first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio will be special guest at this year’s SeaChange Summer Party benefitting Oceana, the world’s largest international organization focused solely on ocean and marine life conservation.Leonardo DiCaprio is a four-time Academy Award nominee and longtime environmental advocate whose foundation donated $3 million to Oceana this year. DiCaprio also recently addressed the US State Department’s Our Ocean conference, speaking of the need to protect our world’s oceans.Confirmed guests include: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Austin Nichols (One Tree Hill), Chloe Bennett (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Dennis Haysbert (24), Reid Scott (VEEP), Rachael Harris, Oscar Nunez (The Office), Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), and more.Where: Laguna Beach, CAWhen: Saturday, August 16th. Press Check in at 5:30. Red carpet opens at 6:00pmAbout the Event: This year’s seventh annual SeaChange Summer Party will take place on Saturday evening, August 16th at a beautiful Villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach and will feature special guest Leonardo DiCaprio who will speak about the need to protect our world’s oceans. The evening will start with a world-class silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet sit-down dinner and exciting live auction, program and musical guest. The night is capped off with a Post Party Lounge where guests can dance under the stars.Find out more here.last_img read more

19 October 2008The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has handed over a satellite imagery system to the team tasked with producing a border map, one of the key elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended the long-running north-south civil war in the vast African nation. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi presented the equipment, worth $600,000, to the Ad hoc Technical Border Committee – whose 18 members are drawn from both parties to the peace accord – yesterday in the capital Khartoum.It will be used to create the map to delineate the 1 January 1956 border, one of the major benchmarks of the CPA. Next month, a final report, including the map, will be presented to the Presidency. Once it is endorsed, the Committee must proceed with demarcation on the ground.Mr. Qazi, who serves as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, congratulated the Committee, established in 2005, on its vital work and underscored the readiness of UNMIS to assist its work.Abdallah El Sadig Ali, the border team’s chairman, called the UN’s delivery of the satellite imagery system historic. read more

He said that neither the SLFP nor the UNP could get majority support at the election and this showed that the public wanted what began on January 8 with the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President, to continue.Dissanayake said that accordingly the SLFP and the UNP had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to work together in a National Government. He said that talks are being held with other political parties as well to secure their support for the National Government. Dissanayake said that during the Parliamentary election the public had clearly stated that they support the concept of a National Government. Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda have extended support to the National Government.This was announced by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake at a media conference at the SLFP headquarters today. Meanwhile, Dissanayake said that the SLFP will celebrate its 64th anniversary on September 2 in Polonnaruwa.He said that the SLFP continues to be a strong party and the public had shown faith on the SLFP in January by electing common candidate and then SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the President.Dissanayake also said that the SLFP Central Committee will meet tomorrow and the current political developments will be discussed at that meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) says it plans to provide an additional $300 million in commercial loans over the next two years to support business growth in the Atlantic provinces.The bank says the funding is in addition to the $280 million package it announced in 2017.Gina Gale, BDC’s senior vice-president – Atlantic, says the success of the first part of the program prompted the new funding.BDC’s Atlantic funding supports commercially viable companies that are looking to grow, including acquisitions, change-of-ownership and investment in exporting.The focus is on agri-food, including fisheries, ocean technology, tourism, and information and communication technologies. The Canadian Press

Companies in this article: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. says his company isn’t counting on higher cash flow despite analyst expectations of a “risk premium” on crude oil prices in the wake of last weekend’s attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.Benchmark oil prices jumped Monday by more than 14 per cent but gave up some of their gains Tuesday after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister reported that 50 per cent of the production interrupted by the attack had been restored.Mark Little says market reaction to the sudden loss of some Saudi oil output was likely magnified because it occurred during a relatively quiet geopolitics period, but the situation is not that unusual.He says the benefit to Canadian oil producers is that the incident forces consumers to be more aware of where their crude is coming from and how secure that source might be.Speaking after participating in a conference in Calgary, he welcomed reports that Premier Jason Kenney spoke in favour on Monday in New York of a proposal put forward by companies including Suncor to ease provincial oil curtailments for producers who add crude-by rail capacity to help relieve a glut of oil in Alberta.He says rail is the only short-term opportunity for Alberta producers to move more oil out of Canada because export pipeline expansions have been stymied.“I think people will think a lot more about security of supply. And Canada is a great place to be buying your energy from,” Little said. read more

The UN-supported relief, rehabilitation and development programme in Timor-Leste has managed to make progress in rebuilding several components of the country’s infrastructure, the Secretary-General says in his report to the UN General Assembly, which covers developments between July 2001 and May 2002. Meanwhile, the presence of UN peacekeepers in Timor-Leste has ensured a stable security environment necessary for the rebuilding and development activities, the Secretary-General notes. The return of refugees from West Timor also must remain a firm priority to guarantee that security on both sides of the board is enhanced. Mr. Annan says that raising the economic and social status of the country’s poor will be a major challenge, with more than 40 per cent of the Timorese living in absolute poverty, earning less that the national poverty line of 55 cents per person each day. He notes there is also a grave shortage of qualified and experienced Timorese across all areas of government activity, particularly the justice sector, the private sector and civil society. “Building human and institutional capacities will be a challenge,” he writes, stressing that the initiatives of the Timorese Government and donors in reaching Dili’s development targets need to be well coordinated and monitored to ensure their maximum impact and value. In underscoring the vital need for continuing UN support in building and strengthening the country’s public administration, the Secretary-General encourages Member States to continue to back efforts “to build on the success already achieved and to assist [Timor-Leste] along its development path to self-reliance.” read more

Noting it recently had to freeze recruitment because some Member States had not paid their contributions, the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Rwandan genocide in 1994 has warned in its annual report that it must be funded properly or it will not meet a Security Council target to complete all trials by 2008. In the report, submitted to the Council and the General Assembly by the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Judge Erik Møse of Norway, the ICTR recommended that it “continue to receive sufficient resources to enable it to complete its work within the time frames” set by the Council. Last year, in Resolution 1503, the Council called on the ICTR – as well as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – to “take all possible measures” to finish its investigations by the end of this year, complete trials by 2008 and wind up all of its work by 2010. Saying the ICTR is on schedule to meet its completion strategy, Judge Møse asked States to help arrest and transfer the 17 indictees and 16 suspects at large to the tribunal’s custody in Arusha, Tanzania. But he added: “Some may never be found and others may be dead.”Between 1 July 2003 and 30 June this year, the ICTR issued five judgments in the trials of nine accused, taking the total number of judgments to 17 (involving 23 accused) since the first trial began in January 1997.Five new trials, involving 11 accused persons, have also started since July 2003, and the ICTR said it expects to complete these trials by 2005-06. Depending on the progress of individual trials, it is estimated that the ICTR will have completed trials involving 65 to 70 accused persons by 2008. read more

A UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson said Indonesia now had five confirmed cases, up from two earlier in the week, and another nine suspected cases were being investigated.The second phase of the vaccination campaign, starting on 31 May and supported by UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the business association Rotary International will help the Indonesian Ministry of Health with a $4 million campaign to cover 5.2 million children in Jakarta and the rest of western Java.Australia said it would contribute $779,000 to the campaign.To get the second phase underway, UNICEF said, 40,000 volunteers would be trained to go house to house throughout West Java province to register children and then vaccinate them. Meanwhile, in face-to-face mobilization, campaigners would advise people of the reasons why the children urgently needed to be vaccinated.The Government has said vaccination coverage against polio is around 90 per cent generally, but is lower in pockets. WHO and UNICEF estimate, however, that Indonesia’s routine immunization coverage against childhood diseases, including polio, is about 70 per cent.Despite the world’s largest known public health offensive against polio, the number of cases worldwide rose to 1,267 last year from 784 in 2003, with some countries being re-infected by a wild poliovirus travelling from Nigeria through the Middle East.During a stand-off over the quality of the inoculation, authorities in several northern Nigerian states suspended the vaccination of children against polio in mid-2003. Their leaders cited the unauthorized use in the area of a Western experimental drug to combat a meningitis outbreak. Eleven children who took the drug died.WHO subsequently put that drug on its alert list, citing the negative results of studies done in Europe and the United States.According to UN Special Adviser on Africa Ibrahim Gambari, northern Nigeria agreed to resume polio inoculations using a vaccine made in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation. The paralytic disease was already spreading, however. read more

The United Nations refugee agency today raised a new alarm over the number of Colombians driven from their homes by clashes between Government forces and irregular armed groups in the north-eastern Catatumbo region of a country where more than four decades of war have already displaced at least 2.5 million people. “Since the start of the year, around 2,000 people from Catatumbo have registered with the authorities as forcibly displaced, but this could be only the tip of the iceberg,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The exact numbers are hard to pin down because many have not registered with the authorities or UNHCR. The government has sent an extra 27,000 troops to the region and clashes with irregular armed groups are frequent.Villages have emptied out as more people flee in the region close to the Venezuelan border, where some of the worst violence and human rights violations in Colombia’s long and bitter conflict have occurred.La Victoria is a ghost town. The last inhabitants fled last month when members of an irregular armed group executed two of the village’s young men in broad daylight. The neighbouring community of El Diamante also quickly emptied out.The 1999 massacre in La Gabarra, in which some 40 people were killed by members of an irregular armed group, remains one of the bloodiest single incidents against civilians in Colombia’s recent history. Another massacre two years ago left 34 coca farmers dead in the same hamlet.The volatile security situation is made worse by the illegal cultivation of coca, the raw product for cocaine, with some of the irregular armed groups fiercely resisting government attempts to eradicate their plantations.Many displaced people hesitate to register. Some are traumatized and very scared, and many do not want to talk about what has happened to them. It can also take a very long time to be officially recognized as an internally displaced person, and some people get discouraged.“Unfortunately, this means that they miss out on the protection and assistance that registration entitles them to,” Mr. Redmond said. With its 2.5 million internally displaced people, Colombia is now the country with the largest population of concern to UNHCR in the world. read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that it carried out a fourth mission to Yalda, an area to the east of Yarmouk hosting displaced people from Yarmouk. Humanitarian activities also continued in Tadamoun, to the north-east.An update on the situation report the agency is providing humanitarian assistance to 1,000 families affected by the crisis. UNRWA medical personnel established a mobile health point, treating 153 patients over the course of the day, a sustained increase from 15 April. The UNRWA distribution team will return to Yalda tomorrow. In addition, the UNRWA team travelled to Babila and Beit Saham, areas adjacent to Yalda to conduct rapid needs assessments and meet with local leaders. UNRWA plans to establish operations in these areas on Saturday, 18 April, substantially expanding the overall response.UNRWA continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians from Yarmouk who remain displaced in Tadamoun and is also providing daily hot lunches for all civilians, complemented by regular distributions of canned food. “This continued distribution in Yalda, and planned expansion to other areas represents a sustained demonstration of UNRWA’s commitment to providing essential assistance to all civilians affected by the intensive armed clashes that have recently affected in Yarmouk,” the agency says in a press release. Meanwhile, UNRWA says its priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and the agency reiterated its strong demand for all parties to respect and comply with their obligations to protect civilians and to establish of secure conditions under which it can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance. read more

first_imgMurray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the Synclinorium shaft for Mopani Copper Mines in Kitwe, Zambia. The new shaft is expected to add about 25 years to the life of the Nkana copper and cobalt mine near Kitwe. The main shaft, which will be sunk to 1,200 m with a 7 m diameter, will be equipped as a rock hoisting shaft on this brownfields mine to service a new area under development. A 6 m diameter raisebored ventilation shaft will form part of the full project. By 2018 the new shaft will boost Nkana’s ore production from 3.4 Mt/y to 5.1 Mt/y. Mopani is an integrated copper and cobalt producer located in the Zambian Copperbelt. Mopani’s operations comprise four underground mines, a concentrator and a cobalt plant around the town of Kitwe and an underground mine, concentrator, smelter and refinery at Mufulira. Murray & Roberts Cementation offers a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum of the mining value chain. The company has served the mining industry for more than a century and is a leader in shaft sinking, contract mining and raise-and shaftboring technology and services, with a strong track record of successful mine project delivery worldwide. Allan Widlake, Business Development Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says that people remain Murray & Roberts Cementation’s most valuable asset and that the safety of employees and other site personnel working is not negotiable.“We maintain a business culture designed to keep safety constantly top-of-mind through the “Stop.Think” campaign, risk assessments, training, observation and coaching of employees to promote our Zero Harm objective,” he says. “Each person’s accountability and responsibility to ensure safety is a tenet of the company’s philosophy and our employees are consistently encouraged to ‘do it right, first time, safely’.”The organisation’s Business Management System actively drives safe business outcomes and Murray & Roberts Cementation’s 1st Choice Programme promotes the correct behaviours, values and principles that will ensure that this safety culture is grown from within.The company’s Bentley Park training facility near Carletonville, South Africa, provides a training service that produces skilled operators who can apply what they have learnt to ensure a safe outcome on site. The facility harnesses a highly successful combination of knowledge and hands-on skilling at a shaft mock-up on the campus, where real-life working conditions are simulated in as much detail as possible. This approach comprehensively supplements the facility’s computerised operation simulators.last_img read more

first_img Source: Fox13A court is to decide in India if a guru is dead or just in deep meditation. The Indian spiritual leader, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, died in January according to his family. However, his followers insist he is still alive and are refusing to hand over his body for cremation. They claim that he is in a deep state of meditation – called Samadhi. Sounds like you on a Sunday morning, what? What? What? (The UK Independent) Source: ImgurThere’s now an annual smallest penis contest in New York. Because of course there is. Brooklyn now officially has a “Smallest Penis Pageant” – even planners describe the event as “a pageant for confident people with a sense of humour”. Yes, participants will laugh so much they’ll cry. (The Source)Students in Ohio were dismayed to find their yearbook photos had been altered to make them more “modest”. The school’s management, without the students’ say so, digitally added sleeves or cover-ups – however they didn’t do so consistently, as you can see below. Two girls wearing the same top were not treated equally. Throws the girls back in the day rolling up their school skirts into sharp relief, eh? ( “DOES THAT MAKE me crazy?” sang Gnarls Barkley in their hit 2000s song.We would never ask you that question, dear readers. Because we don’t mind what we are. As long as we’re still enjoying the nuggets of the world’s most bizarre news, we’ll know that we’re just fine.Just FINE, you hear?A porn star is challenging the allegedly crack-enjoying Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. Nikki Benz, who has appeared in over 200 adult films, has announced her candidacy against the notorious current Mayor. “I can do a great job running this city,” Benz said. “If Rob Ford can do it, I can do it.” You know? She kind of has a point. (NY Daily News)North Korea has unveiled a new mushroom sports drink. The notoriously mysterious State has claimed they have cultivated “mushroom fungus” to create a drink that helps athletes recover from exertion. The Korean Central News Agency released the information and described it as “very effective”. We’d rather have what’s coming up below… (The Guardian)This. A Texan man is presumably still awake and buzzing after drinking a coffee from Starbucks with 60 shots of espresso. It took him five days to polish off the drink, which contained several thousand calories and was topped with whipped cream. “It was delicious, very strong, very sweet,” said Andrew Chifari. Puts your coffee addiction into perspective, I suppose. (Daily Zone)last_img read more

first_imgLeader of the Opposition Tony Abbott has ruled out any change to Australia’s policy on the renaming of FYROM if he becomes prime minister. Speaking at an ethnic media conference in Melbourne on Thursday, in answer to a question from the FYROM diaspora press as to whether he would amend Australia’s position on the naming issue, Mr Abbott said unequivocally that he would continue to support the government’s current policy. In carefully chosen words, the Opposition Leader reiterated his support for the UN-brokered process which enshrines the need for agreement between Athens and Skopje over the renaming of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “I am not proposing a change to the current situation,” said the Coalition leader. “While I can fully understand how passionate Australians of Greek or of Balkan heritage feel on these issues, I fully understand that… I certainly think it’s important for Australia to play an appropriate part in the resolution of all of these international disputes.” Mindful of the sensitivities of the subject, Mr Abbott said that Australia’s story of multiculturalism was a reminder to diaspora communities that perceived historical injustices and rivalries could and should be overcome. “One of the great things about life in Australia is that it tends over time to act as a solvent for the antagonisms and the passions of many parts of the world,” he said. “A few generations back a lot of Australians who got very exercised about the rights and wrongs of the situation in Ireland, and I have got to say there were lots of rights and wrongs, but the interesting thing about life in Australia is that people of English extraction [and] Irish extraction very quickly became Australians and discovered they had far more in common than they had dividing them.” Mr Abbott addressed Melbourne-based ethnic media at the Victorian Liberal Party’s headquarters and took the opportunity to introduce three federal Liberal candidates to the press – Ricardo Balancy, Emanuele Cicchiello and John Nguyen, who will contest the seats of Holt, Bruce and Chisholm respectively. The candidates, all of migrant backgrounds, were joined on the platform by Sophie Mirabella MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science, who Mr Abbott confirmed would be a cabinet minister if the Coalition is returned at the election. As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed the National Press Club in Canberra, the Opposition Leader’s attention to Victoria’s ethnic media was well received. “I’m not here with the ethnic media, I’m here with elements of the Australian media,” he said in his opening remarks. “Modern Australia is a country of diversity and I’m very proud of that diversity.” Fielding questions on 457 visas, manufacturing, migration policy, polls and the economy, the Opposition Leader told the press conference that the fundamental task of an Australian prime minister was “to unite our people, to celebrate our diversity but at the same time to increase our unity”. “One of the saddest features of the current government has been the way it has from time to time tried to divide Australian from Australian for political reasons,” he said. “Former prime minister Julia Gillard tried to unleash a false class war, then there was the false gender war, and finally there was the war of native-born against overseas-born Australians, as symbolised by the government’s entirely unnecessary and unjustified crackdown on 457 visas.” Mr Abbott said that a Coalition government would seek to reduce cost-of-living pressures by abolishing the carbon tax and leaving carbon tax compensation benefits to low-income families and pensioners in place. “We can’t wave a magic wand and do something that would cause prices in the supermarket to fall, [but] we can abolish the carbon tax and that can at least take 10 per cent off your power bills and 9 per cent off your gas bills. “You lose the carbon tax, you keep the compensation and everyone should be better off.” Commenting on Kevin Rudd’s rise in personal popularity since reclaiming the prime ministership, Mr Abbott said: “Whatever Mr Rudd says, nothing much changes, in the end it’s all about Mr Rudd, that’s the problem. “As many of you know – because you are familiar with other countries and other cultures – the cult of the great leader [and] personality cults around politicians are wrong. They’re destructive and they should have no place in Australian politics.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgRonaldo Nazario believes becoming a majority shareholder in Real Valladolid has been a life-changing experience for himThe Brazil legend completed a reported €30m takeover of La Liga club Valladolid in September for 51% of the club’s shares.Discussing the purchase, Ronaldo revealed the difference it has made for his life by stating it’s given him a new purpose.“I was looking for something to do for two years,” Ronaldo revealed on Sky Sports.“I looked for a team to buy in Spain and England, and Valladolid was like a gift.“Not only is it a club with 90 years of history behind it, but it’s also a city with 300,000 inhabitants and is a place that breathes football and all this means it has huge potential.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“To be able to inspire people is better than to score a hat-trick against Barcelona. I found exactly what I wanted and I have got a lot to give them too.”The former Real Madrid striker also confirmed reports that he had contacted his old club in regards to signing fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior on loan.“I’ve asked Florentino Perez if we can have him, but I think it might be difficult!” said Ronaldo.The 42-year-old previously enjoyed a stunning playing career with the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real and AC Milan before retiring in 2011.O Fenômeno (The Phenomenon) won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times along with the Ballon d’Or twice.last_img read more

first_imgZinio’s new online global newsstand offers about 870 digital consumer titles in more than 200 countries from 350 publishers. It also gives consumers the option of using Zinio’s proprietary reader service or downloading the digital edition directly once they’ve registered with the store. “Consumers can read it, archive it, download it, etc.,” says Zinio president Rich Maggiotto. “That decision was made primarily from user feedback. It started off mostly from our textbook initiative, where students wanted to read textbooks on multiple screens. We’ve always focused putting the choice with the publishers, and we realized we should put choice in consumers’ hands too.”Pricing for the digital newsstand (which can be audited by ABC and BPA) is set by the publishers and Zinio will enable them to conduct multiple testing offers at one time. Digital single copies are priced the same as the physical newsstand while digital subscriptions tend to cost slightly less than the print subscriptions, according to Maggiotto. While he wouldn’t reveal specifics, Maggiotto says there are two pricing components for publishers, including a commission on what’s sold over the digital newsstand and payment for fulfilling orders. “We’re acting kind of like a digital U.S. Postal Service,” says Maggiotto. “There’s nothing up front they have to worry about it, it’s about getting paid for the actual delivery of that content.” Zinio sees about 55 percent of its existing customers from overseas and has also teamed with Accesso Group, a division of Havas Media, in order to expand the number of titles on the newsstand to more than 2,000 this year.last_img read more

first_img Culture Consoles Comments Enlarge ImageMicrosoft is rumored to have plans to refine its Xbox over the next couple of months. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re a gamer, Microsoft may have a new subscription service to offer you.The tech giant is planning a new subscription service that would combine two of its online gaming services into one larger subscription, according to Microsoft leaker WalkingCat and If true, Microsoft would combine its $60 per year Xbox Live, which is a gaming social network where you can play and chat with friends, with its its $9.99 per month Xbox Game Pass, which gives players access to a back catalog of more than 100 games, such as the world building game Minecraft and the epic action series Gears of War.The new combined service, which rumors call Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, would cost $14.99 a month.An Xbox representative declined to comment.The new subscription is just the latest change Microsoft has planned for its Xbox. The company has said it’s building a new Xbox console, which is said to be planned for release next year. The company is also building a game streaming service, which would let people play games over the internet in a way similar to how they watch movies on Netflix. And it’s rumored to be preparing to announce a lower-priced “all digital” Xbox this month that doesn’t have a disc drive and would play only games downloaded or streamed over the internet. Microsoft Share your voice Tags 2last_img read more

first_imgHarish Pednekar with Shah Rukh KhanPR HandoutHarish Pednekar, one of the most popular Entertainment journalists and an influencer has success coming all his way from the past 3 years. At 25, Harish made a great space for himself in the field of journalism and entrepreneurship. However, the journey hasn’t been a cakewalk for Harish. He worked hard to reach where he is in his professional life today. In 2017, he won ‘The Most Active Person of Media’ by the media fraternity.It was in 2016 when Harish started working for a Bollywood website called Business of Cinema or BoC. He was hired for doing backend work for the website, but his boss was impressed with him and granted a promotion. That’s when Harish got a chance to go on the field and interview various Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan and many others.In fact, Harish Pednekar’s first celebrity interview was with Shah Rukh Khan during Dilwale. For Harish, SRK is his inspiration and lucky charm. He believes that the passion and determination he has in himself is because Shah Rukh motivates him to do his best.At 21, Harish realised he wants to do more than working for someone else. That’s when he along with his friend Pallavi Mukherjee came up with an idea of starting their own Bollywood website called Pop Diaries. Harish and Pallavi are partners of movie portal which started 3 years ago.Because of its positive and interesting content, his movie portal came into celebrity and PRs attention immediately and they started loving it. In these 2 years, Harish and Pallavi’s website have interviewed almost all the top celebrities which helped them to be in the top with other Bollywood sites that are functioning for more than 8-10 years.Harish says in a statement, “I always wanted to do something big, but I know I have to start from the bottom. There were hurdles and failures of course, but I knew if I want to create something of my own, I have to be positive and never give up. That’s what I did.”About Pop Diaries, Harish says, “I call it as my baby. But it wouldn’t have been possible with my friend Pallavi who is the partner of my website. I want to bring in positive content on my website rather than doing gossips because that’s everywhere. We’ve been doing it earlier and have bigger plans which our readers will get to see in the coming time.”last_img read more

first_imgKevin Durant needs to win a championshipThe Warriors are getting set to face the Cavs in what is being hyped as an all-time Finals clash of the titans. While a title could pull LeBron even with Jordan in the eyes of many, or help Steph Curry redeem himself after disappearing in last year’s Finals, Colin believes no one has more on the line than Kevin Durant.Durant recently made comments downplaying the importance of a title to his legacy. Colin disagrees. It’s disingenuous to say he doesn’t care about championships when It’s the whole reason he jumped ship from the Thunder to join the Warriors. If it wasn’t, then why leave in the first place?If Durant can’t win a title with a legendarily stacked Warriors, he’ll be labeled as a player who comes up small in big in the biggest moments in the playoffs. What’s his value if he can’t bring home a title with this historically dominant team?“If you don’t win a ring, you’re going to be known for the headline that made you mad, ‘Mr. Unreliable.’ ….Kevin Durant needs to win a championship.” Tiger Woods arrested for DUI Just before the show, the news broke that Tiger Woods was arrested and charged with DUI after at around 3 AM this morning in Florida. Woods’ unflattering mugshot has already taken over the internet and taken its place in the pantheon of famous celebrity mugshots. It’s not flattering.The arrest is a culmination another year of health problems, and when it has become apparent that the great final comeback of Tiger Woods is never going to happen.Clearly Woods, like anyone who gets a DUI, used bad judgment and should have acted more responsibly. Maybe it was just a bad night, but the arrest looks like a mid life crisis for a generational superstar who has lost his physical greatness, and needs to figure out what do with the second half of his life. At this point he’s more of a golf icon than a golfer.Tiger Woods is the gold standard of prodigy kids, and it looks like even he is completely burnt out.“I’m rooting for Tiger, always have.”Guests:Eddie House – 11-year NBA veteran and NBA champion with the Celtics is in-studio to preview the NBA Finals, including: how the Cavs can try to stop the Warriors; why he thinks ait will go 7; and why the benches could make the difference.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to explain why Bill Laimbeer’s claim LeBron is better than Jordan is bogus; why he thinks the Finals will be as bad as the regular season; and why LeBron’s legacy will be NBA imbalance.Carlos Boozer – NBA veteran is in-studio to explani why Kevin Durant needs to win a championship; if players think Durant is soft; what his brief time playing with LeBron was like; and why he would still rank Dirk Nowitzki ahead of Durant.last_img read more

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