Easter target practice? ‘Rockets’ light up the sky as Greeks celebrate ‘Rouketopolemos’

Members of two neighbouring churches in Vrontados on the island of Chios fired thousands of homemade rockets at each other on Sunday, as part of ‘Rouketopolemos’ – an Easter tradition that has been celebrated by the churches of St. Mark’s and Panagia Erithiani for more than 120 years.

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Early Facebook Investor On Meeting Mark Zuckerberg

Business Insider speaks with Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor and author of the new book “Zucked.” McNamee first met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006 and quickly became a mentor to the tech CEO. McNamee explains how Zuckerberg has changed since their first awkward meeting.

Following is a transcript of the video.

Kif: I wanna get to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg because they’re immensely powerful people. How did you meet Mark Zuckerberg?

Roger: So 2006, I got an email from a guy named Chris Kelly. He was the Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook. He says, “My boss has a huge business issue, and he doesn’t know how to solve it, and he needs to talk to somebody who’s been around a long time but has no conflicts. Would you take a meeting?”

Now, Facebook was 2 years old. Mark was 22. I was 50. And they had $9 million in sales the year before, and they got it basically from, you know, pizza ads. They didn’t even have News Feed yet. They were still just college campuses and high school students. But it was already obvious that he’d broken the code on social.

I take the meeting. He comes in my office. I go, “Look, you don’t know me, I don’t know you, I need to tell you something.” I said, “If it hasn’t already happened, either Microsoft or Yahoo is gonna offer a billion for the company.” And I gave him a whole bunch of explanations about what’s gonna happen, like your management team, your parents, the board directors, everybody’s gonna tell you take the money.

It turns out the reason he was coming to see me was Yahoo had just offered a billion dollars for Facebook. I basically hypothesized precisely what was going on.

Kif: But he hit you with silence, right? This is a 23-year-old, 22-year-old. He’s CEO, the hottest thing in the Valley. What did the silence feel like? What were you thinking in that moment?

Roger: So… I described this in some detail in the book because it was a meeting unlike any I’ve ever been in, and I don’t know how many people have ever had this experience of being one-on-one in a conference room that’s set up like a living room. So we’re in sort of comfy chairs, but we’re no further apart than you and I are. And I described this thing to Mark, and he hasn’t said anything yet. I mean, he’s introduced himself, and that’s it. There then ensues a silence that lasted almost five minutes.

I challenge you to be one-on-one with somebody and have them pantomiming thinker poses for five minutes and you not be on the verge of screaming. I mean, at about the three-minute mark, my fingernails were implanted in the cushions of the side of the couch. And at the four-minute mark, I’m literally thinking, “I’m gonna scream if he doesn’t say something.”

And when he finally relaxes and says something, I mean, I have no idea what’s just been happening. I’ve never been in a meeting where anybody ever did that before, but it’s also in some ways really amazingly cool because I’ve said something, and he’s thinking so hard about it and trying to decide, “Do I trust this guy I’ve never met before?”

So when he relaxes and starts talking to me, he’s paying me a huge compliment. And that part’s really obvious. It was obvious that this was… His first reflex was not to blurt out what was going on, and I’m looking that as, “Wow, in an entrepreneur who’s only 22, that’s a really good sign.” That level of caution, that level of listening, that level of thinking, I mean, I was already impressed before he came in, but after that, I’m going, “Wow, he is really one in a billion.

“So I ask him, “Do you wanna sell it?” And he said, “No, I don’t.”

Kif: Yeah, how have Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg changed since then?

Roger: I wonder because I don’t get to talk to them anymore. My last interaction with either one of them was October of 2016, and the last interaction with anybody at Facebook was February 2017, and they have very consciously not communicated with me since. So I can’t be certain.

All I can tell is from what I see. The Mark that I knew was really idealistic. He had this vision of connecting everyone in the world. The same way Google had a vision of collecting all the world’s information. He was gonna connect everybody, and he was so convinced of the merit of that idea that I think he truly believed that any means necessary to get there was appropriate.


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The Stan Collymore Show: Alain Giresse, Panini & World Cup semifinals

Alain Giresse, Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Jean Tigana – these four French players formed the Magic Square, one of the best midfield quartets the game has ever seen. Mark Bosnich sits down with Alain Giresse to discuss the differences between the past and the current French squad;

Stan travels to the beautiful cities of Kazan and Samara to witness two thrilling quarterfinals, meet the locals and the fans, and do some cooking;

Ever wondered who invented Panini albums and stickers? Stan goes to the factory to see how they’re made;

World Cup semifinals breakdown – Stan and Mark give their predictions. Plus – Mark gives away a secret on how to block a penalty shot!

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Dividing Expenses With Your Significant Other Can Be Infuriating — Here’s How These Couples Do It

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These three couples all have a different way of dividing financial responsibilities. Mike and Kim have found that over the years, keeping things separate has totally worked for them. Andrew and Mark had a hard time figuring out the equal parts of the things and activities they were sharing. Sarah-Beth and Reuben admit that they’re still figuring it out, but that having a joint credit card seems like the right start for them. 

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Kim: I mean, what’s interesting for us is that we’ve been together for almost 10 years, lived together for about 4 and been married for one and a half, and we’ve never gotten to the point where we feel like we actually need to actually combine finances. We still have completely separate bank accounts, because we just — I think from an early stage got used to like, alternating with the larger purchases, like if we’re going out to eat, or, you know, he’ll buy the plane tickets home, and I’ll rent the car, or whatever.

Mike: Yeah.

Kim: And so, we’ve kinda maintained that. It just works really well for us, because we each know exactly what’s coming into our accounts, and we know what we can afford to splurge here and there. We both — like, we talk about saving, like our own savings and stuff.

Mike: Yeah.

Kim: It’s just worked out well. So, there wasn’t like some huge change when we moved into together, because we just kept doing the same thing, like I write him a rent check every month.

Mike: Yeah.

Kim: And then, he writes the full check to our landlord.

Mike: Yeah.

Kim: We just kept doing that. And it’s just —

Mike: Yeah.

Kim: been easy. We like, never argue about money or anything like that —

Mike: No.

Kim: Because we just —

Mike: Yeah. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, you know?

Kim: Yeah.

Mike: We have our own, sort of accounting methods that we both use, and … yeah, we both make it work.

Andrew: I think the biggest challenge for managing our money when we first moved in together was how to split living costs, like, you know, rent is easy, utilities are easy, but like going out together …

Mark: Food and drinks —

Andrew: Yeah.

Mark: And all the other little stuff.

Andrew: Groceries, just the household necessities, just realizing that one of us, who might have taken on more of the day to day things that we do, started paying for more of them, but was making less money. So figuring out how to balance that and how to make that a little bit more equal.

Reuben: So, money is like the, since we got married has been like the hardest thing to figure out, and we’re still figuring it out. And, funny thing is is that, like, most of our friends who also have gotten married recently are also in the same boat, but I would say the smartest thing we’ve done is having a joint credit card together.

Sarah-Beth: Yeah, I agree with that.

Reuben: Where, like, we no longer get to the checkout counter at the grocery store and are like, “Oh, can you put half on this card, half on that card?” We have like this joint card. And I think that’s like starting us down the path of like, figuring it out, but it’s hard.

Gabby Giffords Is Not Done Fighting Against Gun Violence (HBO)

The world knows Gabby Giffords as a gun violence survivor and former congresswoman from Arizona who has emerged as a leader in the movement for common sense gun legislation. What the world doesn’t know is the amount work Gabby has to put in behind the scenes, every day, to be able to continue her work.

Giffords was shot in the head at close range at a constituent meeting in 2011. She survived the attack, but with critical injuries. Since that time, she and her husband, retired astonaut, Captain Mark Kelly, have dedicated their lives to ending gun violence.

“This isn’t about responsible gun ownership this is about the irresponsible people out there.,” Mark Kelly told VICE News. “The gun lobby says this these reforms are an infringement on your rights. They’re not. Nobody’s trying to take away anybody’s Second Amendment right, if you’re a responsible person.”

Gabby and Mark’s work for common sense gun legislation can be mentally and physically taxing. And for Gabby, it’s all the more grueling because of the challenges of her own injury. But that’s not stopping her from charging ahead — with her recovery, and with her cause.

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Mark Cuban Is Taking On The WWE With New Japan Pro Wrestling

Mark Cuban’s cable and satellite network AXS TV — formerly known as HDNet — acquired the rights to broadcast New Japan Professional Wrestling in 2015. NJPW, or “New Japan,” as it’s commonly known, is a popular Tokyo-based promotion that some fans view as a grittier, more physically intense alternative to WWE programming. The network airs new episodes of New Japan Pro Wrestling on Friday nights at 8p ET.

In 2015, AXS hired legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross to broadcast New Japan matches for the network’s weekly broadcasts. Ross, who is a part-time WWE employee, told us that Vince McMahon gave him his blessing to work for NJPW as well as WWE. 

Ross is currently promoting the release of his new book “Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling,” which he wrote with Paul O’Brien. 

Jim Ross: New Japan is a wrestling promotion that’s been in business since the early 70’s. It was created by Antonio Inoki. Antonio Inoki fought Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match years and years ago.

It’s a very successful wrestling promotion in Japan. The number one promotion in Japan now is New Japan. So, they produce their television show. They have a digital network — all those good things. But their style is, fundamentally, a throwback.

 [AXS TV broadcasts New Japan matches in the US]

It’s on AXS TV. Mark Cuban is the owner of AXS TV. I’m pretty lucky. I don’t have to worry about my checks clearing. I get a check from Vince. I get a check from Mark. And thus far, they’ve all been good, so I like that.

[Ross is a legendary WWE announcer and executive. He still works for WWE on a part-time basis. Ross started announcing for New Japan in 2015.]

Working with Mark Cuban has been cool, and, you know, Vince – they’re a lot alike. They’re wealthy guys that have built their own empires. And I so much appreciate and respect that.

I think Vince has got all he can say grace over, over his empire. And he’s got complete confidence that his brand is growing, is healthy, and it is. I’m sure that New Japan would love to have the success that Vince has built with the WWE. They obviously want to enlarge their footprint in North America as another territory that they’re gonna conquer.

It’s a fun product to watch. It’s very straightforward. And some of our shows have one match on them.  So, you can really settle in and tell that story — the strategy and reference back to what happened, you know, earlier. “He hurt his leg, remember? Just after the match started, he got his knee clipped,” or whatever.

So, you can bring all these stories forward and you’ve got time to do it. Our directive by the AXS TV folks is to call the match like it was a sporting event and stick to the action.

If we start talking about things that are totally unrelated to what you’re seeing, there is a disconnect. There has to be. That would be like Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, in the middle of a live play, while the ball is snapped, talking about what’s trending today on the NFL. They’re gonna talk about the play. 

But, the one-hour show is a big difference for me, and the quality is a lot like the old NWA days, you know, when Dusty Rhodes was booking the NWA and Ric Flair was hotter than a firecracker. It’s a very basic formula, and I think that’s what New Japan does very well.

So, if you’re an old wrestling fan and have become a little bit displaced because you preferred a more physical, more straightforward approach more often than not, then New Japan might be a real good program to check out, without question.

If you like wrestling, right now is probably the coolest time in the world to be a fan.  


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