Joint opposition members join the Government

Two joint opposition members were today given Ministerial posts in the Government.Manusha Nanayakkara was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Employment while Lakshman Seniviratne was sworn in as State Minister of Science and Technology. Meanwhile UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma also took oaths as a Deputy Minister today.He was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Internal, Cultural and Vayamba Development. (Colombo Gazette)

Father and three others arrested for giving child alcohol

A father and three others have been arrested by the Meegalawa Police for giving a child alcohol, the Police said today.The Police said that the father of the child was seen on a video circulating on social media giving liquor to the child. The man in the video and others with him seemed drunk at the time they were giving the child liquor. (Colombo Gazette)

Rise to the challenges to shape a common future UN chief tells

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) holds a joint press conference with Mayor Denis Coderre of Montréal. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, in Ottawa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ › Turning to the issues of unemployment, climate change, armed conflict and humanitarian crises, Mr. Ban pointed to the four global responses on the part of the UN and its partners – namely, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris climate change agreement, the Security Council resolution on youth and the World Humanitarian Summit. Encouraging students to help turn those ideals into actions, Mr. Ban stressed the necessity of investing in youth, and working with them for a new future. “We have to put young people in influential positions,” he said, referencing his 2013 appointment of the first-ever Envoy on Youth at the UN, Ahmad Alhendawi, when he was 28 years old. Turning to sustainable development, the Secretary-General said that young people can hold their governments accountable and, as consumers, innovators and voters, can continue to lead on climate action. “You can invest in green solutions, invent new technologies, and elect leaders who are committed to climate action,” he stressed. “You can be the entrepreneurs who do more than fill jobs – because you create them.” Yesterday, Mr. Ban met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, himself a McGill alumnus. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) meets with David Johnston (centre right), Governor-General of Canada, in Ottawa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Speaking to political science, law and international students at an event on “Threats and Opportunities: The power of young people to shape a new future,” the UN chief stressed that young people are at the nexus of the world’s greatest hopes as well as worst problems. “You are not here at McGill just for yourselves, but for our common future,” Mr. Ban said. “I call on you to give back as a global citizen. Rise to the challenges of your generation,” he added. Noting that among the best advice he ever received was the essence of how to balance idealism and realism, the UN chief recalled that in the late 1950s, his middle school principal told him: “Keep your head above the clouds and your feet firmly planted on the ground – then advance step by step.” That has been his approach at the United Nations, he said, where the international community defends “high ideals against tough realities.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses students at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

In 126 Years English Football Has Seen 13475 NilNil Draws

For his day job, James Curley, 36, is an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia University, working on the neuroendocrinological basis of social behavior. But in his downtime he tries to answer different kinds of mysteries: What was the first soccer game he ever went to? (He remembered the vague details, but not the specifics.) How often have his two favorite teams played each other over the last century? And is soccer really as dull as some people say?The answers to those questions were surprisingly difficult to find. But Curley used the same approach he uses in his academic career: data, lots and lots of data. By cobbling together game results from several different sources, he has compiled what is almost certainly the world’s biggest compendium of English football scores. Sitting on his GitHub page, devoid of any fanfare whatsoever, are the scores of nearly 200,000 English soccer games played in the top four leagues since 1888, the days of Jack the Ripper and Queen Victoria.1These games are from the English football “league” system. Currently, this encompasses the top four tiers of the English football pyramid, or 92 teams. These 14 megabytes can tell remarkable stories, dating back more than 125 years to the founding of the English football league.Take the most common final score, for example. In 188,060 league games,2For context, this is very similar to the total number of major league baseball games played since 1900. the final tally was most often 1-0, proof, for Curley, that soccer was as low-scoring as he suspected. This result has occurred in more than 30,000 games — 16 percent of the total. Other common scores: 2-1 (about 27,000 games), 2-0 (about 22,000) and 1-1 (about 22,000).In 85,694 games — dangerously close to half the total — at least one of the teams forgot to score at all. That led Curley to an answer for one of his questions: “Soccer is a bit dull,” he told me.Here is the distribution of home and away teams’ goal-scoring throughout history:Scores are likely to be low. In more than 85 percent of all games, neither team scored more than three goals.Those low scores help lead to thousands of draws — 47,412 since the foundation of the league system, to be exact. That’s more than a quarter of all games. And 7 percent of games overall have ended with no one scoring, and no one winning — there have been 13,475 nil-nil draws.In another testament to the sport’s “dullness,” draws have become more common over football’s long history. (Last season, 27 percent of games ended without a winner. ) This chart shows the prevalence of drawn games3Throughout, the year refers to the start of the season, e.g. 1950 refers to the 1950-1951 football season.:In 1890, just 12 percent of games were drawn, and in 1977, 626 games out of 2,028, or 31 percent, were draws. While this number is down slightly today, we’re near the historical high.That’s partly because of a decrease in scoring generally. As English soccer has wound its way through the decades, its scoring has withered. Here are the historical averages of goals scored per game, by league level: The average number of goals per game has at times wildly fluctuated, particularly with the sudden spikes and subsequent declines in the two postwar eras. In 1925, FIFA amended the offside rule. Prior to the change, three players had to be between an attacker and the goal when the ball was passed to him. The new rule changed this to two players (typically a defender and the goalkeeper), giving more leeway to attackers, and led to a dramatic, instant increase in scoring.The reasons for the other big shifts are less clear. Rule changes — the kinds of things that would usually explain variation in goals — are quite rare in soccer’s history.In 1958, substitutions were allowed for the first time, but only for an injured player. This roughly corresponds with the beginning of a steep decline in scoring in the 1960s. This could make for a plausible causal explanation: Perhaps playing with an injured player left teams extremely vulnerable on defense, leading to many goals. The addition of the substitute may have mitigated these effects.Other rules changes — the introduction of red and yellow cards in 1970, another tweak to the offside rule in 1990, banning goalkeepers’ handling of back-passes in 1992 — don’t seem to correlate with any major changes in scoring. In particular, the decline after 1930, and the rise after 1950, aren’t well explained. Some of these changes may be due to the evolution of football tactics, something that is laid out, for example, in Jonathan Wilson’s “Inverting the Pyramid.” In the early days, soccer featured a large number of forwards, but tactical changes led to a larger number of defensive and midfield players. The shifts in the game, and in the game theory of its tactics, may well have led to shifts in overall scoring.In 1981 there was a rule change of another type: To calculate standings, teams were given three points for a win and one point for a draw. Before 1981, only two points were awarded for a win. This change gave teams less incentive, generally, to settle for a draw. This could have led to more aggressive play, and more goals. However, the effect may not operate in just one direction. Once a team does score, that team has all the more incentive to shut the game down and hold out to win having scored just a goal. 1981 did indeed see a small jump in goals, and goal-scoring was elevated for a few years after.However, the change was not large and has not persisted. Goal-scoring seems to have reached something of an equilibrium in the past 30 years or so, corresponding with some of the lowest levels of scoring of the past 125 years.Curley’s reticent about how long his mammoth database took to put together. “I’m not sure I want to tell you, actually,” he joked, “Because then my wife would find out.”Curley is also quick to add that the data did exist elsewhere — although it’s typically scattered, proprietary, or hard to access. He assembled it from the webpages of the Rec.Sports.Soccer Statistics Foundation, from other compilers and GitHub users, from ESPN’s own database, and elsewhere, and made it freely available.“Because I believe in open access to data — I’m a strong advocate of that in science — I just generally have a view that if data is out there, and as long as it’s not owned by someone, then it’s good to have it out in the public,” he said. “I knew there were people who would enjoy it, so I thought, ‘Well, why not give it to them?’”Curley’s academic work and soccer work overlap. Much of his academic work, for example, is concerned with pairwise contest models — contests where two entities compete at a time — and social hierarchies. These issues are often tackled with formulae like the Elo system, which calculates soccer rankings. The parallel to his soccer hobby is obvious. Soccer games, after all, are pairwise contests.Other psychological concepts infused our discussion of soccer. Unlike most fans of English football, Curley roots for two teams. Aston Villa is nature — Curley’s father, and his father’s father, back 100 years, were season ticket-holders — York City is nurture. Conveniently, using the data set of his own creation, he can chart his two teams’ shared history, answering one of his questions. (“Fortunately, they’ve barely ever even crossed paths. So I’ve never had to choose.”)And like the academic he is, he’s performed a sort of peer review of other sources’ soccer data. Case in point, on Nov. 26, 1983, Doncaster Rovers played Chester to a 0-0 draw, in a fourth-tier match. This game is unknown even to ESPN’s database. But not to James Curley’s.“An appropriately completely dull game,” he said. And just one of 188,060.CORRECTION (Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.): A footnote in an earlier version of this story misstated the number of teams in the top four tiers of the English football league system; there are 92 such teams, not 94. read more

2018 will be a fantastic year for the Guyana Amazon Warriors

…Oil giant ecstatic to be on board as primary sponsorExxonMobil’s Country Manager for Guyana Rod HensonThe Guyana Amazon Warriors team was received with much pomp and splendor on Friday  as primary sponsor, ExxonMobil, took on the job of welcoming the team home.ExxonMobil is no stranger to the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), owing to the fact that the oil and gas giant has collaborated with the home franchise before. Nevertheless, the company is on board once again, taking up the position this time as primary sponsor. At the event hosted in the lobby of the Guyana Marriott, ExxonMobil’s Country Manager for Guyana Rod Henson began his remarks with a clear expression of joy at being the primary sponsor for such a power packed team. “ExxonMobil is very happy to sponsor and partner with the Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2018, this is our second year actually supporting the team. Last year was fantastic and we look forward to greater things this year,” he stated.Rod Henson with some of the Warriors who arrived at the Guyana Marriott on FridayThe Country Manager went on to disclose that ExxonMobil jumped at the sponsorship opportunity not solely based on the Guyana Amazon Warrior’s excellent track record on the field but also for their habit of community service and interaction. “One of the reasons that ExxonMobil was very happy to partner with the Amazon Warriors is that they have a long standing excellent tradition of corporate citizenship. You guys have done over the years many, many things in terms of mentoring young men and women and motivation speaking and visiting schools and that’s fantastic.” Noting that he is anticipating the first game day, which is Thursday August 9, Henson spoke to the CPL’s tradition of coupling a jubilant party atmosphere with cricket. “There’s going to be music, food and excitement and we have a really solid team, I’ve already been talking to the team about our chances and I think it’s going to be a fantastic year,” Henson stated. Aside from the oil and Gas Company, The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has also thrown their support behind the home team. President of the organization Zulfikar Ali, noted that the Guyana Amazon Warriors is well put together and as such he has placed his confidence in the team. “I’m an avid cricket fan and I love this team we have here. It’s a very exciting team. I’ve done a lot of homework on you guys and I know you’ll lift the title this year,” Ali said.Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Omar KhanIn expressing his gratitude to the corporate sponsors, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Omar Khan highlighted the importance of having support outside of the franchise owners. Khan explored all the aspects that cricket has taken on over the years, noting that the support is needed and greatly appreciated. “A lot of us feel like cricket is just going out on the field and play, but the cricketing world has transformed. As an industry we need to set up systems where we could sustain our level of participation and being ambassadors of our country. In order for us to do that we need corporate sponsors to come on board,” the Operations Manager disclosed.He then went on to highlight ExxonMobil’s contributions to the team, noting that they are entirely grateful, stating, “Last year we started our relationship with ExxonMobil and we’re very happy that they’ve come on board, they’ve supported us fully and they’ve been a great help to us the Guyana amazon warriors franchise.”The Guyana Amazon Warriors are 5 days away from opening their Hero CPL 2018 campaign against last year’s runner ups the St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots at the Providence National Stadium. They will later play the St. Lucia Stars on August 11 and the Barbados Tridents on August 12. After touring the Caribbean and Florida the team will return to the Providence Stadium to face off with the Jamaica Tallwahs on September 8 and the Trinbago Knight Riders on September 9.Guyana Amazon Warriors: Shoaib Malik (captain), Sohail Tanvir, Chadwick Walton, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Luke Ronchi, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Gajanand Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Saurabh Netravalkar and Akshaya Persaud. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: Oil giant ExxonMobil fuels Guyana Amazon WarriorsSeptember 3, 2019In “latest news”ExxonMobil expanding local workforce- Country ManagerJune 13, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil says procedures in place to deal with an oil spill off Guyana’s shoresJuly 9, 2018In “Business” read more

Gorazd Skof and Nicolas Claire to HBC Nantes

Goražd ŠkofHBC NantesNicolas Claire ← Previous Story Amandine Leynaud joins ZRK Vardar! Next Story → Drammen HK gives up on Kjelling Slovenian goalkeeper Gorazd Skof (36) and French playmaker Nicolas Claire will be new reinforcement of HBC Nantes. EHF Cup team and the host of the historical – first EHF Cup F4 will sign contract with experienced Skof, who played in Celje PL, C.O Zagreb and last two years in Cimos Koper. He played with Slovenia at WCH 2013 in Spain.

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_img Source: rebloggyThe NSA is laughing at your naked selfies, according to Edward Snowden. In an interview with The Guardian, Snowden revealed that NSA employees pass around, shall we say, intimate photos that are intercepted. “For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising position. But they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker.” NIGHTMARE. [Ars Technica]A Greek lawyer is suing a store after the dress she purchased from there failed to elicit compliments. The Trikala-based lawyer spent €500 on the dress and took action after she was allegedly told it wasn’t sexy enough. She was reportedly given the opportunity to return the dress, but decided to go down the easier route of just suing them. YOLO. [Enikos] Source: rubberduckyjrgifs/TumblrAll the previous weird news for your enjoyment here > From princesses behaving badly to contraceptive ice-creams, we recap the week’s weirdest news. A man in Virginia claimed a kingdom in Africa, so his daughter could be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton trekked to Bir Tawil, a mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan that has been claimed by neither country due to land disputes. He planted a flag there designed by his children, so he could become king and, most importantly, his 7-year-old daughter could be a princess. Asked for comment, the princess replied: “It’s cool.” [Bristol Herald-Courier]Speaking of princesses, a Romanian princess has pleaded guilty to running a cockfighting ring in Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, is the daughter of Michael I, the former king of Romania. She admitted to staging ten cockfighting derbies in which roosters had knives attached to their legs and fought to the death. Very chill! She will be sentenced in October. [USA Today] Source: twistandturnaway/TumblrCondom-shaped ice-creams are all the rage with youngsters in China now, apparently. Photographer Jiang Zhenming snapped the condom-shaped ice-cream and said, “The design is low-taste and should never be on the market, especially to pupils.” He subsequently contacted the manufacturer who told him that he was just thinking too much. Don’t overthink it, man. [Rex]A court has ruled that a restaurant owner must share his £1 million lotto jackpot with his psychic waiter. When waiter Faith Ozcan had a dream that he won Euromillions with his boss, he estered him into buying a ticket for them. After they won, Hayati Kucukkoylu claimed to have paid for the ticket himself and refused to share the winnings. Though the judge described Ozcan as an “admited liar,”  he awarded in his favour and ordered Kucukkoylu to pay him £500,000.  [Daily Express]last_img read more

Physics Professor Celebrates Pi Day With Raspberry Pi

first_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on target My middle school celebrated Pi Day (not yet an officially observed celebration when I was 12) by wrapping the mathematical constant around the school walls as far as it could reach.We’ve come a long way from construction paper and tape: Rhett Allain, associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, made “an artistic expression of pi” using his Raspberry Pi computer.“I wanted to somehow create something I can display in the hallway at school to share pi with students,” he wrote on Wired. “Then they too might find themselves addicted to the awesomeness of pi.”Rhett Allain (Wired)Allain’s DIY Pi Day project looks a lot like the science fair entries back at that middle school: a bunch of components hot-glue-gunned to a poster board. The placard features a 16-by-2 LCD character display (providing a real-time value of the estimate of pi) and a reset button (push to restart the random calculation).“Because I am a physics professor, I added three pages of info explaining pi, how to calculate pi, and all the strange places you can find pi,” Allain said. (He even provided a printable PDF.) “I also added a beeper that emits a small (and very annoying) beep every time the computer adds another point to the diagram.“I like the beeper because it draws attention to the poster as people pass it. I also really like the completely unnecessary LCD display because it looks cool,” he added.Pi, of course, is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter; the irrational number cannot be written as a fraction, and its famed 3.145926535897… the figure is just an approximation.Still, we’ve latched onto the sum, turning March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) into an annual occasion, celebrated with pie (duh) and 𝛑. The date also happens to mark Albert Einstein’s birthday.last_img read more

CTran responds to security questions

first_imgDonna Hamilton rides C-Tran’s number 4 route to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and the bank.Hamilton climbs the bus steps slowly. She sits near the front of the bus, her small roller suitcase carefully positioned in front of her and a burgundy umbrella with masking tape on the handle set across her lap. The white-haired 71-year-old said she takes the bus to run errands a couple times a week. She’s not an exceedingly difficult target for would-be troublemakers, right?“I haven’t had problems with anyone,” Hamilton said. That was a sentiment shared by many of the riders on C-Tran’s most popular route Friday morning when The Columbian set out to talk to riders about an anonymous caller’s claim that assaults are common on the bus system. The 4 bus runs from the Westfield Vancouver mall through downtown to the Delta Park/VanPort Max station in Portland.A man who would only identify himself as Richard said he has ridden the 4 route to and from work for eight years. “About the only excitement is when someone’s talking loud on the phone,” he said.Statistics back the commuters’ observations.A Vancouver Police Department query returned only 23 incidents that featured “C-Tran” in an officer’s report in 2010. Of those calls, five were the result of C-Tran security reporting a banned subject attempting to board a bus, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.“That’s not very many,” Kapp said of C-Tran-related calls.A C-Tran spokesman said the security company contracted by the transit system capably handles most disturbances. “We do assign one security officer who rides that route all day long,” the spokesman, Scott Patterson, said of the Fourth Plain route. “If there are disputes arising between passengers or a fare dispute between a rider and the driver, they’re there to bring resolution.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1420 June 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 14 and 20 June 2018 were:Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest paid athlete for 2018EXCLUSIVE: Gamesys increases shared parental leave take-up by matching enhanced maternity payDHL awards two-year pay deal to Gatwick-based Easyjet ground staffAmerican pizza restaurant chain pays $363,284 in back pay for overtime violationsJawonio recognised as breastfeeding-friendly workplaceMember of Parliament launches inquiry into pay and working conditions at Deliveroo75% of employers believe their industry does not view the gender pay gap as a problemFoster Denovo hosts breast cancer lunch and learn session47% are motivated by pay and remuneration38% are not confident about their ability to retire comfortablylast_img

Greenwich Leisure Limited to pay all staff the London living wage

first_imgLeisure, gym and swimming pool organisation Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) has committed to paying all employees, including those aged between 18 and 20, the London living wage rate of £10.20 an hour.Currently, staff aged between 18 and 20 earn £8.10 an hour, and employees aged 21 or older are paid £10.20 an hour.The pay increase, which will benefit 30 GLL employees aged between 18 and 20, will be effective from September 2018 and backdated to April 2018.Originally, Tower Hamlets Council and GLL renegotiated to ensure all employees would be paid the London living wage rate of pay from April 2019, however this date has now been moved forwards. All future contracts covering employees at GLL will include the stipulation that staff are paid the London living wage.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay, calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees across the UK, and £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.83 an hour.Mark Sesnan, managing director at GLL, said: “GLL is a social enterprise which means we share the benefits of our unique business model with staff and customers. We support payment of [the] living wage in all our contracts and we are delighted that Tower Hamlets Council have agreed to bring this forward, benefiting even more young [employees].”Onay Kasab, regional officer at trade union Unite, added: “We regard this as a significant victory in our campaign to achieve [London living wage] pay justice for young people employed in London boroughs by GLL.“Tower Hamlets had originally agreed with GLL that [employees] under 21 would have to wait until April 2019 to get the [London living wage], despite [employees] aged 21 and over doing the same work and getting the [London living wage].“Our campaign putting GLL and Tower Hamlets under the spotlight has led to GLL agreeing to pay for and bring forward the increase to September this year and the council paying for the increase from April. This is a great win for young [employees]. We made the point, again and again, that the high cost of living in London impacts on [employees] no matter what [their] age. There is no young person’s discount on food and rent, and so there should be no age discrimination on wages either.“We believe that up to 1,000 young people in London have been ‘short changed’ by GLL over the [London living wage] and we will not cease our fight until pay justice has been achieved for young people working for GLL in one of the world’s most expensive cities.”last_img read more

Best Buddies member sworn in as North Bay Village city official

first_imgNORTH BAY VILLAGE, FLA. (WSVN) – A member of the Best Buddies organization has been sworn in as a North Bay Village city official.At Tuesday’s city commission meeting, the city swore in Colleen Moriarty as their new City Administration Clerk.Moriarty has been a part of the organization for more than 20 years.“It means a lot to me,” Moriarty said. “It means I have somewhere to go every day, and it means I have a work that I really am happy and excited to be in.”Best Buddies helps secure jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.WSVN is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of the organization.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

ATT will give 500000 to Locast TV app operator

first_img $999 $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 2:44 null Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate Tags Chesnot / Getty Images AT&T will donate $500,000 to Sports Fans Coalition NY, the nonprofit advocacy group that operates broadcast TV app Locast, the telecommunications giant said Thursday. Locast offers free access to local broadcast stations including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX to people with broadband-connected receivers. It’s available in 13 cities including New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.”This donation will support SFCNY’s mission to make free broadcast content available to consumers and offer them more choice,” AT&T said in a release. Last month, AT&T said it was adding Locast to DirecTV and U-Verse. Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… AT&T,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Read the AirPods review Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Comments DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the Rylo camera preview Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile $210 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 0 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $60 at Best Buy See It Tags Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $155 at Google Express Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Share your voicelast_img read more

Tokyo conference crucial to future Afghan aid

first_imgBritain already has promised about $280 million in development assistance per year until 2017.The World Bank said the delivery of international aid and its use in building a more effective state has been hampered by “inevitable waste and corruption, aid dependency and use of parallel systems to circumvent limited government absorptive capacity.”An abrupt aid cutoff, it warned in a report ahead of the conference, could lead to a collapse similar to the one after the Soviet Union pulled out in 1989, cutting off funding to the regime it once supported.Humanitarian organizations and agencies fear that the Tokyo conference will focus on accountability and managing declining funds to the detriment of Afghanistan’s needy.“The Tokyo conference will decide the lives of millions of people for years to come. We know that when the troops leave the attention will leave,” said Christine Roehrs, spokeswoman for Save the Children in Afghanistan. “We are worried that at Tokyo they will be talking about the conditions for aid rather than the aid itself.”Other organizations worry that there is a feeling that the Afghan war has been won or is at an end.“There is a need to portray this as a success story, especially in the United States. There have been gains, but they are reversible,” said Louise Hancock, Oxfam’s head of policy and advocacy in Afghanistan. Sponsored Stories Top Stories The Afghan economy, which is largely driven by international aid and military spending, is widely expected to go into recession after 2014. The U.S. already has almost halved the just over $4 billion it gave in 2010 and that is expected to be further cut next year.European Union countries are expected to contribute the equivalent of about $1.5 billion of the funds required post-withdrawal, but they like others, worry about how their funds will be spent.“We know Afghanistan will need continuous support and the EU is committed to that. But we are not blind and we feel a considerable fatigue among taxpayers in the EU and beyond,” said Vygaudas Usackas, the EU’s special representative for Afghanistan. He described Tokyo as a “game changer” because the Afghans would be held accountable for the funds they receive in the future.Japan agrees that the conference won’t merely be a handout fest.Tadamichi Yamamoto, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed that Afghanistan must demonstrate its ability to properly implement and govern development projects.That commitment is expected to come in a document that will lay out a number of requirements including free and fair elections in 2014, improved finances and management, respect for human rights and respect for the rule of law. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghanistan will seek at least $4 billion from international donors this weekend at a crucial aid conference aimed at propping up the country after most foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014.Nations that once gave liberally, however, want more guarantees that their taxpayers’ money will not be lost to corruption and mismanagement.Representatives from about 70 countries and organizations meeting Sunday in Tokyo will establish a roadmap of accountability to ensure that Afghanistan does more to improve governance and finance management, and to safeguard the democratic process, rule of law and human rights _ especially those of women. Foreign aid in the decade since the U.S. invasion in 2001 has led to better education and health care, with nearly 8 million children, including 3 million girls, enrolled in schools. That compares to 1 million children more than a decade ago, when girls were banned from school under the Taliban.Improved health facilities have halved child mortality and expanded basic health services to nearly 60 percent of Afghanistan population of more than 25 million _ compared to less than 10 percent in 2001.But donors have become wary of corruption-busting pledges that have not always been delivered. Some highly placed Afghan officials have been investigated for corruption but seldom prosecuted, and some of the graft investigations have come close to the president himself.The stakes are high as President Hamid Karzai faces international weariness with the war and frustration over his failure to crack down on corruption more than a decade after the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban.Afghanistan has received nearly $60 billion in such aid since 2002. The World Bank says foreign aid makes up nearly the equivalent of the country’s gross domestic product.Those funds, which are needed for basic services such as health care, education and infrastructure, are expected to sharply diminish after international troops withdraw even as the country faces continued threats from the Taliban and other Islamic militants. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img The funds themselves will be channeled through the Afghan budget or trust funds controlled by international organizations such as the World Bank. To get the funds, the Afghan government has drafted 22 “national priority programs.” But to get endorsed, they have strict implementation and accountability clauses.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Check your body, save your life Quick workouts for men Karzai has said he will ask for $4 billion annually for the first three years of what his government describes as a period of transformation from 2015 to 2025. That will come on top of $4.1 billion pledged last May at a NATO conference in Chicago to fund the Afghan National Security Forces from 2015 to 2017.The World Bank has calculated that Afghanistan will need $3.3 billion to $3.9 billion in annual non-security spending for those first three years of the transition to cover a shortfall in its gross domestic product of just over $17 billion.But donors will be looking to provide their funds through the government’s bureaucracy in a way that will minimize the risk of having them siphoned off in a country that was listed last year as the third most corrupt in the world.Despite the concerns, Britain and other nations agree Afghanistan will need significant help in the post-2014 era so it does not slip back into chaos and civil war.“Afghanistan faces enormous challenges in the years ahead, and will require significant long term international development assistance. If that is not forthcoming the progress made so far with security and development will be put at risk, with repercussions for Afghans, the region and us,” Andrew Mitchell, Britain’s international development secretary, warned during a trip to Kabul earlier this week. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

US nears deal on extending exGitmo inmates travel ban

first_imgMany lawmakers from both parties disapproved when the five Guantanamo detainees were swapped for Bergdahl. They complained that the White House did not give Congress a 30-day notification of the transfer, which is required by law. The White House said it couldn’t wait 30 days because Bergdahl’s life was endangered.After the transfer, the House Armed Services Committee demanded the Pentagon release internal documents about the swap. The committee received hundreds, but lawmakers complained that they were heavily redacted. The committee inserted language in the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill that threatens to cut Pentagon spending by about $500 million if the Defense Department doesn’t provide additional information about the exchange.On Friday, lawmakers stepped up their calls.“This release was a complete overreach by the White House, ignoring U.S. law,” said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Already over the past year, it’s been reported that the flimsy ‘security assurances’ in Qatar have been violated, jeopardizing our security. In a few days, these assurances disappear and Taliban leaders will be free to return to the battlefield, putting U.S. security interests and Americans at risk.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, meanwhile, said Congress would “continue our efforts to investigate the administration’s handling of the Taliban Five swap.”___Klapper reported from Geneva.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist FILE – In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay until they were released last year in exchange for Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)center_img The White House on Friday acknowledged that discussions were underway with Qatar as to how the former detainees should be handled but refused to divulge details.“The United States has been in touch with our partners in Qatar about the kind of steps that we believe are important to protecting the national security of the American people,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.Under the terms of the May 2014 exchange, the five detainees were sent to Qatar, where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country for one year. In return, Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military. He recently was charged with desertion.At least one of the five allegedly contacted militants during the past year while in Qatar. No details have been disclosed about that contact, but the White House confirmed that one was put under enhanced surveillance.One or more of the detainees met with some members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Haqqani militant group in Qatar earlier in the year, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That was an indication that the group was reaching out to communicate with the so-called Taliban Five, said Graham, who predicted all five will rejoin the fight. Four of the five former detainees remain on the United Nations’ blacklist, which freezes their assets and has them under a separate travel ban. But the U.N. itself has acknowledged that its travel ban has been violated. In a report late last year, the U.N. sanctions committee stated, “Regrettably, the monitoring team continues to receive a steady — albeit officially unconfirmed — flow of media reports indicating that some listed individuals have become increasingly adept at circumventing the sanctions measures, the travel ban in particular.”The State Department insists that U.S. officials work to mitigate the risk of former Guantanamo detainees returning to the fight, threatening Americans or jeopardizing U.S. national security. U.S. officials have noted in the past that the five Taliban leaders are middle-aged or older, were former officials in the Taliban government and probably wouldn’t be seen again on any battlefield, although they could continue to be active members of the Taliban.Members of Congress have repeatedly expressed concern about what will happen after the travel ban expires and criticized the administration for releasing the five in the first place. They have asked the Obama administration to try to persuade Qatar to extend the monitoring. Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is closing in on an agreement with Qatar to extend travel bans for five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. officials said Friday.A deal now being negotiated with Qatar would see the restrictions that expire Monday extended for another six months, the officials said. If the talks are successful, the agreement could be announced over the weekend, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly speak to the matter. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals also signed tackle Kelvin Palmer to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad, where he had spent the entire season, last week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals shuffled their roster a bit Monday, releasing veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop and elevating rookie offensive lineman Anthony Steen to the active roster from the practice squad.Bishop, who was signed as a free agent in training camp, spent time on the roster, but didn’t play a down for the Cardinals this season. Steen, an undrafted rookie from Alabama, has spent the entire season on the practice squad after being released Aug. 30. The 6-foot-3, 309-pound lineman played in 51 games for the Crimson Tide in college, starting 36.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Denver Broncos offensive lineman Evan Mathis during an NFL football scrimmage at the Broncos’ headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Mathis was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014, and Monday morning the analytics site ProFootballFocus.com ranked him as the third-best free agent still available. Highest PFF Run Block Rating for Gs over past 5 years: 1.Evan Mathis +148.5 2.Marshal Yanda +111.3 3.Mike Iupati +87.5 4.Logan Mankins +56.9— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) March 16, 2016Mathis entered the league as a third-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He has played in 130 career games, with 90 starts. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their offensive line Wednesday with the signing of guard Evan Mathis.The deal, which NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported is for one year and $6 million, fills a hole the team had at right guard.It was reported Tuesday the Cardinals had offered the 34-year-old a two-year contract.Mathis spent last season with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, for whom he started 12 games at left guard. Before that, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) 2 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After five preseason season games, the Arizona Cardinals decided that Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert would remain on the active roster. This was a change from previous years where the 53-man roster only featured two quarterbacks.Gabbert performed well in offseason workouts and training camp, which then carried over to the preseason where his QB rating of 76.6 was the highest of any of the four signal callers that saw action. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Gabbert becomes Arizona’s third starting quarterback this year, making the Cardinals the first team to have three different starters this season.According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert logged 67 pass attempts and ended the preseason schedule ranked 29th among quarterbacks with an adjusted completion percentage of 76.6 percent.Gabbert has shown potential to perform under pressure. Since 2015, Gabbert’s passer rating of 49.7 and completion percentage of 46 is higher than Stanton’s, who has a 31.5 passer rating and 29.3 completion percentage.Additionally, Gabbert has shown promise on the road. In his past six starts away from home, he has thrown seven touchdowns and just three interceptions.With better coaching and overall talent around him, Gabbert has an opportunity Sunday make people start forgetting about his 9-31 career record despite being a high first-round pick in 2011. “I’ve been very pleased,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said of Gabbert in August. “Short-term, I’d be very comfortable if he had to play for us. Long-term, if he continues at this rate, he could be a starter.”Fast-forward to November and Gabbert will have an opportunity most third-string quarterbacks don’t get.With regular starter Carson Palmer on injured reserve, and backup Drew Stanton nursing a sprained knee, Gabbert will start for the Cardinals Sunday against the Houston Texans.When it comes to Gabbert, “intriguing” is a common term heard from the Cardinals. If he plays well he could be in the picture next year, possibly competing for a starting position or a backup role if Palmer returns.Arians has seen significant growth in Gabbert since he was signed by the Cardinals in May.“Just his understanding of what we do and how we do it,” Arians said, when asked about the areas in which he’s seen growth. “You have to learn the protection schemes, to know your hots and sights. That’s the hardest thing for all quarterbacks is to find those things, especially when teams get exotic blitzing-wise.“Once you’re comfortable with that and you know your system, you can pretty much just go back and play.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img by Lynn Elber And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2019 6:02 am PDT Cancel reply Sign in to comment (not connected to your Insider Club login).You’re logged in as . Edit Profile | Logout.Loading profile…Unexpected error. Please try again.Notice: Your email may not yet have been verified. Please check your email, click the link to verify your address, and then submit your comment. If you can’t find this email, access your profile editor to re-send the confirmation email. You must have a verified email to submit a comment. Once you have done so, check again.Comment Please read our commenting policies FILE – This March 11, 2019 file photo shows Gabrielle Union at the “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 Kickoff in Pasadena, Calif. Union, who won a contract dispute with media giant Viacom over her BET series “Being Mary Jane,” tells The Associated Press that based on what she’s learned about actresses’ salaries, there’s “no logical reasons” why actresses of color are paid less other than the color of their skin. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Actresses of colour make equal-pay quest a group effort LOS ANGELES — When Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox recorded “Sisters Are Doin’ it For Themselves” in 1985, the Queen of Soul tried out a pointed ad lib for the empowerment anthem.“‘Equal pay, that’s what we say!’” she exclaimed in one take, as recounted by Lennox at a gathering of female filmmakers last fall. “And I said, ‘She gets the message. She knows what this is about.’”Actresses, especially women of colour, are getting the message as well: In seeking the roles and money that their talent warrants, they’re putting sisterhood to work.Giving colleagues a peek at their paychecks, speaking out about economic disparity and using hard-won success to boost others are among the measures slowly gaining traction in an industry where most actors are hunting for their next job and women of colour face entrenched barriers.“One of the first things we say is, ‘Find out what the people around you are making,’” said entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw, a founding member of Times Up, the organization created in 2018 to fight sexual misconduct and workplace inequality. “And more and more, we’re finding that people are willing to talk to each other.”Without knowledge of what other actors with a similar track record are getting for equivalent work, “you are way behind the eight ball,” said Gabrielle Union (“Think Like a Man,” ”Being Mary Jane”).Changing entrenched behaviour takes time, Union said, but “little by little we’re communicating, and women of colour, specifically black women, are like, ‘Oh, hell nah.’ We are so woefully underpaid, under-appreciated, disrespected.”Ana de la Reguera (“Power,” upcoming movie “Army of the Dead”) saw the value of networking as part of “Latinas Who Lunch,” an informal group started by Eva Longoria. Actresses, as well as writers and directors, gathered to share their experiences and job and career building tips.“We were actually encouraging each other to, say, shadow (observe) a director, ask to direct an episode, ask to be the executive producer,” de la Reguera said. The #MeToo movement consumed their attention, but she continues advising women one-on-one as they learn to navigate Hollywood’s intricate system, which she said is more challenging than the still-growing industry in her native Mexico.What performers earn is difficult to verify, say researchers who track film and TV employment. Privacy concerns are one obvious reason, as are the complex deals that include compensation for acting and other work (as with HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman starred in and produced). The actors guild, SAG-AFTRA, does not publish specific salaries.But there is research adding weight to complaints of disparity. In the latest San Diego State University analysis of TV’s broadcast, cable and streaming programs, women had 40 per cent of speaking roles while men had 60 per cent in 2017-18, despite the genders being evenly split in the population. Further limiting opportunities for women of colour: 67 per cent of all female roles went to white actresses, according to the findings of the school’s Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s study . That exceeds the approximately 60 per cent they represent among U.S. women.Movies are proving more resistant to inclusiveness. In a study of the top 100 films of 2017, a third had an actress in a starring or a co-starring role, with just four of them an underrepresented ethnicity, according to research by the University of Southern California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative .Fewer jobs mean fewer chances for an actress to build a resume and the fan base that leads to more and better roles. Yet box-office receipts and TV ratings show that audiences embrace projects with multiethnic casts, according to an annual Hollywood diversity report from the University of California, Los Angeles.Asked if industry racism is at play, Union, who won a contract dispute with media giant Viacom-owned BET over her series “Being Mary Jane,” had a ready reply.“Based on the numbers that I know that black women, Latinas, Asian women, indigenous actors are making, there is no other logical reason why we are paid what we are paid versus what our contemporaries are paid who are lacking melanin,” she said.As for the perception of a field packed with multimillionaires, U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show a contrary reality. In the most recent report, for 2018, the estimated median hourly wage for actors was $17.54, with $18.58 the hourly median for all U.S. occupations.There are examples of well-rewarded actresses of colour, notably “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, pegged by Forbes magazine in 2018 as TV’s top earner at $42 million, in part because she’s converted her celebrity into lucrative commercial endorsements. Kerry Washington, who as the star of “Scandal” worked for African American producer Shonda Rhimes, also made Forbes’ list of the 20 best-paid actors and actresses on TV.In movies, big paydays are notably scarce for women of colour: All of the world’s 10 top-earning film actresses on Forbes’ 2018 list were white. Two American men of colour, Dwayne Johnson and Will Smith, made the actors’ list.But white women have their own ground to make up: The 10 highest-paid actresses earned a combined $172 million compared to $488 million for the top-paid actors in 2016-17. In one glaring instance that became public, Michelle Williams received less than $1,000 vs Mark Wahlberg’s $1.5 million for reshoots on “All the Money in the World.”Entertainment lawyer Shaw cautioned against reducing inequality to one element, although “clearly people of colour have not historically made as much as their counterparts” and are considered more “replaceable.”“I think it has been a question of, ‘Are we going to pay the highest salary to a very select few people?’” she said, adding that the reality is lead characters are overwhelmingly white and male.Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “The Help” and earned consecutive nominations in 2017 and 2018 for “The Shape of Water” and “Hidden Figures,” nevertheless faced subpar compensation. Then she found a booster — Jessica Chastain, her co-star on “The Help” and producer of a movie comedy planned to star both actresses.Spencer opened Chastain’s eyes to pay inequity for women of colour, the African American actress said during a Sundance Film Festival panel last year. Chastain vowed to make things right on her film and the result, according to Spencer, was an increase of five times in what she’d expected.Jada Pinkett Smith was heartened by Chastain’s actions (“such a beautiful thing”) and hopes it’s an example of more to come.“We’ll even come along at a more rapid pace when we as women really start to empower each other in a much more substantial way,” she said. “We need our male allies, too, but more than anything we have to start concentrating on our relationships with other women.”Union is proving what that can yield. She wanted an established actress playing opposite her in “L.A.’s Finest,” which spins off Union’s character from “Bad Boys II,” and settled on Jessica Alba (“Sin City,” ”Dark Angel”). As executive producer of the Spectrum TV series , Union was positioned to make that happen.“Because of the way my deal is set up, I had no problem giving back money to make sure Jessica Alba gets paid what Jessica Alba is worth,” Union said. “But you have to have the studio, the network, everyone to sign off on that.”Women can’t do all the heavy lifting in an industry in which the majority of decision-makers are men, said Kate del Castillo (“Weeds,” ”La Reina del Sur”): “We need more men who are feminists.”When she’s been able to negotiate a better deal, who could she thank?“A woman, of course. A woman producer, a woman manager, a woman agent. It’s always women who helped me to do better,” del Castillo said. “I want to empower women because I have been empowered by women.”Some influential men have joined the fight, producer-writer-actor Tyler Perry among them. Taraji P. Henson has said she was paid approximately $150,000 for her Oscar-nominated role in 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She credits Perry for paying her what she was worth for her starring role in 2009’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” and helping her get bigger paychecks from then on.Asserting one’s economic value can be complicated when the sensitive subject of ethnicity is involved, even for celebrated actress Viola Davis, an Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner. In a 2018 interview with Tina Brown, Davis said that while people have termed her “a black Meryl Streep” she isn’t paid what she’s worth.Davis later felt compelled to offer a public apology, telling The Associated Press she doesn’t compare herself to Streep, others do, and that she was taking responsibility for making the most of her potential with her own productions.“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez ran into a buzz saw of criticism after gingerly addressing the topic during a public discussion last year, saying it was “petrifying” to do so. Rodriguez compared the earnings of women by ethnicity, putting blacks at the top and Latinas at the bottom — comments that detractors alleged were anti-black and pitted women of colour against each other.Responding in a radio interview, Rodriguez said she wasn’t referring specifically to her industry but to female workers in general, and that such discussions were needed “because we all must rise.”While African American actresses fight for pay that matches the stardom and critical acclaim they’ve achieved after decades of struggle, the scant number of leading roles for actresses of Asian and Latino descent is a different burden.Even with the box-office hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” and Sandra Oh’s success in “Killing Eve,” actors with Asian roots struggle to get lead roles and commensurate pay, said Nancy Wang Yuen, a Biola University professor and author of “Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism.”“There isn’t a kind of a consistent platform advocating for Asians in Hollywood, and that’s part of the problem,” she said.The departures of “Hawaii Five-0” regulars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park made headlines in 2017 after it was reported the two left because they didn’t have pay equity compared to their white counterparts. Kim and Park declined to go into detail about their contract negotiations, but the showrunner maintained that they had been given generous contracts and had declined them.Jennifer Lopez made a huge leap for Latinas with 1997’s “Selena,” becoming the first Hispanic actress to earn $1 million. The importance of that payday has grown in retrospect, said Lopez, who recalled that she felt undeserving and even ashamed of her success at the time.“But now I realize that it was important because our community needed that boost to say, ‘Yes, we are just as much value as any other actor (in) a leading role in Hollywood, in a big film,” Lopez said.“Everybody knows there is racism, there is sexism …. it all exists. It’s just about us getting to the point of you realizing what you’re worth and who you are,” she said.Awkwafina, the young breakout star of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Farewell,” finds herself in a similar position but forced to navigate among established actresses fed up with the status quo and past ready to make waves.“Maybe I should inform myself how getting paid works but, at this point, I’m a newcomer. … And I don’t know what I should be getting,” she said. “But I think if I continue to deliver products that are doing well and that are well-received, I should be compensated fairly, right?”___AP writers Sian Watson in London and Nicole Evatt in Bangkok and AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.___Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber . Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr .Lynn Elber And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Join the conversationlast_img read more

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