View comments Read Next “It’s definitely a good partnership as they committed long term in supporting Alab Pilipinas as San Miguel believes in our vision,” the approachable executive said.“They don’t want to disappoint the Filipino fans here and all over the world.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis isn’t the first go-round for San Miguel in the ABL as it competed for two seasons under the Beermen banner and flaunted the likes of former PBA Most Valuable Players Asi Taulava and Eric Menk, as well as an upstart June Mar Fajardo, who is the reigning four-time PBA MVP.Under coach Leo Austria, San Miguel made two Finals appearances and won the 2013 ABL Championship. Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s father, the late Bobby Parks, was also a San Miguel import during the late 1980s and previously served as the ABL team’s first head coach. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alab parted ways with former backer Tanduay following reported differences between the rhum company’s management and head coach Jimmy Alapag.Curiously, no Tanduay official was present in the team’s 94-91 overtime win against Chong Son Kung Fu on Wednesday.Alab Pilipinas sits at fourth in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League with its 7-4 card and will unveil its new name when it returns to action on Sunday against the Singapore Slingers.The transition won’t be much of a problem given a number of players’ familiarity with San Miguel Corporation.Veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Rico Maierhofer, and Josh Urbiztondo all saw action for SMC teams in the PBA, while World imports Renaldo Balkman (San Miguel) and Justin Brownlee (Ginebra) have also previously served as reinforcements in the company’s PBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas has forged a new partnership with a familiar face in the ASEAN Basketball League.Team owner Charlie Dy announced that the Philippine side will now be backed by San Miguel, marking the conglomerate’s return to the regional league.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA volleyball: Benilde stops Mapua to boost Final Four chances Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
The Sri Lanka cricket team has roped in former batsman Hashan Tillakaratne as their temporary batting coach for the upcoming series against India.India’s tour of Sri Lanka will feature a three-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a lone T20 match, beginning July 26 at the Galle.The team has been without a permanent head coach after Graham Ford stepped down from the position following an unsuccessful Champions Trophy campaign.Reflecting on his appointment, Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha revealed that Hashan has been associated with the team since the recent series against Zimbabwe, before expressing confidence that the former cricketer’s experience would be beneficial for the team.”Hashan has been with us since the recent Test match against Zimbabwe, actually,” Sport24 quoted Gurusinha as saying.”At this stage, for all the Tests he will be batting coach. Most probably after the Indian series we’ll discuss with coach Nic Pothas and see what’s happening from there. With all his experience, there is a lot the batsmen can learn from him,” he added.Last week, former paceman Chaminda Vaas joined the team as the specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against the Virat Kohli-led side.Hashan notched up a total of 4545 runs in 83 Tests he played for Sri Lanka between 1989 and 2004.The former Sri-Lankan captain, who was also a part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning team in 1996, also amassed 13,253 runs at an average of 49.26 in his first-class cricket career that stretched over 21 years.
Bulgin has launched a new C-Type USB 3.0 connector, that combines field-proven reliability with data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s. The new 4000 Series C-Type connector supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, and is also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.USB Type-C is rapidly gaining in popularity, and has been adopted by hundreds of vendors. The USB Type-C connector is reversible and can be connected either way up, making it more convenient and easy to use.Type-C is much more compact than the existing Type-A version, and is about the size of existing micro-USB connectors – making it ideal for space-constrained applications. It can also provide more power, up to 100W, so can support a wider range of devices, and achieve faster charging.Tested to IP69K and IP68, the 4000 Series C-Type connector provides protection against dirt and water ingress: fully submersed up to two weeks at 10m, and resistant to high pressure, high temperature water jets. It also offers an extended operating temperature range from –40 to +80°C. This means that the connector is well-suited for outdoor installations and harsh environments, including underground.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Winbond: NOR+NAND dual-die memory chip now supports NXP Layerscape LS1012ANext Cervoz: T405 M.2 NVMe solution for industrial storage
West Indies batting great Brian Lara on Thursday likened Virat Kohli to a run machine, avowing that the India skipper is way ahead of rest of the world when it comes to batting across formats.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar remains Lara’s all-time favourite but in today’s era, he said it is Kohli, who is the best.”He (Virat Kohli) is a (run) machine. But sorry to say Sachin Tendulkar is my (choice),” he said after being conferred the Doctorate in Science (Honours Causa) by the D Y Patil University in Nerul here.”But getting back to your question, no doubt there is a huge gap between Virat Kohli and the rest of the world in all forms of the game. Rohit Sharma might have got four centuries in this World Cup, (Jonny) Bairstow or whatever, if you want somebody to bat in T20, T10, 100 balls (cricket) or Test cricket, it is going to be Virat Kohli today, added Lara, who still holds the record for highest score in Tests.Lara, who scored 22358 (11953 in ODIs) in international cricket, said if today Indian batsmen are doing well in away series, it is because of Tendulkar, who instilled such confidence in them.”The (impression) Sachin left on the game is just unbelievable, because he sort of bridged that period, where you felt that when Indian batsman leaves Indian soil, Indian pitches, they are not that good. But Sachin Tendulkar was good on every surface and all of the Indian batsman are good on every single surface today, I think simply because they took a page out of his (Sachin’s) book,” added Lara.advertisementMeanwhile, Lara was pained to witness the plight of the Caribbean cricket. The West Indies have already been knocked out of the World Cup semifinal race”We have been turned to a corner. Every country, every sports team goes through a little bit of cycle, but we seem to be in the same position for quite some-time, which is unfortunate.”During the over-hour programme, Lara spoke at length about his early days, contribution of his father, his college days and facing the spin duo of Sri Lankan great Muttiah Murlidharan and Shane Warne and his relationship with Tendulkar.Also read | KL Rahul eyes consistency, says adapting to English condition keyAlso read | Hardik Pandya has come back really well when put under pressure in this World Cup: Virat KohliAlso See
For more information on NSBI corporate reports, including NSBI’s 2016-2017 Annual Report and the 2016-2017 write-off listings, visit: www.novascotiabusiness.com/corporatereportsandplans 26 NSBI clients became new exporters in 2016-17. Fourteen of these were from the oceans, information communications technology (ICT), and seafood and agri-food sectors client-reported export sales saw a 30.5 per cent increase across all sectors, and in the high-potential clusters of oceans, ICT, and seafood and agri-food, this number jumped to 40.1 per cent NSBI’s focus on attracting innovative, globally competitive, exporting companies to locate in Nova Scotia, resulted in 15 foreign direct investment (FDI) transactions. Rural representation of FDI transactions, outside of Halifax, increased by 25 per cent in 2016-17 there was a 36.6 per cent decrease in capital investment among NSBI clients. A new tool to address capital investment is planned for 2017-2018 there was an increase in activity in the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund with 37 approved productions, 22 more than the previous year. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) released its 15th annual report today, July 27, covering the fiscal period from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. “NSBI works with companies helping them become successful exporters, and we attract sustainable investment into our province,” said Laurel Broten, NSBI president and CEO. “When businesses succeed in Nova Scotia, we know that we all win. “Together with our clients, this past year has brought successes, learning experiences, new challenges, and we are committed to building on strengths and doing the work that needs to be done.” The 2016-17 annual report measures goals against NSBI’s 2016-17 business plan and includes financial statements audited by an independent third party in accordance with Canadian auditing standards. Looking back, 2016-2017:
The 3rd Annual Hank Baskett Classic took place this week at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and supported the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF).The event came about after Baskett’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago.The Hank Baskett Classic Golf Tournament featured a lunch and shotgun start with more than 100 golfers on the course. An awards banquet followed where Hank presented this year’s Hank Baskett Sr., Spirit Award to Bonnie J. Addario.The event also supported our country’s veterans with several servicemen in attendance, as well as Todd Toomey, David Bronson and Saul Bosquez from the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition to supporting the LCF, Griffin Gives also supports veterans, and Baskett will tour VA Hospitals this spring and summer.Celebrity golfers included: Hank Baskett: Board member and co-founder of Griffin Gives, co-star of “Kendra on Top”Hank Baskett, Sr.: Hank Baskett’s fatherBen Begley: “The Hungover Games”Brody Jenner: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”Bruce Jenner: Olympian, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”Byron Russell: Former NBA player- Nuggets, Wizards, Lakers and JazzByron Scott: Former NBA coachCedric Ceballos: Former NBA playerDave Shelton: Award winning writer and cartoonistDavid Justice: Former MLB playerDerrick Ward: Former NFL playerEric Dickerson: Former NFL playerHarold House Moore: “Single Ladies”Hot Rod G: Rapper and singerJames Anderson: 76ers NBA playerJermaine Dye: Former MLB playerJessica Hall: Playboy Radio and “Kendra on Top”Karina Smirnoff: “Dancing with the Stars”Kirk Morrison: FoxSports1Kristy Swanson: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”Lamarr Houston: Chicago Bears NFL playerMark McMillian: Former NFL cornerbackMichael Shay: “Vanderpump Rules”Mikey Roe: Host of Travel Channel’s “Feed The Beast”Olden Polynice: Former NBA playerRodney Peete: Former NFL playerRoyce Clayton: Former MLB playerRyan Merriman: “Pretty Little Liars”Scheana Marie: “Vanderpump Rules”Steven Glickman: “Workaholics”Todd Potter: Motocross biker, X Games winner and member of Metal MulishaTravelle Gaines: Owner of Athletic Gaines and seen on “Kendra on Top”Zane Lamprey: Comedian
Rabat – Rachida Dati, France’s former Minister of Justice, is refusing to defend Najat Vallaud-Belkacem against racist attacks she has been receiving after her appointment as Minister of Education. Both Dati and Vallaud-Belkacem are of Moroccan origin.During an interview with BFM TV on September 19, Dati was asked about racist attacks against the Minister of Education. Rachida Dati said she had experienced “much worse” and that she had not “come to complain”.Replying to a question posed by interviewer Jean-Jacques Bourdin, Rachida Dati said, “Listen, I have known much worse, much worse! I received little support; did I once come to complain? No.” “For me, I accepted the attacks; Otherwise, if it’s too hard and not easy to take in, I’m going to leave,” she added.Since the two are of opposing political parties, one may not expect Rachida to defend Najat, but being of the same national origin, it would be appropriate for Rachida to show some sympathy towards the newly appointed minister.Rachida did not stop at regarding criticism as a normal thing. She added that the victimization of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a way to “hide her incompetence and to keep her job.”
Rabat – The autonomy plan for the southern provinces presented by Morocco is “a very good formula” to settle the dispute over the Sahara issue, Hungarian Minister of Justice, Laszlo Trocsanyi, said.“We believe that the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco is a very good formula to end this longstanding issue, and we hope that the United Nations will also support this initiative”, the Hungarian Minister said in interview published Saturday by the daily “L’Opinion”.“We will support you on this issue, because we know that it is politically very important for the Moroccans”, said Trocsanyi, who recently paid a visit to Morocco during which he held talks notably with the Head of Government, the Minister of Justice and Freedoms and the Minister of Moroccans Living abroad and Migration Affairs. Regarding the ruling of the European Court annulling the Agricultural Agreement between Morocco and the European Union, last December, Trocsanyi said he also came to Morocco to “understand the stakes of this issue and what really happened”, noting that “the Court of first instance of Luxembourg which took this decision presented a dubious argument to justify its decision”.Noting that European states such as France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal have taken the Morocco side in this dispute, the Hungarian minister said that “we will also consider such a move once back to Budapest.”With MAP
Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne today criticized the Department of Meteorology saying it had failed in its task to issue a weather warning last week.He said that the advice issued by the department last Friday was for fishermen and the navy to be cautious when going out at sea and not to avoid going to sea. “There is no importance to the fax the Department of Meteorology sent out on the 7th because it says to be cautious only. They also claim that it was sent to the media. If so how come it was not read on air by radio stations? Either it was not received by the media or the media did not air it. Simple as that,” the Minister said. He also said that a new technology will be introduced to alert fishermen about extreme weather conditions 48 hours in advance.The death toll from the storm rose to 54 today (Friday) with 6 people still missing. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister also asked why the department did not alert radio stations of the weather threat instead of sending out a fax to the Fisheries Ministry. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO
Amazon says it will create 600 new tech jobs in Toronto.The announcement comes as the company opened an expanded office in the city’s downtown core Tuesday.The online retail giant says the new positions will be in fields including software development, machine learning and cloud computing.According to Amazon, it currently has more than 800 corporate employees in Toronto.Premier Doug Ford attended the opening, saying his government has been busy making sure the province is “open for business.”“We’re creating an environment for companies to thrive here in Ontario and be prosperous here in Ontario,” said Ford.Toronto was on the shortlist to host Amazon’s second headquarters but eventually lost out to New York City and Arlington, Virginia.The headquarters would have landed 50,000 Amazon jobs.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has brought together young people representing countries around the world at a meeting today in Bangalore, India, to discuss the eradication of poverty, gender equality and environmental sustainability.The 150 youths between the ages of 15 and 24 will discuss Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will review the progress made on previous commitments outlined at a February meeting where they agreed to use peer-to-peer education, public awareness campaigns and partnerships to spread the word about environmental sustainability in their countries.A new TunzaYouth Advisory Council will be formed at the six-day conference, with representatives from Africa, Southeast Asia, Asia, Latin America, and North America as well as two delegates from indigenous cultures. Jointly sponsored with the Centre for Environment Education in India, and the Bayer Company of Germany, UNEP said the conference aims to “foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens who will better influence decision making processes and act responsibly to create a sustainable world.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Three people have been arrested in suspicion of attempted murder after a car drove into a group of people in south-west London, police said.Police have also arrested four people for affray after being called at 11.15pm to reports of a fight following the incident at Lombard Road, Battersea, which saw a man suffer a broken leg. He was treated at the scene then taken to hospital.Six other people had minor injuries.The group were driven at after they left a nearby hotel, police said.Officers attended the scene alongside the London Ambulance Service.The incident is not terrorism-related, with a crime scene established and enquiries continuing.
Image: FancyDressCostumes.co.ukJack Coveney (no relation, we think) from FancyDressCostumes.co.uk says:Due to the horse meat scandal becoming such a mainstream issue this year, we felt it was time to reflect this phenomenon with a new product.Neigh bother to you Jack.VIDEO: Here’s what happened when someone dressed as a horse went into Tesco>“Oh Hell No!” Irish horse burgers: How the world reacted> WELL, THIS WAS inevitable.A costume company in the UK has already devised a horse burger suit to dazzle your mates and take home all the prizes at your next fancy dress party.
“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” — Gen. George C. MarshallMarshall commanded the U.S. Army to victory in World War II, then engineered the plan to rebuild Europe in the war’s aftermath. Before all that, he was the commanding officer at Vancouver Barracks.So we’ll take his advice.We can’t actually predict the future (the power of the press isn’t what it used to be), but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see a few issues that are likely to generate headlines in 2011.In no particular order:CasinoPublic debate over a tribal casino proposed near La Center had quieted considerably in 2010.Then, on Dec. 23, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs granted the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s application to establish a 152-acre reservation near Interstate 5 and build a casino on it.Expect major reverberations in 2011.Opponents have already threatened lawsuits challenging the BIA’s decision. The tribe’s Connecticut-based business partner, Mohegan Tribal Gaming, is straining under $2.1 billion in debt. And the news was unpopular in La Center, where taxes on the city’s four nontribal cardrooms account for about 75 percent of the city’s $4 million in general-fund revenue.Yet the prospect of 4,400 construction jobs over two years may prompt some area politicians to reconsider their previous opposition to a $510 million casino-hotel complex — especially with Clark County’s state-high unemployment rate stuck at 13 percent.
Just when I think I have my email under control, I am deluged by another wave of wretched market updates. The worst offender is Mercenary Brokers: it regularly sends me an executive review, an executive summary, an HR briefing, a reward update and a global market report. These documents all pretty much say the same thing but in a slightly different format.I have to confess the whole lot goes into a folder marked ‘research’ and only gets looked at if there is something I need to find out, if then. I don’t know about you, but if I need to find out about something, I research it internally or through my network first. It that fails, I’ll seek to extract the information from a Smarmy consultant before they can think of charging for it.To add to my growing ‘research’ folder, Big Bad Boss sends me all his updates to assuage his own guilt for not reading them. Occasionally, he catches me out by getting all excited about some report neither of us has read properly and he demands a heap of work as a follow-up. It’s such a complete waste of time.Industry publicationsBefore you conclude that I may be too shockingly ill-informed to do my job properly, I do read a few industry publications in a vague attempt to keep up to date. I tend to go for the glossy industry magazines, because they are a much more interesting read. I learn just enough to sound like I know my stuff, and to be aware of what topics to raise next time I am speaking to a consultant. I can hear some of you sniff that I should be more enthusiastic in researching my chosen specialism and I could easily read such publications on my phone or tablet while commuting. All I can say to that is: when would I catch up on the stuff that I actually want to read?Social mediaI did sign up to a whole slew of industry groups on social media, thinking that would be a way to keep abreast of any changes without really trying. What it really did is create another whole raft of emails. Each time anyone posted anything, LinkedIn would kindly send me an email to tell me so. Aaagh. It took an hour of my life before I could figure out how to stop these email notifications, and still a few seem to sneak through. Perhaps the writers pay extra for that.Now I can look at these posts at my leisure, it is shaming to note which ones I actually read. Titles such as ‘How to make your organisation’s benefits stand out’ are swiped over in favour of ‘Five ways to look better than your colleagues’ and ‘Top tips for asking for a promotion’. I hope no one is tracking my browsing history, for it is easy to see it is all about me.Market reportsSmarmy Consulting also sends me a list of market reports, both in hard copy and online. It sends fat glossy reports described as ‘thought leadership’ and ‘strategic insight’, but really they are more about flashy graphics and marketing copy, and rarely contain any actual data. Most of the reports I receive are just hooks to try to catch a consulting fee; we must contact our Smarmy benefits consultant to make any sense of it. Useful data is never given away, only the stuff that we know already. When it comes to industry insight, my cat is just as informative.At the other end of the scale, Smarmy’s trustee emails are enough to keep me awake at night. It regularly sends me 20-page pension legislation updates absolutely rammed with facts. These updates are so heavy with close text, they are even more obtuse a read than the government guidelines themselves. Smarmy’s trustee updates are written with the deliberate intention to alarm, containing dark threats of penalties and scary investigations if you fail to act appropriately (by consulting it). It is quite like the mob asking for protection money.It may come as a surprise that I do take my responsibilities as a trustee seriously, and I try to read these updates diligently. The burden is quite overwhelming. It can take 20 minutes of an already busy day to figure out if just one particular change applies to any of our pension schemes. Usually by the second-to-last page, I realise that it does not apply. I have even been silly enough to check in with Smarmy for help on interpretation, but I won’t make that mistake again. Several chargeable hours of my life later I still find that no action is required. I’ve learned that anything really important gets raised again in our trustee meetings (along with a whole lot that isn’t really important) so I can probably get away with skimming the headlines.Consultation papersAnd then there are the consultation papers: Smarmy sends out thousands of words on potential legislation changes. Often these are disguised as actual changes so you have to read through to the end before you find out there is a date when the changes may or may not apply. At that point, I am annoyed to discover that even though a change may indeed apply to my scheme, it doesn’t apply definitely yet and so, apart from worrying, there is nothing I can do about it anyway. Aaagh.The irritating thing is: Smarmy does know all about our benefit schemes. It has helped us with inventories and most renewals. It certainly knows our pensions inside out. What I really want is for our consultant to send me only those things that I actually need to do something about, along with a summary of what to do. Is that really so much to ask?Next time…Candid gets in earlier and earlier.
The investigation is ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection to a shooting in North Lauderdale than sent two teens to the hospital.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fernandinho St. Lot was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon. He will face two charges of attempted murder. Our detectives have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with yesterday’s shooting. Thank you for your retweets! #seesomethingsaysomething https://t.co/bhzwgw0dcZ— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) December 10, 2017Investigators said a fistfight in the middle of a residential street, along the 1000 block of Southwest 76th Street, escalated until shots were fired, striking the victims.The teens remain at separate area hospitals. Their injuries are not life-threatening.Officials said about a dozen people were on the street at the time of the incident.
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is actively searching for a crook who robbed a mail carrier in Lauderhill.Postal inspectors could be seen walking with flyers in hand in the area of Northwest 43rd Avenue near 12th Court, Friday.Inspectors said a mail carrier was robbed of her postal key at gunpoint, Wednesday.The mail carrier was not physically hurt, authorities said.A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information on the crook.If you have any information on this theft, call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Vladimir PutinRussian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic.“When I heard you were from the BBC, I didn’t doubt for a moment you would ask precisely that question because it’s in a certain sense propaganda of the people whom you support,” Putin said answering a question about whether he sees Navalny as a political competitor following nationwide protests organised by the opposition leader.Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars after being detained Monday on his way to a protest in Moscow against government corruption, where hundreds were arrested in the city centre.“Any form of protest, including demonstrations, should remain in the framework of the law,” Putin said. “Those who violate the law must answer for these violations.”“It’s one thing to organise protests, and another to use these protests as an instrument for provocations and exacerbating the situation for self-promotion,” Putin said, without mentioning Navalny by name in his customary manner.“This is done not to improve the situation in the country, not to solve people’s problems, but to solve one’s own problems that have to do with self-publicity.”Navalny has organised protests on March 26 and June 12 after airing a film alleging that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev commands vast personal wealth through a network of foundations, which was viewed over 23 million times and re-ignited the opposition’s anti-corruption message.The 41-year-old lawyer has announced his intention to stand for president against Putin in 2018, though Putin himself has dodged questions whether he will run for what would be his fourth historic term.Putin was speaking to journalists after his annual marathon phone-in with Russian citizens, during which he said that judging by the public’s questions sent to the studio, government corruption is “not a priority.”
Popular on Variety Facebook just announced a major addition to the line-up for its Oculus Quest VR headset: Google is bringing its Tilt Brush virtual reality (VR) drawing app to the standalone headset, which is widely expected to become commercially available in the coming weeks.“When we learned that Oculus was building a cord-free standalone headset, we knew we had to bring Tilt Brush to Quest,” said Google product manager Elisabeth Morant in an interview published by Facebook Wednesday. “This new form factor will unlock completely new opportunities for our artists to create.”Tilt Brush has been one of the most popular VR apps on a number of headsets ever since it was first released on the HTC Vive back in 2016. Initially developed by a startup, Tilt Brush was acquired by Google in 2015. The app made its way to Facebook’s Oculus Rift in 2017. The Quest will be the first mobile standalone headset to run Tilt Brush, and porting it to the less powerful device came with some challenges, according to Morant. “Most of our work porting Tilt Brush to Quest focused on performance improvements.”However, the final result won’t be all that different from Tilt Brush on PC-based headsets, she said: “Tilt Brush on Quest should look and feel pretty much the same as the Rift version, with a few small tweaks.”In addition to Tilt Brush, Facebook has been able to secure a number of other popular VR apps for the Quest. These include Beat Saber, Superhot, Dead and Buried II, Dance Central and more. ×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
Popular on Variety Lululemon is the latest brand to embrace podcasting: The athleisure brand unveiled a new podcast called “Sweatlife” Monday that is being created in collaboration with Makers, the Verizon Media subsidiary that is focused on women-centric storytelling.The new podcast is said to feature weekly conversations with athletes, activists and more about physical and mental wellness. It is being produced by Tongal, an online community of more than 160,000 independent creators.Some of the booked guests include transgender activist Corey Rae, indigenous jewelry maker Jess Sanchez, The Black List founder Franklin Leonard and Havana Chapman-Edwards, the 8-year-old who made headlines last year for being the only kid at her primary school to participate in the National School Walkout against gun violence. “We’re proud to be in partnership with Makers to elevate real conversations through the ‘Sweatlife’ podcast,” said Lululemon’s corp comms director Erin Hankinson in a statement. “Together, we’re amplifying different perspectives on wellness, equality and leadership to inspire and create change within our communities.”“‘Sweatlife’ listeners will hear from inspiring leaders from the Makers community to create change in their own lives,” said Makers founder and executive producer Dyllan McGee. “Lululemon has been a fantastic partner to Makers and we’re excited to continue the our multi-year collaboration with this podcast, Makers 2020 and more next year.”“Lululemon is a great example of a brand creating multi-dimensional entertainment content and consumer experiences year round,” added Tongal chief brand officer Tina Walsh. “Our relationship allows us to create the right entertainment for the right platforms to further tell the Lululemon story and expand on our shared vision.”“Sweatlife” on all major podcast distribution platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRadio. New episodes will be released every Monday.Lululemon’s expansion into the podcast spaces makes sense for the brand. On the one hand, it squarely meets the interests of its mostly female audience. On the other, it also may help the brand to rebuild its reputation, which was hurt over reports of toxic work environment, resulting in the firing of its CEO in early 2018. ×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