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  • Moroccan Hamza Ouarch Worlds Best Reciter of the Quran

    Marrakech- Moroccan Hamza Ouarach won first prize in the Bahrain International Competition for the Recitation of the Holy Quran online (Universal Reader), organized on Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain’s capital.The Moroccan Quran reader was the best of 5000 participants.This year’s Universal Reader competition, which selects the best voices reciting the Holy Quran from various countries of the world, was considered the most successful ever, and is unprecedented all over the world. The contest aims at encouraging young Muslims to memorize and give importance to the Holy Quran.Hamza Ouarch, 18, follows in the footsteps of many young Moroccans who have previously won a number of awards in Quran recitation.Last July, Mouad Daouik won the “Most Beautiful Recitation” contest in the 18th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA). read more

  • Lonely Planet Moroccos Meknes Among Top 10 Cities to Visit in

    Rabat – The famous travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has chosen Meknes among the top 10 cities to visit worldwide in 2019.Meknes came in 10th place after Copenhagen, Denmark (1st); Shenzhen, China (2nd); Novi Sad, Serbia (3rd); Miami, the US (4th); and Kathmandu, Nepal (5th).Lonely Planet also listed Mexico City; Dakar, Senegal; Seattle, the US; and Zadar, Croatia as cities to visit in 2019. Meknes is located about 60 kilometers west of Fez and 155 kilometers east of Rabat.“The notorious war-mongering sultan who moved Morocco’s capital to Meknès in 1672 would be turning in his grave if he knew how few visitors the city receives today compared with Fez and Marrakesh,” wrote Lonely Planet.The number of tourists visiting Meknes has increased since last year. Overnight stays rose from 12,871 in January 2017 to 16,172 in January 2018, up by 26 percent.However, Meknes has far fewer visitors compared to other tourist cities in Morocco.Fez recorded 69,357 overnight stays in January 2018 compared to 51,341 in January 2017, up by 35 percent. Marrakech, the leading Moroccan tourist city, received 542,514 overnight stays in January 2018 compared to 422,850 in the same period last year.Lonely Planet recalled the imperial history of Meknes when “Moulay Ismail plundered Marrakeshi palaces and Roman ruins at nearby Volubilis for stone and marble to build thick-set fortifications that still encase the city.”The travel guide publisher also mentioned the city’s “giant subterranean food stores” and its remnant gate, Bab Mansour, which “outshines even the Blue Gate [Bab Boujloud] in Fez.”Meknes is also famous for the mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail and its old medina.“At the heart of the city, Ismail’s elaborate mausoleum is a national treasure and it’s scheduled to emerge soon from a two-year, top-to-toe restoration, giving travellers more reason than ever to visit this under-appreciated imperial city,” wrote Lonely Planet. read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse suffers first loss of season 169 at Massachusetts

    OSU then-junior attacker Carter Brown (14) during the Buckeyes’ 15-12 win against Johns Hopkins on March 5 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team early-season winning run came to an end on Saturday.The Buckeyes lost to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 16-9 for their first loss and the Minutemen’s first win of the season.In similar fashion to their first two games, the Buckeyes fell into an early deficit. UMass won the opening faceoff, and junior attacker Gianni Bianchin scored his first of three goals in the half to give the Minutemen an early 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray rebounded, however, and went on a 4-1 run to end the first quarter. Junior midfielder John Kelly scored two of his four goals in the quarter, and senior attacker Carter Brown threw a strike into the upper corner of the net for his third goal of the season to give OSU a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter.However, on a mission to defend its home field, UMass came out of the gate strong in the second quarter.Bianchin scored two early goals to tie the game at four, and sophomore midfielder Buddy Carr scored his first of four goals with 8:23 left to cap a 4-0 Minutemen run and give the home team a 6-4 lead.OSU was unable to get any offensive momentum in the second quarter until Kelly scored with 4:47 remaining. An additional goal for each team to end the half gave UMass a 7-6 lead heading into the break.The Minutemen outshot the Buckeyes 20-13 in the first half, while OSU had a 7-5 advantage in faceoffs, leading to a relatively even first half between the two teams.Such was not the case in the second half.UMass blitzed the Buckeye defense in the second half, outscoring OSU 9-3 en route to a 16-9 finish. The Minutemen held a significant advantage in time of possession, leading to a 17-11 advantage in goal attempts.One reason for the disparity in goals scored in the second half was how UMass was able to capitalize on its opportunities. The Minutemen were able to score off OSU turnovers and empty-netters late in the game.On the other hand, the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on extra-man opportunities following UMass penalties the entire game, including a small stretch when the OSU had a two-man advantage.One bright spot for the Buckeyes was the play of junior midfield specialist Jake Withers. Although he was unable to gain an extreme advantage in faceoffs like the previous two games, he did win the overall faceoff battle 13-12, extending his streak of positive differentials to three games.The Scarlet and Gray will try to rebound from the loss when they are set to go up against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Friday at Ohio Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. read more

  • Football JT Barretts improving accuracy tight end most improved position and more

    Nine spring practices have come and gone for the Ohio State football team and the depth chart appears more definite just a week-and-a-half before the spring game.Coach Urban Meyer discussed the ongoing position battles and some standout performers in spring practice, while also revealing that sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the spring. Meyer added that Harrison has been “having a tremendous spring” and “will compete for a starting spot” once he is healthy again.Here are five takeaways from Meyer’s Tuesday’s press conference.Barrett improving accuracyComing off a season where redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed his lowest percentage of passes in his career, Barrett has been working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on improving his accuracy and trying to rediscover the success he found in his redshirt freshman season.Last season, Barrett completed just 61.8 percent of passes, 1.5 percent worse than his 2015 season and 2.8 percent less than his redshirt freshman season.“I thought his freshman year, he was a very accurate player and the last two years weren’t quite as accurate,” Meyer said. “Our deep ball percentage was the best that it’s been since we’ve been here last week. We were charting everything and JT and the boys did a really good job. We didn’t catch all of them, but as far as accuracy, it was almost something like 90 percent and that’s what we’re looking for.”Burrow leading the race for backup quarterbackThere was never really a competition for the starting quarterback job with Barrett’s return, but Meyer offered insight on the battle for the No. 2 at the position.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow currently stands out among the quarterbacks to serve as Barrett’s backup in the upcoming season, but freshman quarterback Tate Martell is still taking plenty of reps, Meyer said.“I’d say Joe is ahead of them, but they’re both getting reps,” he said. “Tate had his best day, too, the other day in the scrimmage, so it’s good competition there and that brings out the best in people. We all know what happened a couple years ago where all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘You’re the starter. Go beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.’ And they did it. So that position is a key guy.”Offensive-line recruiting has ‘missed’ in the pastPart of the reason the offense struggled to produce at its same level in 2016 was because of an offensive line that did not provide the same level of pass protection that it had in years past.Meyer said that two of his offensive-line classes “didn’t turn out” the way he had hoped, but that he has a trio of offensive lineman who are really coming along in practice and should be able to help improve the play of the line in 2017 .“Yes we have (missed a few). More than a few. You can’t do that. That’s what happens is you have a year like we did last year where guys — you know, true freshmen should have not played then,” Meyer said. “Demetrius Knox is running with the ones and Malcolm Pridgeon is still learning the offense, but Matt Burrell is probably one of the most improved offensive lineman at this point and the other guys are much improved as well. Very pleased with where we are at on the offensive line.”Tight end is most improved position in spring practicesThere has been improvement in the offensive line and the quarterbacks so far, but the position that has stepped up its game in spring the most has been the tight ends, Meyer said.Even with senior tight end Marcus Baugh missing spring practice so far with offseason shoulder surgery, the tight end position has looked promising thus far and has been “the most improved position on the team.”“A.J. Alexander is really coming on and Luke Farrell is a little bit ahead of Jake Hausmann, but they’re both very comparable,” Meyer said.Defensive line will be backbone of the teamThe defensive line will be returning a lot of stars from last season, including all defensive ends and the team will count on them to once again be the backbone of the defense in the upcoming season.With a returning group of defensive ends that include Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa and senior Jalyn Holmes, the defensive line will be “as good as anybody in America,” Meyer said. “I think as of right now, it’s the strength of our team on defense,” Meyer said. “Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us. On the other side, we’re really hoping Tracy Sprinkle can give us some depth and be the guy that we thought he was going to be before he got hurt.”Meyer added that Hubbard, who finished third on the team in sacks and second in quarterback hits, is “the definition of elite” and works as hard as anybody to perfect his craft.“We call it 10-80-10 around here and it’s elite self discipline, self respect and incredible work ethic, that’s how you identify the characteristics of an elite player and he’s as elite as I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. Other notes:A battle for the position of kicker will continue on over the remainder of the spring and the summer between junior kicker Sean Nuernberger and recruit Blake Haubeil, Meyer said, with Nuernberger in “much better shape than he’s ever been,” though he will still have to win over the spot.Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has “a bit of a sore shoulder,” Meyer said, but he’s making progress and has the talent to do “anything he wants.”Meyer said that senior safety Damon Webb is “a much improved player than he was in the spring” and credited Webb’s success to recent weight loss read more

  • Female bankers are the least likely to conceive through IVF

    first_imgTeachers, with thier long summer holidays and ability to control their diaries more, have greater IVF success Credit:Dave Thompson /PA What’s ironic is that investment banks have the most generous fertility perks, but that the culture very much works against all of thatJake Anderson-Bialis, FertilityIQ Women working in investment banks have among the worst chances of success from IVF treatment, but teachers are the most likely to conceive, new data has revealed.Despite enjoying lavish health benefits that often include access to reproductive therapy, city high-flyers are so stressed and at the whim of volatile markets they tend to miss appointments and vital windows to self-administer medicine.Research presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual congress shows that female investment bankers are 60 per cent less likely to conceive from IVF than women working in other jobs with a similar salary. Teacher Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The findings, he said, reflect research into assisted fertility rates at large technology companies such as Apple and Google, where success rates are low despite generous employee health benefits.The new 2015 survey of 1,123 IVF patients in the US also found that women who worked in sales, marketing and public relations jobs were twice as likely to benefit from treatment as those in different roles with the same salary.The chances of patients working as doctors, lawyers and nurses, however, were found to be roughly similar to women in the same pay bracket.Overall, women who reported earning a combined household income of more than £81,200 had an 80 per cent higher likelihood of success than patients below that threshold, even though they only recorded having 21 per cent more treatment cycles. IVF Teachers, however, were found to be six times more likely to conceive than peers of a comparable age, geography and take-home pay.Researchers believe that long summer holidays, which allow teachers to exercise rigorous control over their diaries, as well as a more supportive female-friendly work environment, contribute to the profession’s high rates of assisted reproductive success.Jake Anderson-Bialis, the founder of FertilityIQ which conducted the research, said: “IVF is a corridor that’s incredibly fragile, where timing is down to the minute and patients are responsible for an enormous amount of their own care.“If you are hours too early or too late, you can lose your cycle. What’s ironic is that investment banks have the most generous fertility perks, but that the culture very much works against all of that.” Female investment bankers may find it harder to conceive through IVFCredit:SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI /Getty  Pregnancy test The Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who began research in the field after he and his wife embarked on IVF, also said the findings reflect already published research showing that stress levels can harm chances of assisted reproduction.The study coincides with an announcement from the University of Nottingham that they have developed a new hair test that can measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which an negatively affect IVF by up to 30 per cent.Published the in the journal Psychoneuoendocrinology, the study says the test will help boost success rates by allowing doctors to ensure women’s hormonal conditions are favourable before beginning treatment. Stress levels can harm chances of assisted reproductionCredit:Peter Cade Mr Anderson-Bialis said the comparative figures on investment bankers and teachers showed that IVF success can be as much down to the patient’s environment than having access to multiple rounds of treatment.“What these [investment banker] women typically tell us is they’re leading a double life,” he said.“They feel they have to sneak out of the office for treatment. The demands of the job are insane.“If the market is crashing that day or you have to go and visit a client, you’re going to have to cancel an appointment. That’s bad – you cannot have that happen.”last_img read more

  • Avoiding undue taxes

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an attempt to finalise the electronic property tax database (‘periousiologio’), the Greek Ministry of Economics is giving to the tax payers a second chance to amend the property tax statements they have filed for the fiscal years 2011 to 2013, through the submission of amending E-9 tax forms, without the imposition of fines and penalties. May we remind that the property tax database will be used for the imposition of the upcoming unified property tax. So, the correct and true information must be confirmed. As of October 16, 2013, the electronic property tax database for individuals has re-opened (for entities and other non-individuals the database will be accessible from October 21), allowing those who have declared properties for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 to amend the declarations made therein. Such amendment includes the declaration of additional properties, the correction of information (i.e. size, location, age, etc.), regarding properties already declared or even the deletion of properties that were initially declared. How is the amendment effected? Pursuant to Ruling 1234/ October 15, 2013, the amendment of the property tax profile is effected only electronically. The tax payer must enter in their tax profile at the tax authority web page ( and view their property tax profile. In the case that there are mistakes to the declarations made therein, or in the case that the electronic tax profile does not depict all properties, or in the case that there are additional properties which did not belong to them at the respective fiscal tax year, they can submit electronically an amending E-9 tax form and change their property status. They will also have to include to the respective field (notes), the reason for the amendment. The only exemption for actual submission of E-9 tax documents before the Tax Authority (and not through the web tax system) applies in cases of submission of E-9 tax statements for deceased persons, or in any case that there is no electronic property tax profile and a new property right has been acquired within the respective tax year (e.g. inheritance, gift, purchase etc). At this point, the tax payers do not have to provide the tax authority with documents (deeds, drawing, etc.) to prove the reason for the submission of the amending E-9 tax statements, except for those whose filings that will be audited by the Tax Authority. To sum up, all tax payers with property rights in Greece must enter their web tax profile and review their property status, as the Tax Authority has depicted it and maybe proceed with the relevant amendments, in case of erroneous entries. The deadline for such amendments, without the imposition of penalties is 4 months since the issuance of the Notice of Tax Assessment. Lack of amending the tax payer’s property tax profile may, result to the imposition of undue taxes. John Tripidakis is a Greek lawyer.last_img read more

  • La Nasa livre ses plus belles images de la Terre prises depuis

    first_imgLa Nasa livre ses plus belles images de la Terre prises depuis l’espaceA l’occasion de la journée de la Terre qui a lieu depuis 40 ans tous les 22 avril, la Nasa livre un diaporama des plus belles photos de la planète bleue prises depuis l’espace.Alors qu’elle vient de nous faire part de photos exceptionnelles du Soleil (voir article), la Nasa publie les plus belles photos de notre planète prises depuis 1968. À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?L’agence spatiale américaine, créée le 29 juillet 1958, est à l’origine de nombreux projets spatiaux, notamment le programme Apollo et la mission Mercury-Atlas 6 qui a envoyé le premier astronaute américain sur la Lune en 1962. La Nasa a également mis en orbite l’ISS (Station spatiale internationale), le télescope spatial Hubble, les sondes Viking 1 et 2 pour l’observation de la planète Mars, les sondes Pioneer pour l’observation de Jupiter et Saturne, etc.Parmi les images livrées par la Nasa, on peut citer une étonnante carte du monde nocturne réalisée à partir de 400 photos, un cliché de l’ouragan Ike pris lorsqu’il recouvrait la moitié de l’île de Cuba, une vue du volcan Llullaillaco ou un lever de Terre photographié lors de la mission Apollo 8 le 24 décembre 1968.Pour voir ces images et bien d’autres : 26 avril 2010 à 12:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • LAgence spatiale russe trop orientée vers les vols habités

    first_imgL’Agence spatiale russe trop orientée vers les vols habités ?Le nouveau patron de Roskosmos, Vladimir Popovkine, a estimé jeudi que l’Agence spatiale russe devrait donner la priorité a des opérations davantage rentables, plutôt que de mettre l’accent sur les vols habités. Il a notamment évoqué des projets de systèmes de communication. Les vols habités ne seront bientôt plus la priorité de Roskosmos. C’est ce qu’a indiqué jeudi, le nouveau patron de l’Agence spatiale russe, Vladimir Popovkine, qui a déploré l’accent mis sur ce genre de projets ces dernières années. “A Roskosmos, malheureusement, à un certain moment, il y a eu un virage vers les vols habités. Le budget des vols habités représente presque la moitié de la totalité du budget de l’Agence” a t-il confié au quotidien russe Kommersant avant de poursuivre : “si les vols habités donnent des résultats tangibles, dans ce cas ils sont utiles. Mais si un homme veut simplement aller en orbite, je pense que ce n’est pas une activité bénéfique. Il faut des rendements”. À lire aussiAmazonie, Russie et imprimante 3D, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 23 aoûtSelon Vladimir Popovkine, la conquête spatiale n’échappe donc pas au besoin de rentabilité. Pourtant, la Russie est actuellement le seul pays à pouvoir encore envoyer des hommes sur la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Un privilège qui lui permet tout de même de demander des prix exorbitants (51 millions de dollars le siège) à la NASA pour que les astronautes prennent place dans un des vaisseaux Soyouz.  Néanmoins, le patron de Roskosmos nommé fin avril, est bien décidé à revoir les priorités de l’agence et a ainsi expliqué : “Bien sûr, la Russie a des obligations envers l’ISS qui doivent être remplies, mais Roskosmos a l’intention d’augmenter le montant des financements pour des projets visant à créer des systèmes de communications, de navigation, de sonde à distance de la Terre, d’appareils météorologiques”. Des projets jugés bien plus rentables par Vladimir Popovkine Le 12 août 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • MIT IBM Train AI to Create and Edit Fake Images

    first_imgStay on target Researchers from MIT and IBM trained artificial intelligence to generate realistic photographic images, then edit objects inside them.Dubbed GANpaint Studio, the system would be an ideal assistant to artists and designers looking to make quick adjustments to visuals.But it also offers insight into how neural networks learn context, and could help computer scientists identify fake or altered content.Take GANpaint Studio for a test drive with the interactive demo.Simply upload an image and choose which aspects to modify: transform a wall into a window, a dome into a spire, a green spring tree into orange autumnal foliage.Spearheaded by MIT professor Antonio Torralba, as part of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab he directs, the project could be used to improve or debug other GANs (generative adversarial networks) under development.“Right now, machine learning systems are these black boxes that we don’t always know how to improve, kind of like those old TV sets that you have to fix by hitting them on the side,” according to David Bau, a PhD student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).“This research suggests that, while it might be scary to open up the TV and take a look at all the wires, there’s going to be a lot of meaningful information in there,” lead study author Bau said in a statement.One unexpected discovery was that the system has learned simple rules about the relationships between objects. It knows not to put something where it doesn’t belong—like a window in the sky—or to insert different doors on two different buildings.“All drawing apps will follow user instructions, but ours might decide not to draw anything if the user commands to put an object in an impossible location,” Torralba said.The team’s goal is to give people more control over GANs, and ultimately better tools to stamp out forgeries.“You need to know your opponent before you can defend against it,” co-author Jun-Yan Zhu, a postdoc at CSAIL, said. “This understanding may potentially help us detect fake images more easily.”Adobe recently trained a convolutional neural network (CNN) to identify altered images of faces. The tool also pinpointed specific areas and methods of facial warping, and was able to revert images to what it estimated was their original state.The results, according to Adobe, impressed “even the researchers.”More on Robot Learns to ID Objects by Sight, TouchNew AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsMIT Robot Helps Lit Objects by Looking at Your Biceps McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

  • Apple will sunset Texture app in the wake of Apple News Plus

    first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comment How to get started with Apple News Plus Mobile Digital Media 2:00 Apple 1 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Apple News Plus was announced Monday.  Mike Sorrentino/CNET If you visit the website for Apple’s digital magazine app, Texture, on Friday, you’ll see a goodbye message. The tech giant is retiring Texture on May 28 and advertising its newest service, Apple News Plus. Apple announced News Plus during the Apple Event on Monday, along with other news.  “Texture is ending. Continue reading your favorite magazines, and so much more, with Apple News Plus,” the Texture site reads. Apple is offering Texture subscribers a free month of Apple News Plus. A subscription usually costs $10 per month. However, since Apple News Plus is offered only on iOS devices, Android and Kindle Texture subscribers are out of luck. The Texture app launched in 2012 and gave users access to hundreds of digital magazines from their phone. Apple wasn’t immediately available for comment.  • reading • Apple will sunset Texture app in the wake of Apple News Plus Share your voice Apple Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tagslast_img read more

  • Rep Young votes for health care bill says he won pledges for

    first_imgProtestors at the U.S. Capitol before a vote on the health care bill. Photo by Liz Ruskin.A Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the U.S. House today, with help from Congressman Don Young.Listen nowProtestors on the Capitol grounds chanted “Shame! Shame!” as lawmakers left the building.Young said the vote was just one step toward the Republican goal of repealing the Obama health care law.“The bill we passed today will not become law. It’ll be changed as time goes by,” he said. “But unless we move it, or move a vehicle, nothing’s going to happen, and that’s not good.”Under the bill, Alaskans would lose the generous subsidies available now to help them buy plans on the individual market. Instead they’d get tax credits that don’t vary by location. That was also in a prior version the bill, in March, and Young said then it would be bad for Alaska.Now, Young said there are more funds in the bill for high-cost states. And he said House Speaker Paul Ryan and others promised him Alaska will get more help.“I know we have the money, about $19 billion, that can be disbursed,” Young said. “I’ve talked to the (Health and Human Services) secretary, Dr. Price, and he ensures me we will be made whole, if it becomes law.”Also, Young told reporters his vote for the Speaker’s priority bill makes him more effective on other matters.“You have to have the assurance and the backing of the leadership or your bills don’t move. And Alaska has a lot of things on the plate, and I think we’re in a better position to get legislation done for Alaska after the vote today than I was before,” Young said. “And if you can’t figure that out, shame on you.”The bill goes next to the Senate.While Young said it includes protection for people with pre-existing conditions, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday the House is undermining the Affordable Care Act on that, the law’s most popular feature. To overcome objections, Murkowski said, the House seems to be creating more pots of money.“What I have seen, that causes me a little worry is the reports that (say) ‘Well, OK, We put this fund over here and it was a $15 billion fund. And now we’re going to put this fund over here, and it’s going to be an $8 billion fund,’” Murkowski said. “Are we building the right policy? Or are we just putting enough funds out there to give people comfort that, ‘OK maybe my state can tap into it.’”Governor Bill Walker issued a statement after the House vote saying Alaska would be the state most harmed if the bill is signed into law.last_img read more

  • K13 movie review and ratings by audience Live updates

    first_imgArulnithi’s K13.PR HandoutArulnithi has teamed up with Shraddha Srinath of Vikram Vedha fame in his latest movie K13, which has hit the screens on Friday, 3 May. Barath Neelakantan has directed the film apart from writing dialogues and screenplay for the film produced by ST Shankar and Santha Priya.The movie also has Gayathrie and director Adhik Ravichandran playing pivotal roles. Yogi Babu, Madhumitha, Rishikanth and others are part of the supporting cast. K13 has Sam CS’s music, GK Vishnu’s cinematography and Ruben’s editing.Story: K13 is a psychological drama that revolves around an assistant director (Arulnithi) and an author (Shraddha Srinath). It has non-linear screenplay with lots of twists and turns. How the duo land into trouble due to a twisted tale forms the crux of the story.Madhiazhagan spends a night with a mysterious woman Malarvizhi (Shraddha Srinath) after getting drunk. But to his horror the next morning, he finds her dead body and he is tied to a chair. Once untying himself, he searches her room to know her past. Soon he realises the need for erasing all the proofs which might put him in trouble. What follows next should be seen on-screen.Audience Response: K10 is a decent thriller with lots of interesting twists in the story. Despite the lags and slow-pace narration, it turns out to be an enjoyable flick. The smart writing and detailing for the characters are the highlights of the Tamil film, which has solid performance from the lead actors. Check out what the audience say about the film:Haricharan Pudipeddi: #K13 is a smart, extremely well executed meta thriller that takes time to warm up but the pay-off is worth sitting through. An assured debut by @dir_barath who knows how to pull a few surprises. @arulnithitamil and @ShraddhaSrinath play their respective parts fittingly.Sathish Kumar M: #K13 @arulnithitamil & @ShraddhaSrinath impresses with their acting skills in this mystery thriller with good prd-interval scenes and quite engaging second half with unexpected twist in the climax. @dir_barathSimon d Souza: Admiring, Simple & Sensible Actress. Impressive filmography Experimental genre films. The name @ShraddhaSrinath Wishes for all Big Endeavours❤ #Uturn #VV #JERSEY #K13 #NerKondaPaarvai #RustumS Abishek: Very few films will have something to offer till the last frame. #k13 comes in that category. Beyond entertainment value, this film will be an inspiration for mystery thriller aficionados Clean performances from @arulnithitamil and @ShraddhaSrinath Half way into #k13 – what’s with the story is still a challenge to crack. The director packages the first half with very little scope for us to guess anything about the climax. @arulnithitamil looks comfortable with the role @SamCSmusic does the trick.Richard Mahesh R: #K13 first half (55mins) From the word GO, it keeps us engaged. Less dialogues and more thrill created through actions. @sankarsp007 @arulnithitamil performance and @SamCSmusic BGM stands out @ShraddhaSrinath @dir_barath @kisham77 @narentnb @AntonyLRuben @AravinndSinghReview Ram: #K13 (Tamil) – Interval – Becomes interesting close to the break-point. No big progress after the plot is established in the first scene. The flashbacks are weak and boring. BGM is unimpressive. For the 100 mins runtime, the engagement is very low till now. ‘Sumaar’ so far. A watchable thriller with good thinking. Thumbs-up for the idea and premise, but the execution fails to pack a punch. Could have been better and there are a lot of silly fillers in the first hour.simon d souza: Admiring, Simple & Sensible Actress. Impressive filmography Experimental genre films. The name @ShraddhaSrinath Wishes for all Big Endeavours❤ #Uturn #VV #JERSEY #K13 #NerKondaPaarvai #Rustum#K13 Film Review (7.9/10)Link – @dir_barath a Superb Action Mystery thriller Film@arulnithitamil Good acting by Him@ShraddhaSrinath Show that she is a Versatile actress by her Act@SamCSmusic BGM is the pillar of the FilmWatch the Film in Theatre— Arthif’s – UTUBE (@ArthifUtube) May 3, 2019last_img read more

  • Red alert Vigilance urged on Bengaluru public transport after suspicious man refuses

    first_imgKempegowda metro station, MajesticTwitter [Representational Image]The security measures have been increased at all public transport stations at Bengaluru after an unidentified man suspected of carrying something lethal refused to undergo a security checkup at Majestic metro station.The incident happened on Monday night after a suspicious man triggered a red alert at the metal detectors at the station entrance. According to the reports, the man was wearing a belt-like device below his belly.In the surveillance footage, a man wearing a dress similar to the Arab robe, a black jacket and a headgear refused to cooperate with the metro station staff after the alarm was triggered on the metal detector after he passed through it. When asked to show the device under his shirt, the man quickly escaped the scene.A while later, the man tried to enter the metro station from the south entrance of the building. The metro staff and a few auto-rickshaw drivers tried to catch him but he managed to escape from them. This incident has been recognised as a major security lapse by the security officers at the station who let the suspicious man go without further questioning.According to the Bengaluru City Police (BCP), there were slim chances of that man being someone with a hidden agenda to harm others. But they also said that a team has been initiated by the lawmakers to trace him, at the same time the police has asked the people to restrain from spreading rumours that might create unnecessary panic among the public. However, they have been unsuccessful in locating the person.”Our team has been checking through all hotels, dormitories and public installations near Majestic area and other parts of the city. Though it appears to be an event which is being blown out of proportion we will verify his identity. We have already collected the security camera footage from BMRCL officials,” said a police official, reports Bangalore Mirror.Following the incident at Majestic metro station, the city has been warned of a high alert at all places of public gathering including the railway stations and bus stations. The Metro staff has been instructed to strictly monitor the situations at the station. The authorities have stressed the staff on baggage checking as well as body check through hand-held metal detectors should be conducted thoroughly.last_img read more

  • Digital broadcast laws to be scrapped if BNP returns to power Moudud

    first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. — File photoSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said the party will repeal the ‘Digital Security Act’ and approved the ‘Broadcast Bill’ within a week, if it is voted to power, to ensure press freedom.”These two laws have been enacted so that our newspapers and media can’t present news independently. Their (journalists’) hand and legs are tied and their voice gagged while the freedom of speech is snatched through the laws,” he said.UNB reports, speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to say these two laws will be revoked within seven days if we return to power.”Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal organised the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the withdrawal of ‘dictated’ verdicts against BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman in August-21 grenade attack cases.On Monday, the cabinet approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018.Under the bill, if anyone broadcasts false or confusing information in a discussion programme or anything against the spirit and principles of the Liberation War or against the state policy, he or she will face a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of Tk 5 crore, or both.On 8 October, president Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill turning it into a law.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation is now united under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront as it was formed as per the desires of people of all walks of life.He said the ruling party leaders’ unguarded comments against the Jatiya Oikyafront have demonstrated that BNP’s decision of forging the unity is right one.”We’ll intensify our unity further and ensure our leader (Khaleda’s) release and force the government to hold the election under a neutral administration through it,” he said.The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be allowed to hold another unilateral election like that the 2014 one.He criticised the government for denying Oikyafront permission to hold its maiden rally in Sylhet on October 23. “A party (Jatiya Party) is holding a rally today (Saturday) with much enthusiasm without any obstruction. They allow all, except us, to hold rallies as it’s a fascist and autocratic regime. It fears people and doesn’t believe in the rule of law.”Claiming that Tarique was convicted in August-21 cases ‘unlawfully’ out of political vengeance, Moudud said people do not accept such ‘dictated’ verdicts.He said Tarique will appeal in the High Court against the verdicts once he returns home. “He’ll prove wrong the verdicts given against him. I believe he’ll be acquitted from the High Court through the appeal.”last_img read more

  • Bringing backstage to the fore

    first_imgEntering its 19th year, the Chaman Lal Memorial Award, constituted to recognize artists for  the stage lighting and design is a unique endeavour in the field of theatre. It turns the spotlight on the innumerable unsung heroes that smoothen the on stage presence of theatre artists without ever getting visibly acknowledged. The awards conferred by the SoTciety will be given out this year by Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch on 5 May at Siri Fort. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The awards that honored the likes of Alyque Padamsee, Bansi Kaul, M.S. Sathyu, Ebrahim Alkazi, Sushma Seth, Zohra Sehgal and many other prominent theatre personalities all over India, will continue the tradition in the 19th edition. This time around,the highlights include Rudraprasad Sengupta from Kolkata for life-long Achievement to the theatre world, Ms Kriti V Sharma from Haryana for Excellence in Costume Designing and Sh. Dinesh Poddar from Kolkata for excellence in Stage Light Design.The award ceremony will be followed by a 40 minute multimedia presentation, Ek Shaam that will bring alive the magic of the stage for the audience. The concept and direction of the show is conceived by R.K. Dhingra.DETAILWhere: Siri AuditoriumWhen: 5 Maylast_img read more

  • Faith art beauty

    first_imgI should be the last one to say that don’t go by face, but it is not often that you meet people who exude charm, warmth as well as immense talent. All at the same time and to make things better – a pretty face. Meet Charuvi Agarwal. Artiste, animation film maker and for now Indian-mythology-renaissance-bringer.Remember the mythological serials you grew up with? The Ramayana and the Mahabharata on national television which was loud, garish, integral part of our formative years but such an eye-sore. And more often than not almost all of us have wished that our epic heroes should have been better dressed, better looking and worthy of Superman-Batman size posters on our bedroom walls. I am not talking faith here, am talking hero-worship. Our Rams and Lakshmans  were never cool enough. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But Agarwal is all set to change that game, one step at a time. Before we let that cat out of the bag, here’s a lowdown on the lady.Agarwal  is an India based artist and animation film maker. She is a graduate in Computer Animation from  Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada  and a B.F.A. (painting) from College of Art, Delhi. Her career as a painter and a sculptor began at a very early age in which she won several awards of national stature and participated in many art shows with country’s leading art curators. Through her innovative ‘Claytronics’ (miniature clay sculptures of contemporary political figures) she has been featured in the Limca Book of Records (2007); after which she was honored at the ‘Incredible India@60’ Festival in New York by Coca-Cola as one of  ‘The emerging 10 who would transform the global artistic landscape’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix In 2007 her short film 10th Avatar was nominated and presented at SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival. The film went on being showcased in various international film festivals such as Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Taiwan International Children’s TV & Film Festival , 3rd Beijing International Animation Festival 2007, Santa Fe Film Festival , South Asian International Film Festival , One World Film Festival and many more. She also won Viewer’s Choice & Jury Award at Toronto Urban Film Festival for her other film Dundas n Bathrust. Agarwal has had work associations in animation film industry with pioneers like National Film Board of Canada where she worked on a short film on the legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin . Besides this she has worked on several independent projects and animated TV shows.CDL: Charuvi Design Labs which was founded in 2009 and comprises of a team of young talented and creative minds who work on big projects and have marked position in the world. CDL which was initially focused on animation alone, later indulged in other interests too like 3D conversion, making applications, and 3D art sculptures.The master mind behind CDL has been featured in various publications and earned prestigious film screenings at many festivals like Siggraph Computer Animation Festival (Vancouver, Los Angeles), Internationale Kuzfilmtage Oerhausen(Germany), Taiwan International Children’s TV & Film Festival , South Asian International Film Festival(New York), One World Film Festival(Ottawa), Montreal World Film Festival, Motreal (Canada), Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Edinburgh International Film festival, Edinburgh (UK),Indian Art Summit(Delhi ) and many more. Her paintings and miniature sculptures have garnered recognition and awards in high-profile exhibits from a very early age.She has been a part of many exhibitions which includes ‘Contemporary Women Artists of India’ All India Fine Arts & Craft Society, India held in 2004, Etching Prints, 77th Annual All India Art Exhibitions, India held in 2005, ‘I will survive’, International Committee of the Red Cross, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre held in 2005, ‘Full Circle’ organized by Art Konsult, Lalit Kala Akademi, India held in 2006.  Her work was also featured in online Digital Liverpool Biennial in the year 2006.Agarwal has been facilitated with Rajiv Gandhi Award in the year 1997 followed by Biswanth Mukherjee Award in 2005. She was featured in Limca Book of Records (2007) for creating a new form of caricature called Claytronics miniature clay sculptures of contemporary political figures.Agarwal now is gearing up for her first exhibition in the Capital which, we assure, will be something you have never seen before. Watch this space for more.last_img read more

  • Promoting women entrepreneurs

    first_imgWith the tagline of Innovate, Transform and Power as its prime focus, Rokitt Inc. is the expert in digital products for consumers across various industries. It is a dynamic team that strives to make a difference for the people we serve every day. Visiting India to launch their start-up, the co-founders Rohit Mahajan and Oksana Sokolovsky talked to Millennium Post about how they look at various industries through the lens of progressive disruption and develop products for mass consumption and impact. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rokitt Inc. will be launching various digital products which would promote various social causes. The Women Entrepreneurs International (WEI) would provide a networking and promotional platform for women entrepreneurs. The community was founded by like-minded entrepreneurs with a mission to use their industry knowledge and experience to deliver an impactful contribution towards women’s personal and entrepreneurial growth. WEI also plans to expand its training and mentorship opportunities to help educate women on business networking and referral marketing. It also focuses on tangible services to help women launch, run and expand their businesses as well as offer specific services such as building a business plan, securing funding, registering the company, legal and accounting activities, launching websites and promotion. WEI support includes educational tools, skills workshops, legal and accounting services, marketing and web development support. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRohit Mahajan, the co-founder said, “I am convinced that with real tangible support, women will be able to start and expand their businesses and become more independent and empowered. WEI has established key partnerships with vendors to scale up its services and deliver tangible results. Our goal is to equip women with the skills and resources that will allow them to become successful entrepreneurs in a global economy.”  WEI is a key drive by Rokitt Inc. to expand the women’s empowerment initiative globally, targeting to impact more than one million women over the next few years. There will also be a Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) which will develop and implement comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organisations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE will provide for the underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence. With products like Local Advertising Platform, Travel, Machine learning, Natural language processing, Rokitt Inc. has a wide amount of industries and technologies under its wing.last_img read more

  • Cancun bar raids end with five arrested

    first_imgThe operation was conducted by police members from the Policía Ministerial, Policía Federal, Ejército Mexicano, Marina Armada de México, the Seguridad Pública del Estado as well as INM — el Instituto Nacional de Migración. Cancún, Q.R. — An operation of bar raids in Cancun has resulted in the arrest of five people after police visit several nightclubs. As part of an operation, police visited several nightclubs in central Cancun that included Cervecería Chapultepec on Cancún Avenue, Las Torres, 666 bar on Yaxchilán Avenue, Plaza de Toros, Crucero bars on Avenida Lopez Portillo and Tulum, the Guanatos brewery of La Luna Avenue and La Hija de Cuauhtémoc among others. By the time the night operation was over, a total of five people were taken into custody. Police report one male was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana, while a second male in a different nightclub was arrested for possession and marketing of cocaine. The operation was conducted due to citizen complaints.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: FGERoo Three others were taken into custody for obstruction of justice after they refused to cooperate with the operation and are reported to have become violent and insulting. The three were arrested from two different establishments.last_img read more

  • Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

    first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There were few bright spots on the Cardinals defense Sunday against the New England Patriots. Strong safety Tony Jefferson was one of them.Jefferson played all 71 snaps, and led the Cardinals in solo (9) and combined tackles. He had two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit that blew up a passing play because he got to Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo so quickly. None of that mattered to Jefferson after the game. He was more concerned with the Cards’ inability to put the Patriots in long down situations, and their inability to get off the field on third down where New England was 10 of 16.“We’ve just got to win on first down,” he said. “Once a team gets to second and short they can do anything in the playbook — it opens up the playbook and they can pass, run or do whatever … and obviously, third down we didn’t do as good.”The Cardinals tendered Jefferson, a restricted free agent, at the lowest amount possible ($1.67 million) this spring, giving them the right to match any offer for Jefferson. Jefferson, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma, tested the free-agency waters but received no offers. He has not missed a game since signing as a rookie free agent in 2013. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Yesterday, when you plant it would just kind of give,” he said. “You couldn’t really get into it, into the plant foot and out. But the pain, next week, should be fine. We should be good to go.”Butler’s optimism for Week 2 stems from feeling better Monday than he did Sunday night, and he added there was some luck involved because assistant athletic trainer Michael Blankenship, who always helps Butler tape up his left ankle prior to games, put a little extra into Sunday’s job.“There’s no question if I didn’t have the tape on there, I don’t know if I could be playing this week,” he said. “But I am and I’m excited to get out there and get back to work.”Injury newsSunday night, the Cardinals saw as Butler, guard Evan Mathis and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker all seemed to come down with some sort of injury.Butler’s ailment has been discussed, and it appears as though he will be fine. Monday afternoon, Arians said there was no word on Mathis’ status and that Rucker has an MCL injury that will likely keep him out two to three weeks.Jefferson’s big day (as told by Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan) Top Stories Looking for positive returnsTo say the Cardinals struggled in the kick return game would be putting it mildly, as Andre Ellington averaged just 15.3 yards on his four opportunities. He had a long of 21 yards, and took a return past the Arizona 20 just once.When you consider downing the ball for a touchback would have let the offense begin at the 25, the failure to generate much of anything in such situations was a rather unsightly blemish in a night with a few of them.Many would point to Ellington as part of the problem, but Arians looked to the blocking in front of him.“We did not block the right guys and obviously turned to many of them loose on Andre,” he said. “We’ve got a hell of a returner back there if we just block somebody.”It’s likely some of those issues can be attributed to young players who were either too amped up or are still learning their respective positions.Asked what needs to get better, Ellington said the return team needs to clean up its techniques.“As far as that, we pretty much understand what’s going on and I’ve got to do a better job of setting blocks and helping those guys up front get their blocks,” he said. TEMPE, Ariz. — Drew Butler was called on to punt five times in Arizona’s 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night.Of his five kicks, just two landed inside the Patriots’ 20-yard line, and his boots had an average distance of 36 yards.In a game filled with spotty special teams play, Butler’s performance was if not the most detrimental, still very noticeable.Yet on Monday, when asked about Butler’s status on the roster, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians offered a healthy dose of praise. Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler (2) during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Arians said there was just one return where Ellington probably should not have taken the ball out of the end zone, and it was clear the Patriots were doing what they could do put the ball in situations that would not lead to big returns.Ellington would not be surprised if other teams tried to emulate that plan, but even still understands there are things they could do better to still get significant yardage.He is looking forward to breaking one.“I feel like we are capable,” he said. “Just watching film, we’re real close. But we’ve just got to clean up a few things and we’ll be fine.”Other musings– Asked what he told the team after the loss, Arians said that it’s just one game.“Go back, watch yourself and your preparation. Was it good enough? Watch the film and see if your preparation got to the stadium.”– David Johnson appeared to have an excellent game, with 89 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards and one touchdown. However, Arians said he thought the second-year pro was impatient early and did not produce as much as they were hoping he would in the passing game. The coach said his running back was solid, though, and noted how his 45-yard run in the fourth quarter was reminiscent of Johnson’s impressive jaunt last year in Philadelphia. But if there is any thought to getting Johnson more involved in the offense — he had just 16 carries and four catches — it appears that if anything else, the plan is go use him less. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He kicked his ass off on one leg. He had a severely sprained ankle,” Arians said. “Some guys would have not been able to go out there. He sucked it up for his team and went out there. He sprained his ankle severely on that first punt.”During the game it was apparent that Butler had suffered some kind of injury on his first kick — a 38-yarder that was caught at the New England 18 and returned to the 26. He received attention on the sideline after the play, but no official injury was announced and he continued with his normal role. Had Butler been unable to continue, kicker Chandler Catanzaro would have handled punts.Butler said the injury happened when teammate Troy Niklas got tripped up and rolled into his plant foot.“It hurt pretty bad; I thought it was bad initially, but just gutted it out and was able to finish up the game,” Butler said. “Wish I could have put a better product out there.”While there was no indication Butler was blaming the injury for his performance, he noted the importance of his plant foot and the impact a badly sprained ankle could have.Whereas some injuries are more about pain tolerance, what Butler was — and still is — dealing with has more to it. Comments   Share   “No, he probably played too much,” Arians said. “I’d like to have Chris (Johnson) in there more, but we only had 59, 60 snaps.”– Arians is known for his “no risk-it, no biscuit” mentality, but on the team’s first drive, when facing a fourth down and inches to go on the Arizona 49, he elected to punt. Butler’s boot did not pin the Patriots deep, and New England proceeded to mount its first touchdown drive of the night.“It was really a decision by me to not go for 4th-and-6 inches, to punt it to their offense. I was thinking we could get good field position back. I think that third down call. In the past, I’ve gone for that a few times. In this game, had it been a different scenario, I probably would have. But, that was probably the most conservative call I made all night.” – / 55last_img read more

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