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Inclusion Rider

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Support Inclusion Rider

In a Twitter announcement on Monday night, producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said the he and fellow producers of Pearl Street Films including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will support ‘Inclusion Rider’ in future deals.

Fanshen tweeted: “.@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward.”

The so-called Inclusion Rider has forced its way into the film industry’s lexicon following McDormand’s emotional acceptance speech after winning Best Actress in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at the Oscars. She concluded her speech saying, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

McDormand explained that the term Inclusion Rider refers to an additional clause that actors may insist on including in their contracts to ensure better diversification in film.

“To everyone that does a negotiation on a film,” she explained, “an Inclusion Rider means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity not only in casting but also the crew.

“The fact that I’ve just learned that… we’re not going back.”

One of the lawyers behind the Inclusion Rider initiative, Kalpana Kotegal, and Stacey Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, said, “It’s great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry. The Inclusion Rider is an important tool for Hollywood, and other industries, to create workplaces that truly reflect our diverse world.”

Preceding Damon and Affleck’s decision to support the Inclusion Rider clause was Michael B Jordan, star of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster Black Panther. Jordan has announced his production company Outlier Society will be introducing the initiative. “I’ve been privileged to work with powerful women and persons of color throughout my career and it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward,” he said in a statement.

Further reading: Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Maxi Pads

Improving Women’s Health, One Period at a Time

Maxi pads have come a long way: Is it time to ditch your tampons?

As Glamour magazine has put it, 2017 was a “good year to be a woman with a period” and we can’t agree more.

Much has been done to de-stigmatize a natural bodily function that affects roughly half of the world’s population: from state legislations requiring schools to stock feminine hygiene products to celebrities taking a stand on period shaming.

One forward-thinking feminine hygiene product company is hoping to take things even further. Now when the society is ready to have an open discussion about periods, they’re springing into action to improve women’s health during menstruation. After all, some reproductive health specialists agree that for many women menstrual cramps are almost as bad as having a heart attack.

Choosing feminine hygiene products is like balancing your diet

Genial Day is on a mission to educate American women on the new breakthroughs in sanitary napkin technology. They have re-engineered a conventional maxi pad and wholeheartedly believe that young women should give it a try.

“Choosing feminine hygiene products is like balancing your diet: the occasional hamburger won’t kill you, but you know you’re risking your health if fast food is all you eat”, says Vilmante Markeviciene, the founder of Genial Day and a mom of a teenage daughter. “Wearing a tampon once in a while is OK; not paying attention to the ingredients of your maxi pads when you’re in a hurry is OK; however, whenever you can, you should seek healthier alternatives.”

Modern maxi pads have come a long way

There’s a reasonable suspicion that conventional pads may contain questionable, unpleasant, and outright toxic ingredients, such as dioxin, formaldehyde, acetone and heavy metals.

“I have suffered from irritation, rash, and painful periods for years”, admits Vilmante. “I’ve traveled the world—from the United Kingdom to Japan—searching for answers. Unable to find a perfect sanitary napkin, I’ve started researching fabrics, got acquainted with the latest innovations, and assembled a team of manufacturing experts to create a better menstrual pad.”

Vilmante’s persistence has paid off. She was able to patent her innovation—a menstrual pad with an anion strip. The strip features silver ions and Tourmaline—a semi-precious gemstone known for its healing properties.

The new generation organic pads were an instant hit in Europe. GENIAL DAY® products (distributed under the name of GENTLE DAY®) are available in 15 European countries and loved by over a million women.

Menstrual pads have come a long way, therefore, young women who may have written off maxi pads in the past may want to take another look.

“It’s not like modern menstrual pads are made of wood pulp as it was the case in the 1800s”, laughs Vilmante. “My teenage daughter loves them… and that says a lot.”

GENIAL DAY® pads and pantiliners are made using the highest quality materials and have been tested and certified by numerous international entities, including Oeko-Tex®100, Made for Health, Leaping Bunny and Vegetarian Society, to name a few.

GENIAL DAY® offers convenient subscription options (and gifts to their loyal subscribers). If monthly commitment isn’t your thing, you can order their products on the website as you need them. Either way—no more last-minute grocery store runs!

5 Reasons why every woman should try GENIAL DAY® maxi pads

  1. GENIAL DAY® feminine hygiene products are free of toxic chemicals and reproductive system disruptors.
  2. Anion strip with silver and Tourmaline neutralizes unpleasant odor, prevents bacterial multiplication and promotes general wellbeing.
  3. Highest-quality super-absorbent polymer made in Japan absorbs several hundred times its own weight and is biodegradable.
  4. Ventilated base film allows your skin to breath. As a result, your skin is not exposed to excessive warmth, it won’t sweat, and you won’t develop a rash.
  5. Non-toxic glue. GENIAL DAY® uses food-grade glue that contains no toxic chemicals; they are safe, won’t cause allergies, and are environmentally friendly.

For more information, visit https://genialday.com.

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo Releases New Song

International superstar Jason Derulo releases new song, Colors, on Warner Bros. Records today, March 9.

Jason Derulo, who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide since the start of his career in 2009, wrote the song intended to serve as the Coca-Cola song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

On the release of his new song, Jason Derulo said “It was a pleasure working with Coca-Cola to create the anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s a tournament that celebrates athletic excellence and I’m honoured to provide the soundtrack.”

“Through my years of travel, I’ve been able to see the beauty in our cultural differences and I wrote Colors to celebrate that diversity and be a part of the amazing energy that sports fans around the world give to their teams,” he added.

Ricardo Fort, the vice president of Global Sports Partnerships at Coca-Cola said, “We know the FIFA World Cup is a global cultural and social phenomenon. Every four years, people are drawn to this event from all over the world due to the excitement and platform it provides.

“We believe that music and soccer are intrinsically linked by the passions they evoke. We are excited to welcome Jason to the team and can’t wait to bring this upbeat anthem to the world ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”

Jason Derulo has earned himself a permanent place in the world music stage and is a multiplatinum artist whose current hit Swalla has racked up a whopping one billion views on YouTube. The music powerhouse broke through with catchy his Watcha Say back in 2010 and has since enjoyed regular top spots in global charts with In My Head (2010), It Girl (2011) and Talk Dirty (2013).

NFL

NFL Teams Ask Prospect About his Sexuality

Prospect Derrius Guice claims that team officials at the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis asked him about his sexuality and whether his mother was a prostitute.

In an interview with SiriusXM Radio on Wednesday, Guice said that the team interviews were “pretty crazy… some people are really trying to get in your head and test your reaction.”

He continued, “I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to see my reaction… I go in another room, they’ll try to bring up one of my family members or something and tell me, ‘Hey, I heard your mom sells herself. How do you feel about that?’”

In response, executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith told PFT Live: “Find out what team did it and ban them from the combine.

“The question is inappropriate. Questions along these lines are always inappropriate.”

In a statement to the Washington Post, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws.

“The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”

The Human Rights Campaign’s director of public education and research, Ashland Johnson responded to the question as “absurd and inappropriate”. In reference to similar incidents in the past, he added “it’s clear that the NFL did not do enough to prevent it from happening again.”

The NFL seems likely to investigate the claims that team officials asked Guice about his sexual preferences. Jim Buzinski said that NFL officials “definitely have to identify the team and the coach… and they need some sort of punishment, at least a strong fine.”

NBA Star Derrick Rose

NBA Star Derrick Rose to Sign with Timberwolves

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA star Derrick Rose has plans to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

“Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski said.

“The deal will reunite him with coach Tom Thibodeau and former Chicago Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.”

The Athletic reported that NBA star Rose and his wife welcomed their new born child earlier this week, and any plans of signing with the Wolves had been postponed until then.

The player was waived by the Utah Jazz back in February after the team had acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8. As Rose was waived before March 1, he was eligible to join the Timberwolves.

Rose was side-lined because of injuries this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has played just 16 games.

The NBA star has had much bad luck with injuries throughout his career, having lost 2012 playoffs to injuries and the 2012-2013 and most of the 2013-2014 seasons for the same reason.

In November 2017, Rose took a sabbatical from the game to decide which next step he should take in his career; he returned shortly after.

Rose is highly revered in the NBA, having first been drafted in the 2008 NBA Draft and obtaining Rookie of the Year honors in 2009. He later won the NBA MVP Award in 2011.

San Diego Coach Arrest

Lamont Smith Resigns as San Diego Coach after Arrest

Lamont Smith resigns as San Diego Coach on Wednesday March 7, just shy of two weeks after his arrest following suspicion of domestic violence.

USA Today reported that the men’s basketball coach at the University of San Diego was placed on administrative leave by the school the day after the arrest.

“We appreciate Coach Smith’s contributions to Torero Athletics and to the men’s basketball program since he joined us three years ago.

“Coach Smith elevated the level of competitiveness of our program, recruited an outstanding group of student-athletes and established a strong foundation for future success.

“This situation has been difficult for all concerned and our prayers continue to remain with everyone,” said the school in a statement announcing Smith’s resignation.

Smith had been arrested just hours after the Toreros played against the University of San Francisco on 25 February. Police arrived at a hotel where a woman, whose identity remains anonymous, had visible marks of injury who said that Smith had caused the marks.

“As a result of the evidence obtained from the investigation, Mr Smith will not be charged at this time,” said Alex Bastian, a spokesperson for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office in an email to USA Today Sports.

A statement by Gail Shifman, Smith’s attorney, states: “After reviewing all the evidence and completing their investigation, the San Francisco District Attorney’s office has discharged the matter and has declined to file any charges against Coach Smith.

“An arrest in California is not the same as being charged with a crime. The San Francisco District Attorney’ Office has declined to file charges because there is insufficient evidence and there are no court proceedings.”

Smith had played for San Diego from 1995-1999. The 42-year-old was initially hired to coach the basketball team in 2015, and had two years remaining on his contract.

Video Game Violence

Trump to Host Video Game Violence Meeting

In response to the atrocious Florida school shooting that killed 17 students last month, president Donald Trump is to host a video games violence meeting on 9 March with gaming industry professionals. Trump has often voiced his opinion that violent video games were “shaping young people’s thoughts.”

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said “As we continue to work toward creating school safety programs that protect all children, the president will be meeting with video game industry leaders and members of Congress to discuss violent video game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children.”

Often the first to be blamed for real-life violent actions, the gaming industry has historically vehemently defended itself against such claims, saying that there is no evidence to suggest that it is true.

The Electronic Software Association (ESA) who represent the gaming industry in the United States, has said that they will be attending the video games violence meeting held by Mr Trump.

The ESA said, “The upcoming meeting at the White House will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry’s commitment to parents, and the told we provide to make informed entertainment choices.”

CEO Strauss Zelnick, of the company that makes game favorite Grand Theft Auto, and Robert Altman, chaiman and CEO of parent company that produced Fallout will also be in attendance.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), an industry organization responsible for content and age guidance for videogames, will also be in attendance.

The White House’s press secretary Sarah Sanders has said that violence in video games was “certainly something that should be looked at and something that we want to have the conversation about.”

The president has voiced his concerns regarding video game violence translating into reality. On Twitter in 2012, Trump tweeted: “Video game violence & glorification must be stopped.”

Further reading: Dick’s Sporting Goods to No Longer Sell Assault-style Rifles

Poisoned Cheesecake

Woman Attempts Murder with Poisoned Cheesecake

A Russian woman has been charged with poisoning a Queens woman with a poisoned cheesecake. The suspect, Viktoria Nasyrova of Brooklyn, had also tried to make it look like a suicide attempt after stealing the victim’s passport, cash and property.

Queens district attorney, Richard Brown, commented “This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant.”

The 42-year-old suspect was first arrested March 2017 and was arraigned on Tuesday on attempted murder with the poisoned cheesecake, burglary, assault and other charges.

Nasyrova approached the victim’s home Forest Hills, Queens, back in August 2016 with the poison-laced cheesecake. Brown said, “The woman ate the cheesecake, fell ill and laid down.

“Before passing out, the woman’s last memory is of seeing the defendant sitting beside her inside her home.”

The 35-year-old victim wouldn’t be found until the following day by a friend. She was “dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body as if the woman had attempted to kill herself,” according to Brown.

The victim was treated at hospital. When she returned home, she found that both her passport and employment authorisation cards were missing, along with jewelry and some money.

Law enforcement agents at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed after testing that the poisoned cheesecake was in fact laced with a Russian tranquilliser called Phenazepan.

Nasyrova has also been accused of drugging and murdering another woman in her native country, although she denied these charges in an interview with CBS. The suspect is due to appear in court May 25; if convicted, Nasyrova faces up to 25 years in prison.

More news: Glee Actor Mark Salling Found Dead in Attempted Suicide

Tabletote

Use Tabletote Laptop Stands!

There’s no denying that college life is a compact life. Space is a luxury that no one gets to enjoy. Laptops are a necessity, but being comfortable using them isn’t always doable. Students at campuses across the globe can be seen studying with their laptops on the ground or on their laps. Not having something to put your laptop on can be extremely inconvenient. A portable workspace would be the perfect remedy.

Tabletote Portable Compact Lightweight Adjustable Laptop Stands is an incredible solution. Students have found so many ways to use it at school. It can be used as a standing workstation instead of sitting for hours. Place it on top of an existing structure to debate with your opponent. It can also be used as a projector stand, great for video presentations.

It’s lightweight and small enough to fit in your backpack, suitcase or computer bag. This makes for easy portability anywhere. On those beautiful sunny or fall days you can take it camping, or to the beach. When you’re hanging out around the quad, take it to your favorite spot around campus to eat your lunch on. Just place your drink in the cup holder.  It holds beverages, pens, and even your phone without consuming your laptop space. When taking a break from studying, it’s still sturdy enough to play videos game on, card games, and board games. The uses for Tabletote are practically limitless.

Tabletote is highly functional and set up takes literally less than a minute. Best of all, the compact capabilities allow you to use it without taking up a lot of space. Store it under your bed, couch, or any small area. This is perfect for using in dorm rooms. You can replace that bulky desk completely to make your side of the room a little more spacious. Sharing the restroom is a part of college life, but transform this product into your very own vanity table. Now you can get ready for events in your room by using Tabletote to apply your makeup. The list goes on and on for how you can use this product.

Tabletote’s laptop stands are unique and different—not just another “me too!” product.

  • COMPACT—With a folded up size of 13” (L) x 10” (W) x 2” (H),Tabletote is easy to transport and fits in most laptop bags and backpacks.
  • PORTABLE—Because of its compact size, it is easy to move from one place to another.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT—Weighs less than 3 lbs, so it is not a burden to carry.
  • ADJUSTABLE—Telescoping legs allow for height adjustment, from 12 inches to 29 inches, so you can use it while sitting down and standing up.
  • EXPANDABLE WORK SURFACE—Slide off bottom extends the top of the stand, increasing work surface from 13 inches to 22 inches.
  • EASY TO SET UP AND REQUIRES NO TOOLS—Sets up in less than 45 seconds.
  • FREE DOCUMENT HOLDER—Keeps paper at eye level while typing.
  • DURABLE—Made from high quality materials, so can withstand extended use.

The Original and Plus models are essentially the same, except the Plus comes with two clip-on accessories: a cup holder and a PDA holder. So as you head back to school, make sure Tabletote is on your essentials list.

Sold exclusively via Amazon.com, Tabletote’s stands are top sellers. Of the 100s of laptop stands being sold, their Original and Plus Tabletote are both in the TOP 20. Their products are priced with the college student in mind, with the Original Tabletote selling for just $25.99 and the Tabletote Plus for $27.99. Compare that to other stands selling for between $75-$100! ORDER YOURS NOW AT AMAZON.COM.

Nuclear Weapons

Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

Vladimir Putin has unveiled an array of ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons. Russia’s president made the claims during his annual state of the nation speech that laid out his core policies for another presidential term ahead of the election in just over two weeks’ time.

During the speech to the Russian parliament, Putin presented videos that outlined the development of new nuclear delivery systems including cruise missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles and supersonic jets. One of the nuclear weapons included a cruise missile that Putin claimed could “reach anywhere in the world”.

Another weapon announced included an undetectable missile. Putin explained that it was a “low-flying, difficult-to-spot cruise missile… with a practically unlimited range and an unpredictable flight path, which can bypass lines of interception and is invincible in the face of all existing and future systems of both missile defence and air defence.”

Beyond this, Putin unveiled a nuclear weapon described as a submarine-launched missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. “Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us,” he said. “Listen now.”

Putin claimed that the development of the new arsenal of nuclear weapons were a reaction to America’s move to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

“Efforts to contain Russia have failed, face it,” said Mr Putin. “I hope that all that was said today will sober up any potential aggressor.”

Chairman of the Russian Senate’s foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, said Putin’s speech “should, I believe, cool down the minds of all those who are seriously reflecting on the possibility of delivering an unpunished blow to Russia: the answer will be crushing.”

While the threat may seem clear, Putin maintains that Russia’s development of these nuclear weapons is purely defensive. “We’ve never had an intention of attacking anybody,” he said. “Russia will only retaliate if it is attacked.”

Further reading: North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile