Connect with us

General

'Cruella' sequel is in the making at Disney

SHARE:

Published

on

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. You can unsubscribe at any time.

After a successful $48.5 million global take in just under two weeks, Emma Stone has been confirmed for the sequel's line up.

Emma Stone has been commended on her strategic performance that she displayed in the Disney Cruella adaption. The director of the movie franchise Craig Gillespie has expressed how eager he is to return alongside screenwriter Tony McNamara for the sequel. It is believed that upon the sequels return, Stone will be playing a centralised role around the character we are used to seeing from the One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The Cruella de Vil adaptations will follow that of the Disney cartoons, meaning we can very well expect to see the cartoon story adapted into film.

Other announcements for this weekend, is the new series of betting offers today that have been made available to readers of this article. Should you find yourself intrigued, you know what to do.

Cruella the movie debuted on the 28th May within theatres all around the world. Disney fans could also get hold of the title from home, under the Disney+ streaming service that is available, however an early access purchase was needed that equates to $30. While the movie has made some impressive takes in just under two weeks, it's the story line and 1970s punk aesthetic that has really got everyone impressed. 

Advertisement

Jenny Beavan is the academy awards costume designer that takes the limelight for incredible creation and bringing to life the genre and age of fashion here. It has been confirmed by Variety, that the costumes designed by Jenny were in fact sold after production for a collaboration with Rag and Bone. While it is often usual that huge franchises do not give credit to the designers once the clothes have been sold off after filming, it is yet to be confirmed should this affect the academy award winner’s future with the sequel. Sure, filming huge movies such as these provide huge exposure to the talent, but it can also mean to ‘sign your life and rights away on that dotted line’, as Beaven said in conversation with press.

Aside from the internal drama on set, the film has been received very well from all angles of the media. With a 97% audience score on huge film review platforms, the cinema scores for opening weekend rank it as the most popular of all remakes from Disney based cartoons. Film critics and audiences that have yet to see this movie will of course go in with a bias of the beaming success that the movie has had thus far. 

Cruella will join the long list of movie adaptations that have made huge success and grossed large amounts of money in their opening weekend. Examples of such movies include Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. It is believed that titles such as Peter Pan and Wendy, Pinocchio and The Little Mermaid are in the works next. For the latest updates on their release ensure you keep up to date with lifestyle news releases.

Advertisement

This article contains sponsored links.

General

How to Buy and Smartly Invest in Cryptocurrency

Published

on

The cryptocurrency market is one of the most fascinating financial markets to watch. The market is not only filled with volatile assets but is very much shrouded in mystery.

Investors looking to make profits from cryptocurrency trading are often at a loss on the best ways to go about it. While some may take the leap to buy and hold crypto coins, others are not sure it is worth the risk.

Our aim in writing this guide is to help you understand some of the winning strategies for cryptocurrency investments. Read here for more information on that.

Advertisement

1.  Always DYOR

The excitement of holding crypto, the joy of making profits, and the future projections of the market can make you start investing in crypto immediately.

Yet, you mustn’t forget that the market is volatile. Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization remains a major force to reckon with. The rally of BTC can send other coins pushing for a new price discovery mission. Likewise, a depreciation of Bitcoin’s value can send the entire crypto market crashing like a pack of cards.

The rule of thumb is to always Do Your Own Research (DYOR) before investing in any crypto. Some of the factors worth considering when researching are:

Advertisement

·         The market capitalization of the crypto coin.

·         The maximum supply of the coin.

·         Find out the long-term prospects of the relevance of the crypto coin.

2. Don’t Invest Your Savings

Cryptocurrency trading can help you make more money. Talk about multiplying your money! That notwithstanding, be careful with your investment decisions, because the market can be “funny” at times.

Do not invest your savings or money that you will need urgently. Instead, consider investing only “what you can afford to lose.”

This way, you wouldn’t be overly bothered if the crypto market tanks and your funds go down the drain.

3. Don’t Buy Bitcoin

This seems awkward, right? Why should we advise you not to invest in Bitcoin? There are several reasons for that and they include:

·  Buying Bitcoin should only be for long-term investment. So, if you are looking for short-term trades, investing in Bitcoin is not ideal.

·  The second reason is that some Alternative Coins (Altcoins) with potentials tend to rally more than Bitcoin. For example, it may take Bitcoin two months or more to gain 50%. This is the reverse with Altcoins, as some of these can do 50% or more in 2 weeks or less.

4. Spread Risks by Diversifying Your Portfolio

Risk management is an important skill for successful cryptocurrency trading. To be a smart crypto investor, consider spreading your risks by diversifying your portfolio.

Do this by buying more than one crypto. The idea is that if one of your crypto coins is tanking, the other might be “mooning.”

Besides, it is advised to invest in more than one crypto coin because it will help balance your portfolio.

Take note that portfolio diversification can be risky, as well. This is usually when you invest in crypto coins with no “real value.” It is therefore important to only invest in cryptocurrencies that have working products and are building something beneficial for the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Try not to overdo the portfolio diversification thing. It is better to hold 4 crypto coins than to hold 10 or more. The fewer and more prospective the coins are, the higher your chances of making a decent profit.

5. Do not Overly Rely on What the Crowd is Saying

The majority is not always right, as far as cryptocurrency investment is concerned. It will interest you to know that some crypto projects hire the services of influencers to promote or “shill” the projects.

Do not overly rely on what most cryptocurrency investors are saying. The cryptocurrency market is both volatile and unpredictable.

Thus, it is quite hard to make informed investment decisions from what most investors are saying.

Arm yourself with the right knowledge so you can understand the current trends in the market before investing in any crypto.

6. Maintain an Investment Discipline

A successful cryptocurrency investor does not limit all he or she does to making profits from crypto trading.

A majority of successful investors learn as well. This usually starts with the development and maintenance of an investment discipline.

Some investors prefer to stick to the Spot market. For some others, trading crypto Futures is the best. While some cryptocurrency investors simply buy and hold crypto coins for years.

The general rule is to develop an investment discipline that works for you and stick to the same.

7. Choose a Robust Security Model for Your Crypto

Storing your crypto coins is very essential. You don't want to lose it or be tempted to sell it when you are not ready.

The popular option is leaving the crypto coins on a cryptocurrency trading platform/exchange.

Due to the hacks on some of these exchanges, it became imperative to use “soft wallets,” such as Trust Wallet and the Blockchain Wallet.

You may also want to consider hardware wallets, which essentially help you store your crypto coins in a handheld, offline device.

Conclusion

Trading smartly is important to help you maximize profits as a cryptocurrency investor. The tips above have been used by some of the notable personalities in the crypto ecosystem and it has been working for them.

Have you tried any of those cryptocurrency investment options? Which of them worked best for you?

This article contains sponsored links.

Continue Reading

General

How will blockchain technology help fight climate change?

Published

on

“Bitcoin isn't environmentally friendly – it uses as much electricity as Sweden!” This is one of the common objections to the new technology of cryptocurrency. It is an over-simplification. Bitcoin is the first-generation crypto: other more recent projects in the sector use far less energy[1] . Bitcoin miners are also using renewables: and if miners created all BTC with zero-carbon energy, there would be no problem.

Any new technology comes with advantages and disadvantages as well as teething troubles. Slow connections plagued the early internet – that was even if you could get online: you needed to be a geeky whiz sometimes to boot up the user-unfriendly systems just to send an email. So we should expect that cryptocurrencies will have hiccups as the sector matures.

Blockchain – The Backbone Technology

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), commonly called the blockchain, is the facilitating system that makes crypto possible. It is simply a digital ledger or Rolodex of index cards that hold information in a transparent, unbreakable, and decentralized way. This doesn't sound much, but it heralds a data revolution. Every computer on the network validates each piece of the blockchain so there can be no error. It is a highly ingenious way to assemble and validate information. It has considerable application to the biggest issue of our age: climate change[2] .

Advertisement

Smart contracts and complete transparency

Starting with the second cryptocurrency, Ethereum, a programmable layer was added to the blockchain. Confusingly called “Smart Contracts” - it means that an application can be triggered from the blockchain and have something happen in the physical world.

For example, imagine that a wastewater processing company has sensors linked up to its pipes and wastewater treatment plant. Previously it used to have people reading the sensors and inputting data into a spreadsheet, which was then sent to the official industry regulator. So if a waste parameter exceeded a legal level, an alarm went off, this was recorded, and some days or weeks later, the regulator might take action. Of course, the alarm could be turned off, and the spreadsheet faked to cover up the pollution incident.

A blockchain-based system linked to the sensors would record the alarm, alert the regulator, and issue a fine in cryptocurrency immediately. The public would know, and the transparent record could not be faked. Why would anyone do this: it will be very much cheaper to operate and more flexible than the older method. The blockchain will be essential to a "Smart City" future where numerous data flows are monitored in real-time to improve all sorts of negatives like emissions, energy consumption, waste and recycling, pollution, traffic gridlock; the list is endless.

Advertisement

The blockchain is transparent, unfakeable, and does not need "Trusted Third Parties" like banks, insurance brokers, or real estate agents. In particular, tracking carbon emissions and other climate events like deforestation or reforestation will be facilitated by blockchain technology.

The UN has identified four areas[3]  where blockchain could help fight climate change:

  • Improved carbon emission trading
  • Facilitated clean energy trading
  • Enhanced climate finance flows
  • Better tracking and reporting of emissions reduction

Improved Carbon Emission Trading

Although there are critics of "carbon trading" - where polluters buy carbon credits off low emitters, it does have a place in any carbon reduction system. Energy Blockchain Lab and IBM created a blockchain platform to trade carbon assets in China, which was a significant improvement on the previous design.

Facilitated Clean Energy Trading

Blockchain technology is being used for the development of peer-to-peer platforms for renewable energy trading. Consumers would be able to buy, sell or exchange renewable energy with each other, using tokens or digital assets representing a certain quantity of energy production. If you have solar panels on your roof or own an Electric Vehicle (EV) which can sell electricity from its battery back to the grid, then this will be coming your way sooner than you think.

Enhanced Climate Finance Flows

Financing ecological projects can be challenging for conventional lenders, e.g., banks. A new peer-to-peer lending system called DeFi or Decentralized Finance could be used to create capital for green projects. DeFi projects have only been around for a few years but skyrocketed in popularity in 2020 as the sector blossomed.

Better Tracking And Reporting of Emissions Reduction

As discussed above, blockchain technology can ensure more transparency around pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and make it easier to track and report emissions reductions, including addressing data quality issues. Massamba Thioye, a co-Chair of the Climate Chain Coalition and Manager, Regulatory Framework Implementation sub-division, Mitigation division at UN Climate Change, says: "In climate policymaking, transparent measurement, reporting, and verification of climate action is important. It enables policymakers to understand where they need to incentivize greenhouse gas emission reductions while being confident that they comply with the requirements set in its standards."

Use Cases

Another criticism of crypto-token-powered blockchain schemes is that they are impractical or have little real-world benefit, as opposed to lovely brochures and PowerPoint presentations. Here are a few actual projects which point the way forward:

Supply Chain Initiatives

The pandemic has clearly shown how much we rely on complex global supply chains. Much of the West's manufacturing comes from the Far East. This involves the carbon emissions of physically shipping things, but also massive amounts of paperwork as cargo transits the customs systems of different countries. It's a nightmarish and wasteful process. As Brexit Britain is finding out, not ticking the correct checkbox on a customs declaration is the ticket into a world of costly frustration. Blockchain-based documentation will be a step-change in efficiency, increasing productivity and reducing costs, and therefore emissions.

Unilever has a pilot project working with a tea retailer, a packaging company, and several banks. The consumer goods giant is developing a system to track and reward tea suppliers for sustainable farming practices. Data about their produce, including tea quality, ecological impact, and price, is stored on the blockchain, enabling them to be rewarded by banks with lower charges.

Food safety and security is a serious concern for both consumers and retailers. Walmart, JD.com, IBM, and Tsinghua University tested a blockchain program for leafy vegetables in 2017-2019. The outcome was improved tracking of shipments from suppliers to retail outlets.

Electricity Supply, DER, and IoT

Power generation is going through its technology revolution. Previously, energy was generated centrally at large power stations, then distributed through a national grid to arrive in your home or business when needed, as electricity is difficult to store. A central control room ran everything and could bring backup power stations online if required - perhaps a flood or fire took down part of the network. It's just the flick of a switch, and a giant power plant can "spin up."

Nowadays, things are much more complex. Intermittent renewables make up an increasing part of the grid. Anybody can generate their own electricity: solar panels are popular, wind turbines can be erected in many locations, and EVs have the potential to be a huge battery on wheels. In Virginia, Dominion Energy is rolling out a fleet of 50 electric school buses. Twice a day, they will take schoolchildren to school and back. The rest of the time, the vehicles are intended to sit in the depot linked up to the power grid as a large battery reserve! Each bus saves 24,000 kg of CO2 over a diesel bus.

These technologies are known as "Distributed Energy Systems" or DERs. They will need complex computer and payment systems to work well. You need to track everything, ensure that incentives exist if the system needs more (or less) power, and pay fairly. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are integral to this future Internet of Things (IoT). It involves a lot of bi-directional machine negotiation. One of the biggest household users of power is the washing machine. Usually, it's a small chore to load it up and start it washing. But what if you put the dirty clothes in and let the machine decide when to run, under various parameters. It could begin at 3 am when electricity was cheap, for example. Or the smart grid might have an excess of wind power, so ask the washing machine to commence immediately so as not to waste it. Such systems will be more energy-efficient in a leaner grid but need the tracking, low transaction cost, and transparency that only the blockchain can provide.

Local energy systems have a great potential for anti-climate change innovation. EnergyWeb.org[4]  estimated that there were 100 pilot projects worth over $320 million in 2018, and there will be more each year.

Automate and Incentivize Sustainable Practices

There are a lot of issues with fighting climate change globally. Particularly in the developing world, there are monitoring difficulties. Not to mention the simple fact that a massive number of people do not have bank accounts: 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked in 2021. If they are the poor of the global south, paying them to do something green or sustainable has a double benefit: diminishing their poverty as well as reducing climate change. Many have smartphones now, so conventional banks are not essential. Let's imagine a scheme that pays subsistence farmers to plant trees on their land. Satellites monitor the planting. The farmers get paid through a smart contract in a cryptocurrency token app on their phone redeemable for organic seeds or farming equipment. This will subsidize them to move to an organic or "no-till" emissions-reduced form of agriculture, which they couldn't do otherwise because the loss of productivity in the changeover period would result in their starvation.

More advanced blockchain-based systems will enable many types of sustainable practice, and we are at the beginning. Some systems will fail because we are at the early stages of a learning curve. Many, however, will succeed. They will set the standard for global "Best Practice" in their field, encouraging similar projects elsewhere.

Decentralized blockchain systems are the future[5] . In five or ten years, they will likely amaze us with their potential.

This article contains sponsored links.


Continue Reading

General

How to get a house valued without an estate agent

Published

on

So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Before you put your property on the market, one of the most important things to do is decide on a realistic asking price. To do this, the current market value of your home will need to be determined so that you don’t undervalue your home or have it on the market for longer than it needs to be with an unrealistic price tag.

You may wish to use a local high street agent to complete all aspects of the sale of your home, including the valuation. Whilst it can certainly be reassuring to hand over the reins to an industry expert, particularly if this is your first property sale, doing so will also come at a significant cost. Indeed, estate agent fees are generally the most expensive aspect of moving home and can cost anywhere in the region of 0.75-3% of your total property price. 

You will also need to factor in the cost of solicitor fees, stamp duty, energy performance certificate and removals, not to mention any redecorating, remortgaging and extra costs such as the additional fees for selling a buy-to-let property or second home. If you do not factor in all of the costs which your sale will incur you many leave yourself without enough money to purchase your next property or free up necessary capital. Since the average cost of selling a property in the UK is a not unsignificant 2% of the total property price, it is important to make the process as cost effective as possible.

Advertisement

When it comes to valuing your property, some local estate agents will offer this service free of charge. However, always check the fine print as arranging a valuation with a high street agent could mean you are obliged to market your property with them should you choose to proceed with a sale within a certain timeframe of the valuation date. Unless you have signed a no sale, no fee contract it can also cost you money if an agent is then unsuccessful in selling your property.

Alternatively, you can undertake the valuation yourself by researching the local housing market and the recent sold prices of properties which are of a similar type and location to your own. Local planning authority websites will also provide further information on any renovations and extension work undertaken for a given property. However, this will likely only give you a rough estimate in terms of an asking price to place on your own property since no two properties (or prospective buyers and their budgets) are entirely the same.

For a more comprehensive valuation of your property, there are now a number of free of charge online valuation tools available. However, it is very tricky to sell your home completely independently unless you already have a buyer lined up, since your ability to reach prospective buyers will be very limited for a private sale. This is because the main online property portals like Zoopla, Rightmove and On the Market do not list properties for individual vendors.

Advertisement

If you are keen to put in more effort for a higher financial reward, an alternative option is to use an online or hybrid agent. An online only agent offers fees from as little as £99 for selling your property (with some even undertaking the sale free of charge and recouping their costs through optional extras) but you will still need to undertake a lot of the leg work yourself and your property valuation will generally be based on online data only rather than a physical appraisal.

A hybrid agent is the middle ground between an online and high street estate agent. They offer a fixed fee for the sale of your property in the region of £999-£1999 so you know exactly how much the sale will cost you from the get-go and can budget accordingly. There are also pay now or pay later and no sale, no fee options available and services such as property photographs, creation of listings, hosted viewings and support with buyer negotiations so you are not doing all of the legwork for the sale. Most importantly, they will also undertake in person valuations via a dedicated and knowledgeable local agent to ensure an accurate asking price for your property.

This article contains sponsored links.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending