‘Hairspray’ star no designing woman

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Hollywood, most actresses are ready to let inquiring minds know exactly what designer they are wearing on the red carpet. But when Brittany Snow was asked the question by a People magazine reporter standing next to me on the red carpet of the 15th annual Diversity Awards over the weekend, I just loved her honest reply: “I don’t know!” Then she explained. “It’s been a long night. I had something else to wear, it got ruined. I, at the very last minute, pulled this out of my closet. That’s why I’m not exactly sure.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty also seemed perplexed about why she was receiving an award as 2007’s rising star from the Multicultural Motion Picture Association when the character she played in the musical smash “Hairspray” was a racist. “My character didn’t like anybody except for herself so that’s not very diverse,” she said. “It’s nice that they recognize that I’m not like my character and that they appreciate the movie and what it stood for.” The movie, one of the highest-grossing musicals in Hollywood history, was released on DVD on Tuesday. It’s the biggest hit of Snow’s career, which also includes the films “John Tucker Must Die” and “The Pacifier” and a recurring role on television’s “Nip/Tuck.” Brittany, who gained fame on the series “American Dreams,” hopes people are not only entertained by “Hairspray” but take home the message of tolerance and acceptance of people different from you. “I’m just really grateful that people have loved it and taken it to their hearts,” she said. “The movie has a great message that it shows in a very light-hearted way. It’s not hitting you over the head. There is a great message about acceptance and believing in yourself and accepting people for their differences, no matter what it is. All at the same time we are singing and dancing. What better way to get a message across?”last_img read more

Hyundai plans to start rolling out BS6 compliant vehicles by early next

first_imgUdaipur: South Korean auto major Hyundai plans to start rolling out upgraded BS6 compliant models, including diesel trims, on a regular basis by early next year, a top company official said. The company, which is present in the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary, also plans to simultaneously keep selling BS4 vehicles till end of March next year in order to offer lower priced units to prospective customers. “I estimate that by the end of this year or early next year, the introduction of BS6 vehicles will happen,” Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO SS Kim said in an interview. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn terms of technology, the company is ready with most of the work from research and development perspective, he added. Kim, however, clarified that the ramp up of BS6 models is going to happen in a gradual manner. Hyundai currently has just one product, the recently launched Grand i10 Nios, that is BS6 compliant. The model’s petrol trim is BS6 compliant while the diesel variants are still conform to BS4 regulations. In comparison, Maruti Suzuki has seven petrol models that are now BS6 emission norms compliant. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhen asked if the company’s entire current product portfolio would see an upgrade to BS6 levels, Kim said, “As per our plan, all products, including diesel variants, will be upgraded to BS6 level.” He said the company will continue the production and sales of BS4 vehicles until the end of next year. “With BS6, the prices of cars is expected to go up so if the customer wants to buy some economical product, it is our responsibility to provide and supply that,” he added.last_img read more

New Chatter App Connects Celebrities And Fans For Charity

first_imgCelebrities are no strangers to charities, but because of filming, publicity and tour schedules, their time is limited. They typically write a check or appear at fundraisers to help drum up publicity and donations. Recently launched, Chatter is a simple app that can help crowdfund rapid donations to favorite charities and maximize a star’s time and celebrity status.How Chatter WorksChatter connects celebrities with their favorite fans who want to talk over a video chat. But instead of just giving fans a chance to follow their Twitter feed or Instagram account and leave comments, Chatter gives loyal followers a chance to actually talk directly to celebrities.Fans can bid on a video chat with a celebrity for just $5. If that fan wins the raffle, they get to connect with the celebrity for up to 10 minutes.The Celeb ListSo far, stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Drake are signed up to chat with their fans. New celebrities and stars are being added, and the list of stars you bid to speak with changes.Stars can sign up to participate directly on the Chatter app, and their identity is verified before bidding for a video chat takes place.The AppThe Chatter app is currently available for download on iOS and Android. You can use any device you want, but it’s crucial to pick a reliable device with a quality camera and reliable signal. You don’t want your once-in-a-lifetime, one-on-one chat with Leonardo DiCaprio to end with a dropped signal and grainy film quality.The CharitiesThe celebrities themselves aren’t pocketing the $5 per bid. Instead, the app helps raise funds for the celeb’s charity of choice. The Chatter app helps crowdfund charity fundraising efforts, all while getting both fans and celebrities involved in the process.Chatter provides a charitable outlet for celebrities to support instead of flying across the country to attend dinner galas and Hollywood events. As an alternative to an expensive fundraising gala, the app can raise unlimited funds in a short period of time.The ChatAsk your favorite celebrities anything you want from what they’re working on to who they’re hanging out with. They might even give you some insights on making it in the business and a personal anecdote about their personal lives.Want to prepare in advance? Before you launch your winning video chat session, take a peek at your favorite celebrity’s social media feeds to see what they’re talking about to bring some fresh questions to the table.last_img read more

Teen who attempted to smuggle Bengal tiger cub into San Diego sentenced

first_img Posted: February 20, 2018 February 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Mexico, San Diego Zoo Safari Park FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Teen who attempted to smuggle Bengal tiger cub into San Diego sentenced to six months in prisoncenter_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An 18-year-old man who tried to smuggle a 6-week-old Bengal tiger cub into San Diego from Mexico was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison.Luis Eudoro Valencia, of Perris, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of conspiracy to import tigers.The defendant admitted that last Aug. 18, he contacted a co-conspirator in Mexico to make arrangements to obtain the tiger cub. Four days later, Valencia got a message from his Mexico contact stating that the cub would be arriving at the Tijuana Airport that night.The following afternoon, when Valencia and a companion entered the United States from Mexico in a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro with no license plates, the tiger cub was on the floor of the vehicle, underneath the legs of the passenger, who told authorities the animal was a cat, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie K. Pierson.Valencia failed to declare the animal, which was promptly seized by border inspectors. The cub was taken to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and named Moka.The defendant told investigators that he had arranged to pay $300 for the tiger cub from a man he saw walking an adult tiger on a leash in Tijuana.Valencia’s attorney said his client wanted the tiger cub as a pet, but prosecutors said cell phone data shows that the defendant was running an animal smuggling business and had boasted about making thousands of dollars by selling monkeys, jaguars and lions. Updated: 5:52 PMlast_img read more

This 1080p projector with Harman Kardon speakers 765 with exclusive code

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Review • Roku Streaming Stick: Good but niche Roku Streaming Stick Tags Share your voice Comments The Cheapskate Yep, this projector is practically all speaker — all Harman Kardon speaker. XGIMI Projectors are all over the place these days. I don’t mean they’re ubiquitous, but rather all different sizes, prices and capabilities. You’ve got your $100 cheapies that aren’t good for much, your drool-worthy $2,500 4K ultra short-throw models and several zillion others in between.Today let’s look in between. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Cheapskate readers can get the XGIMI H2 1080p home-theater projector for $765. That’s after clipping the on-page $45 coupon and then applying promo code XGIMICNET at checkout. Regular price: $900.See at AmazonProjectors are all about image quality, right? Yes, but there’s another factor to consider, especially if you’re not looking to deal with the hassles and expense of audio gear: built-in speakers.I’d say most of the projector speakers I’ve listened to over the years have ranged from bleh to terrible. That’s one big reason the H2 stands out: It employs Harman Kardon speakers that sound really, really good. So good, in fact, that you can also use the projector as a standalone Bluetooth speaker.I’ve spent a couple weeks test-driving the H2 in my basement, where it’s pointed at a gray-colored wall and positioned to give me over 90 inches of big-screen goodness. I’ve been using it with both a Roku Streaming Stick and an Xbox.First impression: terrible. That’s because no amount of fiddling with the otherwise comprehensive settings could overcome the dreaded soap-opera effect, which I, like Tom Cruise, simply will not tolerate. Thankfully, an XGIMI rep suggested I switch to Game Mode, which, thank goodness, solved the problem.One problem I couldn’t overcome: A slight audio lag when pairing the projector with a Bluetooth speaker. That’s not uncommon, and of course there’s always the wired option. (The H2 has headphone and optical outputs.)Of course, the whole point is not to need external speakers, right? I won’t say the H2 can take the place of a proper home-theater audio setup, because of course it can’t, but it’s absolutely good enough for things like playing Mortal Kombat and bingeing episodes of BoJack Horseman. I think it’s even loud enough for backyard movie nights, which can otherwise be a huge hassle, audio-wise.The onboard Aptoide software can run Netflix and a few other apps, but trust me when I say you’ll want to connect a Fire TV or Roku. Please, please, projector makers, take a page from TV makers and build in one of those operating systems.The automatic keystone correction allows you to plop the projector on a coffee table or end table and quickly get a perfectly framed image. The remote works well, but isn’t backlit.  As for image quality, I found it really excellent overall: bright, colorful and crisp. This isn’t my area of expertise, but I’ll just say the H2 greatly exceeded the old Epson MovieMate I’d been using.It’s not perfect, no, sir. But if you’re looking for a projector that’s as great for the ears as it is for the eyes, and you’re not holding out (and saving up) for a native-4K model, this is worth a look.Your thoughts?Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019Bonus deal: I’m sending this drone back in time to 10-year-old RickWhen I was a kid, I loved playing with those little plastic army guys — especially the ones with parachutes — because I could build a narrative around it. You know: imagination and all that.eachine-e019This cool character can ride this drone skateboard-style or as a paraglider. Eachine Oh, to have had this in the mix: For a limited time, and while supplies last, EachineDirect via Amazon has the Eachine E019 2-in-1 Stunt Drone for $20.99 with promo code 22WNVKU8. Regular price: $35.See at AmazonThe photo really tells the whole story: The E019 has a Green Beret-looking dude riding on top of it, skateboard-style, which is already super cool. But it can also convert to a paratrooper configuration, meaning you can have him swoop in from above just when it looks like your guys are about to get overrun by the invading aliens/zombies/robots/whatever.Yaaaaassss. I haven’t tried this one (yet), but other Eachine drones I’ve flown were solid. The only thing I’d recommend is maybe an extra battery or two, as flight time is probably limited to 10 minutes or less. You should be able to find matching extras on Amazon for pretty cheap.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 7 Projectors Drones Amazonlast_img read more

Rohingyas to stay in Bhasan Char if their stay prolonged

first_imgRohingyas would be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali if their stay in Bangladesh is prolonged. AFP File PhotoThe government of Bangladesh is making arrangement temporarily for providing food and shelter to Rohingya people who fled Myanmar atrocities in Rakhine state.However, a minister said, if their stay in Bangladesh is prolonged, they would be taken to Bhasan Char in Noakhali.The number of Rohingyas who fled Myanmar due to repression in recent times has exceeded 450,000, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain told newsmen after the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees Filippo Grandi met him on Monday.The minister mentioned that the government is ready to take assistance from UNCHR office in providing support to the Rohingya people.He said the UNHCR has agreed to provide Tk 350 million for making internal roads in Cox’s Bazar where the Rohingyas have taken shelter.Money will be available soon and the army will start construction of the roads, the minister added.About the newborns of Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, the secretary of the ministry, Md Shah Kamal said their birth registration is being completed and they would be considered Myanmar citizens.Asked if the Rohingyas would be considered as refugees, he said they are currently being considered as infiltrators. If it is found during the bilateral discussion that the matter is a long-term issue, we will then review their status, he added.last_img read more

Gopalganj bus owners call off strike

first_img.The indefinite strike enforced by bus owners and workers in Gopalganj was withdrawn on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB.The decision to call off the strike came at a meeting among the district and police administration and bus owners and workers held at the deputy commissioner’s office.Deputy commissioner M Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker, police super M Saidur Rahman Khan, Gopalganj Bus Owners’ Association president Abul Hossain, its general secretary Sheikh Mushfiqur Rahman Liton and Gopalganj Motor Workers’ Union president M Jasu Sheikh, among others, attended the meeting.Earlier on Monday morning, the bus owners and workers enforced the indefinite strike in the district protesting the torching of a bus and demanding stopping the plying of illegal vehicles on Dhaka-Khulna highway.Two people, including a student of Gopalganj Polytechnic Institute, were killed as a bus skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Gopinathpur in Sadar upazila on Sunday morning.Angered at their fellow’s death, students of the institute blocked the highway, vandalised several vehicles and torched the bus responsible for the accident.last_img read more

Facebook Sued Over Housing Discrimination

first_imgFLICKR CREATIVE COMMONSFacebook is being sued over housing discrimination.The National Fair Housing Alliance, along with affiliated groups in San Antonio, New York and Miami, have sued Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act.The lawsuit says the company “continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar families with children, women and others from receiving rental and sales ads for housing.”The suit comes as the social media company continues to deal with charges of the misuse of data, belonging to 50 million of its users.Read the entire lawsuit The lawsuit said Facebook allows advertisers to “target” its audience by allowing them to “include” or “exclude” specific types of people.To test its case, the NFHA submitted a fictitious ad in San Antonio for an apartment for rent, using Facebook presets that allowed them to exclude “parents with toddlers,” “parents with preschoolers,” “parents with early school-age children,” “parents with teenagers,” and “parents with preteens,” while targeting “men.”The Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio created similar fictitious ads to exclude “corporate moms,” “stay-at-home moms” and “fit moms,” while using Facebook presets to include “men” and “no kids.”“They are giving housing providers the tool to discriminate,” said Sandra Tamez, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio. “It’s problematic especially in a city like ours where we are segregated so much.”A Facebook spokesperson told Texas Public Radio the lawsuit was without merit, and that there is no place for discrimination on the platform.Meanwhile, the lawsoh uit said Facebook has been “on notice for more than a year,” citing an investigation by ProPublica in 2016 that its advertising platform violates fair housing laws. In a second article in November, Propublica found Facebook housing ads that specifically excluded people based on race and religion, as well as people with disabilities.Paul Flahive contributed to this reportVince Kong can be reached at vince@tpr.org or on Twitter Sharelast_img read more