By Sopan Deb The New York Times Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 NEW YORK—When Louis C.K. stepped onstage unannounced last Sunday night at the Comedy Cellar, just nine months after admitting to sexual misconduct, he set off a furious debate over whether his comeback was too soon or tone deaf. But in the club scene, where he forged his reputation as a master standup, insiders are acknowledging an awkward truth: He has a sizable base of support among owners and bookers of several renowned performance spaces who would be happy to have him back. In addition, some comedians are defending him as well. “We would, at this point, let Louis have stage time,” Gina Savage, the general manager of the West Side Comedy Club in New York City, said in a phone interview. “I’ve known him many years. My interactions have been nothing but professional, which isn’t to say I condone any aspect of what he did. But I do believe in my heart of hearts, he is … [Read more...] about Louis C.K.’s comedy return may be too soon in era of #MeToo
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SINGAPORE - Fancy meeting vampire fishes and ghost sharks this coming Halloween? These two fishes are among the four new species that have been added to the S.E.A Aquarium's collection in the last four months, and will feature at the aquarium's upcoming Halloween event. Visitors to the aquarium, located at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), can learn about these fishes at the annual Spooky Seas event, which will take place from Sept 1 to Oct 28, said S.E.A. Aquarium in a statement on Thursday (Aug 23). The vampire fish, otherwise known as the payara, is found in the Amazon basin. It derives its name from its sharp fangs, which can grow up to 5cm long. The ghost shark, which is also known as elephant shark, is actually not a shark, but a member of the chimaera family. Chimaeras are a primitive group of fish that are distant cousins of sharks and rays, and have existed even before dinosaurs appeared. It has a trunk-like snout that it uses to probe for food, and swims in such a way that it … [Read more...] about Quirky fishes added to S.E.A. Aquarium’s collection, will feature at Halloween event
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – June 27, 2018 – B & S International Holdings Ltd. (“B & S International”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; stock code: 1705), a food and beverage company, announced its annual results. For the year ended 31 March 2018 (the “Reporting Period”), B & S International recorded a total revenue of approximately HK$452.1 million (2017: approximately HK$368.0 million), representing an increase of approximately 22.9% which was mainly attributable to additional sales brought by the retail business. Gross profit increased to approximately HK$115.8 million (2017: approximately HK$91.2 million), representing an increase of approximately 27.0%. If the non-recurring listing expenses of approximately HK$19.6 million were excluded, the Group’s adjusted net profit would have been approximately HK$34.8 million (2017: approximately HK$28.3 million), representing an … [Read more...] about B & S International recorded revenue increase of 22.9% for FY2018 Continues to open new outlets and introduce new brands
By Johanna Schneller Special to the Star Tues., June 26, 2018 This isn’t news, but the news from the U.S. is stressing everyone out. “Should the Red Hen restaurant have kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders?” “Does Laura Ingraham really think that all kids who cry on non-Fox news are child actors?” “Why did CNN spell Corey Lewandowski’s sad-trombone sound womp-womp and not wah-wah?” These are the questions hijacking every conversation. Stephen Colbert delivered a monologue on Monday night without a single joke. His tone was light, but his phrases were dead serious: “Humanitarian crisis on the southern border;” “stolen kids”; “Here’s another thing we should be surprised by”; “If you deny anyone due process, you deny everyone due process.” He said, “The president is not freeing the children,” repeated it, then added, “For those who just emerged from a … [Read more...] about J.K. Rowling’s detective series C.B. Strike is a tonic for troubled times
By Mitch Potter Foreign Affairs Writer Sat., June 9, 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was fond of the concept. So too was his son Justin, who pledged to make it happen. And Stephen Harper? He was so taken with the importance of electoral reform that he once described it as “the key to Canada’s survival as a nation.” Yet once inside the halls of power, each managed to shelve the idea of updating our democracy-distorting first-past-the-post electoral system to something more modern that accurately reflects the actual vote. The tyranny of the plurality — that winner-take-all format that awards majority governments a blank cheque to legislate with impunity, often with little more than a third of the electorate onside — never seems quite so bad when you are the winner who took it all. Unlike his federal counterparts, Doug Ford made no such promise on the campaign trail. And so now, with 40.6 per cent support, his Progressive Conservatives … [Read more...] about Will Ontario’s vote results open the door to electoral reform?