Filmmaker Mani Ratnam and music maestro AR Rahman’s association dates back to 30 years. Roja (1992) was the first film they collaborated on and ever since, they have emerged as one of the most credible and successful director-composer duos. Over the years, they went on to work in films like Bombay (1997), Dil Se… (1998), Alai Payuthey (2000), Raavanan (2010) and OK Kanmani (2015), among others, in which they belted out some memorable tracks, which have achieved cult status. The latest film album in their joint oeuvre is Ponniyin Selvan: 1. Songs like Chola Chola and Ponni Nadhi have already grabbed the attention of many. At a recent event, Rahman opened up on his special association with Ratnam and thanked him for contributing to his musical career, immensely. Talking about how he has always looked up to the filmmaker, Rahman said, “I’m Mani Ratnam’s student for life. He has taught me all the little tricks of trade. You can’t imagine the things which he taught me! As a musician, we … [Read more...] about Ponniyin Selvan 1: AR Rahman Says He is Mani Ratnam’s ‘Student for Life, Learnt Little Tricks of Trade’
What if the Senate passed an international climate treaty—a pact so powerful that it could avert nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit of global warming—and nobody noticed? That’s more or less what happened a week ago. Last Wednesday, the Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment, a treaty that will phase out the world’s use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a climate pollutant used as an industrial refrigerant and in sprayable consumer products. Because HFCs are hundreds of thousands of times more potent at capturing heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, the Kigali Amendment, which has already been adopted by 137 countries , is the most significant environmental treaty that the United States has joined in at least a decade. But just as striking as the fact that the United States joined the treaty was how it did it. The vote to ratify Kigali was bipartisan, with 21 Republicans and 48 Democrats voting in support. Yet the move didn’t break through to the extent that other recent climate news … [Read more...] about America Is in the Middle of a Mini–Golden Age of Climate Policy
If you've been listening to the nationally syndicated CarPro radio show you've heard automotive expert and host Jerry Reynolds talk about the issues continuing to face both the car industry and car shoppers right now. Inventory shortages are resulting in higher prices and fewer incentives leaving many consumers to deal with the harsh reality of paying over MSRP for their new vehicle. Depending on each buyer's situation, Reynolds will either advise them to wait or make a move now to take advantage of high used car trade-in values. To get an idea of how much some vehicles are selling for over MSRP we turn turn iSeeCars.com. Its recent a nalysis of 1.9 million new car listings found the average new vehicle is priced 10.0 percent above MSRP and some new vehicles are priced well above the 10.0 percent average. Researchers say making a higher profit on specific models offsets lower sales volumes due to inventory shortages. iSeeCars.com researchers say consumers in today's market … [Read more...] about Which New Cars Are Selling For The Most Over MSRP?
Gail Collins: Bret, which do you think is more of a threat to Donald Trump’s political future, the classified document drama at Mar-a-Lago or the legal challenge to his businesses in New York? Bret Stephens: Gail, I suspect the most serious threats to Trump’s future, political or otherwise, are Big Macs and KFC buckets. Otherwise, I fear the various efforts to put the 45th president out of business or in prison make it considerably more likely that he’ll wind up in the White House as the 47th president. How about you? Gail: Sigh. You’re probably right but I’m still sorta hoping New York’s attorney general can hit him in the pocketbook. He’s super vulnerable when it comes to his shady finances — I’m even surprised he can find lawyers who have confidence they’ll keep being paid. Bret: No doubt the Trump Organization was run with the kind of fierce moral and financial rectitude you’d expect if Elizabeth Holmes had been put in charge of Enron. But the essential currency of … [Read more...] about Does It Matter That Investigators Are Closing In on Trump?