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Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away in Dubai, she was 54

Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away in Dubai, she was 54

first_imgVeteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away. She was 54.Sridevi, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, “Yes it’s true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it’s cardiac arrest.”Read it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img read more

Lady Troopers, Perlas Spikers log victories

Lady Troopers, Perlas Spikers log victories

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We realized that we need to help each other and get everybody involved,” said Kathy Bersola, who had 15 points.Lakia Bright topscored with 16 points, while Nicole Tiamzon (13) and Yasemin Yildirin (11) also came through for BanKo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vargas opens bowling tilt, seeks peace within POC Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Earlier, the Perlas Spikers hammered out a 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16 triumph over the BaliPure Water Defenders.It was a morale-restoring win for PacificTown-Army, which fell to Creamline last Wednesday after returning to the league on a triumphant note with a victory over BaliPure in the opening game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMotolite, meanwhile, missed the services of top player Myla Pablo reportedly due to a recurring injury.In authoring BaliPure’s second straight defeat, BanKo Perlas proved that it has already found chemistry among the locals and foreign players. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PacificTown-Army and BanKo Perlas encountered little challenge Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The veteran Lady Troopers brandished a reliable weapon in Lena Lymareva-Flink, who fired 22 points in a 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 win over the debuting Motolite Spikers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sony Pictures to have multi-language feeds for UEFA Euro 2016

Sony Pictures to have multi-language feeds for UEFA Euro 2016

first_imgnull television industry Sony Pictures to broadcast Premier Futsal matches live SHARE May 23, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published oncenter_img Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) today said it will have multi-language feeds for international football tournament UEFA Euro 2016, scheduled to be held in France from June 10 to July 10.It will telecast the event in six languages — English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.“Sony SIX will telecast the English language feed for the tournament, while Sony ESPN will give viewers the option of Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu or Malayalam language feeds,” the company said in a statement. COMMENT football RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

German Magazine Stands By Its Reporting on Ronaldo

German Magazine Stands By Its Reporting on Ronaldo

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — The German weekly magazine that first published the rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo says it has “hundreds of documents” that substantiate its report and there is no reason to believe they are not authentic.Ronaldo’s lawyers issued a statement on Wednesday calling the documents cited in the report “complete fabrications.”Der Spiegel magazine says “we have no reason to believe that those documents are not authentic,” adding “we have meticulously fact-checked our information and had it legally reviewed.”Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit late last month in Nevada saying she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have also re-opened an investigation.The 33-year-old Ronaldo, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has denied any wrongdoing. But some sponsors, including Nike and video game maker EA Sports, have expressed concern about the rape allegation.In this June 2009 photo made available to the Associated Press on Friday Oct. 5, 2018, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is pictured with Kathryn Mayorga in Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas. A lawyer for Mayorga, who is alleging that Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 said her client was “emotionally fragile” and agreed to an out-of-court financial settlement nine years ago because then she never wanted her name made public. Mayorga filed a lawsuit last week in state court seeking to void the agreement she signed while accepting $375,000 to keep quiet about the alleged encounter. (Matrixpictures via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2005 ASICS NTL- SENIORS DAY THREE SUMMARY

2005 ASICS NTL- SENIORS DAY THREE SUMMARY

first_imgWell, day three at the 2005 Asics Seniors NTL has been long but good. We kicked off at 7:30am Friday morning and didn’t finish games until 10:00pm Friday night. After Thursday’s storm action, we had drizzle all day, had to move games from the main arena to preserve the muddy surface and give it time to dry out before finals and got to watch a beautiful sunset as the lights came on and we had some great night Touch. The day was action packed, with special mention going to retiring Australian Touch CEO Bill Ker (or Sonny Bill Ker as he’s now known). Bill pulled on the boots and slipped into the ACT uniform to help out a side hit hard by injuries. It was his first appearance playing at the NTL, having always been involved as an administrator. What a way to go out Sonny Bill! (Pictured here.) Summary of day three: MENS 30’s: After the final round of competition in the Mens 30’s, the Mets and Sharks finished on top of the ladder, with no losses but a draw against each other. With the Scorpions no more than one or two touchdowns behind those two sides, the finals are sure to be hot. In Saturday’s semis the Mets will face the Scorpions and the Sharks will meet the Mets, guaranteeing a certain NSW v Qld style grand final. The Cyclones are the only side yet to win a match in the Mens 30’s and will be looking to topple the Crusaders in their 8th-9th play off and finish with a match against the Warriors for 7th place. MENS 35’s: In the Mens 35’s the Sydney Scorpions and Mets are looking very tough to go past, although the Sharks and the Cyclones round up the top four and are lurking as the outside chances. The Sharks have been slightly inconsistent though, their 3-2 win over the Mets followed by a 7-6 loss to the Hornets. Other quality matches on day three of the Mens 35’s included the Rustlers 4-3 win over the Warriors and the Mets 4-2 win over the Cyclones. MENS 40’s: The Mens 40’s had a massive day of competition, not finishing until 10pm due to the cancellation of their matches the previous day. It looks like it will be an action packed competition, as the Scorpions, Sharks and Suns are all tightly packed at the top of the ladder and the Northern Eagles not far behind. The Northern Eagles are defending Champions, so they can be expected to put in a solid performance come semi finals times. The Scorpions will face the Eagles and the Sharks will play the Suns. MENS 45’s: The Cobras have been the outstanding side of the Mens 45’s, only allowing 7 touchdowns to be scored against them, with three of those being from their match against the ACT (led by the mighty Sonny Bill Ker, ATA retiring CEO who stepped in to make a final appearance for the last few matches, as the ACT side has been decimated by injuries.) The Mets, Scorpions and Eagles look like they could be the only sides who will challenge the defense of the Cobras, who are still looking as fresh as they did on day one amazingly. The Cobras will face the Eagles and the Mets will face the Scorpions in the Mens 45’s semi finals. MENS 50’s: The Mens 50’s were among the last to leave Coffs Stadium Friday night, with their matches finishing after 9pm. It was certainly a tough night for the Mens 50’s, with the weather and wind being cold, although the atmosphere under lights is always something special. Being the end of a very long day and quite late at night, amny of their final round of pool matches were low scoring affairs, the Eagles winning 6-0 over the Rustlers, Cyclones 4-0 over the Suns, Sharks 4-0 over the Cobras and Mets 2-1 over Hornets. The Mets will face the Sharks in the first semi final, while the Hornets will meet the local Northern Eagles. WOMENS 30’s: The Crusaders and Scorpions look the side to beat in this division, their 3-3 draw earlier in the competition leaving them on top of the ladder together. Their strong record puts them straight through to the semi finals, with the other sides forced into qualifying finals for the final two spots in the semis Friday night. The qualifying system looks complicated, but basically the remaining sides, the Suns, Mets, Cobras and Rustlers are fighting for the two remaining spots in the Semi finals. WOMENS 35’s: The Womens 35’s competition may only have five teams but it is certainly tough. The Cyclones and Rustlers played off for the final spot in the final four, with the Cyclones, yet to win a match all tournament, defeating the Rustlers 1-0. They now go through to a semi final against the Hornets, while the Suns will face the Sharks. WOMENS 40’s: The Sydney Scorpions finished top of their pool with four wins and a draw, with the draw against the third placed Cyclones indicating the Eagles (finishing second,) the Scorpions and Cyclones all have more than just a fingertip on the title. The Scorpions will face the Cobras in the first semi final, while the Eagles play the Cyclones.last_img read more

Grass fire in Metro Vancouver suburb leads to the discovery of a

Grass fire in Metro Vancouver suburb leads to the discovery of a

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – A grass fire in Metro Vancouver led emergency crews to discover a person’s body.Firefighters in Langley, B.C., were fighting a blaze on the eastern edge of the city less than three kilometres from the local airport Saturday.RCMP say in a news release that officers were contacted around 2 a.m. after the fire crews discovered the dead body.An investigation is underway and police say the site will likely be cordoned off for “a significant amount of time.”Police say they have limited information on the cause of the fire and the identity of the deceased.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Langley RCMP detachment.last_img read more

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormands Oscar trophy for best actress

Man accused of stealing Frances McDormands Oscar trophy for best actress

first_imgTerry Bryant, accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar at the lavish Governors Ball party, is seen in this still image from Reuters video in Hollywood, Calif. (Reuters TV/Reuters) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Login/Register With: Facebook Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokesperson.Video captured by The Associated Press appears to show Bryant walking with the statuette out of the Governors Ball, the Oscars after-party where police say he took it.The video shows a man in a tuxedo who appears to be Bryant holding an Oscar statuette highly and proudly as an onlooker cheers.“All right baby boys and baby girls,” he says, walking quickly and nearly bumping into a woman.He then quickly glances around him before walking out of frame, prominently holding the Oscar the entire time. Advertisement A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Twitterlast_img read more

56 lakh housing units worth 451 lakh cr delayed in 7 cities

56 lakh housing units worth 451 lakh cr delayed in 7 cities

first_imgNew Delhi: Around 5.6 lakh housing units, worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore in seven major cities are running behind the delivery timelines mainly due to demand slowdown and fund diversion by developers, according to property consultant Anarock. These 5.6 lakh flats were launched before 2013 in these seven cities — National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. “The top 7 cities currently have a total stock of 5.6 lakh delayed housing units worth a whopping Rs 4,51,750 crore,” Anarock founder and chairman Anuj Puri said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Lakhs of buyers across top cities particularly MMR and NCR – have been left in limbo, leading to inconceivable mental stress and financial pain,” he added. As per the Anarock data, the NCR and MMR account for 72 per cent of the total stuck housing units. In MMR, as many as 1,92,100 apartments worth Rs 2,17,550 crore are delayed, while the NCR has 2,10,200 units worth Rs 1,31,460 crore running behind the schedule. The main southern cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad together account for a mere 10 per cent of the overall stuck housing units of a total worth of Rs 41,770 crore. The Southern cities have predominantly been driven by service-class end-users, leaving limited scope for developers to be unprofessional. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”It has become a ‘chicken and egg’ situation – buyers have understandably stopped releasing funds to builders, and builders claim they have no funds to complete construction,” he added. Every delayed project results in cost overruns which compound the funding crunch even further. Anarock chairman said the lack of project clearances for whatever reason also contributes to the piling up of housing stock. In the pre-RERA era, many builders launched greenfield projects without the requisite approvals in place, resulting in their projects getting stuck. The consultant said that by amending the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and treating buyers at par with banks and other creditors, the government has safeguarded the interests of affected buyers. “Whichever government is in power after the upcoming general elections, it has a mammoth task to complete. Delayed projects have severely weakened faith in under-construction properties and reviving buyers’ trust is a herculean task,” Puri said. If buyers stop purchasing under-construction properties, builders would have a far more challenging time to get funds from external sources for project construction, he added.last_img read more

Mahinda ready to slit his throat if allegations are proven

Mahinda ready to slit his throat if allegations are proven

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had last year claimed that the Rajapaksas hold assets worth over USD 18 billion in foreign countries. Rajapaksa said that if the allegations are true then evidence to that effect must be put forward. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is ready to slit his throat if allegations that he has millions of US Dollars hidden in foreign accounts are proven.Rajapaksa said this when he opened his new office in Battaramulla today. He said that allegations have been raised against his son Namal Rajapaksa while another son, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, has been put in remand prison.The former President said that he will not comment on the case on his son Yoshitha Rajapaksa as it is before court but he was surprised that the Prime Minister’s office was releasing statements regarding the case. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Shannon Gabriel sorry for asking Joe Root if he liked boys

Shannon Gabriel sorry for asking Joe Root if he liked boys

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGabriel ‘might regret’ on-field commentsFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news”Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after apparent homophobic remarkFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Players fear ‘selective use’ of stump mic – FICA headFebruary 15, 2019In “latest news” West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel claims he asked England’s Joe Root if he “liked boys” during the third Test but has apologised for his words.The 30-year-old was charged for the comments he made to skipper Root, who replied: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”The incident in St Lucia resulted in a four-match ODI ban for Gabriel, 30. “I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry,” Gabriel said in a statement.Shannon Gabriel“To my team-mates and members of the England team, especially their captain Joe Root, I extend an unreserved apology for a comment which in the context of on-the-field rivalry, I assumed was inoffensive sporting banter.”Gabriel said of an exchange that occurred on the third day of the Test that it had come “during a tense moment on the field”.“The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar,” he said.“I recognise now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling? Do you like boys?’Joe RootGabriel was charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an international match.By accepting the charge, Gabriel was fined 75% of his match fee and picked up three demerit points, taking his overall total to eight in a two-year period, which triggered the ban.England won the Test by 232 runs, although they had already lost the series having been beaten in the first two Tests. A five-match ODI series between the sides starts on 20 February in Barbados.(BBC) read more

Worlds Most Meta Bakery Makes Bread From Old Bread

Worlds Most Meta Bakery Makes Bread From Old Bread

first_img San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles You probably recycle things like bottles, cans, and newspapers. A loaf of bread, on the other hand, you might not be so inclined to recycle. Yet that’s exactly what a bakery in England is doing.Gail’s Bakery has been a fixture in London for more than a decade. They’re renowned for their delicious, freshly-baked offerings. They also have a reputation for being sustainable.Running a sustainable bakery means reducing food waste. One way Gail’s has done that is by donating leftover inventory to local charities. Not all their leftovers are suitable for donation, however.Back in January, they started working on a creative way to keep the rest from going to waste. After nearly a year of tinkering with the recipe, Gail’s is now ready to start selling recycled loaves.They call their newest item Waste Bread. Like a normal loaf, waste bread is primarily composed of flour, water, sugar, and yeast. The difference is that about a third of a Waste Bread loaf comes from unsold loaves from the previous day’s baking.Gail’s starts out by breaking the loaves up into crumbs and adding water to produce “a porridge-like mixture,” according to The Guardian. A bit is scooped out and added to fresh sourdough mix and baked into crusty, 26-ounce loaves.The loaves are nice and moist and have a slight malty flavor according to the company. Every batch is unique, since the mix of leftover bread changes from day to day.Gail’s says Waste Bread is ideal for making sandwiches. You know what would pair perfectly with the kind of big, hearty sandwich you could make with this loaf? A tall, frosty mug full of Toast… the beer that’s also made from leftover bread. For those of you who missed it the first time around, you can get your hands on the recipe and brew your very own.More on Geek.com:Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to ScientistsThese Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds Stay on targetlast_img read more

23 year old male charged with Sexual Offences Robbery and Kidnapping

23 year old male charged with Sexual Offences Robbery and Kidnapping

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 17, 2017 – Providenciales – A 23 year old male of Blue Hills was arrested and formally charged with Taking Motor Vehicle without Authority, two counts of Robbery, three counts of Rape, three counts of Kidnapping and three counts of Imitation firearm with intent to cause fear in connection with report made on Tuesday 18th July 2017.Around 1:02am that date, the three victims were approached by three masked men with firearms who demanded cash and forced them into sexual activity against their will.He will be taken to court later this week.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Goodman Masson and London City Airport shortlisted for Best financial wellbeing strategy

Goodman Masson and London City Airport shortlisted for Best financial wellbeing strategy

first_imgFinance and technology employment agency Goodman Masson and Newham-based London City Airport are among the organisations shortlisted for the Best financial wellbeing strategy, small employer category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This accolade, sponsored by financial education and guidance provider Wealth at Work, recognises an employer that adopts a proactive approach to addressing its workforce’s financial needs and has supported staff to make financial, retirement or investment-related benefits decisions.The full category shortlist is:Gattaca, Financial Wellbeing (Entered by Smarterly)Goodman Masson (Entered by The Expereince)London City Airport, A Worry Bigger than the Workplace (Entered by Neyber)The winning organisation will be announced during the annual Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, this year to be held on Friday 7 June 2019 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.The celebratory event includes a welcome drinks reception and a three-course gourmet lunch; between courses, HR, benefits and reward professionals will be able to hear and share industry best practice during the awards ceremony, acknowledging forward-thinking employers that are steering benefits innovation. This year’s awards presentation will be hosted by popular actor and comedian Kerry Godliman.Attendees will also be able to network with peers and colleagues at the Summer Party, held after the awards ceremony, while taking in views of one of London’s most historic and iconic venues.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray will reportedly cost more in 2021

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray will reportedly cost more in 2021

first_imgEnlarge ImageWhatever the price, it’ll probably still be quite a value. Tim Stevens/Roadshow It’s fair to say Chevrolet earned a double jaw drop when it first said the mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray would cost under $60,000, and then revealed the starting price to be $59,995 after the destination fee. It might all be short-lived, however.A Monday report from Motor Trend claims the sub-$60,000 price tag will be for just one model year. For the 2021 model year, the mid-engine Corvette will supposedly grow more costly, though the source did not share how much the price will climb. Looking back at the C7-generation Corvette’s history of price increases, this does not seem far-fetched in the slightest.A Chevrolet representative did not comment on the rumored news.By announcing the base car with a $59,995 price, Chevy certainly earned the buzz the sports car deserves — it’s the first time the engine is moving from the front of the car for a production Corvette. However, now that the world is well aware the car is coming, and it’ll be a bargain for its on-paper specs, the rumored news seems to earn more credibility. Vehicle prices do often increase slightly each year, and as Motor Trend points, out the C7-generation Corvette saw its fair share of price hikes.The previous-generation Corvette Stingray originally started life as a $51,995 machine in 2014. A few months later, the price jumped to $53,993, then to $55,995 in 2015. There’s a pattern here, and if demand for the C8 Corvette is as high as Chevy thinks it will be, the $59,995 price isn’t likely to stick around long. In fact, General Motors says it will add a second shift to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant to meet expected demand for the sports car.Even for those hoping to find a true base model 2020 Corvette Stingray, I wish you luck. Dealers are really good at marking up desirable cars and the extra 5 horsepower atop the base car’s 490 hp plus other performance goodies from the Z51 package will cost $5,000 more. A fully loaded Corvette Stingray will ring in at nearly $72,000. 2 55 Photos 1:55 Tags More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice More about 2019 Chevrolet Corvette 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Review • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review: America’s sports car is still a thrill Comments 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 2020 Chevy Corvette: First look at the mid-engined wonder Chevrolet Performance Cars Sports Cars Chevroletlast_img read more

20 feared dead as trawler sinks in Meghna

20 feared dead as trawler sinks in Meghna

first_imgTwenty missing workers of the soil-laden trawler which capsized in the Meghna river early Tuesday are feared dead as the trawler could not be traced till Thursday night.The trawler, carrying 34 workers from Cumilla, sank in the river at Charjhapta in Sadar upazila around 3:00am on Tuesday after it collided with an oil-laden tanker while heading towards Fatulla in Narayanganj.Although 14 workers managed to swim ashore, the rest went missing, said Faruque Ahmed, Sadar upazila nirbahi officer. All the workers hail from Pabna and Sirajganj districts.However, the rescue operation began on Wednesday.The search for the 20 missing workers and the sunken trawler resumed around 8:00am on Thursday for the second day.Members of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), Fire Service, River Police and Bangladesh Coast Guard tried to locate the trawler with the help of side-scan sonar system.Although they found the image of a trawler-like metal object in the riverbed in the solar, it was not sure whether it was the sunken trawler, said BIWTA chairman Mozammel Haque from the spot.He also said they brought more equipment from the capital to be sure to this end.Meanwhile, an eight-member team of Bangladesh Navy divers and BIWTA rescue ship ‘Pratya’ went to the spot in the afternoon to join the savage operation, said deputy commissioner Saila Farzana from the spot.She said the rescue operation for Thursday was suspended in the evening for Thursday and it will resume on Friday morning again.The DC also said the Navy members and the ship will start work on Friday morning.She said the rescuers were facing trouble in locating the trawler as it capsized at night and all the workers were sleep when the incident happened.Meanwhile, the air of the riverbank became heavier with the wails of the relatives of the missing workers who were desperately looking for their loved ones.The relatives thronged the riverbank for news on the fate of the trawler capsize victims.last_img read more

FilMart HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink Praises Local Content Strategy

FilMart HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink Praises Local Content Strategy

first_img Popular on Variety How does original content work at HBO Asia?It took us a few years before we started getting into original content in HBO Asia because we were nervous about language and how it all works. We started producing principally in English originally with our first couple of series. But then we did a couple of things in other languages and we discovered they have worked for us as well, if not better.We have been enormously pleased with how the content has travelled. Producing shows in Taiwan that have worked in the Philippines and Malaysia, and producing shows in Indonesia that worked in Singapore and Thailand, has been very gratifying. We wish to produce more original content, as there are great opportunities and a lot of great stories in Asia.What Asian shows are currently working? The recent shows we’ve produced, like “The Teenage Psychic,” worked exceptionally well ratings-wise. This coming-of-age Chinese-language series worked well across all our markets. More recently, “Folklore” has generated hugely good reviews across different countries. The anthology horror series was in six different languages, with six different directors, about six different stories from across the region. It was carried in the U.S., where it generated a lot of interest. And it has also been screened at various film festivals around the world. We are taking this concept slightly further, as we will announce at FilMart.Is Mandarin-language production in Taiwan an ersatz Mainland China strategy?We are producing in Taiwan because the language of Taiwan is largely Mandarin. “The Teenage Psychic” is a series that did not get carried in China, which has some restrictions on supernatural shows. The series was produced because we thought it was a great show — and it really is. It is an absolute benefit to us if our shows work in China. China is one of our markets. But we are not available to domestic households, so it is part of the China hotel strategy.We are producing shows because Taiwan has a great history of television production and there are some great stories there. Same as in Indonesia. We are now talking about producing shows in Hong Kong. It just happens that these two or three shows have all come around at the same time, and it is just more coincidence rather than anything else. CEO of HBO Asia since 2003, Jonathan Spink has seen the growth of pay-TV in Asia, the moves towards content localization and original production, and has faced up to the challenge of internet-based streaming services. He joins Variety on Monday in a keynote presentation at Hong Kong’s FilMart, and is expected to unveil an expanded slate of local productions.How does a legacy pay-TV channels group respond to the digital transformation?Spink: The pay-TV business has been transforming digitally for many years. The issue now is the ease of access and the ability for customers to access your content anywhere. HBO, like other services and other companies, has been working hard on developing the ability to do this. In our instance, that means the development of HBO GO and the ability to roll out content to a greater audience, and for it to be accessible pretty much anywhere by anybody. We have been working on getting all the necessary rights to be able to deliver that content across different platforms. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 When localization has been the trend for the past five to 10 years, is a 23-territory Asia footprint a realistic business model?Asian audiences are very happy to watch content produced in different countries. Localization has been a trend for many years and we recognize the significance and importance of locally produced programs. In HBO Asia’s 23-territory footprint, it is a bit of a misnomer to say we have to please and deliver something to each territory. We have always been known as an English-language channel, providing quality HBO original content and the best Hollywood has to offer.What has happened in the last seven years has been our involvement in local production across Asia. Customers and viewers across Asia are used to watching programming with subtitles. And whether that is from America, Europe or other countries in Asia, it has been perfectly acceptable. People like good content. Our shows produced in one country have worked very well in other countries, so we would expect that to continue.Is the recent unbundling/re-bundling, downloadable HBO GO app, and price cut strategy in Singapore to be followed elsewhere?Singapore has been an interesting case for us. We have been exclusive with StarHub for many years, but with their new strategy, they did not wish to continue on an exclusive basis.We are still very pleased to be able to continue our relationship with StarHub and allow our existing customers at StarHub to benefit from all our HBO platforms, including HBO GO. But it also now means that we are able to offer our services to a wider public in Singapore. We are working with Singtel (another pay-TV operator), and Toggle (part of MediaCorp), which has great access to the Singapore market. The millions of people who have downloaded the Toggle app can now access HBO GO. HBO GO is now also in the Apple and Google Play stores.This essentially means that anybody in Singapore can access HBO GO any time that they want and pay for the service. We think that is positive. We have also gone to a realistic price, which we have always wished to do, and have reached a level we think is comparative against the market. We are rolling out HBO GO across the region and we will be making more announcements soon.last_img read more

Gather Round the Piano for These AIComposed Carols

Gather Round the Piano for These AIComposed Carols

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments With a heart reindeerBut no more a stranger.Santa baby, and Dancer, and Curry* down”Check out Shane’s blog to unwrap some more nuggets of gold. And see how many famous holiday numbers you can spot among the verses. (I found “Santa Baby,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” and “The Holly and the Ivy.”) Here’s a freebie:“Run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph, run, run Rudolph the newborn King.”As if that’s not festive enough: The British Library recently reconstructed two Christmas carols originally played by Alan Turing’s computer during a BBC Radio broadcast in December 1951.They admittedly sound like an eight-year-old learning to play the recorder. But, originally performed by the Ferranti Mark I computer in Turing’s Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, these carols represent “the most expensive and most elaborate method of playing a tune that has ever been devised,” according to former Ferranti marketing manager Bertram Vivian Bowden. Stay on target Walkin’ home love, Dingle* bells, jingle bells, jingle bells with bells are ringing Deck the halls with AI-generated Christmas carols, fa la la la la, la la la la.Her gift to the world this holiday season, research scientist Janelle Shane trained a neural network to write joyful hymns.So forget those tired “Jingle Bell” harmonies and learn some new caroling tunes for 2017.AdChoices广告In partnership with The Times and AI hobbyist Erik Svensson, Shane fed her machine lyrics to about 240 Christmas songs—ranging from modern hits to classic carols to “obscure Victorian efforts,” the paper said.Without so much as a built-in knowledge of English, or even the foggiest idea what Christmas carols are, the network initially churns out a few lines of gobbledigook.“a    a a na snn aca naa  i       s                 a           i aa a a           n a  uugna   nn na    i      a  uaa              a   a     i  a    a          a            a a    sna aagt o aa”But, as Shane explained, AI quickly learns from its mistakes; the system reviews original input before tweaking new output. It understands, for instance, to capitalize first words and insert line breaks.“And soon it begins to learn actual words,” Shane wrote in a blog post. “The most common ones first.”Words like “Christmas” and “Christ,” as well as “stow,” “tome,” and “wang” (though I’m not sure those last few weren’t just a coincidence).After a few more rounds of neural refinements, it begins to look at lot like Christmas. Well, a joyful holiday, at least. While the artificial intelligence program can pick up tone and vocabulary, it struggles to interpret most words, typically jumbling them into nonsensical ramblings, like this one:“The lord of the glory dawnsGive us the leave all awayA star is spent and redShake a cup of strend from the skyChristmas is coming, the wind is come to you * Neither “Curry” nor “Dingle” was part of the input data, according to Shane, who said the neural network “likes to invent words that it thinks sound sort of carol-y.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Govt to help Bankura farmers take up alternate crop cultivation

Govt to help Bankura farmers take up alternate crop cultivation

first_imgKolkata: The state government has made plans to help farmers in taking up cultivation of pulses, oil seeds and mustard in 196 mouzas of Bankura district, where paddy cultivation has suffered due to inadequate rainfall.”The rainfall has not been upto the mark, which has affected paddy cultivation in parts of Bankura district. Farmers have cultivated paddy but it could not yield edible rice. So, we are encouraging alternative cultivation of those crops which can be grown with the use of less water,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation Ltd. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state government and district officials have identified areas located close to waterbodies for smooth cultivation of pulses, oil seeds and mustard. The farmers are also being encouraged to cultivate different varieties of saag, like palang and others. The advantage of cultivating saag lies in the fact that it can be grown using less water and also at a rapid pace. The winter has already set in and saag is very much in demand,” Batabyal added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to an official in the district administration, the 196 mouzas that have been affected, include Gangajalghati, Chatna, Indpur, Bankura I, Bankura II, Mejia, Saltora and parts of Khatra. The state Agriculture and Horticulture department is extending all possible help to the farmers by distributing seeds among them and also providing necessary advice for cultivation. Fertiliser is also being made available for the benefit of the farmers. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always laid special emphasis on the improvement of income of farmers and various steps are being taken from time-to-time in this regard,” a senior official of the state Agriculture department said. Necessary instructions have been given to the concerned officers of the district level, to arrange facilities for power connections for submersible and mini-pumps that will be used to channel water from the waterbodies into the agricultural fields.last_img read more

FastStone Image Viewer 63 ships with internal video player

FastStone Image Viewer 63 ships with internal video player

first_imgFastStone Image Viewer 6.3 ships with internal video player by Martin Brinkmann on July 29, 2017 in Software – 33 commentsFastStone Image Viewer 6.3, a new version of then popular picture viewer for Windows, comes with a video player to play videos in the application.We reviewed version 4.0 of the image viewer back in 2009, and — recently — the new FastStone Image Viewer 6.0 release that was published in 2016.The program is offered as a free portable version and as a version that you can install on a Windows machine. It is ad-free, and the installer is free from other nasty things such as adware offers.FastStone Image Viewer 6.3The big new feature of FastStone Image Viewer 6.3 is the built-in video player. This means that you may use the program now to view image and video files natively in the program interface.One caveat is however that the video player relies on system codecs and does not come with its own set of binary codecs. What this means is that video formats are only supported by it if the code is available on the system.That’s the care for many popular format such as mkv or mp4, but not for other formats such as flv. If you want support for unsupported video formats, you need to install the codecs on the Windows machine using third-party distributions.You know exactly if a format is supported or not as FastStone Image Viewer will hide all unsupported formats when you browse the connected hard drives and storage locations. If you get thumbnails, either in folders or when opening a folder that contains video formats the program supports, you know that the format is supported.Each video file is listed with a thumbnail in this case along with basic information that include its type and resolution.The selected file is displayed as a larger preview in the video player area as well. It highlights additional information, such as its size or date.A click on the play icon starts playback right away in the program interface. You can click on the full screen button to play the video in fullscreen, or on the 100% or best fit buttons to adjust the playback area accordingly.The player remembers the position of the video automatically so that you can continue playback. It furthermore plays the next video automatically if it exists, and plays videos in slideshows as well (instead of skipping them).FastStone Image Viewer 6.3 comes with other improvements. The two that are noteworthy are improvements to the rendering quality of Draw tool annotations, and better support for high bitrate mp3 audio files in slide shows.Closing WordsFastStone Image Viewer 6.3 adds native video playback support to the excellent media viewer. Video format support relies on system codecs however which limits the functionality of the feature somewhat.Still, support for video is certainly a welcome addition, and it is likely that the feature will receive further improvements in future versions of the application.Now You: Which media viewers do you use and why?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 10 votes Software Name FastStone Image Viewer 6.3Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm Advertisementlast_img read more