Back in 2013, Hollywood was shaken by the news about the arrest of Molly Bloom, also known as the Poker Princess of Hollywood, was arrested (along with 33 other individuals) for being part of a $100 million money laundering and illegal gambling operation. Next year, Bloom pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of her involvement in the operation, so she escaped jail time and was slapped with a sentence of 200 hours of community service and a $1000 fine. But she still did spill about the operation in a book called “Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World”, revealing the truth about the underground poker rooms frequented by many famous celebrity gamblers, including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Macaulay Culkin, Ben Affleck, businessman and investor Alec Gores, and American banker, businessman, investor, and poker player Andy Beal. And her memoirs were put on film, too – Molly’s Game has been released this January worldwide to critical acclaim and has received two Golden Globe nominations, as well as a WGA and a BAFTA nomination.
The movie version of Molly Bloom’s memoirs was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin who has previously won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and a Golden Globe for writing the screenplay of “The Social Network”. “Molly’s Game” has seen him in the director’s chair for the first time, against talent like Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, and other top names like Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Graham Greene, and many others. The film was released last year at several film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the AFI Fest, and won trophies at most.
The critics love this movie – it has an 81% “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic gave it a score of 74/100, and CinemaScore gave it an A- (on a scale of A+ to F). And viewers also liked it – it has an audience score of 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Basically, “Molly’s Game” is Molly Bloom’s story, who ran the most exclusive high-stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York City. She went on hosting these games for almost a decade before being arrested by the FBI. It tells the story of her arriving to LA after dropping out of the US Olympic skiing team, finding work as a cocktail waitress, then being recruited by her boss, Darin Feinstein, to cater to the guests of a high-stakes poker game in the basement of his club. In time, the games have become increasingly complicated, with the number of high-profile players participating in the hush-hush games growing – ultimately, they involved actors and businessmen, athletes and other celebrities, many of them undisclosed by the author. And when the authorities put an end to the operation… but no spoilers, make sure to see the movie instead.
Uganda Rugby Cranes flagged off ahead of Zambia, Zimbabwe clashes
The rugby cranes today had their last training session at Kyadondo rugby grounds ahead of their return legs with Zambi and Zimbabwe. The rugby cranes were seen off by some of the staff from their main sponsors Nile Special and enjoyed previlage of the company of the American and South African ambassadors.The Uganda rugby team besides going for the wins have also fronted the Nile Special current campaign #NoExcuse which is aimed at reducing sexual harassment in society.
Here is the selected team to fave Zambi and Zimbabwe
1. Ssenteza Santos
2. Kivumbi Saul
3. Kimbowa Collin
4. Asuman Mugerwa
5. Odugo Faragi
6. Kanyanya Ronald
7. Otto Micheal
8. Olet Simon Peter
9. Odong Charles Uhuru
10. Asaba Brian
11. Pius Ogena
12. Ayera Desire
13. Emong Eliphaz
14. Aaron Ofoyrwoth
15. Epilo Paul Emmanuel
16. Ivan Magomu Arthur
17. Masendi Paul
18. Okorach Micheal
19. Munyani Ian Arnold
20. Wokorach Philip
21. Semwami Daudi Ashraf
22. Simwende Kimono Justin
23. Kasito Adrian
24. Oketayot Byron
Tusker Lite confirm participation in first ever Food Street Festival in September
On Monday, the first ever “KCCA Foodie Street” was introduced to the Ugandan social events scene promising an assortment of delicious local delicacies all aligned to take place at the heart of the city’s most esteemed street, Parliamentary Avenue come Saturday, September 7, 2019.
The Foodie Street will host food lovers within the city to a day of merrymaking on the food filled street is organised by KCCA and My Food Network in partnership with Tusker Lite to bring food lovers an unforgettable food fest.
“Kampala is the entertainment capital of East Africa and KCCa has a strategy to make it the premier entertainment and tourist destination in Africa. One of the ways to do this is to showcast our rich culture and hospitality and we know that showcasing our abundant street food, we can achieve this goal, said KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Mrs Namuddu Juliet Nambi.It has been touted as a fun outdoors lifestyle food event that will showcase Ugandan street food while offering a variety of treats from the different street food exhibitions set to leave food lovers spoilt for choice. Revelers will be given the option of pairing their dishes with either a Tusker Lite or Coca Cola.
“Tusker Lite remains at the heart of the best food experiences in the country. We are looking forward to bringing foodies the party flavour in the first edition of this fun outdoors food experience come September,” said Balaba Brian, Key Accounts Manager, UBL.The event shall have over 30 street food vendors catering to the public from 10:00am to midnight. The event is a mirror of other street food festivals held in numerous cities around the world like Paris, Berlin, London, Manila and Brussels, just to mention but a few.
From sunrise to sunset the streets will be buzzing with activity with every other stall premise creatively set up as either a café or restaurant with Kampala City Council Authority giving the greenlight on the fun food event. There will also be music, dance and drinks all perfectly placed under one historic venue, Parliamentary Avenue located between the IPS building and Jumbo Plaza. Entry to the event is free.
Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ Campaign to highlight Sexual Harassment
Nile Breweries under its flagship brand Nile Special has launched a behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country. The brand will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:
• shine a spotlight on the sexual harassment problem.
• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes
• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act
• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment
• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.
Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20.Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment. The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs.
Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society.
“Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc). At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende.
Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,
Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst to
get people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change. So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.
I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign. It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.” Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.
Enough is enough. Let’s stop excusing sexual harassment. Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug
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