus, which houses ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University and the Defense Intelligence Agency.“This facility is — in so many ways — the physical manifestation of ‘intelligence integration,’” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at the ribbon cutting.last_img read more

WCTV To Host Food Drive At Market Basket This Saturday February 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television is holding its annual food drive — Donations From The Heart — on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 9am to 1pm, at the Market Basket in Wilmington.WCTV staff and youth volunteers will be setting up a table inside Market Basket. Volunteers will be at the doors of the store handing out lists of food most needed by the Wilmington Food Pantry. If you are shopping at that time, please take a list and purchase one or two of the items off of it. Then go to the table in front of the store and drop off your donation. Volunteers will pack up the boxes and bring them to the food pantry.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV To Host Food Drive At Market Basket On February 11In “Community”Wilmington Food Pantry Is In Need Of Canned Protein DonationsIn “Community”WILMINGTON GIVES: WCTV To Host Food Drive This SaturdayIn “Community”last_img read more

20 gold bars seized at Dhaka airport

first_img20 gold bars seized at Dhaka airportCustoms intelligence officials recovered 20 gold bars from a flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International airport on Wednesday morning.The gold bars worth Tk 10million was recovered from a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Malaysia in the morning, said Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) director general Moinul Khan.last_img