https://twitter.com/OfficialSting/status/1121033350607720448 “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand-new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” the musician saidJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 11:48 am GRAMMY-winning singer and musician Sting has announced that he is headed to sin city for his own residency.Sting will launch his Las Vegas stay at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May 2020. The show, titled “Sting: My Songs,” will be a 16-night run, but it may add additional nights if ticket sales are high, Rolling Stone reports. Currently, the show has dates set May 2020 through early Sept. Twitter Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency At Caesars Palace News Email “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” Sting tweeted. The Las Vegas residency has gone through a kind of transformation that has made room for major names in music, more recently including Cardi B, Drake and Lady Gaga, among others. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit Sting’s website. Viva Las Vegas: Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long Farewell Facebook Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency sting-announces-las-vegas-residency-caesars-palace
With Netflix touting more than a trillion possible permutations for its first grown-up stab at an interactive movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, there’s a lot to unravel.Netflix has been making interactive choose-your-own-adventure videos for more than a year, but Bandersnatch is the first that isn’t a cartoon for kids. The interactivity is simple: A or B choices that branch the plot. But Bandersnatch gives the model a self-referential spin by building the story around a choose-your-own-adventure novel. Netflix press materials note the movie has “five main endings, with multiple variants of each.” Discussions on Black Mirror subreddit, Discord and social media have tried untangling the knot. The pathways can be so convoluted that Netflix has nudged viewers to find scenes that few have uncovered weeks after the movie’s premiere. In fact, Netflix said that of the five main endings, one in which Stefan follows his mother onto the train remains the most hidden, with the fewest number of viewers taking that path. The company has shared that 73 percent of viewers chose for Stefan to accept Tuckersoft’s job offer, and that British viewers were slightly less inclined to spill tea than viewers in the rest of the world. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings dropping important financial disclosures during the company’s earnings call. Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET Netflix CEO Reed Hastings even broke into the company’s earnings discussion in January to disclose that 73 percent of Bandersnatch viewers chose Frosties over Sugar Puffs. After two relatively inconsequential interactions about cereal and music, the story starts to offer crucial choices that take you to different plot points or assign attributes to your account that determine what choices you may see in the future. These determine the possible passwords you can enter into the locked cabinet in Stefan’s dad’s office, and they influence the options for how to respond when Stefan calls out “Give me a sign!” when he’s grappling with the idea that somebody is controlling him.Whatever Netflix defines as an “ending” to add up to “five main endings” isn’t really clear, but here are some of the permutations and endings that viewers have mapped out:You choose for Stefan to work with Tuckersoft. Backed by a team, the game is a messy failure with a zero-out-of-five rating. After watching the game review on TV, Stefan yells out that he wants to try again and you loop back with the opportunity to reject Tuckersoft’s offer instead. Stefan jumps from Colin’s balcony, and the game is published after the “tragic accident” without getting a rating. You’re eventually forced to have Stefan discuss his mother’s death with Dr. Haynes. You take the pills that Dr. Haynes prescribes. The game is published but with Stefan’s madness under control, it’s a failure with a zero-out-of-five rating. But hey, nobody dies this time!When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you choose Netflix, the story takes a meta turn where you either end up with Stefan laughing maniacally as he’s dragged out of the building or Stefan facing a reality where he’s actually on a movie shoot, much to his confusion. When Stefan explores his father’s locked study, if he enters the passcode TOY on the file cabinet and then chooses to leave with his mother to board the train that derails and kills her, Stefan dies in the present day in his therapist’s office because of a timeline paradox. When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you choose PAC, Stefan learns about a government conspiracy, kills his father and ends up in prison after calling Dr. Haynes’ office; the Bandersnatch game is released with a 2.5 star-rating. When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you chose the little glyph that Bandersnatch novel author Jerome F. Davies painted all over his walls, then Stefan ends up in prison without Bandersnatch ever being released. Various choices determine whether Stefan ends up in prison after seeing (or sometimes killing) Colin, Tucker, or Colin’s girlfriend Kitty. If you choose to make Stefan chop up his dad’s body, Bandersnatch is released to acclaim with a five-out-of-five rating, but a present-day news report explains the game was pulled after Stefan was imprisoned for murder. A report describes how Colin’s daughter, the baby Pearl that viewers meet briefly during the trip to Colin’s apartment, is a game programmer who wants to revive Bandersnatch. She encounters a bug similar to the one Stefan does, and your choice about whether she destroys her computer or pours tea on it seems to loop you back to earlier points in the story. The interactive story seems to eventually force some choices. No matter how much I tried to avoid talking about Stefan’s mother with the therapist Dr. Haynes, eventually I had no choice but to hear Stefan hash out his mommy issues. And no matter how many times I just wanted to bury Stefan’s dad instead of (gag) chopping up his body, the story eventually just went to repeat loops until I agreed to dismemberment. (Of course, the grisliest choice led to the Bandersnatch game getting the highest possible critical rating…) Protagonist Stefan (left) interacts differently with his game programming hero, Colin (center), and Tuckersoft CEO Tucker (right) depending on the choices you make. Netflix But the way that movie’s interactivity is set up, it also seems that after you’ve followed the course of a few of the endings, it’ll keep prompting you to return to certain choice points that are crucial to unlocking parts of the story you haven’t seen yet. It also seems that you get different endings presented as the “official” end — with video vignettes interspersed into the end credits like other linear episodes often do — depending on where you arrive around the 90-minute mark. And there are sideways trips that the story can take depending on various factors. Sometimes when you choose to pick up the book before Stefan goes to sleep, he dreams that he breaks his bathroom mirror when he touches it. Other times, if you choose to pick up the book, he dreams that he can reach through the mirror to travel back in time. Netflix’s UK and Ireland Twitter account teased viewers on Jan. 8 by suggesting they have Stefan “try picking up the family photo, ~twice~.” That might not be a hard science as our particular playthrough required selecting the photo three times. This will trigger a scene where Stefan is working in his room and suddenly Jerome F. Davies appears before stabbing Stefan in the chest. Stefan will then wake up, the attack being an apparent dream, and the story will continue. Picking up the book to read can unlock different elements depending on previous answers. Netflix/Black Mirror You can also unlock different nightmares (or realities?) depending on the password you enter into the father’s locked file cabinet. TOY seems to be the only way to get to the ending where Stefan dies in his present-day therapist’s office because you choose for him to join his mother on the train in the past. PAC explains a government conspiracy that’s experimenting on and surveilling Stefan, while JFD and PAX give you some creepy jump scares. There’s also a post-credits scene where Stefan listens to his Walkman but instead of hearing music he hears digital noise. Discussion on Reddit says that decoding the sound results in a QR code that leads to a separate online Easter egg. Some viewers have speculated that some elements of the story are chosen at random, a little chaos purposely inserted to drive everyone crazy who attempts to flowchart all the different narrative branches. And there are additional Easter eggs sprinkled outside the video as well. A website for Tuckersoft, the gaming company in the movie, has a landing page that looks like something you’d load with an AOL dial-up connection. Its job recruitment page is styled like a 1980s magazine ad, with actor Asim Chaudhry’s Mohan Tucker pictured. And the Tuckersoft game that Colin is developing when he first meets Stefan — Nohzdyve, an early allusion to the trip off the balcony that Colin and/or Stefan can take later in some Bandersnatch plot branches — is available to play through an emulator. Mike Sorrentino contributed to this story. Editors’ note: This story was first published Dec. 28, 2018 and is updated as more Bandersnatch pathways are discovered. 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India’s SpiceJet aircraft prepares for takeoff at the airport in MumbaiReutersNo-frills airline SpiceJet said on Friday that it would “very soon” receive the first tranche of funding from its new investors – Ajay Singh and his financial backers, as part of the recapitalisation programme.”The first tranche of recapitalisation is imminent”, SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor told PTI.The company also spoke of “right-sizing’ its operations, to indicate that headcount numbers are expected to be revised.Starting with fleet rationalisation, SpiceJet is under mounting pressure to bring its cost in line with the funds available. It is looking at optimising aircraft utilisation, renegotiation of contracts and limit costs across the spectrum.With the Ministry of Civil Aviation giving its approval, SpiceJet has been reacquired by Ajay Singh, the original promoter, from the Maran family, who exited the airline at a significant loss.Ajay Singh is expected to bring as much as ₹1,500 crore to the beleaguered airline.The company posted a net loss of ₹275 crore for the third-quarter, as it reeled from falling revenue and having to trim its fleet from 35 to 19 planes.’The worst is behind us’The COO said that SpiceJet’s worst business conditions are in the past and added that operating performance has already started to improve.He asserted that SpiceJet would go for “furloughs,” rather than laying off its staff. The employees are to be provided all benefits with an option to return to SpiceJet at a future date.He, however, admitted that reduction in manpower would be necessary to reduce overhead costs.Kapoor declined to give specific numbers, though he noted that the headcount has dropped to “below 4,000″ against 4,200 employees it carried on its rolls earlier.In January-February 2014, SpiceJet recorded a peak of 5,700 employees, at about 100 staff for every aircraft. The turbulence the company faced has seen its employees leave the organisation, including pilots.”That reduction in manpower was largely due to natural attrition… Not even one pilot was asked to go,” Kapoor said.He insisted that all overheads are being subjected to scrutiny, under the cost-cutting plan.In December, SpiceJet was forced to ground flights after certain vendors refused to supply the company with the essentials over unpaid credit outstanding.Finally, Kapoor added that the performance of the Indian domestic aviation industry looked better in the current year, with the cost of aviation fuel coming down, which helps stem some of its major costs.SpiceJet shares closed Friday at 19.65, down by 0.40 or 2%.
A housewife died from electrocution at Kadakati village in Ashashuni upazila on Friday. Quoting local people, Shahidul Islam Shahin, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni Police Station, said Moina Khatun, 28, wife of Afaz Uddin, came in contact with live electric wire while cleaning a refrigerator with a wet cloth in the morning, leaving her dead on the spot. Police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.
Enrollment among students in the District of Columbia’s public and public charter schools spiked for the eighth consecutive year to 90,061 students for the 2016-17 academic year. Officials primarily attribute this increase to robust growth in the city’s charter schools.Public Schools in D.C. have experienced an enrollment hike for the eighth year. (Courtesy image/logo)Audited numbers for the 2016-17 school year released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education March 7, show enrollment in the District’s public charter schools shot up to 41,506 students, a gain of 2,601 students from the previous year.Charter school growth was acutely felt in the fourth and ninth grades, Tomeika Bowden, director of communications for the Public Charter School Board told the AFRO. Both Bridges Public Charter School (PCS) and KIPP DC Spring Academy PCS added a fourth grade this school year, while Washington Leadership Academy and Goodwill Center PCS opened and added freshmen.That meant fourth grade growth increased by 11.2 percent, while ninth grade saw 11.1 percent gains. Data from the District of Columbia Charter School Board shows 75.7 percent of its charter school students are Black and nearly 78 percent are low income.Meanwhile, enrollment in traditional D.C. public schools gained 116 students, for a total of 48,555 students for the 2016-17 school year, per the data.In response to the growth, District of Columbia Public Schools will add additional grades to MacFarland Middle School and Ron Brown College Prep High School next year, Janae Hinson, deputy press secretary for DCPS told the AFRO. In past few years, DCPS responded to the demand by adding about a half-dozen schools, she noted. “One of DCPS’ top priorities is ensuring that students have an opportunity to attend a great school that they love,” Hinson said via email. “Our student satisfaction rate is 82 percent because of the incredible learning opportunities we provide.”Public school enrollment numbers are up nearly 3 percent from the previous school year, with the charter and traditional public school systems adding a total of 2,717 new students. The school system’s enrollment reached a high of roughly 146,000 students in 1967, before dropping precipitously over the next decades, according to The Washington Post.School officials said the continued upward swing proves the city’s investment in improving public education has paid off, and families recognize it as a new day for public education in the District.“The District is becoming an attractive place to live and people from across the country are moving here and sometimes they start families and they begin looking for educational options,” Fred Lewis, a spokesman for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, told the AFRO. “And through the diligent work of both the school sectors — the DCPS and the public charter schools — they are seeing that the quality of education is improving, they want to be part of that movement and they also want to become involved.”David Pickens, executive director of D.C. School Reform Now, told the AFRO that multipronged levers have fueled the growth in both systems over the years. For one, the D.C. Public Charter School Board has added schools with existing track records of success and jettisoned those that are low performing, Pickens said. Existing charter schools also offer students a wealth of educational options and choice, which generates excitement as well.Moreover, the District’s streamlined application process that lets students apply online to 12 schools in one swoop has helped bring more kids to public and charter schools, he said. “The city’s done a very good job in just instilling confidence in the public sector,” Pickens said.
By LISA RATHKE, Associated PressBENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An ex-Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was the victim of racial harassment and crimes but no charges will be filed because of free speech protections and insufficient evidence, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday.To address incidents of racism and hate, Donovan said his office has launched a statewide reporting system for bias incidents that his office said will encourage police and prosecutors to share reports with the civil unit of the attorney general’s office. He also urged Vermont residents to stand up to racism and hate.Kiah Morris speaks at a new conference Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Bennington, Vt., about the attorney general’s investigation into racial threats against her. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)“What that means today is that we meet hateful speech coming from one street corner with more speech coming from the next street corner not with hate but with love and compassion and solidarity,” he said.Kiah Morris was Vermont’s only Black female legislator when elected. She said online and other harassment and threats followed until she resigned in 2018.“I say to you that this work is not done and that we are better than this,” she said to the crowd of community members, lawmakers and police Monday. “But it’s going to take real work and we have to have the courage to rise up and dive in. Do this work for all of us. The soul of our state is in your hands. Please take good care of it.”Midway through the press conference, Max Misch, a White nationalist who had harassed Morris, walked in. Some members of the crowd booed and protested and then raised their coats around him so that other people couldn’t see him.Misch said after the press conference that he’s an online troll out of boredom and because “it’s fun.”The two years of online threats were racist and demeaning and caused Morris to fear for the safety of herself and her family, Donovan said. The first amendment is restrictive with the power of prosecutors when the statements involve public officials, he said.“I find the statements presented to us in this matter while racist, insulting and degrading are not subject to prosecution. The constitution does not permit us to prosecute racist speech because we find it offensive.”___This story has been corrected to show that Morris was Vermont’s only Black female legislator when elected, not the first Black female legislator.
Kolkata: The Karunamoyee Bridge that connects Tollygunge with Behala subsided for the second time within a week on Thursday. A crack was noticed in the same portion that had subsided six days ago and was repaired.Initally, Kolkata Police put guard wall in the affected portion to regulate traffic movement but after a few hours, a strong plate was put on the damaged portion and traffic movement was normalised.The engineers of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority will soon visit the site and take up the maintenance work. It may be mentioned that this part of the bridge had subsided six days ago following which a plate was put on the portion and vehicle services were restored within a few hours after the incident. Later, the bitumen layer was cut open and asphalt was put on the damaged portion. The KMDA decided to undertake up the repair work of the expansion joint later. The pressure of traffic on the bridge has increased reasonably with more vehicles plying on it after Majerhat bridge caved in on September 4. It may be mentioned that this bridge is already on the list of bridges under KMDA that require repair work.
“Business as usual”: rumoured Sandals sale could mean expansion Share Travelweek Group Friday, May 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sandals Resorts International is said to be eyeing several business strategies including the possible sale of a majority stake in the company, privately owned since 1981 when it was founded by Sandals Resorts Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.According to Reuters, Sandals has hired Deutsche Bank AG to explore various options. The company’s estimated worth is more than US$1 billion including debt.Sandals Resorts International issued a statement to the Jamaica Gleaner saying “Sandals Resorts International is exploring options to accelerate the company’s long-term growth and development plans. This is not new. Meanwhile it’s business as usual.”The resort industry has seen some high-level shakeups recently. In December 2016 Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. announced plans to go public. Playa’s move to go public was seen as a catalyst to accelerate Playa’s growth strategy by providing million of dollars of additional capital and access to the public markets to strengthen its balance sheet, pursue acquisitions, and enhance distribution. Reports indicated that Playa intends to launch a new hotel brand as part of its growth plan.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAlso in December 2016 AMResorts’ parent company Apple Leisure Group reached a deal to be bought by financial firms KKR & Co. and KSL Capital Partners LLC. Posted by Tags: Sandals Resorts
For the entirety of her first year in office as a state representative, Rep. Laura Cox didn’t miss a single vote in 2015.“I take this position and the duties it entails as a very serious responsibility,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “When I was first elected to be a representative for our community, I made a commitment to ensure that all of our voices are heard on every issue.”In addition to making tough decisions on all 504 roll-call votes in 2015, Rep. Cox continues to serve as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.Rep. Cox said her efforts are focused on creating sensible legislation that moves Michigan forward.“Legislation is often very difficult to create. Introducing a single bill can warrant weeks, or even months of preparation,” Rep. Cox said. “I’m extremely proud of my work on all seven pieces of legislation that I’ve introduced this year.”Residents in the Livonia area with questions or concerns about state government are encouraged to contact Rep. Cox’s office by phone at 517-373-3920 or by email at LauraCox@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Cox News,News 07Jan Rep. Cox posts perfect voting record for first year in office