“He was very impressed that his dad had been a gymnast.”
We knew Richard Gere had a whole life before his star-making role in “American Gigolo,” but we didn’t know it involved a pommel horse.
His gymnast past impressed more than just us — his 12-year-old son, while watching the Olympics with his dad, was shocked to find out Gere used to pull off the same feats as the guys on TV.. To hear more about Gere’s first job, watch the video above.
“There’s a picture of me [at home] having just done a dismount — I was actually looking pretty good,” Gere said. Gere has since followed other pursuits; while he’s better known for acting, Gere and his wife also run a Relais and Chateaux, a boutique hotel and restaurant. It’s not his first time working in food services
Newspapers, television and the Internet are used to convey social messages. Advertisements carry subliminal messages influencing buyers’ psychology, or carry direct messages that bear a negative influence. News sources often bombard you with the same negative stories over and over again, in order to increase the impact. Thus, all the time, you are glued to some form of media. The media does play a role in portraying thin as beautiful and fat as ugly. When this thought grips the minds of youngsters, they take to fad diets or turn to cosmetic surgeries to get that so-called perfect body. An inferiority complex and lowered confidence in people with not-so-perfect bodies can lead to eating disorders. An early exposure to bold or violent films, books publishing adult content and news portraying ugly social practices has a deep impact on young minds. This is leading teenagers to adopt unhealthy eating habits. But there are advertisements of expensive exercise equipment, and weight and fat loss programs. No one’s propagating the importance of exercising to keep fit. Aren’t there ghost and vampire stories that media claims as real? These characters enter our world through books and movies. Media is exposing the masses to fast food products, canned food, fad diets, and energy drinks. This leads to a notion that thin is sexy and fat is not. The impact of media is such that the wrong, the controversial, and the bad is more talked about. And that’s how impactive media is.
You want to imitate an action sequence just because your favorite action hero looked ‘cool’ doing it. Instead, watch good programs that carry healthy content, engage in positive activities, and encourage others to do the same. Haven’t you had experiences of a bad dream after watching a violent movie? Or of imagining something scary happening to you after watching a horror film? Or a sudden fear gripping your mind after reading about a murder in your city? The reality should be depicted but not so gaudily that it’ll have a lasting impact on people’s minds.
Your role models are people that the media exposes you to. With the intent of stressing their point or for grabbing greater attention from the masses, media hypes or exaggerates things to a certain degree. Media is everywhere, affecting every aspect of life.
Media has negative effects on the physical and psychological well-being of society. It has led to a general opinion that size-zero is the in thing and fat and chubby are out. Adults may have the maturity to distinguish between the good and the bad, but bombarding only the bad can affect anyone at least at the subconscious level. They will only make the negative influence of media more obvious.
The negatives in society are highlighted with the purpose of awakening people about them. Sometimes, little things are blown out of proportion thus changing the way they are perceived by the audience. You want to wear the shade of nail polish Lady Gaga wears for that frantic gaga look. Depiction of the bad has a negative impact on kids not mature enough to interpret what they are being shown. The masses fall for this being-in-the-news and end up imitating celebrities without much thought. You want to do everything that people from the glamor world do, you want to be like your favorite celebrity. Any publicity is good publicity, you begin to feel.
The media has, in its own way, changed people’s outlook towards life. And there are so many things you see around you, without choosing to watch them. Media influences them negatively. With a ‘world’ of information and entertainment waiting on the other side of a computer or TV screen, it’s not unnatural for anyone to spend hours exploring it; it’s addictive. Those at a vulnerable age, especially children and teenagers, are highly influenced by anything that is put before them in a jazzy way. It is bombarding you with content, news, information, gossip, rumors – it is exposing you to everything it has, some things necessary, some not; some things important, some not, some things you want to ignore, some things you cannot. As a responsible adult (parent or teacher), exercise control on the media exposure that kids and teenagers get. Media influences public opinion and impacts the choices that people make. The bad is overinflated and the good goes unnoticed. You want to be someone, but not yourself! And now you say media does not influence you! Oh come on, it surely does! Mass media does affect the way in which masses think and act. But the negative effects are not conducive to a healthy society. What is shown with an intent to ‘spread a message’ ends up becoming a bombardment of the bad, the ugly. Parents and teachers have a big role to play in selecting what the young should see and what they should not.
When you try to imitate your role models from the glamor industry, do you give a thought to whether you are doing right or wrong? It is often seen that young girls and boys imitate celebrities blindly. There’s no one advertising the benefits of eating fresh fruit everyday, no one’s promoting drinking 8 glasses of water daily. You want to wear the LBD just because you are a fan of Coco Chanel. It influences their behavior both positively and negatively.
Media portrayals give rise to stereotypes, affecting your mindset. The negative effects of media on children are manifested in terms of their changing mental setup and the declining quality of their lifestyle. Children should invest more time reading good books, studying, playing outdoors and exercising. Just like them, even you want to be in the news. You ask me why? Well, because there are these junk food advertisements everywhere. Use your judgment before following or falling for anything. The craze for models or actors and actresses, makes teenagers want bodies and facial features like theirs. Put things in perspective, and don’t let the media influence you to do the wrong things.
Media Addiction. Media sources are so many in number and all of them so convincingly make their point, that it is hard to distinguish between right and wrong. At that age, they are attracted to anything that’s flashy and anything that can make news.
The media in itself is so addictive that once glued to it, you tend to forget everything else. In a survey done on fifth graders by the National Institute on Media and the Family, it was found that kids had become dissatisfied with their bodies after watching a video of a certain very popular artiste and a certain scene from a popular TV show (names omitted on purpose).
The media is so overwhelming that the masses end up believing everything it says/shows. Media claims to depict the ‘today’, but not all types of media show only the truth. This affects kids and teenagers the most, as they are exposed to things they might interpret wrongly or may not even understand at that age.
To some extent, media is responsible for generating negative feelings among those exposed to it. To get rid of a big nose or to get those big pouty lips, teenagers are ready to go under the knife.
While a certain amount of exposure to media is essential for introducing ourselves to the world outside, excessive exposure, uncontrolled access and belief without thought won’t lead us anywhere. But unfortunately sometimes, the message is misconstrued. Here, we will try to understand how media influences us negatively.
Media is held responsible for the change in eating habits of teenagers and the unhealthy lifestyle they are adopting. The positive effects are surely celebrated by one and all. Due to the oh-so-alluring media, most of their time is spent glued to the television, reading celebrity gossip, listening to something sensational or wandering aimlessly on the Internet. This can, and has led to increasing cases of anorexia. For example, the negative effects of addiction are portrayed through advertisements. When you are not watching TV, you are surfing the Internet, when you are not on the web, you are reading newspapers, when you are not reading anything, you are listening to something. How far do we go to check its authenticity? How deep do we dig to get to the root of something that’s making news? How critically do we judge the reality of reality shows and the truth behind true stories? We don’t think, we believe. It’s not just media to be blamed in this case. Sometimes, small incidents or events in the lives of celebrities and politicians are hyped, in order to make them more sensational. It’s not possible to insulate yourself completely from the effects of media, even if you limit the exposure. You want to sport your favorite actors’ hairstyles and you want to walk like those ramp models do. But isn’t it too much to blindly believe that they exist? Fiction is amusing only till the distinction between fact and fiction is clear. People spending hours in front of a television or surfing the Internet experience eye problems. Lack of physical activity leads to obesity problems. Not everyone is able to filter that element. But media did play a role in propagating these characters and making them seem real. The benefits of following a balanced diet are not being hyped anywhere. When the two worlds mix, life becomes difficult.
The solution to avoiding the negative influence of media lies in limiting media exposure and choosing what to watch. The media is constantly bombarding us with information. There is no denying their amusement value or entertainment quotient. This makes the overweight feel out of place. The reel entertains only till its difference from the real is understood. They are ready to starve themselves to lose weight. If children are bombarded with fight sequences, stunt work, sex and rape scenes, suicides and murders through books or movies, they are bound to leave a scar on these impressionable minds. So there is a section positively influenced by the media while there are others who take the wrong message from it. We don’t judge, we get influenced. And not just children, the unpleasant can impact even an adult’s mind. The only way to shield yourself from them, is to not allow them to influence you. Most believe everything to be real, especially kids and teenagers.
Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts – where did they come from? Fairies, superheroes, angels – where did they come from? It’s not only media to be blamed, as these characters belong to folklore. Watching TV or browsing the web late night is spoiling the sleeping habits of many.
Women with petite bodies and girls with a barbie figure are always shown to be more popular or attractive while the overweight are portrayed as less popular, having less friends and being bullied. Media highlights controversies and scandals in the lives of celebrities. Don’t believe in them without thinking. Media is the interface through which millions look at the world outside. The ‘awakening’ does not reach everyone or it reaches the masses in the wrong way. Don’t take media portrayals by their word. Refrain from watching such programs or news
For most jobs on an oil rig, university degrees are useless pieces of paper.
Even without experience, getting offshore oil rig jobs is easier than getting a job as a rocket scientist. Work hard and smart for one to two years, and you could be promoted to a roughneck. Offshore oil rigs legally count as ships at sea, so you’ll want to find out how the different laws affect you. The different requirements are not just across countries, but also across US state boundaries and Canadian provincial boundaries.. You will also get the chance to help the derrickhands and drillers, giving you the experience to be promoted to a driller yourself.
Remember to read up a little bit on maritime law. Large oil companies like Exxon spend $79 million everyday looking for new oil fields. You’ll be doing more of the same physical work, but you will also lead a team of roustabouts. In this line of work, you want to look for entry level roustabout jobs. Don’t forget to check with a good tax lawyer – at one point of time, there were very good tax incentives for people taking up offshore jobs. Good cooks and medics are two other entry level positions always welcome on an oil rig.
You can still find offshore oil rig jobs even in the middle of this recession. Worldwide, $400 billion will be spent in 2009 looking for more oil… You will be doing a lot of hard, dirty work and heavy lifting. A certified welder could make $60,000 working on an offshore oil rig. Even though the Department of Labor will call you a general laborer, you’ll be earning somewhere around $45,000 a year, better than some white collar jobs.
Unlike most physical jobs, you actually have a pretty good career path. Even though OPEC is complaining that oil at $40/barrel is too cheap. This could get you highly paid jobs in the electrical department or motor room. Depending on where the oil rig is located, you may need vaccinations, first aid certifications, offshore survival certifications, firefighting certifications and helicopter underwater escape training certifications. Instead, go for a certified trade like an electrician or mechanic. Offshore drilling companies like Transocean are still deploying new oil rigs and hiring workers
“Over half of them have legal casinos.” He quoted estimates that $400 billion is wagered on sports every year. And the New England Patriots already have a deal with a rival site DraftKings.
Fantasy sports is a form of sports gambling which is allowed under current law.
On Friday, the Washington Redskins announced a marketing agreement with FanDuel, which runs daily fantasy games. And that means even bigger broadcast rights deals for the leagues, which is where the big money lies.
But there are already some signs of a change of heart at the NFL, the same league that once banned Vegas tourism commercials from the Super Bowl lest it be seen as endorsing gambling.
Silver says it is important to protect the integrity of games, but argues that it would be easier, not tougher, with legalized gambling.
In the Op-Ed, Silver called on Congress to change the law prohibiting sports gambling in most of the country since 1992.
The NBA announced its own partnership deal with FanDuel on Thursday that grants it an equity stake in the site.
“Gambling has increasingly become a popular and accepted form of entertainment in the United States,” Silver wrote in an Op-Ed Friday in The New York Times. 14, 2014 by Chris Isidore @CNNMoney November 14, 2014: 2:46 PM ET
Don’t bet on him being the last. That’s also the main reason that despite being an attractive and growing market, no major sports team is based in Las Vegas.
“I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated,” he said.
Related: Sports gambling vs. the stock market
Leagues have opposed sports betting because of the possibility it could compromise their games’ integrity — a big concern ever since the thrown World Series in 1919, where Chicago players conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the games.
CNNMoney (New York) First published November 14, 2014: 2:46 PM ET
“Most states offer lotteries,” He wrote.
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Offline gambling is a massive market with validated demand, and many believe online gambling will be llarger. Juniper Research estimates that betting on mobile devices alone will be a $100 billion worldwide industry by 2017.
Betable allows social game developers to add real, working gambling mechanics to their games.
If online gambling laws continue to be relaxed across the United States, it could represent a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors. Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chariman.
Given the lengthy licensing process and regulatory concerns, new entrants are looking to partner with currently existing casino operators.
Concerns over social responsibility will have some consequences on investment considerations in the market.
MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming Corp, its partner in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, have arrangements with Bwin.Party, which runs Internet gambling from Gibraltar.
Chris DeWolfe, a co-founder of the pioneering social site Myspace, is launching a gaming studio with a gambling component. Delaware recently passed similar laws.
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Some large companies have policies against involvement with gambling, which reduces exit opportunities for companies in the business.
Rational Group, the Isle of Man-based company that operates PokerStars, the world’s leader in real-money online poker, acquired the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, one New Jersey’s 12 licensed casinos and will obtain and NJ Casino license with the transaction. Investors include Jeff Bezon’s, Founder of Amazon, and Eric E.
No one seems more qualified to exploit the opportunity than social gaming company, Zynga, with their established user base, expertise in driving engagement and virality, and iterative data driven product development process. They’ve already hired an executivefrom 888 Holdings, a gambling company, begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts, and have applied for an operator license in Nevada and expect to launch their first real-money gaming products in international markets in the first half of 2013. Nevada’s law, signed on February 21st of 2013, lets land-based casino operators offer online poker only. Overseas, online betting is generating an estimated $32 billion in annual revenue — nearly the size of the United States casino market.
In addition, some large public equity investors, such as hedge funds, have policies against investing in gambling related companies and some general and limited partners of venture capital and private equity funds have similar policies, which could reduce liquidity in private markets.
Many believe that online gambling will soon become as simple as buying an e-book or streaming a movie, and that the convenience of being able to bet from your couch, will present incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Partnerships and M&A
In the U.K., Zynga has partnered with Bwin.Party to offer games such as “FarmVille” slots for real-money betting. .
New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie recently signed a law allowing Atlantic City’s casinos to run websites that take bets on games such as blackjack, slots and poker, but require bettors to be physically present in the state