Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan’s breezy chemistry in their upcoming film Dear Zindagi is the talk of the town. Alia Bhatt will be seen playing a filmmaker, Kaira, while Shah Rukh will play her mentor Jehangir Khan aka Jug.ALSO READ | Dear Zindagi first look: SRK mentors Alia Bhatt in a series of bittersweet tweetsALSO READ | Dear Zindagi Take 2: Alia cracks PJs, Shah Rukh is not amused ALSO READ | Dear Zindagi: Tahir Raj Bhasin replaces Ali Zafar in Gauri Shinde’s film In both the teasers of the film released so far, Alia and Shah Rukh’s playful banter steals the show. He is her life coach, but not preachy.In the first teaser, Shah Rukh tells Alia to play “kabbadi with thesea”. He wants her to just let go of her hang-ups and just have a goodtime, and after some hesitation, Alia gives in and has fun. They areshown riding around town on bicycles, and in the second teaser, Aliatries to crack jokes with her mentor.CHAK DE! INDIA The student-teacher relationship is characterised by a vibrancy that sets it apart from any other such relationship that we have seen in recent times. Take, for instance, Shah Rukh’s last film where he played a mentor, Chak De! India. Chak De saw Shah Rukh Khan playing a disgraced hockey player returning to the sport as the coach of the women’s team and catapulting them to victory. Shah Rukh initially faces resentment from the girls; he benches them when they do not live up to his expectations and pushes them to their extreme to bring out the best in them. He is a great coach, but the vibrant dynamic of Dear Zindagi is missing.advertisementBLACK Amitabh Bachchan’s alcoholic Debraj Sahay works a miracle with the blind and deaf Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji) in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. However, to achieve this miracle, he uses harsh methods – he slaps her and even throws her into a fountain of water. While all of this is done for Michelle’s long-term good, Debraj cannot go beyond the strict but well-meaning teacher to become Michelle’s friend. Aamir Khan famously called the film “insensitive” and said that it reminded him of The Taming of The Shrew.THE LAST LEAR Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear sees Amitabh Bachchan in the role of a mentor again. He plays a retired Shakespearean stage actor mentoring a model-turned-actress who does not know how to act (Preity Zinta). When he imparts lessons of acting to her, he reminds you a little of Debraj Sahay and his harsh methods.Alia and Shah Rukh’s light-hearted relationship is a welcome detour from Bollywood’s stereotypical strict-teacher-determined-to-push-the-student-to-do-their-best methods. Whether it will usher in a change in the existing depiction of mentor-mentee relationships is something that we will have to wait and watch.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has defended the club’s decision to fine Ousmane Dembele after reports of the winger’s recent misconduct.The France international has endured a frustrating spell at Camp Nou since his switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, finding himself in and out of the starting XI and only managing to show glimpses of his unique talent.Much of his time in Spain so far has been overshadowed by disciplinary issues, with Barca reportedly issuing a hefty fine to Dembele after he was apparently late in attending various training sessions and club events last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Blaugrana shot-stopper Ter Stegen has weighed in on the 21-year-old’s situation at Camp Nou, telling Sport Bild : “The club has quite rightly reacted [to give Dembele a fine].”Ous is still young and will learn from it. Basically, I have to say that I like that not all guys are the same in football, otherwise it would be boring.”He is a talented footballer who will help us. He is not a complicated guy and is absolutely fine. It is also up to us experienced players to push him a bit in the right direction. The rest has to come from himself.”Dembele’s performances on the pitch have improved since coming back after the winter break and he hit a brilliant opening goal during Barca’s most recent 3-1 La Liga victory against Leganes .The Frenchman has contributed 12 goals and four assists in 26 matches across all competitions so far this season and he finally seems to be hitting his stride, linking up well with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the attack .Next up for Barca is a huge Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Sevilla on Wednesday evening, but Dembele will play no part in the match after sustaining an injury against Leganes.The forward suffered an ankle tear and has been ruled out of action for two weeks , bringing a swift halt to recent progress.He is now expected to miss the second-leg against Sevilla, along with La Liga encounters against Girona and Valencia.
Police in South Sioux City have arrested a man suspected in two South Dakota slayings.South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon says the U.S. Marshals Service notified his department around 6:30pm that Manuel Frias was in a South Sioux City home near East 20th and B Streets:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FRIAS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..not communicate. :09Mahon says the joint Dakota County-South Sioux Police SERT Team deployed to the scene shortly after 9pm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FRIAS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….into custody. :23Frias was not armed and was taken into custody just before 10 p.m.South Dakota authorities say Frias is wanted in the January 5th shooting deaths of 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier in Sioux Falls.Frias is in custody in the Dakota County Jail pending extradition to South Dakota.
Next Lionel Messi could make Barca return against DortmundBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has not played since sustaining a calf injury in pre-season, but coach Ernesto Valverde named him in the group which arrived in Germany on Monday.advertisement Reuters BarcelonaSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 08:33 IST Lionel Messi sustained a calf injury in pre-season. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi is likely to play against Borussia DortmundThe sriker has not played since sustaining a calf injury in pre-seasonMessi returned to training after missing the first three La Liga matches of the seasonBarcelona captain Lionel Messi could make his comeback from injury against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the Champions League.The Argentina striker has not played since sustaining a calf injury in pre-season, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde named him in the group which arrived in Germany on Monday.Messi trained on Sunday and Monday after missing the first three La Liga matches of the season.”We will decide (if Messi plays) tomorrow,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde told a news conference Monday.”It’s true that a few days ago we weren’t sure about the situation but he completed the recent training sessions well, getting past the pain that he had, he’s recovered well.”Striker Ansu Fati, 16, has also been included in the squad and may make his Champions League debut after two goals in three appearances.Former Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer has excelled at Dortmund since moving there on loan in August 2018, earning a permanent deal with the Bundesliga side.”He’s a great player and he showed it here and with the Spanish national team,” said Valverde. “Dortmund as a team suit him well and he suits the team too. It’s a disadvantage for us that he’s playing, he knows our players very well indeed.”Also Read | Watch: Lionel Messi’s son scores a goal and celebrates like his fatherFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Lionel Messi
Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat For NBA players, the summer months are a time to regroup from the grueling 82-game season. Players across the league hit the gym, their preferred pick-up games as well as the film room to try and figure out how to improve upon their performance from the year before.Between those endeavors and spending time with their families, that is a loaded schedule for any NBA player—but not Russell Westbrook. After making a deep run in the NBA Playoffs with the Oklahoma City Thunder, this summer, the superstar guard has been busy bringing his unique fashion sense to life.Always the trend-setter, the past two months have seen Westbrook launch his own sunglass brand, Westbrook Frames, collaborate with Barney’s to curate his own collection, Westbrook XO, and, most recently, partner with classic watch-makers, Zenith, to create the limited edition Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar. Like any young entrepreneur, Westbrook is concerned with diversity and his own personal vision.Westbrook Frames were created in partnership with Selima Optique and feature ten unisex frames. A Long Beach, California native and UCLA alum, Westbrook paid tribute to his L.A. upbringing by naming each frame after a neighborhood of his beloved hometown. Sunglasses range from $95 to $145 and can simply be purchased on the Westbrook Frames store.The collection with Barney’s meanwhile has seen Westbrook curate more than 60 pieces from labels such as Nike Jordan, Del Toro, Globe-Trotter and Marcelo Buron County of Milan. The result is an easily-to-shop look book of Russell’s distinctive style that any NBA fan will easily recognize from his post-game press conferences or swaggering arena entrances. Just last week, at the 2014 Kids Choice Sports awards, Westbrook was rocking his XO Barney’s New York X Jordan Side-Zip Elephant-Print tee.His work with Zenith, however, is perhaps the most unique of all. To help with the design process, Westbrook traveled to Zenith’s manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. Concealed in a 48 mm by 15.80 mm steel case, the limited-edition watch features a blue dial with orange accents as well as a blue alligator strap with orange thread and protective rubber lining to match the colors of Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder. The back of the watch has a screwed-down plate with Russell’s likeness. And when we say this watch is limited-edition, we mean it—only five models have been created.Now that’s what we call a busy offseason! Sure, Westbrook may have the advantage of being a world famous basketball player, but his devotion to his personal style and diverse interests should be an inspiration to any of us chasing after our passions. Spare Your Palate with the Best Things to Drink While Bowling The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50
Lahore: As Pakistan Tuesday marked the 21st anniversary of its atomic tests, jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that his decision to make the country a nuclear power has made its defence “invincible.” On May 28, 1998 Pakistan carried out five nuclear tests at Chaghi in Balochistan province during Sharif’s tenure as prime minister. The day is since observed as Youm-e-Takbeer in Pakistan. Pakistan’s nuclear tests came days after India successfully carried out the atomic tests in Pokhran on May 11. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”May 28 is an unforgettable day in the history of Pakistan. On this day, the defence of the country was made invincible when Pakistan emerged on the world map as a nuclear power,” 69-year-old Sharif, supremo of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said in a message which was shared on his party’s Twitter handle. “Youm-e-Takbeer is a day of nation’s honour. A sign of nation’s unprecedented bravery, it also gives a message to the country’s enemies that there would be dire consequences in case of any misadventure against Pakistan,” he said in the message from the Kot Lakhpat jail where he is currently undergoing a seven-year-sentence in a corruption case. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaSharif said his government was threatened with economic sanctions in case of the atomic tests. He also said that Pakistan was offered billions of dollars for not conducting the tests. “But I accepted all the challenges and went ahead with the tests,” he said. The PML-N chief claimed that external forces hatched conspiracies against him for making the country an economic power for his approval of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor due to which he was being punished – first forced to go on exile and later sentenced to jail. “In the solitary confinement, I assure the nation that I will never compromise on the constitutional rights of the people, people’s right to vote and country’s security and sovereignty,” he said. Sharif has been serving a seven-year prison term at the jail since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case. Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing and allege that the corruption cases against them were politically motivated.
In an open session, the current Council President, Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, read a statement in which the Council reaffirmed Resolution 1373, which established the Committee, and recalled the President’s statement of 16 October 2003, which had confirmed the continuation of the arrangements for the CTC Bureau until 4 April 2004.Last week, the Council unanimously decided to restructure the CTC into a Plenary, comprising all 15 Member States, and a Bureau, made up of the Chair and Vice-Chairs, as well as the consolidated expert and Secretariat staff, known as the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), headed by an Executive Director.The move was made to make the CTC more agile and efficient in helping Member States comply with Resolution 1373, which was adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks against the United States. That text called on countries to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, refrain from providing any support to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts, and deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support and commit such acts.
Brock’s arts facilities are ready to celebrate Culture Days with the community.Both Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) will be opening their doors this weekend as part of the national initiative that highlights the mosaic of Canadian culture.Rodman Hall, 109 St. Paul Cres. in St. Catharines, will be hosting an open house and various family-friendly, hands-on activities Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30.Visitors will have the chance to make their own art, meet Rodman’s instructors and tour the space, including its Summer Student Art Show and Material Girls exhibition.A full list of the free activities and their times is available on the Culture Days website.The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines will welcome guests for free tours Saturday, Sept. 30.Guided tours of the state-of-the-art facility will take place every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at the David S. Howes entrance, adjacent to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the space on their own.Tours will include the Awakening the Spirit exhibit now underway in the school’s gallery, which features works from the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Collection.The exhibition showcases Rochon-Burnett’s journey to empower and support indigenous arts in Canada and globally through a collection of paintings, mixed media, sculpture and personal objects.A percussion improv performance, during which Brock instructor Devon Fornelli will use found materials and traditional instruments to create his music, will also take place on the Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP Pathway, between the MIWSFPA and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.For more information on MIWSFPA events, visit brocku.ca/miwsfpa.
THE CHAIRPERSON OF the Constitution Convention, Tom Arnold, has today urged the public to submit any suggestions, proposals or comments they have regarding same sex marriage.The call for submissions comes ahead of the convention’s examination of the issue at its next meeting on 13 April. Arnold said one of the central principles of the convention is that it is a citizens’ forum.“I am calling for people to engage with the convention by making their views known on what is a very important subject for many in Irish society today,” he said.“We are keen that the convention’s deliberations and subsequent decisions are properly informed. Therefore, we want to hear from all sides of the debate regarding the proposal to make a constitutional provision for same sex marriage.”He said the convention was encouraging organisations, citizens and the disapora to make their voices heard.Submissions, proposals and comments must be received by 19 March, 2013 and can be made on the convention’s website.Read: Creighton can’t predict outcome of referendum on gay marriage>More: Kerry County Council backs same-sex marriage>
Source: ShutterstockFretting over what to do while people sing Happy Birthday at youThe only thing we have gathered thus far, in all our years of birthdays, is that it’s weird to sing along with them. Source: GiphyBut what then? Smile inanely? Clap your hands? Crawl under the table and refuse to come out?The Facebook conundrumYou don’t want to wish every single one of your Facebook friends a happy birthday, but you’d probably be really sad if everyone ignored yours.YES. GIVE US ALL YOUR BEST WISHES.The pressure to partyNooooo. Can we just stay at home and watch telly this year, please? Source: Shutterstock‘What if nobody turns up?’On the other hand, if you do organise a party, there’s a whole host of other things to think about. Source: TumblrWhat if they don’t have a good time? What if I don’t have a good time?! Ah here.Realising that you are now one year olderAh hello, existential crisis. We’ve been expecting you. Source: WordPress19 animals that take way better selfies than you>19 terrifying things you learn by the time you’re 29> BIRTHDAYS. WIDELY REGARDED as ‘fun’, right? Wrong. So wrong.Ask anyone over the age of 12 – birthdays are stressful. Here’s why. Being the centre of attention is difficult for many of us Source: Party ProductsIf anyone tries to make you wear a novelty badge or sash on your birthday, you’ll go spare. You’ll go spare!The awkwardness of the office sing-alongCharacteristics of an office birthday celebration:Funeral-style procession to birthday boy/girl’s deskThe world’s quietest, most half-hearted rendition of Happy Birthday is sungBirthday boy/girl inwardly (or outwardly) curses the traitor who ratted them out
Tablets that are shipped with a mobile operating systems all suffer from the same inherent flaws. They are impractical, expensive toys that appear to be built in such a way that productivity is an afterthought. Consuming music, movies, and games are what these devices are all about, regardless of manufacturer, operating system, or price. In many ways, tablets are like video game consoles in terms of purpose, only with some strange artifact of productivity mixed in randomly. The success or failure of a tablet is now based on the marketing and the price. Though, why spend the money on marketing? Why not just make every tablet $99?Game console manufacturers are no strangers to selling their devices at a loss and making the difference up down the road. Licensing games and accessories are what keep consoles afloat. What happens when tablet manufacturers start behaving the same way? What if the iPad 3 came out at $99, and Apple started licensing access to the Game Center to app developers alongside their 30% cut in in-app sales to cover the cost? How about if Google started asking nVidia and Qualcomm for a stipend as a result of their Tegra Zone and App pack game kits to cover $99 Android tablets? As has been proven by the ecosystem created by these two monolithic OS’s, there is nowhere for developers to go if they expect to sell their apps to an audience of any real significance.Consider for a moment that the average consumer buys something based on what they see on TV, what they read online about the item, recommendations from friends and family, and the price. If any one of these elements is heightened significantly, they cancel out the others by orders of magnitude. This has a great deal to do with the success of Apple’s iPad. By being the first, they quickly grabbed early adopters, who recommended the tablet. Combined with spectacular reviews and Apple’s prolific marketing scheme, by the time the average consumer got to the mall, the price was completely irrelevant.Now, rotate that completely. Show a couple of vague commercials with celebrities holding the device with some lackluster reviews online and nobody you know owns this tablet. When you pass it in the store, however, it is over $300 cheaper than that iPad you were told about and it looks like it does a lot of the same things. After all, it’s got Angry Birds; how different could it be?When the TouchPad fire sale began, who bought them? Sure, you’ve got tech enthusiasts and bloggers, you’ve got the timeless eBay scammer, and a handful of WebOS enthusiasts, but they aren’t all. You’ve also got the people who have been reading about tablets for a year now: gadget hungry, drooling at the thought of a shiny new toy. They don’t buy, though, for whatever reason. The economy, common sense, or maybe they just blew their cash on a new laptop or HDTV. For whatever reason, these guys wanted a tablet so bad they could taste it, but couldn’t make the purchase. Now, they have a tablet, a pretty decent one, as well. It’s faster then the iPad, running better hardware than most of the high end Android tablets, and you know what? WebOS is kind of slick, right? Now there’s a small army of WebOS owners, and they got their tablet for $99. Plus, more are on the way as HP preps the second wave of the fire sale, so now all of their friends who heard about this great deal will be lining up to buy one.What do all of these people have to do with anything? Way more then most people understand. See, they got a really nice, modern piece of technology that most devices coming out over the next six months will still be trying to compete with in terms of raw hardware. They got theirs, so they will see no reason to drool over the next tablet, or the next one, or even the one after that. In fact, by the time they are ready for a new tablet, the landscape will be completely different from the one we have right now.The average consumer isn’t following HP’s decision to fire sale this tablet or their vague 12-16 month plan for WebOS. My local Best Buy sold a pair of HP Veers to a lovely middle aged couple this morning, and they left the store excited at the potential of their new device. These tablet buyers are exactly the same. Only, when the time comes to upgrade, they will be looking for the next $99 tablet.My father’s first computer cost him nearly $3,000 when it was all said and done. I replaced his fifth computer this Christmas for $600 and it had nearly three times the computing power and storage of his previous PC. Technology all around is getting smaller, faster, and cheaper. So, when the fire sale customer is ready to upgrade, and the guy in the store is going to tell him that his new tablet is going to be in the $400-$600 range? No way he’s buying. What’s more is that the whole time this customer has had a TouchPad, he’s been showing it off to the world, talking up that pricetag the whole time. It’s been estimated that HP had $100 million in TouchPads just lying around, and you can bet that they will keep pushing them at that $99 price point until they are all gone. All of a sudden, there are a whole lot of people just like our hypothetical customer.HP’s move will, in the long term, completely alter the tablet ecosystem. Manufacturers won’t be able to get away with the prices they have been charging for tablets, and the whole world has now seen that the way to make sure that nobody wins is to undercut the competition so badly on price that, while you take a hit the whole time, you guarantee that those customers won’t be buying your competitors products any time soon. HP’s move was one of desperation, but what happens when another company makes the same move tactically?
Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz has revealed he has to to be patient to get his chance at the club.The 19-year-old scored twice as City defeated Fulham 2-0 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup to book a place in the quarterfinals of the competition.“You have to be patient, and when you get the chance you have to take it. It’s amazing to be playing with so many great players.” Diaz said, according to Sky Sports.The Spaniard also praised fans for chanting his name as his brace helped the Citizens achieve a third quarter-final place in the League Cup for the second season in a row.“I always wondered how it would sound having my name chantted from the stands after scoring a goal. Now I’ve done. Twice. And it is unreal. Thank you all for your messages! Unto the next round,” Diaz posted on his official Twitter account.I always wondered how it would sound having my name chanted from the stands after scoring a goal. Now I have done it. Twice. And it’s unreal. Thank you for all your messages! On to the next round! ✨ pic.twitter.com/Qd8auCCVCqMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…— Brahim (@Brahim) November 1, 2018Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the performance of his team, saying:“Everybody was good. Brahim made two goals, Aro [Muric] making a clean sheet – we didn’t concede too many chances, and he gave us good security. Every time Phil Foden plays a good level.”“It was another good performance. They played with a lot of discipline with and without the ball. We attacked both inside and outside. We could’ve scored more goals but it’s OK.”
Luis Suarez believes Barcelona were top class in their 5-1 drubbing of rivals Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Clasico.The Catalans were in fine fettle at Camp Nou and Suarez helped himself with a hat-trick alongside goals from Coutinho and Vidal to further complicate issues for Julen Lopetegui.Injured Lionel Messi was in the stands and would surely be impressed by the performance of his teammates.“[Messi] is the best in the world, always a plus,” Suarez told FourFourTwo. “But what we’ve done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We’re behind the manager and we love the club.”Give me 🖐 pic.twitter.com/wClG6dWjTi— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Madrid had threatened a fightback when Marcelo scored early in the second half, but Suarez delighted in taking advantage of the space as the visitors flooded forward.“They came out obviously wanting to turn the game around,” he said. “They made it 2-1, they had a couple of chances.“We thought, in general, the team played very well and were able to respond. Madrid were leaving a lot of spaces and we knew we could take advantage of that.”But Suarez is not writing off ninth-placed Madrid, adding: “Every player and every team can suffer a poor game and a poor performance.“You just have to keep trying and pulling together as a team. These are situations you can understand. They can happen to everyone.”
General Motors Self-driving cars 41 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Auto Tech Car Industry 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Tags 0 2018 Honda Accord: Turbo engines, sharper design and more space General Motors Cruise AV is more than a Bolt without a steering wheel Self-driving cars 2017 Fiat 124 Spider: The Fiata is Fi-awesome More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThat weird fake windshield thing could be a thing of the past if Nuro has its way. Nuro The car industry is spending money on self-driving cars like it’s going out of style, and up until this point, all of their development vehicles have had controls so that a human driver can take over. That might not always be the case, though, and the US government is curious how the average American feels about that, according to a report published Friday by Reuters.To that end, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening up a period of public comment on petitions by several self-driving car developers that are seeking exemptions from Federal vehicle safety standards.For example, Kroger’s little grocery delivery pod producer, Nuro, wants to build its autonomous vehicles without a windshield. The car has no driver and no provisions for a driver, so a windshield is unnecessary. However, federal vehicle guidelines mandate that one exist.”We’ve worked closely with NHTSA and other regulators to make sure our technology complies with relevant laws and is positioned to deliver maximum benefit to our customers and their communities,” said a Nuro representative in a statement to Roadshow. “If approved, this exemption will be a notable and responsible step toward realizing those goals, and we look forward to input from regulators and the public about how to deliver them.”General Motors is also applying for exemptions. It wants to test its self-driving cars on public roads with no hand or foot controls. This means no steering wheel and no brake pedal. Again, this would typically run afoul of federal standards.GM had been hoping to get its control-less cars on the road this year, but it has been approximately 15 months since it submitted its request for a temporary exemption. The vehicles, it says, will be used as part of an on-demand ride-sharing fleet (we’re assuming they mean the Cruise Automation taxi fleet we’ve heard about) and that vehicle speeds will be limited.Neither GM or NHTSA responded immediately to requests for comment.
Two suspicious deaths in Anchorage have local police puzzled. APD was investigating a body that was found at the city’s Point Woronzoff early Thursday morning when they found a second person nearby, critically wounded. That person has since died in an Anchorage hospital.Police spokesperson Anita Shell is saying little about the incident, except that someone called about the first body around 8:30 a.m. The second victim was located almost an hour later. Shell, in a press release, says the victims are a male and a female, and that police are in the process of notifying next of kin.The cause of death has not been released for either victim.Download Audio
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the manufacturer of the India’s favourite Innova, is the latest carmaker to announce a price cut in India, to woo the auto lovers’ in the country. The price cut comes in the wake of the latest excise duty reduction announced in the interim budget 2014-15.Finance minister P Chidambaram, while presenting the budget, had said that the excise duty of cars, motorcycles, scooters and commercial vehicles in India has been cut down to 8 percent from 12, and the excise duty of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) has gone down to 24 percent from 30.The cut brings down the prices of Toyota’s models including the popular Fortuner, Innova and Land Cruiser. The Etios Liva petrol hatchback, which was earlier priced in the range of ₹4.53 to ₹5.03 lakh, is now available for ₹4.44 lakh to ₹4.89 lakh. Fortuner prices have been slashed by up to ₹62,000 as the base variant of Fortuner two-wheel drive manual is now available for ₹21.81 lakh, while the automatic variant is priced at ₹22.79 lakh.Innova now costs ₹9.47 lakh as against the previous ₹9.89. The Camry petrol variant is marketed at a price pint of ₹25.09 lakh after the price cut, while the Camry hybrid is priced at ₹29.13 lakh.Carmakers like Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai have also announced price cuts across all models.Toyota sold 11,284 units in February, compared to the 13,979 units sold in the same period last year. The export of Etios series stood at 1,184 units last month.”The recent excise duty cut was a welcome step taken by the government to revive car sale. However, other factors like high interest rate, falling rupee and unstable fuel pricing still loom large in the market,” said N Raja, senior VP, Sales and Marketing according to TOI.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon have received fierce criticism from the songwriting and music-publishing communities after the announcement last week that the companies are teaming up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%.While Spotify is just one of the four streamers appealing the ruling — notably, Apple Music is not participating — it has found itself taking a lot of the heat, partially because it announced the appeal, and also because on Monday it attempted to explain its side of the situation in a blog post. (The other three services have been content to let Spotify take the beating and have not commented.) While Spotify and other sources close to the situation say that their issues have more to do with the “complexities” of the CRB’s rate structure, there is little question that lowering the rate increase — which is significantly higher than originally expected — is a major goal. Spotify: So what’s the right way to split the pie? Music services, artists, songwriters and all other rightsholders share the same revenue stream, and it’s natural for everyone to want a bigger piece of that pie. But that cannot come at the expense of continuing to grow the industry via streaming. The CRB judges set the new publishing rates by assuming that record labels would react by reducing their licensing rates, but their assumption is incorrect. However, we are willing to support an increase in songwriter royalties provided the license encompasses the right scope of publishing rights.NMPA: There is spin, and then there is black and white falsehood. Spotify alleges the CRB judges “assumed” record labels would react to the publisher rate increase by reducing their rates. Not only is that not true, the judges wrote the opposite in their opinion. For those who want to fact-check, read footnote 75 on page 35 of the CRB’s Final Determination. The truth is that unlike songwriters, Spotify and record labels are in a free market. What Spotify pays record labels is negotiated between the parties. How those two parties split the 85% of revenue left over after paying songwriters and publishers their 15% of revenue is irrelevant and has no relationship to the value of the songs to Spotify’s business model. Simple solution: let songwriters and publishers negotiate the value of their copyright the same way that record labels do, but Spotify opposes that.The NMPA’s message concludes by saying, in part, “This fight has just started.” Spotify and reps for Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment. David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association (pictured above), has been the most vocal if not the most heated critic of the appeal — he has said the appeal amounts to “suing songwriters” — and today he issued a point-by-point response to Spotify’s blog post. (While Israelite’s letter says “Spotify Spin” vs. “Truth,” we have edited those to “Spotify” and “NMPA,” respectively.)Spotify: Is Spotify suing songwriters? No, Spotify is not suing songwriters. Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Pandora have each individually appealed the CRB outcome. The National Music Publishers’ Association, or NMPA, also filed an appeal. An appeal is the only avenue for anyone to clarify elements of the CRB ruling.NMPA: Spotify is appealing the decision of the CRB to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in order to reduce or eliminate the royalty rate increases granted to songwriters by the CRB. It’s that simple. Everything else — including Spotify’s attempt to describe its filing as “clarifying elements” of a ruling — is misleading spin. Simple question for Spotify: Do you want to reduce or eliminate the rate increase? If the answer is anything but an unqualified “no”, then all songwriters should see right through Spotify’s attempt to divert and distract. Further, NMPA made clear it would not appeal unless the digital services appealed first. If the digital companies withdraw their appeal, so will NMPA.Spotify: Does Spotify think songwriters deserve to be paid more? Yes – this is important to songwriters and it’s important to Spotify. The industry needs to continue evolving to ensure that the people who create the music we all love — artists and songwriters — can earn a living. The question is how best to achieve that goal.NMPA: Let’s start with the most obvious falsehood. Spotify put on a case at the CRB trial where it had an opportunity to propose any rate structure it wanted. Did Spotify propose paying songwriters more? No. Spotify actually proposed a reduction from the old rates. If Spotify thinks songwriters deserve to be paid more, and it’s just a question of by how much and how best to achieve that goal, why did it propose to the CRB to cut what songwriters earn? Spotify claims songwriters deserve to be paid more, but Spotify fought in the CRB to cut rates, and now Spotify is fighting in an appeal to prevent the rate increase ordered by the CRB. Spotify should understand that actions speak louder than words. There is no way to spin this Spotify. Spotify: Do you support the CRB rates? We are supportive of US effective rates rising to 15% between now and 2022 provided they cover the right scope of publishing rights. But the CRB’s 15% rate doesn’t account for all these rights. For example, it doesn’t consider the cost of rights for videos and lyrics.NMPA: Spotify’s answer is an attempt to trick you. Let’s be clear, Spotify knows Section 115 doesn’t include the video and lyric rights of songwriters. So, Spotify tries to fool you into thinking it supports the 15% rate as long as it includes the “right scope” of rights, and then names two rights over which the CRB has no authority. The CRB ordered a 15.1% rate for only the Section 115 mechanical reproduction rights structure. If Spotify wants the video and lyric rights of songwriters, Spotify knows it has to negotiate for those rights in a free market, on top of the Section 115 compulsory rate. What Spotify is saying is that it doesn’t want to pay any more for your lyric or video rights, even though every other digital service must do just that. No one should be fooled by this smokescreen.Spotify: So why is Spotify appealing? The CRB rate structure is complex and there were significant flaws in how it was set. A key area of focus in our appeal will be the fact that the CRB’s decision makes it very difficult for music services to offer “bundles” of music and non-music offerings. This will hurt consumers who will lose access to them. These bundles are key to attracting first-time music subscribers so we can keep growing the revenue pie for everyone.NMPA: Let’s talk about “bundles.” Spotify complains it will be difficult for music services to offer “bundles” of music and non-music offerings under the new rate structure. Let’s be straight about how Spotify (and Amazon) want “bundles” to work. Say that Spotify wants to partner with a non-music service, like a gym. You join the gym, and pay $50 every month, and you get Spotify for “free,” something that would cost $10 a month if you paid for it alone. Let’s also say the rate stays at the 15% of revenue. For a music service alone, Spotify would owe the songwriters/publishers 15% x $10 which would equal $1.50. Simple, right? So if the $10 Spotify service is “bundled” with a $50 a month gym membership, and the rate is 15%, how much should Spotify pay the songwriters/publishers? Under the CRB ruling, Spotify would have to value the music service at $10 per month, and still owe $1.50. That’s what Spotify calls “flawed.” So, how does Spotify want it to work? Spotify wants to be able to “deduct” the value of the non-music value from the revenue pool, before applying the rate. So, if the gym membership is arguably worth $50, Spotify wants to claim that the value of the music service is then $0, and 15% of $0 is … well… you get the picture. Spotify tries to deceive songwriters into thinking “bundles,” a topic few people understand well, is driving its decision to appeal, and makes no mention of intending to fight against the rate increase. Popular on Variety
Stay on target After Bungie and ‘Destiny,’ Please Free Blizzard From ActivisionThe Current State of Destiny 2 When Destiny was announced, Bungie stated that character progress would be carried forward to all sequels and expansions. This has been true for all of Destiny‘s DLC so far. Unfortunately, it appears that not all character progress will carry over to Destiny 2.“Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more,” said Bungie in a blog post. “This led us to a decision that would enable us to serve both the game and the player’s best interests: Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward. They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1.“We know that, just like us, you have grown fond of the Guardians you’ve created, so we do plan to preserve your character personalization. We are going to recognize the dedication and passion you’ve shown for this world. Specifically, the class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections for all characters that have achieved Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission will carry forward. We also plan to award those veteran accounts with honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.“We believe this is the best path forward. It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.”Powers, items, and currency will not carry forward to Destiny 2. The blog post wasn’t clear on what “power and possessions” means. We’re going to have to presume it is abilities, light levels, weapons, and armor. The way your character looks will carry forward, but only for players who have reached level 20 and finished the Black Garden mission.Destiny‘s final event will take place at the end of March. Bungie plans to hold a series of live stream showcases for “The Age of Triumph” to show everyone what it is all about. Dates for each of these events can be found at the bottom of the latest blog post.
In the 2012 Olympics, Team USA was bludgeoning the competition to the tune of an average margin of victory of 32 points per game. So far at the Rio games, Team USA Basketball has looked less impressive than the green Olympic diving pools.In their last two games, they squeaked past France and Serbia by a combined total of six points. Sure, the world is catching up, but this Coach K led squad has been a total dud so far. At this point, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they got bounced in the medal round. So, what’s the issue?Following their latest lackluster effort, Paul George took, what appeared to be, a passive aggressive shot at Coack K, saying he felt the team had “trust issues.”Today in The Herd, Colin said, there is one glaring difference between the recently dominant USA Basketball teams and this one, and his name is LeBron James. “We do know this much. LeBron’s not here. That’s what we know. You can tell me all the excuses. LeBron’s not here. Because let me give you the margins when LeBron was here. In 2008, LeBron was on the team, they won by 27.8 points on average. The following time LeBron was on the team they won by 32 points on average. That was against better international teams.”Doug Gottleib of CBS Sports was in studio, and agreed with Colin that LeBron’s presence is missed because he commands the respect he commands and demands from his teammates.“It shows you how great LeBron James is. There’s no true Alpha among these Alpha’s.” Advertisement
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