What J.R.R. Tolkien can teach us about life after Trump

first_imgThe sooner we begin, the sooner we may say along with Sam’s old Gaffer, “All’s well that ends better!”   McConnell may be right—indeed, he may continue to do damage even as we work to correct it—but we must undertake it just the same. And Tolkien provides us with insight into the way that work must be accomplished: with determination, but also with compassion. Frodo, as leader of the free hobbits, forbids violence against his fellow hobbits “even if they have gone over to the other side. Really gone over, I mean, not just obeying … because they are frightened.” He cautions that “it is useless to meet revenge with revenge: It will heal nothing.” Compare this to Joe Biden: “We must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”  Like Trump’s MAGA minions, Saruman’s thugs—hobbit, half orc, and human alike—demand respect but deserve none. What they do deserve, Frodo knows, is the chance to change—with consequences if they choose not to. “Do not kill him even now,” he instructs Sam after the disgraced Wizard has just attempted to stab him with a dagger.  “He was great once, of a noble kind … He is fallen and his cure is beyond us, but I would still spare him, in the hope that he may find it.” But Saruman’s pride, like Trump’s, prevents conversion. “All my hopes are ruined,” he tells Galadriel in an earlier chapter, “but I would not share yours.” And Frodo has no compunctions about driving him and his henchmen out of town—as we must have none about driving out the recalcitrant Trump and his goons if they refuse to go in peace.  When first apprised of Sauron’s fall and the success of the Quest, Sam wonders, “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” In “The Scouring of the Shire,” Tolkien has Sam provide his own answer: “I shan’t call it the end,” he says, “till we’ve cleared up the mess. And that’ll take a lot of time and work.” That work is now our work. To quote Joe Biden, “The work of making this vision real is the task of our time.”  – Advertisement – Nor have we rid ourselves of the scourge of Trumpism. On the contrary, Trumpists still occupy the top positions in government and have not acceded to the lawful transfer of power. High-level elected officials remain complicit. Trump loyalists have been installed in our judiciary and our career civil service. Armed militias threaten violence. And millions of our fellow citizens have thrown their lot in with the corrupt and immoral Trump regime.  Tolkien understood that the aftermath of evil is not sudden good, but rather a long, hard, unglamorous slog towards normalcy and decency. And he understood that even this menial work would face resistance from the spiteful vanquished. “I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo,” smirks Sharkey/Saruman to Frodo upon realizing he is defeated. Compare this to Mitch McConnell upon the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”    – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

UFC 244 becomes the second most attended UFC event in New York

first_imgAlso  Read- The Rock, President Trump Watch Masvidal Win Big At UFC 244Also Read- UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Releases Statement After UFC 244 First Published: 5th November, 2019 02:14 IST FOLLOW US Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 02:14 IST UFC 244 Becomes The Second Most Attended UFC Event In New York UFC 244 brought 20,143 fans into Madison Square Garden which is the 2nd most UFC event attendance in New York, USA. Know more about the PPV and other details. 10 months ago UFC 244 Preview: BMF Showdown; The Rock, Donald Trump and more 10 months ago UFC: The Rock joins Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz on stage 10 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz reportedly tested positive for a drug test by USADA WE RECOMMEND Also Read- Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson Hauls Up New UFC Title BeltDana White’s UFCUFC 244 has been all about UFC fans and President Dana White showed no hesitation in arranging everything the fans wanted to see. It seems legitimate that UFC 244 has made such a big amount despite any real title fight included in it and Dana White would surely love to run it back. The main-event fight between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal was stopped by the doctor after two severe cuts on Nate Diaz’s face. Masvidal got crowned as the BMF but he wants to do it again with Nate Diaz. If it happens again, we might see another accomplishment for UFC in terms of attendance and money-making. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img 10 months ago UFC 244: Nate Diaz left bloodied, bruised as Masvidal wins BMF belt LIVE TV COMMENT The UFC 244 put up a massive show for its fans at the Madison Square Garden in New York recently and it turned out to be profitable for the company. It had a super-stacked card with amazing fights while Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was there to put the BMF belt on the winner’s waist. US President Donald Trump made UFC 244 a total showdown by appearing in the arena. If this was not enough, UFC 244 made headlines for becoming the second most attended UFC event ever in New York.Also Read- UFC 244: Jorge Masvidal Wants To ‘run It Back’ With Nate Diaz AgainUFC 244: The second most attended UFC event in New YorkUFC 244 was in talks since its inception and it is evident with the attendance, which went up to 20,143 fans in the arena with an amount of $19 million as gate receipts. However, it could still not beat the UFC 205 card, which was headlined by Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez. UFC 205 was the promotion’s first card in New York and it had three title fights on the line (Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez for lightweight, Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson for welterweight and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the women’s strawweight) as it drew 20,427 fans into the MSG with a whopping amount of $17.7 million. If we compare these two cards, UFC 244 did pretty well and President Dana White is surely happy with it. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Raj Sarkar 10 months ago UFC 244: Darren Till faces visa issues; Gastelum refuses backuplast_img read more

Up the Tempo… Enlarged Kindred Group delivers ‘All Time High’ trading quarter for Q3 2017

first_img Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Presenting its Q3 trading update (period ending 30 September), an enlarged Kindred Group Plc continues to deliver for its investors, declaring an ‘all-time high’ quarter for revenue and profits.Trading against a tough Q3 2106 comparative period (featuring Euro 2016),  Stockholm-listed Kindred Group would generate group revenues of £194 million up 36% on Q3 2016’s £142 million. Year-to-date Kindred has surpassed the £500 million mark in group revenues.“I am delighted to report record revenues and profitability for Kindred Group in the third quarter of 2017 driven by strong growth across our major markets and solid cost control.” detailed Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group.Kindred’s strong revenue momentum would see the operator declare a period underlying group EBITDA of £46 million (Q3 2016: £33 million), of which £3.7 million was generated by newly acquired asset 32Red.“Despite the absence of a major football events this quarter, the organic Gross winnings revenue growth in constant currency was 17 % compared to the same period last year, which demonstrates that we continue to gain market share. 32Red contributed GBP 18.6 million of Gross winnings revenue and GBP 3.7 million of underlying EBITDA. This acquisition also brings new expertise to our teams and additional locally regulated revenue and opportunities for future revenue and cost synergies. In the third quarter of 2017, 41% of the Group’s Gross winnings revenue came from locally regulated markets.” Tjärnström addedReporting its strongest trading period, Kindred would detail that it had recorded +1.2 million active customers across its group brands, of which +120,000 had been delivered by 32 Red.“Our focus on mobile strategy has enabled us to remain at the forefront of industry developments. In the third quarter, Gross winnings revenue from mobile grew by 51 percent compared to the third quarter last year and amounted to 71% of our total Gross winnings revenue.” Tjärnström commented on KPI gainsClosing its Q3 trading period, Kindred governance would declare a period operating profits of £29.9 million (Q3 2016: £21 million), with the operator generating £66.6 million in group profits for its year-to-date performance.Looking forward, Kindred governance enters a Q4 2016 period confident of hitting all corporate expectations. The company has increased its marketing coverage with the start of a new European football season, launching new cross-market sportsbook campaigns and securing new football partnerships (Unibet – Aston Villa FC).“In the period up to 22 October 2017, with approximately 50% higher than normal sportsbook margins, average daily Gross winnings revenue in GBP was 68% higher compared to the same period in 2016. Adjusting for the acquisition of 32Red and the impact of exchange rate changes, the growth was 57%,”Kindred Q3 2017 Performance Overview Related Articles Submit Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Share Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020last_img read more

Maestro Ancelotti gives Gattuso a lesson

first_img0Shares0000Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti gives former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso a lesson in football. (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)MILAN, Italy, Aug 26 – Carlo Ancelotti gave former protege Gennaro Gattuso a lesson in football as Napoli came from two goals down to beat AC Milan 3-2 in Serie A on Saturday.Ancelotti — who took over as coach of the Italian league runners-up this summer — was in charge of his first home game at the San Paolo Stadium. The 59-year-old’s side also trailed before getting past Lazio 2-1 in the season opener in Rome last weekend.AC Milan were playing their first match of the season after their game against Genoa was postponed because of the bridge disaster in the port city.But it was to be a bitter defeat for Milan coach Gattuso, 40, who played under Ancelotti when the latter was in charge of AC Milan, winning the Champions League together in 2007.Ancelotti praised the “great desire … to fight back vehemently,” by his side.“I have a fond memory of all my former players, but with Gattuso there is something special.“It’s a wonderful evening, one full of emotions for me.“Milan hadn’t really given many signs of being dangerous in attack, but surprised us with two goals.“It was very difficult in that situation, then we changed system and the crowd pushed us on to turn it around.”Ancelotti spent most of his career at AC Milan, winning three Serie A and four European titles as a player and coach with the northern giants.His last coaching job in Italy — before nine trophy-laden years abroad at clubs including Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — was at the helm of Milan.AC Milan were playing their first match of the season after their game against Genoa was postponed because of the bridge disaster in the port city.Gattuso had said it was his dream to defeat his old “maestro” as Ancelotti had done as AC Milan coach over two decades ago beating his former boss Arrigo Sacchi’s Parma.“It hurts me to play so well at the San Paolo and then emerge empty-handed. Now we have to lick our wounds and go forward,” said Gattuso.Giacomo Bonaventura sensationally opened for Milan after 15 minutes with a Davide Calabria half-volley giving the visitors a two-goal advantage four minutes after the break.But Piotr Zielinski bagged a brace for Napoli in a 15-minute second half spell with substitute Dries Mertens sealing victory 10 minutes from time.“It’s acceptable to make a mistake but not to disappear from the pitch,” said Gattuso.“After we conceded the first goal we stopped playing.”Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain made his competitive debut for Milan but had little impact in his old stadium, along with new on-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Cristiano Ronaldo made his home debut for Juventus in a 2-0 win over Lazio, which after last week’s 3-2 win at Chievo gives the champions a maximum six points.Ronaldo is still waiting for his first goal with his new club with Miralem Pjanic putting the hosts in front at the Allianz Stadium after half an hour with Mario Mandzukic scoring the second on 75 minutes.Napoli play at Sampdoria next week with AC Milan looking for their first points at home against Roma, and Juventus travelling to promoted Parma.Lazio look for their first points against newcomers Frosinone.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dhilluku Dhuddu: Santhanam will stun the audience in dance and fight sequences, says director Rambala

first_imgDirector Rambala, who was instrumental in shaping the career of actor Santhanam via television comedy series Lollu Sabha, says everyone is in for a surprise since Santhanam has gone through a complete makeover for their upcoming film Dhilluku Dhuddu.”All those who have watched Santhanam so far and have created an image of him are in for a pleasant surprise. He will stun audiences in dance and action sequences. In one of the action scenes, Santhanam fights in his suit and it will be a treat to watch,” told IANS.”So far in his acting career, he has always been seen sporting a clean shaven look and wearing any costume that he would be handed over. I wanted to break that monotony, and therefore, suggested a complete makeover for Santhanam,” he added.Santhanam was excited to experiment with his looks.”He has always been willing to try different things. We wanted him to have a rugged look, so we made him grow a beard like Virat Kohli. We hired a costume designer and gave him a stylish makeover. He even wore suits,” he said, adding the film explores a different dimension of Santhanam.Talking about Santhanam and his growth. The director said that the fame has not changed his erstwhile protege. “I’ve known him for 15 years. Despite his phenomenal rise as an actor, nothing about him has changed. Thanks to his helping tendency, so many artistes from Lollu Sabha have been employed on this project. I take pride in being known as his guru,” Rambala said.advertisementSanthanam’s helpful nature paved the way to Dhilukku Dhuddu, which releases in cinemas on Thursday.”In 2013, I was approached by a producer with an offer. Apparently, another director who worked for 20 days on the project left unannounced and the producer wanted me to fill his position. I wanted to hire a new set of actors, but the producer was not happy with the idea. Eventually, we had a fallout and I left the project,” he said.Around the same time, Rambala met Santhanam and explained his situation.”I readied another script for Santhanam, which he liked and immediately gave his consent to work together. Since we have known each other for a long time, he wanted to give me the perfect launchpad, and hence, spoke to producer Murali and brought Sri Thenandal Films on board,” he said.Tipped to be a spoof on horror comedies, the film also stars newbie Shanaya, apart from Saurabh Shukla and Yogi Babu.”Most horror films are about haunted mansions, revenge and some humour. We have attempted something different within the horror space and we believe audiences will appreciate it. This is a horror film with a twist,” he added.last_img read more