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    Bryan Lourd speaks onstage during the Lincoln Center American Songbook Gala honoring Bonnie Hammer at Broadway Theatre on January 29, 2020 in New York City.Slaven Vlasic | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images After shocking the corporate world last year with the news Discovery Communications would merge with WarnerMedia, incoming Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Executive David Zaslav had a mission: learn as much about Hollywood as possible and choose the right leaders to help him run the combined company. Zaslav begun a year-long quest to inform his decision making. He reached out to dozens of Hollywood's elite, including ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger, former WarnerMedia CEO Bob Daley, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn, Endeavor Group Holdings CEO Ari Emanuel, and Creative Artists Agency co-chairman Bryan Lourd. Lourd, 61, isn't a household name, but he wields a stunning amount of influence in Hollywood. He has helped run CAA, one of the two largest global talent agencies, since 1995. Lourd's Hollywood clients aren't just A-listers, they're A+-listers: Brad Pitt. George Clooney. Scarlett Johansson. Octavia Spencer. Alejandro González Iñárritu. Lorne Michaels. The...
    Marios Lolos/Xinhua via ZUMA Press This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Russian tanks and armored vehicles had barely begun to roll into Ukraine before the fossil fuel industry in the US had swung into action. A letter was swiftly dispatched to the White House, urging an immediate escalation in gas production and exports to Europe ahead of an anticipated energy crunch. The letter, dated February 25, just one day after Vladimir Putin’s forces launched their assault on Ukraine, noted the “dangerous juncture” of the moment before segueing into a list of demands: more drilling on US public lands; the swift approval of proposed gas export terminals; and pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency, to greenlight pending gas pipelines. By the winter of 2022, there should be “virtual transatlantic gas pipelines” flowing from the US to Europe, the authors envisioned. “Just weeks after those demands were laid out, President Biden was turning industry wishes into policy.” Six months on from the letter, Russia’s invasion has stalled and in places retreated,...
    Qualcomm president and CEO Cristiano Amon speaks about Qualcomm's technology for automakers at a news conference during CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 4, 2022.Steve Marcus | Reuters
    Frontline communities and climate campaigners on Wednesday reiterated their opposition to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's "dirty deal" after the West Virginia Democrat unveiled the full text of his proposal to overhaul federal permitting for energy projects. Since Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to force through the previously unreleased permitting legislation after passing the Inflation Reduction Act, climate and environmental justice advocates have joined with progressive lawmakers to sound the alarm. "Manchin's new legislation is even more reckless and dangerous than previous drafts," declared Collin Rees, United States program manager at Oil Change International. "The bill would devastate communities and the climate while making a mockery of Congress and the Biden administration's commitments to environmental justice." "'Permitting reform' that drastically reduces public input and regulation is an attack on bedrock environmental laws and critical protections. This entire exercise is a vehicle for Manchin and his fossil fuel donors to lock in new fossil fuel infrastructure and force through a massive gas pipeline," Rees added, referring to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Noting that residents of West Virginia...
    New York (CNN Business)The fact that there is not a freight railroad strike happening this week is a huge win for the US economy and its still struggling supply chain. But that doesn't mean that the freight railroads are providing good service to their customers.Many of the problems tangling up the supply chain, driving up prices and slowing the economy can be traced to the steady decline in freight rail service in recent years. Even the railroads themselves admit that the nation's current freight service is a problem, mainly because of fewer calls to pick up or drop off freight cars, routine, prolonged delays and general unreliability that plague the industry, its critics and customers say."Railroads understand that service is not at the level customers expect or deserve. Aggressive measures are underway to put the right plans, people and equipment in place to improve service and reliability," said a statement last week from Association of American Railroads, the trade group for the industry."Union Pacific is keenly aware of our customers' concerns, and we have taken aggressive measures to address them,"...
    At its peak, The Blacklist was the front page of the internet for the U.S. cannabis industry. Lured by an intoxicating “user generated” mix of insider leaks, industry rumor and gossip, and aggregated content that appeared to be copy-pasted directly from reputable news sources and spun into viral social-media posts, The Blacklist built an audience now totaling more than 400,000 Instagram followers. The result was “the most disruptive force in weed,” as cannabis website MerryJane described the outfit after interviewing one of the Blacklist’s shadowy, “anonymous” operators in 2019. In its own words aspiring to be the putative “TMZ of cannabis,” The Blacklist at times showed an unfiltered, unreliable, and darker side. It was alleged without conclusive evidence in industry circles that negative posts could be made to disappear for a few thousand dollars, a practice popular Instagram celebrity and cannabis entrepreneur Berner suggested was “extortionist” in an interview with SF Weekly last year. (The Blacklist rejected the claims as lacking evidence and “libelous” at the time.) They have also responded to claims that unvetted information has been published by...
    Russian-born Anna Sorokin went by the name of Anna Delvey and posed as a wealthy German heiress to scam her way into New York's high society from 2013 to 2017.  Sorokin, 31, was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison after being convicted of eight grand larceny and theft of services charges for swindling banks, hotels and friends out of $275,000 in a 10-month spree. After serving nearly four years, she was released in February 2021 for good behavior. In no time the 'German heiress' went back to her previous posh lifestyle. She rented a swanky apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, and did the media circuit, boldly telling one reporter 'crime pays, in a way.'  She signed a deal with Netflix to advise on its production of Inventing Anna, a miniseries based on her life. A judge allowed her to sign the lucrative deal as a way to pay back her victims. Just six weeks after enjoying her freedom, she was arrested by immigration agents for allegedly overstaying her visa and has been in ICE custody in Orange County, New York, ever since. ...
    Americans love big cars.  It gave the world Cadillacs with massive tailfins and oversize pickup trucks.  In Europe, for example, small cars like city cars, subcompacts, and compact cars made up more than 35 percent of sales in 2021, according to industry analyst JATO Dynamics. In the United States, those three segments made up just over 10 percent of sales.  Consumer demand has driven automakers to make vehicles bigger and bigger, and regulatory loopholes favoring trucks, some industry analysts say, also have played a part in that shift.  But there are downsides. Big cars are more expensive — often much more — and, especially if they burn gasoline, more harmful to the environment. Accidents involving these bigger cars also contribute to more fatalities on American roads than smaller vehicles, some research has found. Watch the video to learn more.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM CARMICHAEL: Michael, there were three articles that I read that were kind of interesting. They’re related. One of them is The Wall Street Journal called “The Coming Global Crisis of Climate Policy.” Another one is “Europe is Bound to Collapse”. That was in The Epoch Times. And then another one is from the Free Beacon called “California Punishes the Poor by Banning Gas-Powered Cars.” In every one of these, what you see is, in the case of Europe they are destroying their economy in the name of what they consider to be the need to transition away from fossil fuels at a time when renewables are just simply not cheap. They’re very expensive and they’re not there all the time. In other words, sometimes they just don’t work when the wind doesn’t...
    Hartung and Gledhill: How the Arms Industry Scams the Taxpayer Yep, you’ve read this before, haven’t you? Once again, heat records were set over Labor Day weekend from California to Colorado as the West, in a historic megadrought, continues to burn, with fierce fires bursting out and some areas experiencing temperatures 20 degrees above the norm for this season. Yawn… And ho-hum as well: With Covid officially more or less over, masking in this country largely left to the dead, and a mere 380 or so of us a day (yes, you read that right!) still dying from the disease that’s slaughtered more than a million Americans, with a new booster arriving but sure to be underused, and another nearly 40,000 of us hospitalized by the pandemic at any moment, all’s well in this nation, right? Oh, and then there was that state capital, Jackson, Mississippi, which, after massive floods, couldn’t provide its inhabitants with drinking water for days on end, thanks in part to decades of deferred maintenance on a failing water treatment plant. But, honestly, no big deal,...
    We can thank the late economic justice warrior for her groundbreaking contribution in showing that “positive thinking” is part of a whitewashing of economic inequality. Although the late Barbara Ehrenreich was best known for her 2001 bestselling book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, which chronicled the real-life impacts of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, she made an equally great contribution to economic justice with her subsequent book exposing the cult of positive thinking. This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Ehrenreich, who passed away on September 1, 2022, at age 81, had started her professional life with a PhD in cell biology. She didn’t relegate her journalism to mere facts. She delved as deep as she could—to a microscopic level—to make sense of the world. We concluded from Nickel and Dimed that people were not making it in America. But we realized through her book Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America that the economy was proceeding unimpeded by this fact because we were putting a smiley face...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a fiery floor speech Thursday that he opposes a "dirty side deal" that would allow faster approval of fossil fuel projects such as the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a major priority of industry-friendly Sen. Joe Manchin. The agreement in question was negotiated behind closed doors by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an effort to secure the West Virginia Democrat's support for the Inflation Reduction Act. While the text of the side deal has not been finalized, it is expected to propose major federal permitting reforms that would weaken environmental review laws and clear the way for pipelines and other polluting fossil fuel infrastructure. The proposal could be included in a must-pass government funding bill set to receive a vote later this month. Sanders (I-Vt.) said in his floor remarks Thursday that the deal presents a "fundamental choice" between prioritizing the "short-term profits" of the fossil fuel industry and securing a livable planet for future generations. "We can listen to the fossil fuel industry and the politicians they pay," the Vermont senator said,...
    Mainers are up in arms over Seafood Watch, a woke environmental program, warning diners off lobster because they claim the fishing pots can harm or kill endangered right whales. California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, which runs the program, issued its latest edicts over what to eat on Tuesday, ruling that American lobster should be avoided because the lines from the traps used to catch them could entangle the dwindling population of right whales, causing injury or death. 'Seafood Watch recommends to AVOID American lobster caught by trap from the Southern New England stock due to population depletion, risks to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and insufficient measures for reducing these risks,' according to the September 6 report. There are only 350 right whales remaining, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and less than 100 breeding females of the species. Seafood Watch the issued their latest edicts over what to eat on Tuesday, ruling that American lobster should be avoided because the lines from the traps used to catch them could entangle the dwindling population of right whales...
    In this article SPOTBenee performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 18, 2022 in Manchester, Tennessee.Josh Brasted | Wireimage | Getty ImagesZoi Lerma was working at a Los Angeles bagel shop in early 2020 when she first heard the song "Supalonely" by Benee.  She liked it so much that she choreographed a dance to the tune and posted it on TikTok. Her video has since amassed more than 45 million views, turning her into a TikTok celebrity and helping to make Benee a global sensation. As of Sept. 2, "Supalonely" has appeared in more than 5.7 million videos from thousands of TikTok users. Benee performed two sold-out arena shows in New Zealand in October 2020, and she was nominated for new artist of 2020 at the People's Choice Awards. Her hit song has gone platinum, meaning it's sold the equivalent of 1 million copies, in eight countries, and has more than 2.1 billion streams across all platforms. "When it started trending on TikTok and picking up on TikTok, I would hear it on the radio or, you...
    (CNN)Approximately one in every 50 kids born in the United States today is conceived in a fertility clinic or lab, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alisyn CamerotaMy own twins are among them.It's been a long time since I first went public with my fertility journey. As newlyweds, my husband and I struggled for three years to get pregnant. After two miscarriages and three rounds of failed in vitro fertilization (IVF), I was devastated. Back then, I kept our struggle secret. I still felt the stigma and silence around infertility. With no idea how many other people were going through it, I felt supremely alone. In 2005, IVF finally worked, and my twins were born. Thirteen months later, an even bigger shock: I was pregnant with my third child -- naturally. Filled with gratitude, I started a peer support group through RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. I vowed to do whatever I could to help other people with infertility feel less alone. Read MoreOpinion: If Id lived in a post-Roe world, my son might not be...
    When the COVID-19 pandemic nearly decimated the restaurant industry, leaving business owners scrambling to turn a profit off of meal delivery and employees floundering through furloughs and layoffs, certain entrepreneurs tried to think of ways to keep their favorite establishments afloat. An emerging, semi-controversial methodology has to do with crypto and the blockchain. This week, writer Maya Kosoff tweeted a screenshot of a listing for the Greenwich Village seafood restaurant Dame that includes an interesting sidebar—reservations at the popular Dame are hard to come by, but patrons have the option of buying a custom-made, $1,000 NFT offered by the restaurant that allows preferential booking via Dame’s Affable Hospitality Club. The Daily Beast reached out to Dame for comment. “I will bravely say it: NYC restaurant reservation culture has gone too far,” Kosoff commented, and many respondents to her tweet seemed to agree. But Phil Toronto, co-founder of Front of House, the curation platform for “off-menu digital collectibles...for people who love restaurants” says that the work FoH has done for Dame, Emmet’s on Grove and Hanoi House...
    BALAMORY actor Rodd Chistensen's daughter has been revealed as a porn star - known as Skin Diamond. The American star is best known for his appearance as Spencer the Painter on the kids' TV show - where he was normally seen decorating the row of colourful houses at the seaside town. 3Ross was known for playing Spencer the Painter in BalamoryCredit: BBC 3His daughter Raylin has had a career in the adult film industryCredit: Getty - Contributor Rodd, 55, who was the show's only non-British actor, would dance up and down the steps of his musical ladded in his scenes. Since his TV fame - the star has since become a bus driver for Stagecoach after ditching the limelight for a quiet life. But the same could not be said for his daughter Raylin Joy, who hit the headlines and rose to fame in 2011 as she made a break through in the adult film industry. Raylin ditched her real name - going by the moniker Skin Diamond for her roles in a number of X-rated...
    by Saul Zimet   It was a standoff in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands on the evening of July 5. Police fired gunshots at a band of farmers who were reportedly driving tractors into officers and their vehicles to get past a blockade and onto the highway. A tractor was hit by the gunfire, and three arrests were made. This was just one heated event among countless during a campaign of tens of thousands of protesters that has now become an international showdown between farmers and environmental regulators with global and potentially historic implications. The Backstory The Dutch farmer protests started with an initial bout of demonstrations in the Netherlands on October 1, 2019 in response to new carbon emissions reduction legislation that disproportionately impacted farmers. Then, on June 10 of this year, the Dutch government unveiled more extreme measures targeted directly at the agricultural industry. “Farms next to nature reserves must cut nitrogen output by 70%,” the Economist reported. “About 30% of the country’s cows and pigs will have to go, along with a big share of cattle and dairy farms.” In response to this new legislation, about...
    Fight for the Future, a liberal tech organization, has filed a petition to the Federal Trade Commission, requesting that it limit Big Tech's ability to enter the auto market. The group argues that the Lina Khan-led regulatory agency needs to use its powers to prevent companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google from unnecessarily extending their influence into the auto industry through the implementation of apps, such as CarPlay, due to concerns about the companies' data collection practice. MAN GETS SHOCKING $30K QUOTE TO REPLACE ELECTRIC VEHICLE'S BATTERY The FTC should implement "a structural separation that prevents the 'big four' tech platforms from entering the auto industry and requires them to sell off their existing assets in the sector," the petition argues, according to a copy acquired by Protocol. The petition claims that Big Tech's "actions threaten the data privacy of hundreds of millions of American consumers due to their inadequate data security protections and their history of the non-consensual collection and use of consumer data." The document notes several questionable data collection practices,...
    Connie Black makes adjustments to the manufacturing line for the series 6 solar panels seen during a tour of a First Solar plant in Walbridge, Ohio, October 6, 2021.Dane Rhys | Reuters First Solar announced Tuesday that it will build a new solar panel manufacturing facility in the U.S. on the heels of the Inflation Reduction Act, which incentivizes domestic manufacturing. The company will invest up to $1 billion in the new factory, which it plans to build in the Southeast of the U.S. The newly announced plant will be the panel maker's fourth fully integrated U.S. factory. First Solar also said Tuesday that it will spend $185 million upgrading and expanding its existing facilities in Ohio.  CEO Mark Widmar pointed to the IRA as the key catalyst that made the company decide to build another factory in the U.S. rather than looking elsewhere.  The funding packages creates, for the first time, a "long-term view and understanding of the industry, and policies aligned to that industry," he told CNBC. "With that level of clarity, we stepped back and evaluated the...
    In this article RIVN TSLA AMZN Following in Tesla's footsteps, another electric vehicle company has been making a name for itself, with a unique spin: Rivian Automotive. Founded in 2009, Rivian is focusing on upscale electric trucks and SUVs with an emphasis on outdoor adventure. CNBC's John Rosevear calls them the "Patagonia of electric vehicles." Rivian launched its first vehicle, the R1T electric truck, at the end of last year. It's been working to scale up production and is planning to ship its SUV — the R1S — built off of the same platform, later this year.  It's been a long and arduous road to get to this point. But Rivian has received some major assistance, including $700 million from Amazon in 2019 and $500 million from Ford a few months later. Initially, Rivian and Ford sought to develop a joint vehicle together, but the companies ended up canceling those plans. However, the partnership with Amazon is still on track. Following its investment, Amazon said it would purchase 100,000 custom-built electric delivery vans, part of...
    One of the world's largest cryptocurrencies is about to go through an immense change with ramifications for the whole technology. Ethereum, the second most-used cryptocurrency in the world, is expected to go through a major technical change in September known as the "Merge." The update is years in the making and will refine the currency's operation. It has significant implications for the political and environmental status of the cryptocurrency industry. "It's changing the engine as the car is driving," Ben Edginton, the global product lead at the blockchain software company Consensys, told the Washington Examiner. LARGEST PASSWORD MANAGER CONFIRMS IT WAS HACKED The "Merge" will change the handling of tokens in the Ethereum system. If a user wanted to be involved in creating or transacting Ethereum before the "Merge," they would do so via a method known as "proof of work." The "proof of work" method has users "mine" the currency by having a computer process a series of algorithms in competition with other computers to earn Ether, the tokens used by the Ethereum blockchain, which...
    The fertile fields surrounding Tainan, the former capital of Taiwan famed for its fireflies, food and hundreds of historic temples, were filled for centuries with lush rice paddies and huge stretches of sugar cane. But drive north from the city today, passing the National Museum of Taiwan History, and you find yourself surrounded by scores of drab, low-slung industrial blocks. In place of rural serenity, there is the bustle of building sites. Clusters of young workers smoke and chat in the shade of trees while others scurry along the street under the fierce sun, clutching lunch grabbed from noodle stalls. ‘This was very different when I was growing up,’ said a local man in his 20s. ‘Now it is all engineers, scientists and new buildings.’ For Taiwan has discovered a lucrative new cash crop: the manufacture of cutting-edge computer chips, the tiny silicon semiconductors which are the building blocks of modern society from national defences through to electricity grids, health systems, stock trading, transport and mobile phones. Taiwan has discovered a lucrative new cash crop: the manufacture of cutting-edge computer...
    They’d spent the day chastely reading poetry — the aristocratic young Englishman and the beautiful and mysterious older woman who had spirited him away to her opulent Swiss hotel suite. Then, sprawled on a tiger-skin rug, a ‘madness of tender caressing seized her’ as they lay in a passionate embrace. Amid the throes of sexual pleasure, she ‘undulated like a snake’. Sex would never be the same again. The steamy scene appeared in Three Weeks, an erotic novel about an unhappily married ‘Slavic queen’ who teaches a callow youth how to make love the way a woman wants it to be made... over three weeks. With her waist-length, flaming red hair, Elinor Glyn earned a reputation as a scarlet woman and was inundated with tiger skins by rich, powerful — and hopeful — men The story and the language may be tame by modern standards but this novel was published in 1907. Queen Victoria was not long dead, virginal young brides went down the aisle without a clue about the facts of life, and sex and adultery were taboo. So...
    In this article PXDMehmet Oz, US Republican Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign event in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, US, on Thursday, June 9, 2022.Hannah Beier | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDr. Mehmet Oz has championed the oil and gas industry as he vies to win a coveted Senate seat in Pennsylvania. The former TV personality's vocal support for the energy business follows years of industry donations to his nonprofit and then his campaign, according to financial records reviewed by CNBC. Oz also has a personal stake in oil and gas through investments in two major energy companies, according to his financial disclosures. Pennsylvania's next senator will be a key vote for the energy industry, as it has a major presence in the Keystone State. Pennsylvania is the nation's second-largest natural gas producer after Texas and the third-largest coal producer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Oz backed the energy industry this year as Americans felt the strain from spiking gas prices. In a recent interview, he ripped President Joe Biden after he called on companies that run...
    (CNN)The New York Times recently published a story about two Black scholars in Baltimore who say their home was undervalued by hundreds of thousands of dollars because of their race and have filed a lawsuit against an appraiser and mortgage lender in Maryland. Their story is rightfully raising questions about how racism shapes the contours of Americans' experiences in the real estate market and what individual homeowners can do about it. Elizabeth Korver-Glenn But appraisal discrimination is not just a story about individual racist appraisers or personal experience. It is a story about the racism that infuses the appraisal industry and the housing market as a whole. This racism took root and began to flourish almost 100 years ago, in the appraisal industry's earliest days. Choosing among multiple appraisal methods, influential industry players like Frederick Babcock decided that the best way to determine home value and property financial risk was to compare for-sale homes to other, previously sold homes in the same or similar neighborhoods. Importantly, in this model -- known as the sales comparison approach -- neighborhoods were rated...
    Augustine Beach, Delaware 7-14-2014 The Salem Nuclear Power plant located at the Hope Creek Generating Station in New Jersey as seen from across the Delware Bay in Augustine Beach. Credit: Mark Reinstein (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)Mark Reinstein | Corbis Historical | Getty Images The sweeping Inflation Reduction Act that President Joe Biden signed last week includes $369 billion in funding to help combat climate change. As part of that, the law includes significant help for the nuclear energy industry. Overall, the provisions in the law could decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 37 to 41 percent under 2005 levels by the year 2030, according to an analysis by Energy Innovation, a policy modeling company. Some of the most widely touted provisions in the IRA include electric vehicle tax credits, and rebates for heat pump installation in homes and solar panel installation on home roofs. It also includes significant benefits for the nuclear industry, as energy generated with nuclear reactors generates no greenhouse gases. Nuclear advocates are celebrating the law as a win. "For years, the nuclear industry and advocates...
    VIDEO3:2103:21It's important that China keeps moving away from producing gray hydrogen: CSISSquawk Box Asia China and India have the potential to become world leaders in "clean" hydrogen, said Jane Nakano, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). "I think both China and India have potential to become major powers … not just as potential supplier and also exporters of clean hydrogen, but also [as] consumers [and] users of clean hydrogen," Nakano told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Friday. However, Nakano observed that China, like many countries, is still producing and consuming gray hydrogen — a type of hydrogen derived from natural gas and produced from fossil fuels. It is the least renewable form of hydrogen. Hydrogen has the potential to play an important role in tackling the climate crisis — the energy it creates produces no atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide. On the flipside, it is a leak-prone gas that can generate its own warming effect — in turn worsening the climate problem — if not managed well. "Clean" hydrogen is also expensive to produce and the industry...
    THE parent company of Regal Cinemas, the second largest theatre chain in the US, is planning to file for bankruptcy this week, the Wall Street Journal reported. Cineworld Group, which owns Regal, is the second largest cinema operator in the world, behind only AMC. 1Cineworld, which operates nearly 2,000 movie theaters in the US, will file for bankruptcyCredit: Reuters According to the Journal, Cineworld is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US. The movie theater industry was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which prevented movie theatres from hosting screenings with crowds. NPR reported in June 2021 that the industry had seen an 80% decline in ticket sales during the first 15 months of the pandemic. As of March 2022, Regal operated 6,851 screens in more than 1,900 movie theaters in the US, according to data from Statista. The chain has locations in 44 states, as well as Guam, American Samoa, and Washington DC. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for...
    IT can feel impossible to drastically change the look of a home without expert advice. Thankfully, one TikTok user and interior designer shared her best industry secret. 2Ariel Arts shared her best design secret on TikTok Digital creator Ariel Arts (@arielarts) makes home decor and styling videos on TikTok, with a specialization on renovations and inspiration. The expert shared her industry secret to elevate a space in her latest TikTok. "No one is talking about it," she shared. The interior design pro shared two side-by-side images of a white-themed home. Read More Interior DesignHOME TRUTHS I'm an interior designer and you should NEVER have carpet in small roomsDESIGN FOR LESS I’m an interior design pro - I found Ross items that cost as low as $1.99 The first living room featured posters of shells, beach decor, and light-wash furniture. The second image showcased a white couch with minimalistic pillows and vases. "We have two images here. The top one is a theme and this one right here is a concept," she explained. "A theme...is using literal...
    by Jack McEvoy   Large oil and gas producers are lauding the Senate Democrats’ climate bill due to its green incentives and regulations on fossil fuels; however, smaller producers argue that the new taxes and fees included in the bill will kill their operations. Big oil is hailing the $369 billion climate bill for its steps to regulate the fossil fuel industry and promote green energy, according to Bloomberg. However, smaller, independent oil and gas companies are arguing that the bill’s numerous, costly regulations will threaten their industry’s development, according to an industry letter that was sent Tuesday night to the House Ways & Means Committee. Exxon’s Darren Woods said the Democrats’ bill was “a step in the right direction” and Occidental’s Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub called the bill “very positive,” according to Bloomberg. BP and Shell also cheered on tougher federal regulations and the bill’s green investments in an Aug. 5 open letter to Congress. On the other hand, the “bill will exacerbate supply concerns at a time of high crude and gasoline prices,” according to representatives of the small and medium-sized fossil fuel exploration...
    Jack Weaver, an 82-year-old retired dairy farmer whose house sits on a Civil War battlefield, lives near General Motors' Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.Michael Wayland / CNBC SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Jack Weaver can point to a cannon on a Civil War battlefield from the comfort of a shaded bench in his backyard — a visible marker of his land's rich past. As he speaks about his small town, it's over the loud rumble of cars and trucks at the intersection in front of his farmhouse red home. The 82-year-old retired dairy farmer has lived in Spring Hill nearly his entire life. He's watched the once-quiet town in middle Tennessee grow into a burgeoning Nashville suburb. The evolution of Spring Hill has come in conjunction with a population boom in the state as well as the introduction of new industries — in particular, auto companies — that have poured billions of dollars in new investments into the state. "It's good and it's bad," says Weaver, who complains about cars hitting his fence and the traffic General Motors' Spring Hill plant...
    ​It’s an open secret that fashion designers have long relied on encrypted messages to send confidential, creative work to their wider team via WhatsApp.  Globally located on a range of time zones, they rely almost entirely on the app to share large files full of ideas, designs and sketches in the most secure way possible.  The late creative director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, was famous for it - streaming thoughts and insights all day on the platform - and he may have started the trend, relying almost solely on the platform to connect with his larger team. As the creative director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh streamed thoughts and insights to his teams around the globe Now, designers at Prada, Gucci, Versace and Balenciaga all use the app to connect with their partners overseas. On the final day of Milan fashion week this June one of this year’s most hotly-anticipated collabs was Harry Styles and Gucci's new 'HA HA HA' collection.  Styles, and the famous fashion house's creative director Alessandro Michele, joined the other menswear...
    In this article DISA performer dressed as Mickey Mouse entertains guests during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, April 30, 2021.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDisney will put a stamp on how the media industry views streaming's growth potential — at least for the time being — when it announces its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday. The possible conclusions are "don't panic" or "call the doctor." Wall Street analysts on average expect that Disney added about 10 million Disney+ subscribers during the period, pushing its total global customers for the service to about 147 million, according to FactSet. If Disney hits or exceeds that forecast, investors and media executives can file the quarter away as one that showed mixed trends for the industry. It will suggest the global streaming market isn't nearing saturation. With the right product, in certain regions of the world, Disney can show entertainment companies are still capable of adding many millions of subscribers in a quarter. That's particularly important for Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek, who in February...
    Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has announced she's making a return to music after quitting the industry last year.  The 32-year-old Fancy hit maker shared the news with fans on Tuesday, declaring: 'I'm coming back. Cry about it.' In a lengthy tweet, Iggy said she quit music because of the 'negative energy' but is now coming back bigger and better than ever.  Iggy Azalea announces her comeback: Aussie rapper reveals she's making a return to the music industry after quitting last year: 'I'm coming back. Cry about it' 'A year ago I was willing to walk away from music because I was tired of the negative energy it attracted,' Iggy wrote.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Masked Singer Australia: Thong is unveiled as a beloved... Iggy Azalea commands the stage in skin-tight shorts bodysuit... Makeup-free Iggy Azalea covers up her famous curves in a... Iggy Azalea flaunts her famous derrière in a VERY revealing... Share this article Share 41 shares 'But what I've learned is that even when I'm minding...
    High inflation and the money-making opportunities it's created have driven workers back to the restaurant industry, Danny Meyer told CNBC's Jim Cramer on Tuesday. "There's no question that menu prices are higher than they've ever been. But guess what that translates to – if you do have a tipping model in your restaurants, servers are making more money than they've ever made before," the restaurateur said in an interview on "Mad Money." The Union Square Hospitality Group founder added that the company's restaurants give a cut of their revenue to cooks since they are in non-tip eligible positions. The opportunity to make more money now than during low-inflationary times has driven workers back to restaurants, according to Meyers. "For the first time, we're actually on equal footing in terms of our talent count, as we were in 2020 when we first had to stop doing business," he said. Restaurants struggled with labor shortages after the Covid pandemic's onset in 2020 drove stores to shutter and reduce staffing levels. While the industry has recovered since the devastating blow with stores reopening,...
    (CNN Business)The technological arms race between the United States and China has cut across everything from smartphones and cellular equipment to social media and artificial intelligence. But a new battleground is emerging that goes a layer deeper: to the components that power our smartphones, computers, automobiles and home appliances. President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed new legislation aimed at boosting the US semiconductor industry, in an attempt to address a long-running computer chip shortage and reduce reliance on other countries, such as China, for manufacturing. Dubbed the CHIPS and Science Act, it provides incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing as well as research and development, including more than $50 billion in funding and additional investment in the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.China has long been a dominant force in tech manufacturing, with companies such as Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) relying significantly on the country to make their devices and the parts that comprise them. China has also rapidly gained ground in the semiconductor market, ranking first globally in...
    Share this: When Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema hired film industry veteran and Academy Award-nominated producer Richard N. Gladstein as its new executive director in the summer of 2020, it knew it was getting someone with valuable experience. Gladstein joined an accomplished team of faculty and staff at Feirstein, and the team is more committed than ever to connecting students to the industry and the industry to students. This engagement has come in the form of a growing list of award-winning filmmakers and veteran industry executives who have joined Feirstein’s Advisory Council and Mentorship Program, which provide counsel to Gladstein and the faculty, as well as direct mentorship to students on their thesis film projects. Legendary actor/director John Turturro recently joined Feirstein’s Advisory Council in June after offered a master class on May 25 where he talked about his distinguished career to a packed theater of students. Photo: Craig Stokle, Brooklyn College The formula is working. For the second straight year, Feirstein was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s list of “Top 25 American Film Schools.” Feirstein is in...
    This chicken was found along the side of a highway by a volunteer at Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. After taking a look at her wounds, the sanctuary knew that she had been out there in the cold for at least a couple of days. “She was already scabby and festering. She could barely hold her head up anymore. And although it must’ve been incredibly painful, it was the luckiest day of her life,” said the sanctuary. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lancaster Farm Sanctuary (@lancasterfarmsanctuary) “Thankfully our local animal hospital was willing to see her for an emergency visit first thing this morning when they opened,” said the sanctuary. The animal hospital discovered that she suffered serious wounds including a broken leg and a major puncture to the chest. Although it will take time for her leg to heal, the veterinarians reassured the sanctuary that the mere fact that she is choosing to move it and is starting to put a little bit of weight on it is a good sign! “We...
    With the confirmation by the U.S. government that the fracking process causes earthquakes, the list of fracking's deadly byproducts is growing longer and more worrisome. And while the process produces jobs and natural gas, the host of environmental, health and safety hazards continues to make fracking a hot-button issue that evenly divides Americans. To help keep track of all the bad stuff, here's a roundup of the various nasty things that could happen when you drill a hole in the surface of the earth, inject toxic chemicals into the hole at a high pressure and then inject the wastewater deep underground. But first, let's take a look at some of the numbers: 40,000: gallons of chemicals used for each fracturing site 8 million: number of gallons of water used per fracking 600: number of chemicals used in the fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as lead, benzene, uranium, radium, methanol, mercury, hydrochloric acid, ethylene glycol and formaldehyde 10,000: number of feet into the ground that the fracking fluid...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department’s effort to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster isn’t just a showcase for the Biden administration’s tougher approach to corporate consolidation, it’s a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. Through the first week of an expected two- to three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, top publishing executives at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and elsewhere, along with agents and such authors as Stephen King, have shared opinions, relived disappointments and revealed financial figures they otherwise would have preferred to discuss privately or confide on background with reporters. “I apologize for the passionate language,” Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle testified about correspondence exhibited in court that reflected tensions between him and other Penguin Random House executives. “These are private text messages to my closest collaborators in the company.” The government is trying to demonstrate that the merger will lead to less competition for bestselling authors, lowering their advances and reducing the number of books. The Justice...
    The AP also reports that passage of the Stabenow-Boozman bill would be considered a win by the cryptocurrency industry, which sees the CFTC as a more “industry-friendly” regulator than the SEC. The cryptocurrency industry is “trying to get anyone other than the SEC to regulate them,” said Cory Klippsten, CEO of Swan Bitcoin. This bill is the latest in federal efforts to reign in the crypto market. In June, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) proposed a sweeping bill called the Responsible Financial Innovation Act. That bill would require the IRS to adopt guidance on digital assets and would make a distinction between digital assets that are commodities and those that are securities. It also names the CFTC as crypto’s primary regulator. Earlier this year, President Biden issued an executive order calling on agencies to look at ways to regulate digital currencies. This followed the administration’s 22-page report last November calling on Congress to pass crypto regulation.
    Car dealerships have been mom and pop businesses for much of their existence. But the industry is slowly consolidating. Six publicly traded dealership groups — AutoNation, Lithia Motors, Group 1 Automotive, Sonic Automotive, Penske, and Asbury Automotive Group — have been on a shopping spree in recent years, buying up a small but growing share of dealerships. And they've been wildly profitable. Circumstances have been especially positive in the past couple of years. New car prices have hit record highs with parts in short supply and automobiles in high demand, especially for Americans who moved to suburban areas during the Covid-19 pandemic and needed their personal vehicles for their main mode of transportation. The trials of the pandemic also forced dealers to become a lot more efficient. As a result, dealers have been raking in higher profits on every unit sold. Companies such as the two biggest firms, AutoNation and Lithia Motors, have been, respectively, buying back massive amounts of stock and investing into more acquisitions and other businesses, such as online retail architecture. But they could face a tough, uphill...
    When the president, the treasury secretary and other Biden administration officials insisted this week that the U.S. economy is not currently in a recession, they were mocked for weaseling out of bad news on a technicality. The Commerce Department announced Thursday that the broadest measure of economic activity, gross domestic product, fell for a second quarter in a row — meeting a widely held, though unofficial, definition of recession. It is true, as the Biden folks argued, that the nation’s official recession arbiter, the National Bureau of Economic Research, has yet to call one, because it relies on many more signals. Still, it sure sounded as if the Biden team was splitting hairs. Over the past few days, though, I’ve spent more time than is healthy listening to CEOs expound on their businesses during quarterly corporate earnings calls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good time.) And I was surprised by what I heard. The CEOs convinced me that the Biden people — not to mention Jay Powell, the chair of the Federal Reserve, who also said...
    The marijuana industry has dramatically increased its lobbying efforts within the halls of Congress since the first states legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012. The industry has spent over $20 million lobbying Congress since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, with the bulk of the spending coming after Democrats retook the House in 2019, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets. The figure represents just a fraction of the total marijuana lobbying in Congress, as dozens of businesses and advocacy groups that represent other sectors of the economy have also lobbied on marijuana-related bills in recent years. GRINER'S DEFENSE TEAM ARGUES HER MARIJUANA USE WAS TO MANAGE PAIN However, the marijuana industry is not expected to boost its congressional lobbying efforts further in the short term, even after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a groundbreaking comprehensive reform bill in mid-July that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The marijuana industry is on track to spend around $4.5 million in lobbying in 2022, a rate in line with what it spent in...
    With the National Rifle Association still in its years-long decline, gun manufacturers are on the hunt for alternative standard-bearers. But according to data shared with The Daily Beast, these gun companies may have found their new favorite political weapon: themselves. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade association, isn’t as well known as the NRA, but it spends more money annually to influence policy, while pushing the country further to the right. As the NRA has faltered, the NSSF has been on the rise. And while the organization markets itself as something of a kinder, gentler NRA—on a mission to “promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports”—critics say that’s just a fantasy. Shannon Watts, founder of gun control organization Moms Demand Action, told The Daily Beast that the NSSF is a “front group” for the firearms industry and “trafficks in the same extremist, guns-everywhere agenda” as the NRA. “They’re focused on the profitability of the gun industry above all other concerns—including the safety of the American public,” Watts said. Ryan Busse, who recently left firearms...
    A SKINCARE whizz has revealed the common habits she will never to do her skin - and it's bad news if your routine involves countless of different products. Skincare - some like to keep it simple, others follow a dedicated nine-step routine every night without a fail, and one expert, Cia Eclectica, belongs to the first group. 2Having worked in the industry for most of her 20s, Cia has learnt a few thingsCredit: Tiktok/@cia_eclectica Although the beauty industry is full of numerous skincare Dos most of us will deem as musts, there are a few things the professional will never do to her skin. Care about ageing With expensive Botox treatments and serums for tackling the appearance of fine lines, the anti-ageing industry is set to be worth close to £100 billion by the year of 2030. But although for many remaining a youthful appearance is a goal they strive for no matter what, Cia is definitely not amongst them. ''Having seen the anti-ageing industry from behind the scenes, I don't want anything to have to do with it. She...
    WHEN it comes to skincare and makeup, there is a world of products available and lots of rules that come with them. However beauty experts say some of these guidelines are actually myths which do nothing to help your complexion. 2TikTok user Sarah Palmyra shared the common advice she avoids having worked in the beauty industryCredit: TikTok TikTok user Sarah Palmyra shared the three pieces of advice she refuses to follow having worked in the beauty industry. The first piece of advice Sarah advised viewers to ignore is purchasing eye cream. "If someone tells me I need eye cream, that’s a red flag. I feel they’re just trying to sell me something," Sarah told her followers. She explained: "I love eye cream, but its definitely not a necessity. Sunscreen, retinol, hydrating serums will go such a long way you may never want [eye cream]." Read More LifestylePOWERFUL MINDSET People don't believe I’m 42 but I’ve never had Botox, my anti-aging secretSUNSCREEN MISS I'm a skincare pro - I tried Trader Joe’s Supergoop dupe & was NOT impressed The beauty expert...
    As summer rolls around, people start to incorporate more linen pieces into their outfits. This feels like a great opportunity to talk about how awesome linen is and why you should be opting for it more! Linen is the oldest textile around, so it’s not surprising that it’s also one of the more sustainable textiles available today. The fabric is made from the flax plant (yes, like the seed) and has a rich and interesting history.  Keep reading to learn more about why you should wear your linens with the respect and pride they deserve!  Rich History Source: Victoria and Albert Museum/Youtube Flax isn’t just what we sprinkle on top of our oatmeal, it’s also one of the first plant fibers used by humans. The plant stalks have been fermented, dried, crushed, and beaten into a fiber for thousands and thousands of years. Although we have a plethora of great textile options today, the invention and widespread use of linen throughout history was an incredibly big step in humanity’s development.  Linen was first made before 10,000 BCE and...
    The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer began hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases.Source: Getty Images Canceled flights. Long lines. Staff walkouts. Missing luggage.  Sound familiar? The chaos engulfing many major airports in North America and Europe since summer hasn't abated much, and news outlets and social media users continue to report on hordes of impatient travelers and mountains of misplaced suitcases. Just this week, German carrier Lufthansa canceled nearly all its flights in Frankfurt and Munich, stranding some 130,000 travelers due to a one-day walkout by its ground staff who were on strike for better pay.   London's Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport — two of the largest travel hubs in Europe —slashed their passenger capacity and demanded that airlines cut flights in and out of their airports, which angered both travelers and airline managers. Carriers in the U.S. have also canceled and delayed tens of thousands of flights due to staffing shortages and weather...