Scotland’s independence vote rocks science

first_imgOn 18 September, the people of Scotland will vote on whether their nation should separate from the United Kingdom and become independent. With the margin of victory now expected to be razor-thin, the debate among researchers is growing more strident over whether independence will ring in a golden era for Scottish science—or cripple it for years to come. Researchers opposed to independence say a split will harm science, depriving it of funds and talent. “Yes” campaigners counter that the Scottish government has vowed to protect science during the transition and to maintain funding at least at current levels. A strong science record is at stake.For more, see the full story in this week’s issue of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Conte deal to take over Real Madrid hits difficulties

first_imgReal Madrid’s negotiations with Chelsea over compensation for Antonio Conte’s release have hit difficulties, Goal understands. Conte is Madrid’s first choice to replace Julen Lopetegui, who is set to be sacked on Monday following Madrid’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of rivals Barcelona on Sunday. The Italian is understood to be interested in taking the reigns at Santiago Bernabeu, but protracted negotiations between Madrid and Conte’s former side Chelsea have the Blancos scrambling ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Melilla.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Real Madrid reserve team manager Santiago Solari is a candidate to be drafted in as an interim boss as negotiations with Chelsea continue.Following Sunday’s defeat in El Clasico, Madrid made contact with Conte to express interest in bringing the Italian in as Lopetegui’s replacement. The Blancos had previously sounded out Conte in the summer as a potential replacement for Zinedine Zidane, but the Italian had not yet negotiated his exit with Chelsea.Though Conte is keen to take charge of Madrid, the Italian’s compensation package with Chelsea still must be thrashed out after the Blues fired the Italian following the 2017-18 season. In order to sign with Madrid, Goal understands Chelsea want Conte to forgo a €10 million (£9m/$11m) payment, which is complicating the negotiations between all three parties.Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid 2018-19With the clock ticking and Lopetegui certain to be sacked, Madrid have turned their attention towards Castilla boss Solari, who could take charge on a temporary basis. The 42-year-old was considered for the full-time position, but Madrid’s hierarchy instead began to zero in on Conte as Lopetegui’s prospects of continuing dimmed. Madrid have begun their domestic campaign in stuttering form, and have now lost three straight league matches for the first time since 2009. With the club struggling to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, the axe is set to drop on Lopetegui, who was only appointed in June after Zidane’s surprise resignation. “We have to take a decision. We can’t continue like this any longer,” a Real Madrid source told Goal following Sunday’s defeat to Barcelona.last_img read more

Freight Rates Staying under Pressure

first_imgzoom The latest reports suggest that the trend of declining freight rates that started last week will continue as carriers are starting to push back October general rate increase until China’s Golden week.Shanghai Containerised Freight Index reveals Asia-Europe trade prices are on their lowest since October 2013, marking a 9.5% drop to USD 822 per TEU. Similarly, Asia-Mediterranean route rates declined by 9.1%, to USD 1,125.However, this year’s low prices are still above the prices recorded for the same period last year, with Europe-Asia and Mediterranean-Asia rates recorded at USD 765 and USD 837, respectively.Despite the seemingly low price on both routes, last week’s rates are still higher than in the same week last year, when rates to Europe and the Mediterranean from Asia were recorded at USD 765 and at USD 837.Asia-U.S. routes are also continuing a downward trend. Shanghai to U.S. west coast rates dropped another 7.5%, and are currently USD 1,930 per TEU. The U.S. east coast-Asia Freight rates declined by 5%, now standing at USD 4,085 per TEU.Drewry’s Hong Kong-Los Angeles container freight rate benchmark is down by around 10%, now at USD 1,875 per FEU.Ahead of the China’s Golden Week next month,decreased by just short of 10%, to USD 1,875 per FEU.Drewry is expecting rates to remain under pressure as the industry’s peak season is winding down. World Maritime News Staff; September 30, 2014; Image: GMAlast_img read more

Sajid Nadiadwala clarifies Salmans Kick 2 is not releasing on Eid next

first_imgMumbai: Putting rumours to rest, filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala has clarified that Salman Khan’s much awaited sequel to 2014 blockbuster starrer Kick 2 is not releasing on Eid next year. It was Salman’s cryptic tweet, one of the famous dialogues from the film, “Itna mat sochna mere baare mein, dil mein aata hoon.. aur Eid pe bhi”, led to speculation that the sequel will arrive in theatres next year during Eid. When asked about the status of Kick 2, Sajid said in a group interview here, “We are writing it. It is not coming on Eid. The news came (of the sequel releasing on Eid) because I had gone to his (Salman) place, he asked how much I am ready, I told him I have written one draft and I would need four to six months to rewrite the draft, dialogues. I would be ready with the script by Eid.” Earlier, Salman’s another film In-shaa-allah with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was set to Eid release. But the film has now been shelved.last_img read more

Feds back motion in support of Trans Mountain despite BC government turmoil

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government has thrown its weight behind an opposition motion backing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion even as political turmoil in British Columbia continues to threaten the project’s future.The motion, brought by Conservative MP Mark Strahl, affirms that the project has social license to proceed, is critical to the economy, is environmentally sound and should proceed as planned.The motion passed Tuesday by a vote of 252-51, with the backing of all Liberal MPs, except two B.C. backbenchers who have criticized the project in the past.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall approved the project to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. and B.C. Premier Christy Clark came to support it in January after five conditions she placed on it had been met.However Clark could lose her hold on power later this month under an agreement between the province’s NDP and Green Party to work together to form government, including a plan to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr last week said the government would support Strahl’s motion because the project remains a sound one with license to proceed, even though he admitted aligning himself with the Conservatives made him uncomfortable.last_img read more

Gunman attempts to rob rape 60 –yearold Rosignol businesswoman

A Rosignol businesswoman is now traumatised after a gunman invaded her home on Thursday last and attempted to rape her.The 60 year old woman was attacked at around 20:00hrs in her home as she was awaiting the arrival of her daughter.Inews understands that the woman was in the lower flat of her two storey house when someone came up from behind and proceeded to choke her.The man reportedly whispered “you know how long I got my eye on you” before taking her into her shop which is located on the said lower flat and demanded cash.The frightened woman took $150,000 from her shop’s cash drawer and handed it to the gunman.She was then taken to the upper flat of her home where over half a million dollars’ worth of jewellery was taken.The suspect then pulled down his pants and underwear and attempted to rape the woman however her daughter returned home and called out to her which prompted the man to hastily pull up his pants.While he was in the process of doing so, a towel which was tied to his face fell and the woman recognised him as a villager.The gunman however made good his escape. The matter was reported and the Police are currently searching for the known man. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged with murder of Patricia SanasieApril 27, 2015In “Crime”Extraditing Husband of murdered Businesswoman not an option for policeJanuary 14, 2015In “Crime”Sanasie’s murder: Brother points finger to alleged killer; expresses fear for his lifeFebruary 11, 2015In “Crime” read more

Not one but two Greek villages star in new Apple ad video

first_imgJust in time for the Golden Globes Awards ceremony Apple released its new iPhone 7 Plus ad titled “Take Mine”. Apple’s official ad is an ode to the phone’s portrait mode, an ode written in Greek! Even the unusual soundtrack is a rare recording from one of Greece’s first and most low-profile rembetes, Kostas Bezos, and is titled “Pame sti Honolulu”.The story goes like this: A young girl visits her grandmother in a village in Mani, bringing home an amazing gadget, her new rose gold iPhone 7 Plus. Soon after she arrives, she ends up taking photos of every single local, the fisherman, the priest, the barber, a musician. While the girl is taking photos, we get to admire the stunning Depth Effect double camera feature.The locals are in awe of her “practically magic” phone and the entire village acts as if nobody there has seen a smartphone before. Even though this is admittedly one of Apple’s most well-shot ads, channelling a proper movie, the fact that it evokes a bunch of stereotypes about Greeks has spurred many negative comments on Facebook. Apart from Greeks across the globe taking pride in the ad promoting the picturesque Mani destinations, Oitilo and Karavostasi, many have lashed against the brand for projecting an “unrealistic” image for Greek people that “portrays them as ignorant”. Watch the advertisement below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Are Robot Pants the Future of Mobility

first_img Beyoncé puts her pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else. But Queen Bey’s trousers aren’t robotic.A research team led by the University of Bristol’s Jonathan Rossiter developed a prototype pair of mechanized slacks that could help people—from the elderly and infirm to the otherwise disabled—walk without assistance.“We are all going to get older and our mobility is going to reduce,” Rossiter told the BBC. “What we want to do is give people that extra bit of boost, to maintain their independence as long as possible.”By wearing a pair of Lycra workout pants.British scientists created what the BBC described as “air-filled bubbles of plastic”—so-called robotic muscles—that can raise a leg from the seated to standing position.And while getting this technology into commercial trousers may take a decade or more, this marks a step toward a more ambulatory future.There are some 10 million people in the UK with disabilities—including old-age locomotion problems, according to Rossiter. And that number is expected to increase as the population ages, putting more pressure on mobility assistance.With a £2 million ($2.6 million) grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Bristol professor teamed up with engineers from across the country to find a robotic solution to conventional aids.Artificial muscles resemble long strings of cocktail sausages made from clear plastic (via University of Bristol)“Soft robotics can make materials and structures that behave in a really sophisticated way in contrast to conventional robotics,” Rossiter said, citing organisms like the octopus: so sophisticated in its movement, sensing, and control that it can squeeze its gelatinous body into small spaces.“We can take some of these capabilities and put them into artificial muscles, put them onto clothing,” he added.On display at last week’s British Science Festival in Hull, the technology looks deceptively simple, like a string of cocktail sausages made of clear plastic, inflated with air.When blown up, the strand contracts and shortens—just like your muscles—to lift a weight or robotic leg.Now, picture this mechanism arranged around a flesh-and-bone knee. Once inflated, the structure stiffens, automatically straightening the body part and lifting the leg.“It means you can stand more comfortably,” Rossiter boasted.Researchers have a long way to go before their devices goes mainstream; the team is already eyeing electroactive polymers for quieter movement, as well as an embedded control system.As an everyday accessory, this contraption could discourage people from using their own muscles, allowing them to atrophy. But as a rehabilitation device, it’s ideal for helping to strengthen knees and legs.“One of our goals is to replicate human muscle in an artificial form, so that you can sew them into your trousers and you’ve got your power trousers,” Rossiter told the BBC.Technology and prosthetics make great bedfellows: Machine learning is improving the way artificial limbs perform. Robots, meanwhile, can already manipulate our emotions. Stay up to date on all things bionic here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on targetlast_img read more

Herrera Beutler on Trump team: Wait and see

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, hasn’t denounced President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial appointment of Steve Bannon but said she is committed to creating an inclusive nation.“I won’t be afraid to stand up and actively oppose any proposal that would exclude, discriminate against or harm some Americans to the benefit of others,” the congresswoman wrote in a letter on Friday.Bannon, a Breitbart News executive whom many have labeled a white supremacist, was named chief strategist and senior counselor to the president-elect. Democrats have called on Trump to rescind his job offer.Vancouver resident Jacob Marsh was concerned about Bannon’s background and reached out to Herrera Beutler.“I hoped that as a representative of a diverse community, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler would speak out against this divisive message from the incoming administration. However, I was disappointed that she is choosing to side with the establishment instead of sticking to her values and the values of SW Washington,” Marsh wrote in an email.Herrera Beutler noted in her letter that each president has the duty to appoint any individual he pleases.“Soon we will be able to judge the quality of the new president’s team based on the quality of work they produce,” Herrera Beutler wrote. “My hope is for the new president to be as successful as possible in his efforts to serve the best interest of this country.”last_img read more

Job Fears Not Just Slashed Budgets Take Toll on Events

first_imgThe downturn in event revenue has been brutal for publishers who counted on their tradeshows and conferences to pick up the slide in print in 2009. Tradeshow revenue fell 18.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 and is down about 10 percent through the first four months of 2009, according to American Business Media’s 2009 Media Financial Survey, conducted by ABM and the Jordan, Edmiston Group.Publishers are betting the downturn is temporary and attendance will bounce back once travel and training budgets are restored. But some event managers are finding that the biggest obstacle to drawing attendees isn’t budgetary at all. It’s the fear that the brass will start to think employees are expendable if they spend any time out of the office at a show.“We’ve got telemarketers pounding the phone and we’re offering deep discounts but people still aren’t coming,” one event manager told FOLIO:. “And it’s not about the money—they’re saying they worry that they’ll be considered for the next round of layoffs if they aren’t seen in the office every day.”Others are seeing former attendees grounded due to other fears. “We had one group tell us no one in their office is allowed to travel for fear of swine flu,” says another event manager. Much of the downturn in print may be blamed on false perceptions and hysteria over “old media,” rather than reality. Now the event side is learning just how costly this hysteria can be.last_img read more

People on the Move 61214

first_imgAndrea Dunham has been promoted to creative director of People. She moved to this newly created position after working as design director.SourceMedia has made multiple staff changes:Scott Wenger has been appointed as group editorial director. He will oversee Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Bank Investment Consultant and Money Management Executive. He was previously managing editor of money & business at New York Daily News.On Wall Street‘s new editor-in-chief is Ralph R. Ortega, who was most recently a senior editor at Hedge Fund Alert.Samantha Allen has also become a deputy editor of the Investment Advisor Group, and will continue as the group’s digital managing editor. She came to SourceMedia in 2012 as senior digital editor.Rachel F. Elson is the new editor-in-chief of Financial Planning, as well as a deputy editor of SourceMedia’s Investment Advisor Group. She joined Financial Planning in 2012 as executive editor.Bloomberg Media named Jacki Kelley chief operating officer for media, beginning in September. She previously served as CEO for IPG Mediabrands North America and president of Global Clients.Ezra Dyer has been named automotive editor at Popular Mechanics. He had previously worked for Automobiles as contributing editor. Also, Rob Hewitt joined the publication as design director. He had been contributing design director at Billboard.JWC Media has announced the appointment of Dustin O’Regan as editor-at-large of Sheridan Road magazine. The former attorney and book editor will continue her role as auxiliary board president at The Art Institute of Chicago. Also, Ann Marie Scheidler has been promoted to managing editor of the JWC magazines, including The Polo Book, Sheridan Road, Forest & Bluff and Hinsdale Living. She has held various positions at JWC since joining in 2007, and most recently worked as editorial director of Forest & Bluff magazine.Bobby Ghosh has joined Quartz as managing editor. He was previously the editor of Time International.Amanda Silverman has been promoted from managing editor to deputy editor of The New Republic, while Linda Kinstler has also been promoted from reporter to managing editor of the publication.The New York Times Magazine has appointed Bill Wasik to deputy editor. He comes to the publication from Wired, where he had been senior editor for the past four years.Johanna Derlega has been promoted to senior vice president of National Journal Live and advertising from her role as general manager of National Journal Live.Meredith Corporation announced that Linda Augsburg has been named editor content chief for American Patchwork and Quilting and the Meredith Crafts Group. She had been editorial director at Prime Publishing.Kathy Blackwell has joined Austin Way as editor-in-chief. She was previously senior editor at The Austin American-Statesman.Teen Vogue has hired Dan Koday as digital director and Marina Larroude as fashion director. Koday was content director at and Larroude had been market director at has appointed Adina Steiman as features director, from the same position at Self. Also new at Epicurious is Rhoda Boone, who became food editor. She had been food stylist at Bon Appétit. Brittany Innes also joined as social media editor from her role as manager of social media at The Atlantic Weekly has named Sophie Gilbert and Denise Kersten Wills as senior editors. Gilbert previously worked was arts editor at the Washingtonian, and Wills was senior editor at Politico.Hearst Magazines announced that Meredith Rollins has been appointed editor-in-chief of Redbook. She has been executive editor of Redbook since 2010. Before coming to Redbook she worked as executive editor at Lucky and articles director at W.Moksha Fitzgibbons has been promoted to chief revenue officer from executive vice president at Complex Media. She has been with the company since 2006. Modern Luxury has named Michelle Thorpe as associate publisher of beauty. She most recently served as associate publisher at Allure. Lori Silver also joined as executive director of bridal and interiors. She joined Modern Luxury from Brides, where she was associate publisher. Also, Tracy Monahan was named associate publisher of marketing from her role as marketing director for The Week and Mental Floss.last_img read more

Foster care and services for Native children now handled by largest tribal

first_imgThe largest tribal government in Southeast Alaska now has authority over foster care and other services for Native children facing abuse or neglect. An agreement signed Wednesday this week transfers state management, as well as funding, to the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.Download AudioThe central council, which is headquartered in Juneau, lists more than 30,000 tribal members in and outside of the state.But tribal children removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect are often placed in non-Native homes.Council President Richard Peterson says Native children have a better chance in life if they know their heritage. He says those separated from their extended families and cultures have a harder time.“A lot of us don’t know who we are,” said Peterson. “We don’t know how we fit into this modern society that has grown up around us. But I am ever so grateful that we’re taking steps forward, steps that are going to heal those wounds, that are going to put our families back together.”The council says about two-thirds of all Southeast children in state custody are Alaska Native or American Indian. Peterson says his tribal organization’s cultural understanding will make it easier to work with parents and increase the number of Native foster homes.The agreement puts the central council in charge of temporary foster care placement until children can safely return home. If that can’t happen, it will find permanent homes with relatives or through adoption.The tribe also took over regional state programs addressing underlying causes of abuse and neglect. And it will support children placed with relatives who become guardians or adoptive families.The council has had control and funding for some other state social-service programs in Southeast for more than a decade. Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson says this transfer is long overdue.“This agreement really takes it to a whole new level by extending child welfare and tribal court services, including extensive case management, foster-home licensing, financial support for tribal foster homes and a whole host of other services,” Davidson said.The agreement is modeled after a 2013 compact with Interior Alaska’s Tanana Chiefs Conference.The Tlingit-Haida Central Council and some other tribal governments have sought such authority for years. But they’ve met opposition from some state officials, among others.Davidson says it’s time to return control.“This truly is a government-to-government agreement that recognizes that tribes are uniquely and supremely and ultimately qualified to meet the needs of tribal families,” said Davidson.The council’s Peterson says it’s also time for tribal organizations to provide more services to people they best understand.“I’m a major proponent of our tribal sovereignty,” Peterson said. “And building upon our tribal courts and our programs, this is us being sovereign. Putting put our families back together is being sovereign.”The agreement was signed during a March 2nd ceremony at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in downtown Juneau.last_img read more

Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan says Nelson Mandela is his True

first_imgThe actor-politician, Pawan Kalyan, who in his poll debut in Andhra Pradesh suffered a huge setback, has now claimed it took him only 15 minutes to recover from the loss. The actor who attended the 2019 TANA (North America’s Telugu Association) conference talked about his loss in the election and said, “After suffering defeat, it only took me 15 minutes to recover completely. I’ve accepted my 15-minute defeat. I was taught several lessons by failure… Each defeat brought me closer to success. I wasn’t afraid of defeat because I wasn’t scamming or betraying anyone. I entered politics believing in certain values, and if it gives me a defeat, I will take it happily.” Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us This year’s Andhra Pradesh elections were contested by Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party. The party faced a humiliating defeat, however, as the elections were won by only one MLA from their party. The two seats contested by Pawan Kalyan himself – Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka – lost both elections. The actor, recalling his earlier failures, revealed that after Kushi he lost interest in movies. Explaining the reason, he said, “When we celebrated Kushi’s 100 Days in Sandhya Theatre, there were many young people there. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us I asked how many of you would take a vow against eve-teasing, and they didn’t raise their hands. I realized that the cinema was not going to change people that day. And if I have any responsibility for society, then I should come out and do something about it… He added, “Since that day, I have lost interest in films and it has shifted towards society, and I have read volumes of books on the Constituent Assembly.” Advertise With Us I waited for success so patiently. Indeed, my success with Gabbar Singh was after Kushi,” he said. Kushi was released in 2001 and released in 2012 by Gabbar Singh. Pawan Kalyan said Nelson Mandela and his book Long Walk to Freedom, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, inspired him and gave him a lot of courage. “I learned from him how to accept failures.” Pawan Kalyan further said he had grown up without knowing what caste groups were. “I learned that there are so much discrimination and hatred after growing up. People are divided by everyone, but I came to unify them. I’m going to accept it even if it gives me a defeat. But dividing people will not do politics.”last_img read more

2 militants arrested in Tangail

first_imgTangail mapMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested two suspected militants during a raid at Masinda village of Kalihati upazila of Tangail on Monday night.The arrestees are Syed Nurul Huda alias Masum, 34, and his brother Syed Mazharul Islam alias Khokon, 28, sons of Syed Abul Hassan Chistia of the village.Company-3 commander of the RAB-12, also additional superintendant of police Bina Rani Das said tipped off, a team of RAB cordoned off a house in the village and arrested Masum and Khokon along with a drone, two machetes and a number of Jehadi books from the house.The RAB said during an interrogation, the arrestees informed the law enforcers about a militant den at a house in the capital’s Mirpur Mazar road area.last_img

Netflix Issues Open Casting Call for Tall Girl Movie Seeking Actor Whos

first_imgNetflix is looking for a female actor between 13 and 21 — who is 5-foot-10 or taller — to star in its upcoming original comedy film “Tall Girl.”The streamer announced a worldwide casting call for the live-action movie’s lead: 16-year-old Jodi, who is more than six feet tall and struggles to survive high school and ultimately embraces her stature with pride. Producers are accepting audition submissions at between Nov. 5-21, 2018. “Tall Girl” is slated to begin shooting in January 2019.“Tall Girl” is directed by Nzingha Stewart (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “A Million Little Things”) and written by Sam Wolfson (“Andi Mack,” “Finding Carter”). Producers bill the movie as “capturing the tone” of classic John Hughes teen movies like “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The movie “is about all the places where we feel awkward or tender, and learning not only to accept those places, but to shower them with unconditional and radical love,” Nzingha Stewart said in a statement.The project is Netflix’s fourth collaboration with Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola (“The Duff”), who will produce in addition to Wonderland’s Corey Marsh. The film’s casting director is Barbara McCarthy (“Mother’s Day,” “The Duff”), who also cast the upcoming Netflix film “The Christmas Chronicles.”The movie follows Jodi, the tallest girl in her school, who has never quite felt comfortable in her own statuesque skin. All of that changes when she falls for the handsome (and equally tall) foreign exchange student Stig, who of course gets Jodi’s quirky, best, male friend Dunkleman and his hippie mom as a host family. As a result, Jodi gets embroiled in a surprising love triangle, which helps her realize she’s far more than her insecurities about her height have led her to believe.“At Netflix we are committed to being a platform where tweens can find movies that inspire and empower them,” said Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family programming at Netflix. “We look forward to canvassing the world for our very own ‘Tall Female’ lead who can draw on her unique experience to authentically depict the challenges and the lessons wrapped up in this tricky stage of life.”To audition, applicants must submit a video of 30 seconds or less introducing themselves, providing their full name, height (without shoes on), where they live, and date of birth (although individuals 18 or older don’t need to disclose their exact age). In addition, they must shoot and upload video of themselves delivering Jodi’s lines in two short scenes.last_img read more

Creating an ecological echo

first_imgIt was not many years ago that the Capital had peacocks strolling through the streets, or homes across the country had families of noisy sparrows nestled in the ventilation gaps in walls. But with fast paced technological growth and advanced urbanisation, the memory of such beauty has faded away – wiped off by high rises and mobile network towers. An artist’s eye sees it all only with a different approach; when environmentalists and school books are trying to make mankind aware of the increasing cases of animal extinction due to the encroachment of forests and urbanisation, Mumbai-based artist Ashish Kushwaha has a massive message to gift us through his paintings. The visions of a glorious one-horned rhinoceros in the midst of an urban background, a colourful peacock whose tail is transformed into cast-iron rods in a construction site, a vulture perched on an unfinished pillar in an area under construction, and a slow vanishing deer behind a pillar will leave one shaken and make them wonder about the gravity of the current situation. The painting titled ‘Where am I?’ says a thousand words with just the fading appearance of a graceful deer, which is being replaced by a prospective building. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the ‘Urban Metaphor’ series, one painting which can be really disturbing is a mix-media on canvas, which portrays a headless peacock in a barren under-construction land in the mid-ground. From the neck above, cast iron rods replace its head cutting away all the glory of our national bird, where on the foreground an engineer is at work building a large mesh.”My paintings are silent conversations,” says Ashish, “I am always thinking of prakriti-of the earth as a planet in which there is harmony between animals and man. But what I see is very different and very difficult for me. When I travel by train from one place to another I am always confronted by the whole statement of exploitation in which man takes away from animals and birds the idea of the habitat.” Most of the watercolours portray the evading factor of animals from the metropolitan scenario; the figures are mostly incomplete – either the head or the hind legs have faded away suggesting a gradual extinction. Among Ashish’s untitled works is one striking staircase in a desolate land – stairways leading to nowhere. As a viewer, I’d like to think of it as an indication that extreme urbanisation disturbing ecological balance would lead mankind to a hopeless and dark future. Mocking at their progress the artist’s endeavour is to shout out loud and wake up passive viewers to the everyday ignorance of the fading existence of flora and fauna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese transformed figures of birds and animals reflect the loss of harmony between man and nature. The Degradation of our planet is replicated in the form of silent stories in his paintings which are protesting against the cruelty and urging man to restore balance back in the environment. ‘Inheritance of Loss’, curated by Uma Nair, is an ongoing exhibition at India International Centre which expresses the artist’s vision of the gradual disappearance of wildlife due to urbanization. Most of the paintings – watercolour on paper, or acrylic and oil on canvas – have a sad yet powerful message for viewers – are we losing our responsibility to nature in a power paced world of selfishness? The series will be on display until May 29.last_img read more

Scripting new story of women empowerment

first_imgIt was 2.30 am in this sleepy hamlet located in the outskirts of district headquarters of Varanasi – which incidentally falls under the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At a time, when women in many villages across the country cannot step out of the house alone – particularly in those wee hours, a group of seven – eight sari-clad women march confidently parallel to the railway track filled with big inaccessible grasses towards erstwhile Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram’s Lijjat Papad unit – to knead the dough for papad-making – which was a defunct and dilapidated Khadi Institution before September 2016. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor, Mamta Devi (40), Munni Devi (42), and Phool Dei (40) from Newara village under Sakalpur post office, it is like making money during the morning walk. Mamta Devi says, “We reach Sewapuri Ashram daily latest by 2.30 am and in three hours we finish kneading the dough – for which hundreds of women start coming from 5.30 am onwards for collection of dough for rolling papads at their homes. For this three-hours’– job, each of us get on an average from Rs 250 to Rs 300 per day.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCorroborating similar views, Saraswati Devi of Sewapuri Village, says, “Being an uneducated village women, we never thought that we will ever get an opportunity in our life to earn Rs 300 per day that too sitting at our home. PM Modi has brought this change in our life through Khadi.” The next round begins at 5.30 am, when around 230 women collect the dough in the Sewapuri Gandhi Ashram up to 8 am and roll them into papads at their homes during the day. These women had been trained by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and in three years’ time – they have become expert of papad-making. This simple, yet very effective method also known as Gandhian simplicity has achieved tremendous success in the villages of Varanasi, and Gramo-preneurs across the nation have now started looking to learn how they can apply the Gandhian simplicity – where a woman can make papad weighing from 8 to 10 kilograms from the dough they collect daily in the morning and have started earning from Rs 300 to Rs 400 per day. The Lizzat papad , a supported unit of KVIC pays Rs 39 per kg for, rolling the papads. Incidentally, the Sewapuri Ashram was set up on November 5, 1946 by a group of Gandhians – all hailing from a well-known Khadi institution of Gandhian era ‘Kshatriya Shri Gandhi Ashram’ – under the guidance of the Mahatma Gandhi, to promote Khadi and provide employment to spinners and weavers. The KVIC, who had been leaving no stone unturned for the revival of this centre of excellence of Gandhian philosophy of self-reliance and swadeshi, finally chose a day to formally re-inaugurate it. On September 17, 2016 – on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday – better known as Sewa Diwas – KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena re-inaugurated it. It may be noted that KVIC had given a special grant of Rs 20 lakhs to this Khadi institutions for renovation and repair of dilapidated buildings and cleaning up the campus. KVIC roped in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to use its CSR funds to kick off Khadi activities. REC sanctioned Rs 5.50 crore for this project. Notably, it is the first ever utilisation of CSR funds for Khadi activities. Now, as many as 200 Solar Charkhas, 80 Solar Looms, a modern stitching center and a salt-making unit are running at this Ashram. This Khadi Ashram has been providing jobs to around 700 people – mostly women – from nearby villages, after its revival. Enthused with the rejuvenation of this erstwhile Ashram, on the request of KVIC – the Lijjat papad had established a papad making unit in the center, in which over 250 local women have been enrolled for the work and most of them are regularly coming at the center. All the women involved in this job get Rs 39 per kilogram for kneading, rolling and packaging. Incidentally, it is the first ever Lijjat Papad manufacturing unit of Varanasi district started in September 2016. Besides giving credit to the zeal of these rural women – engaged in Papad-making industry, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena also appreciates the improving law and order scenario of UP in the recent years. “For many decades, women in most parts of rural India have led a confined life. .Thanks to the CM Yogi Adityanath-led government, women are coming to Ashram, even in midnight,” he said, adding, “We will soon be providing extra space to accommodate another 200 women in this industry.”last_img read more

Our most popular stories from last month March 14

first_imgRelated posts:Our most popular stories last month — April ’14 Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches of 2016 get blue flags Meet Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches Facebook Comments Here’s a recap of what stood out to readers last month. Our most popular post in March attracted more than 30,000 page views. Several more top stories had at least 5,000 views. And controversial articles, of course, did the best.Those provocative posts included a bumbling interview (to put it kindly) given by a newly elected politician and an article on the removal of Costa Rica from an “ethical travel destinations” list. On the lighter side, stories about Costa Rica hosting the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup and a list of Costa Rica’s cleanest beaches also were popular. Below is a summary of what readers were drawn to in March, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.Most viewed stories on The Tico Times:Possibly the worst interview ever – March 3When La Nación journalist Álvaro Murillo set out to interview 25-year-old National Liberation Party lawmaker-elect Silvia Sánchez, from the province of Alajuela, he hoped to talk about the importance of bringing young talent and new ideas to the Legislative Assembly. But what unfolded was perhaps one of the worst interviews in recent memory.Quarterfinals set for U-17 Women’s World Cup as winless host Costa Rica says goodbye – March 24This month Costa Rica became the first Central American country to host a World Cup. The championship of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup — between Japan and Spain — will go down at the National Stadium in west San José on Friday.5 Pacific coast beaches declared Costa Rica’s cleanest – March 24 Playa Blanca in the Central Pacific is one of the three Costa Rican beaches awarded five stars for its environmentally friendly policies in 2013. (Courtesy Hotel Punta Leona)Throughout out the country, 122 beaches had applications submitted for an Ecological Blue Flag. Five of them, all on the Pacific coast, received the award that recognizes cleanliness.Why was Costa Rica removed from the list of the world’s most ethical travel destinations? – March 19Costa Rica had held a spot on the World’s Best Ethical Travel Destinations List since 2010. But this year Costa Rica was excluded from the list. What happened?Mexican fisherman accused of biggest poaching case in history at Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco still a fugitive – March 19 Dolphins are ensnared in a tuna fishing boat’s nets in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific. (Courtesy of Divine Dolphin, Drake Bay)Why was Ariel Bustamante Sánchez never prosecuted for this massive poaching case?Other popular stories this month included an article on a tragic Facebook image of a dead jaguar, which a young Costa Rican murdered and then bragged about on social media. A feature on a 500-year-old tomb found in San Ramón also received plenty of attention. And the announcement that legendary Beatle Paul McCartney would play a concert here in May was a hit with readers.Most commented on stories in The Tico Times:Why was Costa Rica removed from the list of the world’s most ethical travel destinations? – March 19The controversial decision generated much discussion.Possibly the worst interview ever – March 3A lot of embarrassed comments about Costa Rica’s political system thanks to the diputada’s verbosity.Service, food disappoint at Costa Rica’s pricey Andaz Papagayo – March 23 The entrance to Andaz Papagayo. Courtesy of Emma MurphyWe had high expectations for this Hyatt hotel. The stay did not fulfill the writer. Not even close.last_img read more

Court ruling could see agents claw back commissions from airlines

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X A new Federal Court ruling could potentially see travel agents clawing back millions in lost airline commissions after a judge found that fuel surcharges were not a tax and as such should be made commissionable.After a class action involving 1,450 agents failed last year, Leonie’s Travel Pty Ltd on behalf of all agents decided to appeal the decision on a smaller scale and only against Qantas for commissions which should have been paid out on airline tickets sold between 2004 and 2007.Lawyers Slater & Gordon claim that the appeal was run as a “test case” so that if won, could leave a precedent for future cases.The crux of the argument was wether “Qantas was entitled to unilaterally determine that no commission would be payable on the part of the cost of a ticket which relates to the fuel surcharge.”Under an appeal this week a judge has ruled that fuel surcharges were part of a ticket price to a consumer, not a tax, and as such is deemed to be commissionable.“Qantas is disappointed by the ruling and we now need some time to assess our options,” said a Qantas spokesperson to e-Travel Blackboard.He adds that despite media speculation that a settlement could be as much as $50 million, “if Qantas were to settle, we’d be looking at no more than $15 million.”But this ruling could have major implications for all airlines operating in Australia and the way that they pay out commissions to travel agents.In 2006, the rejected class action was lodged against six airlines, those of Qantas, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines as well as Malaysia Airlines.  This “test case” win could potentially open the door for more cases of this kind against other airlines. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Pro Football Focus agrees. The popular analytics website ranked the NFL’s top ten receiving corps, accounting for the top three receivers and the top tight end. The Cardinals ranked eighth on their list.Now that Larry Fitzgerald is about to celebrate his 32nd birthday, the Cardinals don’t have one clear No. 1 wide receiver, but they have more depth than most teams. Michael Floyd had 482 deep receiving yards and five deep touchdowns which were both among the top eight for wide receivers. John Brown had 696 receiving yards, which was second-most of all receivers who were third on the depth chart last year.The Indianapolis Colts topped the website’s rankings, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks trailed the Cardinals on the list. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, and Michael Floyd laugh during an NFL football training camp, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Since training camp started, there has been plenty of talk about the depth the Arizona Cardinals possess at the wide receiver position.The 2014 Cardinals pass-catching corps features a probable Hall-of-Famer in Larry Fitzgerald, a former first-round pick in Michael Floyd and a rookie who caught four game-winning touchdown passes in John Brown.Few teams can boast that type of top-line depth in three-wide receiver sets. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more