Sharon Osbourne‘s life story could be coming to the big screen in the near future. The level-headed rockstar wife and manager of Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly working on adapting part of her journey into a biographic film. Sadly for classic rock fans and metalheads, even if the film is eventually made, it won’t include any part of her actual career timeline after meeting Ozzy back in the late 1970s.In a recent interview with British publication The Sun, the veteran music executive, born Sharon Arden, explained that she plans on moving forward in producing a big-budget film about her early life in hopes of discrediting a rival, unauthorized script which follows a similar storyline. Sharon’s project would share her life story up to the age of 25.“Of course [Ozzy] takes part in the movie, somebody will play him, but mainly, it’s about my life story up until I met my husband,” she explained to the news outlet. She also went on to explain why she felt the sudden need to put together a film about her life.“Just before Christmas, somebody said they had seen a movie script written about my life and it was on this website called Blacklist, and that is where writers go with scripts that are available to buy,” Osbourne continued. “So I downloaded it, read it, and it didn’t make sense. Timelines were all crazy … It had no heart, it just wasn’t me … How could somebody do that without asking me first?”That inauthentic and unauthorized script is reportedly being considered to be made into a film by Universal Pictures. Thus far, Osbourne has asked acclaimed Hollywood director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) to come on and lead the film.In addition to helping launch Ozzy’s hall-of-fame-worthy solo career back in the early 1980s, she was also a pioneer in reality television. Osbourne was a key figure in rebranding her family as proto-Kardashian television stars with their hit show, The Osbournes, which successfully ran on MTV for four seasons from 2002-2005. She also helped her husband launch what would become his very financially successful Ozzfest festival tour beginning back in 1996.Related: Ozzy Osbourne Fulfills Platinum Record Wish For Terminally-Ill Former BandmateThe report also states that Osbourne had been in on the early stages on penning a book about her 36-year-marriage to Ozzy (including sharing her stories on surviving family issues ranging from addiction and infidelity) but has since scrapped those plans. She may have no need to spend her time writing a book if she can make more money out of producing a full movie instead.[H/T The Sun]
South Africa’s starting ambitious new projects to diversify its energy sources and end the regular power cuts which have been the bane of Africa’s most advanced economy in recent years. Solar and wind energy plants are sprouting across the country, while the government is planning a huge and controversial expansion of nuclear power.The methane gas produced by cows may be a dangerous greenhouse gas but their dung is recycled and transformed into energy. Not far from South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, this factory mixes the manure with organic waste like paper and expired yogurt from landfills and markets.The result of the factory mix is a 4.4 MW of electricity, used to power a car manufacturing plant. But it’s a drop in the ocean for a country that urgently needs to diversify its energy landscape. 85 percent of South Africa’s electricity comes from the national provider Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. It may produce more electricity than any other African country but the grid has been under strain in recent years. According to the plan, 20 percent of South Africa’s energy should come from renewable sources by 2030.But in a country so dependent on coal, green energy’s prospects come a distant second to nuclear power. France, Russia, China, South Korea and the United States are all in the running to build reactors capable of providing 9600 MW, a quantity impossible for renewables to match any time soon.
MerryMart Consumer Corp. will proceed with its IPO since MerryMart is in the COVID-19 pandemic resilient non-discretionary basic essential retail category. The IPO listing is slated on June 15, 2020. The Philippine Stock Exchange has approved the IPO offering of MerryMart Consumer Corp. The pricing is up to P1 per share and price will be set by May 22. MerryMart intends to focus only on non-discretionary essential segment, because the discretionary side of retail is expected to be soft moving forward, and higher value and non-essential discretionary retail is also shifting to the foreign owned e-commerce channels. MerryMart Consumer Corp. do not have any exposure in the discretionary retail businesses such as the modern department stores, which are closed and do not generate revenues during the ECQ. MerryMart will be ready to secure more superior prime locations around the country, and attract more good talents to join its team after the ECQ as there may be a lot of good prime sites to be available nationwide. MerryMart Group currently operates seven branches. It has several more branches ready to open after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted, and will keep its target to open the 100th MerryMart branch on or before December 2021 next year. “We are confident that the MerryMart IPO will provide both the retail and institutional investors an opportunity to be able to invest and spread their portfolio in a resilient sector and also enable them to invest at an early stage of MerryMart’s planned hyper growth in the coming years,” said MerryMart chairman Edgar “Injap” Sia II The underwriter of the MerryMart Consumer Corp IPO is PNB Capital./PN “Just like Mang Inasal and DoubleDragon, our team and myself will pour in the passion, determination, focus and hard work towards the goal of MerryMart, another company that will grow rapidly and eventually become strong, durable and relevant for many generations,” added Sia. THE MerryMart Initial Public Offering (IPO) bookbuild will run until May 22, 2020. Once MerryMart is listed, it is expected to be the second listed retail company that has pure non-discretionary retail in its portfolio.
American teen Cori “Coco” Gauff, an emerging star at Wimbledon, has come between two British players.Apparently the appeal of playing mixed doubles with Gauff led Jay Clarke to dump partner Harriet Dart just ahead of the start of the draw’s opening round Thursday. Gauff, 15, has made headlines at the All England Club first by becoming the youngest player in the professional era to qualify for Wimbledon’s main women’s singles draw and then defeating Venus Williams and 2017 semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova to advance to the third round.For Dart’s part, it appears it wasn’t just how Clarke broke up (via text) but also when. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairing Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff dominates Magdalena Rybarikova to advance “Essentially, due to the timing, I wasn’t able to find another partner in the time period available,” Dart told the Daily Mail. “I did ask a number of people, but a lot of them were set up and that’s it. I think you should ask Jay about his reasons, that’s all I want to say.”Despite advancing to the 2018 semifinals with Dart, Clarke made the “tough” albeit awkward last-minute switch.”I’ve known Cori for a few years now, we got in contact and she asked me to play,” Clarke said. “That was tough, I had to let her know because I saw the pairs that had signed in, and I was, “Am I even going to get in?'”The last-minute change didn’t appear to faze Dart, 22, as she earned a place in the third round of the women’s singles with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-1 win Thursday over Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.And, clearly, she’s ready to move on.”I spoke about it (Wednesday). I’d really just like to talk about my match today. I think that’s in the past,” said Dart during her Thursday post-match press conference (via ESPN.com). “Yeah, I think just got to look forward. I’m just concentrating on my singles. “I think some things you can’t control. Just got to focus on the task in hand. That’s playing singles. That’s all I’m really worried about.”Clarke, 20, wasn’t as fortunate Thursday against second-seeded Roger Federer in the men’s singles second round, falling in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.He and Gauff are scheduled to face Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko on Friday in the mixed doubles first round.
The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office is making some changes to how we vote ahead of the August primary, with coronavirus concerns looming.To start, workers are preparing to meet a surge in requests from residents to vote by mail.“We did order one million extra envelopes because we were worried after seeing in March and how crazy that was,” Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link tells our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5.On Primary Day in March, people requested mail-in ballots past the deadline due to fears about waiting in polling lines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Nearly 300,000 voters have already signed up for mail-in ballots.Sartory Link has also asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand early voting from two to three weeks, and to allow several voting precincts to share the same polling location. “We had 227 of our locations were private polling locations, and we are still in the process of hearing from all of them, as to whether or not they are going to allow us to come back, but at this point we’ve had a lot tell us no,” says Sartory Link.She adds that the strategy could help to minimize the poll worker shortage that occurred in March, when too many were either sick or were afraid to get sick.Visit the Palm Beach County Elections website to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After nearly giving their fans coronaries due to falling behind because of rocky pitching by Joshua Houston, the star pitcher rebounded to pitch five innings and then drove in the tying run with a line single in the fifth to lead the all-black baseball team Jackie Robinson West (Illinois) to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Nevada 7-5 on Saturday in the U.S. final at the Little League World Series.The Great Lakes Region champions from Jackie Robinson West earned the right to meet South Korea in Sunday’s Little League world championship game.Trailing 3-0 after the first and 5-4 heading into the home half of the fifth, Chicago scored three times to win it. Houston’s single tied it after two walks, with runs also scoring on a fielder’s choice and an error.Ed Howard then came on to close it out for Jackie Robinson West, a member of the Urban Initiative which supports Little League programs in underprivileged urban areas.Photos: Twitter, Instagram
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2015)–Attentive to a slow early pace, Hoop of Colour, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, wore down Three Hearts and Tyler Baze late to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length. Trained by Graham Motion, the Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. homebred covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.08.With longshot Rusty Slipper cutting out fractions of 25.19, 49.56 and 1:13.73, Three Hearts took command approaching the quarter pole and opened up a one length advantage on the winner while getting one mile in 1:37.43. From there, Van Dyke tracked the winner three-wide turning for home and gained the advantage well inside the sixteenth pole.“Today, right out of the gate, I was set up perfect,” said Van Dyke, who is now two for two aboard Hoop of Colour. “She broke well. The only other speed was Three Hearts and the other (Graham) Motion (trained) horse, Rusty Slipper. I got right behind Rusty Slipper and my horse threw her ears up and she was so relaxed. Near the half mile pole only two horses were in front of me, so I got out, stayed off Three Hearts’ hip and I had clear sailing from there.”A winner of a 1 ¼ miles turf allowance in her U.S. debut at Santa Anita Feb. 5, Hoop of Colour, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Distorted Humor who was two for four in England, was off at 12-1 in a field of nine older fillies and mares and paid $26.80, $13.80 and $10.00.A minor stakes winner in England last July, Hoop of Colour, who is out of the Unbridled mare Surya, got her first graded stakes win and improved her overall mark to 6-4-1-0. The winner’s take of $120,000 increased her earnings to $173,751.“She’s a really nice filly, and all (of her) family, three or four of them, have been graded stakes winners,” said Alice Clapham, assistant trainer to Motion. “She’s shown a lot of talent since she’s been here…I’m sure Graham will talk to the owners…We might run her back here that mile and a quarter turf race (Grade III, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18) or she might go to Keeneland.”Three Hearts, a Team Valor International homebred filly by Hat Trick, had been idle since running a close third in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 27, tracked Rusty Slipper early but couldn’t hold off the winner close home, finishing second, one length in front of Winning Rhythm. Off at 8-1, Three Hearts paid $10.60 and $7.20.Last into the Club House turn, Winning Rhythm saved ground to mid-stretch and angled out leaving the eighth pole under Victor Espinoza to run third, a half length in front of Testa Rossi. The longest shot in the field at 41-1, Winning Rhythm paid $13.20 to show.Ridden by Gary Stevens, 5-2 favorite Diversy Harbor, who came off a come from behind win in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 16, lacked her customary late kick.“No pace,” said Stevens in explaining his filly’s subpar effort.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday. First post time is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–
Marko Mitrovic insists no regrets over time with Chelseaby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarko Mitrovic has no regrets over his time with Chelsea.The Swedish striker joined the Blues as a 16 year-old from Malmo and spent five years with the giants before moving onto Brescia.He recalled to Fotbollskanalen: “It was a wonderful period. I scored a lot of goals during my years there and won the FA Youth Cup with the team. It was real elite football, the training sessions were top-notch. “Every session with players like Drogba, Terry and Lampard taught me a lot.”I had a good relationship with coach Carlo Ancelotti, won the reserve league and the FA Youth Cup, and thought I would reach the A team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier insists Southampton can win trophy this seasonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier insists they can win a trophy this season. To progress in the Carabao Cup, they will have to overcome current holders Manchester City in the next round.But with the FA Cup also up for grabs Le Tissier believes Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side should be targeting a trophy, as well as improvement in the Premier League.“I think we’re realistic enough to know that we’re not going to win the Premier League,” he told the Daily Echo.“But we got to the final of the League Cup a couple of seasons ago and just lost out narrowly to Manchester United.“So there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy this season.”
OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says asylum-seekers who entered Canada irregularly last year will cost federal organizations a total of $340 million.Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux says the average cost for migrants who entered the country between April 2017 and March 2018 is just over $14,000, but this amount can vary based on how long they have to wait for their refugee claims to be finalized.Conservative MP Larry Maguire asked Giroux to analyze the current and projected costs of dealing with an influx of irregular migrants who have been crossing the Canada-U.S. border since 2017.The analysis — which calculated all costs from the moment the migrants arrive in Canada until decisions are reached on their claims — concluded costs will rise to $396 million in 2019-2020.These costs do not include those borne by provincial or municipal governments.Giroux says the federal figures suggest Ontario’s estimated cost of $200 million for dealing with irregular migrants in that province alone is a reasonable estimate.The Canadian Press