Birds call fowl on cuckoo’s antics

first_imgThe common cuckoo is what biologists call a brood parasite; it lays eggs in other birds’ nests, hoping the mothers won’t notice. Often they don’t, because cuckoo eggs have evolved to closely resemble those of their victims. And once the cuckoo hatches, the invader seizes the nest, pushing out all the other eggs. The parasitized birds, however, are fighting back. There’s an ongoing evolutionary arms race between the cuckoo and its most frequent victims, such as the brambling and the red-backed shrike. The parasitized birds are evolving unique egg “signatures,” markings that help the mother distinguish an authentic egg from an impostor. Though scientists have had ideas about how this arms race works, a study published this week in Nature Communications suggests that the egg war isn’t playing out the way we’d once thought. The conventional wisdom is that recognizable eggs must have three visual qualities: They should be highly similar to eggs holding their siblings; distinct from eggs laid by other mothers of the same species; and have complex, dense markings to make them more difficult to mimic. But when researchers analyzed hundreds of eggs from eight different parasitized species, they found a different story. Eggs didn’t necessarily need all three attributes to be distinguishable. For example, brambling parents were able to identify their eggs even though there was a lot of variation among sibling eggs and little difference between eggs from different mothers. The scientists also found that complex, dense egg markings could actually make it more difficult for mother birds to recognize their eggs. The insights suggest moderation may be a winning tactic in the egg war: Markings need to be visually dense enough to convey some information, yet not so dense that the egg becomes unrecognizable.last_img read more

Ginebra ‘Big 3’ delivers in TNT rout

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Abueva, Aces fall short in comeback bid vs Road Warriors Tenorio fired 27 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds, Aguilar had 25 markers, six boards, two dimes, two steals, and two blocks, and Slaughter got a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds with four assists, and two rejections.“LA was awesome all night long, Japeth was making brilliant passes to Greg and we love seeing those guys play together, passing to each other,” praised Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after guiding his team to 5-4. “It’s not how well Japeth plays or how well Greg plays, but how well they play together and that’s the key for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutScottie Thompson almost had a double-double of his own too, posting nine markers, 11 boards, four assists, and two steals while Kevin Ferrer also helped spark a fourth-quarter breakaway with his pair of triples breaking a 65-deadlock.“We said before the game that it was a huge game so now that we’ve won it, it’s a huge win. We’re tied in the standings right now and it’s so tight. It’s the time in the conference that everyone’s scrambling for wins,”  Cone remarked. “But our guys stepped up today. We were playing ok in the first half, but we knew it wasn’t gonna be enough to win the game so we elevated our play in the second half.” TNT 78 — Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Paredes 2, Reyes 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Golla 0.Quarters: 22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum TNT suffered its second consecutive defeat and fell to eighth place at 4-5.Jayson Castro led the fight with 17 points, but shot 6-of-20 from the field, while also grabbing four assists and two rebounds.Kelly Williams also had 17 markers and 15 boards for the KaTropa, who played without Troy Rosario, while Roger Pogoy added 16 points and five rebounds.The Scores:GINEBRA 93 — Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 6, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, Mercado 0, Taha 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESGinebra went to its top guns and downed TNT, 93-78, to grab a share of fifth place in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter formed a terrible trio for the Gin Kings as they frustrated the KaTropa and accounted for almost the entire team’s production.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

ADI: ±0.5% accurate supervisors target very low voltage components

first_imgAnalog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC2962-LTC2964 family of exceptionally accurate 4-channel voltage supervisors for increased system voltage margin and enhanced reliability.  ASIC, FPGA, DSP, MCU and MPU architectures that operate from supplies as low as 1V cannot utilize traditional 1%-2% accurate voltage supervisors without shedding valuable system voltage margin and shrinking the remaining load operating voltage range.  The LTC2962 family possesses a best-in-class ±0.5% reset threshold accuracy, which relaxes power supply demands, increases system tolerance to transients, and enabling a lower nominal supply to dramatically reduce power consumption.  The LTC2962 family fulfills many network, telecom and automotive requirements with its high accuracy, flexible 1V to 5V (or adjustable) reset thresholds, and wide operating temperature range.A unique feature set differentiates the LTC2962 family in the low power voltage monitor market, making it an excellent choice for many multi-rail applications.  For each channel, one of 16 preset or adjustable, ±0.5% accurate, voltage thresholds can be easily selected for undervoltage, overvoltage or negative monitoring.  The supervisory circuits monitor inputs and drive the outputs according to the configured thresholds.  Alternatively, a manual reset input is also available for optional use of a pushbutton switch to force a system reset.  Ordering options include a watchdog with adjustable timers (LTC2963-1) and individual comparator open-drain outputs for each channel (LTC2964).  An adjustable timeout period is available on all devices. The LTC2962 family is available today in multiple temperature grades: 0 to 70°C (C grade), –40 to 85°C (I grade), and –40 to 125°C (H grade).  The LTC2962 is available in a 16-lead 3 x 3mm QFN, while the LTC2963-1 and LTC2964 are available in a 20-lead 3x 4mm QFN.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous BrainChip: neural network acceleration SoCs puts artificial intelligence at the edge and enterpriseNext Renesas to acquire Integrated Device Technologylast_img read more

India vs Pakistan live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup Super Four live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Pak live streaming online

first_imgLive streaming of India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018: Super Four 3rd match between India and Pakistan live telecast from Dubai. Watch Asia Cup Super Four, Ind vs Pak cricket match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs PAK ODI match Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.Favourites India have no grounds for complacency as they wait to see which’ Pakistan turns up in the Asia Cup here Sunday, well aware of the unpredictable arch-rivals’ penchant for surprising not just opponents but themselves, too.India are eyeing a place in the final after three wins in as many matches, while Pakistan will look to step up their game in the Super Four match, after a scare against Afghanistan.India vs West Indies live streaming: Where to watch IND vs WI 2nd Test Day 1 live streaming onlineIndia walloped Pakistan by eight wickets in the group game three days ago but if history is any indication, the Men in Blue will take their traditional rivals lightly at their own peril.Pakistan fan, who sang Indian anthem in match vs India, has another plan for SundayAfter being made to work hard by minnows Hong Kong in their tournament opener, India got their act together in the much-awaited group game against Pakistan and produced a clinical display to make short work of Sarfraz Ahmed’s team.India vs Pakistan Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs PAK ODI match Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TVIndia will once again be the favourites but an unpredictable Pakistan has the ability to bounce back and so another high-voltage clash could be on the cards on a super Sunday.advertisementIt was a very ordinary performance from Pakistan: Wasim AkramWhat time is India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?The game starts on 5:00 PM IST on September 23, Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.Bhuvneshwar was confident against Pakistan despite nervous injury return vs Hong KongWhat TV channel and live stream is the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Pakistan match.Asia Cup 2018: Sunil Gavaskar impressed with Rohit Sharma’s captaincyWhere will the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI be played?The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI will be played at at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Pakistan from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the team squads for the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 ODI?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Federer played well, he deserves it: Nadal on Wimbledon semi-final defeat

first_imgRewarding as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month’s French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission.In the end, however, it became mission impossible as he lost to inspired Roger Federer in Friday’s blockbuster semi-final.Not since 2010, two years after his epic final triumph over Federer proved the king of clay had mastered grass, has the Spaniard been the last man standing at Wimbledon.Since that win over Tomas Berdych it has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Mallorcan.After losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has never contested a title decider on Centre Court, suffering shock losses to the likes of Lukas Rosol, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller, not to mention Nick Kyrgios.Last year he was close, losing an epic semi to Djokovic when victory would have left him facing an exhausted Kevin Anderson in the final — a virtual open goal.This year Nadal was irritated by being dropped to three in the seedings for this year’s tournament, despite being ranked two — meaning he would likely have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to get his hands back on the Challenge Cup.That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fuelled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.Most observers marked him down as favourite against eight-time champion Federer — especially with a 24-15 career record, a 10-3 advantage in Grand Slam play and a 4-0 record in semi-finals at the majors.advertisementBut Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.FRUSTRATIONWith Djokovic awaiting in the final it would have still been a tall order for Nadal to claim his third Wimbledon crown and move to 19 Grand Slams in total — one behind Federer.At 33, Nadal knows he may not get many more chances and he could not hide his frustration on Friday.”I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam. Just have to accept that was not my day,” he said.”I played a great event. Today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever. Last year I had chances. I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win one more time here.”Nadal admitted he was disappointed with his performance, despite playing his part in some spellbinding passages of play.”I didn’t play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserves it,” Nadal said of only his fourth loss in 14 Grand Slam clashes with Federer.”He was doing a lot of things well. Honestly, I didn’t have the great feelings that I had the other days. I was not able to open the court as the other days.”Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in 4 sets to set up final clash with Novak DjokovicAlso Read | I am ready to knock down Mike Snider: Vijender Singh on his comeback boutAlso See:last_img read more

Maradona-equalling Hamsik praised by Sarri

first_imgSerie A Maradona-equalling Hamsik earns Sarri praise as Napoli go top of Serie A Rob Lancaster 07:47 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marek Hamsik Napoli Getty Images Serie A Napoli Torino v Napoli Torino The Napoli captain found the target against Torino – his 115th for the club in all competitions – and was described as “extraordinary” by his coach Hamsik fired home his side’s third and final goal in the 3-1 win at Torino, with his 115th strike for the club in all competitions drawing him level at the top of the charts.The Slovakia international had been stuck one shy of the legendary Maradona’s mark since netting in his side’s 3-0 triumph over Cagliari on October 1, with his barren run finally coming to an end at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.”We are talking about a player of an extraordinary level,” Sarri told Mediaset Premium . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “If someone like him plays 45 games of an inferior level, you just have to accept it and stick by him with the certainty he’ll pay you back eventually. He’d been improving for the past few matches.”Hamsik Napoli Serie AMaurizio Sarri admitted he stuck by “extraordinary” Marek Hamsik during his dry spell after Napoli’s club captain finally equalled Diego Maradona’s all-time goalscoring record.As well as Hamsik’s personal achievement, the positive result on the road lifted Napoli to the top of the Serie A table.They leapfrogged over Inter, who surprisingly lost 3-1 at home to Udinese, in the standings, with Sarri acknowledging that his players knew what was at stake prior to kick-off in Rome.”My players knew what Inter had done and these are situations that can either help or hinder,” he added.”They can give you the hunger to recapture the leadership, but can also pile extra pressure on. Today the lads did well to take the positive aspects from San Siro’s result.”Napoli are back in action on Tuesday, taking on Udinese in the Coppa Italia, before they round out the calendar year with league fixtures against Sampdoria and Crotone.last_img read more

Position Vacant: Sport Operations Manager

first_imgIf you are looking for a thrilling career in one of the biggest participation sports in the nation, we have the role for you!We are seeking a Sport Operations Manager in our Australian Capital Territory Office. The successful applicant will be responsible for leading participation growth at all levels of the game, developing a representative pathway as well as the provision of education and training for coaches and referees throughout the Touch Football ACT community.If you would like to be considered for this position, candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria. Please note that a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description, will be highly regarded.For further information and to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email careers@touchfootball.com.au.Applications close Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 9am AEDT. For any questions call 02 6212 2800.Related LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

Jim Tressel Reveals His Advice For Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)With Urban Meyer leaving coaching behind for now, the legendary coach is adjusting to his newest role of assistant athletic director of athletics initiatives and relations at Ohio State.This is familiar territory for another former coach of the Buckeyes, Jim Tressel, who also went from the football field to university administration.Tressel was the head coach of Ohio State from 2001 to 2010, but now serves as the president at Youngstown State University. His experiences on and off the field provide ideal examples for Meyer to follow.Nonetheless, Tressel is going one step further to help out Meyer in his quest for success away from the gridiron.In an effort to help Meyer get the best possible production from the next chapter of his life, Tressel shared his advice on how to handle an administrative role with the Buckeyes in an interview with Eleven Warriors.Jim Tressel shares his advice for Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, encouraging Meyer to seek fulfillment in his new role as an administrator and Day to believe in himself. https://t.co/gLHACii3bE— Eleven Warriors (@11W) January 31, 2019Although this will be completely different than coaching, Meyer will have to channel the same passion that made him one of the best at his profession.From Eleven Warriors:“My only suggestion to him was to make sure that he believes that the next chapter is just as important as the last chapter, and he’s got to create this next chapter as being something that will excite him and make him be fired up about what it is he’s contributing to the good of the whole,” Tressel said. “And sometimes it’s not an automatic light switch. Sometimes you have to think through it and experience some things before you really know for sure. But clearly, it will happen for him. And I tease him, he’s a young man, he’s got a lot of good things to do.”It’ll be interesting to watch Meyer shift away from coaching, especially considering how his love for the game brought him back in 2012.As for Ohio State, Ryan Day will try to lead the program to a national championship in his first season as the head coach.last_img read more

‘This is our World Cup’: Ben Stokes issues war cry after defeat to Australia

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 10:50 IST Ben Stokes was England’s top scorer in defeat to Australia at Lord’s. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland were beaten by arch-rivals Australia by 84 runs at Lord’s on TuesdayEngland now need to win their remaining 2 games to stay in contention for a semis berthEngland will next play India on June 30 before clashing against New Zealand on July 3England all-rounder Ben Stokes promised no backwards step for the must-win match against India on Sunday after the Three Lions faced their second consecutive defeat in World Cup 2019.Ben Stokes confidently stated that ‘this is our World Cup’ although the pre-tournament favourites’ hopes of qualifying for the knock-outs were dealt a huge blow on Tuesday.On Tuesday, Australia defeated England by 64 runs at Lord’s to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After Aaron Finch smashed a classy 100, Jason Behrendorff picked 5 for 44 and Mitchell Starc finished with 4 for 43 as England failed to chase 286.Stokes threatened to take the match away from Australia as he scored a well-placed 89 but Starc produced a lethal yorker to end his stay.After the loss, England skipper Eoin Morgan had admitted to being outplayed by Australia but insisted that hosts’ fate was in their own hands.”Given the circumstances, it’s not hugely disappointing, our fate is in our own hands. Everything we need to turn around is quite simple, the basics have let us down, and hopefully, we will improve on them moving forward,” hoped Morgan.With just 8 points from 7 games, England now need to win their remaining 2 games to stay in contention for a semis berth. England will next play India on June 30 before clashing against New Zealand on July 3 in their final league game.Also Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso Read | ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeatAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ben Stokes ‘This is our World Cup’: Ben Stokes issues war cry after defeat to AustraliaEngland vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes was confident England team will make a comeback in their next league matches in the tournament, even after a chastening defeat to Australia.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Spectrum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over Spectrum of the Seas, the first cruise ship in the Quantum-Ultra class, to cruise line Royal Caribbean International.The 169,000 gross ton newbuild — designed specifically for the Chinese market — was delivered to its owner in Bremerhaven on April 11, 2019.“We are excited to welcome Spectrum of the Seas, our first Quantum Ultra class ship to the Royal Caribbean family,” Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, commented during the delivery ceremony in Germany.The giant cruise ship features a length of 347.1 meters and a width of 41.4 meters. The Bahamas-flagged vessel altogether has 18 decks and can accommodate 4,246 passengers and 1,551 crew members.Spectrum of the Seas is the fourth ship in the class, apart from its three sister ships, Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, and the first vessel in the Quantum-Ultra class. In addition, it is the 26th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas like its sister ships is fitted with emission control systems such as the hybrid scrubber.After being handed over to the cruise line, Spectrum of the Seas left Bremerhaven later on April 11. Watch the vessel’s departure in the video below shared by Unimedien:The maiden voyage to Asia is scheduled to begin in Barcelona on April 18, 2019.The new cruise ship will homeport from Shanghai starting from June 2019. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong, according to Royal Caribbean.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Unimedien.last_img read more

Marijuana can be effective in treating pain insomnia

first_imgCannabis can treat both pain and insomnia in people who want to avoid prescription and sleep medications, a study has found. The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, looked at 1,000 people taking legalised marijuana in an American state. Researchers in the US found that among the 65 per cent of people taking cannabis for pain, 80 per cent found it was very or extremely helpful. 82 per cent of these people were able to reduce, or stop taking over the counter pain medications and 88 per cent were able to stop taking opioid painkillers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study suggested that cannabis could lower opioid use. However, the researchers noted that more needs to be done to understand the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Traditional over the counter medications and painkillers can help, however they may have serious side effects. Opioids depress the respiratory system, meaning that overdoses may be fatal. “People develop tolerance to opioids, which means that they require higher doses to achieve the same effect. This means that chronic pain patients often increase their dose of opioid medications over time, which in turn increases their risk of overdose,” said Julia Arnsten, professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Although less common, sleeping pills can lead to dependence, and can also cause grogginess the next day, interfering with people’s work and social lives, she said. As a consequence, some people have started taking marijuana to help with their symptoms, according to the study.last_img read more

Deleting Highway of Tears emails a slap in the face to families

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by the British Columbia privacy commissioner shows that senior government officials were deleting emails about the Highway of Tears.That has a coalition of missing and murdered women groups demanding accountability.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Activists call for more money to fight AIDS

first_imgAPTN National NewsAIDS activists across the country are calling on the federal government to invest more in new drugs and treatments for HIV/AIDs.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa sinks 3week box office champ Gravity with 32M

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 2:20 pm MDT ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ sinks 3-week box office champ ‘Gravity’ with $32M debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – With theatres heavy in dramatic offerings, Johnny Knoxville’s silly stunts captivated weekend moviegoers.“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” stole the No.1 spot from three-week box-office champ, “Gravity,” with $32 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, according to totals released Monday.“Gravity” sunk to second place, followed by “Captain Phillips.” Another drama, the star-studded “The Counselor,” debuted in fourth place with $7.8 million.The acclaimed “12 Years a Slave,” playing in just 123 locations, edged into the top 10 with an impressive $2.1 million and the highest per-theatre average of any film this week.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:1. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Paramount, $32,055,177, 3,336 locations, $9,609 average, $32,055,177, 1 week.2. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $20,135,387, 3,707 locations, $5,432 average, $199,649,748, 4 weeks.3. “Captain Phillips,” Sony, $11,642,040, 3,143 locations, $3,704 average, $69,916,083, 3 weeks.4. “The Counselor,” 20th Century Fox, $7,842,930, 3,044 locations, $2,577 average, $7,842,930, 1 week.5. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Sony, $6,275,325, 3,111 locations, $2,017 average, $100,786,579, 5 weeks.6. “Carrie,” Sony, $5,988,713, 3,157 locations, $1,897 average, $26,110,068, 2 weeks.7. “Escape Plan,” Lionsgate, $4,558,239, 2,883 locations, $1,581 average, $17,641,821, 2 weeks.8. “12 Years a Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $2,134,325, 123 locations, $17,352 average, $3,394,268, 2 weeks.9. “Enough Said,” Fox Searchlight, $1,588,004, 835 locations, $1,902 average, $13,054,096, 6 weeks.10. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $1,068,339, 1,347 locations, $793 average, $59,127,401, 6 weeks.11. “Insidious Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $880,293, 1,229 locations, $716 average, $82,133,678, 7 weeks.12. “Rush,” Universal, $700,695, 667 locations, $1,051 average, $25,856,534, 6 weeks.13. “We’re The Millers,” Warner Bros., $582,445, 786 locations, $741 average, $148,561,678, 12 weeks.14. “Fifth Estate,” Disney, $570,890, 1,769 locations, $323 average, $2,848,356, 2 weeks.15. “Runner Runner,” 20th Century Fox, $560,118, 969 locations, $578 average, $18,819,538, 4 weeks.16. “Baggage Claim,” Fox Searchlight, $560,046, 594 locations, $943 average, $20,837,814, 5 weeks.17. “I’m In Love With A Church Girl,” High Top Releasing, $506,315, 458 locations, $1,105 average, $1,716,487, 2 weeks.18. “All Is Lost,” Roadside Attractions, $502,530, 81 locations, $6,204 average, $640,717, 2 weeks.19. “Don Jon,” Relativity Media, $495,999, 540 locations, $919 average, $23,501,622, 5 weeks.20. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $390,370, 379 locations, $1,030 average, $364,248,630, 17 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

Libya Security Council welcomes Presidency Councils arrival in Tripoli

“This was an important step towards bringing stability to the country and bringing the political process back on track to implement the Libyan Political Agreement,” the Security Council said in a press statement issued by Ambassador Liu Jieyi, the Council president for the month of April. The Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on 17 December 2015, following a UN-brokered process to form a national unity. The Council had welcomed the Agreement in its resolution 2259 (2015). In today’s statement, the Security Council encouraged the Presidency Council to urgently start its work so as “to broaden the basis of its support and to tackle Libya’s political, security, humanitarian, economic and institutional challenges and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.” In particular, this includes the threat from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and groups affiliated with Al Qaeda. The Council also reiterated its call on all parties in Libya to support the efforts underway and again expressed concern about activities which could be damaging to the “integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Corporation.” In addition, the Council renewed their call, from resolution 2259 (2015), “to cease support to and official contact with parallel institutions that claim to be the legitimate authority but are outside of the Libyan Political Agreement as specified by it.” Since arriving on Thursday, the Presidency Council has met with local political leaders, as well as businesses, including with the Governor of the Central Bank and Tripoli municipalities. read more

Blue Jays Inching Closer to Acquiring RA Dickey from

The Toronto Blue Jays are inching closer to acquiring 2012 Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets, according to multiple sources.There were several other teams that were strongly interested in the services of Dickey, but the Mets decided to channel their negotiations with the Blue Jays and cut off all other discussions with the other teams, according to CBSSports.com.As of Saturday morning a major league executive aware of the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com that both teams are working towards completing the trade.The Mets have discussed acquiring the Blue Jays top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, who they previously did not want to include, and center fielder Anthony Gose.Last season while playing in Triple-A in Las Vegas, the 23-year-old d’Arnaud had a batting average of .333, on base percentage of .380, a slugging average of .595 and 16 home runs.Dickey has yet to discuss extension talks, nor has he been asked to take a physical according to sources close with ESPNNewYork.com.The 38-year-old Dickey put together impressive numbers to win the 2012 Cy Young award. He led the NL with 233 2/3 innings pitched and finished second with an ERA of 2.73. He also led the league in strikeouts with 230 and owns a lifetime career ERA of 3.98 over 10 major-league seasons.Dickey, who is under contract with the Mets next season for $5 million, attempted to negotiate an extension with the club, but both sides were approximately $6 million apart. The Mets offered Dickey a two-year extension worth $20 million, while Dickey requested a two-year extension for $26 million.The knuckleballer made his frustrations known publically about the negotiations while attending a holiday party earlier this week at Citi Field for children affected by Hurricane Sandy.“In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair,” Dickey told reporters. “I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair because that’s how it’s been for me.” read more

Opinion LeBron James Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft offseason for Ohio

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67. Lantern file photoAs the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency.For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft.James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003.The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to South Beach, but with key pieces in place such as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett (just kidding) along with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, Cavs fans can only dream for now.If James was to return to Cleveland, it would be the best move he will have ever made in his career.During his four seasons in Miami, James has been largely the victim of ridicule for how he left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, and rightfully so. As a Cleveland fan on vacation in Florida at the time of “The Decision,” I sat and watched Florida basketball fans celebrate in the lobby of my hotel. I sunk in my chair as all hope of bringing a championship to Cleveland was washed away in the Florida sun.Now, James can fix the broken bridges between he and Cavs fans if he makes his triumphant return home to a city which has not won a major championship since 1964. If in fact he does return, it will be to a better roster than the one he left back in 2010.Which brings me to Aaron Craft. How you may ask? Simple.While discussing sports at a summer job, a co-worker of mine and a fellow Ohio State student brought the following comparison to my attention.Remember James’ old teammate on the 2007 Cavs Finals team, Eric Snow? If you look closely at the similarities between Snow and Craft, you will see where I am going.Snow, a Michigan State grad out of Canton McKinley high school in Canton, Ohio, played four seasons in college, just as Craft did. Both Craft and Snow also put up comparable numbers in their college careers.Craft, who averaged 32.6 minutes per game in his college career also averaged just 8.9 points per game. How does that stack up to Snow? Snow played in just 25.2 minutes per game and averaged 5.9 points per game as a Spartan.While neither Craft nor Snow was a particularly good outside shooter, each shot around 50 percent in their careers. Craft finishing his career with a 45.9 percent career field goal percentage while Snow shot 52.1 percent.However, with every pro there is a con and with every similarity, there is a difference.Craft was clearly the better defender of the two, as he averaged 2.45 steals per game during his time at OSU, while Snow averaged just 1.3 in his time as a Spartan.In terms of passing, Snow was clearly better, however, as he averaged 5.3 assists per game including 7.8 his senior season. Craft never averaged more than five assists per game in a season.So what am I trying to say? Someone needs to take a chance on Craft.If Snow can get drafted (43rd overall) and have a 13-year playing career with three teams – the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Cavaliers – Craft can as well. The former Buckeye may not be the fastest, strongest or most athletic guy on the floor, but there is no one in this upcoming draft who will give you more effort than Aaron Craft.Enjoy Thursday’s draft and free agency season Ohio basketball fans, it could very well be a memorable one. read more

Houses in California are slowly sinking into the ground

first_imgSCOTT AND ROBIN Spivey knew something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.It wasn’t long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey’s neighbourhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.“We want to know what is going on here,” said Scott, a former city building inspector who lived in his four-bedroom, Tudor-style dream home for 11 years.Robin and Scott Spivey walk past the wreckage of their Tudor-style dream home they had to abandon when the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 more are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mount Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.The situation has become so bad that mail delivery was ended to keep carriers out of danger.“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who bought his home in the Lakeside Heights project a year ago.A notice by the US Postal Service warned residents of the Lakeside Heights subdivision that due to the danger posed by the sinking ground, postal workers will no longer deliver mail to the area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Unlike sinkholes of Florida that can gobble homes in an instant, this collapse in hilly volcanic country can move many feet on one day and just a fraction of an inch the next.Officials believe water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role in the destruction. But nobody can explain why suddenly there is plentiful water atop the hill in a county with groundwater shortages.“That’s the big question,” said Scott De Leon, county public works director. “We have a dormant volcano, and I’m certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are a result of that, but we don’t know about this.”Randall Fitzgerald checks a fissure that has opened in a lot near his home in the Lakeside Heights subdivision in Lakeport. Fitzgerald, who bought his home a year ago, has seen several of his neighbours move away as the sinking ground threatens the collapse of their homes, and is concerned that he will have to leave as more fissures appear. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Other development on similar soil in the county is stable, county officials said.While some of the subdivision movement is occurring on shallow fill, De Leon said a geologist has warned that the ground could be compromised down to bedrock 25 feet below and that cracks recently appeared in roads well beyond the fill.“Considering this is a low rainfall year and the fact it’s letting go now after all of these years, and the magnitude that it’s letting go, well it’s pretty monumental,” De Leon said.A crack in the wall of  the home of Jagtar Singh  in Lakeport, Calif.  Shortly after Singh moved his wife, four-year-old daughter and his parents, the hill behind his home collapsed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)County officials have inspected the original plans for the project and say it was developed by a reputable engineering firm then signed off on by the public works director at the time.“I can only presume that they were checked prior to approval,” De Leon said.The sinkage has prompted county crews to redirect the subdivision’s sewage 300 feet through an overland pipe as manholes in the 10-acre development collapsed.Consultant Tom Ruppenthal found two small leaks in the county water system that he said weren’t big enough to account for the amount of water that is flowing along infrastructure pipes and underground fissures, but they could be contributing to another source.“It’s very common for groundwater to shift its course,” said Ruppenthal of Utility Services Associates in Seattle. “I think the groundwater has shifted.”If the county can’t get the water and sewer service stabilized, De Leon said all 30 houses in the subdivision will have to be abandoned.The owners of six damaged homes said they need help from the government.Jagtar Singh gazes from the doorway of one of the bedrooms that collapsed as the ground gave way beneath his home in Lakeport. The Lake County Board of Supervisors asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare an emergency so funding might be available to stabilise utilities and determine the cause of the collapse. On 6 May, state Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, wrote a letter of support asking Brown for immediate action. The California Emergency Management Agency said Brown was still assessing the situation.On Wednesday, the state sent a water resources engineer and a geologist to look at the problem. Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a representative the next day.Lake County, with farms, wineries and several Indian casinos, was shaped by earthquake fault movement and volcanic explosions that helped create the Coast Ranges of California. Clear Lake, popular for boating and fishing, is the largest fresh water lake wholly located in the state.It is not unusual for groundwater in the region to make its way to the surface then subside. Many natural hot springs and geysers receded underground in the early 1900s and have since been tapped for geothermal power.Homeowners now wonder whether fissures have opened below their hilltop, allowing water to seep to the surface. But they’re so perplexed they also talk about the land being haunted and are considering asking the local Native American tribe if the hilltop was an ancient graveyard.“Someone said it must be hexed,” said Blanka Doren, a 72-year-old German immigrant who poured her life savings into the house she bought in 1999 so she could live on the rental income.The home shares a wall with her neighbour, Jagtar Singh — who had two days of notice to move his wife, four-year-old daughter and his parents before the hill behind the back of his home collapsed — taking the underside of his house and leaving the carpet dangling.Doren is afraid that as Singh’s house falls it will take hers with it. Already cracks have spread across her floors.Damaged houses in the subdivision have been tagged for mandatory removal, but the hillside is so unstable it can’t support the heavy equipment necessary to perform the job.“This was our first home,” said Singh, who noticed a problem in April when he could see light between the wall and floor of his bedroom. A geotechnical company offered no solutions.“We didn’t know it would be that major, but in one week we were gone,” he said.So far insurance companies have left the owners of the homes — valued between $200,000 and $250,000, or twice the median price in the county — dangling too. Subsidence is not covered, homeowners said. So until someone figures out whether something else is going on, they’ll be in limbo.“It’s a tragedy, really,” contractor Dean Pick said as he took photos for an insurance company. “I’ve never seen anything like it. At least that didn’t have the Pacific Ocean eating away at it.”Priory Hall in ruins as residents left ‘in limbo’Priory Hall: “They’ve already tried to put us on the streets once, they can’t try it again”last_img read more

Explainer What does the Catholic Churchs teaching on homosexuality actually say

first_imgNo union that is temporary or closed to the transmission of life can ensure the future of society.What has the Pope himself been saying? Pope Francis signalled a more tolerant approach from the Church with his 2013 statement:If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? Martin, who is the leader of the Church in Ireland, said the week’s events would also allow for the exploration of the kinds of challenges and realities of modern family life in Ireland.“Only two weeks ago I met with a mother whose daughter has just come out and said she’s a lesbian,” the Archbishop said.That particular mother… Her question for me is like she says ‘I love my faith and I love my daughter’. And I suppose as a mother church we too love our faith, we love the teaching of our church and all it stands for but we also love our people.Martin also stressed that the Amoris Laetitia would be the guiding document of the week’s events. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSpeaking in the wake of 2015′s same-sex marriage referendum, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the Church needed a “reality check”.He told RTÉ News:“I think really that the church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it’s doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, ‘Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?’It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.What are LGBTQI campaigners saying? Former President Mary McAleese has been among the high-profile Church members to criticise its official stance.Speaking in 2014, in advance of the marriage equality referendum, she said that homosexuality was “not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered” these days and that things written by figures like former Pope Benedict were contradictory to the understanding of most Catholics today.She said that the issue of homosexuality was “not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants” for the Catholic Church and that she did not like the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ attitude the Church has towards gay people. Former Irish President Mary McAleese. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWriting in support of the We Are Church Ireland petition calling for a change in the Church’s official language, former TV3 political editor Ursula Halligan argued:“Why does the hierarchical Catholic Church continue to use such horrible language in its catechism and official documents about LGBTQI people?If a business or company were to use such language, they would be publicly reprimanded and penalised by the state. The hierarchical church needs to wash its mouth out before speaking about LGBTQI people. Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 35,195 Views Jun 17th 2018, 10:31 AM We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not simply be equated with marriage. http://jrnl.ie/4070360 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By Daragh Brophy MANY OF THE questions for the two Archbishops launching the Pope’s official itinerary in Ireland this week focused on the Catholic Church’s stance on the LGBTQI community and whether people in same-sex relationships would be welcome at high-profile Church-run events later this summer.Pope Francis will spend two full days in Ireland on 25 and 26 August this year to coincide with the Church’s week-long World Meeting of the Families. Half a million tickets are being made available for his mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.The question of whether LGBTQI couples who are members of the Church would be welcome at the event first came under focus earlier this year after it emerged pictures featuring same-sex partners were removed from a reissued booklet about August’s event sent to parishes.A US-based bishop’s welcome to same-sex couples was also edited out of a video promoting the World Meeting of the Families – a move described by Association of Catholic Priests here as being “very damaging” to the event.Earlier this month the group We Are Church Ireland launched a petition calling on Pope Francis to change theological language which they described as “gravely insulting” to LGBTQI people.So what does Church teaching on homosexuality actually say? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that Sacred Scripture has presented homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and that tradition has always declared that ”homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”.It continues: 160 Comments Source: Vatican.vaAnd how about same-sex marriage? The Amoris Laetitia says regarding “proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage” that there are “absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”.It is unacceptable that local Churches be subjected to pressure on this issue, the document adds.Elsewhere, it is stated:There is a failure to realize that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.The Catechism, which is regarded to contain the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith, continues:“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.“They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.The Amoris Laetitia, a 2016 exhortation by Pope Francis which Irish Archbishops have said will be the guiding document of the World Meeting of the Families, makes several statements in this area too.Regarding family members who experience same-sex attraction it states that the situation is “not easy either for parents or for children”.“We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided, particularly any form of aggression and violence.”It continues:Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives. Share269 Tweet Email Related Read Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 10:30 AM 11.06.18 ‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’ Explainer: What does the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality actually say? Archbishops launching the Papal visit were met with questions about LGBT members – but what’s the official position? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: ABC News/YouTubeMore recently a survivor of sexual abuse in Chile who was a guest at the Vatican in April said he had discussed his sexuality with Pope Francis. The man, who is gay, said the Pope had told him:It doesn’t matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this.Contrarily, media outlets in Italy reported that Pope Francis recently spoke to the Italian Bishops’ Conference about gay men studying for the priesthood, and, according to one bishop, said:“If in doubt, better not let them enter.” (Meaning that if they are gay they should not be allowed join the seminary).As CNN noted, this would put the Pope more in line with his predecessor Benedict who said that men with ”deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be allowed study for the priesthood.What have bishops here said? Asked at this week’s Maynooth briefing on the Papal visit whether same-sex couples were welcome to volunteer at the World Meeting of the Families, Archbishop Eamon Martin said:I’ve absolutely no idea that anyone would be asked about their sexual orientation in becoming a volunteer. But I imagine that all of those who attend the World Meeting of the Families as visitors as participants … the difference here is we don’t necessarily reveal our particular sexuality when we’re coming along to any event and I imagine it’s the same for the World Meeting of the Families.Asked again if they were welcome, he said:“Of course. At the world meeting of the families this is a gathering of people to whom everyone is welcome. I know the families who are going there would be the last to say that they are perfect in any way“Even in terms of living up to the teaching of the Church, we all struggle in that. As a bishop I struggle in that. I’m welcome, I hope, at the World Meeting of the Families, but so is everyone where they are at in their particular journey of faith.It’s also a Catholic event, the World Meeting of the Families is an event of the Catholic Church. So I don’t think we make any apologies for the fact that the Catholic Church has a very clear teaching on marriage and the family.last_img read more

Social commentator Alexandra Tselios talks success with Neos Kosmos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At 35 years of age, social commentator Alexandra Tselios runs opinion site The Big Smoke, and is interviewed most days of the week across Australia. We work fervently to tailor our power in a way that connects people with the energy, vibrancy, and thrills of culture.As CEO and one of the founders of the popular culture institution, she has also managed to make her platform one of the most successful op-ed go-to destination for readers, alongside working with not-for-profit think tank and online newspaper Plus61J which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.Did she ever imagine the success that would follow? “Yes,” she replies, explaining that she had a clear vision from the early stages of the inception of the idea and whatever she enveavours she tries to be focused on the goal and the simple, direct steps that will lead to it. Together with editor Greg Gerding she runs a sister site in the US, The Big Smoke America. The Big Smoke (TBS) also runs Next Gen programme, publishing Australian students aged 8-18 mentored by TBS writers. “We see The Big Smoke company as a capital city for the 21st century,” Tselios asserts, and this statement is actually her business motto in creating a unique urban vehicle connecting writers, readers, and brands across Australia and overseas.“We’re all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they’ll love.”With an aim to provide a single platform that acts as a stage for the voicing of varied, topical and interesting opinions, Tselios and her team draw from a pool of writers that consist of generally not journalists, although some write for a living. Editorial-wise, they have chosen to sometimes publish content they may not agree with.“We draw on some of the finest minds in the country – young and old, emerging and famous. Our contributors come from all walks of life – comedians, barristers, students, politicians, business owners, academics – the list is almost endless. We don’t censor, we provide a platform for debate. We cater towards discerning readers who want to access ideas differently,” she explains.When did your journey into writing and journalism begin? Well, when I was younger I worked an office job and started a little music magazine just for fun. I started reaching out to musicians I loved (mostly from the US and UK) and they actually replied to me and let me interview them! So I started to produce this free little magazine and got it distributed across music stores in Sydney and then eventually through friends in San Diego, London and a music store in Berlin. Then I started getting people writing in, so people were actually reading it. It was a great experience, and was less around the content and more that I realised – if you just ask you will be surprised at how people want to create with you. That has been how I have built everything. In fact, the music magazine is how I met Greg Gerding from San Diego who is now the editor-in-chief for TBS USA.As a founder and as CEO of The Big Smoke, you oversee the leading opinion site in both Australia and the US. How do you manage? I just make it work. Thinking about how much there is to do, what the market conditions are like, the obstacles I will inevitably face, would be overwhelming so I don’t [go] there. I am fairly disciplined with how I view my days and how I value my time. So I just deal with things a bit at a time. And every day I deal with something amazing and something I have to fix – I just make it work. The Big Smoke is dedicated to promoting the arts, creatives, and entertainment because we know that if these things flourish, everyone else will too.What is it like being a social commentator? It is weird, because you don’t think anyone would care but actually they do. There is a weird climate now where seemingly anyone can be a commentator, so we have people discussing issues they have no experience in or no true understanding of the complexities [of the issues]. I feel fortunate because when I discuss issues it is often based on the writers we publish, and I get to use their articles as reference points which facilitates my unique perspective. Also, I am inquisitive by nature, I want to figure things out and get my head around it – so discussing it, debating it and unpacking it helps.When did you develop an interest in politics? I have always loved politics, when I was a kid I was quite aware of the power of our political structure, and in particular [I was] interested in the complexities around how it both helps our society but also hinders our growth in other ways. Politics is a fascinating game, and I love watching how people respond to it – the public and also the individuals who find themselves gaining some level of power.You have said “the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to stop asking ‘How do I monetise my site?’ and to instead ask ‘How can the ecosystem I have created become of value to brands?’- can you expand on this? That is very wise, where did I say that? I think the media is scrambling to make things work and it’s a tough climate, but that’s where the opportunities are. We have created something that is far more nuanced than just publishing articles and hoping people press ‘like’; and because of that I feel differently about the clients we work with – I want to see our platform help them reach their commercial goals and we have done that successfully and continue to adapt with the shifting trends and changes in how technology connects audiences with ideas, products or people. I think about this daily, it’s what I think about when I go to sleep – how can we do better, how can we impact more, what will happen in market next. Is it true that you hired an 81-year-old to head your marketing team? Would you say this is part of your method of treating your company as a modern 21st century society? I don’t care about age! The Big Smoke is actually a company full of young people, however, just like a healthy society it has its representation of all ages. I don’t judge based on someone’s age, or sex, or nationality but based on their capabilities. Roger Pugh is the head of native advertising for The Big Smoke Media Group, and has had a long established career in advertising across Australia, USA and the UK. He is best known for bringing to market the Toyota Oh! What a Feeling campaign and works with not only the Big Smoke’s millennial copywriters, but with B2B and B2C brands to ensure that advertising still gets cut through despite the changing technologies around us. I met him while working on a political project where we did a site on the US elections. Roger also does satire and the more I learnt about him the more I thought he had the most amazing brain for understanding how brands need cut-through approach. So, he heads up all these 20-something writers for multi-channel digital reach. It’s quite a phenomenal vehicle actually; how it all works together.Where do you attribute your success? My parents are both amazing and I grew up very close to my grandparents on my dad’s side; they are marvellous people and just made me believe I could do anything. I attribute a childhood growing up with people who had massive dreams, then sort of got to a point and went ‘oh well, it’s easier to just get a day job and not think about those dreams anymore’. Watching this drives me, and I am fascinated by the idea of comfort over a life you [have] created. But to be fair, I am just very internally motivated. It’s not something I have had to force. I see things through, and I perhaps take on more than I can chew at times but somehow make it work. I want to know that I made a difference to the lives of the people in my company, the brands we work with and the readers we impact. It’s never a one-off goal, it’s evolving and never ends. It’s exhausting, but it’s entirely fulfilling. I am very fortunate to be building with some of the most remarkable humans.last_img read more