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NAB 2019: Blackmagic Design Announces New Battery Grip for the BMPCC4K

first_imgAt NAB 2019, Blackmagic Design just announced their new battery grip for the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K — and it looks awesome.During their Resolve 16 presentation, Blackmagic Design shared a few heavy announcements. Between “Object Removal,” the new “Cut” section of Resolve, and the Keyboard, Blackmagic is establishing itself as a one-stop production shop. Once they announced all this, they moved onto the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s latest accessory addition: the battery grip.There aren’t many specs or details, as the announcement was pretty brief, so I’ll keep it simple. There are two LP-E6 batteries that can power the camera up to two hours, and two mounting points for accessories — and it’s made of carbon fiber.Here’s what it looks like:Well, I’m sold. The design is pretty simple, and it’s a welcome addition to an already-fantastic camera. For the price, I’ll definitely scoop one up in August (only to probably finally get it in the mail near the holidays . . .).The grip was designed to last “hours,” so this is very exciting news for anybody using the camera for extensive shoots.Images via Blackmagic Design.Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Adobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Cheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300,Looking for more on film and video production? Check out these articles.Adobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After EffectsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Cheers to This Film-Developing Beer Made in Collaboration with KodakHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300last_img read more

UCSF Chancellor to Assume Helm at Gates Foundation

first_imgSusan Desmond-Hellmann, the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will be the next CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The oncologist and former Genentech executive will take the reins of the huge philanthropy from retiring CEO Jeff Raikes on 1 May 2014, overseeing the foundation’s activities in global public health, poverty, and education.Before assuming the post as UCSF chancellor in 2009, Desmond-Hellmann was president of product development at pre-Roche Genentech “during some of the biotech’s most fruitful years,” according to FierceBiotech, leading the introduction of the targeted cancer drugs Avastin and Herceptin. Desmond-Hellmann was one of the few oncologists on staff at Genentech, says The New York Times, and was in charge of all clinical trials.“Sue’s background in public health policy, research and development, and higher education, make her an exceptional fit for this role,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the foundation, in a statement.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

Competent is the Enemy of the Brilliant

first_imgIt is said real life happens to you while you are busy making plans. The only thing Anupam Kher planned was to be different. No mean feat for a small town boy, from a non affluent, joint family.A mediocre student, cruising aimlessly through the first 19 years of life, Anupam Kher began a journey, on Rs 100, stolen from his mother’s temple, that took him to the prestigious National School of Drama, discovering the most enduring passion of his life, acting. That passion netted him the gold medal at NSD, and fueled dreams of becoming an outstanding actor.Today with 300 films, 8 Filmfare awards, a Padmashri in 2004 and many theatre and television laurels under his belt, Kher who was in the country to showcase his autobiographical play Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai (Anything can happen), talks exclusively to Little India about his failures, the fantasy world of the silver screen, which came crashing down around him when his emotional capacity fell far short of dealing with his stupendous fame, and why in spite of all that he has achieved or survived, this is only the intermission of his life.You come from a non filmi middle class Kashmiri family from Simla. What are the early memories of growing up?In a small town, and even more so in a hill station, the pace of life is very slow and since nothing much happens, everything gets registered in the mind of a child growing up there. I have very powerful visual memories of my family, and the people of Simla. It was a town full of distinct characters, the typical pan wala, the typical sweetmeat seller, the typical barber. My grandfather was an intellectual genius but his sons weren’t. But what they lacked in terms of intellectual and material achievements was more than compensated by their generosity, kindness and ability to love. My father would always be losing something in the morning. Being not so wealthy and living in a joint family he would painstakingly hide the Rs. 5 or Rs. 10 note he had at the end of the day and promptly forget where he had kept it. So in the morning he would jump over sleeping bodies and scurry around looking for it.Once he got into his head that the bread seller was very lucky for him, that he got a promotion because he set his eyes on him. So for weeks, he would get out of bed with eyes shut, stumble over sleeping relatives till he made his way out and would open his eyes only when the bread seller came by and asked “Where are you headed?” Of course the moment the bread seller found out why my father was outside every day, the price of bread was hiked up considerably!Then I had an uncle who would always start his first sentence with “doosri baat kya hai na..”(and the second thing is) and as kids we would always wonder what was the first thing he had said. He married a village girl much younger than him. My uncle’s eyes used to shut when he got angry and when he would yell at my aunt for something, she would disappear just to tease him. He would open his eyes, and on not finding her there, would look for her and then start all over again, meticulously yelling with the same intensity with eyes shut. The transition from opening his eyes looking for her, shutting them again and yelling again was hilarious.I had another uncle who wanted to be different from his bunch of mediocre relatives and would ritualistically read the newspaper and would take himself so seriously that he became even more comical. He got some book akin to the ones that claim to teach you English in five weeks and as soon as he came across a seemingly impressive English word he would use it extensively. He learnt the word “torrential” one day and said “the rain in this country always falls in the town in torrential types.” Our teachers were very funny, but they taught us more about life than anything else and of course in a small town romances progressed at a snail’s pace: it took six months even to get a glance from your love interest. I loved films and had to see them on the first day of release. I was crazy about Dev Anand and would roll up my hair in the front just like him, and rattle off his dialogue from the famous film Guide. Those are memories I cherish to this day.  So did your parents have the usual expectations do well academically and find a good job?Never. My parents never cribbed about my failures but rejoiced at every little milestone I achieved. I still remember an incident that stands out on my mind and really formed my character. Once every six months my father would take my brother and me to the only five star hotel in Simla and treat us to mutton patties. That was all he could afford. There was a weird system in high school in my days. You would be automatically promoted to 11th grade and your 10th grade results came out two months into 11th grade. If you failed, you were sent back to 10th grade and it was pretty humiliating. One day my father came over in the afternoon, checked me out early from school and treated me to a very sumptuous lunch at the same five star hotel. After lunch I asked him what is the good news. Did you get a raise? He said No, you failed your tenth grade exam. I said then why did you bring me here and treat me to this grand lunch? He replied, “Because I never want you to be afraid of failure. Since then, I have gone through a lot in life but I remain optimistic and I never give up.”Did you ever think of being an actor from an early age?Well I was a ham, but that was more to attract attention and stand out than having any lofty dreams of being a star. I started acting in plays in elementary school and started a drama club as early as in 6th grade, calling it Anupam Kala Sangam, and promptly forgetting about it soon after. After finishing school, I joined the government college in Simla, and in between focusing on the “important” topic of how to walk behind the best looking girl around campus to be noticed, I did a play called “Balidan” in an inter college competition and was so sure I would win the Best Actor award that when I didn’t I hrefused the runner up prize and fainted in a restroom. I think I fainted for some other reason, but it created great dramatic effect! So no at that point, it was just to attract attention.I decided to do my masters in economics when a friend of mine showed me an ad showcasing the department of Indian theater at Punjab university. I got in after acting as the famous courtesan Vatsayana, a role played later by the lovely actress Rekha in the film Utsav. I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance! From there I went to the prestigious National school of Drama and found my true calling. I didn’t know there were so many books on acting and on cinema and when I saw the library I was thrilled. There was so much to read, about distinguished actors, the theory of acting, about cinema. I must have spent at least 10 hours in the library every day, sometimes sleeping only two hours each day and graduated with the gold medal.Then I went to Lucknow and taught for some time, but I think my friends and I knew we were all headed for Bollywood eventually.So how was the journey to filmdom?I am glad I was an optimist. It ran the gamut of all the lows one could think of. At one point, I was in Delhi when Dolly Thakore, the media and TV personality, told me Richard Attenborough was auditioning for the film Gandhi. I said promptly, “Oh I will do Gandhi’s role.” She said no they have already taken Ben Kingsley for that role and I said well then I will make a super Nehru and so I got a long coat and a rose and rehearsed Nehru’s speech on Gandhi’s death over and over again.In my optimistic mind I had already won the Oscar for that role!. A tall skinny man escorted the casting director and us up the elevator to the room where Richard Attenborough was staying. As I entered I heard him saying on the phone “Thanks Roshan I am so glad you have accepted Nehru’s role. You will be perfect in it.” I saw red and started arguing with Richard-“How can you give the role away without out auditioning me?” Finally he said, “Okay go ahead, audition,” and I completely blanked out. Then I said sheepishly “Fine, I will play Abdul Ghaffar Khan.” The casting director said sorry I have already hired the tall elevator man to play that role! I vowed never to see Gandhi. Some time later I was struggling to make ends meet and received a phone call telling me there is one single line to be dubbed in Hindi in the film Gandhi, they will pay you a thousand bucks…that was my Oscar winning contribution to the film!I decided to come to Bombay in 1981 and dragged my brother with me. I told him to work in a factory to support us while I started doing the rounds of producers’ offices. It was tough but when you are from a less than affluent family and earn Rs. 10 then at the most, you dream of making Rs. 15. That seems like a huge jump! When I was struggling to get into films, one thing I avoided was becoming part of a clique. I struggled on my own, and while it was a tough and lonely journey, it taught me to be self reliant. I shifted in with one of my students and our land lady was a dhoban (washer woman). Ironically my address was Anupam Kher, Kherwadi, Khernagar, Kher Road, Bandra East. I took it as a sign that I was meant to stay. I was hardly hero material, my hair was falling out from different directions.I was not even symmetrically bald as I am today and I was so thin, I used to apply this Russian phrase to myself, “I’m so thin that I can see through a key hole with both my eyes..”There were days when I felt humiliated, dejected, unappreciated, both as an actor and as a human being and once wrote to my grandfather saying I want to give up, I’m so tired of facing constant rejection. Maybe I should go back to teaching and he said “Bheega hua admi baarish se nahin darta” (a drenched man does not fear the rain). You have worked so hard, come this far, you are almost there, why do you want to leave midway? I realized then that if I didn’t fight failure I will ensure it.And then Saraansh happened and catapulted you to stardom.Yes. One day in 1983 I called director Mahesh Bhatt and he said where have you been? I am directing a film for Rajshri Production and you are doing the lead role in it. It was the role of a 65 year old man.I said God, here I am dreaming of becoming the next Sunny Deol, Mithun Chakravarty and at 27 Mahesh Bhatt gives me the role of a 65 year old man. But when he narrated the role of B.B. Pradhan a retired elderly school principal whose only son has died in the USA, the dilemma that faces an elderly couple suddenly rendered childless, overwhelmed with hopelessness as they struggle to retrieve the ashes of their child, hrefusing to bribe a corrupt system, I knew this was the role of a lifetime. I was like a man possessed.I would wake up early in the morning at the crack of dawn, go to Shivaji Park and watch the children play for hours. I would then take out the picture of my imaginary dead son, wipe it with the edge of my shirt look at it longingly and put it back in my pocket.This went on for 6 months and then one of my friends showed up at my place and said “I just heard the role is being given to Sanjiv Kumar.” I called Mahesh Bhatt and he said, “Uh well I am sorry Anupam, Rajshri Productions decided they didn’t want to risk their money on a new comer and would prefer a star.. Anyway you can have the second lead, an equally good role of the other old man.” I packed all my meager belongings, took a cab and climbed all the way to the 6th floor where Mahesh Bhatt lived since even the elevators decided to give up on me. As I entered his apartment he said “Hello Anupam. I am glad you are taking it so sportingly. Sanjiv Kumar is a star and both of you have theater backgrounds, you will create magic together.”I said “Stop it. I am leaving because you are a fraud and a cheat. You sit here giving me lectures on integrity, and for the past six months you have promised this role to me. Now you have the audacity to say I should do the other so called ‘equally good role,’ because you don’t have the guts to tell Rajshri productions only Anupam will do this role. And let me tell you something, even Sanjiv Kumar cannot do this role better than me.” I paused dramatically, and then said, “I’m leaving this town for good, but I’m cursing you, the curse of a Brahmin!” And as I stormed down with theatrical gusto, he yelled from the top, “Come back you duffer, you will play the lead.” Mahesh Bhatt means the world to me. He taught me to be myself, because in a world of hypocrisy, he is truly a man who has the courage to take home truths in his stride. I never looked back after that. That film netted me the best actor award from Filmfare along with several others. Sanjiv Kumar saw that film and with tears in his eyes said “I couldn’t have done this role better, Anupam”.Did it go to your head?Yes it did. Suddenly I was the happening star, signing film after film, shooting hour after hour. It became a running joke that you cannot make a film without two things these day, raw stock and Anupam Kher. Once I was shooting for a film down south and arrived fashionably late at 10 a.m. when shooting was to start at 9, to find that the air conditioning in my make up room wasn’t working. I threw a starry tantrum and hrefused to work until that was fixed. I was told the hero had been waiting in full make-up for me for an hour and I asked “Who is the hero?.” “Amitabh Bachchan” was the answer.I went out to find the legendary super star seated on a chair, wearing a wig, a beard, and a blanket wrapped around him reading a book. Sheepishly and totally in awe, I approached him, introduced myself and said “Sir, aren’t you feeling hot? The air-conditioning isn’t working”. He looked up from his book and said “Anupam when I think about heat I feel hot, if I don’t, then I don’t.”The other humbling experience came when the National Awards were announced. They are the Indian Oscars. You win one and it means you are the best of the best. I was extremely confident I would get it for Saraansh and had even invited Mr. Bachchan to join me for a celebratory dinner after the announcements. I lay in my room, a glass of Johnny Walker black label whisky, raised in the air to toast my triumph, the news reader smiled her dimpled smile and said “This year’s national award goes to…” I said thank you darling, and she went on ” Naseeruddin Shah for Paar. The raised celebratory glass took 20 minutes to come down!How easy was it to do roles like Saraansh at 27 when you were not an old man, the role of Daddy where you played Pooja Bhatt’s alcoholic father when you didn’t have a child? Was it tough starting at the top with such an amazing role like Saaransh and then working your way through so many movies that were not of that level.Well, to answer the first part of the question, I guess it’s the job of an actor to deliver. I haven’t raped anyone in real life but I have done rape scenes in films. You either have an emotional treasure box of memories that you delve into or you have to have a rich imagination and astute skills of observation. I have both, plus I read a lot. Unless I have to portray a historical character or act as an alien, I really don’t have to do a lot of homework for my roles. This is a façade a lot of actors put up saying, oh I am working so hard to get my teeth into the role, the emotional graph of my character and it requires so much homework. But in truth, my job is no different from anyone else.Just like there are good bad or mediocre carpenters, there are good bad or mediocre actors. As for not finding roles like Saaransh, for a long time, I felt the process of work was more important than the end result. I was never so presumptuous to think that I was going to be that one man to change the face of the Indian cinema and I never took myself seriously. I was happy to be working, and didn’t bemoan the fact that oh out of the 300 films I have done so far 250 films were rubbish.I can spend my life wishing I was born in Bill Gates’ house or that I wish I was Jack Nicholson. Instead I think God has been very kind to me. How many people from all over the world come to Bollywood to make it in films and survive for over 20 years as I have done and I’m still here! But I have to admit that Daddy came to me at a time when I was beginning to feel a sense of degradation as an actor. The intial euphoria of making it, doing so many films, being wanted by all the producers and directors, working with all those big stars was dying, and I started evaluating my work and myself as an actor, feeling rather miserable at the poor quality of work I was doing. When Mahesh narrated the story of Daddy I was working almost round the clock, doing 25-30 films at the same time, but the need to do this film and reaffirm my faith in myself as an actor of substance was overwhelming. I told Bhatt sahib, I will give you two hours during every shooting. The film was made under ridiculous circumstances, but turned out so well because Bhatt sahib had my complete concentration for those two hours.Not too many people know that you had a breakdown a few years later and suffered facial paralysis.It was almost 10 years into being in films. I had made 200 films by then and was working at a break neck speed. One night while I was having dinner at Anil Kapoor’s house, his wife said “Anupam you are not blinking from one eye.” I went to the hospital and was told I had facial paralysis and needed life saving drugs and it would take months to recover. I was shooting for Hum Apke Hain Kaun. That day as I was returning from the hospital, people looking at my face, laughed thinking I was perhaps making that face in preparation for a role. It took several months of electric currents therapy to get back to normal. In spite of being so optimistic, I was not happy. I was beginning to feel I was rusting as an actor and a human being, but then in India you are not a happening actor if you don’t have movies. That episode made me realize, there is much more to life than cinema and acting. I started teaching at Dilkhush School, an institution for mentally challenged kids every Wednesday and traveled from all over the world to be there each week for one year. and I have been working now with down trodden children for the last 7-8 years.Your first directorial venture Om Jai Jagdish flopped.I honestly feel I did a good job, but I didn’t have a fully bound script in my hands when we started and so we shot as we went along and that is obvious when you view it. The producer Vashu Bhagnani was in a hurry to start the film because we had managed to get the dates of all the stars, which is hard to come by these days. Also all the three heroes, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Fardeen Khan had had major flops just before the film started, plus that year nobody went to see films in theatres. People liked it tremendously when they saw it on television. But on the flip side, I am very excited about the fact that the film Bariwali which I produced and which netted my wife Kiran her second national award as Best Actress, has received so much national and international acclaim. It was made under great financial constraints. I’m also directing my next film, which took me one year to write. It’s in English and called The Return. It is to be shot in New York and is a story about a father and son.How has the film industry changed in the past two decades that you have been there?I think this is the most exciting phase of Indian film industry because the audience is so educated today. With the onslaught of satellite channels and globalization people know that you don’t have to make films only for a lower middle class audience. In the last two years 90 percent films flopped because it’s a transition period.The advent of the multiplexes has also been a boon.Exactly. It allows film makers to make small budget films with original themes and reach the kind of audience that enjoys these kind of films and Art House cinema is now a reality. Also I think it gives work and creative satisfaction to a certain kind of actor. Not everyone who does parallel cinema can act in commercial masala movies. The camera does not lie and exposes you easily. For any actor to portray things he or she doesn’t believe in is a much greater challenge than doing cinema you can empathize with. Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan are superstars, because they make the unrealistic look realistic. When you talk to either of them, you know their personal sensibilities are so different than what they portray on bollywood screens, but they make it all so believable. I always tell the drama students that graduate from NSD, if you wish to do well in commercial cinema please leave your intellectual sensibilities at home. You may have lived in the world of Tennessee William and Arthur Miller, but in Bollywood you will have to speak lines like array ja kuttey, kameeney, main tere jaise hazaron ko dekh loonga (go you cur, I have seen and handled thousands of scumbags like you) lines you have not learnt anywhere. Your own knowledge will then become a burden on you. So it’s great that today these people too, can carve a niche in parallel cinema if they need to.Also in the last 20 years, if I was lucky, I got a fully bound script for may be five films. In the last two years I have got fully bound scripts for 300 films and while these may not be awesome films, at least people are understanding and appreciating the discipline of cinema and the fact that you cannot write dialogues on a piece of paper or an empty packet of cigarette and say here these are the dialogues for the next scene. So many times, I have ended up writing the dialogues for many of my roles.You said that when you did Bend it Like Beckham it was like being in an acting workshop.Bend it Like Beckham began the second phase of my life as an actor. I decided I must wipe the slate clean and start from scratch and do only meaningful films that give me creative satisfaction. For that I must unload my baggage of being Anupam Kher. Today whichever film I am acting in, whether it’s Chess or Bride and Prejudice I approach it as a new comer. It adds freshness to my work. Being competent is your biggest enemy. If you are competent you cannot be brilliant. If you tell yourself, I know nothing then you give yourself the potential to excel.Life has come a full circle now that you have been appointed the Chairman of the National School of Drama. What have been the changes there and in theater since you were a student?I think to be a student at this amazing institution and then to finally return many years later as the chairman, has been my greatest achievement. I personally feel a little disillusioned at what I see today at NSD. I don’t think we have teachers of the same caliber or the same enthusiasm among students. We need the gurukul system here. You cannot say we are serious committed students of drama but we must have time to play football also. I hope I can change that before my term gets over. Unfortunately there are no writers in Hindi theater which is rather sad. That is why this play Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai is an original play. After Mohan Rakesh and Surinder Verma, there has been a huge void because all the writers are writing for cinema as it is more lucrative and that will remain a struggle. I think nationally both English and Hindi theater can be in a much better situation than it is. Regional theater on the other hand is very rich..Well looks like you have created some waves after being appointed Chairman of the Indian Censor Board. People didn’t like your insistence that only movies with a G certificate be shown on television.My major problem has been with the music videos which have been very explicit and also the double standards where Doordarshan, the government run television channel cannot show R-rated movies, but privately owned satellite channels can show anything. Anyone going to the cinema theater knows what he will be watching since the films carry a certificate but a child of 10 or 11 can surf any TV channel he wants. India does not consist of just the big metropolitan cities. Ninety percent of India lives in the interiors and the women are subjected to a lot of humiliating experiences when the men see explicit stuff on television. Pardon my bluntness, but opinions are like an a..hole, everybody has one! I owe responsibility to the common man more than I do to the intellectuals. I would presume since they think they are well informed they would know right from wrong. As chairman, I believe I have to see the large picture. I’m not worried about getting popularity votes from the media and the so called critics. I have to do what I feel is morally right for the three years that I’m at the helm. I believe there is nothing like self censorship.So what is in the works now?Well I’m excited about directing my next film and I think the kind of work I am doing is very interesting. I have my autobiography called Anything Can Happen – A Life coming out in the fall. Gurinder Chaddha’s magnum opus Bride and Prejudice based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is ready for release, and I will be returning next year with two plays, Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, my autobiographical journey and Saalgirah where I play husband to my wife Kiron. Both have had very successful runs in the U.S. and we are bringing them back on popular demand. Both deal with failures in life and how to overcome them. I think failure teaches you far more than success does. When I talked about mine, to cheers and empathy, I felt I was the tallest guy in the world. People try to frighten you by saying they might expose your shortcomings or your failures…but now what will they frighten me with?   Related Itemslast_img read more

PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takraw

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The host, playing to the court that included its sports minister, piled up 391 total points after two rounds in the finals to claim the gold medal.The Philippines, seeing action for the first time in chin lone, garnered 271.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It should have been a close fight,” said head coach Metodio Suico Jr., who cited the umpire’s questionable calls in the match.Team manager Virginia Tanchangco said the country fielded in a developmental team for chin lone — they will have one more shot in the chine lone non-repetition event Thursday. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NBA: Spurs legend David Robinson says it would be ‘crazy’ not to trade for Irving LATEST STORIES PH Chinlone team wins the 1st silver for the country during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines disputed the 29th Southeast Asian Games’ first gold medal against the host Malaysia Wednesday but in the end had to settle for silver for its first medal of the meet.John Jeffrey Morcillos, Johnjohn Bobier, Rhemwil Catana, Ronsited Gabayeron, Joeart Jumawan, Alvin Pangan second place in sepak takraw men’s chinlone (linking) event at Stadium Titiwangsa here.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We are really expected to perform in regu (match), because we are just first-timers here,” said Tanchangco of the sepak team that could only win a silver two years ago in Singapore.The team trained for two months in Iloilo City and it paid off in terms of developing camaraderie, according to Suico.Regie Reznan Pabriga and John Carlo Lee served as team reserves.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cricket Australia pay dispute leaves David Warner feeling like he has lost family

first_imgAustralia vice captain David Warner feels that the ugly pay dispute between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) means his “workplace” no longer feels like family.Top cricketers of Australia are effectively unemployed after a deadline for them to agree new pay and conditions passed without resolution on June 30.The previous agreement between Cricket Australia and the country’s leading players expired on Friday, and no new deal has been struck.”I may be unemployed but I still have the support and backing from this amazing lady,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Warner as saying in reference to wife, Candice.”Family is everything to me. I thought the same about my old workplace but I guess I was wrong.”Players and the ACA executive, led by president Greg Dyer and chief Alistair Nicholson, will on Sunday hold an emergency meeting in Sydney where several issues will be discussed.Players and their agents have already indicated that the upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa might not go ahead, while Australia’s two-Test tour to Bangladesh is also most likely to be scrapped unless there is a significant breakthrough between the two bodies.If a deal cannot be struck in the days to come, it places this winter’s much anticipated Ashes series in doubt.Players, having central contracts and state players without multi-year deals, have been left unemployed after the deadline for a new MoU was not brokered by June 30. Players were due to be paid next on July 15.More than 200 leading cricketers are affected by the dispute between CA and the ACA.advertisementACA had earlier rejected the new pay offer from the game’s governing body, saying the proposal will be a win for cricket administrators but a loss for the game.In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia’s international women’s players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would more than double to $A52,000.Under CA’s proposal, only male international players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and international level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game’s income.However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it “disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket”.The major reason behind the ACA’s opposition is CA’s proposal to scrap a shared revenue model for player payments, which has been in place for nearly 20 years.Cricket Australia had in May threatened that players would not be paid beyond June 30, the date of expiry of their current five-year financial deal, if they don’t accept the governing body’s new proposed offer.last_img read more

Cadence tools certified for latest version of N6 and N5/N5P DRM and SPICE models

first_img Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs mesh networking modules streamline secure IoT product designNext Swissbit: hardware-based security solutions to protect data and devices Cadence Design Systems announced that its digital and signoff full flow and custom/analog tools have achieved certification on TSMC’s N6 and N5/N5P process technologies. The Cadence tools have attained the latest N6 and N5/N5P Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE certification, advancing next-generation mobile application development. Cadence and TSMC are working with customers on N6 design starts both on production designs and test chips. Additionally, Cadence and TSMC have active N5/N5P customer engagements underway.The certified tools support the Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, enabling customers to achieve SoC design excellence. Cadence’s integrated flow ensures that all the tools will work together seamlessly, and customers can download the corresponding N6 and N5/N5P process design kits to begin design projects now.N6 and N5/N5P Digital and Signoff Tool Certification Cadence delivered a fully integrated digital implementation and signoff tool flow, which has been certified on both TSMC’s N6 and N5/N5P process technologies. The Cadence full flow includes the Innovus Implementation System, Liberate Characterization, Liberate Variety Statistical Characterization, Quantus Extraction Solution, Tempus Timing Signoff Solution, Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution and Pegasus Verification System. Additionally, the Genus Synthesis Solution is enabled for these process technologies.The Cadence digital and signoff tools provide EUV support across the flow, offering customers optimal power, performance and area (PPA). Some of the latest Cadence tool enhancements include expanded EUV layer support and back end of line (BEOL) layer modeling and middle end of line (MEOL) features.N6 and N5/N5P Custom/Analog Tool Certification The Cadence custom/analog tools certified on TSMC’s N6 and N5/N5P process technologies include the Spectre® Accelerated Parallel Simulator (APS), Spectre X, Spectre eXtensive Partitioning Simulator (XPS), Spectre RF Option, Spectre Circuit Simulator, and Voltus-Fi Custom Power Integrity Solution, as well as the Virtuoso® custom IC design platform, which consists of the Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Layout Suite and Virtuoso ADE Product Suite.With the latest design methodologies and capabilities included with the Virtuoso Advanced Node Platform on TSMC’s advanced process technologies, customers can achieve better custom physical design throughput versus traditional non-structured design methodologies via the advanced capabilities in the Virtuoso and Spectre tools.Custom/analog enhancements for TSMC’s advanced process technologies incorporate an accelerated custom placement and routing methodology, which enables customers to improve productivity and meet power, density and electro migration requirements. Universal polygrid snapping and color engine support features have been enabled in N6. Additionally, expanded design rule constraint support with area-based rule, asymmetric coloring rule, voltage-dependent rule (VDR) and analog cell support, including guardring and dummy insertion are enabled for N5/N5P.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Lukaku looking forward to battle with Ibrahimovic

first_imgRomelu Lukaku Lukaku: I don’t fear Ibrahimovic competition, I relish it Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 05:56 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović Premier League The Belgian striker has had an impressive start to life at Old Trafford and does not see any reason to fear the veteran’s return to action Romelu Lukaku has no fear about battling Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a spot in the Manchester United line-up.Lukaku has made an impressive start to life at United since his move from Everton in a reported £75 million deal, scoring four goals in as many appearances.Man Utd 9/4 to win title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, he will have Ibrahimovic trying to take his place in the team when the Swede, who re-signed at Old Trafford on a one-year deal last month, returns from a knee injury in January.But the Belgium international is not concerned about losing out, expressing his delight to have a player who has won 31 trophies during an illustrious career in the squad.Zlatan IbrahimovicAsked if competition with Ibrahimovic could help him improve, Lukaku told the BBC: “Of course. You don’t fear the competition, you relish it.”As long as it can make you better, make you win, you relish the challenge all the time.”I think it [Ibrahimovic’s return] is really good for the team. It’s good to have another guy in the team that’s hungry to win trophies, that’s what we want at Manchester United.”With his character, his personality and also his attributes as a football player he brings us a lot and we will try to help him.”I never left, I just upgraded my number @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/lgSviWHzei — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 7, 2017 At Old Trafford, Lukaku is playing under Jose Mourinho, who sold him in 2014 during his second spell in charge of Chelsea. However, the 24-year-old is excited to have the chance to work with the Portuguese again.”I wanted to play for him since I was 11 so when you get another chance like that you don’t turn it down and I’m really grateful for the second opportunity,” said Lukaku.”He’s always been the same; a man that wants the best out of the players every day. He doesn’t give the players time to rest on the pitch, he really wants everyone to fight on the pitch and in training and that’s what I like about him.”He’s someone you can talk to and whatever you say he’s going to listen to you, so I like that a lot.”last_img read more

Persons Urged to Make Preparation for Hurricane Season

first_img With the June 1 start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season only days away, Jamaicans are being urged to use the remaining time to check roofs and other installations and effect the necessary repairs. Story Highlights The appeal comes from President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, Humphrey Taylor. Mr. Taylor suggests that action should also be taken to store a minimum amount of non-perishable food; vital documents should be secured in plastic bags; drains and waterways close to the house should be cleared, and trees should be trimmed. With the June 1 start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season only days away, Jamaicans are being urged to use the remaining time to check roofs and other installations and effect the necessary repairs.The appeal comes from President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, Humphrey Taylor.Mr. Taylor, a civil engineer by profession, tells JIS News that householders should have already made those checks, but it is not too late to do so.He points out that the roof of any dwelling or sheltered area is one of the main areas that are susceptible to high winds, so this should be one of the primary areas where checks should be made to ensure that it is secure.“You should go on the roof and check. Temperature changes can cause the lumber to expand or contract and the zinc nail to be ejected. So, unless you have a roof that uses screws instead of nails, you should go and check. If the nails are backing out you should put in new ones or replace them with screws,” Mr. Taylor recommends.Hurricane straps should have been installed during the construction phase, but if they are not in place, then an effort should be made to install them.He says that preparation should also be made for window coverings, and although this could increase the temperature inside during the passage of a hurricane, this would not last for more than a day.Mr. Taylor suggests that action should also be taken to store a minimum amount of non-perishable food; vital documents should be secured in plastic bags; drains and waterways close to the house should be cleared, and trees should be trimmed.Another area often overlooked or not addressed with the seriousness it deserves is the protection and movement of livestock to higher ground.Livestock Specialist with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Maxine Brown, tells JIS News that adequate preparation should be made to secure your animals prior to the onset of any weather system to reduce impact.Some parishes, she points out, are known to have a higher likelihood of flooding, such as St. Thomas and Portland.Ms. Brown points out that there is a four-part approach that is used by RADA – mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery – “because you don’t want to wait until the hurricane is near before you start making preparations.”She suggests that livestock farmers should collaborate with other farmers in areas not known for flooding, usually in higher elevations.“They could make arrangements to move their animals to that farmer’s property or to a common feeding ground, which is at a higher elevation,” she says.Ms. Brown says animals should not be tied during a hurricane and they must be removed from riverbeds and large bodies of water.She further advised that when animal houses are being built, it is important that checks are made to ensure the area is not flood prone.“Sometimes we say to persons to build trenches around the unit that will lead water away, especially piggery and poultry units. Goat houses should have some elevation. Always tag animals in the event animals get mixed up or are running loose, so they can be identified. Make sure there is clean water and feed for a week,” she advises.Ms. Brown also notes that farmers should ensure there is an animal first-aid kit handy. This should contain screw worm powder, wound powder, dewormers, antibiotics, rope and a record book.“If it is a hurricane situation, secure objects that can become projectiles (old zinc and other things that can fly around and hurt the animals). It can be a little difficult for large broiler farmers. If they get flooded out, there’s very little they can do,” she says.In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is urging persons to ensure there is enough water, food, clothing and emergency supplies to last at least three days in the event of a hurricane.In the event that persons have to evacuate their homes, they should take prescriptions, medications, first-aid items, disaster supplies, including flashlight, batteries, radio, insect repellent and bottled water to the shelters.They should also take clothes, sanitary supplies (diapers, toilet tissue, soap, and feminine hygiene products), toothpaste and toothbrush.last_img read more

Une joueuse de ringuette portera le drapeau néoécossais

first_imgLa joueuse de ringuette Rebecca Kerr entamera ses premiers Jeux du Canada à la tête de l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre de la cérémonie d’ouverture, qui aura lieu le 23 février à Whitehorse, au Yukon. Le ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, Barry Barnet, a annoncé aujourd’hui 14 février que Mlle Kerr portera le drapeau de l’équipe lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture des Jeux. Un athlète sera choisi au cours de la deuxième semaine des Jeux pour porter le drapeau lors de la cérémonie de clôture. « Notre porte-drapeau représente le meilleur de nos athlètes. Elle démontre un engagement solide envers le sport, l’équipe et la Nouvelle-Écosse, » a dit M. Barnet. « Rebecca mène son équipe de ringuette avec passion et enthousiasme, et je suis certain qu’elle fera de même avec l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous sommes fiers qu’elle ait été choisie comme porte-drapeau pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Mlle Kerr, de Bedford, est une élève de onzième année à l’école secondaire Charles P. Allen. Elle est co-capitaine de l’équipe de ringuette de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et elle pratique ce sport depuis l’âge de six ans. Elle est joueuse de centre pour l’équipe, et a participé à tous les championnats nationaux de ringuette depuis celui de Calgary en 2004, y compris celui de Winnipeg en 2005, celui de Longueil en 2006 et celui d’Halifax en 2007. De plus, elle a fait compétition au niveau provincial en athlétisme et à la crosse. Elle joue également au soccer et au touch-football. « Je suis honorée d’être porte-drapeau pour l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse. Je porterai notre drapeau avec une grande fierté, » a déclaré Mlle Kerr. « À Whitehorse, les défis que nous devons relever en tant qu’athlètes néo-écossais consistent à déployer nos meilleurs efforts afin de faire compétition, de s’amuser et de montrer au reste du pays que nous avons tous les mêmes chances de gagner. » La ringuette est une tradition familiale chez les Kerr. Le grand-père de Rebecca a contribué à la venue du sport en Nouvelle-Écosse au début des années 1970 et a été entraîneur de la première équipe de Bedford. Rebecca poursuit la tradition en participant à de nombreuses cliniques de ringuette à l’échelle de la province et en enseignant les bases du sport aux plus jeunes. Le design de l’uniforme de l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse a également été dévoilé aujourd’hui. L’uniforme à quatre pièces inclut les couleurs officielles de l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse, c’est-à-dire le bleu roi, le noir et le blanc. Il est formé d’un manteau d’hiver imperméable en nylon, d’un survêtement bleu, d’un pantalon de neige noir molletonné et d’un gilet noir en microfibre à manches longues. Tous les membres de l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse porteront également une tuque et des mitaines noires. L’uniforme a été conçu par le patineur de vitesse Jeffrey DeCoste, de Dartmouth, et l’artiste Lisa Snow, de Fall River. Les membres de l’équipe porteront l’uniforme pour les cérémonies d’ouverture et de clôture, ainsi que pour tout autre événement officiel. L’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse de 2007 compte 290 membres, notamment 213 athlètes, 36 entraîneurs, 23 directeurs, trois artistes et 15 membres du personnel de mission. Consultez le site Web de l’équipe à l’adresse http://ns.canadagames.ca pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur l’équipe Nouvelle-Écosse. Les Jeux du Canada constituent l’événement multisport amateur le plus important au Canada. Plus de 3 600 athlètes, entraîneurs et directeurs se rendront à Whitehorse en vue de tenter de remporter 1 122 médailles dans 22 sports.last_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 to launch in India in midJune

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Nubia is set to launch its gaming smartphone, the Red Magic 3 in India in the middle of June, the company said on Monday. The gaming device was launched in China in April. “With an aim to deliver the most complete gaming experience on mobile, Red Magic 3 has a groundbreaking and innovative design, sleek, and fully optimised software. The Red Magic 3 has impressive specifications and state-of-the-art technology,” the company said in a statement. The Nubia Red Magic 3 is expected to launch in the country with flagship-grade specifications. Features are likely to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with Adreno 640 GPU, and a whopping 12GB RAM It is expected to feature a 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with support for HDR and 90Hz screen refresh rate.last_img read more

At 414 HCs have highest vacancies so far

first_imgNew Delhi: A total of 414 posts of judges are vacant in the 25 high courts of the country, the highest till now in this year. According to Law Ministry data, as on September 1, the high courts had 414 vacant positions as compared to the sanctioned strength of 1,079 judges. The figure was 409 in August and 403 in July, as per the data. A three-member Supreme Court collegium recommends names of candidates for appointment as high court judges. In case of appointments to the Supreme Court, the collegium consists of five top judges of the top court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’High court collegiums shortlist candidates for their respective high courts and send the names to the law ministry. The ministry, along with background check reports by the Intelligence Bureau, forwards it to the Supreme Court collegium for a final call. The government has maintained that appointment of judges in the high courts is a “continuous collaborative process” between the Executive and the Judiciary, as it requires consultation and approval from various Constitutional authorities. Vacancies keep arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of judges and increase in judges’ strength. In June this year, the vacancy position stood at 399, while it was 396 in May. In April, 399 posts of judges were vacant, while the figure was 394 in March. The vacancy position in February stood at 400 and in January, it was 392, according to the data collated by the Department of Justice. Over 43 lakh cases are pending in the 25 high courts.last_img read more

Morrissey Helps Raise Thousands For PETA By Signing Autobiography

first_imgA one-of-a-kind signed hardback copy of Autobiography by Morrissey, the only copy of the full-colour hardback signed by the author, has sold on eBay for £8,300, with all proceeds going to PETA as a New Year’s present to help prevent the slaughtering of animals for meat.Morrissey signed only one copy of the book – the cover of which pictures the singer-songwriter bare-chested in a swimming pool.“Animals in dire need of help have no better friend than Morrissey”, says PETA’s Mimi Bekhechi. “Whether it’s cruelty to cows, chickens and pigs headed for the table, animals being made into boots and coats or other abuse, Morrissey speaks out forcefully. The proceeds from his signed autobiography add to the work of this true hero to animals.”Morrissey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three number one albums in England in three different decades. He has had 11 top 10 albums (plus nine with The Smiths), and his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. In 2006, Morrissey was voted the second-greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007, Morrissey was voted the greatest “northern” male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, he was awarded the keys to the city of Tel Aviv.Morrissey’s efforts to help stop animal abuse are legendary and date back nearly three decades. He has teamed up with PETA and its overseas affiliates to encourage people to adopt healthy and compassionate plant-based diets and always have their companion animals spayed and neutered. Morrissey has starred in a number of PETA’s head-turning ad campaigns, and the vegetarian icon recently joined PETA’s fight to pressure department store Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras, which is made from the enlarged and diseased livers of force-fed geese and ducks.In 2009, Morrissey made international headlines when he walked off stage at a US music festival stating that he hoped the “burning flesh” he smelled was human. And as he performs The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”, he regularly screens footage of PETA US’ hard-hitting Meet Your Meat exposé. So it was only fitting that Morrissey was named PETA’s Person of the Year in 2011.last_img read more

SSC candidates withdraw agitation following assurance from Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The School Service Commission (SSC) candidates who had been part of a hunger strike in the city since February 28, withdrew their movement on Thursday, following the assurance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who personally met them on Wednesday.Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, five SSC candidates on Thursday met a committee comprising five senior Education department officials at Bikash Bhawan and placed their 14-point charter of demands.

The Education department secretary assured them that they would get back to the candidates after going through their demands. After Thursday’s meeting, the students called off their hunger strike but said that they would again start a similar movement from the first week of June, if their demands are not met by then. SSC Chatra Yuva Adhikar Mancha secretary Insan Ali said: “We had a long discussion with senior Education department officials and submitted files carrying our 14-point agenda. The officials will come up with a decision within April 3. We have withdrawn the strike following the assurance of the Chief Minister, for whom we have the highest regard.” Banerjee had met the candidates on Mayo Road on Wednesday and urged them to end their hunger strike, assuring them that she would look into the matter. She also sought some time from the candidates. She also reminded them that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was already on and hence she would not be able to make any specific assurance in this regard. The Chief Minister also told them that her sympathy is with the candidates and also said that her government would try to find a solution in the first week of June, after the conclusion of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She clarified that nothing can be done immediately as that would violate the MCC and if anything is done in haste, it could be challenged in the court of law. Banerjee instructed state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, who was accompanying her, to include five of the agitating candidates in the expert committee headed by the Education department secretary Manish Jain, to make a comprehensive report on the issue. It may be mentioned here that Thursday was the 29th day of the hunger strike by the SSC candidates. Over 400 SSC candidates from the state had been part of the hunger strike at Mayo Road under the banner of SSC Chatra Yuva Adhikar Mancha. The candidates had accused that there have been some irregularities in the appointment of assistant teachers at state-run schools. They have called for immediate recruitment in the numerous vacancies across the state.last_img read more

China to respond to new US tariffs

first_imgBeijing: China on Friday said it would respond in kind after the US has more than doubled the taxes on Chinese imports worth $200 billion from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, a move that worsens the damaging trade war between the two countries. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said that Beijing will have to take necessary countermeasures in response to the latest tariff hike. “The US has raised the tariff on the $200 billion of China’s exports to the US from 10 per cent to 25 per cent,” the Ministry said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “China deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures. The 11th round of China-US high-level economic and trade consultations is underway. “It is hoped that the US and the Chinese side will work together and work together to resolve existing problems through cooperation and consultation,” the statement added. A high-level Chinese delegation led by its top trade envoy and the country’s Vice Premier Liu He is in Washington to hammer out a deal with their US counterparts to put an end to the trade war. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The two-day talks will end on Friday. Meanwhile, a Xinhua report said that Chinese stock markets were little changed after the tariffs came into force, with the Hang Seng index trading up 0.6 per cent and the Shanghai Composite 1.5 per cent higher. The world’s two largest economies had agreed to a 90-day truce in December last year after slapping tariffs on each other’s goods. US President Donald Trump temporarily extended the deadline late February citing “positive progress” in talks with Beijing. This meant that the US would not hike new tariffs on Chinese imports. A On Sunday however, Trump caught the Chinese off guard by announcing to hike levies which would go into force from Friday. Beijing and Washington have been locked in a bruising trade war since July last year after Trump slapped an additional 25 per cent on an initial $50 billion of Chinese goods. Trump followed it through with another 10 per cent on an additional $200 billion in products in September. Chinese hit out at the US by raising levies on American products worth 150 billion. It is the levies imposed in September last year by Trump which that been has been increased to 25 per cent from Friday. This may scuttle the progress both sides have claimed to make in preventing the spat to worsen, a scenario that could impede the world’s economic recovery.last_img read more

Saudi Arabias Military Opens Up Combat Positions to Women

Rabat – Women can now serve as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants in Saudi Arabia’s military. Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat was the first to report the announcement yesterday. The news came in a statement from the Ministry General Directorate of Admission and Recruitment in the Armed Forces. The new rule applies to Saudi Arabia’s land, air, and naval forces, as well as missile forces, and medical services.  The move is part of the Kingdom’s “Vision 2030,” which aims to empower women and increase their active participation at all levels of society. Read Also: Saudi Arabia Updates Visa Regulation to Encourage Tourism, Morocco Excluded“Women’s admission into the most important ministry in the kingdom is a major step in the right direction,” Hassan al-Shihiri, a former official at the Saudi Defense Ministry, told Asharq Al-Awsat.  In an effort to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependency on oil, the monarchy is implementing various social and economic reforms to modernize the country and attract more foreign investment. The evolution of Saudi women’s rightsUntil quite recently, the women of Saudi Arabia were limited in mobility, economic opportunity, and rights. The Kingdom has slowly been granting women more freedoms in an effort to improve its image in the international community. In 2012 and 2013, Saudi women were granted the right to ride bicycles in public, compete in the Olympics, practice law, and pass citizenship onto their children. Saudi women were allowed into football stadiums for the first time in September 2017. As of August 2019, Saudi women over the age of 21 can apply for a passport and travel without a male guardian’s permission. Even more recently, the Kingdom opened its doors to tourists from 52 countries and territories and relaxed dress-code requirements for foreign women. Women are now also permitted to visit the country without a man to accompany them. Last year, Saudi women earned the right to drive after decades of campaigns and protests. However, many of the women’s rights activists who fought this battle for years are still imprisoned. Critics of the Kingdom denounce these new freedoms for Saudi women as a smokescreen meant to distract from the ongoing human rights violations in the country.  Vision 2030In early 2018, Saudi Arabia first allowed women to apply for military service but their ranks were limited to positions in public security, customs, criminal investigations, and drug combat. Now, women will be able to achieve senior positions in the Saudi Armed Forces. Empowering women has become an important aspect of the country’s economy, according to Shura Council Member Haya al-Maneea. Al-Maneea spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat saying that believes the Kingdom’s national vision emphasizes equality between men and women. “I will not say the ball is now in the women’s court, but I am confident that women’s achievements can soon happen.” read more

Maldives declares state of emergency

Under article 254 of the constitution, a state of emergency “may include the temporary suspension of the operation of laws and infringement of certain fundamental rights and freedoms.” The constitutionally mandated 14-day notice before voting on a motion to impeach the president or vice president has also been shortened to seven days.The ruling party had submitted a motion to impeach Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on October 28.He is under arrest on suspicion of links to an explosion on the president’s speedboat on September 28. The government says a bomb targeting the president caused the explosion. (Courtesy Maldives Independent) The declaration comes two days ahead of a mass protest planned by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).The 2013 Freedom of Assembly Act has been suspended. The security forces have uncovered plots to use dangerous weapons, Anil said. The Maldivian government has declared a state of emergency for 30 days effective 12:00pm today, citing threats to national security and public safety.Announcing the unprecedented move, Attorney General Mohamed Anil said President Abdulla Yameen has issued an executive decree based on advice from the national security council following the recent discovery of firearms and explosives. read more

Works on Liliendaal Bridge 65 per cent complete – Patterson

Rehabilitation works on the Liliendaal Bridge, located in Greater Georgetown, is now approximately 65 per cent complete and the Public Infrastructure Ministry is pushing to wrap up the project before the initial July 2017 deadline.Public Infrastructure Minister, David PattersonThis is according to the Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, who was at the time responding to concerns expressed on social media regarding the pace of the works on the bridge.In his response to these concerns, the Minister explained that all the piling and crossbeams have been completed and the decking is prefabricated and will soon be “dropped in.”The Minister further asserted that the construction is slated to be completed by May 22 2017.In the past, the bridge had shown signs of imminent failure, and one of the panels had been detached making the bridge unstable.As such, recommendations were made by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) Inspection Team and engineers attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to have the rehabilitation process begin.The $89M project is being undertaken by H. Nauth & Sons Civil Engineering Contractors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPatterson says CJIA’s new arrival building to be completed in JuneApril 25, 2018In “Business”Govt rushes to spend $9B in 3 weeksDecember 11, 2016In “Politics”CJIA revenue collection up by 13%December 29, 2016In “latest news” read more

La sécheresse en Amazonie intoxique la planète

first_imgLa sécheresse en Amazonie intoxique la planèteL’Amazonie a subi de plein fouet la terrible sécheresse de l’an dernier. Ses conséquences ont été immédiates et sans appel : une augmentation spectaculaire du réchauffement climatique mondial.Des scientifiques britanniques et brésiliens indiquent que la sécheresse qui a sévi en Amazonie en 2010 a eu un impact plus grand que l’activité industrielle et humaine des Etats-Unis en un an sur le réchauffement climatique mondial, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. L’épisode de 2005 était censé être exceptionnel ; celui de 2010 a pris tout le monde de court.À lire aussiCes balles devaient lutter contre la sécheresse mais les spécialistes avaient négligé un détailSi, jusqu’à présent, l’Amazonie, le poumon de la planète, absorbait la majeure partie des émissions de CO2, en période de grande sécheresse elle devient elle-même “une importante source d’émission de gaz à effet de serre, qui accélérera le réchauffement”, indique l’auteur principal du rapport.En effet, en 2010 plus encore qu’en 2005, la sécheresse a entraîné la mort des arbres. Du coup, le rapport scientifique indique que la forêt amazonienne ne sera pas en mesure d’absorber le milliard et demi de tonnes de CO2 rejeté dans l’atmosphère comme elle le fait chaque année. Mais en mourant, l’Amazonie va elle-même laisser s’échapper cinq milliards de tonnes de CO2 dans les prochaines années. Un total de huit milliards de tonnes directement imputé à la sécheresse de l’an dernier.Le 4 février 2011 à 20:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Loptimisme peut conduire le cerveau à nier les risques

first_imgL’optimisme peut conduire le cerveau à nier les risquesSelon une étude publiée hier, une personne qui voit la vie en rose sera difficile à faire changer d’avis. A l’inverse, une personne plus pessimiste sera plus facile à convaincre que les choses peuvent être moins terribles qu’elle ne l’imaginait.C’est une étude originale qui été publiée hier dans la revue Nature neuroscience. Celle-ci révèle que si voir la vie en rose permet d’éviter les angoisses et le stress, cela peut aussi empêcher d’admettre les risques et d’agir en conséquence. Un phénomène qui serait dû, d’après les observations décrites, à un dysfonctionnement des lobes frontaux du cerveau, associés au contrôle émotionnel. Pour arriver à ces conclusions, des chercheurs de l’University college de Londres ont soumis 19 volontaires à une expérience utilisant l’IRM fonctionnelle, capable de mesurer l’activité du cerveau. À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtIls ont demandé aux candidats d’estimer la probabilité que toute une série d’événements, désagréables voire catastrophiques, puissent leur arriver à l’avenir : vol de voiture, licenciement, maladie de Parkinson ou encore cancer. Après une courte pause, et alors qu’ils étaient toujours dans l’appareil, les chercheurs ont alors donné les vraies probabilités aux participants et leur ont demandé de réviser leur estimation. Par la suite, les sujets ont également dû remplir un questionnaire destiné à évaluer leur optimisme.Au final, les scientifiques ont ainsi pu constater qu’une fois informés du vrai niveau de risque, les volontaires modifiaient leur estimation seulement s’il était plus bas que ce qu’ils imaginaient initialement. Par exemple, s’ils avaient évalué le risque de cancer à 40% mais qu’on leur avait dit ensuite qu’il n’était que de 30 %, ils avaient tendance, par la suite, à l’estimer à 32 %. Au contraire, s’ils avaient initialement indiqué 10%, ils modifiaient à peine leur estimation, rapporte romandie.com.Le cerveau optimiste ignore le pire “Plus nous sommes optimistes, moins il y a de chances que nous soyons influencés par des informations négatives sur l’avenir”, a commenté une des responsables de l’étude. Sur les scintigraphies du cerveau, les chercheurs ont constaté une activité augmentée des lobes frontaux chaque fois que la réalité était plus satisfaisante qu’ils ne pensaient. Ce qui signifie que la nouvelle information était bien enregistrée et que la personne en tenait compte. En revanche, quand la réalité était pire que leurs suppositions, les plus optimistes étaient ceux qui avaient la plus faible activité des lobes frontaux. Conclusions : leur cerveau ignorait les nouvelles données.Le 16 octobre 2011 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le smartphone Sony ST25i Kumquat dévoilé

first_imgLe smartphone Sony ST25i “Kumquat” dévoilé ?Une photographie du smartphone ST25i ou “Kumquat” de Sony a fuité sur la Toile. Premier aperçu de ce mobile.Les premières fuites de ce qui pourrait être l’appareil ST25i ou “Kumquat” de Sony sont apparues sur la Toile, sur le blog Xperia. Ce smartphone pourrait être présenté officiellement lors du Mobile World Congress fin février 2012.D’après la photographie dévoilée, le “Kumquat” possède un look similaire aux produits de la gamme Xperia S de Sony. On apprend par ailleurs que ce smartphone possèdera un écran de 3,5 pouces tactile pouvant afficher en 480 par 854 pixels. Il sera également équipé d’un processeur double-coeur cadencé à 1 GHz et du système d’exploitation Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).Aussi, le Kumquat sera équipé d’un appareil photo numérique 5 MégaPixels. Cet appareil pourrait être vendu à un tarif abordable et plus d’informations, de source officielle, devraient nous parvenir très prochainement. Car, le smartphone pourrait être vendu en avril 2012.Le 30 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more