Say No to Plastic: Iceland Supermarket to Go “Plastic-Free” by 2023

According to a statement issued by the UK retailer, it will be removing plastic on all of its label products within five years, replacing it with recyclable paper bags, and pulp and paper trays.

In a step that would put pressure on other supermarkets to follow suit, Iceland has committed that it would eliminate plastic packaging on all its brand products by the end of year 2023. The supermarket says that this decision would go a long way in ending the “scourge of plastic pollution.

Giving us an insight on how it would move forward with this decision, Iceland says it plans to replace plastic with pulp and paper trays, as well as paper bags. All these materials are environment-friendly as they can be recycled either through in-store recycling facilities and domestic waste collections.

Although the decision would be implemented by the end of 2023, its ramifications will start becoming visible in the coming months. For, Plastic disposable straws have already been replaced from Iceland’s label range whereas plastic food trays will be replaced by their paper-based counterparts in the next few months.

Apart from being on good terms with the Government, this decision by Iceland has come at a time when there is overwhelming public support for phasing out plastic. A survey carried out by the supermarket found 80% of 5,000 people polled suggesting that they would endorse the supermarket’s decision of phasing out plastic.

This is not the first time that Iceland has decided to embark on environment-friendly initiatives. In the past, Iceland joined the Co-op chain to support UK Government’s initiative of Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

The DRS requires the consumers to pay a little extra amount on each plastic bottle they are going to buy. This price is refundable, and the consumers can get it back once the vacant bottle is returned. The decision was taken to prevent damage to eco systems, as UK alone discards 16 million plastic bottles every single day.

The move of the company has come at a time when China has announced that it would no longer take the plastic waste of the UK for recycling. In other words, the big businesses will now have to clean up their own act.

 


 

Grab Popcorn Now: Top 5 Most Anticipated Shows of 2018

Got free time to kill? Want to spend these rare moments indoors with a TV Show? Don’t know where to begin? Well, now that you’re nodding your head in affirmation, here’s your TV-show cheat sheet.

Picking the best television had to offer was relatively easy back in the day. There were a few major networks and some cable channels dominated the attention of the nation. These days, however – thanks to the likes of Netflix and Hulu – the decision has got a whole lot difficult.

And speaking of 2018, both the new shows, as well as new seasons of the old preferences, will be gracing our television screens. David Letterman is back – and we’ll also be getting more of Jessica Jones, Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld.
Don’t know where to tune in? Worry not, we’ve got you covered.

 
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)


After taking a three-year sabbatical from The Late Show, the veteran TV host is back – albeit on Netflix, and welcoming guests of the ilk of Tina Fey, Barrack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Jaz-Z, George Clooney and Howard Stern. The first season of his new show will consist of six episodes – each of which will be released monthly and will follow an open-ended format to get the most out of David’s talents.

 
Mosaic (HBO)

Ever wanted to follow one character’s story in a TV series to the end? Even if you haven’t, that’s the main idea behind the $20 million project, Mosaic, which is to be aired on HBO from January, 20th. HBO has also launched the TV Series’ app for Apple TV and iOS which gives the viewers of Mosaic the option to decide its viewing order.

 
2 Dope Queens (HBO)
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GOT fans may not like it but Cersei and Daenerys aren’t the sole HBO queens anymore. For, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson – both of whom are best pals, HBO has decided to convert their WNYC Podcast into a filmed version. This show was taped in front of live audience and its major selling point lies in its frank discussions on romance, race, city living, and whatever else is on the “Queens’” minds at that time.

 
Good Girls (NBC)

Ever wondered what three tired, worn out and bored mothers could do? They could rob a bank! At least that’s what the Good Girls wants us to believe. In Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks and Retta, we’re going to get three suburbanites whose plan of robbing a bank goes horribly out of control. Hence, if you have ever imagined about Housewife-version of breaking bad, you need to watch this show.

 
Rise (NBC)
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Hamilton, How I Met Your Mother, and Parenthood fans, be alert: TV veteran Jason Katims has teamed up with Broadway creator Jeffrey Sellers for a drama in which seven, Rust-belt, small-town kids get a chance to open up to the world via theater. What’s more, you can also say Josh Radnor, who will be playing the role of an overly-concerned Teacher.

The ‘Alien’ Is Real: Shark Hauled From Deep Ocean Has Extendable Jaws

The highly-rare viper shark was caught near Taiwan in the Pacific Ocean this week, and it is one of the very few viper sharks that have been ensnared since the early 80s.

Dazzling the scientists, a rare shark was caught in the Pacific Ocean which – like the monster from the “Alien” sci-fi film – can take its jaws beyond its mouth. The shark belongs to the category of rare viper sharks which are on the verge of distinction.

The viper shark – which earns the name because of its fear-inducing fangs – was caught by a group of researchers near Taiwan. The shark catches its target via its extending jaws, which are so huge that a large fish can be swallowed with a single bite.

What’s more, if the rapidly extending jaws weren’t enough for this shark to attract everybody’s attention, it has another unique feature: that of glowing in the dark. It was this feature that led the researchers near it earlier this week.

According to Taiwan Fishers Research Institute, they picked up five such creatures during a routine survey which took them near the Donghe Township. Describing the shark, the Institute said that it recognized them from their needle-shaped teeth which look like snake-like fangs.

Since they are rarely come into view because of their minute size, viper sharks aren’t very famous. That said, the scientists believe that these sharks could swim from depths ranging 400m deep during daylight. At night, they swim above and remain 150m below the sea level.

Scientists further believe that this shark could grow to 21’’ in length, and is the oceans surrounding Taiwan, China, and Hawaii. The scientific name of the shark, given to it by Japanese researchers, is Trigonognathus kabeyai.

The latest catch, trapped at a depth of around 350feet, contained five viper sharks. Four were dead at the time of their catch whereas the fifth –despite being covered in a cool sweater, only survived one more day.

 

You Aren’t a Saint: Seal Calls Oprah Winfrey as Part of the Problem

Who said that everybody was gushing in praise of Oprah after her landmark speech at the Golden Globes? There have been some dissenting voices, and musician Seal is the latest to call her out.

Just days after her speech at the Golden Globe Awards – which many believed turned Oprah into a 2020 Presidential candidate, musician Seal has slammed Oprah Winfrey on Instagram. In a stinging rebuke, the 54 year old called Oprah as part of the problem and hypocrite in unequivocal terms.

Seal showed her displeasure with Oprah on an Instagram post, Wednesday, by posting a couple of photos of Winfrey with the Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein. One of the photos which he shared showed Oprah kissing the disgraced producer’s cheek.

If that wasn’t enough, Seal added a couple of comments on both photographs which suggested that far from being an angel, Oprah knew all along that the movie director was mistreating women.

“Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad,” Seal wrote.

Though it is hard to believe, Seal isn’t the first celebrity to call out Oprah over her speech. A couple of days ago, James Wood – who is one of the most conservative actors in Hollywood, posted the same images with equally vitriolic comments on her Twitter page.

In addition to these two celebrities, the creator of “Family Guy”, Seth MacFarlane, has also come out in opposition to Oprah. He has cautioned that when compared with public service, Oprah’s Celebrity power doesn’t quality her as a Presidential Candidate.

In the light of all these comments, it would be difficult to believe that Oprah HAS NOT, even hinted, in any way that she is thinking to run for the office in 2020. Yes, some Twitter trend have urged her to do the same, but she has been silent after her speech.

Change in Warner Bros.: Toby Emmerich Named New Film Chairman

Say it quietly, but there is a change going on at the Warner Bros. Studios. And unlike many which have preceded it in the past, this one could have long-running repercussions.

In a sign that major reorganization is underway at the Warner Bros. Studios, the film giant has promoted Toby Emmerich to the role of its Chairman. Another such change has seen Sue Kroll – who heads the studio’s worldwide distribution and marketing network, is giving up her role as a Producer of Burbank Lot.

It goes without saying that the relationship of Kroll with Warner Bros. goes behind a few decades. Equally important is her relationships with Hollywood Giants i.e. Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, and Christopher Nolan. Therefore, now that she is relinquishing her previous role, Kroll will become a Producer on Burbank Lot.

The shake-up isn’t limited to the top two personalities – as the chairmanship of the Global Theatrical and Home Entertainment Marketing has now been handed over to Blair Rich. She has been handed this responsibility at a time when there were rumors that several other studios were also courting her services. She also masterminded the marketing of last year’s blockbuster “It”.

In addition, while he will continue as President of the Studio’s Home Entertainment group, Ron Sanders will now serve as the President of the Worldwide Distribution at Warner Bros. It means he’ll be performing two roles at one.

Another major change which the studio hopes to see is the streamlining of its internal structure. It is, probably, for this purpose that the new management structure, marketing, distribution, and production departments will all report to Emmerich from now on.

It was back in 2016 that Emmerich assumed the role of Chief Content Officer and President at the Warner Bros. He assumed the responsibility after his successes at “New Line” – the Warner Bros. division which oversaw “Lord of the Rings” and “The Conjuring” Franchises.

All this shakeup has come after a year in which Warner Bros. enjoyed one success after the other. For example, the likes of“Dunkirk”, “Wonder Woman” and “It” – all huge successes at the Box Office, were released last year.

 

Going Royal: Meghan Markle Bids Farewell to Social Media

If you were thinking that she didn’t behave royally in her daily life, now you should. For, in an apparent effort to distance herself from the masses, Price Harry’s Fiancée has deleted her Social Media accounts.

The new fiancée of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, has deleted her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, a statement from Kensington Palace confirmed yesterday.

To comfort her followers, the statement from the palace said that the former actress “was grateful” to her followers on the social media accounts.  The statement further claimed that the reason she chose to shut down her accounts was that she hadn’t used them for quite some time.

This decision to shut down her social media accounts is in line with the Royal status which she is going to enjoy from May 2018 – as she’s going to marry Prince Harry that month.

Her decision, however, doesn’t mean that the members of the monarchy are not allowed to have Twitter and Instagram accounts. In contrast, most senior members DO have their official accounts which are run by their social media teams.

That said, the royal accounts aren’t normally seen posting personal posts or tweets. There is one exception, however, as the Duke of York is a vocal personality on Twitter. In Tweets which personally come from his side, he signs them with his initials “AY”.

After her wedding in May, Markle’s statements will be posted by Kensington Palace – whereas her communications on social media will be made by the palace’s Communications staff on her behalf.

In December last year, the US-born actress had 1.9 million followers on Instagram, whereas more than 350,000 people followed her Tweets on Twitter. Her Facebook account, meanwhile, had more than 800,000 likes.

It is not the first time that Meghan had decided to take a break from public life. In April 2017, for instance, she stunned her followers by shutting down The Tig – her lifestyle website.

 

Golden Globes: The Winners List

Who went home smiling from the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards? Women, to put it simply. As for the list of winners – and nominees – scroll down.

Once described as the boozy, bumptious and rowdy celebration of Hollywood, the Golden Globes took a turn for the better on Sunday night. The red carpet was draped in black, Seth Meyers decided to tackle a serious issue, and the Hollywood decided to put a spotlight on the troubles women face in the industry.

Amid all this hullaballoo, it was easy to forget that this was an awards night. However, since we care for our readers, we decided to mention the winners list – in FULL – in the upcoming verses.
Movies
As always, the movies section was divided into two categories: Drama and Musical. Mentioned below is the list of nominees and winners from each of the two sections.
DRAMA
Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

The Post

The Shape of Water

WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
COMEDY OR MUSICAL
The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

WINNER: Lady Bird
DIRECTOR
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

WINNER: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Tom Hanks, The Post

WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

WINNER: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

 
ACTOR IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver

Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

WINNER: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

 
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Fantastic Woman (Chile)

First They Killed My Father (Cambodia)

Loveless (Russia)

The Square (Sweden/Germany/France)

WINNER: In the Fade (Germany/France)

 
ANIMATED FILM
The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

WINNER: Coco

 
SCREENPLAY
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post

Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

WINNER: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 
SCORE
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

John Williams, The Post

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

 
SONG
“Home,” Ferdinand

“Mighty River,” Mudbound

“Remember Me,” Coco

“The Star,” The Star

WINNER: “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

 
TELEVISION
DRAMA

The Crown (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

 
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Black-ish (ABC)

Master of None (Netflix)

SMILF (Showtime)

Will & Grace (NBC)

WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

 
MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Fargo (FX)

Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

The Sinner (USA)

Top of the Lake: China Girl (Sundance)

WINNER: Big Little Lies (HBO)

 
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)

Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce (HBO)

Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

 
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)

Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor (ABC)

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

WINNER: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)

 
ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, Better Things (FX)

Alison Brie, Glow (Netflix)

WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)

Frankie Shaw, SMILF (Showtime)

 
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)

Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick (Amazon)

William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)

Eric McCormack, Will & Grace (NBC)

WINNER: Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)

 
ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Jessica Biel, The Sinner (USA)

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (HBO)

WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)

 
ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Jude Law, The Young Pope (HBO)

Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks (Showtime)

Geoffrey Rush, Genius (NatGeo)

WINNER: Ewan McGregor, Fargo (FX)

 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies (HBO)

WINNER: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)

 
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot (USA)

David Thewlis, Fargo (FX)

WINNER: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies (HBO)

 
CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Oprah Winfrey

 

Born Lazy? Try These 6 Food Hacks

How many times, over the last few years, were you in such a situation that there was nobody home to cook your meal? Dozens, in my case. After making the same sandwich time and again, I decided that enough was enough – and that I had to do something. It was then I stumbled on to these 6 food hacks and my whole life was turned into an oasis of calmness.

Take a look at 6 mind boggling food hacks.

 
#1: Bake Butternut Squash

If you are too lazy to peel and chop your butternut squash, this food hack might help. All you have to do is to bake it on low intensity for at least twenty minutes. But before you set the timer, make sure to poke a couple of holes in the squash. Once the 20 minutes are over, the partially cooked squash will be easy to peel and cut.

 
#2: One Pan Meals

Have trouble locating different utensils for cooking different items? Embrace the one-pan meal culture. First of all, spread a foil-covered (and greased) cookie sheet over the pan. Then put bell peppers, thinly sliced chicken and onion on it. Lastly, season the meal with taco seasoning and you’d end up with a one-tray fajita.

 
#3: Replace water with Coffee

Love chocolate flavor to bits? If your answer to this question is in the affirmative, you’ve got one more chocolate dish on your to-make menu. All you have to do to make it is to replace water with coffee when preparing ready-made brownies. Doing so will increase the chocolate flavor.

 
#4: De-seed Pomegranate

I have always loved pomegranates but the “process” of de-seeding them always dissuaded me from eating them. Luckily, I came on to this food hack where all I’ve to do to de-seed the pomegranate is to cut it before soaking it in water. In this way, all the seeds come out with minimum fuss.

 
#5: Pull can-lid using a fridge magnet

This one is self-explanatory, isn’t it? Once you’ve opened a can, pull its lid out using a fridge magnet. This will save you from applying the force to do the same.

 
#6: Get an Instant Pot

For a person who lives alone, I had a habit of making a fuss of almost anything that I wanted to cook. Thankfully, that habit changed once I got an instant pot. Now, all I do is to put all ingredients of my meal in the pot, set a timer for a few hours after which I open it to find a tasty dinner.

Interested in Bitcoin? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Though it is touted as a digital currency which makes millionaires, quite a lot of people still don’t know about Bitcoin. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing it – or just want to know what it is, this guide will come handy.

Bitcoin was introduced in 2009 as a cryptocurrency – or a digitally encrypted currency.The purpose behind it was to make such a currency which is un-hackable, untraceable and therefore safe for investors. Like every self-made millionaire, Bitcoin started at rock bottom – valuing at around 0.30 cents in January 2011. Currently, however, its value stands north of $15,000.
How does Bitcoin Work?
As virtual coins, Bitcoins are produced to be “self-contained” – meaning no banks are involved. Once you have them, you can use Bitcoins in the same manner as gold nuggets, albeit a little more discreetly.

Provided you want to use them, there are several websites that accept Bitcoins. However, if you’re an investor, you can tuck your Bitcoins away in a “wallet”.

Wallets are personal databases which you can store on your computer drive, tablet, in the cloud storage or on your smartphone.

It doesn’t matter where you store them – for no hacker can steal a Bitcoin. For, they are encrypted in such a manner that counterfeiters just cannot financially afford to steal them.
Why are Bitcoins Controversial?
Many reasons are there which make Bitcoins controversial, with the major one being that no central agency governs them. Between 2011 and 2013, criminal traders used Bitcoins to store them money away from the prying eyes of law enforcement agencies.

Second, no matter in how much debt you’re, no taxman can freeze your Bitcoin accounts. It is probably the reason why bankers see them as Gold Nuggets which exist in the “wild, wild west” where no financial institutions and traditional police can control them.

Finally, Bitcoins take the power of money-making away from the central reserve banks and into the hands of the general public. And as you might guess, our elite doesn’t like this aspect of Bitcoins one bit.
How to Invest in Bitcoins?
Just like any other investment you’re going to make in your life, never invest more in a Bitcoin than what you can afford to lose. Cryptocurrencies, despite their current popularity, can be highly volatile. Therefore, before making any investment, consult a well-versed investor.

If you still think you need a Bitcoin, there are apps– like Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Blockfolio – on which you can start investing. They act like digital wallets and store your Bitcoins.

Trolled: Ryan Reynolds Give it to Kim Kardashian In One Tweet

Just like most of us, Ryan Reynolds does not know the recipe on how to “Keep Up With the Kardashians”. Unlike us, however, he has a 10 million follower-base to show for it.

A couple of months ago, many sources claimed that both Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian were pregnant. However, since there has been no official confirmation from either side, fans have grown a bit restless – including Ryan Reynolds.

The 41-year-old star – who is famous for his Deadpool role, is undoubtedly one of the funniest celebs on Twitter. And if you had any doubts about his comic appeal, his recent Tweet about the Kardashian baby boom should have settled them.


Thankfully, anyone who has been “Keeping Up” of late can answer the question for him. Take Kim Kardashian, for example. The 37-year-old is expecting to become a mother for the third time with his second daughter from Kanye West via surrogate.

Similarly, Khloe, 33, is expecting to become a mother for the first time – she is expecting a baby boy with NBA star Tristan Thompson, has confirmed the news herself. Finally, Kylie who just turned 20 last year, is expecting to welcome her first child with Travis Scott, a 25-year-old rapper.

 

What’s more, of late there were rumors that Kourtney Kardashian was also pregnant. Although the 38-year-old has duly denied these reports ever since the internet still stirs up rumors time and again.

Kendal, 22, was also on the receiving end when – after she posted a photo wear skin-tight polka – fans started speculating that she was pregnant as well. And just like Kourtney, she took to Twitter to dispel any such rumors.

In the light of so many rumors, therefore, one can forgive Ryan Reynolds for his confusion. For, it is easier to speculate which of the Kardashians is NOT pregnant these days.