Connect with us

News

‘ Hustlers ‘ to set new record of STX box office while ‘ Goldfinch ‘ crashes

Published

on

' Hustlers ' to set new record of STX box office while ' Goldfinch ' crashes

With “Hustlers,” the Lorene Scafaria crime film that will set the studio’s new opening weekend record, STX makes it rain at the box office. The film is now projected to gain a $32 million opening weekend after making $13.1 million out of 3,250 screens on Friday.

That beats the expectations set before the weekend for “Hustlers,” as trackers earned an opening of $25-28 million. Even if present estimates had dropped within that range, the STX opening record set by the “Bad Moms” of 2016 would still have been $23.8 million.

It’s also the greatest live-action box office ever to open for its star, Jennifer Lopez, finishing the $23 million opening that the 2005 comedy “Monster-in-Law” received. J-Lo had a big hand in constructing the word of mouth that brought this economic achievement to “Hustlers.” Critics who saw the film at its premiere in Toronto singled her out for praise, calling her performance the best of her career as a mother figure and scam artist. Reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were powerful with an 88 percent rating, while the viewer ratings on Postrak are solid with 3.5/5.

On the charts this weekend, “Hustlers” is No. 2 as “It: Chapter Two” requires No. 1 again with an estimated second weekend of $40.4 million. That’s a 56 percent fall from the opening of the movie’s $91 million, giving the horror sequel a total of $153.5 million in 10 days. While that’s 30 percent behind the 1st day total of the first “It” $213 million, considering the $70 million budget of the film, it’s still a large success for Warner Bros. and New Line.

“The Goldfinch,” the adaptation of the renowned novel by Donna Tartt, is not so good for Warner Bros. The film debuted in Toronto, like “Hustlers,” hoping to win some awards buzz, but with a 24 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, critics panned the film. Now, after making only $870,000 on Friday, “The Goldfinch” is on track to become one of 2019’s largest bombs with a $2.5 million opening weekend against a reported $45 million budget.

Read More: WATCH: Henry Cavill’s first look in Netflix’s The Witcher series comes out

google news

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

Advertisement
Click to comment

News

BTS is the first K-pop act to ever appear on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’

Published

on

BTS Dynamite makes Rolling Stone list

Iconic K-pop boy group BTS has made Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” with one of their three English-language songs. 

“Light it up like Dynamite”: Rolling Stone magazine released their list of the top 500 songs for the first time in 17 years on Sept. 15 with BTS making a groundbreaking appearance on it as the first Korean act to ever appear on the ranking.

  • The last time the outlet published the list was in 2004, and since then, many songs have made their mark on the world. The magazine thought it was time to remake the list, writing, “To create the new version of the RS 500 we convened a poll of more than 250 artists, musicians and producers…as well as figures from the music industry and leading critics and journalists.”
  • Among the many songs that made the list of “best songs ever,” BTS’ renowned single “Dynamite,” released in 2020, was one of them, ranking at 346th. 
  • “Dynamite” is one of three BTS’ songs that is completely in English. They have 230 songs in their discography, with 227 songs in Korean.  
  • The song “Dynamite” made waves in the K-pop world in 2020 as being BTS’ first song completely sung in English. The music video currently has 1.2 billion views. This is not their most-viewed music video on YouTube, however, as “Boy With Luv” featuring singer Halsey has 1.35 billion views and “DNA” has 1.34 billion views. Both songs are mostly in Korean. 
  • Rolling Stone’s reasoning for why “Dynamite” was on the list was that the song was “BTS’ first-ever U.S. Number One, as well as their first full English-language song, ‘Dynamite’ was a landmark, hegemony-shattering moment for the world-conquering South Korean group.” 

“Bring the fire”: BTS has said previously in interviews in 2019 that they did not want to put out a full English-language song, according to Vulture

  • In a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly, lead singer RM, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, said, “If we sing suddenly in full English, and change all these other things, then that’s not BTS.” However, BTS has released three songs since then in English: “Dynamite” in 2020, “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” in 2021. 
  • Talking to Billboard in August about the group’s sudden switch to English lyrics, the members said that they didn’t all agree with having songs completely in English. While HYBE, the entertainment agency that BTS belongs to, said the decision was “amicable,” RM told Billboard, “There was no alternative.”
  • Even though all three of the English-language songs were a huge success in the U.S. and in the Western music industry, the boy group believes that they should keep the majority of their lyrics in Korean. “I don’t think we could ever be part of the mainstream in the U.S., and I don’t want that either,” the leader said. “Our ultimate goal is to do a massive stadium tour there. That’s it.” 

“Let it roll”: Due to “Dynamite” being one of their few songs completely in English, and one of the few not written by the members themselves, many fans had mixed feelings about the accomplishment. 

Featured Image via HYBE LABELS

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community.
Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

google news
Continue Reading

News

Eastern Massachusetts high school scores and highlights from Thursday

Published

on

Eastern Massachusetts high school scores and highlights from Thursday

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

East Bridgewater 27, Middleboro 30

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Middleboro 21, East Bridgewater 35

FOOTBALL

Minuteman 16, Keefe Tech 8

Whittier 28, Malden 7

FIELD HOCKEY

Arlington 4, Dedham 1

Duxbury 3, Weymouth 1

Ipswich 0, Newburyport 0

Lynnfield 6, Rockport 0

Middleboro 7, Mashpee 0

Monomoy 5, Plymouth North 0

North Reading 4, Amesbury 1

Pentucket 2, Manchester-Essex 1

GOLF

Apponequet 265, Somerset Berkley 287

Bishop Stang 207, Abp. Williams 139

Braintree 100, Weymouth 60

Case 326, Greater New Bedford 374

Dartmouth 100, Durfee 67

Hingham 42, Catholic Memorial 12

Middleboro 92, New Bedford 87

North Reading 130, Newburyport 128

Pembroke 235, Quincy 269

Plymouth North 240, Hanover 270

Quincy 253, Norwood 259

Rising Tide 4, Nantucket 3

BOYS SOCCER

Andover 0, Billerica 0

Bridgewater-Raynham 1, Durfee 1

Burke 9, CASH 0

Dennis-Yarmouth 2, Sandwich 2

East Boston 3, O’Bryant 0

Essex Tech 3, Lowell Catholic 0

Hanover 2, Whitman-Hanson 2

Innovation Academy 5, Greater Lawrence 1

Latin Academy 1, Boston International 1

Lowell 2, Lawrence 0

Lynn Tech 5, Mystic Valley 0

Madison Park 9, New Mission 1

Norton 1, Dedham 0

St. John’s Prep 2, St. John’s (S) 1

TechBoston 10, Excel 1

Xaverian 2, Malden Catholic 0

GIRLS SOCCER

Andover 2, Billerica 2

Austin Prep 6, Latin Academy 0

Bishop Fenwick 0, Danvers 0

Bridgewater-Raynham 9, Durfee 0

Central Catholic 1, Dracut 0

Danvers 0, Bishop Fenwick 0

Greater Lowell 4, Minuteman 0

Monomoy 5, Falmouth 0

Norfolk Aggie 2, Blue Hills 1

North Andover 1, Methuen 0

Notre Dame (H) 8, Ursuline 2

Plymouth North 10, Quincy 0

Revere 4, Lynn English 0

Sandwich 4, Dennis-Yarmouth 1

Saugus 5, East Boston 0

VOLLEYBALL

Bishop Feehan 3, Abp. Williams 0

Blue Hills 3, Norfolk Aggie 2

Boston International 3, CASH 2

Braintree 3, Latin Academy 1

Dennis-Yarmouth 3, Nantucket 0

Haverhill 3, Central Catholic 0

Nauset 3, Rising Tide 0

Newburyport 3, Georgetown 1

Rockland 3, Cardinal Spellman 2

Tewksbury 3, Methuen 2

Watertown 3, Winthrop 1

 

THURSDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

FIELD HOCKEY

Haley Dwight scored a goal and tacked on an assist for Pentucket (3-0) in a 2-1 victory over Cape Ann League rival Manchester-Essex.

Caroline DiGiovanni scored four goals for Monomoy in a 5-0 victory over nonleague opponent Plymouth North.

BOYS SOCCER

Darrell Quist scored with under a minute to go in the game to give Bridgewater-Raynham a 1-1 tie with Durfee in the Southeast Conference.

Ryan Lovasco scored a pair of goals and Josh Berube added three assists as Essex Tech (2-0-1) blanked Lowell Catholic, 3-0, in a nonleague contest.

GIRLS SOCCER

In the Catholic Central League, Sydney Comeau had a banner day, erupting for six goals to propel Notre Dame (Hingham) past Ursuline 8-2.

Carolina Bettero struck for a hat-trick to bring her career total to 80 goals, as Revere (2-1) defeated Northeastern Conference foe Lynn English 4-0.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Lucy Swanson carried the attack with 12 kills, while Vivian Castro racked up 25 assists to help guide Dennis-Yarmouth (3-0) to a 3-0 sweep of Martha’s Vineyard in the Cape and Islands League.

In a nonleague game, Grace McCarthy recorded 11 aces, 12 kills and 6 blocks while MaryKate Higgins added 22 assists to lead Braintree past Latin Academy, 3-1.

GOLF

Isabel Brozena earned medalist honors with a 29 as North Reading (4-2) handed Newburyport (5-1) its first loss 130-128 in the Cape Ann League.

CLASS NOTES

Two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic linebacker Tyler Martin of BB&N announced his commitment to Arizona this afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder is rated among the top three prospects in the state and has been on the radar screen since Michigan offered him a scholarship as an eighth-grader. Martin eventually gave a verbal commitment to Michigan, but decommitted earlier this year.

The Boston Public School athletic department announced that, due to a lack of numbers, Charlestown will not field a varsity football team this season. The players who were planning on playing will have the opportunity to compete with South Boston/Burke this fall.

google news
Continue Reading

News

How the Vikings plan to stop star receiver DeAndre Hopkins

Published

on

How the Vikings plan to stop star receiver DeAndre Hopkins

As jarring as it sounds on the surface, Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson actually grew up watching current Arizona Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins.

Though the 29-year-old Hopkins is still in his prime, and might be the best receiver in the NFL, the age gap is big enough that the 22-year-old Jefferson looked up to him as a kid.

“I’m a big fan of D-Hop,” Jefferson said. “He has tremendous hands. Just the way he catches the ball, and the body control, he’s phenomenal. He’s a freak of nature in that category.”

That’s something the Vikings will get to experience firsthand this Sunday when they take on the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

After hauling in 6 of 8 targets for 83 yards and a couple of touchdowns at Tennessee last weekend, Hopkins will surely be looking for an even better performance in the home opener this weekend. It’s on Vikings cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland, and the rest of the secondary, to slow him down as best they can.

“You rarely see D-Hop drop passes,” said Peterson, who was teammates with Hopkins last season. “He catches all of the contested throws. You just have to make those windows a little bit tighter and be a little bit tighter with coverage. Just try as best as we can to make his day a living hell.”

In the past, Peterson might have shadowed Hopkins in the upcoming matchup. That won’t be the case this weekend as Peterson will patrol his side of the field with Breeland manning the opposite sideline.

“He’s got a big catch radius,” Breeland said. “He’s one of those possession receivers that can catch the ball anyway. You’ve really got to key in on him. He really makes other people go. If we can slow him down, and get everybody else out of the picture, we’ll be good.”

In addition to his incredible hands and his massive catch radius, Hopkins brings a physical presence to his game. While most receivers use their speed and quickness to create separation off the line of scrimmage, trying their best not to get touched, Hopkins invites contact with opposing defenders.

“He uses his size and his physicality to his advantage,” co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer said. “He knows how to fight at the line of scrimmage. He definitely knows all the tricks of the trade on how to be physical and get off the press and get by a guy.”

That should create an entertaining matchup between the Vikings and Cardinals this weekend, most notably whenever Peterson and Hopkins are lined up across from each other.

“That’s kind of how I play my game, as well,” Peterson said. “I want to be physical with the receivers and get in their head and have them thinking about me a little bit more. It’s different with D-Hop. He invites that. So, it’s a little bit of a chess match whenever I have my opportunities to go up against him.

“It should be a fun game. It should be a fun matchup whenever we have the opportunity to match up.”

google news
Continue Reading

News

Nevada man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay

Published

on

Nevada man billed $80,000 for lengthy COVID hospital stay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – James Sweeney has insurance, but after spending more than 100 days in the hospital battling COVID, he now faces a bill of more than $80,000.

Sweeney, 63, was unconscious and on a ventilator at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus in Henderson from November 2020 to February 2021. When he awoke and asked about his bills, he says he was told that insurance was covering it.

“I asked to see a doctor and case manager because I was worried about the bills even then,” recalled Sweeney.

But the actual bill arrived, it showed a long list of out-of-network claims, which his insurance will not cover. Sweeney says he now owes more than $80,000 to providers.

“This week has been really tough,” said Sweeney. “I haven’t slept well any night. I keep waking up every night, trying to figure out how I’m going to cover these bills.”

Sweeney claims the total billed cost of his stay was around $2 million. Sweeney said his insurance company told him that although the hospital was in his network, the doctors that treated him were not.

Insurance broker Patrick Casale specializes in such cases. He said Sweeney is not at fault.

“The doctors know if they are providers or not, so does the hospital, and the facility should definitely send in doctors to coordinate that care better,” said Casale.

Casale said when it comes to critical care involving life or death, insurance is supposed to cover all costs. He said families who find themselves in similar situations can fight such claims.

St. Rose Dominican Sienna Hospital released a statement, acknowledging that health care should be affordable for all people, but that the hospital cannot intervene in a billing matter between the patient and his insurance.

“We recognize how frustrating and concerning an unexpected medical bill is for patients. Dignity Health believes that access to health care is a basic human right that should be available and affordable for all people. We treat all patients seeking medically necessary urgent or emergency care, regardless of their ability to pay. As the billing issue in question is between Sound Intensivists and the patient’s insurance, we are unable to speak to any interaction or discussion between those entities. We have taken steps to bring this issue to the attention of Sound and the insurance company and recommend this issue be revisited.” 

Gordon M. Absher 
External Communications Manager
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

The Sweeny family is now trying to raise enough money to offset some of those medical bills.

google news
Continue Reading

News

Missouri’s largest wind farm shut off at night to protect bats

Published

on

Missouri’s largest wind farm shut off at night to protect bats

ST. LOUIS– For the last few months, Missouri’s largest wind farm has been idle at night to avoid killing endangered bats. The Ameren-owned wind far, the High Prarie Renewable Energy Center, is in northeastern Missouri.

The shutdown comes as Ameren Missouri looks to increase customer rates to cover billions of dollars recently invested in electric grid upgrades and its new wind generation facilities.

Some consumer advocates argue customers shouldn’t have to pay more if Ameren isn’t producing at its full capacity.

State regulators want to boost the electric rate revenues by almost $300 million annually, an increase amounting to 12%. If granted, bills for an average residential electric customer would raise about $12 a month.

A recent report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says Ameren voluntarily stopped all nighttime operations starting on April 19, 2021.

The Kansas City Star reports Ameren received a permit in May from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to operate in a way that seeks to minimize the number of endangered or threatened bats it kills each year. However, the bats kept returning. In June, the paper reports Ameren again voluntarily stopped running the turbines at night.

The report says a total of four bat carcasses were found, including an Indiana bat that is a federally endangered species. There were also 52 birds found dead on the wind farm, including a bald eagle.

The Missouri Pubilc Service Commission heard testimony on this issue earlier this month. Geoff Marke, chief economist for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel testified:

“I am concerned that the Company may not meet its Renewable Energy Standard (RES) requirement due to the excessive take of protected species. As such, I do not believe ratepayers should be responsible for any costs related to Ameren’s poor managerial decisions in electing to site its windfarm where it did.”

In the testimony, when Marke mentions Ameren not meeting it’s RES requirement, he is referring to the new state requirement that utilities generate at least 15% of their power from renewabe resources.

The Kansas City Star also reported a statement from Ameren’s chief renewable development office saying the company stands alongside supporters of clean energy and said growing solar and wind power benefits customers. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions, which Ameren has pledged to do by 2050, “will require significant investments in new wind and solar facilities.”

The Missouri Pubilc Service Commission will hold hearings on the potential rate hike in November and December of 2021.

The High Prarie Renewable Energy Center consists of 175 turbines with an approximate 400-megawatt operating capacity.

google news
Continue Reading

News

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

Published

on

Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town

DEL RIO, Texas — Thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in a small Texas border town as chaos unfolded Friday and presented the Biden administration with a new challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil.

Haitians crossed the Rio Grande freely and in a steady stream, going back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico through knee-deep water with some parents carrying small children on their shoulders. Unable to buy supplies in the U.S., they returned briefly to Mexico for food and cardboard to settle, temporarily at least, under or near the bridge in Del Rio, a city of 35,000 that has been severely strained by migrant flows in recent months.

Migrants pitched tents and built makeshift shelters from giant reeds known as carrizo cane. Many bathed and washed clothing in the river.

The vast majority of the estimated 12,000 migrants at the bridge on Friday were Haitian, said Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens, who is the county’s top elected official and whose jurisdiction includes Del Rio. Some families have been under the bridge for as long as six days.

Trash piles were 10 feet (3.1 meters) wide and at least two women have given birth, including one who tested positive for COVID-19 after being taken to a hospital, Owens said.

Haitians have been migrating to the U.S. in large numbers from South America for several years, many of them having left the Caribbean nation after a devastating earthquake in 2010. After jobs dried up from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, many made the dangerous trek by foot, bus and car to the U.S. border, including through the infamous Darien Gap, a Panamanian jungle.

It is unclear how such a large number amassed so quickly, though many Haitians have been assembling in camps on the Mexican side of the border, including in Tijuana, across from San Diego, to wait while deciding whether to attempt to enter the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment. “We will address it accordingly,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on MSNBC.

The Federal Aviation Administration, acting on a Border Patrol request, restricted drone flights around the bridge until Sept. 30, generally barring operations at or below 1,000 feet (305 meters) unless for security or law enforcement purposes.

Some Haitians at the camp have lived in Mexican cities on the U.S. border for some time, moving often between them, while others arrived recently after being stuck near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, said Nicole Phillips, the legal director for advocacy group Haitian Bridge Alliance. A sense of desperation spread after the Biden administration ended its practice of admitting asylum-seeking migrants daily who were deemed especially vulnerable.

“People are panicking on how they seek refuge,” Phillips said.

Edgar Rodríguez, lawyer for the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, north of Del Rio, noticed an increase of Haitians in the area two or three weeks ago and believes that misinformation may have played a part. Migrants often make decisions on false rumors that policies are about to change and that enforcement policies vary by city.

U.S. authorities are being severely tested after President Joe Biden quickly dismantled Trump administration policies that Biden considered cruel or inhumane, most notably one requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for U.S. immigration court hearings. Such migrants have been exposed to extreme violence in Mexico and faced extraordinary difficulty in finding attorneys.

The U.S Supreme Court last month let stand a judge’s order to reinstate the policy, though Mexico must agree to its terms. The Justice Department said in a court filing this week that discussions with the Mexican government were ongoing.

A pandemic-related order to immediately expel migrants without giving them the opportunity to seek asylum that was introduced in March 2020 remains in effect, but unaccompanied children and many families have been exempt. During his first month in office, Biden chose to exempt children traveling alone on humanitarian grounds.

The U.S. government has been unable to expel many Central American families because Mexican authorities have largely refused to accept them in the state of Tamaulipas, which is across from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. On Thursday, a federal judge in Washington blocked the administration from applying Title 42, as the pandemic-related authority is known, to any families.

Mexico has agreed to take expelled families only from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, creating an opening for Haitians and other nationalities because the U.S. lacks the resources to detain and quickly expel them on flights to their homelands.

google news
Continue Reading

News

Hate crime charges dropped against man accused of yelling racial slur during assault on Chinatown leader

Published

on

Chinatown leader attacker gets hate crime charge dropped

A man who allegedly yelled anti-Asian slurs while attacking an elderly community leader in Oakland’s Chinatown is no longer facing hate crime charges.

What happened: James Lee Ramsey, 25, is accused of assaulting Carl Chan, 62, in the 400 block of 8th St. on April 29. According to Chan, Ramsey yelled “F*ck you Chinatown!” and “F*ck you Chinaman!” before striking him in the back of his head.

  • Chan, who serves as president of Oakland’s Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, was heading to visit another victim of an anti-Asian incident when the alleged attack occurred. He fell to the ground and suffered a scraped knee but managed to take a photo of his assailant, which is what he preaches for other Asians to do when attacked..
  • Shortly after the incident, Oakland police arrested Ramsey, who was still wearing the same clothes and carrying the same backpack. A parolee with multiple convictions, he was charged with felony assault and a hate crime for the alleged attack.
  • Last month, Chan, an outspoken figure amid the surge of anti-Asian incidents, urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in Oakland and deploy California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers to improve public safety. After a formal request from Mayor Libby Schaaf, Newsom ordered the CHP deployment but declined to issue a state of emergency declaration.
Image via Carl Chan

The latest: On Sept. 9, Ramsey pleaded no contest to his assault charge in exchange for having the hate crime enhancement dropped, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office also agreed to drop his charges of committing a violent crime while on parole and against an elderly person, since Chan was over 60.

  • Ramsey’s public defenders have challenged inconsistencies in Chan’s version of the events. During his initial police interview, the Chinatown leader repeatedly said that his attacker called him a “b*tch” — but did not mention his use of racial slurs, The Oaklandside noted.
  • It was on the following day after attending a rally when Chan told authorities for the first time that his attacker had used a racial slur. When asked why he did not mention it in his first interview, Chan said “I don’t remember, because I knew that I was so shocked at the time, and I tried to describe and answer as much as I could.”
  • Records show that Ramsey had been struggling with mental issues from an early age. He reportedly denied targeting Chan because he was Asian.

Ramsey will return to court for his sentencing on Nov. 4.

Featured Image via Henry K. Lee / KTVU (left) and Carl Chan (center, right)

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community.
Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

google news
Continue Reading

News

How Patriots rookie Shaun Wade went from Mac Jones’ high school teammate to Baltimore to Foxboro

Published

on

How Patriots rookie Shaun Wade went from Mac Jones’ high school teammate to Baltimore to Foxboro

FOXBORO — Patriots rookie cornerback Shaun Wade was a fountain of honesty in his first press conference Thursday.

Go ahead. Ask him anything.

What happened the day he got traded from Baltimore to New England three weeks ago?

Ravens coach John Harbaugh just walked up to him in practice and broke the news.

“Coach Harbaugh was like, ‘We’re going to trade you.’ And my mind was just everywhere,” Wade remembered. “I didn’t know where to go with my mind. I had an apartment down there, I was settled down there, and it just happened.”

What about the next few days?

“That adjustment, I’m not going to lie, it’s very, very hard,” he said. “Just going to Baltimore, learning their defense, and how they play, how they practice and coming here is a totally different atmosphere.”

And what are those differences between the Patriots and Ravens? Wait, the Ravens practice harder?

“Practice-wise, it’s kind of the same because you’ve got a lot of guys that are vets, and they’re very intense. It’s probably harder in Baltimore, that’d be the little difference,” Wade admitted. “Meeting-wise, it’s probably the same. But lifting’s probably the most difficult thing, and the playbook because it’s a different language.”

Wade, whom Baltimore drafted in the fifth round last April out of Ohio State, also detailed how the Patriots’ weight-room philosophy diverges from the Ravens’.

“In Baltimore, they do single legs, single arms, and stuff like that. Here, you do a lot of legs, you bench and things like that. But every day is definitely a leg day here. I see they really want to work on your explosion here,” he said. “That’s the number one thing.”

Wade was a healthy scratch for the Pats’ season opener last weekend against Miami. He said the front office showed mild interest in him during the pre-draft process, sending cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino to Ohio State for a sitdown. Wade admitted he knew little about New England back then, but he knew this much: “I just knew you win here. And I’m a winner.”

The Patriots acquired Wade on Aug. 26 to pad their secondary depth after a disappointing summer from their reserve corners. Two days after flying into Providence and participating in his first team practice, Wade played 39 defensive snaps in the Pats’ preseason finale at the Giants. According to Wade, the coaching staff taught him three coverages before kickoff.

Now settled in Foxboro, Wade shared he’s enjoyed re-connecting with fellow Jacksonville native Mac Jones. The two played on the same 7-on-7 team for high school recruits, once beating a team sponsored by Cam Newton. According to Wade, Jones is just like he remembered; the same smack-talking, touchdown-throwing sharp passer he won with eight years ago.

“Mac has always been the same person,” Wade said. “A lot of people doubted him when he was younger, saying don’t go to ‘Bama. But you see what he did.”

At Ohio State, Wade initially broke out as a hybrid safety/nickelback in 2019 before playing outside corner and struggling for most of last year. That season ultimately caused his draft stock to fall, another dip in his roller-coaster football journey that’s now stopped in Foxboro, where the Pats believe they can win with Wade like their quarterback once did.

google news
Continue Reading

News

Jennifer Carnahan was a victim of cancel culture, her husband, Rep. Jim Hagedorn, says

Published

on

Jennifer Carnahan was a victim of cancel culture, her husband, Rep. Jim Hagedorn, says

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As former head of Minnesota’s Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan, weighs her options for her future, her husband, Congressman Jim Hagedorn, took to Facebook on Thursday, Sept. 16, to voice a full-throated defense of his wife.

Jim Hagedorn and Jennifer Carnahan (Courtesy of Forum News Service)

Hagedorn said his wife fell victim to “cancel culture,” a radical left tactic, engineered by a small clique devoted to her undoing. The result was “needless chaos within the party.”

“As the dust begins to settle,” he said, his wife will be vindicated and shown that the allegations against her were baseless.

“The antagonists offered no proof or factual evidence to back up their claims,” Hagedorn, a Republican representing Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, said in the post. “Instead, they littered the public square with innuendo, anonymous stories, absurd guilt by association and other nonsense.

“Then, working as a mob, they brutally forced Jennifer out without one minute of due process,” Hagedorn wrote.

Carnahan resigned Aug. 19 after her friend, GOP donor and activist Anton “Tony” Lazzaro, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges. The news of his arrest triggered a wave of sexual harassment claims within the party and accusations that Carnahan presided over a toxic workplace environment.

In a recent interview, Carnahan said that she is mulling running for her old job or for public office. She also said she has engaged a public relations firm in a bid to repair her image and has taken down her social media accounts to maintain her emotional health.

The husband-and-wife team make one of the more unique, complex political partnerships in Minnesota state politics. Carnahan has been a key adviser in Hagedorn’s political career. He singled out her contributions when he won a second term as the representative of the 1st District. Their political fortunes are often entwined. When news broke of Lazzaro’s indictment, photos on social media showed Hagedorn, Carnahan and Lazzaro together.

At times sounding like an aggrieved husband, Hagedorn said no Republican officeholder should “ever be treated the way Jennifer was treated.”

Hagedorn said Carnahan did an “outstanding job” and “accomplished much” with the help of other Republicans during her 4 1/2 years as GOP chair. Hagedorn cited paying off the party’s debt, building up the party’s grassroots organizations, and winning back three congressional seats from Democrats — including the 1st, 7th and 8th — and helping keep the Minnesota Senate in GOP hands.

Hagedorn said his wife’s mistreatment was conducted by a “small but vocal Clique” in the party, but rank-and-file Republicans are “not happy with the way things went down.”

“Republicans must stand for due process, follow the facts and give people a fair chance,” Hagedorn said. “We must reject the societal cancer of WOKE political correctness, cancel-culture and judgment imposed by cyber mobsters.”

google news
Continue Reading

News

Police: 18-year-old male arrested after a pistol was found during a home visit

Published

on

Police: 18-year-old male arrested after a pistol was found during a home visit

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two Albany men who displayed a handgun to steal a bottle of liquor while at a home in Pine Hills Thursday night have been arrested.

On Thursday, September 16, around 11:10 p.m., Police responded to an area of the Pine Hills, on the 400 block of Hudson Avenue between Quail and Ontario Streets, to discover an unconscious man on the sidewalk near a loaded 9mm handgun.

google news
Continue Reading

Trending