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Loki MCU timeline: How Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief is alive explained

This week, Tom Hiddleston returns as the God of Mischief in Disney+ six-part miniseries Loki. The Marvel villain/anti-hero has had quite a complex history across the MCU movies what with a couple of deaths and the time travel introduced in Avengers Endgame. So here’s a Loki MCU timeline to help fans brush up on his story before the new show begins this Wednesday.

965AD: Odin discovers King Laufey’s baby son in the Frost Giant temple.

The runt of the litter, he had been left to die, so the King of Asgard adopts him, using magic to disguise the boy’s true origin.

2010: The events of Thor take place, in which Loki also finds out that he’s actually a Frost Giant.

2012: The events of The Avengers take place, in which Loki is the main villain. The God of Mischief is gifted a Scepter containing the Mind Stone by Thanos and sent as his agent to lead Earth’s invasion.

2012 continued: Loki locates the Tesseract containing the Space Stone in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. and uses it to open a portal so that the Chitauri could invade Earth.

However, Loki is defeated by The Avengers and returned to Asgard as a prisoner by Thor.

Then, back on his homeworld, Loki is sentenced to life imprisonment by Odin.

2013: The events of Thor: The Dark World take place, in which Thor releases Loki from prison when the Dark Elves attack Asgard.

2018 continued: Thor and Loki battle their secret sister Hela, who had been freed from her banishment upon Odin’s death.

But just before Ragnarok itself, the God of Mischief swipes the Tesseract from Odin’s vault. After their planet’s destruction, the Asgardians escape on a spaceship and set course for Earth, only to be attacked by Thanos.

In the opening scene of Avengers Infinity War, the Mad Titan threatens to kill Thor with the Power Stone before Loki gives up the Tesseract in exchange for his brother’s life.

However, in a last-ditch attempt to kill Thanos, Loki is stopped and strangled to death (for real this time) by the Mad Titan using the Infinity Gauntlet.

2023: Five years after the events of Avengers Infinity War, the surviving Avengers use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time and borrow the Infinity Stones to undo Thanos’ Snap in the future.

Alternate 2012: During Avengers Endgame’s Time Heist, 2023 Tony Stark manages to get the Tesseract before being knocked over by 2012 Hulk. The Space Stone slid over to the captured Loki who swiftly used it to escape.

This Variant Loki has started an alternate set of events, so is quickly apprehended by the Time Variance Authority for changing the Sacred Timeline.

What happens next to this version of the God of Mischief will be revealed in the Loki TV series, which starts streaming on Disney+ on Wednesday.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

What You Need to Know About the California Recall, Explained

The Republicans include Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego; Doug Ose, a former congressman from Sacramento; John Cox, a San Diego businessman who recently distinguished himself by touring the state with a live Kodiak bear; and Caitlyn Jenner, a reality television star and former Olympic athlete.

Three sets of critics tried five times to recall Mr. Newsom before the sixth recall petition caught on in 2020. The first two groups were led by unsuccessful Republican candidates for Congress in Southern California, and the first papers were filed three months after Mr. Newsom’s inauguration in 2019.

All three groups were Trumpian conservatives who, at least initially, raised familiar arguments against the governor’s liberal stances on such issues as the death penalty, immigration, gun control and taxes.

The lead proponent of the current recall campaign is Orrin Heatlie, a retired Yolo County sheriff’s sergeant who had handled the social media for one of the earlier failed recall bids. He and his group, the California Patriot Coalition, took issue in particular with the Newsom administration’s resistance to Trump administration crackdowns on undocumented immigrants.

Mr. Newsom, 53, the former mayor of San Francisco, has long been a favorite target of Republicans.

His liberal pedigree and deep Democratic connections push an array of G.O.P. buttons. His aunt, for instance, was married for a time to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law. Mr. Newsom, a wine merchant, got his start in politics and business with support from the wealthy Getty family. In 2004, he and his first wife, the cable news legal commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared in a spread for Harper’s Bazaar shot at the Getty Villa and titled “The New Kennedys.”

As mayor, Mr. Newsom made headlines for sanctioning same-sex marriage licenses before they were legal. As governor, he has remained a progressive standard-bearer. He championed ballot initiatives that legalized recreational marijuana and outlawed possession of the high-capacity magazines often used in mass shootings. One of his first acts as governor was to declare a moratorium on executions.

Mr. Newsom is now married to Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker, and is the father of four small children. Ms. Guilfoyle is Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend.

Author: Shawn Hubler
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Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics explained – The meanings behind Queen's anthem

There are many moments of mock opera in the song, or at least choral moments which have operatic sensibilities.

Nevertheless, many have tried to decipher the lyrics over the years, with some suggesting it is a version of Albert Camus’ The Stranger, and describes a suicidal murderer who is explaining his crimes before execution.

Another view put forward, however, suggests the lyrics actually tell the story of Freddie’s own personal issues, given in the year he wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, he was believed to have begun his first affair with a man while living with his girlfriend of the time, Mary Austin.

Some have suggested there are veiled references to coming out in the song, and his singing of ‘mamma mia, let me go’ suggests he wants to break free.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

James Bond: The impact of MGM’s Amazon deal on the 007 movie franchise explained EXCLUSIVE

Earlier this week James Bond studio MGM was purchased for $ 8.45 billion by tech giant Amazon. Since the announcement, movie fans have been wondering what the deal will mean for the film franchise going forwards, other than producer Barbara Broccoli’s commitment to keep making 007 movies for cinemas worldwide. Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Bond expert and author Mark Edlitz, who has interviewed key franchise players over the years, weighed in on what he thinks will happen next.
Edlitz, most recently the author of The Lost Adventures of James Bond, admitted that the Amazon deal will have no impact on the 007 film franchise in the immediate future.

He said: “It will take time for the Amazon-MGM partnership to finalise and go through the regulatory approvals process. But more importantly, Amazon did not buy the franchise outright. Amazon is now in a partnership with EON.”

Bond fans will know that EON Productions is the UK based production company that has made the official 007 movies since 1962’s Dr No.

So now Amazon and EON own half of the rights each, but ultimately the latter organisation has the final say on changes.

Edlitz continued: “The creatives who work with EON have consistently reported that EON are generous and supportive collaborators.

“But ultimately, EON calls the shots. Still, there are many instances where EON has made concessions to support the wishes and mandates of their studio partners.

“The only way that Amazon can fully control Bond is if they buy out EON’s interest in the franchise. I do not see that happening. “

As for why, the expert shared how it’s simply the fact that the production company enjoys making Bond movies and are good at it.

The author told us: “Three-time Bond screenwriter Bruce Feirstein told me that Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson know where the dead ends are in the scripting stage. While Richard Maibaum, who wrote 13 Bond scripts, talked about the collaborative nature of writing a 007 film.

“The screenwriter said that he would sit in a room with producers Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, as well as the director, production designer and editor and everyone would pitch ideas.

“Everyone I’ve spoken with said that the producers are collaborative and are welcoming of new ideas. However, they’ve been down this road so many times and they have a responsibility to protect the long-term interests of the franchise.”

Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge famously left Bond 25 over “creative differences”, although Edlitz is in the dark on what went on behind-the-scenes there.

Nevertheless, Edlitz added: “But the Daniel Craig Bond films took risks that to some would seem unfathomable years before.”

And on where the 007 franchise could go next he said: “I think EON is clearly interested in experimenting and pushing the boundaries in what is expected in a Bond film.”

Interestingly, Broccoli teased the next reboot to Total Film last year saying: “It will have to be reimagined, in the way each actor has reimagined the role.

“That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves. Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Bitcoin explained: What is bitcoin and how does it work?

The cryptocurrency craze has surged in recent months, prompted in part by attention from high-profile billionaires like Elon Musk. Some claim to have gotten rich from investing in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. However, trading experts warn that many can miss out when investing in bitcoin as there are high risks involved in this type of trading.

What is bitcoin and how does it work?

Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency, which is a digital asset.

Paddy Osborn, Managing Director and Academic Dean at London Academy of Trading, told Express.co.uk: “Bitcoin is essentially an electronic currency. Individuals can exchange FIAT currencies (such as British Pounds) for bitcoins and these are stored in a “digital wallet”.

“You can buy and sell bitcoins (or a fraction of a bitcoin) or send them to other people.

“The value of bitcoin fluctuates in a similar way to other ‘real world’ currencies, although the fluctuations in the price of bitcoin can be extremely volatile.”

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“Yet, for many, these hot stocks and cryptocurrencies seemed like a sure bet.

“While bull runs in unregulated instruments like cryptocurrencies might be tempting, they are still risky.

“When it seems like everyone around you is profiting on a trend, assets like these can lure investors – particularly novice investors – into a false sense of security.

“For all the winners of the novel ‘casino approach’ to investing, there are also losers – and lots of them.

“More often than not, they are novice investors, who don’t yet have an understanding of the fundamentals of investing, and get caught up in the buzz of free trading apps looking to capitalise on the public’s enthusiasm to make a quick buck.”

Rather than investing in cryptocurrencies with the hope of making money quickly, experts suggest there are better ways to make money that are longer-term.

Mr Crookall added: “For all the talk about returns, investors should equally consider risk.

“Is their portfolio prepared for the next crash? Taking a diversified, long-term approach to investing — in assets that are appropriate for them — should be the first step for any investor, rather than risky single-stock speculation. It will certainly help you sleep easier at night.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Nationwide Building Society launches monthly £1million prize draw – eligibility explained

Nationwide Building Society has launched a monthly prize draw today in which “every single” Nationwide member, defined as someone aged 18 or over and with at least one Nationwide mortgage, savings or current account, will be automatically entered into the Member Prize Draw each month. This launch follows on from the Building Society’s savings-focused prize draws offered over the last year.
Nationwide detailed more than 5,000 prizes have already been given out, totalling more than £4.3million.

These draws have proven to be very popular with its members and as such, this new offering will be launched in September.

Nationwide have committed to running Member Prize Draws for a 12-month period. However, Nationwide confirmed “listening to members’ views and opinions” remains important and as such, it will continue to listen to member feedback on the draws going forward.

The Building Society broke down how the draw works and how prizes will be paid out: “There will be 8,008 prizes to be won every month, with one lucky member having the chance to win £100,000 each time, as the Society aims to once again give back as much value as it can to members, particularly at this time.

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Nationwide explained everyone will have an equal chance of winning a prize as each of the Society’s eligible members will get one entry per month.

All members meeting the entry criteria as of the last working day of each month will be automatically entered into the following month’s prize draw; however, members will be able to opt out if they wish by visiting the company’s website.

The draws themselves will take place on the second Tuesday of every month with the first prize draw taking place on September 14.

According to Nationwide’s data, there are around 14.2 million members eligible for the first Member Prize Draw, which would mean the odds of winning a prize are around one in 1,750.

As a result, Nationwide will be giving something back to communities across Northern Ireland with a fund of more than £300,000 set up in September to be shared amongst local charities.

Louise Prior, Nationwide’s Director of Membership Propositions, commented on the launch of the prize draw.

She said: “Our members are used to sharing in the benefits of mutuality through better service and with preferential rates, such as those offered on our Member Exclusive Fixed Rate ISA and Mutual Reward Bond. The launch of our Member Prize Draw is another example to show why it’s worthwhile being a member of Nationwide Building Society. It is about giving even more back to our members on top of the benefits we already offer.

“We believe it’s important that lots of members can benefit from the Member Prize Draw, which is why we are giving more than 8,000 members the chance to share in a prize pot of £1million each month. And what’s more, members don’t need to do anything to take part – as long as they have at least one of our mortgages, savings accounts or current accounts then they are automatically entered.

“We do understand though that there may be some members who do not wish to take part in our Member Prize Draw, which is why there will be an opt out page on our website and, by having the first prize draw in September, we are giving members plenty of time and opportunity to do so.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Yorkshire variant: How infectious is the Yorkshire variant? 'Triple' mutant explained

Another, P681H, featured in the Kent variant and props up the virus’ transmissibility.

P681H’s presence may mean the virus is more infectious, but scientists are still conducting investigations.

The last mutation, dubbed N439K, equips the virus the tools to invade the body without alerting the immune system, otherwise known as “immune escape”.

Although these mutations make AV.1 seem all the more threatening, officials have said there is no cause for alarm.

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Trading strategies, explained

Day traders invest based on complex strategies in a timeframe of minutes to hours, but at the end of their day, they’re out of the market, forgoing potential gains to avoid losses.

At first glance, day trading is pretty simple: You buy and sell cryptocurrencies many times over the course of a day, seeking to make a profit on the (usually) small minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour price fluctuations. It is, essentially, the opposite of hodling.

The reality is day trading is very complex because so many things affect the price — too many to factor them all in. So, you need strategies within it, relying on specific indicators, technical analyses, research sources, risk management strategies, and profit and loss tolerance. Which means access to good information and speed is vital. You also need to take fees into account if you’re making a high volume of trades.

Day trading is high-stress, but also comes with a cut-off. Day traders generally set a defined “day” in the 24-hour crypto market, and close out their positions by that time. So while it does come with high risks, wild overnight swings are not among them. While that means missing out on big gains, it also means avoiding big losses.

Author: Cointelegraph By Connor Sephton
This post originally appeared on Cointelegraph.com News

Shanghai Man: China’s annual ban explained, ‘crypto crash’

Is China banning crypto again?

FUD watchers got a glimpse of an old favorite as three government bodies in China, including the China Internet Finance Association, the China Banking Association and the China Payment and Clearing Association re-warned the public about the risks of investing in cryptocurrencies. This dates back to a 2017 ruling that all exchanges must close and a 2018 ruling on ICOs. But is it actually illegal?

For starters, these types of announcements are a good indication that cryptocurrencies are starting to flare up in popularity. Whenever speculative digital assets begin to grab headlines and seep into more mainstream culture, these warnings and reminders are common as a method of discouraging more open adoption.

Last year it was established that owning virtual currencies was not in itself illegal, only that virtual currencies could not be used as legal tender. Even though exchanges are supposed to be illegal, numerous exchanges operate within the country, even partnering with government organizations in free trade zones and hosting large events. There is very much an understanding of being free to innovate, as long as it doesn’t start breaking other laws, such as money laundering, fraud or aiding capital flight. If not for this convenient truth, there probably wouldn’t be much of a column left for Our Man in Shanghai to write about.

FUD leads to epic crash

The China FUD seemed to be the tipping point as people’s fears of a 2018-like bear market began to seem real. “Cryptocurrency crash” became some of the hottest keywords on the Chinese internet, showing up third on the trending list of both search engine Baidu and micro-blogging platform Weibo. An asymptomatic COVID-19 case in central Anhui province took the number one spot, in case anyone was wondering.

Bank not Nervos about regulations

The Nervos Foundation has launched an innovation fund with CMB International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Merchants Bank. China Merchants Bank is one of the top ten banks by holdings, with over 84,000 employees. The joint fund is intended to kickstart ecosystem building on top of Nervos and provides strong validation for the Hangzhou-based blockchain network.

Source: World Digital Assets Summit

Shanghai’s big event

If you were looking to meet top blockchain influencers and projects in China this week, odds are Shanghai was the best place to find them. The Bellagio hosted the World Digital Assets Summit, a glamorous event which featured panels, keynotes, charity auctions, and banquets for many of the top projects and VCs in the space. The offline events calendar is back in full force in China, which has managed to avoid the major lockdowns faced by many other countries in 2021.

Huobi ventures into $ 100 million fund

Huobi Group, which owns the top cryptocurrency exchange by the same name, set up an investment arm on May 14th. This fund will primarily target projects that support NFTs, gaming, and Huobi’s very own smart chain, HECO. Huobi Ventures will inject $ 100 million into projects via strategic investments and mergers and acquisitions over the next three years.

This weekly roundup of news from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong attempts to curate the industry’s most important news, including influential projects, changes in the regulatory landscape, and enterprise blockchain integrations.

Author: Cointelegraph By Ben Yorke
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Viking Venus: Cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained


The Restaurant is the main dining room and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a light and airy atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows so you’ve got a good view at all times.

There’s a self-service buffet, World Café, on deck 7 with inside and outside seating, while Manfredi’s is an Italian speciality restaurant and The Chef’s Table is for five-course tasting menus.

Waffles and Nordic open-sandwiches are available in Mamsen’s, there are burgers and hot sandwiches at the Pool Grill, coffee and snacks at Viking Bar and afternoon tea in the Wintergarden.

Room service is also free and available 24 hours a day, while The Kitchen Table is for foodies who pay to accompany the chef to a market in the morning then help with making the five-course meal at night.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed