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first_imgThe dome of the Taj Mahal will get a mud-pack therapy for the first time ever, in a bid to get rid of the yellowness from its white marble. Related Itemslast_img

first_imgDavid Warner praised the batting and intent of Delhi Daredevils after the team from the capital thumped the in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets, chasing down an above-par score of 186.The entire Daredevils’ batting line-up made good contributions to effectively earn their first win in the last six games. Sanju Samson (24) and Karun Nair (39) gave a solid start to Delhi which was followed by similar contributions from Rishabh Pant (34) and Shreyas Iyer (33). Corey Anderson’s quick-fire 41* off 24 deliveries in the end proved extremely crucial.”They batted unreal. Came out with intent in the first six overs and with the way they finished, credit to them,” David Warner said about Delhi’s batting performance.Warner expressed slight disappointment on Hyderabad’s away performance.”Obviously it has been a little bogey being away. Not winning too many on the road. Talking to the guys, they thought 186 was enough. We have a couple of days before two games at home. Looking forward to that.”Warner went ahead and lauded Yuvraj Singh 70* off 41 balls that propelled Hyderabad to the score of 186.”The way Yuvi finished off was fantastic.”Warner made no excuses for the loss and only credited Delhi’s performance.”Definitely after the first couple of overs when the spikes were going in, the wicket looked slow. The slower balls were holding up and we didn’t want to be too predictable, but we maybe bowled too many quicker balls today. There wasn’t too much dew and no excuses. They batted fantastically and credit to them.”After the loss, Sunrisers Hyderabad stayed on the third spot with 13 points from 11 matches while Delhi Daredevils pipped Gujarat Lions to the sixth spot due to a better net run rate after accumulating 6 points from 9 games.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img “As a member of the African Heritage Month Network, I am pleased we are able to celebrate youth on the official poster as well as in our communities across Cumberland County and Nova Scotia,” said Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, executive director for the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association. “Our youth hold our future and we must cultivate them!” “The province is proud to celebrate African Heritage Month and encourages all Nova Scotians to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Ince. “I thank the African Heritage Month Information Network and all of the partner organizations and volunteers for working hard to host African Heritage Month activities and celebrations in every region.” More information on African Heritage Month and a calendar of events can be found on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website, Nova Scotians can also keep up to date on African Heritage Month events on Facebook (African Nova Scotian Affairs) and Twitter @OfficeofANSA. Tatyana Headley of Glace Bay Natasha Silver of Antigonish Summer-Joy Upshaw of Amherst Lindell Smith of Halifax Erica Porter of Newport, Hants Co. Kayla Fells of Yarmouth In its 30th year, African Heritage Month in February is celebrating the extraordinary achievements of young Nova Scotians of African descent as rising stars in their communities. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince were joined by members of the African Heritage Month Information Network today, Jan. 28, to unveil this year’s African Heritage Month theme, Rising Stars: Celebrating Our Youth. “African Heritage Month is a chance for people of African descent and all Nova Scotians to celebrate and learn about the province’s rich African Nova Scotian culture, and to reflect on what it means to have extraordinary young people leading our communities,” said Premier McNeil. “The rising stars of the African Nova Scotia community are showing us that hard work, dedication and the willingness to help others can have a tremendous impact on our society.” This year’s theme features the extraordinary achievements of young people who are leading in communities across the province and inspiring others to be successful. Six young people received the African Heritage Month plaque for their dedication to their communities: last_img read more

first_imgDuring the month of June 2019, ASCI investigated complaints against 334 advertisements, of which 106 advertisements were promptly withdrawn by the advertisers as soon as they received communication from ASCI. The independent Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of ASCI upheld complaints against 190 advertisements, out of 228 advertisements evaluated by them. Of these 190 advertisements, 112 belonged to the education sector, 40 belonged to the healthcare sector, 10 to personal care, 7 to the food & beverages sector, 5 to the media / broadcasting sector, 5 from consumer durables and 11 were from the ‘others’ category. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe trend of advertisements featuring celebrities without observing Guidelines for celebrities in Advertising continued. The CCC pulled up a renowned celebrity couple that endorsed an “Antibacterial” paint brand claiming it to be endorsed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). One of the bestseller water purifier brand featuring a Bollywood superstar claimed to instantly incorporate the benefits of copper in the purified water, equating it with water stored overnight in copper vessels. A well-known celebrity associated with cricket as well as a few cricket players endorsed a detergent product which had a misleading claim of it being consumers’ choice for its product quality. A claim endorsed by a famous cricketer for a gaming app being “India’s Favourite Fantasy Cricket Game” was also not substantiated. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardConsumers were quite unhappy about condom advertisements being aired during family viewing hours, violating the advisory by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that requires such advertisements, not suitable for viewing by children, to adhere to watershed hours. ASCI via its Suo Motu monitoring pulled up over 100 misleading advertisements from the educational sector. In a recent development, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA) renewed their MOU with ASCI, for the fifth consecutive year. Reacting on this update, Shweta Purandare, Secretary General, ASCI, said “We are extremely happy with this development as this reiterates the government’s faith in the work done by ASCI over the years. What ASCI brings to the table is not just the unique expertise in dealing with complaints pertaining to misleading advertisements but also its Suo Motu capabilities to monitor a huge number of misleading advertisements in Television and print media. ASCI provides a very efficient mechanism for consumers as well as ensures prompt compliance from advertisers, thus reducing the burden on regulators to focus only on persistent violators.” In another significant development, a recent Delhi court judgement too has re-affirmed the remit of ASCI over non-members. All these developments, including renewal of ASCI’s MoU with DoCA, bode well to ensure “more governance” and for building a strong and cohesive ecosystem in the interest of consumers. ASCI is working closely with DoCA to ensure that this collaboration continues with the formation of the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA). Complaints against advertisementsTV Today Network Ltd (India Today Television) : Impermissible use of BARC data. ARG Outlier Media (R Bharat) : Misleading by exaggeration and implication GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd (Horlicks) : Submitted clinical trial does not unambiguously and fully support the claims Amway India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (Nutrilite Traditional Herbs Range): Misleading by ambiguity and omission of the reference to the product containing extracts NIIT LTD : False claim of “5000 Assured jobs” Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (Revital H Woman) : Distorting data to mislead the consumer Bajaj Consumer Care Ltd. (Bajaj Almond Drops Hair Oil) : Claim, “300% Vitamin – E” found misleading by ambiguity and implication Mankind Pharma Limited (Manforce Cocktail Condom) : Violating Ministry’s guidelines of airing Condom ads during family viewing hours Asian Paints Ltd : Violates ASCI’s Guidelines for celebrities in advertising and the ASCI guidelines on Disclaimers EUREKA FORBES LTD (Dr. Aquaguard NRICH ROs) : Claim about Aquaguard’s new Active Copper Technology found to be misleading Fena (P) Limited (Fena Superwash Powder) : Not substantiated with verifiable market survey data of the advertiser’s product and other competitor products Times Internet Limited (CricPlay): Inadequately substantiated My Mission : Not substantiated with verifiable supporting data Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare India P. Ltd (Ring Guard) : Misleading by gross exaggeration and implication Medlife International Private Limited (Medlife): Claim of ‘India’s No.1 E-Pharmacy’ not conclusively proven with any verifiable comparative data 1MG Technologies Private Limited ( : Misleading by exaggeration and implication Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Men’s Fair & Lovely) : Misleading by ambiguity and implication, wrong choice of terminology Lotus Herbals Ltd (Lotus Sports Sunscreen): Inadequately substantiated Bajaj Electricals Ltd (Bajaj Ceiling Fans) : Misleading by exaggeration Rasna Private Limited (Rasna Insta Energy) : Not substantiated with verifiable comparative data of the advertiser’s product as compared to all other energy Sumix Baby Wear & Care : Claim ‘Made from 100% comp cotton gives relief from allergy’ found misleadinglast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said the issue of linking social media profiles with Aadhaar needs to be decided at the earliest.A bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said, “At this stage, we do not know whether we could decide this issue or the high court will decide”. The bench further said it will not go into the merits of the case and would decide the transfer petition filed by Facebook seeking transfer of such cases pending before high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the top court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSolicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that it has no objection to transfer of the cases from high courts to the top court. The Tamil Nadu government had on Thursday claimed in the apex court that Facebook Inc and other social media companies were not complying with Indian laws, resulting in “increased lawlessness” and difficulties in “detecting crimes”. It had sought a modification of the August 20 order of the apex court directing the Madras High Court to continue hearing of pleas for linkage of social media profiles with biometric ID Aadhaar but restraining it from passing any effective orders. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe high court is at an advanced stage of the hearing, but due to the apex court’s August 20 order, it had deferred the hearings on those petitions, the state government had said. Referring to different criminal cases, the state government had said local law enforcement authorities have attempted to seek information from these companies for investigation and detection of crimes on several occasions. On August 20, the apex court had sought a response from the Centre, Google, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube and others on Facebook Inc’s plea seeking transfer of cases related to linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar, pending in different high courts to the apex court.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The Edmonton police officer who was run down and then stabbed during an attack that also injured four other people on Sept. 30 is back on the job.Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, had been handling crowd control at a Canadian Football League game at Commonwealth Stadium when he was hit by a speeding car that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying five metres through the air.The driver then got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the 10-year veteran, who fought back as he was lying on the ground.Chernyk suffered stab wounds to the face and the head but was released from hospital relatively quickly.Over the last couple of weeks he has been honoured at both CFL and National Hockey League games in the city, and returned to work Thursday.Police Chief Rod Knecht credited the officer’s recovery to his being “a real resilient individual.”“I know he asked to work the Eskimos game on Saturday night,” Knecht told reporters. “He’s back to work and doing well. He did a great job.”Hours after Chernyk was injured, a driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit drove down Jasper Avenue and hit four pedestrians.Knecht said he has recently met with the last of the four to remain in hospital, Kim O’Hara, who suffered a skull fracture.He said her family is optimistic about her progress.“I visited her personally and she is in a recovery stage,” he said. “The family says tremendous improvement over a short period of time.”Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old Somali refugee, is facing 11 charges including attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Police said an Islamic state flag was found in Sharif’s vehicle. Police initially said that terrorism charges were expected but so far none has been laid.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A new stamp dramatically illustrates the scene in Halifax harbour leading up to the massive explosion that devastated the city 100 years ago next month, killing 2,000 people, injuring 9,000 and leaving 25,000 homeless.“Everyone in Halifax is familiar with the event because it really shaped our city. But I think that somebody in Saskatchewan or Vancouver or somewhere else in the world may not know about the Halifax Explosion and what an incredible disaster it was,” designer Larry Burke said as the Canada Post Halifax Explosion stamp was unveiled Monday.“Part of the mandate was to somehow tell the story in a tiny stamp in a way that people would understand what happened.”The stamp depicts the moments after the French munitions vessel Mont Blanc collided with the Norwegian flagged Belgian relief ship Imo in Halifax harbour on Dec. 6, 1917.The image of the ships, with Imo in reverse and Mont Blanc in the distance beginning to send smoke from a gash near its bow, is combined with a newspaper headline from 1917 saying “Halifax Wrecked.”Burke said the challenge for his artistic team was to tell the story in a way that had enough impact so people would understand the “enormity” of the tragedy. Burke said the newspaper headline that ran in the next day’s Halifax Herald was key to the concept.“When I saw the newspaper headline, to me that said everything. It was so impactful we said that’s got to be a part of it, that’s the concept. And then we thought of how do we combine that with other imagery to help tell the story.”The blast that resulted from the harbour collision is considered the largest human-made explosion in history prior to the detonation of the first atomic bomb.Burke said he and co-designer Anna Stredulinsky were mindful that the stamp, unveiled by Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov Arthur J. LeBlanc in a ceremony, needed to be “respectful and appropriate to the tone of the disaster.”Burke said illustrator Mike Little was able to take the design vision and bring it to life using ship blueprints and a three dimensional model that examined the image from a number of angles before one was chosen.Explosion researcher Joel Zemel consulted with Little, who has also illustrated Titanic and Franklin Expedition commemorative stamps. The pair’s collaboration occurred over two and a half months last year.Little said without Zemel’s help it would have been impossible to depict the moment in time — about 20 minutes before the explosion — with historical accuracy.“Because of Joel I had the time of day, the position of the sun, the type of sea,” said Little. “So in terms of the information it was very easy to actually get that done.”Nikki Forest, Canada Post’s manager of operations for the Atlantic region, said she believes the design team has come up with a “powerful” stamp.“It certainly depicts the impact of the events that happened on that fateful day,” Forest said.last_img read more

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsCannabis has become a lucrative business for some Ontario First Nations – even ahead of it being legal on Oct. 17.And these business owners say they plan to keep it that way.When it coms to the new marijuana regulations, members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Community say the province has no

“I condemn the murder of Suleiman Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi and Mohammad Matar Abdo,” said Koïchiro Matsuura. “Killing journalists and media workers is not just a crime against individual people but an attack on society’s right to be informed – it is also an attack against the basic human right of freedom of expression,” he declared. “I trust the Palestinian authorities will investigate these crimes and bring their perpetrators to justice,” said Mr. Matsuura. “I also urge the Palestinian presidency and Government to do their utmost to ensure respect for freedom of the press, an indispensable condition for the development of a democratic Palestinian society and for the improvement of the living conditions of the Palestinian people.” According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, on 13 May gunmen wearing presidential guard uniforms shot Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi, and Mohammad Matar Abdo who were in a taxi in a high security area southwest of Gaza City. Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi, was an economics editor for the Hamas-affiliated daily Palestine, and Mohammad Matar Abdo was responsible for the paper’s distribution. 18 May 2007The Director-General of the United Nations Educationa, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for an investigation into the killing of two Palestinians working at a newspaper in Gaza City earlier this month. read more

The Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) was created within the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2004 to build upon the Agency’s experience in radiation medicine and technology, and enable developing countries to integrate radiotherapy into a comprehensive cancer control plan.“With like-minded bodies, the IAEA is active in mobilizing public awareness and financial support for improving cancer treatment in countries where there is a great need,” Mr. Mandela said in a message to some of the world’s leading cancer experts at a meting Cape Town, South Africa, that ended this weekend.“In these countries, improved access to skill and technology can often make the difference between life and death,” he added. The workshops and sessions discussing the way forward for PACT were supported by the IAEA Nobel Peace Prize Fund after the agency won the honour in 2005. In his message, Arbishop Tutu said he was “deeply moved” that the IAEA invested some of its Nobel peace prize money in cancer management. “This is a magnificent gesture and as someone who has fallen victim to this disease [prostate cancer] I am doubly enthusiastic of your efforts.” The IAEA, which more often gets headlines for its efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their falling into the hands of terrorists, has a mandate to oversee peaceful uses of nuclear technology ranging from medical uses to agriculture to energy production. PACT addresses the clinical, financial, legal, regulatory, technical and human resources needed to establish, improve, or expand radiotherapy treatment programmes in the context of sound national cancer control programmes. Member States, international organizations and others from the public and private sectors are key partners. read more

first_imgThough it’s been over nine months since Apple first said it would release a white iPhone 4, Apple has stood true to its word. The company said it would sell a white iPhone 4 by May, and with only six days left in April, it’s just about time to see that infamous white phone we’ve been talking about for months.Numerous sources report that Apple’s U.S.-based retail stores are starting to get promotional materials for the white iPhone 4. Many sites, like Apple Insider, say it will be launching by Wednesday, April 27.AdChoices广告Apparently there are a number of stores that have reportedly gotten shipment notifications for the white iPhone 4 SKUs, and that these stores are supposed to hold those shipments in the back of the store until they’re given further notice. 9to5Mac said the phone is now listed in Best Buy’s inventory list also with a sale start date of April 27.Although the release date has been delayed, this does prove that Apple doesn’t break its promises. The company said it would produce a white iPhone, and although the wait was longer than we thought, it’s finally almost here. But, how many white iPhone 4s will actually be sold? Will people decide to hold off until the iPhone 5 launches so they can have new hardware and software, or is it purely a cosmetic thing?Perhaps people who aren’t familiar with Apple’s release history will jump at the chance to buy a “new” iPhone since they may not know that the next generation iPhone will be released within the next five months. Apple has been known to release new devices in the summer, but the release of the iPhone 5 is now thought to be pushed back to September.It’s not exactly clear why Apple pushed back the white iPhone’s release date so many times, but could it be possible that the company wanted to have something to sell its customers during the 15-month period between iPhone releases?At its release, the white iPhone 4 will be available for both Verizon and AT&T customers.via AppleInsider, 9to5Maclast_img read more

first_imgKFC is trying out some ‘plant-based chicken nuggets’ The US fast-food chain is trialling product. An image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Image: Associated Press 17,282 Views IT’S THE FINGER lickin’ fake chicken.KFC plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings at one of its restaurants in the US today. Depending on customer feedback from Atlanta, the chain could expand the test to other markets.California-based startup Beyond Meat said it developed the new product specifically for KFC. It’s made with wheat protein coated in the trademark breading.Beyond Meat also sells plant-based burgers, sausages and meat crumbles at grocery stores and some fast food chains like Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco.Frozen plant-based chicken strips were the first product Beyond Meat sold, starting in 2012. But the company pulled them off the market earlier this year because it wanted to improve the recipe.Restaurants are responding to a surge in consumer demand for plant-based meats as people seek healthier, more sustainable food.US sales of meat substitutes are expected to jump 78% to $2.5 billion between 2018 and 2023, according to Euromonitor.Beyond Meat already has some serious competition in the plant-based chicken market.Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, recently announced plans to sell nuggets made from pea protein.  By Associated Press 62 Comments Aug 27th 2019, 9:18 AM Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 9:18 AMcenter_img Share19 Tweet Email1 An image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Image: Associated Press Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Officials have issued a swim advisory for areas near Key Biscayne.According to a press release, samples of beach water collected at Crandon North, Crandon South and Key Biscayne Beach Club came back positive with the bacteria enterococci.As a result of the bacteria, officials recommend that residents avoid swimming and other recreational water activities in these areas.For more information, go to and Select Beach Water Quality, from the Environmental Health Topics List.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAnchorage skiers from Alaska Pacific University will be among those competing at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. (Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media)Athletes from around the nation are in Anchorage this week competing for a spot on the Olympic cross country ski team. The U.S. Cross Country National races begin Wednesday morning at Kincaid Park. There are four races in all– two freestyle and two classic-style events for men and women.Listen nowWhile most of the athletes that will represent the US in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February are skiing in Europe right now, if an athlete in Anchorage does well enough at the U.S. Nationals, it could lead to a nomination for the Olympic team.Anchorage skier Holly Brooks did just that in 2010. That’s the last time the U.S. Nationals were held in Anchorage and her results here earned her a spot on the team that skied in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.The official Olympic team nominations will be announced later this month.U.S. Cross Country Nationals kicks off at Kincaid Park Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. with a freestyle distance race. The races, which take place in Anchorage through Monday, are free and open to the public.last_img read more

first_imgIDFC Bank, an Indian banking company, on Monday launched its services in the Northeast region. The bank opened its first branch in Shillong, Meghalaya, and also set up a first-of-its kind interoperable Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) in the rural locations of the state.This initiative is the first step of the bank in establishing its presence in the Northeast and expanding its reach to the region’s under-banked and semi-urban locations. The bank’s branch, which is located in Shillong’s Demseiniong area, is powered by a solar power system.”IDFC Bank has chosen to establish presence in the North East in its first very year of operations. This shows its intent to achieve inclusive growth by expanding financial access in under-banked locations. The bank’s plans for Meghalaya will be shaped by the state’s goal of financial inclusion,” Dr. Rajiv Lall, founding managing director and CEO of IDFC Bank, said in a statement.For the citizens of Meghalaya, the bank would bring the convenience of doorstep banking, customised financial products and an increased access to capital for micro, small and medium businesses. The first two micro ATMs are now in operation in Mawlyngbna, a hamlet on the Indo-Bangladesh border and Umsning, the statement added.The Shillong branch was inaugurated by Prestone Tynsong, minister for community and rural development for Meghalaya in the presence of Dr. M. Ampareen Lyngdoh, minister of urban affairs and Ravi Shankar, head of Bharat Banking, IDFC Bank.Quarterly resultThe Mumbai-headquartered IDFC Bank launched its operations on Oct. 1, 2015. The bank reported a net profit of Rs. 265 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which is a 60 percent increase from its fourth quarter for the financial year 2015-16. The operating income of the company grew 28 percent at Rs. 712 crore for the same quarter, the company said in a statement.The IDFC Bank Limited stock was trading at Rs. 51.10, at around 12:21 p.m. on Tuesday, up 0.29 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. IDFC currently has a network of nearly 70 branches, of which 50 are in non-banked rural and semi urban locations in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.We’ve started our operations in Shillong, Meghalaya! A 1st in the North East. Here’s a snapshot of the launch event.— IDFC_Bank (@IDFC_Bank) August 8, 2016last_img read more

first_imgInstagramThere is no denying the fact that the buzz around some starkids in Bollywood is equal to, or probably higher than the buzz created by debutants. Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor are a living testimony to that. While few starkids have entered Bollywood and made their presence felt, there are some we just cannot wait to see in the movies. Let’s take a look.Ibrahim Ali Khan: Dapper is the word that best describes Ibrahim Ali Khan. Cool, casual and refreshing; that is how Ibrahim’s Instagram account seems to be. Blessed with killer looks in his lineage, Junior Pataudi can undoubtedly emerge as an overnight sensation.Navya Naveli: Graceful and elegant Navya Naveli Nanda keeps grabbing headlines for her impeccable fashion sense. While mother Shweta had said during an episode of Koffee with Karan that Navya is more inclined towards the food industry and might start something on her own, we can’t help but wonder about the acting chops this Bachchan girl must be blessed with.Khushi Kapoor: Despite not being a part of the movies yet, Khushi Kapoor grabs almost the same amount of headlines as sister Janhvi. Articulate, fashionista and true paparazzi girl; Khushi would prove to be a bankable debutant for any director. We wonder who’s waiting to launch her.Aryan Khan: If being blessed with killer looks was not enough, Aryan Khan made us all swoon over his voice in The Lion King. The voice behind Simba in The Lion King, Aryan Khan appears destined to be as big a superstar as his father Shah Rukh Khan.Suhana Khan: We have seen her perform in her school, we have seen her perform in her college plays and we have no ounce of doubt about her acting capabilities. Daughter of Shah Rukh Khan, Suhana, not only looks immensely intense and magnetic on camera but also appears to have learnt a lot about the craft from her dad.Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s son – Aarav, Aamir Khan’s daughter – Ira, Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor’s daughter – Shanaya, Jackie Shroff’s daughter – Krishna Shroff – are some of the other star kids we would love to see on screen.last_img read more

first_imgNATO soldiers keep watch near the wreckage of their vehicle at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar. Photo: AFPAt least five Afghan policemen were killed and five others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in the western Badghis province in Afghanistan, a senior police official said.”A group of Taliban rebels attacked a security checkpoint in Kandalan area, in the north edge of provincial capital Qala-i-Now city on Friday night. As a result, five policemen were killed and five others injured,” provincial police officer Ghulam Sarwar Haidary said.The militants also took weapons of security personnel at the checkpoint and fled the area, Xinhua news agency reported.Taliban militants have intensified their attacks on security checkpoints as government forces have increased military operations against the insurgents in the war-plagued country.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t believe everything you see and hear in an internet video.That’s the message from Jordan Peele and BuzzFeed, who teamed up for a public-service video announcement that puts Peele’s words into the mouth of former President Barack Obama.The 72-second segment begins as what appears to be a message from Obama. Halfway through, it is revealed to be Peele — delivering his famous Obama impression as a voiceover to a digitally manipulated video.“We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time, even if they would never say those things,” Peele-as-Obama says. For example: “Ben Carson is in the Sunken Place” or “President Trump is total and complete dipshit.”“Stay woke, bitches,” Peele says at the end of the video. The project emerged from discussions between Peele, who this year won the original screenplay Oscar for “Get Out,” and BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti about fake news, and the importance of media literacy as technology makes it incredibly easy to disseminate misinformation by manipulating video and audio.As a courtesy, prior to releasing the video BuzzFeed shared it with aides who work with President Obama.The video was produced by BuzzFeed creative director Jared Sosa in collaboration with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, and written by Peele. BuzzFeed distributed the clip Tuesday across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat.The video was generated using After Effects, an off-the-shelf motion-graphics program, and Fakeapp — an artificial-intelligence video-editing program that has been used mainly for superimposing celebrities’ faces onto porn scenes.BuzzFeed’s Sosa figured out a way to get a semi-accurate camera track on Obama’s head to get a virtual 3D camera. That allowed him to paste Peele’s mouth onto Obama’s.Sosa then used Fakeapp to replace Peele’s mouth with Obama’s; he had Fakeapp run for 12 hours and the synchronization improved dramatically, with the software correcting some of the points where Peele’s mouth weren’t in the right position. He then exported that footage to refine the synthetic jaw and then let Fakeapp run for another 48 hours to get a more accurate rendering of Obama’s mouth.Watch the video above, or at this link. Popular on Variety center_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgEllen Digital Network, the internet-content arm of Ellen DeGeneres and her TV show, is continuing to mine to the internet for new talent — and is continuing to bring Hollywood celebs to digital projects.On Monday, Ellen Digital Network announced a deal with Hannah Hart, a popular YouTube creator, comedian, foodie and author who has more than 5.3 million followers across platforms, for an as-yet untitled unscripted series.The show will be centered on Hart coaching people with “love-related advice” to prepare the subjects for life-changing events like a marriage proposal. Last week, Studio71 announced an affiliation deal with Hart where she joins longtime collaborators Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart (no relation).In addition, DeGeneres and Kristen Bell announced season 2 of “Momsplaining,” Bell’s comedic take on mastering motherhood. The six-episode season 1 has generated more than 100 million views since premiering in January, across the ellentube app,, Ellen’s YouTube channel and Facebook Watch. Season 2 of “Momsplaining” is sponsored by the Johnson’s Baby brand of Johnson & Johnson. ×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 Popular on Variety center_img The announcements were part of Ellen Digital Network’s presentation Monday for advertisers. EDN isn’t officially part of IAB’s Digital Content NewFronts lineup but timed the event to coincide with the weeklong series.Other news from Ellen Digital Network included:“#BeeKind,” an Instagram series starring actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) in partnership with General Mills’ Cheerios brand to showcase how bees contribute to daily life. The series will post on Ellen’s Instagram account (@theellenshow) in May 2018;A partnership with digital-media company ATTN: to create an animated series that “brings awareness to pressing, timely issues of our culture”;“FANtastic,” an original digital series that connects Ellen’s celebrity friends with their own idols;“tWitch Please… Help Me Dance!”, an original digital series featuring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a DJ and hip-hop dancer who’s been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” lending his skills and teaching people around the country how to dance; andAn overall content deal with viral-video sensation Kalen Allen, whom DeGeneres discovered after seeing his “Kalen Reacts” videos reviewing online recipes.Ellen Digital Network is part of Ellen Digital Ventures, a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. Founded in 2014, Ellen Digital Ventures is led GM Michael Riley, formerly president of Disney’s ABC Family (now known as Freeform), who works alongside “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producers.last_img read more

first_img Early warning system predicted shaking from Oct. 30 quake “Smartphones carry all sorts of sensors, and we can put these to use in unexpected ways,” said Qingkai Kong. “Right now, we can only detect earthquakes above about Magnitude 5.0, but with better accelerometers in future smartphones we would hope to detect smaller ones as well.”The key enabler in smartphones for this type of work is in their accelerometers, that can detect and record movement and may monitor tremors. An app is being developed that will record the shaking during major events and then report the data back to a central server over the cell network. But what good is short notice when an earthquake is on its deadly way? Advance notice even in seconds is actually of value, as the BBC report noted, in not only giving people time to take cover but for trains to slow or planes to abort landings or for surgeons to manage their procedures knowing the event is on its way.The theory is that a smartphone seismic network would feed directly into the early warning system, having detected faster moving but not as damaging P-waves ahead of S-waves in an event.The Berkeley initiative was made known at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting. As phones would be mobile and not sitting still on a flat surface, the researchers handled this by developing an algorithm to subtract “noise” in the data. The project is at an early stage. The topic of earthquakes hits very close to home at this lab; the Hayward Fault, which many scientists suspect is a potential trigger for a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs through the UC Berkeley campus. According to scientists and engineers in a 2008 report, it has a 31 percent probability of rupturing in a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake within the next 30 years. The team hopes to provide a test app next year to volunteers in the Bay Area.Actually, according to an observation from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) noted earlier this year, Internet-enabled devices, not just smartphones, but also laptops and game consoles now have accelerometers that can be used to detect and measure earthquakes. “Harnessing the data from these sensors could allow us to quickly detect large earthquakes, and accurately estimate where damage has occurred and where emergency responses are needed shortly after a quake.” Nonetheless, it added, smartphones have a powerful collection of sensors like GPS, accelerometers, and gyroscopes that make phones an ideal platform for collecting data about how a community experiences an earthquake. © 2012 Citation: Smartphones as seismometers intrigue Berkeley researchers (2012, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: 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. (—Researchers at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory want to table smartphones as pocket-sized seismometers. The phones used as warning systems could make a life or death difference in the seconds one might have before meeting up with the next event. “We are trying to set up a whole new network of smartphones so we can use the accelerometers in the smartphones to detect earthquakes,” a team spokesman told BBC News. With so many devices in circulation, detailed information could be known on who felt what, where. Explore furtherlast_img read more