LOVE-AAJ KAL!

first_imgFirst things first. It has been said that the history of cinema is also a history of exciting, adventurous and celebrated love affairs. Dead right. And for excellent reasons. The very nature of filmmaking provides the mood and milieu for amorous encounters for two people thrown together.  Jab We MetFar off Switzerland or neighboring Goa and their close and constant physical contact often leads on and off the sets to the romantic intimacies of the screenplay. Then again, the stars have an exclusive, subliminal and indefinable psychological bond. Idolized and damned in equal measures, these larger-than-life creatures turn to each other for fulfillment, leading them to believe (with some truth) that only a star can truly understand, relate and love another. But how does love surface in the first place? And what does this divine madness do to screen lovers? Does it actually help them emote better?According to many distinguished people who pass their life and times tossing educated opinions on screen love in Bollywood, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand were the greatest. Let’s take Dilip first. In an environment brimming with hammy overacting, Dilip was perhaps the first actor in Bombay to introduce the rare, dignified and yet powerful element of restraint. And this element, naturally, crept into his love scenes. The Dilip-Madhubala, Dilip-Vyjayanti, Dilip-Meena, Dilip-Waheed love scenes were fashioned by this wonderfully refreshing trait. A quiet, intense, sensitive (often to the point of shyness) lover who very nearly doesn’t make it. The near-lover, the puzzled introvert – these are some labels that come to mind for Dilip’s love scenes. AawaraIn total contrast was the Raj-Nargis love saga. Loud, boisterous and always full of life and laughter, this team brought a daring and pizzazz to their love-scenes, which were completely Western in concept and then unknown in popular Indian cinema. The Raj-Nargis love scenes were very passionate, very beautiful and often very physical.The heady fever comes through loud n’ clear when you compare Devdas, Daag, and Paigham with Barsaat, Awara, and Shree 420. One has to think very hard indeed to match another couple that set a generation ablaze as Raj and Nargis did with their onscreen romances.If Dilip and his heroines brought intensity, sensitivity and restraint in their love-scenes, while Raj-Nargis introduced passion, boldness and undiluted physicality, then nodding head Dev Anand screamed “contemporariness.” Neither too serious, nor overtly passionate, he brought in style, chaal, ada every time he “pharmaoed” ishq.From Suraiya to Tina Munim, Dev’s love scenes (Manzil, Paying Guest, Asli Nakli, Guide, Des Pardes) have always been sprinkled with rare flamboyance. His style of talking, walking and his mannerisms turned-on not only his heroines, but millions of adoring fans over the decades. Oh, there was Guru Dutt too, who blazed with all cylinders firing and lit up the screen with lady love Waheeda Rehman in classics like Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool, Chaudvin ka Chand, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, but Dev Anand stood apart.  Bipasha Basu & John AbrahamAll these stalwarts of Indian cimena emoted much better (as their films reveal) when in love and deeply entrenched in their heroine’s soul. The only real inheritor of their legacy was Rajesh Khanna, who in the early seventies brought back love (in all his crinkled eyed glory) to where it belonged – center-stage! Such was the hysteria that his early romantic films (Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amarprem, Sacha Jhootha, Roti, Aaan Milo Sanjna, Apna Desh, Aap Ki Kasam, Do Raaste) generated that girls actually were known to have married his photograph and applied sindoor, sometimes in blood.These days Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol may well be voted the “most romantic couple of the day” in an opinion poll and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge the “all time favorite movie,” but somehow they are no match against romance’s glory days.Pure, raging, insane, passion – love to die for – has been replaced by love parading as a designer emotion, a fashion statement, fun n’ cool, with sensuous body language in place of inarticulated expressions of love, loss and longing. Furthermore, today, in a world where speed is the watchword and quantity the cardinal turn-on, love has become a publicity gimmick, a marketing tool, designed to psyche and hustle the turned-on mobs into storming a movie.As can be gathered, this blitz is normally machine-gunned before the release of a film. What these dumbbells don’t understand is that publicity can’t sell a lousy movie. Nor can curry-dipped rumors. At most they create a climate of excitement, which can – and often does – dangerously boomerang if the promise does not match the performance.  Dhoom 2New star-teams (Akshay-Kareena in Kambakkht Ishq; Saif-Deepika in Love, Aaj Kal) are caught in the spectacular race for box-office buzz. Are they only confirming the obvious: that the world of passion and intensity has been replaced by hype and heart-string manipulators, panting to get into the fast lane, at any cost?“I totally disagree! I don’t buy the idea the environment in earlier times, stars, movies, individuals, were more romantic than ours,” says Bollywoods new, blazing love-guru, director Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal). “The passion and intensity of love, loss and longing that you speak about is still around. It could, for example, well be a man sitting in a café, sipping coffee by himself, cheerful, bullish on life, doing his crossword. Suddenly, we see tears rolling down his cheeks. There could be a zillion reasons, only the manifestations are different. These are complex times and the trappings, idiom, style and manner of expressing love, feeling and emotion has changed to keep pace with it. The real thing, however remains intact.”The inimitable Gulzar takes a more nuanced view: “I don’t think it is all true, although partially it seems so. I feel it’s a completely time and place things. The long drawn romance born of rishtas that came from different cities, defining the distance-lends-enchantment factor in todays’ life belongs to the fiction category. The tremulous meeting of eyes, accidental brushing of hand, leading to unspoken, inarticulated, romantic highs doesn’t happen any more. That was then … the fifties. In year 2009, it is a more pro-active, informal and direct interface between young men and women living in a world dominated by internet, cell phones and ATMs. It’s a generational thing, That’s the way the young people conduct romance today … and I go along with it all the way!”  Mughal-E-AzamAh well, but dear reader you might want to pause and reflect on this as well…Once upon a time, love was romance. Dilip holding his Queen of Hearts protectively in his arms, while his eyes blazed defiance at his royal father; Raj embracing his woman passionately: Dev prancing around with his lady love. All that resides in the fluffy soft focus of a distant past.Today, love appears to be less of a sublime emotion, more of a consumer perishable along the fast moving consumer goods line. To be clinical is to be in. The primacy of permissiveness has replaced love with sex, corrupting into an act, a behavior, an ingredient so artificially (and seductively) relevant that filmmakers have appointed themselves as lab-specialists. They have detailed, magnified and celebrated titillation in the mainline commercial, and in so doing, destroyed emotion, buried passion, corrupted intimacy, killed charm and de-mystified romance … forever.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sikh Man Attacked, Racially Abused in Canada

first_imgA Sikh man in Canada was allegedly attacked by two white men on March 23, who not only robbed him, but also hurled racial slurs at him, threatened him and removed his turban, the Ottawa Police Service said in a statement.The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is now investigating the incident that appears to have racial overtones. On the night of March 23, the complainant had left his place of employment near the Westgate Mall in Ottawa, and was waiting for a bus at a bus stop.The man was approached by two suspects, who asked him about his ethnicity, and about cutting his beard and hair. “The two suspects left but then returned and asked for change. The suspects started to make racial slurs, and one suspect produced a knife,” the statement added.The man ran to a nearby store, but he could not gain entry as the doors were locked. According to the police, the victim was assaulted by the two suspects, dragged on the ground, and threatened. The two white men then removed and stole the victim’s turban, as well as his phone and bus pass. He sustained minor injuries, and was treated at the scene by paramedics.The employer of the Sikh man said that he told him he would quit the job as he was “too petrified” to come back to work, Ottawa Citizen reported. The employer added that the victim is on a student visa in Ottawa and has been staying in the city for two months.The two suspects have been described by the police as being  in their twenties. A part of the investigation will ascertain if this was a hate-motivated crime.World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) president Mukhbir Singh on March 27 urged the police to investigate the incident as a hate crime and ensure that those responsible are quickly brought to justice.“We are shocked by the attack on a Sikh male in Ottawa last week.  We had feared that recent accusations of extremism and radicalism against the Sikh community would lead to a rise in intolerance against Sikhs – this incident would appear to substantiate those fears,” Singh said in a statement, adding, “The forcible removal of a Sikh’s turban is considered the greatest insult a Sikh can be subjected to and is being taken very seriously by the community.”He also said that over the past several weeks, the WSO has repeatedly expressed concern that intolerance towards Sikhs is on the rise in Canada. Related ItemsCanadahate crimeSikhismlast_img read more

All eyes on ‘King Carlos’ as Delhi Daredevils face KKR,All eyes on ‘King Carlos’ as Delhi Daredevils face KKR

first_imgWest Indies batsman Carlos Brathwaite playing a shot during the ICC World Cup Twenty20 cricket championship final between England and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. West Indies batsman Carlos Brathwaite playing a shot during the ICC World Cup Twenty20 cricket championship final between England and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT RELATED IPL to kick off at Wankhede on April 9 after Bombay HC relief null Just a week after his unbelievable exploits in World T20 final made him the toast of the cricketing world, Carlos Brathwaite will be back at the Eden Gardens all guns blazing for Delhi Daredvils when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL cricket match here tomorrow.It was last Sunday, that Brathwaite achieved overnight stardom hitting Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to win the ICC World T20 final for the West Indies.It’s very fresh in everyone’s memory and no wonder Brathwaite’s inclusion will lift the spirits of Daredevils, who have been perennial under-achievers in the cash-rich league. It’s also a psychological advantage to play against Gautam Gambhir-led KKR, which has maintained a good record on their home turf.Getting into the winning mode will be key as Daredevils will look to get their combination right, while KKR with their nucleus intact will be keen to get into the momentum in their bid for a record third IPL silverware in five years.For a team that has always boasted of a talent-filled roster only to make a mess of things in the end, Daredevils look like a transformed unit this time, at least on paper, having spent judiciously on young talents.They did cop some flak having bought Brathwaite at Rs 4.2 crore at the IPL auctions when he was a relative non-entity but the team management is now being hailed for their foresight after his World T20 exploits.The new-look Daredevils looks like a mini Rajasthan Royals — one of the two suspended franchises along with Chennai Super Kings — with inspiring backroom presence of Rahul Dravid as mentor and Paddy Upton as coach among others.Zaheer Khan may not be what he used to be in his prime but at 37, as the captain of a young side, his inputs could prove to be invaluable in the long run.Having played an instrumental role in turning Rajashan Royals into a formidable unit, the duo’s first priority will be to bring out a winning combination and stability in their big 24-member squad, originally 25 before uncapped Joel Paris’ injury.Dravid will have three of his former U-19 wards, Rishabh Pant, Mahipal Lomror and Khaleel Ahmed, with whom he took India to the U-19 World Cup final in Bangladesh earlier this year as he will look to replicate his success and prove his coaching acumen once again. Of the three, only Pant has a realistic chance of figuring in the playing XI. Maharashtra stands to lose Rs 100 cr if IPL is shifted: BCCI secretary IPL: the silly season is here SHARE cricket × IPL 2016 April 09, 2016 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Klopp urges Salah to ‘be relaxed’ after slow start

first_imgMohamed Salah just needs to relax, according to Liverpool manager Jugen Klopp. The Egyptian, who eclipsed 40 goals for the Reds last season, is off to something of a slow start this term, having scored just three times in nine outings so far. Salah struggled in the club’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend as well, missing a number of key chances as his side were held to a draw that saw them drop into a tie atop the Premier League table with last season’s champions Manchester City.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Klopp doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with his star man and believes he just needs to put aside any pressure to get back to his best. “If you play tennis and your forehand is good and the next day your forehand is not there you think, ‘What is it?’ That’s how sport works,” said Klopp.“It is about your confidence. His game is really good. His last game was really good – he was in the positions but then the last two balls were not too cool. That happens. He lost balls in those situations last year. “How do you deal with it? Be relaxed, completely relaxed, because there is no need for anything else. Completely relaxed. The quality is there and so everything is fine.”While Klopp was not willing to speak on what he’s said to Salah ahead of Wednesday’s trip to face Napoli in the Champions League, he believes there is no need to over manage a player in what he considers a “normal situation.” “There are not big talks necessary, just a completely normal situation,” Klopp said. “Even Ian Rush didn’t score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season. That’s not how it works.“You have to be a proper threat. As an offensive player you have to work hard. At the end of season it depends how much success we have as a team if it is successful or not. There is no personal success possible. All awards are for everyone. We do what we do best.“So in these situations going through them there is no advice, you can not give it, because the experience they make themselves. They know. ‘I didn’t score, I didn’t score, so next time I pass.’ But it is about judging the situation again.”Despite Salah’s struggles, Liverpool are off to a flying start having won six of seven to open league play and kicking off their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mourinho Under Pressure ahead of Valencia Game; AEK Faces Benfica

first_imgPARIS (AP) — When Jose Mourinho showcased his motivational powers by guiding Inter Milan to the Champions League eight years ago, it cemented his reputation as the most ruthlessly effective coach in Europe.The “Special One” — as he first called himself — danced with unabashed joy on Barcelona’s field and jabbed his finger in celebration after felling Europe’s team of the moment on the way to Inter’s unexpected success.It was a massive coup.But now, following a string of bad results and some high-profile clashes with star midfielder Paul Pogba at Manchester United, his aura is waning and he finds himself firmly on the back foot.Has Mourinho lost his touch?Perhaps not yet, but he is under significant pressure heading into Tuesday’s home game against Valencia and a loss to the Spanish team could push him nearer an embarrassing United exit.The good news for Mourinho is that Valencia has won just one game this season, although that was on Saturday. Valencia lacks firepower — mustering five goals so far — and United’s defense may get a welcome break after some sloppy performances.Other coaches have points to prove, too, not the least Mourinho’s cross-city rival Pep Guardiola.City won the Premier League in style last season but has yet to be convincing in Europe, and a home loss to French side Lyon in the opening round of games hardly helped.Bayern Munich’s coach Niko Kovac will also be motivated following a Bundesliga defeat.Here is a look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:GROUP EBayern hosts Dutch side Ajax after losing its Bundesliga lead to Borussia Dortmund.Bayern was held at home by modest Augsburg before losing Friday at Hertha Berlin, and the players are determined to make amends.“A week ago you had the impression we were unbeatable. Now a bit of reality has set in,” Bayern forward Thomas Mueller said.Bayern notched seven straight wins under Kovac, and eight would have tied Carlo Ancelotti’s record for the best start as Bayern coach.Kovac gave the players a day off on Sunday ahead of the visit of Ajax, which beat AEK Athens 3-0 in its opening group game, and is led in attack by veteran poacher Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.Benfica’s players warm up during a training session at Athens’ Olympic stadium on Monday , Oct. 1, 2018. Benfica will face AEK for a Group E Champions League soccer match in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Greek champion AEK is at home to Portuguese side Benfica, which lost 2-0 to Bayern in its opener.GROUP FManchester City, the first team to reach 100 points in winning the Premier League in May, has struggled in the Champions League.The loss at home to Lyon two weeks ago was its fourth straight in the Champions League.With Guardiola back on the sidelines after serving a one-match UEFA ban, City plays at German club Hoffenheim, which drew its opener at Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.Guardiola will again turn to prolific Argentina striker Sergio Aguero.No City player has played a role in more Champions League goals than Aguero — 26 goals and six assists — and the striker even managed to score in a Premier League win over Brighton on Saturday despite a foot injury.Lyon’s mini-winning streak of three games ended Saturday when it drew 1-1 at home to Nantes.But with France forward Nabil Fekir in form, Lyon will be confident of beating Shakhtar at home and keeping the top spot.GROUP GCSKA Moscow’s defenders may be sleeping a little easier ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Russia.They no longer have to worry about Cristiano Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus, and Madrid is out of form after just two wins in five matches.The defending champions are also troubled by injuries.Forward Gareth Bale was substituted at halftime of Saturday’s derby draw with Atletico Madrid because of a muscle injury, while left back Marcelo missed the match with a muscle problem in his right leg.Goal-scoring midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon underwent surgery for an appendicitis last week.While moving its European home games to the vast Luzhniki stadium displeased some local fans, it will ensure a big home crowd at the venue where Russia knocked out Spain at the World Cup.Roma fans will be expecting a home win against Czech side Viktoria Plzen.After selling off the backbone of the squad — goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool, midfielder Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan and midfielder Kevin Strootman to Marseille— Roma is starting to gel.Roma enjoyed a convincing 3-1 win over Lazio in Saturday’s Rome derby.GROUP HAn Old Trafford encounter between two struggling teams: Manchester United and Valencia.This isn’t what Mourinho envisaged early into his third season in charge at United, although he did drop warnings in the offseason when he moaned about the lack of depth in his squad.A week of torment saw United held by Wolverhampton, a modest Premier League newcomer, then knocked out of the League Cup at home by second-tier Derby before being soundly beaten 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday.After clashing with Pogba, it was Anthony Martial’s turn to feel Mourinho’s wrath.He criticized the France forward’s contribution in defense against West Ham.It means forward Alexis Sanchez, who has not looked anything like the player he was at former club Arsenal, could return against Valencia.Swiss side Young Boys don’t have to worry about Ronaldo for the daunting trip to Italian champion Juventus, because the Portugal star is suspended for one game.But Juventus’ confidence is high following a 3-1 win against title rival Napoli, and Mario Mandzukic will be hungry for more goals after netting twice.—By JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson the Tank Engine

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Our photo/video guy Chris Knox put together this awesome video of Chris Carson set to the lyrics of a Biggie Smalls/Thomas the Tank Engine mashup. I of course had no idea what in the world the song was, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome.We tried our best to edit out all the expletives, and I think we got them all, but you might want to keep the volume down just in case.Also, if you missed it, you should read Kyle Cox on Carson’s renaissance.last_img read more

Penn State Adds FCS Transfer To Its Football Roster

first_imgGeneral view of Beaver Stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 12: A general view during the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State has a pretty deep roster heading into next season, but clearly the coaching staff can never have enough depth. With the regular season almost here for college football, James Franklin added another specialist.The Nittany Lions have one of the most experienced punters in the country heading into next season in Blake Gillikin. The issue is that he’s entering the final year of his eligibility.Luckily for Penn State, it may have found his successor in Taylor Goettie.Goettie is a former punter from Norfolk State, an FCS program. He announced that he’s transferring to Penn State on Monday. “With all that said, I would like officially commit to THE PENN STATE UNIVERSITY to continue my academic and football career,” Goettie wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the Penn State coaches for giving me this incredible opportunity to continue my dreams. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for my future in Happy Valley!”Here is his full post via his Twitter account:COMMITTED🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/iScFF4SagO— Taylor Goettie (@TaylorMichael_3) July 29, 2019Taylor Goettie has three years to complete his final two years of eligibility. With Gillikin set to leave after this year, the timing works out pretty well.We’ll most likely find out if Goettie is going to lead the punting unit at Penn State next year.Nonetheless, it’s a nice addition for the Nittany Lions as August is just around the corner.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Trashes Florida State On ESPN’s College GameDay

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit had some harsh words for Florida State’s football program during this morning’s show.Florida State lost its season opener to Boise State last weekend, blowing a double-digit lead against the Broncos at home.It was a disastrous start to Willie Taggart’s second season in Tallahassee, following a brutal opening season in Week 1.Herbstreit isn’t a fan of what he’s seeing from the Seminoles right now. “Willie Taggart is one of the great gentlemen in the business,” Herbstreit said this morning. “We all cheer for him. We all love to see it. He’s trying to steer the Titanic there. The apathy right now is in Tallahassee. The crowd. The players. There’s no mental toughness right now. There’s not heart. There’s no fight. He’s trying to get everybody to pull. He might have one or two. This team is appearing to be a frontrunner and talking trash to Boise State up 21-3. First sign of trouble, they’re finger-pointing. That is a big problem Willie Taggart has this year. We heard about it the entire offseason, ‘We’re going in a better direction.’ And we see the exact same junk from them in Week 1. There’s a bigger issue in Tallahassee.”Florida State will get a chance to rebound today.The Seminoles host UL-Monroe at 5 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ACC Network.last_img read more

Cricket my priority, not even thinking about the controversy: Mohammed Shami

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Quebec passes motion against Ottawas directive allowing knives on planes

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec’s legislature passed a motion Wednesday against Transport Canada’s directive allowing airline passengers to carry small blades, including kirpans.The motion tabled by the Coalition for Quebec’s Future will be sent to federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Garneau told reporters that members of Quebec’s national assembly might be misinformed.He said experts agree small knives, including kirpans — a religious and ceremonial dagger carried by some Sikh men — don’t represent any danger on airplanes.“Unfortunately, maybe the members of the (Quebec legislature) don’t have access to all the information,” Garneau said. “We are very satisfied that it’s very safe.”Transport Canada recently announced that knife blades up to six centimetres long will be allowed on domestic and most international flights, beginning Nov. 27.Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said his government, in voting for the motion, was not motivated by religious discrimination but rather by concerns about security.“It’s got absolutely nothing to do with any religious belief,” he said. “It’s a legitimate question about security on our planes.“I think there are legitimate questions to be asked, so this is an opportunity for the federal government to explain better why it made this decision.”The World Sikh Organization had been lobbying for the change and welcomed Transport Canada’s announcement.Kirpans are controversial in Quebec, particularly since a 2001 incident when a school board demanded a young Sikh boy not bring his ceremonial dagger to school.The case made its way to the Supreme Court, with the court ruling unanimously in 2006 the board was wrong to deny the student his right to carry the knife.Amir Khadir, one of three members of Quebec solidaire who abstained on the motion, said the legislature was using members of the Sikh community as scapegoats because some of them carry the kirpan.Blades of any length will continue to be banned on flights to the United States, while razor blades and box cutters of any size will remain prohibited on all flights.last_img read more

UN refugee agency concerned at detention of Ethiopian boat people in Yemen

The Ethiopians made the two-day crossing smuggled in three boats from the Somali port of Bosaso together with more than 225 Somalis, but Yemeni officials told UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff yesterday that all non-Somali new arrivals should be detained and deported to their home countries. “Yemen has shown hospitality towards Somali refugees and flexibility towards the tens of thousands of people arriving on its coast every year,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We urge the government to respect its international obligations and to continue keeping its doors open to other nationals, who might fear persecution in their countries of origin. UNHCR is ready to assist the government with the screening and registration of all new arrivals,” he added, noting that the agency’s requests for access to the Ethiopians had so far been unsuccessful. UNHCR wants to determine if there are refugees among the group who should not be deported. Since the start of this year, more than 22,000 people aboard at least 188 people-smuggling boats have been recorded arriving in Yemen from Somalia after making the perilous passage across the Gulf of Aden. No specific breakdown is available on how many were Ethiopians because many do not register and travel on to other parts of Yemen or elsewhere in the Middle East. But so far this year, 11,510 Somalis and 959 Ethiopians were transferred to UNHCR’s reception centre in May’fa. Some 133 Somalis and 193 Ethiopians reportedly died on the way from Somalia. The number of Ethiopian arrivals has slightly increased in recent months. In all, there are currently over 80,000 registered refugees in Yemen, including some 75,500 Somalis. read more

Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over

Dame Pippa said the storylines were influenced by research into now closed HMP Holloway, once Europe’s largest women’s prison, as records showed more than 50 abortionists were incarcerated before the practice was legalised in 1967. Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris revealed abortion will be a central theme throughout the eighth installment of the period drama, which follows a group of nurses in London’s East End, when it returns to BBC One on Sunday. The latest episodes, set in 1964 in Poplar, eight miles from the north London jail, will “remind people… The new series of Call The Midwife will focus on abortion after it sparked complaints by showing an illegal termination before the watershed.

Mens OG 2012 Round 2 – Group B Croatia wins Balkan derby

Croatian handballHandball Olympic TournamentMichael KnudsenNikolaj MarkussenSerbian handball ← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012 (Group B -Round 2): Hungarian tight win over Korea! Next Story → Men’s OG 2012 (Round 2 – Group A): Easy wins for Sweden and France! Exciting matches were seen in the “Copper Box Arena” on the Day 2 of the Men’s Olympic Tournament. In Balkan derby, Croatia beat Serbia 31:23 (13:9) and revenge for the defeat in the EHF EURO 2012 semi-final. In fantastic form is team of Slavko Goluza. From the very beginning of the match, Croatian defence was perfect and that produced many counter-attack which brought a huge advantage to them. Ivan Cupic scored 8 goals, Venio Losert has 56% of saves in the second half. In Serbian team, Marko Vujin scored 6 goals.STATISTICSWith an winning goal three seconds before the end, Denmark beat Spain 24:23 (13:12). Another tough match for Danish NT squad was decided by Michael Knudsen who got a ball from Nikolaj Markussen in the last attack on the match. Despite that the biggest roles in the Danish win had goalkeeper Cleverly with 12 saves and Mikel Hansen with 8 goals.HUNGARY – KOREA 22:19STANDINGS:DENMARK 4CROATIA 4SPAIN 2HUNGARY 2KOREA 0SERBIA 0 read more

Une quatrième forme de vie identifiée

first_imgUne quatrième forme de vie identifiée ?Jusqu’à présent, l’arbre du vivant se divise à sa base en trois branches : les eucaryotes (dont nous faisons partie), les bactéries et les archées (distinctes des bactéries depuis la fin du 20e siècle). A travers une étude publiée dans PLOS One, Jonathan Eisen, de l’Université de Californie suggère qu’il pourrait exister une quatrième forme de vie. Avec ses collègues de l’Université de Californie, Johatan Eisen a analysé génétiquement des échantillons d’eau prélevés dans les mers du monde. Parmi les dizaines de millions de séquences relevées, certaines sont inhabituelles et semblent provenir d’organismes différents de ceux appartenant à la vie cellulaire jusqu’à présent identifiés. Mais alors qui sont-ils ? L’équipe de chercheur n’a pour l’heure pas encore élucidé ce mystère. Pour, Jonathan Eisen il y a deux possibilités : “Ils pourraient appartenir à un groupe de virus rare, ce qui est assez intéressant. Plus intéressant encore, ils pourraient représenter une branche tout à fait nouvelle dans l’arbre de vie.”Des “virus géants” au bagage génétique complexeÀ lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’audacieuse déclaration est soutenue par une équipe française dirigée par Didier Raoult de l’Université de la Méditerranée à Marseille. Selon, l’Agence Science Presse, celle-ci avait déjà publié dans PLOS Oneun article dans lequel elle introduisait la notion de “4e domaine de vie”. L’équipe travaille maintenant depuis 20 ans sur des premières observations de ces “virus géants”. Ces organismes en question possèdent des caractéristiques uniques. Outre leur grande taille, une centaine de fois plus grande qu’un virus normal, ils possèdent également un bagage génétique plus complexe. Or, de façon générale, les virus ne peuvent subsister qu’en infectant un autre organisme, ils n’ont donc pas besoin de gènes aussi complexes. Au sein de la communauté scientifique, la théorie d’une quatrième forme de vie reste assez controversée. Eugene Koonin, professeur au National Center for Biotechnology Information à Bethesda dans le Maryland explique au NewScientist :” Il y a encore débat sur la façon de distinguer clairement les trois domaines de la vie et distinguer comment ils sont interdépendants. La suggestion d’un quatrième domaine ne fera qu’amplifier la confusion”. Pour Eric Bapteste de l’Institut Pierre et Marie Curie à Paris, cette théorie est en revanche plus recevable : “Les faits sont qu’il y a beaucoup de diversité génétique, et incontestablement la plus grande partie nous est inconnue, il est légitime de considérer qu’il y a véritablement des choses nouvelles là-bas”.Le 28 mars 2011 à 19:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers calls for continuity at Celtic

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers insists that continuity in his squad is every bit as important as making new signings with the club aiming to book their place in the Champions League group stagesThe Scottish Premiership champions were made to do without Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths, Lewis Morgan, Marvin Compper and the suspended Jozo Simunovic for their second qualifying round against Norwegian side Rosenborg.But Celtic were able to grab a crucial 3-1 win on Wednesday night.“We come with an advantage,” Rodgers told BBC.“Like every European game away from home, you’ve got to defend well, you’ve got to be strong and we know as we’ve seen that we can score goals.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Nowadays, it’s always about wanting to get new players and lots of players but I also enjoy the continuity of coaching and seeing players improve and seeing their games continually develop.”Celtic have signed made two signings in striker Odsonne Edouard and goalkeeper Scott Bain so far this summer.“We want to strengthen the squad of course but at this point in time what is most essential is that you build a mentality and a quality to hopefully get through the qualification games,” said Rodgers.Should Celtic progress from the second qualifying round, then AEK Athens will be awaiting them in the next round.last_img read more

Five Favorite Online Edit Tools

first_imgDrupalThe Tool: Drupal is the most comprehensive end-to-end content management system [CMS] out there.  The open source model is maintained by a community of over 630,000 users and is available for free on the organization’s website.  The Use: “[It] provide[s] easy content management for our digital editorial staff while allowing extensive customization and dynamic front-ends that enable our brands to express themselves individually,” says Sherilyn Keaton, senior vice president of digital products and service for Bonnier.  “We are relaunching many of our sites now on the new Drupal 7 platform.”WordPressThe Tool: For ease and simplicity, WordPress is the way to go.  The user-friendly platform features an intuitive dashboard that manages content for more than 5 million sites worldwide—the most of any CMS.  WordPress is also a free, open source platform.The Use: “Yes, it’s a blog site,” Jandt says.  “But it’s also very versatile with lots of options and an easy to use back end interface. WordPress also provides an iPad formatted version built in, which is awesome.” Content Management Systems More than anything, maintaining a website is about keeping its content relevant and up-to-date.Thousands of tools—from all-inclusive content management systems to sidebar widgets—can help online editors manage the task.“Oh man, there are so many out there,” says Fred Jandt, senior manager of Digital Operations at Cygnus Business Media. “If you’re trying to decide between them, make a list of what you want or need for your site and see which one offers the most. And test out the user interface.”Technical capability should be considered, Jandt says, but not at the expense of utility.Here are some of the most popular (and functional) online edit tools available:center_img Social MediaTwitterThe Tool: Everyone knows about Twitter, but not everyone knows how to use it correctly or how to maximize its utility—those questions are still being answered. While it likely will never be the main focus of a site, Twitter can be a valuable, easy way to provide fresh content.The Use: “I think possibly understated is the versatility of Twitter,” Jandt says. “Twitter can be a viable newsfeed option with a wealth of information at your fingertips, allowing you to post updates at a moment’s notice from virtually anywhere. … [T]here is a real understated strength to how it can be used in conjunction with a site.”StorifyThe Tool: Storify is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to curate social content from places like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and publish it onto a site. Editors can balance original content and customized feeds that can bring writer and audience together in one place with a professional look.The Use: “Storify is used on several [Bonnier] web sites to help showcase the social media contributions of our readers,” says David Butler, digital director of Bonnier’s Active Interest Network.  “Following a recent Twitter chat with the editors of Scuba Diving and Islands, we used Storify to curate and share a list of our readers’ favorite places to dive and snorkel, and their most notable underwater discoveries.”Real-TimeCoveritLiveThe Tool: The live-event publishing tool has only been around since 2007, but it’s now used by several of the world’s leading media brands.  While, as a live tool, it has found a natural home in sporting events, the platform has the potential to augment coverage of any real-time occasion.  Recently, CoveritLive was used by 2.5 million readers to follow the iPhone 5 announcement on Sept. 12.The Use: “CoveritLive is a popular application that allows brands to extend their live-event coverage,” Butler says.  “It allows for multiple contributors and the inclusion of stats, polls and photos among other offerings. And it works across mobile, tablet and Facebook, as well.”last_img read more

Feds OK to Process Visas for Roe Technicians

first_imgDownload AudioThe federal government can once again continue processing H-2b visas, the program that traditionally allows foreign roe technicians to work in Alaska seafood plants.Whether the visas would be available for the summer season was unclear after a court challenge in Florida. But the judge’s decision in that case is now on hold until mid-April. Dennis Phelan of the PacificSeafood Processors Association says that should be enough time to move this summer’s visas along. Phelan says Alaska’s 100-million-dollar roe industry depends on the H-2b visas.“There’s probably only 100 of them that we’re bringing over, but it’s crucial employees because they are the representatives on the ground for the folks who are buying the product, in most cases Japanese companies,” Phelan said.Phelan’s trade association represents nine companies with about 25 processing plants around Alaska. H2-B visas are intended for seasonal non-farm workers. To qualify, employers have to show they can’t fill the positions with U.S. workers. Last year, H2-bs for Alaska jobs were primarily for roe technicians, but several dozen also went to bolster the sales force at jewelry stores in Southeast Alaska that cater to cruise ship passengers. Phelan says his association is still trying to get the industry back in the J-1 visa program, which used to allow thousands of foreign students to come to Alaska to work in processing jobs.last_img read more

Court orders to seize DIG Mizans assets

first_imgDIG Mizanur Rahman. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday ordered to seize the immovable assets and bank accounts of suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman, responding to an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court judge AK Imrul Kayes passed the order, reports news agency UNB.Earlier on 12 June, ACC director Manjur Morshed was appointed to inspect the wealth statement of Mizan after suspension of previous investigation officer Khandaker Enamul Basir on allegations of leaking information violating the rules.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked up the 25-year-old woman in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.last_img read more

Houston Faith Leaders LGBT Community Unite To Condemn Orlando Mass Shooting

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:13 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 3It was an unusual setting for a gathering of religious leaders.About 20 Christians, Jews and Muslims came together at The Montrose Center, a counseling and community center for the LGBT community.All of them condemned the mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando this past weekend.“We want the world to know that there is nothing Islamic about slaughtering innocent civilians in Orlando or anywhere else in the world,” said MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.The gunman, American-born Omar Mateen, reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.The speakers also pledged solidarity with the LGBT community and criticized those who discriminate against gays or Muslims.Bishop James Dixon of The Community of Faith Church said he hopes the pain after the massacre will turn into passion.“We must unite to denounce violence and hate crimes against all people anywhere under any circumstances,” he said.The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to organize a blood drive for the victims of the shooting.The gunman killed 49 and injured 53 others early Sunday morning. X last_img read more

Cats Ask Some Burning Questions

first_imgOn global warming…On owning humans…On technology…On pop culture…On going to the vet…On mornings…On human behaviour…On asking questions…Those are all the questions for now…Happy Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Our feline friends probably have a huge question mark over their faces when it comes to human behaviour. As they stroll through life without a care in the world on Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Here are some of their burning questions that they want answers to.On politics and humans raging war against each other…On humans chilling…On food…On lunch…On life… WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img