The new HBO mystery miniseries Mare of Easttown begins with establishing shots of its titular location in southeastern Pennsylvania. The sky is gray. The little houses, most of them built out of worn red brick, all sit on top of one another. Any paint in sight is faded and peeling. It is a depressing place, full of depressing people. When a newcomer tells Mare Sheehan herself ( Kate Winslet ) that the area seems OK to him, she replies, “Give it time.” You cannot accuse Mare of Easttown of false advertising, that’s for sure. The tone of the show is as dour as those early glimpses of its setting, to the point where it can be unnerving in the rare moments where someone briefly smiles or, somehow, some way, laughs. Created by Brad Ingelsby (whose Ben Affleck movie The Way Back was also quite glum) and directed by Craig Zobel ( The Leftovers ), the series is well-acted and can at times be gripping, but it seems happiest when it’s wallowing in the suffering of Mare and everyone … [Read more...] about ‘Mare of Easttown’: Kate Winslet Takes a Bite Out of Crime
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Do Van Chien named President of VFF Central Committee Do Van Chien, President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure, speaks at the meeting in Hanoi on April 12 Do Van Chien, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Party Delegation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), has been assigned as President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure (2019-2024). The VFF Central Committee held a meeting in Hanoi on April 12 to discuss the appointment of its President and additional members to its Presidium. All in attendance agreed to assign Chien as a member of the VFF Central Committee and its Presidium, and President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure. His predecessor, Politburo member Tran Thanh Man, was recently elected Vice Chairman of the 14th National Assembly (NA). In his inauguration address, Chien said the VFF should push ahead with performing its duties in the election of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 13
If you own an Alexa device, you probably have an idea of some of the amazing things the assistant can do. You can ask Alexa about the weather, request a song, interact with your favorite smart home equipment, or play some fun trivia games with your smart devices. Alexa skills are small, free apps you can download to add functionalities to your smart devices. You can install skills to use voice commands to call an Uber, get Alexa to read you a bedtime story, or turn Alexa into a cooking assistant. As Alexa users ourselves, we’ve compiled some of the best and most useful skills that you can add to your Alexa today. Also, check out Amazon Echo deals going on now if you want to upgrade. Further reading Best Alexa commands How to change Alexa’s name Funny things to ask Alexa Alexa is a great kitchen assistant Alexa comes pre-loaded with the ability to add items to a master grocery list. On its own, being able to quickly shout to Alexa that you just ran … [Read more...] about The best Alexa skills of 2021
By Ryan Wagman, McKeen’s Hockey lead prospect writer After months of waiting, the NHL Draft is suddenly, almost surprisingly, upon us. Round 1 will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN ( livestream ) and Rounds 2-7 be Wednesday beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on NHL Network. With so much about 2019-20 that didn’t go according to plan (but some that did – congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning!) and so much still unknown about what we can expect out of a 2020-21 season, a draft now seems somewhat anticlimactic. But outside of the fact that hundreds of players and their families – not to mention your humble analyst – will not be gathered in one cavernous hockey arena to experience the event together, there is still a lot to be excited about as we seek to put this traumatizing year behind us and look to a brighter future. I think that is something that fans of all 31 teams can get behind. The contents of this final mock NHL draft are based on the … [Read more...] about NHL Mock Draft: Who gets selected after Alexis Lafrenière?
Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded to criticism from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after the organization called for his firing over remarks Carlson made about “replacement” and the types of immigration policy supported by the modern Democratic Party. The FNC host noted the reactions his remarks also inspired from the “little gatekeepers on Twitter,” which he said turned out to be true in this case. However, as Carlson pointed out, the ADL also made a similar argument regarding Israel and the population growth of Palestine. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Last week, we said something on television that the usual chorus of hyper aggressive liars is now pretending was somehow highly controversial. Ordinarily, we’d ignore all of this. Once you’ve been denounced as a white supremacist for quoting Martin Luther King, you realize none of it is real. It’s all another form of social control. Honestly, who cares what they think? But in this one case, we thought … [Read more...] about FNC’s Carlson: ADL, ‘Little Gatekeepers on Twitter’ Will Fail to Have This Show Pulled Off the Air