Idina Menzel View Comments Star Files Oscar nominations have officially been announced, and as expected, “Let It Go” from Disney’s hit Frozen made the short list for best original song! The tune, written by Robert Lopez (EGOT, EGOT!) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has been on constant rotation on our iPods all month long. While we were busy hoping that Tony winner Idina Menzel gets to belt out her big number from the animated winter blockbuster, we started thinking about other nominated Disney tunes we love. The big-time studio boasts an impressive roster of over 30 nods for original song, from Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Bambi to The Princess and the Frog and Tangled. If Frozen grabs the top prize on March 2, it will become the 13th tune to take home the gold. The winners are a good-looking bunch, including songs from Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and The Muppets, to name a few. Which begs the question: From under the sea to way up high on a magic carpet ride, which Oscar-winning Disney song is your favorite? Cast your vote below!
Daily Mail 15 January 2019Family First Comment: More reasons not to legalise. #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzJust one or two joints is enough to change the structure of a teenager’s brain, scientists have warned.And the drug could cause changes affecting how likely they are to suffer from anxiety or panic, according to a study.Researchers found 14-year-old girls and boys exposed to THC – the psychoactive chemical in cannabis – had a greater volume of grey matter in their brains.This means the tissue in certain areas is thicker, and it was found to be in the same areas as the receptors which marijuana affects.Experts said thickening of brain tissue is the opposite of what usually happens during puberty, when teenagers’ brain matter gets thinner and more refined.Researchers from the University of Vermont scanned the brains of teenagers from England, Ireland, France and Germany to study marijuana’s effects.They found differences in the volume of grey matter in the amygdala and the hippocampus.These sections are involved with emotions, fear, memory development and spatial skills – changes to them suggests smoking cannabis could affect these faculties.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6590927/Smoking-weed-just-change-teenagers-brain.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Tipperary always look forward to meeting Kilkenny in the National Hurling League, according to Brendan Maher.He says the older team members have a long standing rivalry with the Cats and relish any chance to hurl against them.Maher says it’s one he’s looking forward to, but he’ll have to earn his place on the starting 15 first.
A guest piece written by Mark Mantle. Follow him here.The Overwatch league: a behind the scenes look at how big business is done, whilst putting an end to the ‘free for all’ open playground that once was esports.Bobby Kotick and his billionaire friends are building their own fantasy electronic sandpit while simultaneously taking control and influence of everything that once was open to all.“From meritocracy to the biggest, crony, check.”Not too long ago; players, teams, tournament organisers, sponsors partners, broadcasters, journalists, artists, heck everyone in the esports industry would compete to put on their best show at the highest level possible and everyone had a chance to stand out. Now it’s “kiss the hand with the ring” if you ever get the opportunity, or simply go do something else.For those who already control considerable amounts of interests in what we like to call the mainstream, esports wasn’t to be taken seriously due to its low numbers on financial PowerPoint presentations over the last decade. But congratulations are in order as esports are finally legitimate and accepted by the business norms of today. By that, I mean that the industry as a whole is being sucked into the fat cat top down model we see all over the world. It used to be about competition, now it’s only business.Endemic organisations would rise to the top of the pecking order by skill, passion and reasonable management. Money has always been hard to come by but if you were demonstrably the best then you would understandably get more of the spoils. You could build something, compete in some way, get recognised and progress upwards. But all you have to do now is follow the startup 101 by coming up with a brand, get investment, slapdash the execution, market the sh*t out of everything (Blizzard’s only option now), all with investor money and then sit back relax or pray.“Esports to them is just another X-Factor or random country’s got Talent TV show, with sporting elements, backed by a heavy dose of reality TV. The dream.”That, or like with what’s happening with the OWL, buy a spot in the league and become part of the fraternity. Help the men in the ivory towers lock it down, control the narrative and act like you’ve done something great for esports. All this regardless of history and legacy. Just look at all the teams that have dropped out of competitive Overwatch and those who have been allowed to remain. Just look at how none of the true endemic organisations, that built esports over the last 20 years are anywhere to be seen in the Overwatch space.But isn’t it wonderful to finally have daddy recognise us by giving his approbation and patting us on the back? Imagine him whispering gently into your ear: “Well done, I’m proud of you, you have built something remarkable, but now, let daddy and his friends take over little one. It’s time we take over and make sure things are done our way from now on and that we keep you little freaks under control. You can have your fun as long as daddy and his friends get the control, the influence, the power. Sure you can have some pocket money here and there, it’s chump change anyways. But be nice, or you’re grounded.” The original gamers in esports — those who scraped by, weathering endless insecurity, doubt, and hardship, driven by passion and love of the beautiful competition that esports has to offer are now the ones getting brushed aside, forced to watch in fear as the reigns are in rich but ignorant, condescending and proud hands.OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer talks about his best in class. They are the new breed of brands put together by businessmen, funded by other men in suits. So yes they are probably the “best in class” of the school you and your partners went to. Definitely not the school of hard knocks the rest of the esports industry comes from, however.There’s been a radical shift in how esports is perceived recently. The fresh investors and businessmen that are flowing into the scene are as interested in esports genres, the games, and the fans as much as they are about any random TV show, concert or play. People watching other people play videos games on stages around the world, how is it different to people watching other people sing on stages around the world? Esports to them is just another X-Factor or random country’s got Talent TV show, with sporting elements, backed by a heavy dose of reality TV.“The dream”All of these genres brought together in one single activity, gazed upon lovingly by the coveted demographic of newly spawned millennials. No wonder they are flocking in by the dozens and locking everything down with franchises, under NDA’s, behind closed doors. It’s so fresh yet ripe for the taking. Better to wall things off now before others get wind of it. During the next couple of years, these men of distinction will invest and grow the scene to its critical mass and upon its crescendo will come the overwhelming advertising, mind-crippling garbage, that has seen every other entertainment activity become an endless ad roll until people stop watching and move on.Hence is the prophecy; make of that what you want. The change in power is happening, the hostile takeover is in full effect, and we are accepting it with open arms. Because to resist the narrative results only in becoming blacklisted, ignored, forgotten… but not being part of the group results in the same outcome.Best of luck going forward to those involved in the OWL and LOL franchises alike. You are part of the narrative now and must stick to the program. Just know that when things go south, you can turn around and count on family and friends. We will be here watching, waiting. Ready to pick up the pieces and start over.
NEW YORK — The Dallas Stars are fighting to stay in the playoff race. They got a little help Feb. 8 with Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist out with an injury.Ales Hemsky scored 1:02 into overtime as Dallas overcame a late tying goal by Chris Kreider to snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over New York.Hemsky snapped the puck past fill-in goaltender Cam Talbot for his ninth goal of the season to lift the Stars after being outshot by the Rangers 20-2 in the third period.“There were a lot of bodies in front of the net so I just took a shot and it went in. I’m happy about that,” said Hemsky, 31, who joined the Stars this season after spending nearly his entire NHL career with Edmonton. “If you want to make the playoffs, you need every point. Today we had a break. Hopefully we can keep going.”Kreider tied it with his 12th of the season, on the power play at 18:40 of the third.Jason Spezza and Erik Cole each scored second-period goals for Dallas. Spezza opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play for the Stars at 2:53 of the second period with his 10th goal of the season. Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg assisted.Carl Hagelin scored for New York at 15:27 of the second, putting a pass from Kevin Hayes past Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen, who made 34 saves. The goal was the 11th for Hagelin. Defenseman Kevin Klein also assisted.“It really was a huge relief to win it quick in overtime,” said Lehtonen. “You do your best and try not to think too much. It was a big win.”With the victory, the Stars (24-21-8) moved within five points of Calgary and Vancouver for a playoff spot.“I think it helps you believe again because we have had some tough stuff happen to us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “But to win in overtime, that helps us.”Cole put the Stars ahead 2-1 at 18:05 of the second with his 14th goal when he finished off a passing play with Hemsky with shot that slipped past Talbot, who was making his third straight start in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist. On the winning goal, Talbot said he lost sight of the puck when Hemsky shot it.“I didn’t see it,” Talbot said. “I looked around to see the initial start and then he went straight back in the other direction. Once it came off his stick, I lost the puck completely.”Both teams were coming off losses on Feb. 7 and had to travel for the peculiar 5 p.m. starting time. The Rangers (30-16-5) lost 3-2 at Nashville while the Stars were defeated in Buffalo.Eight of the last 10 games between the Rangers and Stars, including each of the last six, have been decided by one goal. The Stars also won the previous meeting between the teams, 3-2 on Dallas on Dec. 29.Still, the Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 home games and 20 of their last 26 games overall, since Dec. 8 when they beat Pittsburgh in overtime.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who benched the Rangers top line of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis for the latter part of the second period, had praise for Talbot.“He gives us a chance to win every game,” the coach said. “He’s doing what a goaltender is supposed to.”As for benching his top goal scorer — Nash and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin have a league-best 33 goals — Vigneault said it was a matter of using players who were having a better game.“Rick hasn’t had very many games this year where he’s been off,” Vigneault said. “Sometimes it happens. At that time, we had no puck possession. We were spending almost the total time in our own end.”Before the game, Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the playoffs.Lundqvist was injured when he was struck with a shot Feb. 7 against Carolina. He termed it sprained blood vessel that will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.“If I keep playing now, there’s a big risk of having a stroke,” the 32-year-old goaltender said. “You don’t play around with this. It’s not like a sore shoulder or something. You have to listen to the doctors.”Talbot, 27, should play a career-high fourth-straight game in the NHL when the Rangers start a four-game road trip in Toronto on Feb. 10They also have road games against Colorado, Arizona and the Islanders before returning home to face Vancouver on Feb. 19.Backing up Talbot is 20-year-old Mackenzie Skapski, who has yet to play an NHL game. TweetPinShare0 Shares