New parental leave laws coming into effect in September

first_imgDonegal parents will be able to take advantage of new parental leave regulations from September 1.Employees will be entitled to 22 weeks unpaid parental leave which is an additional 4 weeks on current entitlements. This will then increase a further 4 weeks to 26 weeks from 1 September 2020.The new Parental Leave Act also increases the maximum age of the child for whom parental leave can be taken, from 8 years to 12 years. Melanie Crowley, Head of Employment and Benefits at Mason Hayes and Curran, said the regulations allow for parental leave to be taken in blocks, but most employers come to arrangements with employees allowing them take a day a week if that is the employee’s preference.“What the legislation provides for, is that the leave will be taken in one block or in blocks of not less than 6 weeks. It’s only then with the consent of the employer that the employee can take a day a week, or something like that,” she said.A survey of 400 companies conducted by business group, Ibec, found 81% of employers do agree to fragmented parental leave.For businesses, Ms Crowley does not believe the extension to parental leave will be difficult to implement. “I think any absence is difficult for an employer to manage whether that is sick leave or maternity leave or parental leave. This increase is not enormous. The entitlement was already there. The implementation should already be there, it is just a slight tweak to existing provisions.” It is not known how many employees avail of parental leave because it is an arrangement between an employer and an employee, and there is no obligation to notify the State.Anecdotally, parental leave is taken by more women than men. “Parental leave is often something that is tagged on to the end of maternity leave or it is something that a woman takes, reducing her week to a 4 day week.”New parental leave laws coming into effect in September was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more



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Local Roundup: Del Norte’s Schultz, Fortuna Huskies take league titles after final H-DN golf meet

first_imgCrescent City >> Del Norte’s Cameron Schultz fired an even-par 72 and secured the Humboldt-Del Norte League title on the final day of regular season competition Thursday afternoon at Del Norte Golf Course.This marks the fifth consecutive year that a Warrior golfer has captured the top spot in the individual standings, as current Southwestern Oregon Community College freshman Kobie Lockwood made H-DN history with his string of four consecutive titles from 2012 to 2016.The Warriors also …last_img



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McPheron taking ag experience to the next level of OSU leadership

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bruce McPheronDr. Bruce McPheron was officially installed as provost and executive vice-president of the Ohio State University by the school’s Board of Trustees in June. He previously served as dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences before assuming the role of interim provost in January.A conversation with…Bruce McPheron, provost and executive vice-president of the Ohio State University by the school’s Board of Trustees. OCJ: You were officially installed as provost and executive vice-president of the Ohio State University by the school’s Board of Trustees in June after previously serving as dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences before assuming the role of interim provost in January. What has it been like going from dean of CFAES to being thrown into this role?Bruce: Well you know it became full time really quickly. In fact Dec. 2 there was no honeymoon and so that initial transition when President Drake asked me to serve as the interim executive vice president Provost, he made it very clear that this was not a place holding role — he wanted us to continue to move the University forward. I have had a lot of help from people around me over here. A very generous group of folks gave me notebook after notebook of things to study. Just as the students were going through finals, about that time I felt in some ways I was studying for midterms as well.OCJ: Did CFAES, you feel, prepare you in any way for your new office and if so, how?Bruce: Well you know coming from the background of agriculture and all the related sciences starts you from the perspective of thinking very broadly and so I think that is actually an advantage that I had in then being able to walk across the University. Ohio State is one of the world’s most comprehensive institutions in terms of the disciplinary backgrounds that we have in 15 different colleges. The fact that half of what we do here is an academic medical center in the health sciences that are associated with that and we’ve got the arts and humanities just here on either side of Bricker Hall on the oval. All of these things are reminders of just the breadth of what this particular University has to offer and I think coming from a College like ours that had so many different disciplines embedded in it made me start with the mindset of understanding the connections among them.OCJ: You’ve touched on this slightly already, but coming from dean of Penn State then coming right to Ohio State and now coming here — has that changed your view of Ohio State in this process or do you feel it’s been pretty much the same throughout?Bruce: Well I feel like I’m learning every day. You know I’ve told people for years to celebrate being a lifelong learner. I will tell you that these past six plus months have really reinforced that. So you know I wouldn’t say that I have the same impressions, but they continued to build and evolve. You know the roots that I have in CFAES, and in my experiences back at Penn State before that, really have me thinking about the mission of the University and that I think is an important thing that I can bring to this office. I understand the excellence of our teaching and being very student centered — that’s something that our college is known for across the campus. I understand the importance of really focusing on high quality research because that’s one of the other jobs of a university — to discover new ideas and that may be a cure for a disease, that may be a better way to grow a crop, or it may be some creative work of art that really moves the spirit. That is a fundamental part of what we do and you know I bring that with me from my experiences and CFAES. And then the final piece, which I think is absolutely essential, is the recognition that for a University like Ohio State, learning and teaching do not stop at the classroom door. We are across the state. We’re in every community of Ohio through programs that belong to Ohio State and I really want to see that mentality extend further to the campus so that we’re taking full advantage of everything Ohio State brings to the table.OCJ: Talking about communities, you are originally from Hardin County. And as a 4-H member from there, do you ever find yourself reflecting on that and how far you’ve come since then?Bruce: I think about it all the time. In fact, it was 52 years ago that I first became officially affiliated with Ohio State and it was through Ohio 4-H. Now it was in Union County at that time but as I grew older and we moved up to Hardin County where we really call home — both Marilyn and I are from Hardin County — I just I think back all the time to lessons learned there. So I learned not just as a 4-H’er and what you learn as a club officer, what you learn in having responsibility for a project, and what you learn in the various service projects that a 4-H club might do, but also then I had the opportunity between my graduate degrees to come back and work in cooperative Extension. Those have been absolutely invaluable learning experiences for me. You know I carry those things with me every day.OCJ: When President Drake offered you the job and said here, is this what you want to do? What went through your mind and what went into the decision process of saying “yes,” I will take this full time from here on out?Bruce: Well you know I made that decision sometime in the middle of the spring semester. When I came in as interim in December, it truly was in my mind with the intent of being the interim individual in this role and it was only as I really began to understand the role and to work with the people around me and see what the potential was across the University to really do some amazing things that it occurred to me that this was another opportunity for leadership. I will carry CFAES with me every single day and I will miss the opportunity to provide leadership at that level, but I really feel that I can bring the interests of what our college represents both as a society and as a part of an amazing university to a new level by serving in this current role.OCJ: And through that service, do you see Ohio State’s involvement in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences changing at all? Where do you see that going here in the future?Bruce: Well you know of the food system is a changing creature. We have new opportunities every year. Earlier in the spring we actually hosted the first Buckeye Summit and its focus was food security. There are a lot of things to think about in terms of what the entire University can bring to some of the things that we hold so dear within CFAES. I think that is about creating an environment where it’s really an all of Ohio State effort to advance our ag and food system and all the things we depend on there. There’s so much capacity across campus that I now can see from a different vantage point and encourage others to be part of finding great solutions for the future. That really energizes me.OCJ: Can you lend any insights as far as the future of the agricultural facilities here at Ohio State regarding Waterman Dairy or livestock facilities out by Don Scott Field? Can you tell us anything about that?Bruce: Just at the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, we gave an overview of some of the changes that have now been proposed and planned. There are a lot of steps still to take. Facility decisions are complicated and so the first step is really sound planning. There’s been work that has been involved with our Wooster campus and of course here in Columbus thinking about the teaching needs, particularly in our animal science areas. We have been thinking about what we might do because of our unique urban location, something that didn’t really characterize the college back in the day. We’re actually looking at improvements to Waterman Farm over the next several years that would help us to continue to be able to support our teaching mission in animal agriculture — Animal Sciences being the most popular major in the college — to be able to really think about our outreach programming and the possibility to do some work in urban agriculture. Essentially we can use Waterman in a way that actually takes advantage of its location and then we still have all of our experiment stations and the Wooster campus scattered around the state to do the work that we have done for so many years to really support the unique elements of Ohio agriculture in different corners of Ohio.OCJ: What do you really hope to accomplish as Provost, whether that be through service or helping out the students at Ohio State University or the community of Ohio overall?Bruce: Well you know I really share President Drake’s philosophy. He’s called it the 20-20 vision, 2020 being of course our sesquicentennial, the 150th birthday of the University and of course our college should be construed as a founding college of the University. He’s laid out a premise that we need to really provide access to an affordable and excellent education. We really need to be a great member of our community so we need to be engaged and we really need to think about the diversity and inclusion of our programs. And you know we’ve been ahead of the game in agriculture over the years in all of those areas so I feel very comfortable stepping in to say those are the kinds of things we’ll continue to promote here at the University. We have lots we need to think about in terms of the nuts and bolts of things that will move us forward, but honestly some of the elements that drew me here to Ohio State originally a few years back remain very true. This is a place where we can solve problems by working across boundaries and I think one of the big signatures that I would like to leave at Ohio State is really reinforcing that kind of culture.last_img read more



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Monsanto pauses commercialization of NemaStrike technology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A letter from Monsanto to their grower customers:At Monsanto, we continuously work to bring growers like you a broad range of innovative products to help you sustainably grow your crops. When it comes to those products, you are also a key reason we make the decisions we do regarding how and when those products are made commercially available.Recognizing that nematodes are one of the most troublesome pests farmers face every year, we developed our new seed treatment product, NemaStrike™ Technology, in an effort to help you battle this challenging pest. Products containing NemaStrike Technology have unprecedented potential to help farmers precisely and effectively protect their crops from those damaging nematodes.In preparation for a full product launch, Monsanto conducted three years of field trials across the U.S. in corn, soybeans, and cotton. These trials have shown that NemaStrike Technology can provide a yield protection performance advantage over the competitive standard by 7 bu/A in corn, 3 bu/A in soybeans and 80 lbs. lint/acre in cotton. In addition, a robust Ground Breakers® program was conducted in 2017 that encompassed over 400 growers who were able to safely use NemaStrike Technology and early results are positive. These real-world experiences reinforce the extensive evaluations done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to approval of Acceleron® NemaStrike ST and demonstrate that the technology is effective and can be used safely when following label instructions.However, as we prepared for the commercial launch for seed treated with Acceleron NemaStrike ST, there have been limited cases of skin irritation, including rashes, that appear to be associated with the handling and application of this seed treatment product. We are evaluating these cases, and in those we’ve examined so far, the proper use of required personal protective equipment (PPE) appears to be an important factor.As a company, safety and stewardship are our top priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we are pausing the 2018 commercialization of NemaStrike Technology while we evaluate the circumstances associated with these cases. We anticipate that we will continue the Ground Breakers program this spring.We did not make this decision lightly, but you, our growers, as well as our employees and partners are the heart of our company. We want to ensure that all have the best possible experience with any of our products. We will provide additional information to you, including which alternative Acceleron Seed Applied Solutions products will be available in commercial products for the 2018 season. Look for more from us in the coming weeks.As always, we appreciate your partnership and the trust you put in us to provide you only the best quality products. We look forward to providing growers like you with this technology for future seasons.last_img read more



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Nationals Sign Rafael Soriano a Powerful Closer

Rafael Soriano, one of the most versatile closers in baseball, made the young and dangerous Washington Nationals more lethal by signing a two-year, $28-million contract with the reigning NL East champion.The agreement is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.A source told AP that the deal contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if Soriano reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, had 42 saves last year with the New York Yankees, stepping in for injured Mariano Rivera. Soriano would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who were among a group that closed games for them last season. Yahoo Sports first reported the Soriano-Nationals negotiations.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees. In October, he declined a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees to enter free agency.As compensation for Soriano, Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year’s amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt. read more



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The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more



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Golden Globes 2019 Macaulay Culkin tweets like brothers nom is a shock

first_img You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now. Just saying. #thanks— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 0 My brother looks so handsome at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/drWsLlslLh— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Whoa! Kieran has such good seats! Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 HOLY SHIT KIERAN IS NOMINATED???WHAT IS SUCCESSION?! Man, I should really answer his calls more often. Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year. #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Macaulay also joked he’d be at the Golden Globes if the internet had voted to change his middle name to Kieran instead of Macaulay Culkin. Kieran was one of Macaulay’s top 5 picks from the list of crowdsourced suggestions. “You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now,” Macaulay tweeted. “Just saying.” Oh my god, there he is! Hi, bro! pic.twitter.com/1Y3iG18bIz— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Post a comment Macaulay continued to tweet at his brother, who sadly doesn’t have a Twitter account to respond in kind.  “Whoa! Kieran has such good seats!” Macaulay tweeted. “Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter!” And when his brother lost, he got in a little tweet-dig. “I was totally pulling for [Henry] Winkler,” he wrote.  This show is rigged!!! I was totally pulling for Winkler. #GoldenGlobes(No one tell Keiran he didn’t win)— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Oh shit! My brother is at the Golden Globes?! That is so cool! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 6, 2019 2019 movies to geek out over Awkward. Share your voice 77 Photos Actor Macaulay Culkin — who’s now known as Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin thanks to a new middle name picked by the internet — had a lot to say about his actor-brother during the 2019 Golden Globes. As Macaulay live-tweeted the show Sunday, he acted surprised to see Kieran Culkin at the star-studded event. I’m guessing he was kidding, but who knows? Hollywood can be a strange place. Culkin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.   Tags Kieran’s performance as Roman Roy in the HBO series Succession earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a miniseries.While Kieran was initially surprised in December to be nominated, his brother Macaulay tweeted like he didn’t know about the honor at all. “Man, I should really answer his calls more often,” he wrote. “Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year.” TV and Movieslast_img read more



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Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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Bigg Boss Telugu 3 latest update Nagarjuna set to announce hosting next

first_imgAkkineni NagarjunaTwitterThe latest buzz about Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is that actor Akkineni Nagarjuna will make an official announcement about hosting the next season of this hit reality show in June.A lot has been written and spoken about the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Several names were linked to this show after Nani and Jr NTR rejected this offer and Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh and Anushka Shetty are few among them. The latest we hear that the makers of the show have approached Akkineni Nagarjuna.It is rumoured that Nagarjuna was busy shooting for Manmadhudu 2 in Portugal when he received the offer to host Bigg Boss Telugu 3. The actor is said to have assured to meet the team after returning to Hyderabad. He has now wrapped up the foreign schedule of Manmadhudu 2 and is said to meet with the top management of Star Maa to discuss the deal of hosting the upcoming season of its hit show.Nagarjuna is said to have agreed to be the host of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Now, he will have a word about his remuneration and other terms and conditions of the show in the final round of discussions with the team. Once everything is finalised, the team will announce his name as the host in a press meet, which is likely to take in a week’s time.Nagarjuna has already made his mark on the small screen as he had successfully managed to host a couple of seasons of Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, the Telugu version of Kaun Banega Karodpati. If he is on board for Bigg Boss Telugu, he is sure to have the popularity of this TV reality show to all new heights.The team of Star Maa had kick-started the process of selection of the contestants for Bigg Boss Telugu 3 earlier this year. It is said to have already finalised most of the participants. The buzz is that the makers wanted to launch the show in June, but they pushed this date to July due to the World Cup.last_img read more



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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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