Game of Thrones writers sign a huge multiyear deal with Netflix

first_img Game of Thrones Netflix 3:38 50 Photos Tags Game of Thrones season 8 VFX breakdown Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed an overall deal to develop new films and series for Netflix— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) August 7, 2019center_img Share your voice 0 In a joint statement, the pair said, “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home.” They say they are “honored” Netflix has brought them on board.”We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in a statement. “They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”A brief glance at the response to this new signing, on Twitter, isn’t particularly kind to D&D. Some users balked at the signing just days after Netflix cancelled The OA.The anger stems from a divisive final season of Thrones. Many fans have torched the Game of Thrones creators after they failed to stick the landing in the show’s final year. Even though the public response was relatively brutal, the show managed to rack up 32 Emmy nominations this year. TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Jeff Kravitz The two minds behind HBO’s mega-hit turned mega-disappointment Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have struck a multiyear deal with Netflix, according to a report by Deadline on Wednesday. The duo will create exclusive content for the streaming giant outside their deal with Disney to direct an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.D&D, as they’ve come to be known, were in high demand, with media giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney all in talks to secure their services. Netflix ultimately won out with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter the deal is worth $200 million and will include film and TV projects. The pair had spent over 10 years at HBO working on Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Buddha Purnima 2019 in photos

first_imgThis year Buddha Purnima is celebrated on Saturday, May 18.Also known as Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima is celebrated to mark the birthday of Gautam Buddha. Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, became a spiritual teacher in life. Buddhism was founded on his teachings.It is considered as the most sacred Buddhist festival which is celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists both in Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.This year Buddha Purnima is falling on Saturday, 18th May. The day is considered to be a public holiday for most schools and offices.Day in Photos – May 18: On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a devotee places flowers in front of a statue of Lord Buddha at a temple. Reuters The world celebrates Lord Buddha’s birthday. ReutersPeople offer prayers at Sarnath temple near Varanasi on the occasion of Buddha Purnima:People offer prayers at Sarnath temple near Varanasi on the occasion of #BuddhaPurnima— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 18, 2019 Buddha Purnima indicates calmness. People offer prayers at the holy shrines of Lord Buddha. In some countries, people also release birds, insects and animals as an act of “liberation” to spread Buddha’s message as a ritual. Reuters Buddha Purnima quotes.last_img read more

Speechimpaired girl raped in Lalmonirhat

first_imgSpeech-impaired girl ‘raped’ in LalmonirhatA speech-impaired girl has allegedly been raped by one of her neighbours at Singadar village in Lalmonirhat’s Sadar upazila. Victim’s mother filed a case with Sadar police station on Wednesday night in this regard.Locals said Susheel Chandra, 46, son of Babu Lal of the village, raped the teenage girl finding her alone in the house on 1 September.Locals later rescued the girl noticing the incident while Susheel managed to flee.The matter went to arbitration when arbitrators, led by local union parishad chairman Moshiur Rahman, fined the accused Tk 50,000, victim’s family alleged.As the news of the incident spread around, superintendent of police (SP) SM Rashidul Haque ordered officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mahfuz Alam to visit the spot and record a case.last_img read more

Texas May Swap US House Seniority For Staunch Conservatism

first_imgFour veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress. From left to right, Lamar Smith, top left, Jeb Hensarling, top right, Sam Johnson, bottom left, and Ted Poe, bottom right.Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party’s leadership on Capitol Hill.Sam Johnson, an 87-year-old Vietnam veteran and member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in January he was retiring next year. Now, fellow Texans Jeb Hensarling, 60, who chairs the influential House Financial Services Committee; Lamar Smith, 69, who heads the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and long-serving 69-year-old Ted Poe all aren’t seeking re-election.The four hail from solidly GOP districts, so the party’s 25-11 state congressional delegation advantage won’t change without an upset. None was thought to be facing serious challengers in the state’s March Republican primaries. Nor were their exits speeded by major policy or ideology clashes with the Trump administration — unlike some other members bowing out of Congress.They could be replaced, though, by current and former Republicans from the Texas Legislature. In recent years state lawmakers have approved abortion restrictions tough enough to be largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, America’s strictest voter ID law and a “sanctuary cities” ban that calls for jailing sheriffs who don’t enforce federal immigration policy. They also nearly passed a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people, despite a similar measure sparking political upheaval in North Carolina.Moderate Republican Texas House Republican Speaker Joe Straus himself also isn’t seeking re-election, which means the Legislature may move farther to the right in a way mirroring the congressional delegation’s coming shift.“The candidates likely to run and to win in this political environment are likely to be very conservative, to be more interested in fighting for specific policy items than looking to get seniority and go with the majority of the party or with the speaker,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a former national conservative grass-roots organizer who later ran U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s 2014 re-election campaign. “It will absolutely become a race to the right.”Both Hensarling and Smith were being term-limited out of their chairmanships but were well positioned to continue exerting veteran House influence had they stayed. Johnson’s and Poe’s long congressional tenure would have been an advantage. The Republicans favored to replace them won’t have the same clout, but that could free them up to embrace coalitions like the House Freedom Caucus — hardline conservatives who have bucked the GOP majority on some issues.“You bet we’re going to see some conservatives up here,” said Rep. Randy Weber, a former member of the Texas House who was elected to Congress in 2012 and is a Freedom Caucus member.Weber said he was able to bring many of the same priorities from Austin to Washington.“I’m very frank with the (Republican) leadership,” he said. “I say, ‘Look, I do want to be a team player. But, on the other hand, sometimes if there’s a fumble and your team picks up the ball and runs the wrong direction you need to tackle your own team.”Johnson has represented the Dallas suburb of Plano in Congress since 1991. Set to succeed him is Van Taylor, a 45-year-old marine and Iraq War veteran who served in the Texas House before joining the state Senate in 2015. He’s allied with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a fiery former conservative radio host, “bathroom bill” champion and immigration hardliner who was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s Texas chairman.Hensarling is an eight-term House veteran who battled attempts to more strictly regulate Wall Street and was close to House Speaker Paul Ryan. A contender for his East Texas seat is 41-year-old ex-state Rep. Ken Sheets, a former Marine who was elected with tea party-backing in 2010 but began inching away from hardline conservatism until he was ousted by a Democratic challenger last year.Another possibility is former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who moved from Florida to Texas after leaving Congress and once called for then-President Barack Obama’s impeachment. West has no Texas Legislature experience but remains a conservative darling.Smith was first elected to Congress in 1986 and has urged Americans to get the “unvarnished truth” directly from Trump rather than the “liberal media.” He’s a climate change skeptic who has said that much of the science around it “appears to be based more on exaggerations.” Poe has represented Humble, outside Houston, since 2005, quit the Freedom Caucus in March.Everyone who might seek the Republican nomination for both seats isn’t yet clear, but contenders to replace Smith include state Rep. Jason Isaac, who won his seat amid 2010’s tea party wave and has supported scrapping daylight saving time in Texas.Johnson’s, Hensarling’s and Poe’s districts are more conservative — and thus likely less competitive — than Smith’s, which includes north San Antonio and parts of Austin and Texas’ Hill Country. Democrats running there include Joseph Kopser, an Army and Iraq War veteran and Harvard graduate who evoked Trump’s former chief White House strategist, saying he expects the race’s Republican nominee to embrace “the Steve Bannon wing of politics.”“With Lamar Smith out of the way, I think the options on the other side are going to go even harder to the extreme,” Kopser said. Sharelast_img read more

Special Election For Houston City Council District K Coming May 5

first_imgNine people are running to represent District K, which stretches across southwest Houston into Fort Bend County. The candidates include Martha Castex-Tatum, who served as Green’s director of constituent services, and teacher Pat Frazier, who previously ran for the seat in 2011. Rice University political science professor Bob Stein said Castex-Tatum has the edge.“I wouldn’t rule her out winning this outright,” Stein said. “I think it would be unlikely but not a shock. With nine people on the ballot, you say, ‘Well, it’s certainly a runoff,’ but not necessarily. She is well known, in part, I think, because of her work she did with Councilman Green, and she was as much a part of that operation as, I think, he was.”If no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will take place June 16.Larry Green was the first council member elected from District K after its creation seven years ago. He died March 6. Photo via Twitter @defendernetworkThe special election will fill the seat of the late Council Member Larry Green, who died March 6.Voters in Houston’s District K will soon choose a successor to the late Larry Green on Houston’s City Council. Early voting for the special election ends Tuesday, and Election Day is Saturday, May 5. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49center_img Share Listen Xlast_img read more

Arthur Sherman Evans Jr Award Winning Educator Dies

first_imgArthur Evans, Jr., a long-time professor at Florida Atlantic University, who also served as the school’s chair of the Department of Sociology, died Dec. 11 after a prolonged battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. He was 66.Arthur Sherman Evans, Jr. (Courtesy Photo)Evans was born to Arthur and Evelyn Evans in Baltimore, Oct. 19, 1951. He was educated in the public school system. He attended Delaware State College, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Sociology in 1973. He later attained his Masters degree from Kansas State University in 1975 and his Doctorate degree in 1978, also at Kansas State.It was at Kansas State, where he met and fell in love with Annette Mirocke, who he was married to for 39 years.He began his teaching career at Indiana University in 1978, then two years later landed at Florida Atlantic University, where he served in various capacities including chair of the Sociology Department and director of Ethnic Studies. Evans authored several scholarly papers and publications and won various research and teaching awards, including the “Degree of Difference,” award at Florida Atlantic. He is the only person in the school’s history to win the honor twice.Evans leaves to mourn: his wife Annette Evans, his only son Damien Ross, father Arthur S. Evans, Sr., two brothers, Dr. Anthony Evans and Maurice Evans, a sister Beverly E. Johnson, three grandchildren, a great grandson, and many other family members and friends.last_img read more

All things fine and Italian

first_imgFor Simona Bocchi, sculptor, painter, interior-designer, jewelry designer, the desire to create forms out of nature grew in her as constantly as her creativity did.Italian by birth and essence, Bocchi has made India her home over the last few years. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bocchi says that she is fascinated by the balance of the yin and the yang and her creations stem from that like the living, breathing, pulsating mass of energy that transforms a piece of granite, marble, bronze, jute or even silver into a stunning piece of art. When I feel the masculine energy in me I like liberating it by making a piece that needs that kind of physical effort from me, on other days when I feel more feminine I prefer to use soft touches, brush tips to create what I want, explains Bocchi.She likes playing with the sense of movement in metal and wax as much as she likes the raw physicality of a piece of marble. It has happened at times that while I have been working on a particular vision, I cut away a piece of rock to expose a surface that isn’t a part of what I have perceived as my art, but it fits in so perfectly – I let it remain that way says Bocchi.last_img read more

This Wearable Chair Looks Ridiculous But It Solves a Real Problem

first_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Look, it’s fairly easy to dismiss The Chairless Chair — a wearable exoskeleton developed by Swiss company Noonee that allows you to sit wherever — as a ridiculous piece of technology.But once you shake off the initial giggles of seeing someone wearing a robot suit and squatting by their workstation, the applications of the device become clear. For people who work with heavy machinery or on production lines or do other jobs that require long periods of standing, The Chairless Chair could be a lifesaver.Related: Google Glass Enterprise Edition Is Ready for WorkSitting is not always feasible in those kinds of environments, due to the clutter chairs could create. And standing in non-ergonomic positions for long periods of time can lead to joint issues. The company claims its product could lead to fewer employee absences caused by injuries.The Chairless Chair supports up to 220 pounds in each leg and locks into place when its user wants to sit. It then unlocks when the wearer stands up to walk.Related: Why Warren Buffett Is Investing in Wearable TechKeith Gunura, co-founder and CEO of Noonee, told Fortune that Audi, BMW, Daimler and Airbus are interested in The Chairless Chair.He said in a video (below) that the company sought to create a “simple exoskeleton that solves just one problem.” It plans to produce around 10,000 units over the summer. July 26, 2017center_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Ugandas Philippa Ngaju Named Among 10 Innovation Prize for Africa 2017 Nominees

first_imgPhillippa Ngaju Makobore. (Photo Courtesy: Design to Improve Life) Advertisement Ugandan young innovator, Phillippa Ngaju Makobore has been named among the 10 nominees who will be contending for the 2017 innovation Prize for Africa which will be awarded in Accra, Ghana.Ngaju was nominated for his innovation; Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF), a medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.Over 10% of children admitted to East African hospitals need immediate infusion therapy. Findings from the first trial indicate that over-infusion in children increased the absolute risk of death by 3.3 % at 48 hours. – Advertisement – Erroneous delivery rates can result into serious adverse effects.The ECGF solves this problem as it is very easy to operate and has key safety features which include alarms for rate of infusion (rapid or slow), total volume (over or under) and faulty sensors.A battery utilizing a hybrid (AC mains and solar) charging bed powers the device.The awards which will take place on July 18th will pit innovators from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe who have been shortlisted.Among the shortlisted are innovators that have demonstrated incredible proficiency through innovative solutions addressing challenges in agriculture value chain, health care, energy, communications, service industries as well as surveillance using drone technology.They underwent a rigorous selection process by a renowned panel of judges including corporates, academia, technology and scientific experts representing top African innovation influencers to reach the 10 finalists out of over 2530 innovators across 48 African countries.Now celebrating its sixth year under the theme “African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity”, IPA is the premier innovation initiative in the African continent, offering a grand share-prize of USD$185,000 (Roughly 664,150,000 UGX) and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.IPA has seen tremendous growth in applications and increasing interest from both innovators and innovation enablers over the years.To date, it has attracted more than 7500 innovators from 52 African countries, making it a truly Pan African initiative.The Foundation has supported past winners and nominees with approximately US$ 1 million to move their innovations forward.Due to exposure generated by IPA, past winners have gone on to secure over US$30 million in investments to grow and scale their businesses.[related-posts]Full List of NomineesPhilippa Ngaju Makobore, Uganda: Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF).Peris Bosire, Kenya: FarmDrive.Nokwethu Khojane, South Africa: Lakheni, Turning Social Capital into Buying Power.Omolabake Adenle, Nigeria: Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African Languages.Nzola Swasisa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Lokole.Badr Idriss, Morocco: Atlan Space.Aly El-Shafei, Egypt: Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing “SEMAJIB”.Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, Liberia: New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections Using Only One Test.Olanisun Olufemi Adewole, Nigeria: Sweat TB Test, A non-invasive rapid skin test to detect Tuberculosis.Gift Gana, Zimbabwe: Dr. CADx.last_img read more