Rhyann Crosby Takes Center Stage as a Beauty Queen, Advocates for Victim-Survivors of Domestic Violence

For years, beauty pageants have received widespread criticisms for catering to the male gaze and allegedly making room for sexism and objectification. Its bad rap often extends to the women who consider pageants as an opportunity to advance a cause or raise awareness about a certain issue. Rhyann Crosby, a highly inspirational personality armed with a story that resonates with countless others, is among today’s empowered advocates out to demonstrate how pageants can be utilized to drive change. 

A firm believer that everyone has the power to make a difference, Rhyann has long since considered beauty pageants as another platform that women can use to not only pursue personal dreams but also leave a mark in the lives of others. Above anything else, they can be treated as a space where people from all walks of life can come together to celebrate individuality, recognize diversity, and acknowledge every person’s ability to relate and be compassionate. 

“We are all humans and have struggles and failures, but we are also capable of compassion, understanding, and the ability to reach out to someone who is having a hard time and help them,” shared the stay-at-home mom, business school student, and couture model. 

For Rhyann, helping others is central to her identity, and she continues to operate under the overarching goal of extending a hand to those who need it. Right now, she is using her voice to educate people about trauma and empower women suffering from intimate partner violence. 

Domestic violence remains a global issue, and Rhyann is no stranger to it. Born into a household defined by violence, the model was not able to break the cycle until she had her daughter. Now, she is going all-out to highlight the gravity of this problem, steer women away from the abusive situations they are trapped in, and encourage positive bystanders to support survivors.

“If you are fortunate enough never to have experienced it, please do not judge those struggling,” advised Rhyann. “Domestic violence is a complex issue whose ties are difficult to break. If you know someone living with it, be there for them. Let them know that they deserve all the good in the world and that you will always be a person they can turn to. Please don’t give up on them.”

On top of dedicating her time to causes, Ryann is also currently expending effort toward carving a path toward the limelight of the modeling industry and impressing audiences with her beauty and brains at pageants. Passionate about meeting like-minded women and thriving amid friendly competition, she plans to participate in more pageants in the future. 

Fueled by a mission, Rhyann doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. The pageant queen, who competed for Mrs. Texas America and made it to the top 15, will remain steadfast in her goal to maneuver victims of domestic violence in the direction of help and recovery. At the same time, she aims to cement her name in the beauty and modeling industries in the years to come.

Michael Q. Trucks, an Actor-Turned-Musician, on Becoming the “Amazon of Songwriting”

The purest form of self-expression is art. Art enables people to express their complicated emotions in original ways. In fact, psychologists think that using creativity to channel emotions is a great way to deal with emotional states. Music gives artists an ideal platform for creative self-expression. During the production process, each musical note and text has a very special meaning for the artist. Michael Q. Trucks, a US Navy man, is hoping to become the “Amazon of songwriting.”

Michael Q. Trucks is now carving up a reputation for himself in the music industry. His distinctive talent, immaculate songwriting, and awe-inspiring discography attracts new fans every day. Listeners from all around the world have taken notice of his impressive tracks and phenomenal voice. There is more to this up-and-coming musician than first meets the eye, despite the fact that his abilities already speak volumes about his skill in the music business.

Michael Q. Trucks was born and raised in Michigan. Growing up, Michael had to move often. But he found a way to cope by dancing and listening to music by Otis Redding, Frankie Lymon, The Temptations, and Prince. “Growing up was not always simple,” he said.

He was a drummer in the band “Now or Never” in high school and subsequently participated in dance contests and taught kids how to dance. Since he was 14, Michael has composed, sang, rapped, and created music. He used a Guitar Hero Mic to record his first song in a closet. He calls Prince, The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and his family his major influences.

In 2010, Michael had the amazing opportunity to work as an extra/production assistant for the drama film What If… directed by Dallas Jenkins and as a production assistant in Johnny directed by D. David Morin. In 2013, he played Forward in Silver Bells, a movie directed by Harold Cronk.

Seeking a change of pace, Michael joined the US Navy in 2015. He writes songs and makes music while he travels, sharing both his happy and sad experiences.

He likes making concept EPs and album covers in his leisure time. When he’s not working on his own music, he offers SoundBetter users feedback and suggestions for improving their music.

In 2018, Michael released his first three songs, “Stay,” “Lost,” and “No Love.” The following year, Michael released an EP that included his most recent song, “Mine,” as well as an official music video. Previously, Michael went under the stage moniker “Q The Music.” Michael’s most recent single, while still performing under the name Q The Music, was released in 2022 and is titled “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” In 2020, he released three singles: “Empty,” “Enough,” with ThaWavee and accompanied by an official music video, and “Lust & Pain.” In 2021, he also released the single “Pray for Me.” 

As of April 2022, he officially rebranded as “Michael Q Trucks” in the hopes that more people would become aware of his music and be able to find him through proper search results for all of his professional endeavors.

Laughing Planet: Healthy and Delicious Vegetarian Options

The Laughing Planet has been a destination spot for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike since 1995. We offer daily specials with tofu, tempeh, and Seitan, serve fried plantains like nobody’s business, and make some of the best guacamole in town. Join us at our vegan-friendly all-day restaurant for world-class cuisine, an extensive beer and wine list, or the most fantastic Sunday brunch in the city. We like to think we are not only one of the most innovative restaurants in Vancouver but a fun place to hang out while you’re here.

It is one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants in downtown Vancouver. We had the pleasure of dining here twice and were very impressed. Firstly the food was great. Secondly, the staff was excellent, and thirdly we loved the atmosphere. The restaurant has a perfect atmosphere. All the staff was amiable and personable. We had a big group of 10 people, and they did an excellent job making us all feel comfortable, taken care of, and happy throughout our visit.

Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu as she could explain and describe every item we had questions about. The portions are generous, and the prices are very reasonable. They have some vegetarian/vegan dishes but meat-based items that are equally good. The menu has different words, so there is something for everyone. We were stuffed after the meal and had some to take home. They have beer, wine, appetizers, and desserts on their menu to suit every taste. Overall we liked this place; you will not be disappointed if you visit here. We highly recommended it!

Seitan Sandwiches

It is a vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver with a deli-style menu. They have many sandwiches on fresh bread made with the Seitan, a wheat gluten-based meat substitute that is “meatier” than tofu.

Laughing Planet Cafe and Bookstore

 It is located in the city’s heart; this café has world-class cuisine and an extensive wine list. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, along with an extensive deli-style menu from their take-out counter that features vegetarian sandwiches and salads. This place is in the bookstore as well. So if you’re into that kind of thing, you can buy books and some of their food.

Laughing Planet Cafes & Take-Out Counter

The menus feature a single item from different regions and cultures. They also serve their food in various ways, from sandwiches to salads, wraps, and burritos. Also, it has plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes too.

The Laughing Planet: Healthy, Fresh, and Delicious (vegetarian)

Description: A vegetarian restaurant in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Their philosophy is “Recognizing that a healthy planet is respectful of all life forms, including humans.” They are a fast-food restaurant with much organic produce and a menu that features the Seitan, a wheat gluten-based meat substitute that is “meatier” than tofu.

Vegetarian And Vegan Restaurant – SANTA FE, NM

The Open Gate Cafe and Restaurant is a 100% vegetarian, a vegan restaurant in Santa Fe. I’ve been going there for years since I came to Santa Fe 20 years ago. It has been that long! I was 18 when I came here and had no idea about all this vegetarian stuff! The Open Gate Cafe and Restaurant is an excellent place in Santa Fe. It is 100% organic and has an old house on a corner lot.

I always sit in the front room, which has a cute little fountain that cascades water into a big fish pond with koi fish. Little white lights hang from the ceiling and twinkle during the evening hours to make it really romantic and beautiful. Besides the beautiful decor, their food is fabulous. I’ve always loved the Open Gate Cafe and Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

First, it’s all healthy foods and fruit you don’t find in many restaurants or bakeries. They use organic produce to make great salads, soups, desserts, and homemade jams. I’ve been so happy there that I try to make it my regular lunch place. My favorite is the sandwich with either a spinach salad – which is so beautiful with the spinach and whole wheat bread or tomato and onion salad. It is not any ordinary tomato salad. They use fresh tomatoes that are crisp, delicious, and full of flavor. I am always stuffy when I leave! Sometimes I go for dinner too because the Open Gate Cafe and Restaurant has a great variety of “vegetarian” entrees on their menu.

Global Flavors, Local Ingredients: Bio-Dynamic, Organic and Sustainable

Joseph and Ariane von Geldern founded the restaurant in the winter of 2004. Their extensive experience in international cuisine created a unique menu with global flavors influenced by local ingredients and organic and bio-dynamic produce from their garden. Since then, they have inspired each other to create new dishes.

The farmers’ market is an integral part of our business. Chefs cook daily using fresh seasonal ingredients directly from the farmers’ market. They are from the South Valley, farm-raised and delivered to the restaurant by the farmers.

The Open Gate Cafe is unique. It combines excellent, creative cuisine and an environmentally sound way of life. We strive for sustainability in every aspect of our business.


Hygiene is another consideration. The Laughing Planet uses only the highest quality ingredients, including organic tofu and Seitan, for their “chicken” dishes. They make their bread and use only whole grains. Dishware is either reused or compostable, and although we didn’t notice it when we were there, every establishment, from a Chinese restaurant to a French bistro, has recycling bins in their parking lots.

Michael Fishman on His The Connors Exit: ‘I send tremendous love and success’ to the Whole Production

Michael Fishman shares his shocking exit from The Conners spin-off before season five.

A statement from Fishman’s team to PEOPLE indicates that it was his call to leave the show.

“While I was told I would not be returning for season 5, Lanford was a valuable place to grow up, learn, and develop,” Fishman stated in a part of a long reply statement. 

“I was incredibly lucky to return home and demonstrate my expansion. As I venture into the world to build the future, I send tremendous love and success to everyone involved in production.” 

Fishman originally appeared as D.J. Conner in 1988’s Roseanne and stayed on through the sitcom’s nine-season production, which wrapped in 1997.

He later returned for ABC’s 2018 revival season alongside veteran co-stars like Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf before the network changed its title to The Conners in the wake of disputes circulating on Barr. 

EW noted on Monday that Fishman won’t be returning to The Connors for the upcoming fifth season, but a future guest appearance is likely and plausible.

“It has been my honor to play D.J. Conner. It’s every actor’s dream to be a series regular, especially on a groundbreaking show, where we tackle significant topics,” Fishman said. 

“The opportunity to do comedy and drama alongside iconic castmates, while reaching fans in meaningful ways has profoundly impacted my life. I am proud of the work I did as part of Roseanne and The Conners. Especially the privilege of playing a Military Veteran, Interracial Spouse, and the father of a Biracial child, portrayed by the amazing Jayden Rey.” 

The actor said, “I pride myself on professionalism, building lifelong connections, and making meaningful friends through production. Demonstrating my skills through the first few years of The Conners, culminating in the opportunity to direct ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Election vs. The Pandemic.’ 

“That successful collaboration earned me four more opportunities as a director last season. I achieved a dream with lifelong friends, propelling me toward another aspect of my career that comes with endless possibilities.” 

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Fishman is Excited for New Opportunities

Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, and Lecy Goranson, alongside Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jay R. Ferguson, will all come back for the fifth season of The Conners. Katey Sagal will also still play the role of Louise, the second wife of Dan. 

Fishman remains positive.

“While I wholeheartedly will miss Friday night tapings in front of our loyal audiences, alongside our amazing cast and crew, I am excited for the opportunities coming in the next chapter of my career,” he stated. 

“I have a number of projects I am pitching as a writer and am negotiating my next directing opportunities. Although I no longer have the privilege to portray D.J., my desire, passion, and skill of bringing characters to life as an actor continues. I appreciate all those who support and have supported my work.”

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Tech Stocks Drops

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Burning Man has by and by graced Silicon Valley. Yet this time, the biggest tech firms aren’t celebrating.

The tech-laden Nasdaq Composite plunged last week, beating investors’ high hopes that the sector is back to normal after its worst first half in decades.

The Nasdaq posted a strong return last month that continued into August. The index is headed for a new bull market with its longest winning streak since November.

The high levels came after some upbeat inflation data released earlier this month reassured investors and calmed the stock market. The CPI rose 8.5% year-on-year in July, less than the 9.1% in June. This raised hopes among investors that the Federal Reserve would not increase its interest rate hikes further.

And now it seems that central banks are not meeting investors’ expectations.

“Restoring price stability will likely require maintaining a restrictive policy stance for some time. The historical record cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated during the central bank’s annual Jackson Hole symposium on Friday. 

The market fell after the comments. The Dow was down more than 1,000 points (3%) and the Nasdaq plunged 3.9%.

Due to the forecast performance of the technology sector, it is directly affected by changes in interest rates and inflation. When interest rates fall, the valuations of tech companies rise and become foamy as riskier investments are more attractive. Conversely, it is difficult to attract investors when interest rates rise.

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Worries from Tech Firm Continues Piling Up

Despite its recent comeback to bull levels, the Nasdaq has dropped around 23% year-to-date, and there are concerns that the more prolonged effect could negatively impact business. 

Enterprise tech spending is beginning to collapse, and consumer-oriented hardware products are experiencing sales and prices enfeeble. 

Furthermore, tech firms are beginning to lay off employees. Around 40,000 employees in the US tech sector have been cut in mass job redundancies thus far in 2022. 

Firms dependent on consumer spending and ad revenue – including Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter – may be in a problem. However, it’s not all negative news, per Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist with the Wells Fargo Investment Institute. 

He believes firms like Cisco and Microsoft that handle software, hardware, and semiconductors are worth purchasing. 

“It’s a secular theme for us,” he stated. “Development in automation and the internet of things give these companies a long shelf life.” 

The complicated part is that the “discretionary earnings shoe has yet to drop for tech,” he stated. As a result, consumers could withdraw spending as inflation continues to hit.

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Stocks Fall as Investors Worry on More Fed Rate Increase

Hopes that the Federal Reserve will hit the brakes on rapid interest rate hikes are ending in ashes.

Stocks fell Monday amid growing investor concerns that the central bank will raise interest rates by three quarters of a point next month.

The Dow concluded the day with a drop of over 640 points, or 1.9%, while S&P was down 2.1%, and Nasdaq fell 2.6%. 

All 30 Dow stocks fell, while only 25 leading S&P 500 stocks rose on Monday. 

Stocks also tumbled on Friday as the market had a four-week winning streak. Markets recovered in July and August after a fatal first half of the year. However, the course may lead back to the painful track. 

On Monday morning, the CNN Business Fear & Greed Index, which estimates seven influences of market sentiment, came close to a state of fear. The index dropped to greedy levels just a week ago.

Fears are escalating that the Fed is not yet done with the mega rate hike. In June and July, the Fed raised interest rates by his three-quarters percentage point, or 75 basis points.

However, following new data on consumer and producer prices, which indicated that inflation had eased slightly last month, investors began to see the light that the Fed could raise interest rates by only half a point in September.

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The Fed Does Not Decide Until September 21st

The expectation was that inflation was soothing and the economy might be stagnating. But the jobs market continues to be solid and retail sales have propped up considerably well, even with inflation.

That has resulted in market watchers forecasting that the Fed may continue to increase rates rapidly for the foreseeable future. The chance of another 75 basis-point increase versus a half-point hike is now thought to be around 50-50. 

“Market expectations for what the Fed will do has a track record of flipping based on economic data,” stated Ally Invest’s Chief Money and Markets Strategist, Lindsey Bell, in a Monday report. 

“As long as the Fed is in the driver’s seat, volatility is likely to remain elevated, and the market will remain reactionary.” 

Stock volatility is possible all week as investors sit tight for Fed chair Jerome Powell’s highly awaited speech at the Fed’s yearly Jackson Hole symposium in Kansas City on Friday. The Fed’s next interest rate order is not until September 21. 

Therefore, much of the economic data, such as the jobs report and inflation numbers for August, lies ahead. 

“This has been more like a bull rally in a bear market,” the director of the product strategy at Leverage Shares, Oktay Kavrak, stated regarding the development of the stock market over the past few weeks. 

“Recession is still a base case, and inflation remains stubbornly high. This could be one of those years where the market remains choppy.”

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Meghan Markle Discusses Diva Definitions with Mariah Carey

If we’re talking divas, a perfect example is legendary singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, who jumped into a bathtub during her televised home tour while wearing six-inch stiletto heels.

Though Carey served and ate the word “diva” – in her own way – Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, hasn’t gotten there yet. Especially when the music icon claims that the Duchess has pleased the audience with “diva moments.”

On an episode of Archetypes, a podcast hosted by Meghan which navigates “the labels and tropes that try to hold women back,” she talks to Carey about the “duality of a diva.” 

Dressed in a sequined evening gown, Carey talks about how she was raised by a diva – her mother is an opera singer – and how that helped her understand the term. Therefore, when Meghan asked if she believes the diva is “a compliment or a criticism”, Carey is torn.

“I think it’s both,” she answers. “For me, I think it’s both. I do because I mean, I know the origin of the word.” 

Her mother used the term when talking about someone. However, young Carey didn’t really understand if that was good or bad. All she knew was that the way his mother used it had a certain “grandeur.”

“It’s very much the grandeur of it all, is what I envisioned,” Carey recounts. 

“Glamorized and fabulous and whatever. And then as things evolved, the past 20 years – I don’t know numbers – the diva, they mean you’re a successful woman, usually. But also, forgive me if we’re not allowed to say the B-word, but a B-I-T-C-H. Like, it’s not okay for you to be a boss. It’s not okay for you to be a strong woman, you know what I mean?” 

Carey then throws herself into her harsh upbringing and Meghan insists it was a strong will to be a diva for Carey and see an indication of success where she came from, and that living up to the term for all its not-so-good definitions was some kind of defense mechanism. 

“I agree with you, but I think on top of that, it’s also for laughs,” Carey continued. “Half of it is just for laughs.” 

The podcast discussion is also worth the ear for Carey’s iconic MTV Cribs appearance recordings. 

“Some people took it so seriously when you were in your stilettos and getting in the bath. Everything was all extra and super over-the-top,” Meghan states of that iconic moment, while Carey reminisces memories of growing up in “plenty shacks.” 

“And I think that’s really important for people to remember, that there might be this persona, and yes, the diva thing we can play into. I mean, it’s not something that I connect to, but for you – “ Meghan starts, ahead of Carey interfering. 

“You give us diva moments sometimes, Meghan. Don’t even act like…” Carey jokes, with Meghan gently protesting. 

Carey then clears out: “It’s the visual. It’s the visual. A lot of it is the visual. But let’s pretend that you weren’t so beautiful and didn’t have the whole thing and didn’t often have gorgeous ensembles. You wouldn’t maybe get as much diva.” 

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Diva Has a Different Meaning for Meghan

Of course, Carey portrays much of a diva for laughs, but during an interview, she walks around her own home in a stunning evening gown because she wants to and can. 

“People strive for divadom,” she says to Meghan. “Revel in it!” 

However, Meghan is obviously ambivalent about doing so. Following the interview, she confesses she was shocked when Mimi referred to her – the Duchess of Sussex, of all people – as a diva. 

“My mind genuinely was just spinning with what nonsense she must have read or clicked on to make her say that,” she admits. “I just kept thinking in that moment, ‘Was my girl crush coming to a quick demise? Does she actually not see me?” 

Meghan adds: “So she must have felt my nervous laughter, and you all would have heard it too, and she jumped right in to make sure I was crystal-clear when she said ‘diva,’ she was talking about the way I dress, the posture, the clothing. The quote-unquote fabulousness, as she sees it. She meant diva as a compliment, but I heard it as a dig.” 

For Carey, the word diva is as cozy as sequins throughout the day. But for Meghan, someone who managed to take down the royal family with an interview with Oprah donning a Giorgio Armani gown, maybe diva hits a tad bit close to home.

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Bob Odenkirk Interested to Portray Action Roles

Last year, Bob Odenkirk quickly went from Breaking Bad to bone-crushing with his action film Nobody. And now the 59-year-old actor is hinting that he’s not done kicking ass.

During a masterclass at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday, Odenkirk explained that he would like to “do more action” projects that fit his taste in the genre, Deadline Hollywood said.

“I was very surprised by Nobody,” Odenkirk stated. “I had initiated that project because I had a feeling that the character I was developing in Better Call Saul was the kind of character you see in an action film. He has earnest desires, and he was willing to sacrifice himself.” 

Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller and written by Derek Kolstad, portrayed Odenkirk as a supposedly gentle family man waging a bloody war after thieves broke into his home and threatened his family.

The movie was a complete transition for Odenkirk, who is widely known for his comedic work and role as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, which is now completed.

Moreover, Odenkirk revealed that he’s been keeping himself in shape in case he’s cast for a role that requires more ass kicking in the future.

“I still train multiple times a week,” he stated, “and if I get my way, you’re going to see me doing more action. I found the action sequences a great deal of fun and close to doing sketch comedy… It’s almost like people like to see older people lose their s—. Why does that seem to make sense to everyone? It’s funny.” 

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Action is Quite Similar to Comedy

This is not the first time Odenkirk showed his interest in action and its resemblance to comedy. In an interview with EW about Nobody in 2020, Odenkirk compared the set in action movies and his comedic roles.

“The first-bloodying fight sequences were as much fun as being in a comedy room. I mean, I’ve never had that much fun since we wrote Mr. Show. It’s a group effort. Anytime you see a fight sequence in a movie that has a bunch of people, as soon as they yell, ‘Cut!,’ everyone laughs. There’s all this interaction and group problem-solving that goes on.” 

Odenkirk’s comments in Venice also came a month after Nobody showrunner David Leitch teased that a sequel is in the works. 

In an interview with Collider, Leitch said, “I think all of us want to go back and play in that universe, and we want to see Bob bring that character to life again.”

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The Rings of Power’s Ismael Cruz Cordova Blasts Trolls

Whatever he does, Ismael Cruz Cordova will never care about the opinions of the trolls. He answers them in the most satisfying way.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star, who is the first person of color to portray an elf in the fantasy franchise, claims he’s been online every day with a sustained outburst of “hate speech pure and vicious” the last two years – coincidentally when the Prime Video show announced its casting.

But the actor did not bother thinking about those remarks; instead, he used them to boost his performance.

“I fought so hard for this role for this very season,” Cordova said in an interview with Esquire. “I felt that I could carry that torch. I made sure that my elf was the most Elven, the most incredible, because I knew this was coming.” 

In the show, Cordova plays Arondir, a reasonable elf who falls in love with a human named Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) while on duty to watch over the Southlands.

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Cordova Rebukes Trolls

He went on to say he’s quite happy with Prime Video’s recent blitz in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth helps rewrite what an elf is about and put the trolls in their place.

“You can never use it as an excuse: ‘But elves don’t look like that,’” he stated. “They didn’t, but now they do.” 

Cordova’s statement came after fans bombarded the show with reviews online, a few even complaining about the series’ casting. 

The show now has a 38% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes – parred with its 84% critical rating – and Amazon has halted reviews of the series on its platform. 

When asked for comments on the matter, representatives for Amazon have not yet issued any reply. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s first two episodes are now available on Prime Video.

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Sir Keir Starmer Talks Tax Extension

Labour has requested an extension to the oil and gas tax to support an end to energy price caps.

Caps – the maximum amount a provider can set for average usage – are expected to exceed $4,350 in October and  $5,181 in January.

As per leader Sir Keir Starmer, it was assumed that the normal family would save around $ 1,214. The government said it has provided approximately $ 44.9 billion in funding to help people over the winter.

Sir Keir has revealed his party’s plan to support an energy bill of around $35.2 billion, declaring that Labour  “wouldn’t let people pay a penny more” for winter fuel costs. He stated that halting the price cap at the current level of around $2,393 per year for the ordinary household would decrease inflation by four percentage points. 

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Sir Keir Explains Inflation

Inflation reached 9.4% in June, the all-time high in over 40 years. The Bank of England has cautioned it could go higher at over 13% this year. 

The primary reason behind high inflation is skyrocketing energy bills brought by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, despite households already being affected by soaring petrol, diesel, and food costs. 

Regarding power, Labour stated that it would compensate for the plans for higher tax revenues from oil and gas manufacturers. 

The government revealed in May a windfall tax on oil and gas company revenues of 25%, which it predicts will increase to around $6.07 billion in its first year. 

According to Labour, it would conclude an “absurd loophole,” dating to January and counting for increasing oil and gas prices, which it stated would increase $9.7 billion.

Furthermore, the party said it would increase around $17 billion from other measures like decreasing the $485.5 energy rebate and leaving funding made by the Conservative leadership contenders.

Sir Keir stated that his party would also decrease the inflation rate, resulting in a trim in the government’s debt by enveloping 19 million households over the next few years.

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