On a typically drizzly Seattle night this past May, a crowd shuffled through metal detectors to pack the plaza outside CenturyLink Field, the downtown stadium where the Seahawks play football. Beneath a small white party tent sat Paul Allen—music nerd, lead guitarist of blues-based rockers The Underthinkers, philanthropic Renaissance Man, and a Microsoft cofounder. It’s not unusual to see him at the stadium during football games (he owns the team, along with the Portland Trailblazers), but tonight he was there to watch the first headline show at Seattle’s newest music event, the Upstream Music Festival and Summit, which he also founded. advertisement advertisement As a cloud of vape vapor descended over the audience, Allen and his companion reclined in lounge chairs and the producer DJ and MC Flying Lotus (real name Steven Ellison) took the stage. Ellison often performs in a special contraption: a traditional DJ booth surrounded by projection screens, … [Read more...] about A Tech Billionaire Wants To Reboot The “Best Music Scene In The World”
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament here and apprised him about farmers' distress in Maharashtra and sought his urgent intervention in the wake of the crop damage and rising agrarian crisis in the state.The meeting at the prime minister's chamber in Parliament comes amid uncertainty over the government formation in the Maharashtra where talks are on between the NCP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena for an alliance.In a three-page memorandum, Pawar said in Nashik district crops like soyabean, paddy, finger millet, corns, bajra and vegetables like tomato and onion were at the harvesting stage but incessant and unseasonable rains completely ruined them.Close He said 44 farmers from Nashik have committed suicide in the face of the crisis in the last 10 months. related news NRC process to be carried out in entire country: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha Will not allow NRC in Bengal, there will be no division on the basis of religion: Mamata … [Read more...] about Sharad Pawar meets PM Modi over farmers’ distress in Maharashtra
Shares of General Insurance Corporation of India fell 4 percent intraday on November 18 after HSBC downgraded the stock to hold citing limited upside from current levels.The stock fell more than 20 percent in the last 15 days. It was quoting at Rs 247.70, down Rs 10.30, or 3.99 percent on the at 1130 hours IST.The brokerage said flood losses, Hurricane claims and crop losses resulted in deterioration of loss ratio.Close Gross written premium increased by 14 percent over Q2FY19, with strong growth in fire, crop, marine, but investment income fell 17 percent YoY to Rs 1,800 crore and shareholders' funds fell 9 percent from Q1FY20 while the solvency ratio fell too, it added. related news Yes Bank share price reverses early losses on NPA divergence, up 3% Kalpataru Power sells subsidiary, share price rises 6% Shree Cements share price rises 4% after fixing floor price for QIP However, HSBC raised price target for the stock to Rs 285 (from Rs 265 per share), implying 10.5 percent … [Read more...] about General Insurance Corporation share price falls 4% on HSBC downgrade
Eva Orner didn’t set out to make a #MeToo movie. But by the time she finished shooting Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, which comes out on Netflix today, that’s what it had become. advertisement advertisement “I already thought it was a very timely, interesting, relevant story that people would want to watch,” the Oscar- and Emmy-winning director says, over the phone. “And then after #MeToo broke, right in the middle of production, it was like, ‘Whoa, this has now become a different beast.’ It was the same story and I didn’t change the way we told it. But to me, it’s now a cautionary tale of how men got away with it.” Bikram is a harrowing look at the man who introduced the eponymous, wildly popular style of yoga. Contrary to the appearance of the bendy discipline as a soothing balm of self-care, the film depicts how founder Bikram Choudhury created a hostile environment in his studios, rife with sexual abuse, and … [Read more...] about Netflix’s documentary ‘Bikram’ sheds light on how #MeToo men get away with it
Each year, food companies and supermarkets donate millions of meals to hunger relief nonprofits like the Greater Boston Food Bank, a massive warehouse with two-story-tall refrigerators. Around the country, a sophisticated network of food banks and pantries helps feed people every day. But despite the billions invested in the system, it’s designed to mitigate hunger, not fix the underlying problems that cause it: millions of people in the country still rely on donated food—even if they have full-time work. advertisement advertisement “We have the most-efficient emergency food system, and we have historically low unemployment,” says Noreen Springstead, the executive director of the nonprofit WhyHunger. “And still 40 million Americans are hungry.” Hunger is less a problem of food scarcity than of poverty, she argues. And that means that the country’s system of hunger relief, and the philanthropy supporting it, needs to continue to … [Read more...] about Can food banks put an end to hunger if their biggest donors are the cause of the hunger?