When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first took power after the 2005 post-war election, she called on Liberian professionals living abroad to return home and help with the building of the war torn nation.Many Diaspora Liberians responded to Sirleaf’s call immediately with some even sending in credentials. But many never received any feedback. Despite the disappointment, scores of professional Liberians continue to return home every year to stay; most work in such fields as business, health, education, administration, and relief-aid. Among the latest returnees is Mr. Tamba Aghailas, a son of Lofa County.The Liberian civil war (1989 – 2003) affected every sector and aspect of our nation. One of the lingering effects is the brain-drain or human-capital flight it occasioned.Thousands of Liberians fled home to seek refuge in various parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, this created a vacuum in Liberia’s labor force.This vacuum gave rise to an influx of expatriates, mainly from English speaking West African countries, to fill the human resource gap in various sectors of the economy.To counter this trend, the Liberian government and citizens started urging the return of Liberians in the Diaspora who have acquired the requisite education and skills and are willing to contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Liberia.However, many Liberians find this to be a hard choice as the decision to return often means abandoning more financially lucrative and stable careers in the West. As a result, they are often unwilling to relocate permanently.While some Liberians return home to seek appointments in government or elected seats, their migration is only temporary as they return abroad as soon as they lose those jobs or elected seats.Nonetheless, some exceptionally patriotic and dutiful Liberians do exist. They are the ones who make the whole-hearted choice to abandon their comfort-zones in the West and commit to a life of service at home for the love of their country and people.One such person is Tamba D. Aghailas—who left Liberia to seek refuge in various West African countries, then landed in the United States of America during the height of the Liberian civil war. Mr. Aghailas broke the news recently that he is, without any precondition, coming home to contribute his quota to reconstruction.“As much as we appreciate the continued assistance of international partners, Liberians must step-up to steer the destiny of their nation.”According to Mr. Aghailas, he is coming home to contribute to reconstruction and to pass on and share the skills and experience he has acquired over the years with the future leaders of Liberia – the youth. At his core, he is a human rights advocate, one who has chosen to “lend his voice to the voiceless people of Liberia,” as he put it.He is founder and director of The Voice of Liberia—an online publication, from which he has written extensively on human right issues.This son of Liberia is indeed a trailblazer. His sacrifice sets an example for the countless skilled Liberians who live in the Diaspora, who have yet to follow his example.Their talent, skills and resources have the potential to unlock and accelerate the creation of a strong and viable middle class in post-conflict Liberia.Mr. Aghailas currently resides in New York City with his family and works as a Human Resource professional with an international nonprofit organization.Mr. Aghailas will bring with him extensive human resource and life experiences from which he expects his fellow Liberians to benefit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AdSEND, a division of Vio Worldwide, recently introduced its browser-based ad sending and receiving service that integrates preflighting.The solution, which has already been implemented at a number of newspapers in the UK, will help publishers by scanning advertisers’ PDF files for hundreds of problems that may prevent them from printing properly. This includes missing fonts, RGB, LAB color space, transparencies, spot color in CMYK files and image resolution. In order to achieve this integration, AdSEND has licensed premedia system DALiM TWiST’s technology, as well as working with Web-based delivery system Websend.While there are a wide variety of preflighting solutions on the market—Adobe’s Preflight tool and Enfocus PitStop are just a few—AdSEND’s model distinguishes itself by being part of a larger package. “While other preflight packages may check for some of the same errors and warnings, ours lets you do this while in the process of sending ads, meaning that it won’t disrupt workflow,” said AdSEND marketing manager Elaine Leahy. “Magazine publishers will be able to get the ad correct without having to chase down the advertiser while on deadline.”AdSEND gives senders the option to approve warnings before a file can be transmitted. The system provides suggestions on how to correct issues and lets them immediately fix problems with ink weight and spot to CMYK conversions (advertisers can also upload the corrected file). If the ad fails this validation process, errors are listed as an advanced file report displaying its location; then, an email alerting the advertisers is automatically generated. “We are looking to expand to the magazine market,” said Leahy. Currently, the company has 4,000 U.S. publishers receiving ads via AdSEND, including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today and United Business Media Limited. While the preflight solution has just been introduced in the U.S., AdSEND already has 150 publishers expressing interest. President Al Edwards said that this preflighting solution follows a SaaS model for publishers who sign up to participate. It’s a pay-as-you-go structure, with no upfront costs. The publisher pays $1.00 per advertisement that AdSEND pre-flights.
Content Not Available NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 20, 2018 – 4:22 pm Lil’ Kim Talks “Nasty One,” Kendrick Lamar & More Email Content Not Available Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One” & More exclusive-lil-kim-nasty-one-fashion-kanye-west-more https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDRi4eHCcD/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Twitter https://www.instagram.com/p/BmSB1I7Da9t/?hl=en&taken-by=lilkimthequeenbee Exclusive: Lil’ Kim On “Nasty One,” Fashion, Kanye West & More The GRAMMY-winning rap pioneer discusses everything from her new music to her favorite album in her catalog, fashion, motherhood, and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 20, 2018 – 4:23 pm To be in Lil’ Kim’s presence is to be in the presence of rap royalty. From her daring 1996 debut album, Hard Core, to her new single, “Nasty One,” the Brooklyn rapper has spit uncompromising verses and sported unparalleled looks on her way to becoming a true giant – despite her small stature – in the hip-hop genre and culture. And while she is quick to give credit to those before her who paved the way for her to become an artist, her influence on the music and fashion of today is undeniable. Simply put, there is only one Lil’ Kim. You have a beautiful daughter, Royal Reign. She just turned four. When do you think you’ll give her permission to listen to a Lil’ Kim record?You know what’s so funny? When I’m recording now, she has her favorites. She liked “Nasty One” before it even came out… She loves the groove. She’s very smart. She’s very musically inclined, because we always played music around her. It’s funny, because people think when you have a baby, you have to be very, very quiet. No. It’s sometimes the opposite. Sometimes you have to play a little noise so that they can stay asleep. When it’s too quiet, a little pin drop will wake them up. I kind of kept music around her, and so she loves it. It’s funny because if there’s songs with curses in it, she’ll censor herself. She goes [silent pause] and she’ll keep singing, so she knows the difference, and I like that. So that means it won’t be hard to teach her when she gets older, right from wrong.I’m curious, outside of music, what are some things you enjoy? Maybe something that helps you relax or recharge your batteries. Do you have any surprising hobbies?I do like to play tennis. I have a tennis court at my house. Sometimes that helps, because it’s like, if you’re angry about something… Sometimes, it’s just chilling in the back of the house with the baby, letting her ride the bike. Or sometimes it’s just going out for ice cream. I like to drive around in the neighborhood. Driving in the car is really relaxing to me, so when I get to go on long trips, that’s … I get to kick back and relax…. What else is one of my hobbies? Shopping. Shopping, shopping, shopping [laughs]. It relaxes [me], but when it starts to get five hours later, I get really hungry and I still don’t stop. I’m still like “Let’s go to the next store,” and everyone is like, “Kim, are you sure? We haven’t eaten yet.” I’m like, “no. We’ve got to go. Let’s push through. Gotta push through. We’ve got to get those Louboutins by seven.” [laughs]Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook I’ve been doing a lot more changes [in my new videos] because I wanted to bring that young Hollywood with the old Hollywood mix. I like happy mediums when it comes to anything. My music, my fashion … That’s just me. I like to be right in the middle. Not too over the top, but not too under dressed. I think, these days, I’ve just been looking for that chic look but still fly… A little bit of this, a little bit of that.Hip-hop and R&B is #1 right now with consumers, according to all the streaming data. How does it feel to see the genre you helped pioneer come out on top in 2018?Yeah. That’s amazing. I think that the growth and the accomplishment in R&B and Hip Hop is just a great thing. There were times, even before I came into music, probably before I was born, when rap music was an underground thing. It would never make it mainstream, is what people thought. People like the Sugarhill Gang… I always did my homework. Even though I was young, a baby probably when they came out or whatever, as I got older, I did my homework, and I wanted to know all the female rappers that probably didn’t know about… It’s like they had to kind of break down doors for us.You broke down the doors for a lot of other people, too. And not just in music. In pop culture, fashion. So how does it feel to see your influence playing out around you? Any specific instances catch your eye?When Beyoncé dresses up like Lil’ Kim on Halloween and calls it National Lil’ Kim Day, I was living… I was like, “that is so awesome.” And just to look at how Beyoncé’s pictures next to mine, were exactly alike. She did not miss a beat. I’m talking about down to my mole, down to the necklace I wore, down to the color eyeshadow that I wore, down to the Chanel sign being spray painted in my blue wig. I was living. I love her for that. Thank you, Beyoncé. That was just a moment. I will never forget that. That was just so dope. The GRAMMY-winning artist stopped by our headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to give us the lowdown on “Nasty One,” tease her upcoming fifth full-length album, dish on her fashion influences, discuss the joys of motherhood, relive her GRAMMY Moment, and much more.You’ve got new music, with a new sound. “Nasty One.” has your edge but with a dancehall vibe. How did this song come together?”Nasty One” is my first official single off of my upcoming album, and I am so excited because I get to do something different but still me. So [on] “Nasty One,” I wanted to bring the Caribbean flavor because I’m from Brooklyn, so we have all kind of culture there, Caribbean, Latin, that’s a big part of what Brooklyn is made up of, so I wanted to kind of give my tribute to Brooklyn and just doing something that I haven’t done in a while. I mean, I have “Lighters Up” from Naked Truth, but that was the last kind of Caribbean feel song that I’ve done, so “Nasty One” was like a happy medium because I had to give that sex kitten Lil’ Kim.Your album is due out in November – what else do you have up your sleeve on this album, and can you tease any collaborations or anyone you’d love to work with this time around?Well, I want to, but I don’t want to give away all of them because I don’t want to jinx it… But one of my sisters, which is Remy Ma, we know she’s on there, but I would love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar. I love him, and I recently grew a newfound love for Kendrick Lamar because after seeing him act. I think that’s his debut acting role, on “Power.” I’m even more in love with him because he showed me that this is what a star is made of. The music is his platform but he’s so dimensional as far as talent.Your fans can be very opinionated about you exploring new sounds. Do you find it difficult balancing your artistic freedom with pleasing your fan base?I love the fact that my fans are so passionate. I thank God all of the time that I have the fan base that I have because they give me a cult following. They go with me to the end through thick and thin… And they’re always motivating me and pushing me. But then they get on my nerves because if I take too long with a song, or if I go in a direction where they don’t want me to go but I feel and I know it’s the best thing for my life and my career, I have to do it regardless of what they say, and it’s a constant struggle between myself and my fans. Now, I will say, sometimes I do follow some of their advice and I give them exactly what they want. But guys, you have to come to a happy medium with me. Just realize I do know what I’m doing. It may take long sometimes, but you guys, trust me. I’m a hustler first, so we’ve got to get this money [laughs].For some artists, albums are like their children. Which album in your catalog would you consider your favorite child?Every time I make an album, they are always like my babies. It’s like I birth them, seriously… My first love, it would probably be Hard Core. But… I do have to say favorite, or the one that maybe is closer to my heart, is La Bella Mafia, and I would say that because after Biggie passed, La Bella Mafia was the first album I got to do where I got to be super creative on my own, because after Biggie passed, the first album I had to do on my own without him around was Notorious K.I.M. and I love that album, but it was like I had so many people telling me which way to go, and then Puffy, the executive producer, which I love working with Puffy, but he’s my big brother. I had to do my big brother’s thing and I didn’t really get to be in control. So I felt [like] Janet Jackson on the La Bella Mafia.You had control.Yeah, I had more control, and it was fun because I got to do all of the stuff I wanted to do and I got to experiment… That’s when I kind of started singing more. I mean, I did sing on Notorious K.I.M., but I kind of started getting melody and stuff like that in there, and that’s one of my biggest albums. One of my biggest records that stayed at number one without a video came from La Bella Mafia and that’s “Magic Stick” with 50 Cent. That song was on the charts, I think it was No. 1 for 13 weeks without a video. It’s crazy.That’s unheard of! Any other moments stick out from those early years of your career.”Came Back For You” is one of my first Hard Core records that got nominated for a GRAMMY, and Kanye [West] always says … You know he did that [record], and Kanye was just a little kid with braces, and he was like, “Kim, I love you. I want to be a part of your label.” I’m like, me? It was funny because he kind of wanted to roll with me. I was like, “that’s a blessing,” but I didn’t know a thing about forming an artist or helping artists or stuff like that. I was like, “I love you any which way I can help you.” He was like, “okay, I got some songs for you.” He played “Came Back For You” and I was like, “this is the one.” And that song got nominated for a GRAMMY, so when I see Kanye, Kanye goes, “Kim, you know that’s the first song I’ve ever gotten nominated for a GRAMMY for. I was like, “see? I’m your good luck charm.”… I love him. He’s like my family.No doubt about it, you’re a fashion icon, and a chameleon who’s able to switch it up. What is inspiring your looks these days?You know, it’s funny. My mom, when she was younger, she looked just like Diana Ross… and she loved Diana Ross, so that made sense. And I used to always watch Lady Sings the Blues, my mom said, when I was young, I was like, “mommy, play it again. Play it again!” And she said I would just do all the moves and I would go in her closet and I would make the clothes try to resemble what was in that movie. So I always took that style with me, and so these days, I kind of feel like Diana Ross is inside. News
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26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: Classic looks, gobs of power More From Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Share your voice 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 46 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Enlarge ImageRenault, which introduced the new Clio at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is apparently hungry for mergers. Renault Not content with only an alliance, French automaker Renault wants to pursue a full merger with Nissan, the Financial Times reports. After that’s completed, Renault then reportedly wants to go on and seek a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The FT says that Renault wants to begin merger talks with Nissan within 12 months’ time, and after that the company would start looking to merge with another automaker. FCA is on the list of “the preferred targets” for that merger.The FT also reported this week that FCA chairman John Elkann has recently discussed merger possibilities with Peugeot, as well as “with Korean and Chinese automakers.” Despite that, no deals are apparently imminent. Still, with Renault’s pursuit of FCA some way off, it’s not impossible that FCA will find a suitor before Renault has finished its merger tie-ups with Nissan.Renault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Nissan spokesman in the US declined to comment.Late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was known to be interested in pursuing mergers in his final years at the company’s helm. His replacement, current FCA CEO Mike Manley, also has publicly stated his interest in tie-ups with other automakers. He told Automotive News earlier this month that, “I want to find areas where cooperation — whether it is partnerships, whether it’s joint ventures or whether it is deeper levels of equity cooperation that makes sense for us.”There’s some interesting historical context for a Renault and FCA deal. In the 1980s, Renault briefly took a stake in American Motors Corporation, which also then manufactured Jeep, before AMC was sold to Chrysler. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Renault Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 69 Photos More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. 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Karan Johar on nepotism and much more.YouTube ScreenshotKaran Johar, who is often subjected to criticism on charges of things like nepotism to making movies only with big stars, expressed his annoyance at all those negativity around him.In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Karan opened up about being called the “baap of nepotism”, and also said that he is always criticised for things that people perceive to be wrong, but he is never given credit for the good works that he does.”I am fed up of never getting the credit for the good that we do, but be slammed for the bad that happens, or the bad that are perceived to happen. I can make the best feature film on this earth, and I will not get the credit that it deserves. You will not give me yourself, because you will feel that if you are nice to me then it will look like you are being nice to me for a certain reason, and not because you think I deserve it,” Karan said.On asked about the charges of nepotism, and if he feels a sense of responsibility to introduce talented people from outside, KJo countered it with a few data.”We have introduced 21 debut directors, out of which, about 16 or 17 of them are not nepotistic young film-makers. They are completely from the outside. Why don’t I get the benefit of that like – hey, there is a production house that is launching kids as film-makers who are from outside. Why don’t I get credit for that? Why only the discredit for some of the actors? And why do I have to justify it? How do they not know that I think they are talented enough to face the camera?” Karan said.”Yes, they get easy access, but after that they got a journey ahead. I don’t feel like constantly justify this, it gets on to my nerves now. Let me tell you, if they don’t have talent, the audience is not going to accept them, the industry won’t accept them, and I myself as a producer will not constantly put them in a film if they are not worth it. I am not stupid!” he added.Karan also spoke in length about the recent controversy where he was accused of throwing a drug party after a video of many stars partying at his house had gone viral. Watch the interview below:
Share 00:00 /05:02 Katie Hayes Luke for NPRAfter Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, the storm stalled over Houston and dumped as much as 60 inches of rain on some parts of the region.Lawmakers on the U.S. House science committee have questions for federal and Texas officials about a decision not to fly a NASA jet that would have provided more comprehensive data on air pollution after Hurricane Harvey.Committee members Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) have requested documents relating to the decision from the Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and NASA.The request comes after an L.A. Times article revealed NASA officials offered up a high-tech air-sampling jet to help with pollution monitoring after Hurricane Harvey. The EPA and TCEQ reportedly pushed back on the offer, saying data from the state-of-the-art airplane would not be helpful. Their response informed NASA officials’ decision not to fly.“This is deeply troubling,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to officials. “If this is true, it is not only an embarrassment, it is unacceptable.”Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, whose home district in Houston was hit particularly hard by Harvey, told Houston Matters the decision concerned her because the NASA plane had more capabilities than EPA or TCEQ equipment.“I think that’s a disservice to the public and I think it puts us potentially at greater risk,” Fletcher said.In a statement to News 88.7, TCEQ said the offer was made two weeks after the storm and the mission would not have flown until an even later date. The agency said it had started ground-level sampling a week prior and reiterated its position that data from NASA’s flying altitude would not have been useful in determining impacts to public health. In a separate statement, the EPA disputed parts of the L.A. Times article, saying the agency did not decline NASA’s offer.The committee members have asked the agencies to deliver documents by March 20.Listen to Fletcher’s full conversation with Houston Matters in the audio below: Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: