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April Fools! National sports reporter falls for Diamondbacks’ ‘new food item’

As they do every year, the Arizona Diamondbacks introduced several new extremely tasty and unhealthy food items in time for the 2019 baseball.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), the Churro Burger isn’t one of them — even though one prominent national reporter was convinced it was for a short time Monday.On Monday, which happens to be April Fools’ Day, the D-backs tweeted a photo of a supposed new food item to be offered at Chase Field this season. The Churro Burger, according to the D-backs’ feed, is “1.5 pound bratwurst burger, 4 cheddar slices, 5 strips of bacon, and mac cheese bites served on a chocolate iced Texas Donut with fried cinnamon sugar churros, vanilla ice cream, and toppings.”Oh you thought the new #DbacksEats were done?Introducing: The Churro Burger.1.5 pound bratwurst burger, 4 cheddar slices, 5 strips of bacon, and maccheese bites served on a chocolate iced Texas Donut with fried cinnamon sugar churros, vanilla ice cream, and toppings.😋 pic.twitter.com/p223k72qzB.

April 1, 2019Most users who came across the post seemed to realize this was an April Fools joke. But not Darren Rovell, a longtime sports business reporter who used to work for ESPN and now works at The Action Network.Rovell, who has over 2 million followers, often announces new food items at ballparks and arenas — and he was initially upset that the D-backs didn’t give him advanced notice of the Churro Burger before making the news public.So, Rovell reached out to Josh Rawitch, the D-backs’ senior vice president of content and communications, who was happy to bring Rovell in on the joke.I need to slow down. I just called at the Diamondbacks angry that I didn’t get a first look at this one.“April Fools.” https://t.co/PLFGso86TmApril 1, 2019Respect to Rovell for admitting he was fooled. And as it turns out, he wasn’t alone: Yahoo Sports was also fooled by the Churro Burger.

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Making ‘Capernaum’ was a duty: Oscar contender Labaki

BEIRUT (AFP) – For Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki, whose social-realist epic “Capernaum” is an Oscar contender for best foreign film, the toughest battle is only just beginning.
Her heart-wrenching story of poverty and survival in Beirut’s wretched underclass won a 15-minute standing ovation and the Jury Prize in Cannes last year.
A former election candidate in Beirut, Labaki now hopes an Academy Award will not only complete the film’s impressive harvest of distinctions but also boost its impact at home.So the conversation is starting now and that was my aim, to create this shock, and to create this debate, Labaki told AFP in her Beirut office.
The 45-year-old has arguably become Lebanese culture’s most prominent export and she is bent on making good use of her growing celebrity.I feel it like a duty, it’s not a choice even, and this is what we’re going to start doing, very, very soon: show the film to the government and organise these round tables with judges and lawyers, she said.
Maybe it’s going to have a big influence and maybe it won’t, but we have to try, Labaki said.The film has already changed the lives of its cast members, many of whom were experiencing the same struggles as their characters during the gruelling six-month shoot.Capernaum follows the travails of Zain, a malnourished boy who runs away from his family when his 11-year-old sister Sahar is sold into marriage.He is sheltered by an undocumented African worker named Rahil and ends up looking after her baby boy Yonas when she is arrested and jailed.The parallels between the film’s script and what happened to the actors in real life are uncanny.No make believe’ Baby Yonas’s on-screen and real-life mothers were arrested together during filming and both were in jail when the scenes of the two children being left to their own devices in the streets of Beirut were being shot.In the film, Zain keeps dreaming that he will one day escape his misery and move to Sweden.The Syrian refugee child who plays Zain’s character was recently resettled by the United Nations in Norway, where he now lives with family in a house overlooking the sea.
I don’t know why those things kept happening, maybe because the script was inspired by so much reality that it was actually bound to happen, Labaki said.Zain is now going to school as are his parents as well as several other of the film’s children.Capernaum has already achieved new milestones for Lebanese cinema and received glowing endorsements from media mogul Oprah Winfrey and others.Some critics however argued the film was unsubtle in rubbing the viewer’s nose in social squalor, telling the audience when to smile and when to cry.
But restraint, Labaki retorts, is just not in her culture.It’s as if people, especially critics, want all cinemas coming from all parts of the world to look the same way, she said.Let each country bring its own identity.It’s really very hurtful to hear words like poverty porn’ or emotional manipulation’, Labaki said.
Especially when there’s no big make believe in the film, everything that is in the film is a reality.The activist in her wanted to jolt her audience into action and mobilise decision-makers in Lebanon, a country where Syrian refugees account for a quarter of the population but where faith in the government is rock-bottom.
People come to me in tears, people say You changed me forever’, I’m not looking at the child I see under the bridge every day in the same way’, I want to do something about it’, How can we help?’, Labaki said.She said an Oscar on February 24 would further increase her chances of making a difference.

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