Upendra Kushwaha downplays skipping NDA meeting

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first_img“Amit Shah [BJP president] also did not attend the NDA’s dinner meeting in Patna…why is nobody asking about his absence there?”, asked Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha on Friday after reaching Patna. On Thursday Mr. Kushwaha skipped the crucial NDA meet meant to put up a “united front” amid discordant voices from alliance partners.Speaking to the media at the airport, Mr. Kushwaha expressed surprise over why so much importance was given to his absence at the event, when it was for the party leaders and workers.“It was due to some personal reasons I could not attend the event but my party leaders did,” said Mr. Kushwaha. Before leaving for his Parliamentary constituency Karakat in Rohtas district, he also asserted that there was no discontent in the NDA in Bihar.Also read: BJP’s ally troubles — Upendra Kushwaha skips NDA dinner meeting“I’m not unhappy or displeased with the NDA as is being speculated…NDA is united and intact,” he said. Though, he also confirmed that he would not be attending the iftar party hosted by senior Bihar BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Mr. Kushwaha evaded a question on his party’s senior leader Nagamani’s statement ahead of the NDA meeting that the alliance should declare him (Kushwaha) as its leader in the Assembly poll in 2020. “You should pose this question to Mr. Nagamani,” Mr. Kushwaha said.Mr. Nagamani, who is national working president of the RLSP, had said that his party chief “represents a caste group which comprised 10% of Bihar’s total population which is next only to the Yadavs and hence his projection as the NDA’s leader would benefit the coalition.”Meanwhile, taking a dig at Mr. Kushwaha’s absence, RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “What is happening in the NDA shows there is a tectonic shift in Indian politics as the common man sees himself pitted against the arrogant BJP… leaders like Mr. Kushwaha have begun to do a rethink over their alliance with the BJP and many more would follow suit in the near future.”RJD alliance partner and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi invited Mr. Kushwaha to join the RJD-led Grand Alliance but not with his demand “to be the CM candidate as this position is already reserved for Tejashwi Yadav.”Mr. Kushwaha had met RJD chief Lalu Prasad when he was admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi and the meeting had triggered speculation about Mr. Kushwaha’s future moves.last_img read more


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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.“The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.“ I am proposing… that all of those warrants, all of those unpaid tickets will be put against the driver’s licence of those individuals and be put against the vehicle that was being driven, so when that vehicle comes to be renewed, [it] can’t be renewed until the driver pays the fine,” Minister Chuck said.“We want to put in place those provisions, so those persons who feel they can collect tickets like confetti, must know that their day of reckoning is at hand,” he added.Emphasising the problem of unpaid traffic tickets, Minister Chuck noted that at the Kingston Traffic Court alone, 65,000 persons did not pay for the first six months of this year. He argued that with unpaid tickets sent to the courts after 30 days, that amounts to about 10,000 per month.“That’s about 500 warrants on average being issued every day,” Minister Chuck lamented.He pledged that “we are going to collect every single one. If you don’t think you breached the law, go fight it in court, but you can’t just ignore the law like that”.Minister Chuck pointed out that there have been three moratoriums to allow for persons with outstanding traffic tickets to pay, and there are no plans to have another.He is encouraging motorists with outstanding tickets to call the traffic headquarters at the Elleston Road Police Station. “They have data of every ticket that has not been paid,” he indicated.Minister Chuck was speaking at a Justice of the Peace (JP) training session at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Thursday (October 18).The session was held to hear the concerns of the JP and assist them with providing solutions for issues they face while they serve citizens. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.center_img “The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgThe great debate on Reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir besides the scrapping of Article 370 in Lok Sabha yesterday emulated proceedings in Rajya Sabha a day before it. Turn by turn, members offered their insight on the move and brought up reasons for supporting/rejecting the government’s proposal. The reasoning offered by the supporters of the proposal outnumbered the rejectors as the bill was passed with an astounding majority in favour of the proposal. While the heated debate lasted the length of the day in the Lower House, Jammu and Kashmir reserved apprehensions around a fresh round of protests and violence that could erupt soon. Government’s proposal to change the fate of Jammu and Kashmir overnight did not draw much appreciation owing to the element of secrecy it carried. But while the government was at it, the emergency-like situation that had dawned over the Valley threw not only the residents of the Valley but their families across India in turmoil. As communications were shut down with Section 144 imposed, the government in its pursuit of a certain agenda for the welfare of the state did not do well enough when it came to the means. People felt helpless as they had to wait till communications could be resumed, eager to talk to their families, as they lived the unexpected moment that the government had impinged upon them. There is no apt justification as to why the government had to resort to this sort of methodology; which was the centre of criticism in the larger view. They did succeed in achieving their objective but at the cost of trust of people in the Valley, if not elsewhere. Now, as the fate of the state is unveiled to the residents, urging them to look on the bright side would be the expected notion. Stripping Jammu and Kashmir off its special status and further bifurcating it into two separate Union territories is a matter which may not have been possible without isolating the state considering the kind of protests and resulting violence that it would have brought along. But now that the deed has been done, all eyes will be fixed on the vision that the government has for J&K and Ladakh. It has to be understood that the bold step that the current dispensation took in the interest of the state was to realise the development that has always eluded it. It was important to take cognisance of the fact that Kashmir for long has been left at the mercy of its own decisions. Incessant episodes of terrorism and militancy had blemished the social fabric of society there while India stood and watched helplessly due to tied hands owing to Article 370. But now that India has made the grand move to truly integrate the state as per the government’s opinion, a similar understanding needs to be shared with the inhabitants as well as others who may see the government’s proposal as carrying an essence of authoritarianism. Unless people realise the status quo that J&K has been in due to Article 370, and understand the government’s intention to repeal it, the government will be at the receiving end of abject criticism. After all, it is the people that make up a place. The government definitely has the onus for the development of the two UTs but more than that, it has the responsibility of winning back the hearts of lakhs of people who they pushed into darkness while debating to bring in the light that the state needs. Unless genuine development takes place benefitting the Valley, the decision to bifurcate J&K besides stripping off the special status would always be held against this government by the disapproving people of the Valley. People of Ladakh will embrace the UT status for it has been forever ignored by J&K, causing even less development. While there is no doubt that the Union government through its bold steps has scripted history here, fruits of such steps would only be realised once the country witnesses the two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on a development trajectory along the lines of what was envisaged by the Union Home Minister. It must be kept in mind that people’s faith is riding on his vision.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Nassau – Police have three suspects for a string of crimes – including rape and kidnapping – from the Summer which riled up residents and two of the men are charged and remanded to prison now.Chavez Musgrove, a 22 year old and 26 year old Andrew Parker – both of Blue Hills, Providenciales were arrested and charged in recent weeks for a dozen crimes, all committed in July 2017.The two appeared in court to answer to three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.    Most of the charges were against Musgrove, the youngest of the two.There is a third man arrested, but he is not yet formally arraigned and is being held as a person of interest by Police.#MagneticMediaNews#2menchargedinforJulycrimes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#2menchargedinforJulycrimes, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more


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first_imgLast year, in partnership with Stratton Publishing & Marketing, the Angerosa Research Foundation reported that 85 percent of associations published at least one e-newsletter, with 67 percent publishing more than one. Despite e-newsletter production growth, a number of association publishers—including American School Board Journal editor-in-chief Glenn Cook—consider high-security spam filters to be directly impacting open-rates, and in turn, readership.For Carole Hayward, director of newsletters and special publications for educational association ASCD, those spam filters, which are used by a number of schools, make it challenging to deliver news to members. ASCD uses a third-party media service to send one of its e-newsletters, “but even they can’t solve the problem entirely,” said Hayward.While the best solution is spam-checking e-newsletters before sending them to readers, there are other ways to get past the filters: Break Up the List When sending e-news to members, “try breaking the recipients into several groups and sending out the same e-mail under a slightly different subject line,” said ASBJ publications coordinator Margaret Suslick. Shorten Subject Lines“Our subject lines are short,” said Cook. One of its highest e-alert open rates, he said, was for the four-word subject line “A Day to Remember.”Appealing Subjects Are Likely Targets“I’ve found that trying to offer members ‘free’ anything via e-mail is a great way to end up in the spam folder,” said Hayward. Words like “dollar,” “free,” and “savings” are all culprits when it comes to marking e-newsletters as junk mail. Hayward said subject lines like “Top 10 Tips” tend to bypass spam filters and appeal to members.Send Links, Not SurveysASBJ sends its reader panel survey via a link in its e-newsletter instead of embedding the survey, giving its digital offerings additional protection from spam filters.last_img read more


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first_imgSo, how do you get in on the game and win? Here, some guidelines to make the most of your Webinar:1. Build in sufficient lead time. Promoting your Webinar well in advance can create opportunities for viral marketing and additional registrations. Remind the sponsor to promote it to their own client and prospect list.2. Provide lots of promotional opportunities for pre-, post- and live exposure such as:• Linked logos in outbound e-mail efforts (starting six weeks before event)• Branded registration, log-in pages and opening slide for Webinar• Branded registration confirmation e-mail• Logo and sponsor message with 60-second voiceover at beginning of Webinar and/or a short demo at the end of the webinar• Logo and link in final slide of Webinar• Opt-in checkbox for those who want to receive sponsor’s e-newsletters• Access to the registration list3. Create customized content. Webinar registration forms, for example, can provide sponsors with custom-created questions about demographics and decision-making ability, enabling them to target promotions specifically to the audience. 4. Allow downloading opportunities. You’ll get attendees by offering a login and password for a downloadable handout. At a Webinar I recently produced and conducted, the downloaded handouts comprised 25 percent more than the attendee rate, which translates into greater ROI for the sponsor. It also  indicated that several people were watching the Webinar on a single computer.5. When it’s over, archive your Webinar. You’ll get additional viewers, giving sponsors more exposure and longer-lasting bang for their buck. Send monthly reminder e-mails to both registered non-participants and to non-registered audience. Naturally, each reminder should include the sponsor’s link and promotional message.6. Let your sponsor help spread the success. Testimonials and statistics from satisfied sponsors help sell other advertisers on the marketing advantages of Webinars. 7. Take advantage of SEO marketing. Write your promotion copy to be search-engine friendly, incorporating key-words to help Google and Yahoo find you. Get other online media to post your press release on their Web site to multiply your visibility on the search engines.Helen Berman is president of Berman Media Sales Institute. Forced to cut budgets in a crisis economy, smart marketers are turning to selling products and services via Webinars. Because they offer educational content without the hassle and cost of live seminars, Webinars are popular with both attendees and marketers who want to bring in new clients, lessen attrition and build market share. As ad pages and show attendance dwindles, Webinar sponsorships are a win all around.What’s more, publishing, online and event companies are ideal Webinar producers. They reach a loyal  audience, add journalistic credibility and offer sponsors numerous promotional opportunities. Depending on company policies, advertisers can choose to control, contribute to, or simply sponsor a relevant Webinar. They can also choose a solo sponsorship or join with other noncompetitive advertisers to sponsor a Webinar. Either way, advertisers reach thousands of targeted, involved viewers with relevant and comprehensive information. Yielding strong results with less time and marketing effort, sponsorships  have been a hit with corporate marketers. According to a study by sponsorship marketing firm  Performance Research for IEG, Inc., “the average share of overall marketing budgets captured by sponsors has hit a record high of 19.5 percent [of marketing dollars].” A recent Forrest Research and Marketing Professionals study adds: “Webinars are considered one of the top three lead-generating tactics.” One recent Webinar sponsor I spoke with recognized the strong match between its product, Webinar topic, and audience the media company delivers. He described the event as a “grand slam”—the most successful provider of qualified leads and the best ROI marketing effort in months. Adding to these measurable benefits, the company recognized the branding opportunity and positioning of the company as a “thought leader.” last_img read more


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first_img Historic scholarships awarded by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Historic scholarships from Latin GRAMMY Foundation historic-scholarships-awarded-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation News Twitter Facebook Record-setting amounts awarded to select music students around the world by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural FoundationBrian HaackGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2017 – 1:24 pm GRAMMY.comThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s charitable support for music education programs around the world has topped more than $2.5 million in just the few short years since the Foundation launched in 2015.However, just this week, the Foundation has announced its largest-ever series of scholarship awards for a single year, with a whopping $870,000 being awarded to 44 select Latin music students from around the world.The monies include the Foundation’s yearly flagship Miguel Bosé Scholarship, which this year will provide $200,000 in tuition support for 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Ernesto Núñez, who will be entering Berklee College of Music this fall to study contemporary writing and production.Additional Gifted Tuition Scholarship awards were presented to Andres Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela; Nikola Vasiljevic, 17, a Dominican bassist; and Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, in the amounts of up to $100,000 for each student.Guerra and Vasilijevic will each be attending Berklee, while Mercado will attend the School Of Jazz at New York City’s prestigious The New School.Rounding out the distribution, 40 additional students attending various schools in Colombia, Mexica, and Spain will also receive Tuition Assistance Scholarship grants of up to $10,000 each.”Thanks to our generous donors, involved artists, and compassionate partners, we continue to be in a strong position to provide support to truly talented Latin music students in need and with the tools to pursue their dreams to follow in the footsteps of their Latin music icons,” Said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.Alejandro Sanz named 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Email last_img read more


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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s 2018 Concerts on the Common series continued on Wednesday, July 26 with a performance from Perfect Crime. The five-piece band presented songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and beyond.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to record the event. Watch the concert the below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/9/d/2/8/f/c/9d28fcd9-7c12-4200-8fa3-2cb47c035e9e1532697723.048%2B37480422.092%40castus4-wilmington%2B15327004211532697892725135.vod.720p.Concert%20on%20the%20Common%20-%20Perfect%20Crime_%20July%2025th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”last_img read more


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first_imgActress Emilia Clarke from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016.ReutersGame of Thrones star Emilia Clarke opened up about the scope of episode five of season eight. The Daenerys Targaryen actor spoke to Jimmy Kimmel and said that the fifth episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will blow the minds of fans. Emilia also teased what’s to come in the final three episodes of the HBO series.Episode three of the hit HBO TV show left a lot to be desired, with a lot of fans having issues with the lighting of the episode. The darkness pervading the third episode left many fans disappointed. Reportedly, “The Long Night” was the longest battle sequence ever filmed, it took 55 long nights in the dark to film and set a record of 17.8 million viewers. But according to Emilia Clarke, the “Battle of Winterfell” was nothing compared to what’s going to come in episode five.  Emilia CalrkeGetty Images”Episode five is bigger. Episode five is, I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like… Find the biggest TV you can.”Speaking of TVs the last episode’s shortcomings were blamed on the TVs viewers used, which we have to say is a preposterous excuse. Hopefully, the fifth episode will have epic and gigantic moments which will satisfy viewers on whatever TV they choose to watch.The final season of Game of Thrones has so far been somewhat disappointing. But with three episodes remaining, we hope that Game of Thrones signs off on a high note. Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen is likely to have a very important role to play in the final episodes. The next episode of Game of Thrones will air on May 5.last_img read more


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first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloFour Bangladeshis were killed in a road accident in Medina on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Suruj Mia, 25, son of Jabbar Mia; Nura Mia, 23, son of Motalib Bepari; Ujjal, 22, son of Mokarram of Kalapaharia union, and Rasel, 24, son of Akram Ali of Khagkanda union in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj.The accident took place around 1:00pm (Bangladesh time), said Jahirul Huda Alamgir, supervisor of Al-Fahad Company where the victims used to work.last_img


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first_img X 00:00 /08:20 Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHFD Chief Samuel Peña emphasizes that improving fire safety inspections in Houston will entail using a new risk-based model and a modern records management system. Listen Houston’s Fire Chief says he wants to increase ambulance fees. In the audio above we hear from Chief Samuel Peña at a press conference held this morning (July 13), where he says this would be the first hike in six years, aside from adjustments for inflation.We talk with Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. James Langabeer, professor in the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, about proposed hikes in ambulance fees and why the chief wants these higher fees. Then, we consider the potential impact this hike could have on Houstonians.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgAll three of the White Baltimore police officers who were charged but not convicted in the death of Freddie Gray were recently honored at a conservative gala in Washington, D.C.(Left to Right) Lt. Brian Rice and Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero were hailed as heroes at the Media Research Center’s annual black tie gala Sept. 22. (AP Photos)Lt. Brian Rice and Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero were hailed as heroes at the Media Research Center’s annual black tie gala Sept. 22. The African-American officers who were indicted in connection with Gray’s death—Sgt. Alicia White, Ofc. Caesar Goodson Jr. and Ofc. William Porter—were neither honored nor present at the event. It is unknown at this time if they were invited.“In April of last year, six Baltimore police officers were transporting Freddie Gray to jail and he died en route,” said Deneen Borelli, chief political correspondent for Conservative Review, according to a video of the event posted on the organization’s website. “Immediately someone made the accusation that Freddie Gray had been killed by the police. The accusation grew and grew – fed by the left, political agitators, and the national media – to advance the anti-police narrative. Soon there were riots in the street.”In presenting the awards, Borelli—one of Fox News’ frequent African-American contributors—seemed to pay short shrift to Gray’s death from spinal cord injuries brought on by his unsecured ride in the back of a police truck in April of last year. Instead, she painted the cops, who remain on administrative leave pending the results of an internal police investigation, as the victims because of their indictments and trials.“These five men and one woman, all veteran police officers, were now in handcuffs, fighting for their lives, their careers destroyed, bankrupted, humiliated,” she said.This May 1, 2015, file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore prosecutors on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, asked a judge to delay the trials of Rice, Miller and Nero, who are charged with assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. Rice is also charged with manslaughter. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)While the gala’s audience of about 800 cheered the three Baltimore officers, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis criticized their appearance at the partisan event.“I was certainly disappointed by their appearance there, and any time a person in public safety appears for or with a group that society looks at as a fringe group, and the group is divisive and doesn’t speak to the values of Baltimore, I think that’s a problem,” Davis told Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL-TV. He added, “I look at this as an opportunity to take a look at our policy to make sure it is stringent enough that will preclude police officers from engaging in that type of off-duty activity.”According to its website, the right-wing group’s chief mission is “to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.” The main feature of the annual soiree is the DisHonors Awards, a roast of what the group deems the most egregious examples of “biased liberal reporting.” Recipients of this year’s dishonest awards were former and current MSNBC hosts Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid and Chris Matthews.last_img read more


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first_imgEver wonder what it would be like if Gandhi met up with Benjamin Franklin? Or if Galileo sat down for a chat with Queen Elizabeth? What about a dance-off between Joan of Arc and Albert Einstein?All those things and more can be found on Netflix’s new kids and family series “The Who Was? Show,” which launched on the streaming service on Friday.The sketch comedy series is based on the popular “Who Was?” children’s books published by Penguin Random House and features a who’s who of comedy producers and writers who can boast 900 Emmys between them, according to executive producer-showrunner Richard Korson (“Great Minds With Dan Harmon,” “The Daily Show”) and writer-executive producer Brian McCann (“Conan”), who recently chatted with Variety about the silly, yet slyly educational show. “The Who Was? Show” does appear to have a common theme. “Almost every single person that we featured came up against so many brick walls of people telling them that they would be failures and that what they were pursuing was a waste of time, whether it was the church or academia or because of their gender,” says Korson. “It was very interesting to me that every single one of these people went with their gut, went with what was in their heart, what they felt they had to do, and ended up changing the world. And now being featured on this crazy sketch show.” Popular on Variety The series is a show-within-a-show format about a group of kids that produce a show overseen by a clueless network executive, played by Andy Daly. Each episode, jam-packed with improv, music videos, and animation, features an array of sketches built around an unlikely pair of historical figures. The kids are played by Haley Tju, Lilla Crawford, Bentley Green, Adam Hochstetter, Zach Timson, and Kirrilee Berger, and special guests include Ellie Kemper, John Oliver, and Jane Krakowski.The sketch comedy idea came about after Penguin and Fremantle approached Korson about turning the books into a TV series. “They wanted to look outside of their regular sort of kids world,” he says. “They asked me to take a look at it, see what I thought. I saw the potential for turning it into a sketch format, and the ball started rolling. Netflix was super supportive of turning it into something with more of a late-night sensibility, with the sketches having a bit of an edge and satire baked into it.”That’s when the the writing/producing dream team started coming together. “It was fun to start scouring our writer friends to see who wanted to play with it,” Korson says. In addition to McCann, the writers are Elliott Kalan (“The Daily Show”), Eric Gilliland (“Roseanne”), Delaney Yeager (“The Daily Show”), and Brian Clark (“Mutt & Stuff”). The other executive producers are Bob Higgins (“Danger Mouse,” “The Ricky Gervais Show”) for Boat Rocker, Jay Peterson (“Lip Sync Battle”) for Matador Content, and Francesco Sedita with Penguin Workshop.The series takes inspiration from a particular classic sketch comedy series that appealed to children and adults alike. “The original ‘Muppet Show’ was structured where there’d be the behind-the-scenes sort of activity and then there’d be a show happening,” explains McCann. “Special guests would stop by, but instead of Elton John, [in ‘The Who Was? Show’], it would be Gandhi and Ben Franklin stopping by and doing some sketches, but you’d also see them backstage talking with Andy Daly and the cast.”The books are structured to focus on a single historical figure, but the “Who Was? Show” team came up with the unique conceit of pairing people in each episode that might not, on the surface, seem like a good match. “We looked at two people and then tried to figure out the best way to tell their stories through all these different formats,” says McCann. By the end of the episode, a connection between the two figures will be made. “The first episode is Gandhi and Franklin. And what you find out by the end of the show is that you can liberate yourself through the Revolutionary War, which Ben Franklin was a big part of, or a non-violent protest, which was how Gandhi was able to liberate his country,” he explains.center_img The guest stars for this first season of 13 episodes get to interact with the famous folk from the past in a number of ways. In one episode, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban takes part in a “Shark Tank” parody. In another, Caesar takes over John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show “because he’s a great conquerer, so he decided to conquer modern television,” says Korson. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Kemper gets to do the show’s narration instead of H. Jon Benjamin, Bob of “Bob’s Burgers,” because Amelia Earhart didn’t think Benjamin should narrate her show. All in all, the series is a place where the writers’ and producers’ friends can come and play.“We’ve figured out how to write sketches and bits so that our friends and people we love in comedy can come in and play with us,” says Korson.The writers’ room for “The Who Was? Show” is a happy room, Korson and McCann say. “The writing staff area was a really joyful place where we got to celebrate these incredible disruptors and these people that pushed up against the establishment and somehow broke through even though everything was stacked up against them,” says McCann.The show uses the books as a sturdy basis of historical fact and take off from there. “[The books] are really well-conceived in that they do a quick summary of the person so you get grounded, as a kid reader,” explains McCann. “We incorporate that into every show, where we give enough information to ground the viewer.”“Every single sketch, every single song, everything is really taken from these stories,” says Korson. “It’s pretty fun in that way. Like, we didn’t just take liberties. We didn’t just say, ‘George Washington would be funny if he was on a Ferris wheel.’”And it’s not all history. The team does build in a little modern commentary into the shows. “Like Susan B. Anthony fighting for women’s rights. We were able to tie that a little bit to what’s going on today,” explains McCann. “And Marie Curie. We sort of looked at her as like this super nerd that would be wildly popular today because she wasn’t allowed to go to school, but she ended up winning two Nobel prizes, so we elevated her to action movie hero.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


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first_imgPets are a part of your family, understood. You choose to make them a part of your celebrations, understood. But many do not understand the grave effect which the celebrations might have on them. Since Holi is just round the corner, here are a few tips to keep your pooch all safe and secure whilst the joy is on.Most dog owners feel that as long as they use dry colours on their pets, there’s no harm. But the truth is, the presence of lead, which acts as an accumulative poison, makes these colours a high-risk material for pets. Inhalation of colour powder may cause nasal irritation and possibly respiratory allergy or infection. Pet parents also need to know that most dogs get paranoid when you rub colours on them, since it very often gets into their eyes and nose, making them very uncomfortable. They also tend to lick their body, and the taste of dry colours makes them prone to throwing up. Some breeds are so sensitive that they gets rashes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr KG Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia Mars India, ‘We must ensure that during celebrations like these, we keep our dogs safe from the colours. We advice people not to try using kerosene, spirits or any hair oil to clean the colour off their coat. A good light shampoo should suffice. If the dog has been hit in the eye by a water balloon, wash the eye with clean water, and if irritation persists, bring the dog to a vet.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘It is extremely important to understand that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the accidents than others. Puppies, aged dogs and short hair coat dogs are more predisposed to falling victim to these colours than long hair coat breeds. The reason being that sparsely coated regions of body are commonly affected by colours. The pet owner should keep the pet away from children who tend to throw water balloons at the pet and also avoid taking their dogs at places and at times when they are likely to be the target of such insensitive play,’ he added.Indulging in variety of sweets is also customary during Holi. Care should be taken as these foods are rich in butter, cream and sugar and does not go down well with canines and can give them an upset stomach. Keep your pets happy during Holi and double the celebrations!last_img read more


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first_imgNickelodeon UK & Ireland has for the first time brought tween and teen programming block Nick at Nite to theBritish Isles.The block, which has broadcast on US cable TV for three decades, launched in the UK and Ireland last night.It will go out on weekday evenings at 7pm, targeting 11-15-year-olds with programming such as an in-house produced daily news bulletin titled The Scoop, which will comprise 90-second programmes featuring the celebrity, entertainment, music and style genres.Soap opera Neoghbours, network comedy The Middle, Nick shows See Dad Run, Instant Mom and True Jackson VIP have all been signed up for the block.The move is the first big programming play Nick UK has made since Alison Bakunowich became the channel’s general manager earlier this year.“Nick at Nite gives us a huge opportunity to reach older audiences that have felt underserved by the current offering on kids’ networks,” she said. “From the programming on offer, to the vibrant brand identity, we hope that Nick at Nite will become a destination for tweens and teens, offering them a compelling schedule that reflects their experience and interests.”There have been international versions of Nick at Nite in Latin America, Australasia, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and the CIS territories, India and southeast Asia, though not all of these still run it.last_img read more