Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Midway through the Supergirl premiere Monday night, a waitress voices what CBS hoped would be parents’ thoughts on the debut of Superman’s Kryptonian cousin.“Nice to have someone like that for my daughter to look up to,” the character says.She’s actually a wonderful role model for any child, and that about wraps up CBS’ goal with Supergirl: a smart, strong, successful, and overall independent female superhero with a feminist message who can lift the ratings up, up and away.Instead, Supergirl’s suppressed superpowers are an awkward metaphor for her modern-day oppression as a woman–a ditzy girl concerned with what clothes to wear for a blind date or barely juggling her secretarial duties instead of unleashing her inner “powers”–liberated through a pilot episode alarmingly identical to Saturday Night Live’s satirical trailer for a Black Widow movie, which criticized lead women’s portrayals in Hollywood.After Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), whose birth name is Kara Zor-El, effortlessly launches herself into the night sky for the first time in nine years and, of course, saved the day, the episode produces what were actually some strong moments.In one scene, the 24-year-old “Supergirl” debates with her stubborn boss, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), about the difference between being labeled a girl or a woman. Another scene also shares a nod to long-time comic book fans, combining and modernizing 57 years of Supergirl’s many impractical and sexualized outfits.Even the villain of the week, a fusion of DC Comics characters Vartox and Lumberjack (Owain Yeoman), descends from a planet where “females bow before males.” Supergirl overpowers the escaped alien convict using the lame and overused overcome-any-obstacle gimmick of self-confidence, but the literal defeat of a monster male supremacist seems blatant and uncreative. Especially when the now supposed strong, independent woman constantly paralleled the Man of Steel himself.Aside from a brief glimpse of his blue-sleeved arm and flapping red cape at the beginning of the episode, Superman did not and will not appear in Supergirl completely, but his heroic influence no doubt exists. Wearing unnecessary black-rimmed glasses at her newspaper office and, according to one character, debuting her superpowers exactly like Superman by rescuing a plummeting plane, X-ray vision was not necessary to spot the pilot episode’s reliance on the classic superhero. Some characters could not even finish a conversation with Supergirl without connecting her to Superman.“Anyone ever tell you that you look a little like him right there?” ex-Daily Planet photographer James Olsen (Mechad Brooks) said, vaguely waving his hand at Supergirl’s face, confirming she actually didn’t resemble Superman at all.Borrowing from and associating with Superman’s story seems contradictory and counterproductive. Ultimately it just differentiates Supergirl very little beyond an unoriginal female Superman. In a strange way, Supergirl relies a lot on a man just to prove herself to viewers.The show knows what it wants to say, but much like the main character, the pilot episode lacks any confidence in itself, failing to support its progressive message with assertion and capitalize on the opportunity to truly transform Supergirl into something more and drive its positive message home.In short, random waitress character, there are better heroines your daughter can look up to, and they don’t even fly.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston EDCScaleUp, a comprehensive small business growth training program offered through the EDC Center for Business & Innovation, begins September 13. Designed for business owners, the training recognizes that they have little time to focus on growth. They need powerful tips, tools and insights that build capacity rather than add to their workload.ScaleUp includes in-person classroom training, peer engagement, and optional no-cost one-on-one advising to help business owners plan and achieve their goals. This program is designed for businesses in any industry that have been in operation at least one year. ScaleUp training is FREE for businesses within the city limits of Olympia and Lacey thanks to generous funding from those cities.Business owners who have participated in ScaleUp Training Series have seen transformational impact on their businesses. Some of their comments about the experience include:“Every business owner should take this class!”“This class was exceptional. You won’t regret it!”“ScaleUp has helped build my confidence to strive for more in my business.”“I learned how to organize my business and got a better understanding of the numbers necessary to succeed.”ScaleUp includes three, 4 session courses: Business TuneUp, Build Your Market, and Financial Mastery. While designed for businesses to take in succession, each class can be taken as a stand-alone.The Center for Business & Innovation has offered ScaleUp since 2016. Universally, past participants have found the program well-worth their investment of time, and for those who weren’t eligible for outside funding, their investment of money.The ScaleUp Series begins on September 13 with the Business TuneUp course.Dates: 4 Thursdays, Sept 13 – Oct 4Class Times: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Location: Center for Business & Innovation, 4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey WA 98503Cost: FREE for Lacey and Olympia based businesses. Otherwise, $395 for Business TuneUp.Registration: Visit www.scaleupthurston.org to registerThe 2018 ScaleUp Training Series is supported by TwinStar Credit Union.For more information on ScaleUp please visit www.scaleupthurston.org or contact us at 360-464-6060. read more
Samantha Barnwell from Oceanport, center, participates in the First-Year Overnight Orientation Program at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. The two-day program brings first-year students to campus in July. Students do various team-building activities, have an individual advising appointment with a first-year adviser, learn about campus resources and begin exploring the differences between high school and college through student-created skits and a mock class experience with a full-time faculty member.
BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY AND MARE SPRINT QUOTES For Smith, it was his second victory of these Championships and second in the Filly & Mare Sprint, having won in 2014 with Judy the Beauty. ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Seltzer Thoroughbreds’ Finest City ($19.40) fought off a late bid by defending race champion Wavell Avenue by three-quarters of a length to win the 10th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place jockey Joel Rosario (Wavell Avenue) – “She ran huge. I thought I was going to go by Mike (Smith) for a minute, but she was second best today.” Winning trainer Ian Kruljac (Finest City) – “She sends herself out of there and Mike chose not to take her back and it was absolutely perfect. She has high cruising speed and I could tell he was in hand. It is just such an honor to compete with all these top trainers and have a top filly.” Second-place trainer Chad Brown (Wavell Avenue) – “She ran huge. She showed she’s a real Grade 1 performer and last year was no fluke. She’s a real good horse, especially in the fall. I’m proud of her effort. She was just second best.” Winning jockey Mike Smith (Finest City) – “I was really happy for the trainer (Ian Kruljac) and his first big opportunity. What a way for you to get your career going. The old handicapping angle of ‘turf to dirt’ and a long turf race to a middle distance sprint is really a good way to get a horse ready for a race like this. They learn to relax a little better and it’s easier on them.” FINEST CITY WINS BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT Trained by Ian Kruljac and ridden by Mike Smith, Finest City covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.37. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Kruljac and the 24th for Smith, the all-time winningest rider in World Championships history. Third-place trainer Michelle Nevin (Paulssilverlining) – “I expected her to run well today and she did. Joe (Talamo) told me after the race that if she hadn’t been pressed and had a chance to give her a little breather, then she would have run even better. I don’t know if she would have won. I was pleased with her performance.” Third-place jockey Joe Talamo (Paulssilverlining) – “She ran a heck of a race. We were laying right with the winner (Finest City) the whole way. She had a very good clean trip and I was very glad to finish in the top three.” Finest City is a 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of City Zip who was winning for the first time in six starts on the main track at Santa Anita. Ninth-place trainer Bill Mott (Carina Mia, favorite) – “It’s a head scratcher.” read more
Founder of Jozikids Merle Dietrich with her children, 11-year-old Marvin (left), and Lerato, seven.Samson MulugetaThese days an entrepreneur launching a directory of services has a choice: do it online or stick to a more traditional media option, like print. For Merle Dietrich, a Johannesburg mom who wanted to create a guide of child-friendly activities the city, the online option made the most sense. It would be cheaper than launching a magazine guide and she could do most of it on her own.Dietrich came up with the idea of a directory after spending seven years in Germany. There she easily found activities to keep her two young children entertained, but when she and her German husband brought the family back to Johannesburg in 2001, she was at a loss. Gap in the market“Finding out what’s on offer for kids in the dispersed and fragmented city of Johannesburg is often daunting. I struggled for years with two small children of my own to find pottery, swimming or gymnastics teachers, child-friendly restaurants, museums, kids’ entertainment or any ideas for day outings,” Dietrich says.“I was looking for an in-depth resource and online children’s directory with choices and recommendations. None existed, so I set myself the task of creating one that children, parents and teachers could use on a daily basis.In April 2007 Dietrich launched www.jozikids.co.za after six months of leg work.“Jozikids was born to help make all our lives easier, to showcase the myriad of family-friendly, child-oriented services, products, event planning and activities in the biggest shopping centre imaginable, the internet, with its unlimited space and possibilities. “It’s ideal for frustrated moms, dads, teachers, caregivers or visitors who never know where to look to find what they need … whether it’s a day outing, extra-mural activities, furniture, clothing, clowns, face painters, that special party venue or an educational school outing.“My business model is a very simple one – to provide an incredibly affordable marketing platform for small businesses and to solicit them in large numbers,” she says.“They are the content of Jozikids. Without them both the content and the financial model would fail. Luckily it’s worked out. We now have more than 1 020 advertisers on the website.”Non-profit organisations are listed on the site for free, while businesses pay R60 to R80 per month to advertise. Forty percent of advertisers on Jozikids pay upfront for a year. Clients are given a free, month-long trial to test the effectiveness of the service.In the six months before going live, Dietrich got 100 companies to advertise. By the time the website was launched, 400 organisations had signed up.Although she had to dip into her savings and take out a loan to start the business, Dietrich was able to pay off her debt in a year-and-a-half. The business has been making a profit ever since then.Today Jozikids is fast approaching an average of 1 500 hits a day and Dietrich often uses the website like any other parent, to find activities for her children, Marvin, who is 11, and Lerato, who’s seven.ChallengesBefore starting Jozikids Dietrich worked as a freelance radio journalist for the BBC and German radio. When setting up the website her background in media came in handy, but she lacked technical know-how.“I had no idea what I needed and what to look for when I started,” she said. “I made lots of mistakes, employing the wrong people and spending money,” but this, Dietrich says, was like her “training school”.Five part-time workers now help Dietrich manage the site’s finances, design and IT administration.“I have a wonderful skilled, motivated team. We learn together as the demands change, grow and new applications are developed.” Looking for ideasWhen setting up Jozikids Dietrich studied many overseas websites offering a similar service, but she battled to find viable South African equivalents that she could use as a template.“In South Africa, it was quite lonely at first,” she says. There is a site called www.kidzworld.co.za, but it’s national in its reach. What Dietrich wanted to do is create something region-specific.The free parenting magazine Joburg Child aims to provide a service similar to Dietrich’s, but it mainly targets affluent families with children at private schools, she says. “Jozikids, in contrast, reaches a wider audience.”“We pride ourselves in cutting across the class and racial divide as internet penetration increases. We get inquires from Sandton, Soweto, Orange Farm and Boksburg.” Helping others growKeith Smeath-Thomas, owner of Dino-mite Jumpers which specialises in children’s party equipment, said Jozikids has helped his business grow. Since he started advertising on Jozikids, sales have gone from “sporadic to regular”.“In the last month I have made sales every weekend,” he says. “At one point I was beginning to wonder if my business was ever going to get going, now I’m at a stage where I am investigating the possibility of buying two or three more jumping castles.”Working from home and according to her own schedule, Dietrich says she battles to find a balance. “My biggest challenge is finding enough time in a day to do what needs to be done without totally alienating my friends and family”.But she finds her job very rewarding. “I love helping to match what people want with what is out there and see how wonderfully it works,” she says. “Whether it’s growing small businesses, helping grandparents, mothers, or fathers, figure out what to do with their kids, sourcing an au pair, domestic help or school, more often than not, they find what they are looking for.”Do you have any queries or comments about this article? 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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Following Cleveland’s final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn’t sure if LeBron James was playing Tuesday.J.R. Smith knows.ADVERTISEMENT “Oh, he’s gonna go,” Smith said of his celebrated teammate. “He’s gonna go, trust me that. I don’t care what he’s gotta do, he’s gonna play.”While Smith may be giving James the green light, Lue and other team officials remained unsure of James’ status for the game against the Celtics and former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, whose ballyhooed return to Cleveland is expected to be part homecoming, part hate-fest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames didn’t speak to reporters following Monday’s practice, but the three-time champion was in a playful mood while engaging in a competitive outside shooting contest with teammates Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green.James has been slowed by a sprained left ankle suffered in practice on Sept. 27. He played in only one of Cleveland’s five exhibition games, and his absence has kept a starting lineup that now includes Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose from getting much floor time together. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Cavaliers have struggled mightily when James has been out of the lineup, losing 11 straight regular-season games and going 4-23 without him since 2014.With a revamped roster and more offensive options than ever, Lue believes the Cavs are more equipped to compete when James is on the bench.“We’ll be a lot better off,” he said. “I think we got a lot of different pieces. We’re deeper. A lot of versatile players. A lot of different lineups we can play. So, it will be different but I think we have a better chance.”Irving spent six seasons with Cleveland but left on shaky terms.His demand to be traded this summer rankled some Cavaliers fans, and he created a larger divide last week when he described Boston as a “real, live sports city.”That didn’t sit well with many Cleveland residents, and he’s certain to get an earful Tuesday night.The Cavaliers plan to honor Irving, who made the biggest shot in franchise history, with a video tribute at some point during the game. Irving’s 3-pointer in the waning moments of Game 7 in 2016 lifted Cleveland to the city’s first championship since 1964.Lue wasn’t sure what else Irving should expect from the fired-up, sellout crowd.“We’ve got the best fans in the world and they’re going to do whatever they see best,” he said. “Whatever decision they make, that’s the right one. Because they’ve been behind us for three straight years, since I’ve been here, they’ve always made the right decisions. So whatever they decide to do, I embrace whatever they do.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 32-year-old James hasn’t missed an opener in his previous 14 seasons, and it would be hard to imagine sitting this one out given the attention with Irving coming back following this summer’s blockbuster trade between the teams — and the All-Star guard’s recent swipe at Cleveland.Just so he’s protected, Lue has made a contingency lineup in case James doesn’t play. Smith will take his spot in the Cavs’ “B” lineup.Lue has said for days that he doesn’t know for sure if James will be ready.“You know I never hide stuff from you guys,” Lue said when pressed about his superstar’s availability. “I really don’t know, I mean, just depends on how he feels after today. … I’m preparing that he is (playing).”Smith, who is beginning his third full season with Cleveland, knows it will take a lot more than a sore ankle to keep James off the floor.“Just because he loves the game,” he said. “We were talking about it, he’s never missed, since he was 8 years old and he started playing, he’s never missed a first game. I’m preparing for him to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Gins can’t relax–Cone LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients read more
Wellington is the first international team to win a National Touch League title after their 12-8 win over Sydney Scorpions in the Seniors Mixed division.The high scoring affair saw Wellington players Richard McKenzie and Clint Rohloff both score hat tricks as they led their team on an undefeated run in their first year at the tournament.Wellington started their scoring spree in just the second minute, with Andre Robinson touching down to make the score 1-0. Tracey Elliot scored six minutes later for the Scorpions to get them back into the game. George Albert-Jahnke crossed for Wellington in the next set to take back the lead, and McKenzie scored soon after to take the score to 3-1.Amy Mitchell reduced the deficit for the Scorpions at the midway mark of the first half, and when the Scorpions scored again in the 13th minute the score was even.McKenzie then scored two consecutive touchdowns to put Wellington two tries ahead, and Rohloff scored his first in the 16th minute to put Wellington in front 6-3. Amy Mitchell put the Scorpions back into the game with her touchdown in the 19th minute, but Albert-Jahnke made sure his team had a solid lead going into the break, scoring just before half time. Wellington went to the break leading 7-4.It took six minutes for Wellington to get on the scoreboard in the second half, when Laurissa Kerei put her team in front 8-4. Tries to Andrew Windsor and Katrina McIlwraith put the Scorpions within two touchdowns of Wellington, but another touchdown to Kerei, and two more to Rohloff put the Scorpions four points in front. Eric Kho’s touchdown in the 16th minute got the Scorpions back into the game, but an intercept touchdown to Wellington’s Ben Moceiwai put the score beyond doubt. Lisa Walker scored a consolation touchdown in the final minute of the game, with the game ending at 12-8. read more
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s plan to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline system in northwestern Alberta.The approved plan calls for the TransCanada Corp. subsidiary to remove a nine kilometre section of the pipeline running through the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land and leave the rest of the pipeline segments in place.The NEB says this was the largest proposal to abandon a facility ever considered by the regulator. TransCanada indicated in its application that the section of pipeline running north-south about 34 kilometres west of Peace River, Alta., is no longer needed and customers will be served by other pipelines in the network.The NEB says the company will be liable and accountable for monitoring and maintaining the pipeline in a safe and environmentally sound manner for as long as it remains in the ground.The company said in its application that the cost of project is estimated at $29.7 million.(THE CANADIAN) read more
Los Angeles: Oscar-nominated Hollywood director John Singleton has died after suffering a stroke. He was 51. The versatile director, who made a splash with Boyz n the Hood and went on to a variety of projects including 2 Fast 2 Furious, had been in a coma since the stroke on April 17. He died on April 29, his family told CNN in a statement. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said. In 1992 at the age of 24, Singleton became the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director for his debut diectorial Boyz n the Hood. read more
ISTANBUL– Istanbul-based opposition group Syrian National Coalition is meeting for a two-day general assembly as anticipation grows for an international conference later this month on a solution to the ongoing civil war in Syria.The SNC‘s eleventh general assembly is expected to broach participation to the Geneva-2 conference slated for January 22, and election of a new president now that the tenure of Ahmad Jarba is over.The opposition group is said to be under pressure as the Syrian National Council, one of the largest formations within the SNC, has announced it will not take part in Geneva-2 because the embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has not taken necessary steps to free captives, stop airstrikes, and open secure corridors – conditions earlier set by the Council for participating. read more