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

4th man to die in custody of Winnipeg police this year was

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe family of a man who died in the custody of the Winnipeg police say he was a “good guy” who loved his children.Randy Cochrane died July 14 after being confronted by Winnipeg police in the city’s notorious North End.“He was a good guy everybody does things that are not so good sometimes,” said Cochrane’s sister Kayla Barthelette. “But he was a good person he had 3 little girls he was a good dad to them he loved them so much.He loved everybody in his family. He had a big heart he always wanted to help everybody.”Cochrane is the fourth Indigenous man who has died in the custody of the Winnipeg police in 2019.According to a release by Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit who is looking into the incident, officers observed a man who appeared to be armed and bleeding.They started a foot chase and eventually Cochrane was taken into custody.Cochrane was the father of three girls.Police say he was agitated at the time of his arrest – and then he became unresponsive.Winnipeg Fire and paramedics were called and Cochrane was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.Monica Murdock, Cochrane’s cousin, says the Health Sciences centre told her family that Cochrane had a heart attack and had a high fever.She said they told here there were no other injuries on his body.“They took us into a room and they were talking to us and said they brought Randy in about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday unresponsive already with a fever of 40,” she said.Murdock says the family wasn’t allowed to see Cochrane’s body because they were told he died in police custody and the case is under investigation.“They wouldn’t let us see the body we were like can we see the body we were like can we just see him someone needs to identify him,” she said. “It’s Randy its his tattoos. I don’t know we said we won’t touch him we will just look at him.He’s all alone down there They said no.”The family is hoping his body will be released soon so they can hold a funeral.Since the matter involves a fatality in police custody, a request for a civilian monitor will be made to the Manitoba Police Commission.pwolf@aptn.calast_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

BBCs Thai transmission stopped

first_imgThe BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.Sources with knowledge of the negotiations said the BBC’s Thai-language output impeded discussions about renewing the 20-year lease on the complex, the network’s main shortwave broadcast station for Asia.The centre’s large red and white transmission towers in Nakhon Sawan 150 miles (240 kilometres) north of Bangkok beamed local language news into tightly-controlled countries such as China and North Korea, and into places where many still rely on radio like Pakistan and AfghanistanBut it went off air on January 1 following the expiry of the lease.”Despite extensive negotiations, we have been unable to reach an agreement to re-commence transmissions,” the BBC said in a statement.The BBC World Service produces uncensored news in 29 different languages. It is part-funded by the British government but editorially independent.The Asia transmission station was moved to Thailand from Hong Kong in 1997 after the city was handed back to China.The BBC did not give details of why the talks broke down.But two sources said the network’s Thai-language service had become a sore point.Thailand’s royalist establishment was incensed by a profile of new king Maha Vajiralongkorn which the BBC Thai service published following the October death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.The monarchy is protected from scrutiny by a ferociously enforced lese majeste law, forcing media inside the kingdom to heavily self-censor.The unflattering profile was published out of the BBC’s London office. It went viral in a country unused to seeing unfiltered reporting of its monarchy.Dissident student leader Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa, one of more than 8,000 people to share the profile on Facebook, was charged with royal defamation in the first such prosecution under Vajiralongkorn’s reign.Sansern Kaewkumnerd, head of Thailand’s Public Relations Department, confirmed discussions had faltered and said it was “still unclear whether the contract would be extended or not extended”.Thailand’s 2014 coup brought to power a group of ultra-royalist generals who have stamped down on dissent and cramped media freedoms.last_img read more

Just being jazzy

first_imgGroups of old and young women and men swinging and tapping as they stand in front of the kiosks with headphones listening to Jazz were spotted at the Art Gallery of the Kamladevi Block at the India International Center (IIC). A few people were also seen jotting down notes from the panels that trace the history of jazz in India from early 1900 to the present days. Some of them looked in wonder at the cartoon-sketches by Mario de Miranda from the Jazz Yatra of 1980 and ‘90s. Besides lot of jazz performances happening around, perhaps, this was the first time the city witnessed an exhibition based on Archival collections, curated by Naresh Fernandes, which showcased the history of Jazz in India that started on 26 November. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The five-day exhibition was based on two collections – Niranjan Jhaveri Jazz Collection and Naresh Fernandes Collection which are extremely rich in archival content. Niranjan Jhaveri who was the spirit behind the biennial jazz festival – JazzYatra – from 1978 to 2003 was successful in bringing international artistes like Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and jazz bands from different parts of the globe to promote Jazz in India. The exhibition had a huge section on these Yatra years which has established Jazz, further, as an Indo-Afro-Euro-American music performed by Indian artistes like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Trilok Gurtu, Asha Puthli and others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSoli Sorabji an ardent lover and enthusiast of jazz inaugurated the exhibition. He also attended the concert on the third day, Jazz in the Swing Era by Rohit Gupta Trio which saw a good strength of audience – all cheering and enjoying with all the exhibited material around them.For Arjun Sengupta, listening to the concert inside the exhibition hall was a surreal feeling. On the second day, Naresh Fernandes, the author of the book Taj Mahal Foxtrot, gave a lecture ‘A Short History of how Jazz became an Indian Music’ to a house full of jazz lovers, academicians, students, and enthusiasts. Fernandes traced the origin of Jazz from the music of plantation workers which found its place in New Orleans to how it travelled to India. The first all Negro American band performing in 1935 at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai started the beginning of Jazz-era in India which now hosts the third generation of jazz performers. The African-American pioneers like Leon Abbey and Herb Flemming influenced many Indian jazz performers like Chic Chocolate who was regarded as the Louis Armstrong of India. The audio tracks and photographs of Indian pioneers like Chic Chocolate, Frank Fernand and Micky Correa in the exhibition brought back the golden era of Indian Jazz to the city. Jazz has also influenced the Hindi Cinema in Mumbai, as Fernandes pointed out at popular tracks like Ina-mina-dika and Sunday ke Sunday. Many of us sing these without even knowing what genre they fit into.Shubha Chaudhuri, Associate Director General of the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), American Institute of Indian Studies said that she has been working with her team for more than a year on these two jazz collections to digitise and conserve some of the rare photographs, reels and documents. The recently concluded jazz exhibition of ARCE, ‘Jazz in India’ was curated by Naresh Fernandes and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and IIC. Both the collections on Jazz are accessible and available for academic and research purpose at the ARCE, AIIS.last_img read more

BJP captures TMC party office in Gangarampur

first_imgBALURGHAT: A local Trinamool Congress party office located in ward no 15 at Shibbari under Gangarampur civic body was allegedly captured by a group of BJP activists on Sunday. The BJP activists also allegedly mutilated Trinamool flags, festoons and banners that were used during the LS poll campaigning. According to a local source, the incident occurred on Sunday morning when the saffron activists reached there with slogans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jai Shree Ram. They had also changed the colour of the party office. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have captured the Balurghat LS seat by defeating Trinamool. There will be no TMC party office here in the locality. Everywhere the saffron flags have now started flying in the district,” the activists shouted. Acting Trinamool councillor of ward 15 Jayanta Das said: “We have heard that some BJP activists have captured the TMC party office. We will discuss about the incident in the party district committee meeting shortly.” Notably, the BJP activists started attacking Trinamool workers just after the announcement of the LS poll results on May 23.last_img read more

Finders Sellers

October 20, 2006 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Starting a business on eBay is about more than being a seller. It’s about being a savvy buyer. Traditional retailers send their buyers around the world looking for items that will appeal to their customers. But you can start right from your own region to source the products that will successfully launch your business on eBay.Garage sales and thrift stores are great ways to find castoff items at dirt-cheap prices. If you have a knack for guessing the market value of the deeply discounted goods, you can score big with collectors and other buyers online who are willing to pay the item’s true cost. One strategy is to narrow your purchases to souvenirs unique to your area with appeal to people around the country or even worldwide. Watch for marked-down items at local retailers, or ask if you can sell their overstock for them.Serendipity also plays a part. Robert Sachs noticed collectible Elvis Pepsi bottles at several gas stations in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1998. Sachs, 48, bought them for 99 cents each and sold them on eBay for an average price of $15 each. Sachs (eBay User ID: rosachs), owner of RKS Solutions LLC in Memphis, now runs a shoe store on eBay.An even more convenient marketplace might be your own home or those of your friends and family. Everyone has products stored away that have outlived their usefulness or been replaced by updated versions. The better an item’s condition, the better your chance of creating bidding online.Time can change how much you value your own collections, making them another good source for products. Curtis Chan (eBay User ID: cxc273), an avowed movie lover in State College, Pennsylvania, owned about 20 VHS movies. But as DVDs became the dominant medium, Chan, 33, decided to sell off those tapes before they became obsolete. “I said to myself, ‘When DVDs get big, VHS will be worthless,'” Chan says. His collection sold in one lot to a single buyer for almost $100.Now, Chan finds that DVDs have an even shorter shelf life. “Studios will make a new version of a movie with more features,” he says. “When I find out, I get rid of the version I own.” Chan stays on top of new releases on websites such as DVDfile.com and DVDtimes.co.uk, giving him time to sell his copies before the news of a release reaches the general public.When you exhaust your personal possessions or get tired of driving to garage sales, you can still shop locally online. Scan the listings on online trading marts, such as Craigslist.org, for quality used goods, and keep up with new listings in your local newspaper’s classified section or PennySaver publication. Large corporations and universities can be other surprising sources, as they often sell surplus equipment through on-site retail locations or online auctions.Eventually, many entrepreneurs start looking for a steadier product supply to create a niche on eBay. This requires an important shift in your approach to online selling, says Michael Miller, author of Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay. Miller recommends writing a business plan that spells out what you want to sell and why, identifies suppliers, and compares anticipated expenses with income. “eBay is one business that’s really easy to get into,” Miller says. “That’s [both a] good thing and a bad thing.”Julie Monahan is a writer in Seattle whose articles on small business and emerging technology have appeared in numerous consumer and trade magazines. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read read more