Indian Mango Production Set for a Fall

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New Food Porn Film Features Indian Restaurant

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Akshay Kumar-Starrer ‘Gold’ Becomes First Bollywood Release in Saudi Arabia

first_imgHindi movie Gold, starring Akshay Kumar, has become the first Bollywood film to be released in Saudi Arabia. It is the only the second Indian film to be screened in theaters in the Gulf country, after Rajinikanth’s Kaala, after it lifted the ban on film exhibition in April this year. Kaala was released in Saudi Arabia in June this year, PTI reported.Akshay Kumar has played the lead role of a hockey team manager in the Reema Kagti-directed historical sports drama. The actor took to Twitter to share the news with his fans on Aug. 3o, the day the movie was released in Saudi Arabia.The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, #Gold is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today! @excelmovies @ZeeStudiosInt— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 30, 2018Gold narrates the story of the first ever victory of Independent India’s hockey team at the Olympic Games in 1948 in London. Prior to that, Indian players used to play under British India. The film shows how Tapan Das, who was a hockey team manager in the pre-Independence team, inspired the young players to beat Britain on its own ground to avenge the English subjugation of the country for 200 years. The role of Tapan Das has been played by Akshay Kumar.Gold was released in India on Aug. 15, on the occasion of the Independence Day. It was released in 3,050 screens in the country, and collected over Rs 25 crore on its opening day.The film, which also stars Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor, crossed the Rs 100 crore-mark on the 13th day of its release. It is Akshay Kumar’s ninth film to find its way into the club of movies collecting over Rs 100 crore.The first international film to be screened in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year gap was Black Panther, which was released in the country on April 18 this year. The country used to allow exhibition of films earlier, but it was banned on account of strict Islamic laws, India Today reported. Related Itemsakshay kumarMoviesSaudi Arabialast_img read more

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Hundreds Killed as Kerala, India, Hit by Worst Floods Since 1920s

first_imgThe idyllic tourist destination of Kerala, India, is experiencing some of its worst floods in nearly a century, with torrential rains in recent days killing at least 324 people, state officials said, and shuttering the state’s major infrastructure.Scores of the state’s residents were injured in landslides and authorities said nearly 220,000 more have been displaced since heavy rains began battering the southern Indian state last week.Officials said the rains were the heaviest there since 1924.Floodwaters had risen high enough Friday to lap at the engines of jets parked on the runway of Kerala’s main international airport in Kochi, and authorities ordered it closed until Aug. 26, further complicating relief efforts.The severe rains have engulfed entire villages, triggered landslides and thrown open dam gates. The military has deployed hundreds of troops to help the state with rescue victims: Helicopters airlifted stranded families from the rooftops of their homes, and the navy plucked survivors desperately clutching tires and other floating debris from the fetid waters.The state’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said Friday that all but one of Kerala’s 14 districts would be affected by the rains, and warned that the population faced an “extremely grave” crisis. Vijayan’s government ordered helicopters to airdrop lifeboats, life jackets and other flotation devices to stranded groups of 50 or more people.Kerala’s government said 80 of the state’s dams had reached precarious levels and it appealed to residents to heed evacuation warnings. At least eight people were killed when an irrigation dam burst, triggering a landslide that hit three houses.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday he would tour Kerala to take stock of the devastation.Since last week, the central government has deployed the army, air force, coast guard and navy to the state and sent an additional 540 troops Thursday. Another 200 boats and 23 helicopters were expected to arrive Friday, state officials said.The annual monsoon brings strong winds and heavy rains every summer to India. But the season this year has been particularly severe in Kerala, which has witnessed excess rainfall of some 37 percent compared with last year, officials said.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Big Picture

first_imgAs you sit in the dark, the huge striped cat makes ferocious eye contact with you, slowly moves towards you – and then lunges at you! Cascading waterfalls surround you, and yes you can almost feel the spray on your body and feel the twists and turns of the Ganges as you travel on a small dinghy at the foot of the Himalayas. And in the crowded cities, you can feel the rush of humanity; hear the deafening noise of traffic, the bustle of a billion people on the move. Welcome to India – Afsana Amarsy’s India. She is the producer of India: Kingdom of the Tiger, the first ever Imax film on India and has bottled the essence of the wondrous colors, sights and sounds of the sub-continent in this spectacular format. The film is collaboration between the National Wildlife Federation and Primesco, the Montreal-based company owned by Afsana and her husband Ghoulam, and explores the plight of the endangered Bengal tiger, India’s national animal. The film will screen for six months at the American Museum of Natural History Rivers, churning masses of humanity, sunsets, temples and mountains all come alive as do the magnificent Bengal tigers to which the film is a tribute. Seen on a forty-foot screen, everything is larger than life, as it should be in the case of a complex country like India. Perhaps not so large but equally compelling is the story of Afsana herself. She is the face of the Diaspora, the face of the Indians who left the shores of India more than ten decades ago, but in a sense, never really left India. Indeed, those who think that New York City is the center of the world should meet Afsana, for she hreflects the other face of the Indian Diaspora, the millions living in different parts of Africa, former European colonies, for whom Paris or Belgium is the center of their world. Afsana looks very much Indian but has a charming French accent, and speaks Gujarati, English, French and Malagassi fluently.“I was born in Madagascar but my great-grandparents left India 120 years ago,” she says. And indeed, Afsana, whose family is Gujarati Shiah Ishnashris (Khoja Shiahs who believe in the 12 imams) from Kathiawar, is the first one in her family to re-link to the land of her birth.Madagascar, which was a French colony and largely Christian, has about 30,000 people of Indian origin who have kept their customs and traditions intact, in spite of the French influence.Explains Amarsy, “Indians brought a lot of customs and traditions from India, even materials, and we did trading with India. My grandparents were in farming but later got into small trading.“Although we rarely went back to India, we lived clan-like, keeping all our Indian customs; we married always only amongst our own community and many went back to India to get married so the group became bigger.”Growing up in a French colony, Afsana is fluent in French and Malagassi, but Gujarati is still her first language, even for her children who are now the fifth generation born outside of India. In fact, some old Gujarati words that may have disappeared from the language in India are still in their vocabulary.The Indians of Madagascar celebrate all Indian festivals and then some: “In Madagascar there were very small communities of Hindu, of Shiah-Khojas, of Ismailis, of Boras, so we celebrated everything because being a very small group, we needed each other. We celebrate Eid, but we celebrate as much Diwali and as much Christmas, because of the French and Christian influence.” Yet Paris was always the be-all and end-all of things. Due to the political tensions in Madagascar, many of the Indians established themselves in France and it was there that Afsana met Ghoulam, whose great grandparents had also migrated from Gujarat, possibly on the same boat as her ancestors. After finishing their education in Paris, the two got married and set off for America where both pursued MBAs at Harvard University.The couple moved to Montreal and got into commercial real estate, gradually moving into entertainment real estate and then eventually into financing and producing Imax movies. They have produced over 7 Imax films, including the highly rated Super Speedway and Mysteries of Egypt, which were big successes all over the world.Afsana recalls, “India was always a passion for me. In the millennium year we decided to go to India for the first time with our children and see where we came from. In my mind, India had always been like Africa, small villages, everything small. But when I reached Mumbai, Mumbai was huge, it was big! India was completely different from my image. It was a spectacular India and I thought it had to be put on an Imax large format screen. It would be incredible to see the colors and people, the whole spectrum.”Why did it take her so long to go back to India? She explains, “In a way there was always a fear in me to go back to India because no one had ever gone back, there was no link anymore, no family, no connections, no people.” It was only when she went to Harvard, and later in Canada, that she met Indians from India, and thus got re-connected with India. The Amarsys landed in India with a crew of five and found India was a real learning curve, especially when you’re trying to shoot an Imax film. She recalls, “Nobody knew how to shoot on Imax in India and we were bringing a new technology to the country. When the film rolls and equipment landed in Mumbai it took three days to retrieve them from the customs, everything was dismantled completely. They didn’t believe it was film rolls! It’s huge film and he camera itself weighs one ton!”The film is directed by Bruce Neibaur, the American director of Mysteries of Egypt and the costume design is by Bhanu Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in Gandhi. The Amarsys selected a mixed cast and crew from India and Canada and completed the film in 18 weeks in 17 cities across India, in spite of grueling heat, traveling through rough terrain and the tremendous weight of the camera. As the Amarsys like to point out, if all the rolls of film shot for India: Kingdom of the Tiger was lined up, it would total 51 miles of 70 mm film!Since they are distributors of Imax films they have connections with all the high profile museums that generally show Imax films. A year ago India: Kingdom of the Tiger premiered at the British Film Institute in London, and since then it has been playing in Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, and Canada. The film also had its premiere in Paris last month, and the posters are all over the Paris Metro. Ask Afsana for her most memorable moment in India and she laughs, “Oh, there were plenty. But personally it was Benares – don’t forget I’m Muslim; I’ve been to Hajj a few times. But Benares was incredible. You can see how human beings have so much faith, and you forget the world there, you belong to another world there. It’s an experience you never forget.”Meanwhile, the couple is starting work on their next film, America, America! a celebration of the U.S. Afsana explains that it generally takes three years to pull the financing together because an Imax film can cost $5 million, and they anticipate that the film on America could cost $10 million. However, there is a good chance of success, because Imax films have a long shelf life and can keep opening in different countries for over seven years.The Amarsys are in the process of developing an Imax theater in Delhi in Pragrati Maidan, which will be connected with the cultural center there. There is already an Imax Theater in Mumbai and one in Kolkota, so Delhi, with its governmental, academic and tourist connections was considered a logical choice. The plan is to add in additional footage and showcase the India film as a destination film, playing on a perpetual basis at the new Imax Theater. For Afsana, the film is also a personal reward, a chance to connect back to the land of her ancestors. ” It’s amazing, I’ve lived in many countries and I’ve traveled all around the world, yet I’ve remained hundred percent Indian, I behave Indian, think Indian and believe in everything Indian, even when I had never been there!” She marvels, recalling the excitement of first landing on Indian soil, looking around and seeing millions of people of her own ethnicity together for the first time: “You can leave a country for 120 years, but it still stays in your system, in your blood.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Richest Indian American is a 31-Year-Old College Dropout

first_imgA 31-year-old college dropout, who co-founded a healthcare media company, has become the richest Indian in America with a personal fortune of $3.6 billion.Rishi Shah, CEO of Chicago-based Outcome Health, which delivers pharmaceutical advertising to patients on tablets and screens placed in physician’s offices, is the 206th richest American, according to the Forbes 400 list, which ranks the 400 richest people in the United States, released this week.Shah, who made the list for the first time, displaced Rakesh Gangwal and Romesh Wadhwani, who rank at 264 with personal fortunes of $3 billion each. Gangwal, based in Miami, is former CEO of US Airways and co-founder of Indigo, India’s largest budget airlines. Wadhwani, who is based in Palo Alto, is founder and chairman of the software company Symphony Technology Group.Silicon Valley venture capitalists Vinod Khosla and Kavitark Ram Shriram are the other Indian Americans to make the list, both ranking at 374 with fortunes of $2.1 billion each.Shah, the son of a physician, founded ContextMedia in 2006 with Shradha Agarwal, a fellow student at Northwestern University, which later morphed into Outcome Health. The company raised $500 million based on a valuation of $5 billion in May from Goldman Sachs, Google’s parent Alphabet and the Pritzker Group Venture Capital. Shah owns 80 percent of the company, which reported sales of $130 million in 2016.The Wall Street Journal published a report last week, which charged that “some employees misled pharmaceutical companies by charging them for ad placements on more video screens than the startup had installed.” It also accused Outcome employees of providing “inflated data to measure how well ads performed, created documents that inaccurately verified that ads ran on certain doctors’ screens and manipulated third-party analyses showing the effectiveness of the ads.”The company denied “having a practice of misreporting campaign information to customers,” but has placed three employees on leave pending an internal investigation.A Pakistani American auto parts manufacturer Shahid Khan, of Naples, Florida, is the richest South Asian on the Forbes list, ranked at 72 with a net worth of $7.1 billion.Microsoft’s Bill Gates with a fortune of $89 billion is again the richest man in America, followed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with $81.5 billion, Berkshire Hathway’s Warren Buffet with $78 billion, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckererg with $71 billion.The Richest Indians in AmericaSource: 2017 Forbes 400 Related Itemslast_img read more

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High-skilled Indians Seek Congressional Help for Green Card

first_imgIndian professional living in the United States for several years on H-1B visas urged U.S. lawmakers to remove country-specific quotas for permanent residency. The limitation leads to a backlog of several years, according to the Skilled Immigrants in America group.The group formed by the thousands of Indians living the United States made the request especially for their children, for whom getting a higher education becomes difficult if their parents don’t have the green card. The children are forced to be on the F1, visa making them international students, which is more expensive and makes them ineligible for most federal aid.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received close to 100,000 green card applications from Indians. Only 10,000 of them are granted a green card every year.“We are all stuck in this 70 years backlog. Most of us came to this country about 10 years ago,” said Houston-based Harshit Chatur, a key volunteer of the group, PTI reported. He said that he filed in green card application in 2012, but “because I was born in India and due to this per-country limit, I have to wait for 70 years, as per a lot of research.”The group claims it has 150,000 members and 25 chapters across the country.“We are legally here, highly-paid, taxpaying and law-abiding. Were we born in some other country, we would have been (US) citizens by now. The amount of positive contributions that we make to this country, (we) just want the Congress to see it and hopefully that will solve this problem,” Anirban Ghosh, the president of the group, said, according to the news agency.“When I turn 21 years old, I will be in college but I cannot depend on my dad’s visa anymore. I will have to transfer to an F1 visa which makes me an international student here and I lose many opportunities,” Preeti Konduri, 16, who moved to the United States at the age of 6 was quoted as saying. Related ItemsGreen Cardhighly skilled indiansIndians in americanNRI green cardskilled immigrantsSkilled Immigrants in AmericaSkilled Immigrants in America Anirban Ghoshlast_img read more

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Man Arrested in Connection With Arson Attack on Gurdwara, Mosque in UK

first_imgA 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents in which a popular gurdwara and a mosque were set ablaze in Leeds, United Kingdom, on June 6. The police have been treating the incidents as hate crimes, British media reported. The suspect was arrested on the same night and is in custody as inquiries continue.“We are continuing to liaise with our colleagues in the local neighborhood policing team who are maintaining an increased presence in the area and having regular contact with key representatives from the communities affected to keep them updated and to reassure the wider community,” Detective Inspector Richard Holmes of Leeds District CID said after the arrest, the Guardian reported.The incidents happened on June 6 when the main door of the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque on Hardy Street, Beeston, was set on fire at 3:45 am while Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara on Lady Pit Lane was set ablaze a few minutes later, the BBC reported.According to the Sikh Press Association, a bottle filled with petrol was set alight at the doorstep of the gurdwara, which ended up triggering the smoke alarm. The staff from a nearby gurdwara then called the fire brigade and police around 4.19 am to deal with the flames. The fire caused damage to the door and the pillar. The gurdwara then released a statement saying that they have attended the police emergency meeting.The statement read: “We  have been assured by the chief of Police that they are doing all they can to catch the criminals and will add extra police patrols in the area.”The two incidents are being considered as linked by the police. “We are treating both these incidents as linked given the closeness of the locations and the similar times that they have occurred. While our investigation is still at a relatively early stage, we do believe these premises have been specifically targeted as places of worship and we are treating both incidents as arsons and hate crimes,” Holmes was quoted as saying in the BBC report.Inspector Ian O’Brien, who supervises south Leeds, said the local police were working closely with key representatives from the Sikh and Muslim communities to reassure them and keep them in the loop as investigation develops. He also said that the police have increased patrols of the area.“Hate crimes that target particular communities and have the potential to cause divisions and tensions cannot and will not be tolerated and we will continue to do everything we can to find those responsible and support and reassure the communities affected,” he said.Meanwhile, Leeds Racial Justice Network came down heavily on the dearth of British media coverage of the incident, saying it revealed “a lack of concern for Muslim and Sikh lives and reminds us that the terrorist label (and public outrage) is only reserved for black and brown” people.“These attacks follow on from racist and fascist … marches in Leeds and Manchester at the weekend and reflect a resurgence of far-right racism. Whilst we believe that the far right are still in the minority, there is a real need for the solidification and growth of anti-racist movements. With our allies across the country, the Racial Justice Network will be a part of it,” the group was quoted as saying by the Guardian. Related ItemsBritish Indianhate crimeleedslast_img read more

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India vs Bangladesh: Why India would miss Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgThe Indian cricket team suffered a massive blow following the departure of formidable batsman Rahul Dravid. It appeared almost impossible to fill the void that Dravid’s retirement had created. The middle-order was in tatters, selectors had a headache and the hunt for the next Wall almost ended until Cheteshwar Pujara came into spotlight. Day 1 | Photos The Saurashtra batsman made full use of his Team India call-up with some great stroke playing complimented with a steady head. The right-hander turned heads with a stellar performance against the Kiwis at Hyderabad when he scored a patient 159 in 2012.And Pujara didn’t end it there. His hunger to score runs continued and this time it was against much-stronger opposition. Pujara proved his mettle against England and Australia with decorated double centuries to strengthen his position in the Indian middle-order.Following a spectacular run on home soil, Pujara passed the early litmus test by scoring runs in alien conditions. The 2013 South African tour was a testimony to the fact that he loved played long innings. While partnering Virat Kohli, he helped India salvage a draw in the first Test at Johannesburg. Pujara’s fall from graceIf early signs were anything to go by, Pujara’s average of 29.40 from 14 matches away from home did far from justifying the talent he possessed. Pujara was accustomed to take guard from the middle-stump at home. The technique not only allowed the right-hander to judge the swing but also enabled him to leave the ball with considerable ease.However, the impeccable technique failed miserably on foreign soil. Pujara was pestered by the balls that seamed into him. Contrary to his liking, too many balls went through his defence. He struggled to convert starts into big scores, which is a pre-requisite for a player batting at number three.advertisementA series of batting failures on away tours was unexpected from a man who had been the run-machine at home. Meanwhile, Pujara had to battle the challenge posed by limited-overs cricket. Like any other youngster, Pujara was tempted to play in the lucrative Indian Premiere League (IPL). He had to considerably tweak his game, but he failed.At a strike-rate of 100.8, the Saurashtra batsman managed to score a paltry 125 runs in six games he played during the 2014 IPL season. His below-par performance led to his ousting from Kings XI Punjab. And the 2015 season only added to his woes after he went unsold in the auctions.The county stint Pujara was quick enough to realise that he was a more suited to the longer version of the game. In order to better his technique, he grabbed the opportunity to play county cricket by signing up for Derbyshire for the 2014 season.The English conditions welcomed him one more time when he signed up for Yorkshire this year. “I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed and when Yorkshire made the offer I didn’t think twice. To wear the same white rose Sachin Tendulkar did is going to be a great feeling for me,” Pujara was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo before he left for England early this year.He did live up to the expectations. Playing for the defending county champions, Pujara scored 264 runs in four matches at an average of 52.80. With an array of attractive cuts, he scored a match-winning century against Hampshire. For a man who was struggling to find form overseas, the Yorkshire stint turned out to be a blessing.And Team India’s recent outing in Bangladesh would have been the ideal platform for Pujara to regain his touch and bounce back to form. The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli’s decision to attack the opposition with five bowlers must have influenced Pujara’s exclusion. Not to forget his fondness for Rohit Sharma. Sadly, now Pujara has to wait until he gets one more chance to present a dead bat against the fast bowlers from the opposition.last_img read more

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England reclaim the Ashes, Clarke announces retirement

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Australian Jersey Presentation Sets The Scene

first_imgIt was a special night for the Australian contingent, with 16 players receiving their first Australian jersey at an Open level, while for those who have been there before, it meant just as memorable. The night saw some of the greats of the sport recognised, with the Australian Flag Bearers, Kylie Hilder (Mixed Open), Steve Roberts (Men’s Open) and Gary Rose (Men’s Open manager) receiving their Ron Hanson Medals, the honour bestowed upon the Australian Flag Bearers of the series. The Australian captains were also officially named, with Hilder and Rohit Prasad to co-captain the Mixed Open team, while Roberts was named the Men’s Open captain with Anthony Ziade as vice captain. Louise Winchester returns as the Australian Women’s Open captain, with 19-year-old Emilee Cherry as vice captain. The Women’s Open team has made the decision to honour Kristy Judd, who is in her 17th year of representing Australia at the Women’s Open level, with Judd to lead the side in tomorrow’s first test against New Zealand. Australian player mentor, Jamie Stowe, who most recently was a member of the Australian Men’s Open team that won the 2011 World Cup title against New Zealand, finished off the night with an inspirational speech to the teams about representing Australia and what he’s learnt along the way. What They SaidGary Rose on being named one of the 2012 Trans Tasman Ron Hanson Medallists “You don’t come into the sport to get these awards, I appreciate them, it’s lovely. I do it because I love it. Thank you very much for this honour, it means the world to me.”Kylie Hilder on being named one of the 2012 Trans Tasman Ron Hanson Medallists“It’s an absolute honour and privilege to receive this award, it was actually 10 years ago that I played on Australian soil in the Mixed in Coffs Harbour so it was going to be a special week this week anyway, being able to play at home in Australia for the first time in 10 years and have my family here so to receive this medal has made it extra special. Thank you, it’s an absolute honour.”Steve Roberts on being named one of the 2012 Trans Tasman Ron Hanson Medallists and being named captain of the Australian Men’s Open team. “To Tony Trad, thank you for the honour to captain the country. I thought it was going to be a special week anyway but to get this is a bonus. I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck over the next few days, enjoy the moment, enjoy the fact that you get to wear the crest, not everyone gets to do it, live it up and just remember that we are all one Aussie contingent and we will all stand next to each other when times are tough, so all the best, thank you very much and good luck.”Peter Bell on recognising Australian Women’s Open stalwart, Kristy Judd. “Louise (Winchester) and I discussed this afternoon a tribute that we wanted to pay, this person was with me in my first World Cup in 1995, she’s actually rooming with our youngest member who was born in 1995. Kristy Judd, five World Cups and countless Trans Tasman’s and National Touch League’s and National Championships, we would like to pay tribute to Kristy and we would like to welcome her to lead our team onto the field as our captain in our first test tomorrow night.”Touch Football Australia would like to wish the Australian contingent the best of luck for the 2012 Trans Tasman Series which starts on Thursday. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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Christiane Amanpour Named As UNESCO Ambassador

first_imgThe United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (right) with Christiane AmanpourCredit/Copyright: UNESCOAmanpour received the honour during a ceremony at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova praised Amanpour for “her efforts to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, having the right to work free from the threat of violence, and contributing through this to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights.”“In the most challenging situations, addressing the most demanding interlocutors” said the Director-General, “integrity and courage have always guided you, with the conviction that freedom of expression, media freedoms are essential for stronger societies, for healthier democracies, for peace and reconciliation as well as sustainable development –we need to defend these principles more than ever today, at a time when they are challenged across the world.”In her acceptance speech, Ms. Amanpour stressed the important role of journalists as “pillars of reform, freedom and democracy” whose task is to “strengthen civil society.”“We’re here to make the world a better place” she said. She also made an impassioned plea for the release of all imprisoned journalists, wherever they may be, and condemned the increasing number of attacks and assassinations of media professionals.Ms. Amanpour has won every major television journalism award, including 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award.She has also received nine honorary degrees, has been named a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is a member of the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, one of UNESCO’s partners in its work for freedom of expression and journalists’ safety.UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are a group of personalities who use their talent and status to help shine a light on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication.Source:UNESCOlast_img read more

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THE CYCLOTRON by Olivier Asselin will be screening at WFF on December

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: FunFilm Distribution is proud to announce that Olivier Asselin’s feature-length film, THE CYCLOTRON, was selected for the Official Competition of the 2016 edition of the Whistler Film Festival and is considered for a Borsos award. The first screening will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 6 PM at Village 8 cinema, theatre 7. The second one will be on Sunday, December 4th at 5:15 PM at village 8 cinema, theatre 6.Christine Falco, producer, Olivier Asselin, director, and Lucille Fluet, actress, will accompany the film in Whistler from November 30th to December 4th. The film’s main actors are Paul Ahmarani, Lucille Fluet, Mark-Antony Krupa, Manuel Sinor, Olivier Barrette and Benoît Mauffette. .The Cyclotron was first presented in world premiere during the last Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montréal (FNC). It was also screened at the Festival de Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FCIAT) and selected to 8e Rencontres de coproduction francophone in Paris. .The Cyclotron is a thriller that takes place at the end of the Second World War. Simone, a spy working for the Allies,
is entrusted with the mission to nd
and execute Emil, a scrupulous Berlin scientist who discovered before the Americans the way to build an atomic bomb, and is eeing with his secret. Simone nds him on a night train speeding towards Switzerland. German soldiers, led by König, a German scientist, who want to arrest Emil and make him talk before he leaves the country, are also chasing him. Things get complicated when memories of love and quantum mechanics get intertwined in the pursuit.  .Olivier Asselin has written and directed several feature lms, including La liberté d’une statue, Le siège de l’âme, Un capitalisme sentimental and Le Cyclotron, all historical lms with a speculative dimension that revisit the history of science and technology of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently developing Necropolis, a life-size video game in augmented reality. He teaches contemporary art, expanded cinema and media arts at the Art History Department and Film Studies from the University of Montreal. .The Cyclotron is produced by Christine Falco from Les Films Camera Oscura, with the financial participation of SODEC, Telefilm Canada and Harold Greenberg Fund and distributed in Canada by FunFilm Distribution.. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Healthy and confident Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker looks to make comeback

OSU then-junior linebacker Dante Booker joins his teammates on the field before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorWhen Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker exited in the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ season-opening 77-10 blowout against Bowling Green last season, no one suspected it would be the end of his season.Two days after the game, coach Urban Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained MCL and would be questionable for his team’s next game. A month later, prior to Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin, Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained PCL, in addition to his sprained MCL, and once again listed the linebacker as questionable.Despite the optimism of a potential in-season return, it wasn’t until the final week of the regular season that Booker said he was finally feeling like he could play at full speed, again. By that time, his replacement at weakside linebacker, junior Jerome Baker, was flying around the field making plays. Even if Baker wasn’t performing well, Booker said he wasn’t ready to return due to a lack of confidence in his game at that late stage in the season.“The way Jerome was playing, that would’ve been a dumb decision,” Booker said. “And I wasn’t even ready to play. So, that wasn’t a decision that should’ve been made.”Heading into this season, Booker has both his health and confidence, along with a feeling of unfinished business.“I feel like it’s kind of just like getting another chance at it,” Booker said. “After last year, missing that year, I feel like it kind of created a greater fire in me that I’ve always had, but I feel like it’s burning even brighter now.”Though the St. Vincent St. Mary product senses that extra motivation, linebackers coach Bill Davis doesn’t believe it’s possible.“With Dante, I don’t think there’s any such word as ‘extra.’ He is so driven. He wants it so bad. As long as I’ve known him, he’s that driven,” Davis said. “He is full throttle, wants it as bad as anyone I’ve been around.”Though Booker has totaled only 121 snaps on defense in four years at Ohio State, his talent is not in question. Just a year ago, he beat Baker out for the starting weakside linebacker position. In his stead, Baker finished second on the team in tackles and was selected as an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree. Davis believes Booker and Baker are very similar in their raw abilities. The position coach used the word “explosion” to describe Booker on three occasions in less than three minutes.“He’s out in space, so if you want to go ahead and put a receiver on him, he can run good enough to cover. If you want to try to block him with one of the receivers, it’s going to be a long day if you want to get the perimeter run going because Dante’s such a big guy, Davis said. “When you have the combination of size and speed that he has, we can take advantage of it.”So, what is Booker’s next step? Davis said the challenge now is to translate his production from practice to games this fall. “There’s potential and then there’s getting it done and I love the way Dante’s going right now,” Davis said.Booker said he’s excited to get to Aug. 31, Ohio State’s opening game against Indiana, and admitted he’d be a little more “juiced up” than last year due to his injury, which he felt robbed him of a season.The linebacker, who feels like a new starter even though he began the 2016 season as one, said he is hungry to contribute because he feel like he hasn’t done much since arriving at Ohio State.“If anybody knows how quick it can be taken away through circumstances out of your control, it’s Dante,” Davis said. “So, every day, he comes to work. He doesn’t complain, he just works. Because he knows. He knows he got all the way to this point last year and it got taken away.” read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more college football predictions emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL See more NBA predictions All newsletters NBA College Football read more

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Supporting cast giving Buckeyes best act

Opposing teams might be afraid of Ohio State’s combo of Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, but it is actually the other players on the team they should be cowering from. Lavender has been a mainstay at center for OSU for nearly three seasons. The addition of the sophomore guard Prahalis, who threw a coming-out party at Michigan State last Sunday, has made OSU a mountain too tall to climb for most opponents.“[Lavender’s] sophomore year, I don’t think she played with someone with the ball-handling ability of Sammy [Prahalis],” head coach Jim Foster said. “Those two run the pick and roll like two savvy NBA veterans.”Tonight’s opponent, Illinois, has already witnessed this power first-hand.Although Lavender and Prahalis combined for 45 of OSU’s 76 points at Illinois on Dec. 28 and 52 of 65 at MSU, that is not the story of the whole season. In fact, the reason for their success lies in the hands of a few other role players on the team.“[An important thing is] playing your role on the team. My role has changed since high school,” freshman guard Tayler Hill said. “It’s a team effort when you get to college.”OSU’s main threat is the 3-point field goal, not the inside game of Lavender. OSU ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage mostly because of two players, senior forward Sarah Schulze and junior guard Brittany Johnson.Both starters are deadly from behind the arc. Schulze is 31 of 67 (46.3 percent) on the year and Johnson is 36 of 71 (50.7 percent).Their presence on the floor forces opponents to play man-to-man defense, which gives Lavender the ability to dominate in the paint and Prahalis her chance to drive the lane.“A team may initially double team, but because you can kick it out and [the other players on the floor are] knocking down shots it just makes me a better player because I get that one-on-one post opportunity,” said Lavender. She had 31 points against Illinois on Dec. 28.The third role player is also a familiar name to Big Ten fans, guard Shavelle Little, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.When Little comes off the bench, she changes the game instantly with her ability to steal the ball and shut down opposing players. The defensive specialist leads the Buckeyes in steals with 31 on the season, eight of which came against Illinois in their last meeting.The last piece of the puzzle is no less important than the other three. Senior center Andrea Walker is having a phenomenal season off the bench.Walker is Lavender’s replacement when she is off the floor and her 6-foot-5-inch partner in crime when both are on the floor, allowing them to steal control of the paint from any player. They have already handled tough opponents this year. Illinois’ leading scorer, center Jenna Smith, was held to only 11 points against Lavender and Walker and MSU center Allyssa Dehaan was limited to only four rebounds, despite her 6-foot-9-inch frame.“We prefer to play basketball and some teams like to wrestle, but the fact of the matter is we can pull up our sleeves and wrestle,” coach Foster said.Even though Walker only plays an average of 13 minutes per game, she is still tied for the team lead in blocks with Lavender at 20, and she averages 4.4 rebounds per game, the same rate at which Lavender rebounds.These four players along with the rest of the team make the dominance of Lavender and Prahalis possible by spreading the floor, creating turnovers, changing the pace of the game and allowing them to rest on the bench without losing control of the game.“I think everybody is starting to really understand their roles and how you can help this team by playing in that role,” Lavender said. “Players are more accepting of the role they are playing in and it makes for a better team.”OSU defeated Illinois 76-47 on the Illini’s home court in Champaign, Ill. last December. The perfect team chemistry of the Buckeyes was too much for Illinois once already this season and the Buckeyes are hoping to make that twice Thursday night. read more

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Oculus Rift now lets you recreate the Death Star trench run

first_imgWhen you find yourself faced with a head tracking face mask that offers to transport the most important of your senses to anywhere you want, is your first thought the cockpit of a X-Wing? Good news, you’re not alone.The cool thing about watching as Oculus Rift developers try new things right now is that there seem to be no limit to their creativity. The addition of head tracking to any visual interface immediately makes everything seem more real Being able to turn your head around in a virtual world and see more of that virtual world is an incredibly powerful concept, and right now developers are just scratching the surface for using this to their advantage.Oculus Rift adds a complex and exciting layer to any game, because the developer has to account for where you might be looking at any given time and act accordingly. Arguably one of the most interesting ways to demonstrate this is in the cockpit of a flying vehicle, where there’s always something going on all around you. This particular demonstration shows of the Rift’s capabilities add some extra geek cred as you fly down the infamous Death Star trench, taking out any of the turrets you come across.Far detached from the terrible mistakes of trying to be a Jedi in your living room with the help of a Kinect sensor is this exciting virtual trip through the single most iconic Star Wars moment ever. The user turns their head and shows your R2 unit ready to help in any way possible, with the occasional glance around to remind the pilot that there’s a ton of activity going on all around. As they pilot the trench, gently dodging massive pillars and various electronics sticking out of the metallic hull, you occasionally are peppered by the turrets stationed all over the trench in front of you. Fortunately, your trusty gamepad is in your hands to help take them out.It’s still to early to tell how successful Rift is going to be or how many games will be optimized for the experience, but it feels like ever day we see something even cooler than the day before to excite us further.last_img read more

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Ferry headed to Crete catches fire over a thousand people evacuated

first_imgA Greek ferry heading to Chania in Crete and carrying over a thousand people has been evacuated after a major fire broke out on-board.The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the lower car deck of the Eleftherios Venizelos, which was carrying over 200 vehicles. Smoke started billowing from the vessel, activating an automatic extinguishing mechanism, and saw people fleeing their cabins as the ferry attempted to make its way to land.Footage taken by a passenger on board and released online shows smoke emerging beneath the deck.The fire broke out as the ferry passed the small island of Agios Giorgos, 70 kilometers southeast of Piraeus, and was instructed to turn around.There were 875 passengers and 141 crew members on board, all of whom made it out safe at Piraeus port thanks to a Navy frigate, nine boats, and other vessels which took part in the successful rescue operation, says the local coast guard. Mobile safety stairs were used to help passengers disembark safely.“It was a huge operation and everything went to plan,” said Nikos Lagdianos, a spokesman for the coast guard, reports RT.No injuries have been reported.Watch the video footage below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LGs New 4K Monitor Likes To Pretend Its Four Monitors

first_imgStay on target LG Made an Instant Ice Cream Machine That Uses Pods Like a KeurigThe LG G8 Might Feature a Clip-On Second Screen Want a quad-display desktop? You could set up four separate monitors and run a massive tangle of cords that eats up half the outlets on your power bar. Or you could just hook up LG’s new 4K monitor.The 43UD79-B is a monster, measuring close to the 43 inches in its name. The diagonal is actually 42.5, which gives you plenty of room to split its roughly 8.3 million pixels into a number of different multiple display configurations.How did they pull that off? A quick look at the ports on the back of this behemoth should clear things up: It features four HDMI ports and LG also threw in a DisplayPort for good measure. Wire in four video sources, and you can do an equal four-way split. The result is like having four 21.5-inch 1080p monitors clustered, sans the annoying bezels.You can get more creative if you want. Set it up as three portrait screens for working on large documents. Or a pair of standard landscape displays on top of one crazy-wide one. Or next two one slightly-chunky portrait zone. Or — and as crazy as it sounds — one gigantic 4K display. There are ten different configurations in all, and four more if you count the picture-in-picture options.Got a KVM on your desk to control a second computer? Well, you can toss it, because the 43UD79-B supports LG’s slick Dual Controller feature. Just hook up your keyboard and mouse to the USB 3.0 ports, and you’re good to go. Audio’s covered, too, courtesy a pair of 10W built-in Harmon Kardon speakers.The 43UD79-B should be in stock at your favorite store next week, and it’ll sell for just under $700.last_img read more

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Southgate praises Raheem Sterling

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling is finally ready to fulfill his potential for England after conquering his national team drought with his brace in the victory over Spain.The Manchester City forward excelled as he scored twice to inspire last month’s impressive 3-2 victory against La Furia Roja in the UEFA Nations League, and since then has scored three in four for his club side, who this week awarded him a new five-year deal.Following four in 11 for club and country before then the only consistent criticism has been his lack of killer instinct in front of goal, something he appears to have been convincingly overcome.“That (against Spain) was a big psychological barrier overcome and he has continued that form with his club over the last few weeks,” said Southgate, according to BT Sport.“We are really looking forward to seeing him again next week.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am really pleased for him because he is in outstanding form. He had an outstanding performance against Southampton. We have got huge belief in him and that belief in his own game is coming now.”“We have been happy with his performances for a long time and the missing piece has been the goals; you can see what it meant to him in Seville to get the goals which he has been overdue with us.”“In any sport you’re at your best when you’re playing without thinking too much and that’s what he did.”“He got his chance and just hit it; he didn’t have an extra touch or wait an extra half-a-second or millisecond, he just hit things and that’s why he scored the goals he did. You want all players to be free of overthinking; that’s when they’re in a good place and a good flow.”last_img read more

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