Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show

first_imgAdvertisement “The only thing that would happen is I would destroy. Which leads to nothing.”It is a strange mix of confidence and fatalism.“I’m telling you, I know. As a matter of fact, if there was somebody writing a story about that night, I would not be mentioned.”I’d mention you, I tell him. This seems to have no effect.“I could do better than all of them. Which is possible. I’m not saying I’m better than them. I’m saying that on any night, I could do material that’s super strong and I’d probably be better than Rock’s material for the Oscars. But it leads to nothing.”Over the next four hours, Macdonald barely budges from his seat in the two-bedroom condo he recently bought in a planned community not far from the airport. But he does talk – about his first book, a kind of memoir that is overdue and torturing him, his various TV ideas, his various TV failures, his dashed dream of hosting a late-night talk show, Rodney Dangerfield, gambling, religion, Russian literature, his son, why he was “Saturday Night Live’s” best “Weekend Update” anchor ever, why he’s a terrible actor, his obsessive tweeting and his belief that nothing is more important professionally than being the greatest stand-up comic of his time. Five more times, he will get up to grab another Klondike. And then, around 2:37 a.m., he’ll stand up, lift up his shirt to rub his stomach and say, “Maybe I shouldn’t have had all six of those.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Norm Macdonald has just unwrapped his first Klondike bar when he mentions the Chris Rock show. Turns out he has a chance to appear at a surprise gig at the nearby Comedy Store that also includes Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.Wouldn’t performing in L.A. with the hottest comedians on Earth two nights before Rock’s much-anticipated #OscarsSoWhite hosting spot be good for his career?Macdonald, 56, shakes his head. His mouth is full of chocolate crust and ice cream, and he chews as he talks. He’s in his favorite chair, sneakers kicked off, ESPN on with the sound down. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Wipro Q1 net profit dips 8 per cent quarterly to Rs 2082

first_imgWipro Ltd Chairman Azim PremjiWipro LtdIndia’s third biggest IT services exporter Wipro on Thursday reported better-than-expected revenues and profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ending June 30, helped by higher revenues from the banking, financial services and insurance segments.Wipro consolidated net profit of Rs 2,082 crore in the April-June quarter, down 8.1 per cent sequentially from Rs 2,267 crore in the January-March quarter.NDTV reported Abidali Z Neemuchwala, chief executive officer of Wipro, as saying, “We delivered revenues above the upper end of the guidance range. Our focus on Digital combined with our investments in client mining have resulted in strong growth in top accounts.” Wipro had earlier guided for a dollar revenue growth of negative 2 per cent to zero per cent for the June quarter.Revenues fell 2.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter to Rs 13,626 crore from Rs 13,987.50 crore in the March quarter. Morgan Stanley had estimated Wipro’s net profit at Rs 1,992 crore on revenues of Rs 13,459 crore for the June quarter. IT services EBIT margins dropped to 16.8 per cent in June quarter from 18.8 per cent in March quarter.The IT major said it sees IT services revenues at $1,962-$2,001 million in the second quarter, implying minus 0.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent growth.Profit from the key IT services business declined 5.8 per cent year-on-year to Rs 2,190 crore or $339 million. Operating margin from IT services was 16.8 per cent for Q1.The Bangalore-based IT outsourcer also announced a share buyback to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore at a price of Rs 320 per share. In the previous financial year, it had announce buying back of 40 million shares or 1.62 per cent of the shares, amounting to Rs 2,500 crore at Rs 625 a share.On new order wins, Wipro said, it won a multi-year engagement with a large utility company in the United States to deliver data center, disaster recovery, service desk and end user services. “This program will drive greater automation and improve services to end customers through the use of analytics and the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence Platform,” the company said.Wipro also bagged a multi-year contract from a Europe-based oil and gas major to transform their IT infrastructure and security platform.On Wednesday, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji had said at the company’s AGM that IT companies will find more business opportunities at a time when technology is a differentiator.Premji said that there is a drastic change in expectations and experiences of consumers and business models. “Digital is the central element driving this change. We believe that IT Services companies are key to deliver Digital to enterprises,” Premji said.He pointed out that this transition will depend on Wipro’s ability to redefine and align with this new global paradigm and disruptive development in the industry. “In this context, we have made significant investments, organic and inorganic, in transforming our business offerings to serve the new demand from clients,” he said.last_img read more

Respect MS Dhonis decisions says former Indian cricketer to national selectors

first_imgMS Dhoni wearing the glove containing the ‘Balidaan Badge’.IANSFormer Indian wicket-keeper and chief selector Kiran More reportedly stated that the current national selectors should respect Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decisions and communicate properly with him regarding the future oh the 38-year-old’s career. The former Indian player as quoted by the Times of India said that Team India need to start preparing for the 2023 World Cup immediately and should talk about the future of the team with Dhoni.”You know exactly how the current squad has performed. Now, you need to envision how they would be placed in another couple of years. Get back-up players ready and give them enough chances to prove themselves,” said More as quoted by TOI.”However, you need to be careful and not create insecurity among players. When it comes to someone like Dhoni, you go and speak to him about his plans. You respect his decision and also convey to him what you feel is the way ahead for the team. Communication is very important,” he further added.On the other hand, another former selector and skipper of the Indian team, Dilip Vengsarkar said that the selectors need to review the performance of the players and draw a proper roadmap for the future of Team India. Virat Kohli and the India team are in a desperate mode now. Reuters”Well, you have to have the courage and conviction. It’s the job of the selectors to review performances and draw a roadmap for the future,”  Vengsarkar told TOI.”You need to know who exactly are the players who fit into your Test pool, ODI pool and T20 pool. Track their performance, identify bench strength and create options. It’s also important to keep the think-tank in the loop and seek their suggestions about the road ahead,” he further added.The Indian selectors will pick the team for the West Indies tour on Friday. Already, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced himself unavailable for the tour. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya will also be rested while the former has mentioned his intentions of playing the two-match Test series. The selectors will have their hands full as they need to decide on the wicket-keeper position in the Indian team as Dhoni is not the option to go with if they think about the future. Rishabh Pant is the probable contender to replace Dhoni as the first-choice wicket-keeper.last_img read more

On Tagores 157th birth anniversary

first_img“I thought that my voyage had come to its endAt the last limit of my power,—that the path before me was closed,That provision were exhaustedAnd the time comes to take shelter in a silent obscurity. Rabindranath TagoreAfter the Pahela Baishakh celebration, the 25th day of the first month in Bangla calendar comes with another reason to rejoice for Bangalee literati all around the world. On this day they immerse in the birth anniversary celebration of Rabindranath Tagore, the best known Bangalee poet who earned a Nobel laurel back in 1913.Kabi Guru Rabindranath Tagore is the most loved, respected and influential Bangalee poet of all time, whose works have gone global – beyond borders, giving Bangla language a greater dimension in front of the international audience. The bard literally left almost no human emotion untouched in his works.Every year, people all over the world celebrate the birth anniversary of the great poet on 25th of Baishakh and pay homage to his passion for spiritual values and good living as well as his immeasurable contribution to the Bangla literature.Even after so many years, people still feel and appreciate the depth of his versatile works. He reshaped the Bangla literature through his powerful writings which still have their vivid impact in the everyday life of Bangalees.Tapan Mahmud, President of Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, told UNB that the impact of Rabindranath and his writings is ubiquitous.Tagore`s paintingThe impact is forever and far reaching, he said adding that, “the spirit is mixed in our breathing.”Though this person is mostly celebrated as a phenomenal poet, he was actually a man of many talents including painting, play writing, philosophy, drama and many others, said Tapan Mahmud.And in every area of literature, this poet has talked about peace, serenity and love, he added.While talking to UNB, Dhaka university professor emiratus Anisuzzaman said, Rabindranath has clearly shown us the way to peace through his writings.”Now it depends on us that how much we make out of it and apply the values in our life,” said the professor.”There are clear indications in the works of Rabindranath about the ways to bring peace in the society. If we can follow his ideology, spirit and philosophy, we can eradicate conflicts from the society and from our lives as well”, he added.Umme Hridoy, a student of Chhayanaut, who is learning Rabindra music in the academy said, one can explore about self in a new way through practicing the work of this great personality.And this is the reason, even when the world is celebrating the 157th birth anniversary of this legend his voyage is still having its imprint in people’s mind, in people’s lives. May be why he has written- But I find that thy will knows no end in me.And when old words die out on the tongue,New melodies break forth from the heart;And where the old tracks are lost,New country is revealed with its wonders.”last_img

Khaleda appeal hearing in graft case 3 July

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe High Court on Wednesday fixed 3 July for hearing on the appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.A HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman fixed the date following a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The HC also asked the concerned bench to provide the paper book related to the case to Khaleda Zia’s lawyer within next 24 hours, said Khurshid Alam, a counsel of the ACC.On Sunday, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam filed a petition against the appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia before the court.Earlier on 16 May, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The SC also issued an order to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal petition challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.On 9 May last, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the chief justice fixed 15 May for delivering the order after closing a two-day hearing on the two petitions.The SC on 8 May adjourned until 9 May the hearing on the petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the state against Khaleda’s bail.On 19 March, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda’s bail until 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court.The Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8 last.She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.On 15 March, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail. The Appellate Division later stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the case.last_img read more

Dikshmanjari celebrates festival of colours

first_imgDikshamanjari recently organised Basanta Utsav 2019, a grand celebration of colours, which took place at Biren Roy Road’s Dikshamanjari premises.Students of Dikshamanjari performed on songs related to the festival of colours – covering a variety of Tagore songs like Orey Grihobasi, Rangiye Diye Jao, Orey Bhai Phagun Legechhe Bone Bone – and other popular songs including Holi Aire piya Ji ke Desh, Albela Sajan Ayori, Mohe Rang Do Laal, Desh Rangeela and so on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDona Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly’s wife, and dance exponent stated, “It’s a festival of colours, and has a positive impact on our lives. Language can be different but the basic essence of the festival is the same throughout the nation. It unites us.” Dona Ganguly and her daughter Sana Ganguly were found playing holi after the performance. There was an arrangement for good food at the venue. As a whole, it was a fun-filled, colorful and musical evening.last_img read more