Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth Want to Talk to Jessica Alba About ‘90210’

first_imgTori Spelling and Jennie Garth haven’t heard from Jessica Alba since her claims about the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 made headlines — but the former costars invited the actress to join their “9021OMG” rewatch podcast during an exclusive interview with Us Weekly.“I have been friendly with her at, like, events and stuff over the years. She’s super great. I don’t know what happened with that whole thing,” the 47-year-old True Tori alum told Us during a joint interview with Garth, 48, on Thursday, November 5. “But, you know, we kind of joked and it was kind of everywhere that I was like, heartbroken that she said that because her Honest Wipes are what I use on my babies’ butt daily. They’re my favorite ones. And at this point, like, I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get sent any free wipes. I’m just saying. I’m happy to support them, her company, and keep buying them.”- Advertisement – Alba, 39, made headlines last month when she claimed she couldn’t “make eye contact” with any of the actors during her two-episode arc on 90210 in 1998. “It was like, ‘You’re not allowed to make eye contact with any one of the cast members or you’ll be thrown off the set,’” Alba claimed on Hot Ones.Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth Invite Jessica Alba on 9012OMG PodcastTori Spelling and Jennie Garth Frank Micelotta/Fox/Picturegroup/ShutterstockGarth, who noted she doesn’t know Alba well, said she and Spelling “have” to have the Dark Angel star on their podcast, which debuts on Monday, November 9.“Oh my God, yeah. Because I want to like go through her memory of how it all played out. Because I’m curious!” Spelling told Us. “I’m sure there’s a valid story there. We don’t believe it’s something she made up. She was a young girl. And probably someone in passing said this to her, which is heartbreaking to us. So, we would love to talk to her about it.”- Advertisement – “I think maybe she would be on our own by now,” the What I Like About You alum said. “She would definitely choose herself again.”Spelling, meanwhile, was more confident about Donna’s happily ever after with David (Brian Austin Green).“I’m gonna go with yes. And they have a gaggle of kids. Oh, that’s my real life,” she quipped. “I mean between the two of us, Brian and I have a lot of kids so yeah, I think Donna and David would have a lot of kids and be happily married.”Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth Invite Jessica Alba on 9012OMG PodcastJessica Alba PIERRE VILLARD/SIPA/ShutterstockGarth went on to admit she remembers less than “90 percent” of the series.“It’ll be fun to start from the very beginning, the pilot episode,” she told Us. “And you know, we’ve got like 10 years’ worth of episodes to work through, that’s gonna be a while.”Spelling added, “We have everything that happened off camera as well that we’ll get into fun details. That’s the cool perspective, people got to see us on camera, but we were actually, you know, friends in real life behind-the-scenes. So, it’ll be cool to kind of merge those worlds and let [our fans] in on it.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Garth and Spelling, who played Kelly Taylor and Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, respectively, for all 10 seasons, told Us that there’s an open invite to the show’s guest stars to appear on “9021OMG.”Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth Invite Jessica Alba on 9012OMG PodcastiHeartRadio“There’s so many people that have gone on to be like uber-famous that you know, we’re on this show, so we would love to kind of get them back on,” the sTORI Telling author said. “Jen and I had so many boyfriends on that show over the years. We want to have all our boyfriends on.”Garth agreed, but when asked if Kelly ended up with Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley) or Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), she told Us she thinks her character is flying solo in 2020.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

still some 50% of votes to be counted in the Alaska Senate race

first_imgCampaign photo of independent candidate for Senate in Alaska Al Gross. Dr. Al Gross, Alaska independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Gross would caucus with Democrats.As Democrats fixate on Georgia to see whether it might play host to two highly consequential Senate runoffs, it’s worth at least putting a pin in the Alaska Senate race too. At the moment, the AP reports that only about 50% of the state’s votes have been counted in the race between GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and independent challenger Al Gross (who would caucus with Democrats). Sullivan leads that race by about 57,600 votes, but there are at least 110,000 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted along with an unknown number of early in-person votes cast after Oct. 29. In other words, there’s a lot of counting still to be done, and it won’t happen until next Tuesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

BTN interview: Shahab Shayan, senior manager, international operations, Dubai Tourism | Focus

first_img– Advertisement – OlderRevelton Suites have once again won the World Travel Awards “On top of that, we are trying to make sure safeguards for residents and for visitors coming to the destination are being met. “There are frameworks from the World Travel & Tourism Council, called Safe Travels, as well as the Dubai Assured programme, both of which are being adhered to across the emirate. “All customer touchpoints, across hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls have seen the regulations enforced – all public spots.“Checks are carried out on a bi-weekly basis; we send inspectors in to make sure all necessary protocols are being implemented.”This was due to be a banner year for Dubai, with the emirate hoping to welcome 20 million international guests for the first time.While the figure will not now be achieved, a domestic boom has made up for some of the short-fall, with plans in place to ensure growth returns in 2021.Shayan explains: “We have seen a big domestic boom in tourism since we reopened in July. “We had around 750 hotels open in Dubai pre-pandemic, in February this year, and we currently have around 600 open. “There has been some international visitation, and we are looking at a positive feeling moving forward.“At this stage we are not able to put a figure on how many guests we will welcome this year, with hotels opening and closing, it has been a more complex situation than normal.“However, we hope to have some numbers out by the end of the year.”While the market looks likely to remain subdued in the short-term, investment has continued to flow into the emirate, suggesting confidence in a long-term return. Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk recently became the latest in a long line of hotels to open this year, while properties set to come onto the market in coming months will allow the emirate to reach previously untapped segments. Shayan continues: “There are new properties opening, which does show the strength of the industry here in Dubai. “We have the Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk which has recently opened, while there is also the Rove La Mer Beach. “The latter is an affordable hotel, aimed at families who want to be right next to the beach, but do not want to pay Palm Jumeirah prices – really for those in the know. “There is also the Riu Dubai, a four-star beach resort, the first of its type here in Dubai – with around 400-keys. “These are all very exciting openings and show our strength in the long term.”Of course, there would be little point opening new rooms if travellers were unable to get to the emirate. Flag-carrier Emirates has been instrumental in the success of Dubai as a tourism destination over the past three decades, and there has been no change this year.“Emirates remains one of our key strategic partners and they really have been since the emergence of Dubai on the world hospitality map,” says Shayan. “They have done a fantastic job throughout the pandemic, initially by providing insurance for travellers, which has now been extended until the end of the year.“They have also gone back to two thirds of their network, and they are now flying to over 90 destinations. “Emirates has also given residents who want to come back to Dubai a chance to do so, and this has been getting some very positive feedback.”The carrier most recently returned to a series of European cities, while it has also been at the forefront of Covid-19 testing. Over the summer months, when demand is traditionally low, even without a global pandemic raging, Dubai has also worked to develop new markets.New types of visa are now on offer, both to those looking to ‘work-from-home’ in Dubai, or considering somewhere to retire.Both are part of a wider plan to grow the emirate in new directions, explains Shayan: “As a destination we always need to look at how we can evolve, looking at different angles of how we can introduce different people to what is on offer here.“There is a big belief at Dubai Tourism that this is a city for all, and we try to showcase that through products we have, as well as through the initiatives we launch.”He adds: “The two new visas are an example of that. “The retirement visa is pretty straightforward, it is aimed at people who have been to Dubai before, who have spent some time here and are looking for a destination which has sun, sea and sand. “They know their retirement funds are doing well, there is no complicated paperwork, and it is an easy step forward. “Secondly, I think the work visa is one of most exciting things we have done during the pandemic. “In this new day-and-age, with people working from home, what better place to work from than by the pool here in Dubai?“We have the perfect eco-system to support this market, and we have had major success in terms of enquiries on this – people asking how they can make the move.“This is a nice alternative to people who might have travelled to Dubai, who can now spend some time here longer-term.” As attention turns to next year, and a possible Covid-19 vaccine brings hope to the global hospitality market, Dubai is well placed to return to growth. The rescheduled Expo 2020 Dubai will provide a focal point for the year, while there is optimism Covid-19 regulations might eventually be relaxed. Shayan continues: “Expo 2020 Dubai will now take place in October next year, running into March 2022. “There are a lot of fantastic people working on the project and they are looking into how best we can showcase the experience of an event of this kind in the post-pandemic world.“I think, with the expo itself, it is really meant to be an event for all.“A lot of people initially thought it was for a business market, but this is not the case – it is very much aimed at the public, offering a chance to come and learn. “The team, right now, are examining how they can come back stronger, to reassure everybody things are going to be managed well.”In closing, Shayan says Dubai is now once again very much open for business: “Dubai is really open for all, and with the different protocols and measures we have put in place we are very confident we are ready to welcome people safely. “The message is very much that we are ready.”More InformationDubai is considered the Middle East’s Leading Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards. Find out more about visiting on the official website. Combined, these measures have allowed the city to curtail the growth of the pandemic, and led to the return of something like normal life. As Shahab Shayan, senior manager for international operations at Dubai Tourism, tells Breaking Travel News: “We reopened on July 7th, and since then we have made sure there are strict guidelines and protocols in place, and that they are followed. “We have used the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, which are essentially to test, test and test – so far, we have carried out around 14 million tests here in the United Arab Emirates. – Advertisement –center_img With an economy dependent on international tourism, it was no surprise to see Dubai reopen its doors to travellers in July. The commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates counts on the sector for over ten per cent of gross domestic product, or upward of US$30 billion, each year.- Advertisement – However, what was not inevitable, was the success the emirate has welcomed over the following months.A strict testing regime at Dubai International Airport sees all guests checked for Covid-19 on arrival, limiting imported cases.At the same time, comprehensive protocols govern the day-to-day actions of both residents and guests across the emirate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tech investments in China are focused on 3 trends, says Antler

first_imgSuch wireless ecosystems would contribute to the overall effort to combat climate change, which is an area that investors are increasingly paying attention to, he said.Eric Lin, head of research at UBS Securities in China, said Chinese investors are looking more at ESG research. ESG stands for environmental, social and governance factors that investors consider when deciding which assets to put their money in.For example, investors may consider whether their investments are generating returns from driving positive changes in the world, or simply supporting something that’s not doing harm.Typically, such investments “tend to generate higher risk-adjusted returns,” which is good news for investors, said Lim, who spoke on the same panel. He added that “hot sectors” that attract investors in China include renewable energy and electric vehicles. – Advertisement – The next trend Wang shared is greater use of smart devices, which account for only 5% of household appliances in China, compared with around 20% to 30% in the U.S.“In the future, I believe, we will have this (percentage) go up to at least 30% to 40%, even to 50%” in China, he said. (L-R) Hongye Wang, partner of Antler; Eric Lin, head of research at UBS Securities in China; and Evelyn Cheng of CNBC on the first day of CNBC’s East Tech West conference in Nansha, Guangzhou on Nov. 17, 2020.Dave Zhong | Getty Images for CNBC Wang added that more of those devices — such as televisions and fridges — are likely to be wireless, which is the third and final trend that he sees. Going wireless means devices would need better batteries and power-control systems, he noted.- Advertisement – China, already home to technology giants such as Alibaba and Tencent, has more to offer to investors as the coronavirus pandemic accelerated tech adoption globally, a partner at an early-stage venture capital firm said on Tuesday.  Tech investments in the Asian economic giant are headed into three broad areas, Hongye Wang, a partner at Antler, said at CNBC’s annual East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China.First, he said that while e-commerce has a large presence in China, the pandemic has moved more activities online, such as education and medical services. That can grow even more in the future, he said during a panel discussion moderated by CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, food safety funding, XDR-TB combo therapy, bioterror countermeasures, Salmonella

first_imgFeb 27, 2009Vietnamese man dies from H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the death of a 32-year-old Vietnamese man from H5N1 avian influenza. The man, from Ninh Binh province, died on Feb 25. He was previously recorded as the country’s 109th case, and his death raises Vietnam’s H5N1 fatalities to 54. The WHO’s global H5N1 count now stands at 408 cases, 256 of them fatal.[Feb 27 WHO statement]Japan finds H7 at quail farm, UK tests reveal H6N1 from turkeysJapan today reported a low-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak at a quail farm in Aichi province, on the country’s southeastern coast, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities detected the virus in 10 birds during routine surveillance, and 280,000 birds were culled to control disease spread. Results on the exact strain of the virus are pending, though the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported today that testing has so far revealed an H7 strain. The findings signal Japan’s first H7 avian flu outbreak in 84 years, the report said. Elsewhere, the avian influenza strain that struck two small turkey-breeding farms in the United Kingdom was identified today as H6N1, and further tests are under way to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).[Feb 27 OIE report][Feb 27 DEFRA statement]Obama proposes $1 billion for FDA’s food safety effortsPresident Barack Obama’s proposed 2010 budget includes $1 billion to strengthen food safety oversight at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a Reuters report published yesterday. The money is for increasing and improving “inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity and domestic response to prevent and control foodborne illness,” the report said. Earlier this month, Obama called for a complete review of the FDA’s food safety program.Combination therapy shows promise against XDR-TBA combination of two older antibiotics that are already approved by the FDA for use against other diseases could have efficacy against extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a paper in Science. The drugs, meropenem and clavulanate, killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vitro and will be used in a planned clinical trial.[Feb 26 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases press release][Feb 27 Science abstract]DOD funds vaccine to counter bacterial agentsThe US Department of Defense  has given University of Georgia researchers a 3-year, $1.1 million grant to develop vaccines for glanders and melioidosis, two related diseases caused by strains of the bacterium Burkholderia that are considered potential biological weapons. The research focuses on creating a vaccine to protect mice against airborne infection.[Feb 26 Atlanta Business Chronicle story]Salmonella Saintpaul sickens 14 Nebraska womenNebraska health officials are investigating a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that has sickened 14 women younger than age 50 since Feb 2 from four of the state’s counties, according to an online report today from Omaha television station KETV. Though the serotype is the same as last year’s outbreak that involved jalapeno and Serrano peppers, the genetic fingerprint is different, officials said, adding that they don’t believe the outbreak is connected to peanut butter.Water sources may yield Salmonella cluesInvestigation of Salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible contamination source, researchers from the University of Georgia reported today in the March issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. After testing rivers and streams in southern Georgia for 1 year, they found Salmonella in 79% of water samples, and levels were highest after a rainfall. The diversity of strains was greatest in areas where livestock and growing areas were in close proximity and when temperatures rose.[Feb 27 University of Georgia press release][March Appl Environ Microbiol abstract]last_img read more

There will be no ban on opening new apartments, the recategorization process is expected

first_img“This is not a ban initiative, nor is it being thought about and planned, but it is a matter of working well. We also talked about this at a meeting with representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, led by President Martina Nimac Kalcina, with the message that everyone in the destination, including family accommodation must participate and contribute to the creation of quality products”, The minister explained. “Given that, we are satisfied that it was said that there will be no ban or restrictions”, Said Nimac Kalcina and added that most private accommodation, approximately 70 percent, is categorized with three stars. Cappelli announced that this is why we should wait for the development and adoption of a new tourism development strategy, which will be a national plan for the sustainability of tourism, which will, among other things, define further procedures for family accommodation. Completion of the strategy is planned for this year. A statement by the tourism minister last week that the tourism ministry is considering a temporary ban or restriction on opening new apartments in a way that would allow cities and counties to restrict the opening of new apartments has raised a lot of dust among private renters. She pointed out that the Community absolutely agrees that for the sake of sustainable development, the destination should be diversified in relation to all types of accommodation and catering facilities, and local authorities should be empowered to make decisions that would affect the destination in that direction, but not prohibitions and restrictions, rather than other decisions and tools. Nimac Kalcina: We are satisfied that there is no ban and we imitate sustainable development The president of the Association of Family Accommodation at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nimac Kalcina, believes that local units should decide for themselves in which direction to develop their destinations and take care of the equal ratio of all catering facilities, including family accommodation. He added that the meeting concluded that they will have the best information on everything after recategorization in the next three to four years, which will not only cover everyone from family accommodation, but also other types of accommodation in tourism. Reactions came from all sides, and social networks were “heated” by various comments. However, there will be no bans or restrictions on opening new apartments. Namely, at the meeting of the representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with Minister Gari Cappelli, it was concluded that private accommodation renters and those who intend to do so do not have to worry or fear work bans because they will not, but re-categorization which will cover everything, reports H1. Source: N1last_img read more