In a gesture designed to help ease tensions in boiling-over Ferguson, Missouri, the NFL’s St. Louis Rams provided three local high school football teams with free tickets to Saturday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay PackersKyle Eversgerd, the Rams’ manager of fan development and alumni relations, reached out to McCluer High, McCluer North and McCluer South to offer 75 free tickets per team to attend the game, according to MMQB.com.“In light of everything going on, it just kind of hit me,” Eversgerd said. “I can’t imagine, with all that stuff going on, how tough it must be to practice. We were able to get them away from it all.”McCluer senior running back Henry Jones said the opportunity to attend an NFL game meant a lot.“It was overwhelming to see the NFL live, for real,” Jones said, according to the website. “You saw how fast they played and how they played together. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I could actually see myself out there playing.”Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer Aug. 9, touching off a week of protests and turmoil in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.McCluer coach Mario MacDonald said the Rams’ gesture gave his players a mental break from the tragedy.“Our kids are focused on this season, but I worry about them out here, to be honest,” he said.
Powerful women of the Marvel universe TV and Movies Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel early reviews praise star Brie Larson Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan More on Marvel 3:04 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Share your voice Ticket site Fandango has already noted that Captain Marvel is the site’s top advance seller since Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.Hollywood needs a superhero right about now. Box Office Mojo reports that overall domestic box office numbers are down 27 percent compared to last year at this time, and Captain Marvel is expected to outperform all other movie weekends so far in 2019.Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as superhero Carol Danvers, and has been heavily promoted for its connection to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which in turns follows up 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.Originally published March 7, 2019 and will be continually updated as box office numbers are reported. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6 Comments Captain Marvel is already soaring at the box office. Marvel Captain Marvel is already flying up the box office charts after its first full day in theaters Friday.The Brie Larson superhero film earned an estimated $61.4 million domestically, Disney announced Saturday, including the $20.7 million preview day on Thursday.Of the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe films released so far, Captain Marvel lands in seventh place as far as domestic opening day earnings. It trailed the three Avengers films, plus Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. Disney is expecting three-day earnings of $145 to $155 million, the company said in a statement.Thursday’s showings gave the MCU its fifth biggest preview behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War.Internationally, the film earned $34.3 million in China, the second-highest MCU opening there, trailing Avengers: Infinity War. It was also the second-highest MCU opening in Spain, again trailing Infinity War, and fourth-highest in the UK. Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvel
Dhaka University’s Department of Pharmacy has distanced itself from a research that found detergent and antibiotics in pasteurised and unpasteurised milk samples.In a media statement on Friday, the department said that it will not take responsibility for the research findings.”The department was not involved with the report and research,” the statement, signed by chairman professor Sitesh Chandra Bachar, read.The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biomedical Research Centre on 25 June said they found traces of detergent and antibiotics in some samples of pasteurised and unpasteurised milk available in the local market.Professor Bachar told UNB that no-one from his department was involved in this research.”It was the job of DU researchers to publish the findings in journals, not to disclose them at a press conference,” he said, suspecting that there might have been “some other intention”.Biomedical Research Centre director professor ABM Faroque also confirmed that the pharmacy department was not involved with the research.He clarified that it was conducted by some members and students of the pharmacy faculty, not the pharmacy department.Prof Faroque defended the findings and making them public.”The research is alright,” he said. “Our only intention was to inform the people after we found the harmful elements in milk.”
AshuliaA toddler was killed and four others were injured in a wall collapse at Kathgara in Ashulia on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Tasim Hossain, the one and a half year old son of Nazmul Hossain of the area.A fire broke out from the gas stove of a house on the ground floor of the building in the morning due to gas leakage, said, Jahangir Alam, senior station officer of Ashulia DEPZ Fire Service Control room.An explosion followed and a part of the wall collapsed, killing the boy on the spot and injuring four others, he added.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Jamese Harvey was engaged to marry Zaan Scott, a well-known community swim instructor, before he was shot and wounded on April 9 in Southeast, Washington, D.C. On May 17, Scott, 24, died from his injuries and on June 26 authorities determined the death was a homicide.Zaan Scott and his fiancée Jamese Harvey. (Courtesy Photo)According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Scott was shot in the back around 9:08 p.m. in the 1300 Block of Southern Avenue, SE. Police said they received reports of an aggravated assault in the area and found Scott suffering from a gunshot wound upon their arrival. Scott was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The violent incident left him paralyzed.“I’m excited to give him some type of legal justice,” Harvey said. “I want him to rest beautifully.”Officials said they are still searching for suspects involved in the fatal shooting. “The investigation into this case is still active,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Karimah Bilal, told the AFRO on June 27. “However preliminary information suggests the motive stemmed from a robbery.”Loved ones of Scott describe the swim coach at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center on Capitol Hill as humble and kind. Scott’s fiancée told the AFRO on June 28 that she had been in a relationship with Scott for more than two years, after meeting at a staff meeting at the aquatic center.“We did everything together,” Harvey said.Harvey, 25, hasn’t returned to her job as a lifeguard at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest D.C. since Scott’s death, because, she said, her job as a rescuer is now too difficult. Scott was released from the hospital and was recovering at home when he died. Harvey said she performed CPR on Scott on May 17 for 20 minutes trying to save him before he was taken to the hospital, “[After that] you are done saving lives,” she cried.Harvey grew up in foster care in Southeast D.C., and although she still lives in the area she no longer feels safe and it’s a constant reminder of Scott. “I’m ready to start over,” she said. “I can’t even take a walk without crying.”According to Harvey, on April 9, she and Scott both had the day off work. Scott went to a baseball game with some friends, and was planning to have dinner with Harvey afterwards. Scott was walking home when he was shot.She said officers were quick to respond to the crime scene, but there was a discussion between Prince George’s County Police and D.C. Police about the jurisdiction of the shooting. The sidewalk where Scott was shot is in Southeast, D.C., but it was along the border with Prince George’s County, Harvey said.“Officers on both sides need to be proactive,” she said. Harvey said police presence in violent areas may have increased, but it would be helpful if there were more patrol officers riding bikes or walking the streets, instead of sitting in patrol cars. “Police officers are not rescue ready,” she said.According to Harvey, Scott grew up in and out of shelters in D.C. and was very close to his grandparents. Harvey plans to launch a foundation for sheltered young men in honor of Scott.
Comcast and Amazon reached a deal to bring Prime Video to the cable company’s Xfinity X1 service — the first time Amazon’s premium streaming-video service will be available on a U.S. pay-TV service.Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The pact also makes Comcast to only pay-TV operator in the U.S. to offer Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube integrated into a set-top box environment.Comcast said it expects to launch the Amazon Prime Video app on X1 later this year. Customers will have to have a separate Amazon Prime membership to access the video service on X1. As of the end of June, X1 has been deployed to over 60% of Comcast’s 21.5 million residential video customers.With the Prime Video integration, Xfinity TV customers will be able watch Amazon Studios originals like “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (pictured above), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Sneaky Pete” and “Goliath” as well as live events and TV, titles available to rent or buy, or to watch with a Prime Video Channels subscription. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 For Comcast, the Amazon deal is a continuation of its strategy to be the single video-entertainment hub in the home — to keep cable customers in its guide, so they don’t have to switch over to a Roku or Apple TV streaming device.“Amazon Prime Video’s growing list of originals, movies, shows, documentaries, and kids’ programming will be an excellent complement to the overall X1 viewing experience,” Dana Strong, Comcast’s president of consumer services, said in a statement.Amazon Prime Video also offers past seasons of TV shows including “Mr. Robot,” “American Horror Story,” “Suits,” “The Americans,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Dawson’s Creek.”On an a la carte basis, Amazon also offers Prime members the option to subscribe to over video channels, including Showtime and Starz. Xfinity TV customers can launch Prime Video by saying “Amazon Prime Video” into Comcast’s X1 Voice Remote or by opening the Prime Video app directly from the X1 apps menu.
How Success Happens 5 min read Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. The past few weeks saw a series of news articles that focused consumer concern around personal data use (and misuse). Recently, it was revealed that email service Unroll.me anonymously used consumer email data to give companies like Uber visibility into subscriber spending habits. While there was nothing illegal in Unroll.me’s use of data, seeing that its privacy agreement explicitly allowed such usage, it nevertheless surprised and alarmed consumers.As it happens, this news came on the heels of the President and Congress reversing the previous administration’s proposed FCC privacy protections. With the new law, service providers are now free to collect and sell customer data to advertiser’s surrounding a customer’s internet usage.The internet data tradeA wider reality is that the consumer internet is built on the trade of personal data. On the internet, the term “free” is rarely without strings attached considering ad supported internet services are powered by trade for personal data. Now in most, if not all, cases the personal data is de-identified of unique individual identifiers. Nevertheless, the consumer internet is built on advertising and advertising depends on personal data for targeting. What’s new is that now personal data value has decoupled from any dependency to advertisers. Personal data now has its own intrinsic value to data buyers, as the Unroll.me example revealed.Related: 3 Reasons Why Privacy Matters to Your Business, Your Brand and Your FutureThe big problem with small printGenerally speaking, consumers have some awareness that the internet services they use rely on advertising which in turn depends on their personal data. They may not always like it, but in general they assent to this quid pro quo in exchange for the services they value. The challenge for consumers, however, is that the scope of use around personal data is not always clear and often hidden behind legal terms and conditions or consent agreements that bury details in fine print. Moreover, the use of personal data beyond advertising remains less familiar to most consumers and more concerning.Gold mine or coal pit?For companies, personal data is in some ways the new gold mine. Even if companies rely on subscriber or transactional revenue, knowing their customer will invariably depend on knowing their customer data. For companies therefore collecting, processing and commercializing this data is a central function.For consumers, this has created ever growing anxiety. For them, the gold mine is more like a murky coal pit. As most interactions with corporations shift online, there is a growing sense of unease over loss of control when it comes to personal data. This explains perhaps why every so often a chain letter like a meme suddenly overruns Facebook promising to block Facebook’s use of personal data. People fear what they can’t see and the use of personal data by companies is very rarely transparent.Related: The Weirdest Things People Agree to in Terms of ServiceAccounting and accountabilityDespite privacy policies and elaborate consent agreements, consumers still fear the misuse and abuse of their personal data. They perhaps understand the value of their data but they still want accountability and therefore accounting for their data. Lack of transparency around personal data exacerbates worry over personal data misuse. Privacy policies written in legalese may indemnify corporations that collect and process the personal data, but they do little to provide consumers transparency or assurance around the use of their data.This desire to see greater accounting for personal data is reflected in the passage of new privacy regulations around the world like the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which enshrine new data accounting requirements for corporations under national penalties that can reach 10 percent of a company’s annual revenue. Regulations like GDPR do two things. Firstly, they re-align corporate responsibility to their customers around personal data. They force companies to behave more like data custodians than data owners. Companies can use personal data but only within tight parameters while preserving a consumer’s right to their data. Secondly, they force companies to account for every individual’s data. And the accounting begets accountability: Knowing the data makes a company more responsible for the data while providing consumers greater transparency around their data.Related: How to Get Google to Quit Tracking YouGoing beyond words: Operationalizing privacyAs the Unroll.me news dramatized, legal fine print for privacy is often not enough for consumers. The terms may be there, but they are written by lawyers to protect their employers and not necessarily to provide transparency to consumers. The resulting frustration is reflected in both the popularity of news that underscores the consumer’s vulnerability and also in the many new regulations proliferating around the world that aim to protect consumer data and provide them greater transparency. For companies, the change in consumer outlook doesn’t mean that they need to abandon the use of consumer data. However, they will need to explore ways to give consumers greater confidence that the data is both safeguarded and accounted for. Privacy policies will not go away, but consumers want greater transparency and their government representatives want greater accountability. For companies this will require new approaches to operationalize privacy with clear data accounting so that companies can actually know what customer data they collect and consumers can know what data they share with the companies. May 10, 2017