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first_imgTime Inc. has named Karin Tracy publisher of People StyleWatch. Most recently, Tracy served as associate publisher at InStyle.Deborah Jones Barrow, who previously held positions at Meredith Corp. and Primedia, was named executive vice president and publishing director at Montvale, New Jersey-based Wainscot Media. Recently, Barrow served as chief content and traffic officer at wowOwow.com.Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman was named contributing editor at large at Time magazine. Previously, Gellman spent more than two decades writing for the Washington Post. Former Nielsen Business Media managing editor Kenneth Hein has been named director of communications at J. Walter Thompson. At Nielsen, Hein managed the company’s media/entertainment brands, which were sold to e5 Global Media in December.United Business Media Think Tank Services CEO Philip Chapnick was appointed to the newly-created position of group chief representative for UBM in China. At the same time, UBM said Think Services will be merged with TechWeb and the new group will be led by TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff.SmartMoney named Alice Hagge copy chief. Most recently, Hagge served as a freelancer at Time. Prior to that she served as copy chief at Condé Nast Portfolio.last_img read more

Fayetteville Leaders Tout Strong Community Bonds at Army Commission Hearing

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners.The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel.Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe noted the close connections between Fort Bragg and its civilian neighbors, reported the Fayetteville Observer. About 70 percent of the installation’s troops live off post, for example. Keefe also pointed out that the county has one of the state’s few veterans courts.“Those are the kind of unique initiatives we take as a county,” Keefe said. “Our county leadership hopes to build on the leadership with Fort Bragg in their decision-making,” he added.Only one speaker addressed the Army’s plan to shift AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the regular Army, one of the primary issues the commission will be taking up.Removing the Apaches from the National Guard would be a “huge risk,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rick Comer told the panel. When there was a heavy demand to train Apache pilots over the last 13 years, Fort Rucker, Ala., turned to the National Guard to supply instructor pilots.  “The Guard at any given time had eight to 12 instructor pilots at Fort Rucker supporting flight school. We take the Apaches out of the Guard, what do we do next time? We won’t have that capability,” said Comer, who served with the North Carolina National Guard for 30 years.last_img read more

Kanye West Releases New Album Ye

first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning rapper’s eighth studio album arrives with guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 7:40 am At last, the new Kanye West album is here. Ye became available on all major streaming services on June 1 after months of anticipation.The seven-song, 23-minute album opens with the stark and jarring “I Thought About Killing You,” and delivers on the raw, candid edge West has received attention for in the media recently. He is joined on “Wouldn’t Leave” by Jeremih, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Ty Dolla $ign. The album’s final song “Violent Crimes” features DJ Loaf and a spoken outro by Nicki Minaj providing inspiration for a line West raps earlier in the song about being a father.One the eve of the album’s release, West hosted a listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyo., flying out hundreds of members of the media, including radio programmers, according to Rolling Stone. Several of West’s superstar friends and collaborators were also on hand, including Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, and 2 Chainz.His new album arrives amid a string of new West-produced projects, including Pusha T’s Daytona, which dropped May 25, and upcoming collabs with Nas, Taylor, and Cudi. Kanye West Drops New Album ‘Ye’ kanye-west-releases-new-album-ye News Email Kanye West Releases New Album ‘Ye’ Facebook Ye is the follow up to 2016’s Life Of Pablo, which was the catalyst for West earning an impressive eight GRAMMY nominations for the 59th GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song For “Ultralight Beam” and “Famous.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2017 – 6:00 am Watch Kanye West’s GRAMMY highlights Twitter last_img read more

Gustavo Dudamel Awards John Williams On GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends

first_imgVenezuelan conductor and Los Angeles Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director, Gustavo Dudamel presents a Trustees Award to conductor/composer John Williams during a concert celebrating the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipieJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2018 – 5:51 pm Venezuelan conductor, violinist and Los Angeles Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director, Gustavo Dudamel has the perfect words to describe the work of GRAMMY-winning conductor, composer and pianist John Williams, who has composed film scores for iconic films like Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Harry Potter. News “He’s writing the soundtrack of our lives, so we cannot disconnect a moment of your life without a melody of a movie that John wrote,” Dudamel told the Recording Academy.On the upcoming “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends,” Dudamel presents Williams with the Trustees Award. Williams has been the music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and continues relationships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he’s composed scores for many iconic movies, including Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park and Amistad. Anne Akiko Meyers will be honoring Williams with a performance of “Shindler’s List.” “He’s at the service [of’] the music,” Dudamel shared. “And that for us as young artists, in my case, is an example [of] that humble approach from a giant to the music, so that is something unique.”Watch the award presentation during the special tribute concert that will air on PBS at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 (check your local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gperf.”GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” To Air On PBS Oct. 5 Email Gustavo Dudamel Awards John Williams On “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Facebook Gustavo Dudamel Awards John Williams gustavo-dudamel-awards-john-williams-grammy-salute-music-legends NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 4, 2018 – 5:47 pm Gustavo Dudamel Presents Award To John Williams Twitter last_img read more

SNL spoofs Jordan Peeles movie Us with Discover Card parody ad

first_imgThose who haven’t seen Jordan Peele’s movie Us yet might want to steer away from a certain sketch that aired Saturday on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. There may be some spoilers in the spoof. Tags 2019 movies to geek out over The skit ends by flashing a Discover Card logo that blends with the movie’s symbol and the words “Discover: From the mind of Jordan Peele.”Us scared up a box office win in its debut weekend at the box office last week, but looks to be coming in second this week to Tum Burton’s remake of Dumbo. 77 Photos 77 Photos 0 In the skit, a parody of a Discover Card ad, cast member Ego Nwodim calls up the credit card company for some help with unauthorized characters. And let’s just say the person who answers the phone is unusually similar to Nwodim. Rabbits and scissors are also involved. And Kenan Thompson has a go at talking to his Discover card doppelganger.center_img Share your voice null Avengers: Endgame proves we should bring back the intermission Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Captain Marvel zooms past $900 million, but Us scares up box office crown 2019 movies to geek out over More on movies TV and Movieslast_img read more

Dear Comrade liplock video Vijay Deverakonda upset with fans for targeting Rashmika

first_imgVijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna’s kissing scene in Dear ComradeScreenshot of YouTube videoActor Vijay Deverakonda has opened up on the controversy surrounding his lip-lock scene in Dear Comrade and expressed his displeasure over fans target Rashmika Mandanna over the video.The makers of Dear Comrade had released its teaser in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada on March 16. This first look video took social media by a storm and registered over five million views in less than 48 hours. It struck a chord with many viewers and generated a lot of hype and curiosity about its release.But some viewers were not happy with the lip-lock scene featured in the teaser of Dear Comrade and they had resorted to troll Rashmika Mandanna on the social media. They said that the movie deals with a serious subject and there was no need for a silly scene like lip-lock between the hero and heroine. They had even said that Vijay Deverakonda is serial kisser Emraan Hashmi of Telugu cinema.Vijay Deverakonda was little bothered about viewers calling Emraan Hashmi. Hence, he stayed away from responding to them. But he was said to be disturbed over his co-star Rashmika Mandanna being targeted with abusive words. “He never expected the Twitterati to go into a rant over a harmless kiss,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a source close to the actor as saying. Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna at Dear Comrade launchTwitterWhile he is used to raising hackles and eyebrows with his unorthodox roles and attitude, Vijay is appalled that his co-star is being targeted with unflattering comments. Dear Comrade has several moments of intimacy between Vijay and Rashmika. Now, he is in two minds as to how to deal with the intimacy quotient in Dear Comrade because he doesn’t want his leading lady to be targeted.”Most of the leading stars in Tollywood said no to intimate scenes with their co-stars as they are scared of being targets for the audience. “Should a kiss even be the reason for debate and discussion in a country plagued with much bigger problems?” asked the source.last_img read more

Nasdaq up for seventh straight session

first_imgNasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K viewsNasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Nasdaq up for seventh straight session1.1K viewsBusinessThe Nasdaq rose for the seventh straight session, driven by biotech stocks. The Composite getting closer to the 5,000 mark. But stocks mostly ended in the red zone amid uncertainty over the prospectsVentuno Web Player 4.50The Nasdaq rose for the seventh straight session, driven by biotech stocks. The Composite getting closer to the 5,000 mark. But stocks mostly ended in the red zone amid uncertainty over the prospectslast_img read more

Infosys Breaks Convention Delays Q4 Results

first_imgInfosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season, won’t be doing so this quarter. Instead, it will be rival Tata Consultancy Services this time.The company did not cite any reason for the slight delay this time, though it usually releases its results in the second week of April.”A meeting of the Board of Directors of the company will be held on April 24, 2015, inter alia, to consider the audited financial results for the quarter and year ending March 31, 2015,” the software firm said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday.Tata Consultancy Services, the largest domestic IT firm, is set to start earnings season for fourth quarter on 16 April.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalize the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.Sikka and senior executives in Infosys are currently in the process of finalizing the strategy document that has caused the delay; Infosys wants to outline the roadmap when it declares its numbers, according to three other Infosys executives familiar with the development who asked not to be identified as they are not authorized to speak with the media, Livemint reports. The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.”Postponement of Infosys results might be keeping in view that Vishal Sikka, the new CEO, will get enough time to give out a direction and strategy for FY16 for Infosys, which has been struggling to match industry growth for three years,”said Ankita Somani, IT analyst with MSFL Research, to Deccan Herald.”In addition, overall we have been getting mixed signals regarding the demand environment for IT companies. Therefore, a slight delay in result declaration may increase visibility on client budgets and project kickstarts,” Ankita added.The Bengaluru-based company recently announced an average salary hike of 6.5 per cent as it faces the highest attrition rate among domestic IT firms.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6 percent in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.last_img read more

Lakshmis NTR movie row RGV to move Andhra HC against ECs order

first_imgLakshmi’s NTRScreenshot of YouTube videoRam Gopal Varma has now announced that he would move the Court against the contradictory stand of the Election Commission (EC) to stop the release of his movie Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh.After a month-long wait, Ram Gopal Varma had planned to release Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But on April 30, the Election Commission directed him not to release, reiterating its April 10 order not to screen it till further orders. In reply to the latter’s letter, AP Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi informed that it should not be released until the model code of conduct was in force.This order came as a big shock for Ram Gopal Varma, who has now decided to wage war against the EC. He tweeted, “Point 8C in EC ‘s below letter combined with AP high court judgement is why we planned to release today .we going to court against the contradictory stand of EC now to stop film after giving permission to release for reasons best known to it and we all know the force behind responsible.”Point 8C in the letter of the EC reads as follows:8. Section 126 (I) of the Representative of the People Act, 1951 prescribes that (1) No person shall—(a) convene, hold, attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or(b) display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus; or(c) propagate any election matter to the public by holding, or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the members of the public thereto, in any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area.Lakshmi’s NTR is a biopic based on the life of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao. The movie, which deals with the last days of NTR’s life, showcases Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the backstabber of his father-in-law NTR. The TDP got a court order for stalling its release in Andhra Pradesh, while was released in other parts of the globe and received a good response.last_img read more

Indian stock markets overreaction to Brexit unwarranted says advisory firm

first_imgIndian stock markets are overreacting to Britain leaving the European Union (EU) and it is a question of time that they will recover, guided by domestic factors such as monsoon, corporate earnings and related aspects, according to an Indian investment advisory firm.”This knee-jerk reaction to this magnitude for the Indian equity market is unwarranted…the Indian equity market is overreacting to this (Brexit) development,” Equinomics Research & Advisory Private limited (Equinomics), an investment advisory firm, said in a note on Friday.The Mumbai-based firm said keeping in view what Europe’s share in India’s exports is and relatively lower foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows from the region, India can afford to shrug off the impact of Brexit.”Entire Europe accounts for just about 8% of India’s total FDI inflows. Europe’s share in India’s FII inflows is also in single digit, we believe. Export to entire Europe is less than 15% of total exports. On such a low base of India’s exports, even if there is an absolute fall of 10% in exports to Europe, it wouldn’t impact much our overall exports,” Equinomics said in its note.It said that realities closer home such as the monsoon (predicted to be above-normal this year) and earnings of Indian companies would guide the stock markets once the Brexit dust settles. “What ultimately would matter to the Indian equity markets are monsoon performance and corporate earnings in the short-to-medium terms. If monsoon is good, India would outperform many major equity markets of the world once again,” the firm said.However, India Ratings & Research economist said that there is a possibility of foreign capital exiting India due to global uncertainties triggered by Britain leaving the EU. “…with risk rising in the global financial market foreign capital will flow out putting pressure on rupee to depreciate and making Indian financial market volatile,” Sunil Kumar Sinha, Principal Economist, India Ratings & Research, said.Meanwhile, Indian companies that have their markets in Europe or have production units in the continent would be adversely affected, he added.last_img read more

Youth stabbed to death in Dinajpur

first_imgA young man was stabbed to dead over a trifling matter at Mohishkotha in Sadar upazila of Dinajpur on Thursday night, reports UNB.Redwanur Rahim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said Mahbub Islam, 35, son of Aftab Uddin of Mohishkotha village, along with his father was returning home from a fair in Cheradangi by a van.When the van reached Mohishkotha, Mahbub locked into an altercation with a man over giving side to him around 8:00pm.At one stage, the man hit Mahbub with a sharp weapon, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was taken to Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College where doctors declared him dead around 10:45pm.last_img read more

BNP to hold May Day rally

first_imgLogo of BNPDenied permission for a workers’ rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, the BNP’s labour wing Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal has decided to bring out a rally in the city on Tuesday, marking the May Day.Sramik Dal general secretary Nurul Islam Khan announced the programme at press briefing at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday, reports UNB.He said they earlier sought permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) through a letter for holding a meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan over the International Workers’ Day on Tuesday. “They still didn’t respond to it.”Under the circumstances, Khan said, “We’ve decided to take out a workers’ rally from in front of our Nayapaltan central office at 11am on the May Day.”He said they have already informed the DMP authorities about bringing out the rally.Speaking at the programme, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said it is regrettable that the government did not allow the Sramik Dal to hold the meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan on the International Workers’ Day. “They didn’t give the permission as the word Jatiyatabadi is tagged with Sramik Dal.”He said Awami League does not allow its opponents to hold any public rally as it fears people and their gatherings. “It’s an anti-people and anti-workers government.”Rizvi strongly condemned and protested the government’s decision of not allowing Sramik Dal to hold meeting.Earlier on 21 April, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan announced that Sramik Dal would hold a workers’ meeting at historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 1 May.The International Workers’ Day, falls on 1 May, will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world on Tuesday amid various programmes highlighting the worker’s rights and safety at workplaces.last_img read more

US warns of action after Syria chemical attack

first_imgA man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib. Reuters file photoThe United States and Russia were on a collision course over Syria on Wednesday after a horrific chemical attack so shocked President Donald Trump that Washington threatened unilateral US action.At least 86 people were killed early on Tuesday in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria and dozens more were being treated after they were found convulsing and foaming at the mouth.After previous major chemical attacks in Syria in 2013, Trump strongly urged then-president Barack Obama not to order military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.And he came to office promising both to improve ties with Assad’s ally President Vladimir Putin of Russia and to focus US efforts in Syria solely on the defeat of the Islamic State group.But on Wednesday—as footage emerged of Syrian children choking to death in agony—he declared that his view of the conflict had been changed by an attack that “cannot be tolerated.”“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, alluding to Obama’s failure to enforce his own 2013 “red line.”“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” he warned.“I will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much… You’re now talking about a whole different level.”Trump did not go into detail about what any US response to the atrocity would be—and he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria’s civil war.Rethink supportThe US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned of unilateral action and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Russia to rethink its support for Assad.“There is no doubt in our mind that the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for this horrific attack,” Tillerson told reporters.“And we think it is time for the Russians to really think carefully about their continuing support for the Assad regime.”Tillerson is due in Moscow next week for talks that will now be clouded by the Khan Sheikhun controversy.At the United Nations, Haley was equally forthright.“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said.The warning came during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by France and Britain after the attack.Haley, lashing out at Russia for failing to rein in its ally Syria, showed photographs of lifeless children choked in the attack.“How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” she demanded. “If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it.”‘Categorically unacceptable’Britain, France and the United States have presented a draft resolution demanding a full investigation of the attack.Russia—along with Iran—is Syria’s main diplomatic and military partner. And Moscow, true to form, said the draft text was “categorically unacceptable.”Failure to agree on a compromise text could prompt Russia to use its veto to block the draft resolution. Moscow has used its veto seven times to shield Syria from UN action.The Western-backed draft text backs a probe by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands Syria provide information on its operations.Russia’s deputy ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the UN council that the proposed resolution was hastily prepared and unnecessary, but voiced support for an inquiry.“The main task now is to have an objective inquiry into what happened,” he said.Russia turned up at negotiations with a rival draft resolution that made no reference to specific demands that Damascus cooperate with an inquiry, diplomats said.Negotiations were continuing on the draft text and diplomats said there would not be a vote before Thursday at the earliest.“We are talking about war crimes here, war crimes on a large scale, war crimes with chemical weapons,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre.The British ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters he hoped council members would agree on a draft resolution by Thursday, but vowed to press for a vote regardless.Moscow, which launched a military intervention in 2015 in support of Assad’s forces, defended the government against accusations of responsibility for the attack.It claimed the deaths were caused when a Syrian strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” for bombs containing “toxic substances” and pledged to maintain its military support for Assad.Western experts have dismissed this claim as implausible, given the scale and nature of the casualties.And a senior State Department official said: “Anyone with common sense and the ability to look at pictures knows that what the Russians are saying about the depot is not true.”‘A gas so lethal’Doctors said victims showed symptoms consistent with the use of a nerve agent such as sarin—suspected to have been used by government forces in deadly attacks outside Damascus in 2013.US officials have not said what kind of agent they think was used, but Trump said it was “a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was.”If confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.last_img read more

Biker killed in Sherpur road crash

first_imgA motorcyclist was killed while his pillion passenger injured in a head on collision between a truck and their vehicle on Nalitabari-Nakugaon Road in Sherpur’s Andharpara of Nalitabari upazila on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Golam Mostafa, 52, son of Fazlul Haque of Shidhuli village where the injured was Shafizul Islam, 50.Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Nalitabari police station, said the accident took place when the speeding motorcycle hit the truck while taking turn on the road around 9:30pm, leaving the motorcyclist Golam Mostafa dead on the spot and Shafizul injured.The injured was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Mintoo Alal Sohel didnt file nomination papers

first_imgAbdul Awal Mintoo, Moazzem Hossain Alal, Habibun Nabi SohelBNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal and Dhaka south unit president Habibun Nabi Sohel have not submitted nomination papers.The BNP chairperson’s media wing official Sayrul Kabir confirmed this as Wednesday was the last day for filing nomination papers for 30 December parliamentary polls.The BNP official, however, could not say the reasons of their absence from the electoral contest.Abdul Awal Mintoo bought nomination forms for contesting polls from Feni-3 constituency and as a backup candidate for Khaleda Zia from Feni-1, in case she is declared disqualified, the BNP official said.Moazzem Hossain Alal wanted to contest from Barishal-2 constituency and Habibun Nabi Sohel from Dhaka-8 constituency.Candidates of all political parties that are contesting polls submitted their nomination papers to the respective returning officers by Wednesday.Alongside Mintoo, former Jubo Dal leader Rafiqul Islam is also an alternative candidate from Feni-1 if Khaleda Zia cannot contest elections.Former whip Shahidul Haque Jamal also bought nomination paper for Barisal-2 constituency, from where Alal wanted to contest.Earlier, he contested the elections from Dhaka-13. The BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam got nomination from Dhaka-13 constituency.Habibun Nabi Sohel has been in the jail after he was arrested from Gulshan on 18 September. None submitted nomination on his behalf.last_img read more

UK angered Russia blaming Putin for poisoning spy

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May visits the city where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent, in Salisbury, Britain on 15 March 2018. ReutersBritain provoked Russia’s wrath on Friday by directly implicating Vladimir Putin in the poisoning attack on an ex-double agent, with the Kremlin saying the claims were “shocking and unforgivable”.The war of words between Moscow and London over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy escalated as Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his government’s “quarrel” was with Putin rather than the Russian people.“We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War,” Johnson said in London.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded saying Johnson’s claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol.Linking Putin to the attack on Sergei Skripal, who moved to Britain in a 2010 spy swap, “is nothing but shocking and unforgivable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy”, Peskov told Russian news agencies.The crisis has unravelled in the thick of Russia’s presidential campaign, with Putin expected to win a fourth Kremlin term on Sunday.In a rare joint statement, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the United States on Thursday condemned the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia-both in a critical but stable condition in hospital-as an “assault on UK sovereignty”.They said there “no plausible alternative explanation” for the use of the Soviet-designed nerve agent other than Russian responsibility.Police officer Nick Bailey, who initially attended to the Skripals, was also in hospital in a critical state, though conscious, but his health has improved and he is now in a stable condition, England’s health service said Friday.Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, told Channel 4 television that Britain’s response to the attack was a “gross provocation”.He branded the British investigation “untransparent and secret”, adding that there was “no proof” that Skripal was gravely ill.Moscow opens probes -The Kremlin has vehemently denied it had a hand in the poisoning of its former spy in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.London’s key allies have closed ranks against Putin after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts, among other measures.On Friday, Russia said it could hit back at Britain at “any minute” with its own raft of punitive measures.The Kremlin has indicated it would expel British diplomats in a riposte to London’s move as well as adopt other measures that would “most suit Moscow’s interests”.“All the steps will be well thought out,” Peskov said.Meanwhile the Investigative Committee, which reports to Putin, opened a probe into the “attempted premeditated murder” of Skripal’s daughter, a Russian national, which it said had been “carried out in a way that was dangerous to the public”.At the same time a separate probe was opened into the mysterious death of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was found dead at his London home this week.London’s Metropolitan Police later announced their own murder investigation, saying Glushkov had suffered compression of the neck.Scepticism in Russia -Putin has barely weighed in on the row, telling a BBC reporter this week: “Sort things out from your side and then we will discuss this with you.”Russia insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly potent Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II.Skripal had taken his daughter, who was on a visit from Moscow, out for lunch before they both collapsed on a bench.Many Russians remain sceptical that the state was responsible and some analysts have not ruled out the involvement of ordinary criminals or rogue agents.The incident revived memories of the fate of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who died of Polonium radiation poisoning in a 2006 attack in Britain that London blamed on Moscow.EU president Donald Tusk said Friday that the bloc would discuss the attack at a Brussels summit next week, adding it would send a “clear message”.‘We don’t want Cold War’ -Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet-era chemist who helped create Novichok but later revealed the existence of Moscow’s classified programme, said terrorists could not produce it.“To create its components one needs powerful labs and very experienced personnel which only exist in several countries,” the now US-based whistleblower told opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.Britain on Friday said that it had invited the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to take a sample of the poison for analysis, under Article 8 of the Chemical Weapons Convention.May warned more measures could follow against Russia, noting that the US-led NATO alliance and the UN Security Council had discussed the attack.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing support for Britain’s stance.“We don’t want a new Cold War,” he told BBC radio.last_img

BNP to stage protest if gas prices hiked Fakhrul

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday warned that their party will not accept any gas price hike as it will only inflict sufferings on people, reports UNB.”Our position is clear about the government’s move to hike the gas prices. Neither we nor the country’s people will accept it,” he said.Fakhrul issued the warning at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office after a joint meeting of BNP and its associate bodies.He also said their party will take all-out protest programmes if the government increases the gas tariffs.About the Bangladesh part of US State Department’s annual country report on human rights practices, the BNP leader said it has depicted the real scenario of the country’s human rights condition and 30-December polls.The US 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released on 13 March said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, limitation of freedom of speech, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.On elections and political participation, the report termed the 30-December parliamentary elections a “lopsided” one and said it was considered to be marred by irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.Fakhrul said not only the US State Department but also all other global media outlets, including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, The Guardian and The Washington Post clearly said it was not an election at all on 30 December, 2018. “They also said people’s opinion and desire were not reflected in the election as they couldn’t cast their votes.”Even, the BNP leader said Indian media depicted what happened in the election.He alleged that Bangladeshi media could not properly report on the election due to a serious censorship on them. “Still, they’re vocal about it as much as possible for them””We’re very respectful to the media, and we thank them for the role they’re playing in such an adverse situation,” Fakhrul said.He alleged that the government has indulged in enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killing and arrest of its opponents to establish one-party rule.”One-party rule has been established in the country. Now people have no security and they don’t get justice. We’ve been witnessing for nearly 10-12 years that whom the government doesn’t like are being killed and made disappeared,” the BNP leader observed.last_img read more

WEAA Planning Return to Its Roots

first_imgMorgan State University radio station WEAA (88.9 FM) is in the process of shaking things up.  And listeners could hear students in the university’s journalism program deliver the news on air as soon as the fall.It’s part of a plan to give students more hands on experience at the station.“We’re making a concerted effort now to ensure that students have a significant opportunity to take what they learn in the classroom into our radio station and participate in the programming of that station,” DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, told the AFRO.WEAA became part of Morgan’s revamped journalism program that was launched in the fall of 2013.  It is one of the few Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a journalism school.Wickham said there was “a great disconnect” between the station and the program’s mission to educate students on how to be journalists.  The station is professionally staffed with students serving as interns.“[Students] weren’t on the air in any significant way; they weren’t taking those broadcast and journalism skills that they have been getting in our classroom,” Wickham said.Wickham said while the station will aim to create more opportunities for students to be on air, WEAA will still have a strong music base.  But he did not commit to whether the station will continue its heavy emphasis on jazz during the week.“Everything is up for analysis,” Wickham added.“The new GM is doing an assessment of all our staff.  I don’t think you’re going to see a wholesale of our professional staff; that’s just not going to happen.”The moves and proposed changes have prompted concerns among the professional staff, according to a source at the station who wished to remain anonymous.The future plans of WEAA became public when the station announced that long-time Baltimore talk show host Marc Steiner would be ending his daily talk show on the station at the end of July.Steiner joined WEAA in 2008 after 15 years with WJHU which later became WYPR.  WEAA management at the time wanted to increase the news and public affair output at the station.Wickham said the station is paying $100,000 a year to Steiner for his show plus an additional $9,000 a year for a producer. Steiner is also allowed to keep all of the money he sells in underwriting for his show.“Marc Steiner brought a good show to our station but we are a student learning lab,” he said while adding the station, mostly funded by the university, could not afford the costs anymore.The stations interim GM, Mireille Grangenois has been tasked with getting the station’s finances in order and to “build a bridge” between the classroom and the station.Grangenois was previously publisher the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Previous career stops as an executive include the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive. Grangenois replaced Michele Williams.Wickham’s bigger plan to put students on the air is a return to WEAA’s roots when the station began broadcasting in 1977. He emphasized several times that the focus of the station is to train students.”“We conditioned some people to think that WEAA’s role is simply to be a provider of entertainment to a community beyond the university; it’s not that,” Wickham said.last_img read more

Universal Games Launches Episodic Game App With Saved by the Bell Law

first_imgNBCUniversal sees a potential $200 million-plus jackpot in adapting some of its old TV and movie franchises into an interactive storytelling game.The company’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms group on Thursday is launching a new, free-to-play mobile game, “Series: Your Story Universe” that lets players pick an avatar and play through different episodes of original stories in which they make choices that affect the narrative.It’s your chance to star in brand-new stories alongside the ’90s high-schoolers from “Saved by the Bell,” and a range of other characters from NBCUniversal’s TV and film catalog, including reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, the NYPD’s Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola from “Law & Order: SVU,” and Xena, the famed warrior princess.Out of the gate, “Series” will include episodic series based on seven NBCU properties: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” The iOS and Android app also will include original stories, starting with rags-to-riches tale “Legacy & Love.” According to Heatherly, Universal Games decided to get into the storytelling game after seeing the success of other apps, including Episode Interactive’s “Episode” and Pixelberry Studios’ “Choices: Stories You Play,” both of which have generated over $200 million in revenue to date, according to research firm Sensor Tower. “Episode” has been downloaded by 139 million users, who have spent approximately $256 million so far in the game. “Choices” has approximately 63.5 million installs globally and has raked in around $231 million since launch, Sensor Tower estimates.“We looked at the portfolio of IP [intellectual property] we have at NBCUniversal, and we thought it made sense for us to build an app and to bring a lot of that together in one place,” Heatherly said.Heatherly also saw the results of NBCU’s deal to license “Pitch Perfect” for an Episodes series two years ago. “It’s reaching a demographic that isn’t what you would think of as your traditional gamer,” he said, noting that an estimated 60% of mobile game players are women.The “Series” app, which launched in a beta-test last fall, is free to download and play. Like other titles, users can opt to make in-game purchases (of “gems”) that can be used to accelerate a player’s pace through a story or buy bonus content. Individual purchases in the app may be 50 cents to $1 each, according to Heatherly.The app was developed by Endless Entertainment, an interactive storytelling company with offices in New York City and Oakland, Calif., which provides a platform that lets artists and writers iterate the branching narratives quickly. “That’s part of the magic trick of being able to deliver this content at high volume,” Heatherly said.“We’ve really had to put together, in a sense, a content factory to do this thing,” he added. “It’s almost like running a television network.”In selecting the initial lineup for “Series,” Heatherly and his team gravitated toward titles that skewed toward young audiences and had sizable online communities following them. The stories can’t be too character driven, he said, “because then there’s no place for you entering that world. But they’re not just one-note characters. Your choices are actually going to matter.” Universal Games provides more info on “Series” at seriesthegame.com. The “Series: Your Story Universe” app will be updated with new episodes each week, with additional shows also in the pipeline. The stories are adaptations, rather than retellings of the originals, said Chris Heatherly, EVP, Universal Games and Digital Platforms: “We tried very hard to not make you sit through the movie or show you’ve already seen.”The new game is the biggest initiative NBCU’s games group has ever undertaken. The Universal Games team’s big launch last year was “Jurassic World Alive,” an augmented-reality game tie-in with the movie. “That alone required a ton of work but, this is that times seven franchises,” he said.To promote the global launch of the game, Universal Games has enlisted talent from the shows tout the “Series” app in video spots. Mario Lopez, who starred as A.C. Slater in “Saved by the Bell,” invites fans to play the game while wearing his Bayside High letterman jacket, while Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” must make a critical decision to “whine or wine.” The promo videos will run online, and Bravo will feature the “Vanderpump” spot on-air.Lopez, who currently hosts syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” said he continues to be surprised that the ongoing fandom for “Saved by the Bell.” “It was a Saturday morning show for young kids,” Lopez told Variety. “It still kind of trips me out as to why it continues to resonate with people,” he said.The “Series” app take on “Saved by the Bell” is pretty true to the show, Lopez said, but “at the same time, there’s a little bit of tongue-in-cheek liberty taken with the characters.” He’s planning to talk about the game on his syndicated radio show and is likely to mention it on “Extra.”“It’s a very clever way for people who have an affinity for these shows get immersed in the world,” said Lopez. ‘Schooled’ Boss Breaks Down ‘Rent’ Episode and Plans to Tackle ‘Saved by the Bell’ Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoicescenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Settle Into the Suburbs Popular on Variety Relatedlast_img read more

Skyrmion reshuffler comes to the aid of stochastic computing

first_img Explore further One of the main advantages of stochastic computing is its error-tolerance. If one bit in a string becomes flipped, then in the traditional computing scheme that minor error completely changes the value of the encoded data. In stochastic computing, however, a flipped bit only slightly changes the probability of finding a 1, and in a sufficiently long bitstream the effect is negligible. This advantage becomes especially important when electronic devices are scaled down to the point where errors become more frequent, resulting in the need for error-correcting codes in traditional computing.A stochastic computing device can perform arithmetic with p-values, but, due to the way these calculations are implemented, the device often does not give the correct answer when the two input bitstreams are identical—that is, when they have the same 0’s and 1’s in exactly the same order. To address this problem, the signals must be reshuffled while conserving the p-values. Although reshuffling signals can be done using pseudo-random number generators, these require large memories and consume large amounts of energy. The skyrmion reshuffler uses orders of magnitude less memory and energy than these devices, suggesting that it may offer a low-energy, high-efficiency solution to this problem. Skyrmion neuronThe researchers also showed that, with some modifications, the skyrmion reshuffler can function similarly to a biological neuron. When a neuron receives electrochemical signals from other neurons, it integrates the incoming activity and, if the activity is sufficiently high, it sends out a voltage spike of its own. Neurons are also “leaky” in the sense that, when they do not receive signals, their voltage slowly decays over time.Similarly, when the “skyrmion neuron” receives a bitstream of skyrmions as input, it accumulates the skyrmions in one of its chambers, and then sends out a reshuffled bitstream. Moreover, when skyrmions are crammed together too tightly, they begin to annihilate, emulating a leaky neuron.The researchers expect that both the skyrmion reshuffler and skyrmion neuron may one day serve as the building blocks of future spintronic stochastic computers. “The skyrmion reshuffler is actually a very versatile device,” Pinna said. “On top of reshuffling telegraph noise signals (or, equivalently, bitstreams), it can also be used to generate bitstreams with well-defined p-values. In fact, by injecting skyrmions in specific ratios in the device’s two chambers, the device effectively takes an imposed p-value as input and outputs a scrambled stream of skyrmions defining it. Although this is probably more efficient to implement with super-paramagnetic tunnel junctions, it does turn out to be pretty elegant that the same device can be used to both scramble and generate random bitstreams. “The skyrmion neuron is a smaller tassel in the big picture of neuromorphic techniques in magnetism. It is of great interest to study all the ways we can functionally reproduce a neuron’s behavior in condensed matter systems. The philosophy behind it is that one can then attempt to construct analog neural networks bottom-up by coupling many such elements together.” A stochastic computing device multiplies the p-values of two input signals using an AND gate. (a) The result is accurate when the two signals are not correlated, but (b) inaccurate when the signals are correlated. (c) After the signals have been reshuffled, they are no longer correlated but still have the same p-value, resulting in a better approximation. Credit: Pinna et al. ©American Physical Society Stochastic computingIn traditional computing, data is encoded as an ordered string of 0’s and 1’s, and operations are performed on the data by precisely manipulating these binary digits. In stochastic computing, on the other hand, data is encoded in bitstreams of random 0’s and 1’s where the order does not matter. Instead, the important thing is that the probability of finding a 1 in any given position in the bitstream, i.e., the p-value, corresponds to the value of the data being encoded. Researchers have designed a “skyrmion reshuffler”—just as a card shuffler shuffles a deck of cards, the skyrmion reshuffler does the same with a type of quasiparticle called magnetic skyrmions. The reshuffler is the first low-energy, compact device that can reshuffle signals of any kind (skyrmions, electrons, etc.) with a high efficiency, which may enable it to address one of the long-standing challenges facing an alternative type of computing called stochastic computing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: D. Pinna et al. “Skyrmion Gas Manipulation for Probabilistic Computing.” Physical Review Applied. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.064018Also at arXiv:1701.07750 [cond-mat.mes-hall]center_img © 2018 Phys.org The basic concept of the skyrmion reshuffler: skyrmions are injected into a chamber, manipulated, and read out. Credit: Pinna et al. ©American Physical Society Meet the skyrmions—exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing The researchers, Daniele Pinna and coauthors from the University of Paris-Saclay, have published a paper on the new method of manipulating skyrmions for stochastic computing in a recent issue of Physical Review Applied.Skyrmions in two dimensionsMagnetic skyrmions are tiny defects in a magnetic field where the magnetic field is reversed. One of their interesting properties is their ability to move freely along the two-dimensional surface of the magnetic field. When many skyrmions come together, their high mobility causes them to act as a freely moving gas in two dimensions. In recent years, magnetic skyrmions have captured the attention of researchers because their tiny size (roughly 10 nm) and high mobility suggest that they have the potential to serve as information carriers for future miniaturized, high-speed, low-energy devices. So far, however, most of the work in the emerging field of skyrmionics has used skyrmions in one-dimensional tracks, rather than taking advantage of their full two-dimensional freedom.The skyrmion reshuffler presented in the new study is one of the first devices to harness the dynamics of skyrmions as a two-dimensional gas. The reshuffler receives an input stream of skyrmions and thermally reshuffles their order, while still maintaining the same skyrmion states as in the original stream. That is, if the skrymions were encoding data using 0’s and 1’s, then both the input and output bitstreams would have the same number of 0’s and 1’s. Consequently, the probability of finding a 1 (referred to as the p-value in this context) would be the same in either bitstream, meaning that the p-value is conserved. As it happens, reshuffling while conserving p-values is exactly what’s needed to perform certain operations using an alternative type of computing called stochastic computing. “The greatest significance of this work is, in my opinion, having rid skyrmions from the 1-D shackles they have been forced to live in,” Pinna told Phys.org. “At every magnetism conference, research work on skyrmions preambles with their potential use for racetrack memory applications. [But] skyrmions are intrinsically 2-D objects with extremely interesting mobility and spatially extended properties. My work (past and current) attempts to design, theorize and demonstrate novel devices in the realm of unconventional computing where I firmly believe that nanomagnetism and spintronics can pave the way for the development of scalable and energy-efficient analog computational devices.” Citation: Skyrmion reshuffler comes to the aid of stochastic computing (2018, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-skyrmion-reshuffler-aid-stochastic.htmllast_img read more